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Mitsuru Hongo (screenplay)
Ohji Horoi (story)
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22 December 2001 (Japan) See more »
Following in the aftermath of a terrible Demon-Human war, turn of the century Japan is preparing a new... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Chisa Yokoyama ... Sakura Shinguji
Michie Tomizawa ... Sumire Kanazaki
Urara Takano ... Maria Tachibana
Kumiko Nishihara ... Iris Chateaubriand
Yuriko Fuchizaki ... Ri Kohran
Mayumi Tanaka ... Kanna Kirishima
Ai Orikasa ... Ayame Fujieda
Masaru Ikeda ... Ikki Yoneda (voice)
Akio Suyama ... Ichirô Ohgami
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keiji Fujiwara ... Haruyoshi Tanuma (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ... Yokihiko Ota (voice)
Kyôko Hikami ... Tsubaki Takamura (voice)
Kazue Ikura ... Leni Milchstraße (voice)
Kôichi Kitamura ... Yoritsune Hanakoji (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Yuichi Kayama (voice)
Akiko Kuno ... Ratchet Altair (voice)
Yûki Masuda ... Yuri Sakakibara (voice)
Taiki Matsuno ... Kikunojo Oka (voice)
Yûji Mitsuya ... Musei Edogawa (voice)
Keiichi Nanba ... Patrick Hamilton (voice)
Maya Okamoto ... Orihime Soletta (voice)
Akemi Okamura ... Kasumi Fujii (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Brent Furlong (voice)
Kazuki Yao ... Kotone Seiryuin (voice)

Directed by
Mitsuru Hongo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ôji Hiroi  screenplay (as Ouji Hiroi)
Mitsuru Hongo  screenplay
Ohji Horoi  story
Hiroyuki Nishimura  screenplay
Nobuhisa Terado  screenplay

Produced by
Kevin Chu .... producer (english version)
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa .... executive producer
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa .... executive producer
Kazumi Kawashiro .... producer
Tetsu Kayama .... executive producer
Masahiro Kiba .... executive producer
Fumio Nagase .... executive producer
Yasuaki Nagoshi .... producer (as Yasuaki Nagaoshi)
Mami Okada .... assistant producer (english version)
Kaeko Sakamoto .... producer (english version)
Emi Sasaki .... producer
Kei'ichi Sato .... executive producer
Kôji Sawai .... producer
Masaki Sawanobori .... producer
Eric P. Sherman .... producer (english version)
Yutaka Takahashi .... executive producer
Hiroe Tsukamoto .... executive producer (english version)
Shigeru Watanabe .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kôhei Tanaka 
Film Editing by
David Grundy (English version)
Hiroshi Ito 
Masahiro Matsumura 
Art Direction by
Laura Attwell 
Yukihiro Shibutani 
Art Department
Laura Attwell .... art director: English dub
Kôsuke Fujishima .... original character designs
Hitoshi Fukuchi .... mechanical designer
Kiyomi Inoue .... color coordinator
Eiji Ishimoto .... mechanical designer
Shin Matsuo .... mechanical designer
Gorô Murata .... mechanical designer
Futoshi Nagata .... original mechanical designs
Hiroshi Ogawa .... mechanical designer
Toshiya Shinohara .... art designer
Special Effects by
Takashi Maekawa .... special effects
Masahiro Murakami .... special effects
Atsushi Takeuchi .... mechanical designer
Hidekatsu Uemura .... mechanical designer
Visual Effects by
Tokumitsu Kifune .... 3D director
Atsushi Takeuchi .... cgi motion director
Camera and Electrical Department
Yusuke Takeda .... lighting technician
Animation Department
Toshio Ishizaki .... animation director (as Sushio)
Kazuya Kuroda .... character designer
Hiroyuki Matsubara .... character designer
Koki Otsubo .... assistant director of animation
Masaki Tanaka .... assistant director of animation
Music Department
Kôhei Tanaka .... music director
Other crew
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa .... production coordinator
Takaaki Ishiyama .... executive director
Gary Lipkowitz .... adr director (as Gary Dehan)
Maki Terashima-Furuta .... subtitler (as Maki Terashima)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sakura Taisen: Katsudou Shashin" - Japan (original title)
"Sakura Wars: The Movie" - USA (complete title)
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Rated PG-13 for images of violence
120 min | USA:85 min (theatrical version)
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A must-see for Sakura Wars fans, 23 March 2000
Author: paulchi

Sakura Wars is generally an action/adventure type of anime, with more of a light-hearted tone than a serious one. The DVD contains all four episodes of the first Sakura Wars OVA series. Episodes 1-3 take place before the time of the Sega Saturn game, and deal with the recruiting of the Imperial Floral Assault Group (a team of girls who do battle in steam-powered mecha to protect Japan from demons) and their early days together. Episode 4 seems to take place sometime during the Saturn game, after Captain Oogami Ichirou's arrival.

It's been said that the Sakura Wars anime isn't very approachable to those not already familiar with its setting and characters. This may be true, but if you played and liked the Saturn game, you will enjoy every minute of the OVAs. The dubbing is fairly good, although some characters (Maria Tachibana, Iris Chateaubriand, and Ri Kouran) speak with accents which may not be too pleasant on the ears. However, I prefer watching with subtitles (on the DVD, the subtitles can be turned on or off).

In short, if you liked the Saturn game, you must see this series of videos. If you haven't played the game, you might not find Sakura Wars to be very fulfilling... or you might be inspired to track down the video games. :)

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