Editor’s Note: To prevent name confusion, Anime Herald have adopted a policy of tagging Sakura Wars (1996) and Sakura Wars (2019) with their respective years of release.

Earlier today, Sega hosted their thirteenth Sakura Wars (2019) streaming event. During the show, the publisher revealed a new five-minute trailer for upcoming anime series Sakura Wars the Animation. The extended teaser offers an overview of the world and characters, while explaining the lore that led up to the events of the series. The explanation includes an overview of the original Imperial, Paris, and New York Combat Revues, as well as the formation of the WLOF organization that manages the Great Combat Revue World War sporting events.

Sakura Wars (2019) The Animation will begin airing on April 3. Funimation will stream the series in United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Streaming service Wakanim will offer the series in Europe.

Project Sakura Wars The Animation VisualManabu 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 Kōhei Tanaka will score the soundtrack. Ohji Hiroi and Sega are credited with the original concept.

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
  • Clara: Misaki Watada
  • Valery Kaminsky: Kenji Akabane
  • Layla: Haruka Shiraishi
  • Hakushu Murasame: Miyuki Sawashiro
  • Elise: Nana Mizuki
  • Lancelot: Manami Numakura

Sakura Wars (2019) Anime VisualFunimation describes the series as:

Set in 1940, it’s been 10 years since the great demon invasions, and the World Luxury Operatic Federation has designed a tournament for all to participate in! So how will that work with another impending demonic war? We’ll just have to wait and find out!

Sakura Wars (2019) launched in Japan on December 12, 2019. The title, which is available on Sony’s PlayStation 4 console, sold through 166,771 copies as of January 13, according to Famitsu. Sega will release the game worldwide on April 28. The first run of the title will be packaged as a “Launch Edition” that includes a reversible cover and a sticker sheet.

Sega describes Sakura Wars (2019) as:

The stage is set in a steampunk version of 1940s Imperial Tokyo. Only a short while ago, a cataclysmic event destroyed the Imperial Combat Revue of Tokyo, the capital’s global defense force stationed at the Imperial Theater. Now home to the Flower Division, an inept rookie squad who also strives to impart hope on the citizenry with their theatrical talents, the theater has fallen on hard times and risks closure. It’s up to Seijuro Kamiyama as the captain of the new Tokyo revue to lead his squad and restore the Imperial Combat Revue and the theater back to their former glory! With the help of the revue’s five colorful performers, he must rise to the challenge of competing in the Combat Revue World Games, protecting the inhabitants of Tokyo and getting the theater back on track.

Source: YouTube (Sega)