Sakura Wars (TV Series)
SW TV poster
A Poster with the logo and the main cast.
(Sakura Taisen)
Genre Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Anime television series
Directed by Ryūtarō Nakamura
Produced by Masao Maruyama
Yoshimi Asari
Shōjiro Abe
Written by Satoru Akahori
Music by Kohei Tanaka
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by English anime licensee
Network TBS, MBS, CBC, HBC]], TUF, ITV, TBC, SBS, RSK, tys
English network english anime network
Original run April 8, 2000September 23, 2000
Episodes 25
Movie and OVAs
Sakura Taisen (game franchise)
Sakura Taisen Ouka Kenran
Sakura Taisen Gouka Kenran
Sakura Wars: The Movie

Sakura Wars (サクラ大戦 Sakura Taisen?) is a 2000 Japanese anime created by Madhouse first broadcast on TBS and later on other TV stations. It is based on the Sakura Wars video game franchise by Sega and Red Entertainment.

The TV series was licensed by ADV Films in 2003 and was released on DVD in six volumes and a box set. In 2009, the series was licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Characters Edit

While several characters can be considered main characters due to their importance to the plot, Sakura Shinguji is the protagonist of the story. Other characters who have supporting roles often have recurring appearances in the story.

  • Sakura Shinguji - A daughter of Kazuma Shinguji, the hero of the last demon war, and heir to the spiritual power of the Shinguji family, she was summoned to Tokyo by General Yoneda sometime after the formation of the Hanagumi. Struggling to adapt to life in the metropolis after arriving from rural Sendai, she is further troubled by trying to integrate with the already established members of the Flower Division.Often seen as either clumsy or a country yokel by many of the other members when she first arrives, she steadily increases in skill and confidence to become one of the strongest of the group. Other than her open and friendly personality, the main benefits she brings to the group are the Shinguji family's hereditary power to defeat evil and the Reiken-Arataka. Her uniform is light pink.
  • Ichiro Ogami - He was chosen to head the Hanagumi when he proved himself capable during a test of a Koubu prototype. Kayama was with him during that time, but eventually Ogami was sent to work with the Hanagumi, as Kayama worked with the Tsukigumi. In the TV series, he temporarily assumed the role of Assistant Commander. Originally an ensign, he was later promoted to lieutenant junior grade. Ogami was later given the Shintou-Mekkyaku, one of the four spiritual swords, by an injured Yoneda after he awoke from a coma. Later he and Sakura came to possess the Shinken-Shirahadori and Koutou-Mukei spiritual swords to carry out the Ni-ken Ni-tou no Gi. One interesting note about Ogami is that though he is the primary protagonist of the Sakura Wars games, he plays a minor role in the anime and manga adaptions.
  • Sumire Kanzaki - An established selfish actress of great talent and self-professed star of the Hanagumi, Sumire is arrogant and conceited, perhaps because she was raised as a spoiled brat, with her father and grandfather being good-hearted yet very workaholic. Despite her attitude, she is skilled pilot and highly capable of wielding a naginata, and can sometimes be rather wise. She is a daughter born into the elite Kanzaki industrial clan, whose factory produced the Koubu. It is thought that she is named after the well-known Takarazuka member Sumire Haruno. Her uniform is purple.
  • Maria Tachibana - A veteran of the Russian Revolution, Maria is the only member of the Hanagumi with prior experience of military tactics and warfare. This experience is why she was chosen to be the original leader of the group. However, though her struggles in Russia have left her an expert marksman and skilled tactician, she also becomes coldly logical and unwilling to interact with others on an emotional level, which leads to being labeled "Kazuar" (Russian: ="ru" xml:lang="ru" >Казуар</span>, tr. kazuar, meaning "cassowary"). After a series of setbacks, it is decided that Ichiro Ogami should replace her as leader, with Maria remaining as his second. After an initial period of friction between the pair when Ogami arrives, Maria's attitude begins to turn slightly, though she still remains the most coldly emotional of the group. Sakura looks up at Maria very much at the beginning. Her uniform is Navy Blue.
  • Iris Chateaubriand - Born into an aristocratic family somewhere in France (in the state of Champagne), Iris typically wears a green gown with white apron and pink ribbon on her hair and carries her teddy bear Jean Paul around with her. Both her uniform and Kobu is yellow. The youngest member of the Hanagumi, Iris does not use a weapon like her teammates (the one time she was so equipped, she panicked and shot at both friend and foe), but she has psionic Energy Amplifying powers. She can heal her teammates with her Marionette ability. Because of this, she is the core of the Haja no Jin spiritual barricade formation. She is also capable of teleportation. She says that when she is 20 years old, she will marry Ogami. Her parents apparently kept her locked in her room for a long time, scared by her psychic abilities, until Ayame came up to them and offered to take Iris to Japan.
  • Kohran Li - Cheerful, and good humoured, Kohran is mechanically inclined and loves to work with the koubu. She works as the stage manager of the Hanagumi. A running joke in the series is that Kohran's inventions are rather accident-prone, often backfiring or blowing up in her face. She sometimes uses Ogami as a guinea pig to test her inventions, with predictably hilarious results when the inventions blow up during testing. Despite her cheerful attitude, she also has a serious side regarding her past; a bandit raid killed her parents and was said to be the only survivor during the village fire. She idolizes the creator of the Koubu, Shinnosuke Yamazaki. Her uniform is green.
  • Kanna Kirishima - Always hungry and tomboyish, the fairly easygoing Kanna serves as the group's raw muscle. Kanna is the master of a Martial Arts style that allows her to easily kill a bull with her bare hands. She sometimes gets into an argument with Sumire over their differences in attitude. Her uniform is red.
  • Ikki Yoneda - He is one of four original members of the Anti-Kouma Unit, a precursor of the Imperial Capital Defense. He went on to become the commanding general of the Teikoku Kagekidan, and at the same time acting as the manager for their other persona. He is almost never seen without a bottle of sake in hand. By the end of the fourth game, he retires and appoints Ohgami as his successor.
  • Ayame Fujieda - Another former member of the Anti-Descended Evil Unit, she works closely as a talent scout for the Imperial Capital Dramatic Troupe. She was responsible for bringing Li Kohran from Shanghai, Maria Tachibana from New York and Iris Châteaubriand from France over to Japan. Ayame is a talented linguist, having spoken no less than four languages and two regional dialects during her time in the series. She is known to speak English, Japanese (Kanto and Okinawa dialects), French, and Chinese (it is unknown whether it is Mandarin or Cantonese she is speaking). She may also possess a basic understanding of Russian. She did not die in the TV series.
  • Other Characters


Ep. # Pic Chapter Title Original Airdates
1 TV Episode 1 "Sakura Arrives at the Capital"
"Sakura Teito ni Kuru" (さくら帝都に来る)
April 8, 2000 (JP)
2 TV Episode 2 "The City to be Defended"
"Mamorubeki Toshi" (守るべき都市)
April 15, 2000 (JP)
3 TV Episode 3 "Sakura's Stage Debut"
"Sakura no Hatsu Butai" (さくらの初舞台)
April 22, 2000 (JP)

4 TV Episode 4 "The Flower Combat Troop's New Commander"
"Kageki-dan no Shin Taichō" (華撃団の新隊長)
April 29, 2000 (JP)
5 TV Episode 5 "Dark Shadow"
"Jāku naru Kage" (邪悪なる影)
May 6, 2000 (JP)
6 TV Episode 6 "The Koubu's Heart"
"Kōbu no Kokoro" (光武の心)
May 13, 2000 (JP)
7 TV Episode 7 "Tasty Order"
"Oishī Chitsujo" (おいしい秩序)
May 20, 2000 (JP)
8 TV Episode 8 "This is Revue"
"Kore ga Rebyū" (これがレビュー)
May 27, 2000 (JP)
9 TV Episode 9 "A Girl Called Cassowary"
"Kuwassarī to Yobareta Shōjo" (火喰い鳥と呼ばれた少女)
June 3, 2000 (JP)
10 TV Episode 10 "The Kanna that Summons a Storm"
"Arashi wo Yobu Kanna" (嵐を呼ぶ女)
June 10, 2000 (JP)
11 TV Episode 11 "The Flower Division Training Camp"
"Hana Gumi Gasshuku" (花組合宿)
June 17, 2000 (JP)
12 TV Episode 12 "Lonely Birthday"
"Hitoribotchi no Bāsudē" (ひとりぼっちのバースデー)
June 24, 2000 (JP)
13 TV Episode 13 "Bloom Like a Flower! On a Maiden's Pride!"
"Hana to Saka se yo! Otome no Iji de!" (花と咲かせよ!乙女の意地で!)
July 1, 2000 (JP)
14 TV Episode 14 "Iris Goes Forth!"
"Airisu Shutsugeki su!" (アイリス出撃す!)
July 8, 2000 (JP)
15 TV Episode 15 "Sakura's Return to her Homeland"
"Sakura Furusato e Kaeru" (さくら故郷へ帰る)
July 15, 2000 (JP)
16 TV Episode 16 "Anti-Kouma Squad"
"Tai-Kōma Butai" (対降魔部隊)
July 22, 2000 (JP)
17 TV Episode 17 "Overture"
"Jokyoku" (序曲)
July 29, 2000 (JP)
18 TV Episode 18 "Cinderella"
"Shinderera" (シンデレラ)
August 5, 2000 (JP)
19 TV Episode 19 "The Formation to Destroy Evil"
"Haja no Jin" (破邪の陣)
August 12, 2000 (JP)
20 TV Episode 20 "The Darkness Steals Closer"
"Shinobi Yoru Yami" (しのび寄る闇)
August 19, 2000 (JP)
21 TV Episode 21 "One More Battle"
"Mō Hitotsu no Tatakai" (もうひとつの戦い)
August 26, 2000 (JP)
22 TV Episode 22 "The Imperial Theatre, Goes Up in Flames"
"Teigeki, Enjō" (帝劇、炎上)
September 2, 2000 (JP)
23 TV Episode 23 "Even If My Time to Dream Has Passed/Machine of Dreams"
"Yumemiru Koro wo Sugitemo" (夢見る頃を過ぎても)
September 9, 2000 (JP)
24 TV Episode 24 "Ties"
"Kizuna" (絆)
September 16, 2000 (JP)
25 TV Episode 25 "Continuation Of His Dream
"Yume no Tsuzuki" (夢のつづき)
September 23, 2000 (JP)


Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network gave the fourth DVD a D+ for dialogue, a D for Story and animation and a B for art and music.[1]

Theorin Martin of Anime News Network gave the complete TV series collection a C for the dub, a B- for the sub, a C+ for the story, a B for the animation and art and a B+ for the music.[2]

THEM Anime gave the series three stars out of five.[3]

External linksEdit


Sakura Wars Franchise
Main Games Sakura WarsSakura Wars 2 ~Kimi, Shinitamou koto Nakare~Sakura Wars 3 ~Pari wa Moeteiru ka~Sakura Wars 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
Novels and manga Sakura Taisen ZenyaSakura Taisen (1999 manga)Sakura Wars: Gouka Kenran(manga)Sakura Wars: Taishou RenkaSakura Wars: Katsuduo Shashin(manga)Sakura Wars: Pari ZenyaSakura Wars (2003 manga)
Prequels & Sidestories Hanagumi Taisen ColumnsHanagumi Taisen Columns 2Sakura Wars GB ~Geki • Hanagumi Nyuutai!~Sakura Wars GB2 ~Thunder Bolt Sakusen~Sakura Wars Monogatari ~Mysterious Paris~Sakura Wars V Episode 0 ~Kouya no Samurai Musume~Dramatic Dungeon Sakura Wars ~Kimi aru ga tame~
Compilations and Collections Sakura Wars Complete BoxSakura Wars 1 & 2Sakura Wars 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

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