Meeting Date: 4/25/2020

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 Simpson and L.B. Bryant

L.B. Bryant: Hello!

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to the world of Taisho steampunk robots as we talk up Sakura Wars (2019) the Animation, Episode 4: “Harold, they’re lesbians.”

Joking aside, this was a pretty huge episode for Sakura and Hatsuho. We got a lot of exposition for them, plus some adorable childhood moments.

Sakura Wars The Animation Episode 04 still - a brown-haired girl and a red-haired girl dressed in kimonos smile at each other.

Anthony Simpson: I want more childhood moments between the two. It was so great and adorable.

Samantha Ferreira: It was. They’re super cute together.

As were Azami and Oba. The whole “How much?” “1000 yen” “That’s enough to buy a house” exchange was adorable.

L.B. Bryant: That bit confused me for a few seconds because in my head I actually had to take time to think “Wait, were houses really that cheap back then?”

Samantha Ferreira: Hehe. It was more just childish whimsy – the whole “Five bucks is a lot to a child” thing.

L.B. Bryant: Got it.

Sakura Wars The Animation Episode 04 still - a black-haired girl in a yellow dress talks with a woman with orange hair.

Samantha Ferreira: I do wonder how Azami will play in next week, on that note. It’s clear they’re building up to her having a spotlight

Anthony Simpson: I wonder about that as well.

Samantha Ferreira: On that note, I’m wondering what is up with Klara and her sister

Anthony Simpson: Not fully human I am guessing.

Samantha Ferreira: That’s my thought also. Something tells me Moscow was doing experiments with Kouma

Anthony Simpson: Either some kind of robot or cyborg. That was also going to be my second guess is that she is some kind of human-Kouma hybrid.

Samantha Ferreira: That’s my thought, at least, given they’re the only ones who weren’t hurt by the whole explosion… and apparently, Klara was at ground zero

Anthony Simpson: Which I would say makes that sense if she is a hybrid why she wasn’t hurt.

Sakura Wars The Animation Episode 04 still - A blonde girl and a brown-haired woman in a blue kimono share a pensive gaze.

Samantha Ferreira: Definitely. And it would explain the amnesia, too

Now, that said: How adorable are chibi Sakura and Hatsuho?

L.B. Bryant: Totes adorbs.

Anthony Simpson: The moe factor is strong with them in chibi form.

I want more of that.

Can get a spin-off series with just chibi Sakura and Hatusho?

Samantha Ferreira: I’d watch that in a heartbeat.

Of course, I’m also wondering how Seijuro will tie in later – so far, he’s mostly been just, well… not even secondary. He pops in once every few episodes to say “hi” – big change from the game, where he’s the focus

Sakura Wars The Animation Episode 04 still - A red-haired girl in a white and red shrine maiden's outfit looks down at a a brunette girl who fell to the ground.

Anthony Simpson: I wonder about that as well.

Samantha Ferreira: I also wonder how the WLOF will tie in, since that’s been running as a bit of a back-channel side story

Anthony Simpson: I’m sure they are up to no good.

Samantha Ferreira: Oh no doubt. I can’t speak much, because I’ll be spoiling the game, but… I have reason to believe shenanigans. Aniwho, any final thoughts this week?

Anthony Simpson: Curious just to see what happens next time

L.B. Bryant: Nothing from me.

Samantha Ferreira: I guess that does it this week. ’til next time, remember: Sometimes, a tree is just a tree… brought to life by psychic song girl magic.

Have a great night, everybody!

Anthony Simpson: Goodnight

L.B. Bryant: Night

Sakura Wars The Animation Episode 04 still - three women brace themselves as a swarm of bats flies out of a dark doorway.