Whats up there, everybody! Final 12 months, we introduced the Sakura Wars franchise can be making its grand return to the West after so a few years. It’s with nice pleasure that we are able to now reveal the official launch date for Sakura Wars – April 28, 2020!
For many who could also be unfamiliar, the unique Sakura Wars made its debut means again on the Sega Saturn virtually 25 years in the past. It rapidly turned a beloved cultural phenomenon in Japan, due to its memorable characters, masterful writing, story-driven fight, and stylish music. From there, it grew right into a franchise, spawning quite a few sequels, spin-offs, and different multimedia diversifications, together with outstanding stage reveals. Fingers up in case you watched the film or anime collection!
We’re excited to reintroduce everybody to Sakura Wars, presenting a brand new starting for one in every of Sega’s biggest franchises. Whether or not you’re utterly new to the collection, or a longtime fan anticipating its historic return, Sakura Wars is an all-new narrative designed to be loved by each events.
Sakura Wars producer Tetsu Katano (whose official title is Deputy Division Supervisor/Producer of 2nd Improvement Division Division #1, 2nd Improvement Divisional HQ/Leisure Content material HQ – phew!) dives additional into why newcomers ought to be within the sport. “We’d like customers to expertise the detailed actions and expressions of the characters via cutscenes, and naturally would really like them to benefit from the story the place customers generally have intimate communications with the women to construct the stronger bond collectively. A variety of well-known creators additionally joined the group, akin to Kohei Tanaka, who has composed numerous music scores for many years together with the Sakura Wars theme music, and Tite Kubo, who designed the primary characters.”
The Imperial Fight Revue takes the stage as Tokyo’s protection drive in opposition to an imminent demon risk on this extravagant journey. Troopers in wartime, however theater performers in peacetime, the Revue’s Flower Division will not be residing as much as their legacy and is prone to being shut down. As newly appointed captain Seijuro Kamiyama, it’s as much as you to show the group round.
Sega of America’s affiliate localization producer, Andrew Davis, gives further perception. “With the setting being what it’s, there are lots of cultural references which may be much less acquainted to Western gamers, like the standard Japanese candies or the “koi-koi” hanafuda card sport. On the identical time, Japan within the Taisho period was voraciously importing tradition from world wide. It’s that charming mixture of the standard (Shrine maidens! Kimonos!) and the fashionable (Musical revues! Omelets!) that makes Sakura Wars so compelling. That’s why we have been dedicated to presenting all these ideas authentically.”
Throughout your journey, you’ll work together with a colourful solid of characters through the dynamic LIPS dialogue system (a trademark of the collection), the place what you say and the way you say it makes an affect each on and off the battlefield. This flows into the high-energy fight system, that includes large steam-powered mechs referred to as “spiricle striker” that may solely be piloted by these with sturdy non secular energy. All of that is offered within the model of an thrilling anime manufacturing, full with attractive animated sequences and dramatic character arcs that can go away you longing for what occurs subsequent!
Tetsu Katano expands on what makes this title so distinct. “The earlier Sakura Wars used 2D Anime-style graphics and a tactical fight system for the battles, which everybody was utilizing again then. Nevertheless, for this title, 3D has been included to reinforce its visible expression, and battles have been modified to motion in order that customers may really feel the next sense of immersion than ever earlier than.
“The sport engine used for Sakura Wars is named “Hedgehog Engine 2.” The background graphics, GI and native reflections are much like our Sonic entries, however the facial expressions and physique animation have been blended in for the characters to indicate the refined expression. The teary-eyes and the twinkle of the glasses are additionally expressed in an animation model. We centered on the small particulars, like the material on clothes.”
Now let’s meet the unbelievable solid of Sakura Wars. First off, we’ve our protagonist – the primary character of our story, Seijuro Kamiyama. Previously a captain of an auxiliary ship within the navy, he was reassigned to the Imperial Fight Revue to supervise the reformation of the Flower Division.
There, he meets his childhood pal Sakura Amamiya (voiced by Ayane Sakura), a novice stage performer who joined the Flower Division to observe within the footsteps of her idol, onetime mega-star Sakura Shinguji (star of the unique trilogy). She believes strongly in defending Tokyo and lifting the spirits of the populace, and fervently prays the theater will ultimately be restored to its former glory.
Sakura introduces Kamiyama to Hatsuho Shinonome (voiced by Maaya Uchida), a shrine maiden whose magnificence attracts guests to her household’s historic Shinonome Shrine. Born within the working-class neighborhoods of central Tokyo, she’s a real little one of the town who loves her folks, her festivals, and everybody within the capital. Regardless of her brash exterior, she’s a reliable comrade.
We then get to fulfill the booksmart Claris (voiced by Saori Hayami) – full title “Clarissa Snowflake”, a candy, mental lady from Luxembourg who at all times has her nostril in a ebook. Her ferocious curiosity concerning the world drives her to learn day-after-day and find out about all types of subjects.
Azami Mochizuki (voiced by Hibiku Yamamura) then seems from the shadows. A descendant of the Mochizuki clan of ninja, she displayed an incredible aptitude for martial arts, battle techniques, and weapon-handling from a really younger age. Due to the strict coaching she has undergone her whole life, she believes unquestioningly within the 108 Village Guidelines handed down by her clan, striving to obey them always.
Lastly, there’s the dazzling Anastasia Palma (voiced by Ayaka Fukuhara), star of the European stage who hails from Greece. She not too long ago transferred to the Tokyo revue after spending time in numerous revues across the globe. A world-class singer and actor, she has the charisma and confidence to play every little thing from the male result in the bewitching temptress.
All through your journey, you’ll meet different Fight Revues from world wide, all competing in a biennial event referred to as the World Fight Revue designed to sharpen their expertise and honor those that got here earlier than. Every of those revues and some different characters have been designed by numerous visitor artists:
Shanghai Fight Revue: Yukiko Horiguchi
London Fight Revue: BUNBUN
Berlin Fight Revue: Fumikane Shimada
Itsuki Saijou and Hiromi Hongou: Noizi Ito
Hakushu Murasame: Shigenori Soejima
Nice Imperial Gekizou: Ken Sugimori
As Tetsu Katano explains: “We chosen the artists primarily based on whether or not our picture of the characters match their model. To be able to match all this collectively, Masashi Kudo has been helping us enormously, although I consider it was a tough problem. Every artist made their designs primarily based on the settings the event group supplied. Nevertheless, the main points have been all as much as them, so their traits are proven of their design. Mister Tite Kubo additionally supplied us with options on the names for the core sport settings and even designed the gadgets.”
“Localization for the Western launch of Sakura Wars was much like one other one in every of our standard titles, Yakuza zero,” Andrew Davis shares. “The sport was first translated by our long-standing mates at Inbound Video games (who’ve been working with us for a few years) and handed to our inside group for a second move. We centered on making certain the dialogue flowed naturally whereas capturing the quirks of every character’s persona, simply as we do with any undertaking. As an example, Hatsuho’s speech is brash and assured, whereas Azami’s is terse and steely.
“After we have been finished, we reached out to a different outdoors companion (Key phrases Studios) to deal with the localization into French, German, and Spanish. Identical to with our English translation, these groups have been dedicated to crafting faithfully entertaining scripts of their respective languages.”
As you may see, quite a lot of work and care has gone into this undertaking. As avid followers ourselves of this collection, we are able to’t wait for everybody to expertise this superb sport and hope it’s solely the beginning of one thing better for the collection within the West. Keep tuned as we draw ever nearer to the launch of Sakura Wars this April!