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|Sakura Wars Broadcast Series - Return of the Spirit Warriors |
Genres: Indie & Art House, Anime & Manga, Animation
The 25-episode broadcast series based on the Sega game is set in 1926. Under the leadership of handsome Second Lieutenant Ohgami, the seven women of the Imperial Theatrical Troupe, Flower Division stage plays, appear in ... more »
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Ryan M. from PEWAUKEE, WI
Reviewed on 10/31/2011...
great start to an anime
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.
To Clarify Matters:
arala | USA | 03/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The editorial review is completely in error. This is not the broadcast TV Series of Sakura Wars. This DVD contains the first 3 episodes of OVA 2 (anime made directly for the video market).These episodes focus on the characters of the TV series in greater detail, exploring their lives, personalities and histories in a series of one-offs. For example, the first episode focuses on Maria and Sakura, the second on Iris and Reni. The third episode is a rich treat that features the whole cast in a dramatic "horror" story.Unfortunately, American audiences are not getting the full scope of this magnificent series, because the 25 TV episodes are not available on DVD yet. I was fortunate enough to have seen it in a different country, and all the necessary character introduction, development, action, etc. was established in the TV series.Understand that this OVA series allows an audience to "revisit" their favorite characters in slower-paced and different settings, as stand alone episodes. Treat them as short stories, not chapters of the same long story. Artistically inspired by old Japanese movies, each episode encompasses a slightly different mood and "flavor".If you have caught the TV series, then nothing more need be said. You'd probably buy this DVD just to see more of the characters. Though the caveat is that there is less action, and more slower-paced exposition in the OVA. If your only exposure to Sakura Wars is through the OVA, then hold on for a bit, and do not make a judgement about the whole series until you have seen the TV episodes."
Sakura Wars 2-Electric Boogaloo
J. Alford | Atlanta, GA. United States | 01/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the 2nd SAKURA WARS video series. Taking place after the SAKURA WARS 2 video game, Lt. Ogami is leaving to head up a new division in Paris, France(where the SAKURA WARS 3 game takes place). Before he leaves, he recounts all the memories he's had since he became part of the Imperial Flower Division. Each episode of this 6-episode series is a flashback of his. Episode 1 actually takes place in between the SAKURA WARS 1 & 2 video games. Episodes 2-6 happen afterwards with new characters Orhime and the group's only other male character. The OVA is blessed with brilliant CGI animation and a truly memorable soundtrack, especially the Broadway-like songs! The only down side is that there is no real enemy for the Imperial Flower Division to fight in this as there next demon attack doesn't happen until the SAKURA WARS motion picture. They do take down some mafia hoods, a ghost, an a old acuqaintence of Maria's who tries to blow up the theatre. However, nothing that warrants the use of their steampowered mechas, so the opening credits are the only time during the entire series you actually get to see them, or the team in their new military outfits. The DVD is good with great bonuses like the Japanese trailers, but the dub is very stale with the fake European accents, so stay with the Japanese language track! If you liked the original OVA series, then by all means continue with this great followup."
Pretty good intro to the Sakura Wars universe
bubicus | Seattle, WA United States | 10/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though the Sakura Wars (or Sakura Taisen, or ST) universe is pretty detailed, this DVD serves as a decent intro to the main characters. Even if you don't know the characters, the episodes are well-written enough to be taken as entertaining short stories. I'd give it 5 stars for ST fans and 4 stars for non-ST fans. The only noticeable problem with the first DVD is that there are no koubu (steam- and spirit-powered mecha) vs. koubu battles that are typical of the video game series. However, the storytelling makes up for it.By the way, even if you don't understand Japanese, at some point you should definitely listen to the original voice actresses instead of the dubbed ones. One of the hallmarks of the ST series is its excellent voice cast such as the veterans Yokoyama Chisa, Tomizawa Michie, and Orikasa Ai. Episodes 1 and 2 feature stage and screen actor Sonooka Shintarou as Dandy Boss.If you like the DVD, look for the new Sakura Wars game that will be released in the US in 2003/2004 on the PS2."