Meeting Date: 4/11/2020

Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows as they’re airing. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!

Samantha Ferreira: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Herald Anime Club. I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony and L.B.

L.B. Bryant: Heyo

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to the Great Imperial Theater for Sakura Wars (2019) the Animation, Episode 2: “The case of the hilariously bad disguise”

Sakura Wars the Animation Episode 2 Still - A woman with silver hair wearing a white hat and a domino mask.

L.B. Bryant: I’m already starting to wonder if maybe they are trying to introduce too many villain type characters too quickly.

Samantha Ferreira: I’ll be avoiding spoilers there, but… I don’t think you have much to worry about. :>

L.B. Bryant: I realize that White Cape isn’t a villain but this is the third character in two episodes which is antagonizing the heroes so yeah, it seems a bit much for early on.

Anthony Simpson: I have to agree with L.B on this one.

L.B. Bryant: Technically fourth character actually because I forgot about the black masked character with the claws.

I’m not going to count the demons that they fought at the end of episode 1 as villains since they were just monster of the week fodder.

Sakura Wars the Animation Episode 2 Still - A robotic man wearing black robes and a black hat.

Samantha Ferreira: I’m going to go on a limb and say that we’re realistically looking at two real villains, excluding the obvious Kouma

The Moscow Revue was killed by the winged kouma in the first episode, remember – so these newcomers in the aerial fortress are likely robotic dupes, one of which is Black Mantle

This would mean that we have the winged Kouma and the Moscow Revue members Valery and Layla, with White Mantle/Hakushu being a painfully obvious smokescreen

L.B. Bryant: I am curious to know what she’s doing with the kids she’s “kidnapping”

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise… especially when the papers don’t have any record of it.

Anthony Simpson: I would like to know as well.

Sakura Wars the Animation Episode 2 Still - A woman with red hair stands across a table from a teenage girl wearing a yellow dress. The red haired woman is pounding the table, while the girl is polishing a kunai.

Samantha Ferreira: I’m also kind of wondering how the Flower Division will react when they finally clue in.

Anthony Simpson: I’m wondering as well how they will react

Samantha Ferreira: Hatsuho, especially. She’s pretty much hell-bent on taking White Mantle down

On that note, this episode, we finally got our formal introduction to the cast.

L.B. Bryant: That’s another thing that I’m glad was held off until episode 2. It would’ve been boring to get that info dump right off the bat in the premiere.

Samantha Ferreira: Agreed.

Sakura Wars the Animation Episode 2 Still - A woman with black hair fixes her glasses. Her eyes are obscured by light.

Anthony Simpson: That would have made for first episode that would not have been good.

Samantha Ferreira: I rather liked how they handled it, too. Just fast and breezy, showing off each character’s quirks pretty quickly.

Whether it was Kaoru yelling at Sakura for late expense reports or Ohba saying she can get anything, “whether it’s TP or a battleship”

L.B. Bryant: I giggled at the battleship line.

Anthony Simpson: I chuckled at that line as well.

Samantha Ferreira: Truly, she is a woman who knows these current trying times.

Sakura Wars the Animation Episode 2 Still - A woman with orange hair smirks as she holds up an abacus.

Samantha Ferreira:  One thing I found interesting was the reveal that Hatsuho and Sakura are childhood friends.

L.B. Bryant: I think I missed that bit, at least I don’t remember it. That’s interesting though.

Samantha Ferreira: It was said in passing at one point, and it caught my attention because that was never brought up during the course of the game.

L.B. Bryant: Ah, okies.

Samantha Ferreira: Kind of one of those “weird character facts” things, hehe

L.B. Bryant: At least they did it in the middle of the episode instead of during the next episode previews like Tiger and Bunny did :)

Sakura Wars the Animation Episode 2 Still - A woman with white hair makes an exaggerated pose, as a brunette woman stares in surprise.

Samantha Ferreira: Haha, God those were frustrating. One last question, really… what are your thoughts on the Moscow Combat Revue swooping in last-second before the credits?

L.B. Bryant: I’m holding off on having an opinion on that until next episode lol

Anthony Simpson: Well their ship badass I will say that much

Samantha Ferreira: I can’t deny that, lol

Any final thoughts this week?

L.B. Bryant: I know I said this last week but two things:

1) The new theme song arrangement is still bad ass.

2) I’m still working on getting used to those lifeless eyes on the characters.

Sakura Wars the Animation Episode 2 Still - A woman with brown hair stares at the camera in frustration.

Samantha Ferreira: I love the updated theme song. Even though I’ve heard it enough to know it inside and out by this point, it’s still catchy and fun to listen to.

L.B. Bryant: lol indeed

Other than that, nothing from me.

Anthony Simpson: Nothing from me

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise… and that’s all the time we have this week. Til next time, remember: Always submit your receipts on time, lest you incur the wrath of a surprisingly threatening accountant voiced by Yui Ishikawa.

Have a great night!

Anthony Simpson: Good night

L.B. Bryant: Laters

Sakura Wars the Animation Episode 2 Still - A naked man flies toward the camera after being hit with a washtub. A brunette woman in a blue kimono is throwing wash tubs while yelling.