Maria Tachibana
Maria Tachibana portait
Age 19 (Sakura Taisen)
23 (Sakura Taisen 4)
Birthdate June 19, 1903
Engva Catherine Berry (ADV Films)
Kelsey Kling (Sakura Wars TV)
Mari Devon (credited as Jane Alan) (Bandai/Geneon, FUNimation)
GameTitle Sakura Taisen
Height 186 cm (6'1")
Japanese Tachibana Maria
Japva Urara Takano
Sprite ST-MariaPortrait-NeutralST-MariaPortrait-SeriousST-MariaPortrait-HappyST-MariaPortrait-Blushing
Weight 65 kg
b/w/h 88/60/90
bloodtype O
Koubu Color Dark purple
kana タチバナ・マリア
place Kiev, Ukraine (Of mixed Japanese-Ukrainian parentage)
romaji Tachibana Maria
"......She seemed to be a rather strict person. Still, I finally feel as though I've met someone who actually seems like military personnel."
—Ogami after meeting Maria for the first time

Maria Tachibana(タチバナ・マリア, Tachibana Maria) is the vice-captain and member of the Teikoku Kagekidan's Hanagumi.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Maria has a characteristic platinum blonde bob cut hairstyle which obscures her left eye. Her eyes are bright green.

In Sakura Taisen, Maria wears a dark purple two-piece trench coat that covers much of her body. She wears red gloves and brown and red boots. Underneath the top of the coat is a white dress shirt. In some episodes of Sakura Taisen 2, Maria wears a chalk-striped double-breasted suit with matching trousers. She wears a white turtleneck long sleeves underneath and a pair of black and white boots.

Maria is very cold and distant at the beginning due to her traumatic past, but began to turn slightly after accepting Ogami as her captain. Calm and collected, she is skilled in the ability to judge things objectively. She is good at cooking and loves to read books.

Maria's height, commanding presence and deep voice often lead to her playing male characters onstage, which gathered the attention of her many fans.


"For me, who has abandoned my country, and lost my family......the Squad Leader......everyone in the Hanagumi......they're a treasure money can't buy."

Born to a Russian diplomat and a Japanese mother, Maria was orphaned during the Russian Revolution in which she eventually joined the revolutionary forces at the age of 14. Traumatized by the loss of her squad captain, she shut out her emotions, becoming a merciless sniper and earning the nickname "Kazuar" (Russian: Казуар, tr. kazuar, meaning "cassowary"). She later moved to America in 1920, finding work as a professional killer in a mafia before being recruited by the TeiGeki's vice-commander, Ayame Fujieda.

In the gamesEdit

Sakura TaisenEdit

In the 3rd episode, "I Am Not Fit To Be Captain?!", her past is revealed to the others. She was given the codename "Cassowary" due to her prowess on the battle, racing through the battlefield like a black flame. Her captain died due to her hesitance from gunfire, and the events still haunt her in her sleep. After being captured by Setsuna, Ogami goes alone to rescue her. The other members of the Assault force arrive in time to help out in defeating Setsuna. He then returns her pendant to her, which she dropped when she was captured.

In her ending, she and Ogami go to her captain's grave and places her pendant on it. After paying their respects, the clouds part and they embrace each other.

Sakura Taisen 2Edit

Sakura Taisen 3Edit

Sakura Taisen 4Edit

In films and televisionEdit

Sakura Wars OVAEdit

Sakura Wars 2 OVAEdit

Sakura Wars (TV Series)Edit

Sakura Wars: The MovieEdit

Sakura Taisen: SumireEdit

Other appearancesEdit

Hanagumi Taisen ColumnsEdit


Maria is a playable character in Hanagumi Taisen Columns and its sequel.

Completing Shonen Red vs. Benitokage mode with Maria unlocks the hard difficulty.


Maria is a female (but occasionally male) given name in many diverse cultures, including African, Arab, Armenian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Pakistani, Serbian, Swedish, and Spanish. It became popular with the spread of Christianity as a Latinized form of the Hebrew name of Jesus' mother Mary (Miriam in Hebrew). The meaning of the name is uncertain, but it may originally be an Egyptian name, probably derived from "mry" (beloved) or "mr" (love) ("eminent lady" or "beloved lady"), although it was used in Europe even before the establishment of Christianity as a female form of the Roman name Marius.

In the Russian language, Masha (Маша) is a diminutive of Maria. The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from my "beloved" or "love". It has been used as a nickname or as a pet name for women named Maria or Marie.

Tachibana (橘, Citrus tachibana), Maria's floral namesake, refers to a species of wild green inedible citrus fruits native to Japan.


  • Maria is the second tallest character in the series, the first being Kanna.
  • It is revealed that in Sakura's story mode in Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2, Maria has a fear of cockroaches.
  • Maria is known to speak at least three languages: Russian, English, and Japanese. Of these, she speaks at least Russian and Japanese fluently.
  • One of Maria's image songs, "Akai Katyusha", appears to draw heavy influence from Russian folk songs.


Sakura Taisen Series
Main Games Sakura TaisenSakura Taisen 2 ~Kimi, Shinitamou koto Nakare~Sakura Taisen 3 ~Pari wa Moeteiru ka~Sakura Taisen 4 ~Koi Seyo, Otome~Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love
Spin-offs Sakura Taisen: Hanagumi TsuushinSakura Taisen: Jouki Radio ShowSakura Taisen Teigeki GraphOgami Ichiro Funtouki ~Sakura Taisen Kayou Show "Benitokage" Yori~Sakura Taisen: Kinematron Hanagumi MailSakura Taisen Online ~Teito no Nagai Hibi~Sakura Taisen Online ~Pari no Yuuka na Hibi~Jissen Pachinko Hisshouhou! CR Sakura Taisen
Main Series Prequels & Sidestories Hanagumi Taisen ColumnsHanagumi Taisen Columns 2Sakura Taisen GB ~Geki • Hanagumi Nyuutai!~Sakura Taisen GB2 ~Thunder Bolt Sakusen~Sakura Taisen Monogatari ~Mysterious Paris~Sakura Taisen V Episode 0 ~Kouya no Samurai Musume~Dramatic Dungeon Sakura Taisen ~Kimi aru ga tame~
Compilations and Collections Sakura Taisen Complete BoxSakura Taisen 1 & 2Sakura Taisen Premium Edition
Animation Sakura Wars OVASakura Wars 2 OVASakura Wars (TV Series)Sakura Wars: The MovieSakura Taisen: SumireSakura Taisen: Ecole de ParisSakura Taisen: Le Nouveau ParisSakura Taisen: New York NY