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It is the Taishou Era in Japan, and the Western world has begun to make its way through traditional Japan. Technology is evolving, and the use of steam has made for great breakthroughs in transportation in weaponry. But the world faces a deadly threat: a dark cult wishes to destroy Japan and the very world itself. To combat any possible threats, the Imperial government of Japan brings together 6 young ladies from around the world to form the Hanagumi (Flower Bridage) division of the Teikoku Kagekidan (Imperial Floral Assault Group). Clad in their proud spiritual armor, the Kobou, these young women are the frontline of defense against the demon worshippers, but they haven't a leader to guide them into battle.

And, with a single letter, young Navy ensign Ichiro Ogami's life is about to take a very interesting turn as the chosen leader of the Hanagumi! Ichiro now has to gain the trust of the members of the Hanagumi if he expects to keep things under control.

The gameplay of Sakura Taisen is a combination of Japanese-style adventure with dating mechanics and tactical turn-based combat. Most of the game is spent exploring the theater, which serves as a disguise for the military base. Depending on the player's decisions - where to go, which girl to look for, how to answer the questions (there is a time limit for responses) - the protagonist will develop different relationships with the girls, which will influence not only further dialogues and the ending, but also slightly affect their parameters in battles. During combat, the player navigates Ichiro and the girls over an isometric battlefield and attack the enemies physically, or charge for powerful special attacks. Each turn it is possible to perform two different actions per character; walking distance and attack range are limited and unique to each character. There is no experience points system and also no equipment in the game.


Sakura Taisen Windows Point-and-click interaction? Maybe point-and-squeeze? :) I love it how the cursor is "ashamed" :)
Sakura Taisen SEGA Saturn Navigating the hero in top-down mode through the theater building.
Sakura Taisen SEGA Saturn Choose your answer before time expires!
Sakura Taisen Windows Title screen

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Sakura Taisen Other

Alternate Titles

  • "櫻花大戰" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "樱花大战" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "サクラ大戦" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Войны Сакуры" -- Russian spelling
  • "Yinghua Dazhan" -- Chinese title
  • "Sakura Wars" -- Official English title

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RPGFan SEGA Saturn Jun 06, 1999 97 out of 100 97
Consoles News Dreamcast Jul, 2000 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan SEGA Saturn Dec 16, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Legendra SEGA Saturn Nov 19, 2004 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan SEGA Saturn Oct 18, 2000 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Dreamcast Jun 26, 2000 7.6 out of 10 76
Legendra Dreamcast Jul 21, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Legendra Windows Jul 21, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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Sakura Taisen is so immensly popular in Japan that no one could believe the amount of items available:

For starters, you have your standard model kits (mostly of the Kobou used by the girls) cosplay (costume play) outfits, resin kits (models made of a hard resin that you glue and paint), stationary, displayable figures, and tons more. But...

Let's not forget anime and manga. 2 OVAs (with a third arriving soon based on the story of Sakura Taisen 3), a TV anime series, and an anime movie have all been released in Japan. Magna is also plentiful, from doujinshi to direct adaptations of the game stories. But nothing could top the live stage dramas performed by the girls who voice the Hanagumi...close to TEN of these have been produced!!
Contributed to by Satoshi Kunsai (2074)
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