Earlier today, retailer Gamers announced that they will host a “museum” exhibition dedicated to Sega’s Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen) franchise. The event, which will be held from October 23 through November 3 during normal business hours, will be located on the seventh floor of the retailer’s Akihabara location.
The event will host a number of exhibits, including:
- A museum of software that’s been released across the franchise
- An exhibition of variant hardware and rare promotional items
- A collection of illustrations that were created throughout the history of the series
In addition, visitors will be able to purchase limited-edition Sakura Wars merchandise.
The breakdown of available items is as follows:
- Acrylic key holder: 600 Yen ($4.99)
- Canvas poster: 18,000 Yen ($149.63)
- Card case: 800 Yen ($6.65)
- Clear file: 400 Yen ($3.33)
- Desk mat: 800 Yen ($6.65)
- Mouse pad: 1,000 Yen ($8.31)
- Mug: 1,000 Yen (8.31)
- Tote bag: 1,500 Yen ($12.47)
- Towel: 3,600 Yen ($29.93)
- Wall scroll: 3,000 Yen ($24.94)
Sakura Wars is a long-running multimedia franchise, which was created by Hiroi Ohji (Moeyo Ken), and published by Sega. Ah! My Goddess creator Kosuke Fujishima served as character designer through the series’s main-line entries.
The series began on the Sega Saturn. The first entry in the series hit the market on September 27, 1996, and promptly sold out within hours of its début. The title would go on to sell 360,000 copies by the end of the year.
Since then, the series has grown immensely, both within the gaming world, as well as the realms of manga, anime, and musical theatre. To date, the series has spawned:
- Five main-line titles
- Fifteen spin-off games
- An anime TV series by Madhouse
- Five anime OVA series
- Seven manga and light novel adaptations
- Sixteen live stage shows
In addition, the first game in the series received a PlayStation 2 remake in 2003. Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio ni (Sakura Wars: In Hot Blood) implemented many of the technological improvements seen in the latter titles in the franchise, from the overhauled battle system, to the enhanced visual novel engine.
The final main-line title in the series, Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love was released in North America by NIS America. The title is available on Sony’s PlayStation 2, as well as Nintendo Wii console.