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


  1. Sakura Arrives at the Capital
  2. The City to be Defended
  3. Sakura's Stage Debut
  4. The Flower Combat Troop's New Commander
  5. Dark Shadow
  6. The Koubu's Heart
  7. Tasty Order
  8. This is Revue
  9. A Girl Called Cassowary
  10. The Kanna that Summons a Storm
  11. The Flower Division Training Camp
  12. Lonely Birthday
  13. Bloom Like a Flower! On a Maiden's Pride!
  14. Iris Goes Forth!
  15. Sakura's Return to her Homeland
  16. Anti-Kouma Squad
  17. Overture
  18. Cinderella
  19. The Formation to Destroy Evil
  20. The Darkness Steals Closer
  21. One More Battle
  22. The Imperial Theatre, Goes Up in Flames
  23. Even If My Time to Dream Has Passed/Machine of Dreams
  24. Ties
  25. Continuation of the Dream


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]

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