Genres: action, drama, science fiction
Themes: mecha, real robot
Objectionable content: Mild
Number of episodes: 25
Vintage: 2000-04-08 to 2000-09-23
Plot Summary: Sakura travels to the capital with aspirations of defending the city from the demonic forces of the Black Sanctum Council like her father before her. However, things are not as she imagined as in addition to using her great spiritual energy to pilot a mech called a Kobu, she must also perform on stage as an actor, as The Imperial Flower Division’s cover is an art theater. Making a fool of herself and ruining a production gets her on everyone’s bad side, and somehow she must learn to work with them as well as prevent the enemy from destroying several shrines which protect the city.
I am happy to see that Sakura Wars being shown again in the United States. The series that is appearing here on AN, is the primary version; of which there were FOUR OVA’s, a Full Length Motion Picture, and two additional OVA series which take place in Paris, France and New York. The OVA’s were dubbed, but the Paris, France settings and the New York settings currently remain in their original form and of course the music performed in them.
The series for those seeing it for the first time, actually was inspired by a game on the Sega Game Console. (Same thing for Personna 4, it is too has computer game origins.) Ironiclly you might be still able to find a Sakura Game under the PS2 format. It would be under the Sakura Taisen title.
The series also inspired a nearly 5 year run of a live stage show and its associated music numbering over 150 musical tracks and of those there are THREE versions of the opening theme. The opening theme was played as the opening and closing themes during the stage show.
To see the excerpts from that show including the final performance of the show, it can be found on Youtube under Sakura Taisen.
The original music performed and recorded live during the numerous performances in Tokyo, are available on iTunes and also can be obtained at times through Amazon.com.
Though some think having female heroes a bit corny, it is not the only series that have strong female leads.
One thing that attracted me to the series was and is the music itself. The Movie version on DVD also contained the original Japanese version music performed and is I think a must find. The series (the one here on AN) and the OVA’s (also available on DVD in some stores) do bear watching.
Take care and have a great day.