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Posted by: XAvenger from: on
This series follows the plot of the Sakura Wars video game (a game made for the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast in Japan but never released in the US).
Sakura Wars follows a team of elite mecha pilots who work in secret to defend Japan against invasion by demonic forces. In thier secret identities, they form a theatrical company. As in the game, the TV series focuses more on how the team comes together than on just combat. But there are plenty of action scenes. The pasts of most of the characters is explored through the course of the series and is told in a nice pace. As the series progresses, the team evelves from a group of strangers to group of frineds and comrades-in-arms.
The interactions between the characters ranges from the heart-wrenching to the comic, one comic sequence involves the misspelling of a name that changes the meaning of the name. A more dramatic one involves one character having to rescue her wounded comrade. Ecxellent blend of comedy and drama.
The animation is good by TV standards, but where the anime really shines is its music. Sakura Wars boast some of the best songs ever sung in anime (mostly in their stage performances). The opening is one of my favorite anime songs and each character has at least one song for that character.
Watch the ORIGINAL JAPANESE version. Sakura Wars has one of the most talented casts in anime and the English dub does not do the series justice.
For a unique mecha anime, check out Sakura Wars.
2 out of 5 found this review helpful.
1920s mecha action and drama
Posted by: Dval from: Clarksville, TN on
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Mecha
Length: 25 episodes
"Young Sakura arrives in Capital City to fight for the Imperial Floral Capital Defense Force, but all she finds is a weird opera company preparing for a big performance. What's worse is that the ladies in the company won't let Sakura join in any of their Rheingold games. Can she win them over by unleashing her Spirit Energy? Based on the video game that took the world by storm, Sakura Wars TV brings you even more of the beautiful warriors made popular in the original Sakura Wars. Follow Sakura as she joins the fight of her life. Will she ever be accepted? Does the world have a chance against the evil Wakaji and the mysterious Crimson Lady? Can everyone learn their lines before opening night?!!"
XAvenger hit right on the mark with his review. Sakura Wars has several things going for it with a just a couple going against. I'll start with what it does great. To begin with, the series does a great job at showing the character relationships between all of the cast and how their interactions impact the group as a whole and even their fights. They're all human and a fight between them can carry over to their fights with the forces of evil.
The action is done quite well, too. The series is quite dated, so it can't compare to something like Fate/Zero or some other modern series, but it still holds its own. The limitations of the Koubu #their mechas# are quite apparent and, except for at the end, they're grounded in physics as much as is possible. I'm not a huge fan of the design of the Koubu, but their shape fits for their size. They just look bulky and the colors just make me want to laugh.
The music is pretty awesome as well. *Geki Teikoku Kagekidan* is a great intro song that I loved from the moment I heard it. It wasn't until I heard this song being played in the Project X-Zone game that I took an interest in Sakura Wars. Went ahead and ordered one of the soundtracks for the series as well since I loved the music so much.
The bad is mostly limited to the English dub. Don't watch it. No matter how much you don't like reading subtitles, stay away from the English rendition. It's just that horrid.
Pick this series up if you haven't. It's pretty awesome. I had my doubts at first, but once I started watching, I couldn't stop.
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