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Project Sakura Wars Gets Anime TV Series in 2020


Earlier today, Sega hosted their sixth Project Sakura Wars live streaming event as part of their Tokyo Game Show programming lineup. During the show, the hosts announced that Project Sakura Wars will get an anime TV series, titled Shin Sakura Taisen: The Animation (Project Sakura Wars: The Animation).

According to the presenters, this will be a side-story (Gaiden), though specifics have yet to be confirmed.

The first visual, staff, and trailer were revealed for the project, and an official website opened its doors. We break everything down below.

Trailer

The 30-second trailer opens with a shot of the Grand Imperial Theater, before cutting to the six leads: Sakura, Hatsuho, Azami, Anastasia, Claris, and Sumire Kanzaki. The scene shifts to the Briefing Room in the theater’s basement, where the TeiGeki sit, prepared for battle, before cutting to Seijuro, who’s giving the order to roll out.

The scene cuts again to the five Flower Division members performing onstage in a costume that features a pink-and-blue motif reminiscent of those used in Sakura Wars 4, before jumping to a still of the Flower Division members in their everyday attire.

The promo cuts once again, to show their Spiricle Armors rolling out for combat. The promo ends with Sakura cutting loose with a special attack.

An instrumental version of the new version of Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan plays as a background track as Ayane Sakura narrates.

Key Visual

The image features a low angle shot of Sakura Amamiya standing beneath the cherry blossoms, her blade pointed forth. Bits of spiritual energy fall from the blade like snowflakes.

Project Sakura Wars The Animation Visual

Staff

Manabu Ono (Sword Art Online: Alicization, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) will direct the project at Sanzigen and co-write the scripts with Tatsuhiko Urahata (Hi-Score Girl, GATE). Sakura Wars composer will score the soundtrack. Ohji Hiroi and Sega are credited with the original concept.

Cast

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Sakura Amamiya: Ayane Sakura
  • Hatsuho Shinonome: Maaya Uchida
  • Azami Mochizuki: Hibiku Yamamura
  • Anastasia Palma: Ayaka Fukuhara
  • Claris: Saori Hayami
  • Sumire Kanzaki: Michie Tomizawa
  • Seijūrō Kamiyama : Yōhei Azakami

All six characters are reprising their roles from the upcoming game.

Project Sakura Wars Game Visual Project Sakura Wars will hit Japanese retailers on December 12. A standard and Limited Edition are both planned for the project. The Limited Edition will include a soundtrack CD and an artbook. The CD will feature more than sixty songs from the franchise’s history, while the artbook will clock in at contain seventy-two pages of art from the series.

Early adopters will also receive a PS4 theme, though details on this have yet to be announced.

The project will be released worldwide in Spring 2020.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Claris: Saori Hayami
  • Hatsuho Shinonome: Maaya Uchida
  • Seijūrō Kamiyama : Yōhei Azakami
  • Sakura Amamiya: Ayane Sakura
  • Azami Mochizuki: Hibiku Yamamura
  • Anastasia Palma: Ayaka Fukuhara
  • Sumire Kanzaki: Michie Tomizawa
  • Reiji Shiba: Tomikazu Sugita
  • Kaoru Rindou: Yui Ishikawa
  • Komachi Ooba: Ryoko Shiraishi
  • Yang Shaolong: Yuuichirou Umehara
  • Yui Huang: Sumire Uesaka
  • Arthur: Nobunaga Shimazaki
  • Lancelot: Manami Numakura
  • “Yasha”: Chisa Yokoyama
  • Iris (Berlin Combat Revue): Nana Mizuki
  • Margaret (Berlin Combat Revue): Rie Kugimiya

Bleach creator Tite Kubo is providing the original character designs, while Jiro Ishii (Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Under the Dog) is in charge of the story structure. Series composer Kohei Tanaka (Sakura Wars franchise, One Piece, Mobile Fighter G Gundam) is scoring the game’s soundtrack. Other staff members include:

  • Script: Takaaki Suzuki (Girls und Panzer, Strike Witches)
  • Setting and Scenario Summary: Takanobu Terada
  • Development Director: Tetsuya Ootsubo
  • Producer: Tetsu Kitano
  • Character Visual Setting: Masashi Kudou
  • Main Mechanical Designer: Mika Akitaka
  • Executive Producer: Haruki Satomi
  • Original Concept: Ohji Hiroi

Project Sakura Wars will be set twelve years after the events of Sakura Wars 5: So Long, My Love. In this new entry, the Combat Revues, which previously protected nations from evil while working incognito, are well known to all.

Indeed, the Great Combat Reveue World War is more of a global sporting event, in which the Combat Revues from across the globe gather in Japan’s Imperial Capital to compete in a tournament. These disparate groups then compete to determine which country’s kouma-crushing corps reigns supreme. By the time Project Sakura Wars begins, two such events have already taken place, and the nations are gathering in the Imperial capital for the third. What should be a peaceful event, though, suddenly takes a turn for the serious.

Sega’s email communication describes the story as:

The stage is set in a romanticized version of 1940s Imperial Tokyo. 10 years ago, a cataclysm resulted in the devastating loss of the Imperial Combat Revue of Tokyo, the capital’s global defense force operating out of the Imperial Theater. The theater has since fallen on hard times and risks closure. As captain of the new Tokyo revue, it’s up to you to mend the hearts of your troops and restore the Imperial Theater back to its former glory!

Project Sakura Wars was first revealed on April 14, 2018 at Sega Fes, and was originally tentatively slated to launch prior to March 31, 2019. On April 19, 2019, Sega Holdings President and CEO Haruki Satomi confirmed that the project will be “more than a game.”

A western release was not confirmed until March 29, though Japanese Asian releases were confirmed to be in the works.

On March 27, all-female theater troupe OSK Revue announced that they will host a new Sakura Wars musical in Kyoto. The production which will be an operatic adaptation of 2001’s Sakura Wars Kayou Show story The Sea God’s Villa.

Sakura Wars is an original project by Sega CS2 R&D (later Overworks) and Red Entertainment. Ohji Hiroi (Moeyo Ken, Far East of Eden), Satoru Akahori (Saber Marionette J, Martian Successor Nadesico), and Kosuke Fujishima (Ah! My Goddess, You’re Under Arrest!) are listed as the original creators of the franchise.

The first title appeared on the Sega Saturn in 1996. The initial entry, while released only in Japan at the time, was estimated to have a 200,000 lifetime sales goal. The title sold 205,270 units in its opening week, which was roughly 57% of the launch shipment. At the time, the title was seen as having the largest debut for a Sega title to date. It would go on to move 359,485 copies throughout the Saturn’s lifespan.

Since then, the title has gone on to spawn:

  • 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 high-profile live stage shows

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.

Source: YouTube (Sega)

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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