In 1923, Imperial Japanese Navy Ensign Ichiro Ogami is transferred to the Imperial Combat Revue, a secret combat unit based in Tokyo. Meanwhile, swordswoman Sakura Shinguji arrives from Sendai as the Assault Force's latest recruit and meets Ogami at Ueno Park. Traveling to the Grand Imperial Theater together, Ogami meets the team's main actresses: Sumire Kanzaki, Maria Tachibana, Iris Chateaubriand, Kanna Kirishima, and Kohran Ri. The theater's manager Ikki Yoneda tells Ogami he has been assigned as an usher. Initially bemused and hurt by his assignment, it turns out to be a bluff to decide his worth. The Imperial Combat Revue also functions as a theater troupe called the Imperial Revue. Central to the unit is the Flower Division, the Imperial Revue's main actresses, who use their spirit powers to defend Tokyo against demon attacks using steam-powered armor called Kobu.
The game is told in episodic format, and the story has a bit of a cheesy, Saturday Morning Cartoon vibe. A theater troupe living a double life, where they're a performance troupe, acting out stage plays one moment, and when demons attack, they spring into action, fighting off enemies in their Kobu robots. complete with the characters posing before and after a battle, and after each chapter the game gives you an episode preview of the next chapter.
Our Protagonist and the player character of the game! He was chosen to head the Imperial Combat Revue during a test of a Koubu prototype. Ogami assumes his leadership role and is able to get to know his team, even finding a way to charm them all at points. While Ogami is an overall reliable leader and friend, he does find himself in a couple of awkward situations with his crew.
Voice Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LBp8iSk5-U&t=1356s
0 Ichiro Ogami! Reporting for Duty, sir! (Introduction)
1 I don't know much about theater, and I didn't intend to interrupt your rehearsal. However, teamwork is important in a troupe, right? So please stop fighting. (Trying to de-escalate a problem)
2 "I thought I was accepting the position of captain of the Imperial Assault Troop, right?! What are my duties?! (Confusion and frustration) -Please provide battle reactions, grunts, etc.-"
Vocal Range: Mid to Mid High
The titular character and one of the six romance options in the game. Sakura has a strong sense of justice and is always one to cheer on her comrades. Despite her cheerful nature, she has a bit of a jealous side as shown when she sees Ogami talking to another girl, and a bit of clumsy side, as she's seen tripping on stage and accidently stepping on a castmate's kimono during rehearsal. In battle she is the physical fighter, opting to go in with her swift and strong katana strikes.
Sakura Wars 1 ep. 1: English Subtitles (1/4) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8zn9I0YzTU&t=466s
0 About meâ€¦? My name is Sakura Shinguji, I just arrived from Sendai and I just joined the troop. (A bit embarrassed at first, but still an introduction)
1 Wow, looks like you were having heaps of fun, huh?! Lucky you, she almost looked like your girlfriend. (Jealous)
2 "We are the ones who will protect against evil. We are the soldiers that will fight for justice. It is our duty as the Imperial Assault Troop! (Hero's speech) -Please provide battle reactions and grunts-"
Vocal Range: Mid-High/High
The youngest of the Imperial Assault Troupe, and is one of the six romance options in the game. She's never seen without her bear, Jean-Paul. Being the youngest in the group, she's immature, often getting upset and frustrated at the drop of a hat, but has a good heart and has accepted the troupe as a part of her family. She uses telekinetic powers and is the medic role in battle
For this character, a French accent is recommended but NOT required.
Voice References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6_smNiUgLY
0 My name is Iris and this is Jean-Paul. Mon FrÃ¨re, are you Sakura's lover? (Introduction at first, but becomes teasing)
1 No! He's going with me! Let's go,Mon FrÃ¨re! (Jealous)
2 "When I'm older, I want Mon FrÃ¨re to marry me. I'll see you when I'm twenty, Ichiro! (Flirty) -Please provide battle reactions and grunts-"
Vocal Range: Mid-Low/Mid
Voice Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8zn9I0YzTU&t=939s
Maria is the most mature one out of the troupe and one of six romance options in the game. At first she is very cold and distant towards Ogami, even going to lengths to question his leadership and his qualifications. Maria looks to be the peacekeeper when there's arguments, taking a sort of big sister role to them. During her free time she's seen reading books in the theater's library. She normally plays the second in command in battle.
0 So you're Ichiro Ogami, nice to meet you. My name is Maria Tachibana (Introduction)
1 Correct. It seems you're a man of culture, sir. (Impressed and in awe)
2 "If you get swept up by emotions and lose sight of the big picture, you won't be an effective leader. Ensign Ogami. You areâ€¦ unfit to be captain!!! (Upset, but worried about Ogami) -Please provide battle reactions and grunts-"
Vocal Range: Mid
Sumire is a talented actress and one of the six romance options in the game. She holds herself in high regard, and as a result, comes off as very arrogant and conceited. As she does not want to be in productions with people who are below her standards. She may have a lot of problems with the other members, specifically Sakura and Kanna, but she still loves and cares for them. Despite this, she's still a talented and insightful pilot,
Voice Reference: Sakura Wars 1 ep. 1: English Subtitles (1/4) - YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8zn9I0YzTU&t=769s
0 You dare to suggest that the only daughter of Kanzaki Heavy Industries, and the star actress of this theatre and top lady of Japanese high society, Sumire Kanzaki, should pick up a fork dropped on the floor?! (Introduction/Very Arrogant)
1 We're supposed to trust your opinion?! Some uncultured navy boy who got their artistic education from the back of a cereal box?! (Frustrated)
2 "Ohohohoho~! The spotlight shines best on me! (Proud) -Please provide battle reactions and grunts.-"
Vocal Range : Mid High
Cheery and a good sense of humor, this quirky and clumsy mechanic is one of the six romance options. She's the stage manager of the troupe, and is always inventing new things to try to make the troupe's lives easier. But the problem is most of them end up not working or down right exploding. Despite her constant malfunctions, she always maintains a cheeky and cheerful attitude, always trying to look at the bright side of things. Her mechanic skills allow her to pilot the Kobu relatively easily, utilizing her skills for explosives.
Voice Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2wb2mFuswc&t=369s
0 Kohran Li reporting for duty, sir! I recently transferred here from the Hanayashiki Branch, sir! (Introduction)
1 *Cough, Cough* Ummâ€¦ this is the Imperial Theater, right? *Cough* Jeez Louise, My steam bike's trashedâ€¦ (Escaping from a comedic bike crash)
2 "Blockhead! You better stop messing with me! â€¦Jeez! Even jokes go too far sometimes! What were you thinking!? (Annoyed) -Please provide battle reactions and grunts-"
A resident karate master, Kanna is the last of the six romance options of the game. Kanna is known for her devotion to karate training and her tomboyish attitude, she serves as the muscle for the group. Her martial arts strength easily allows her to kill a bull with her bare hands, this easily translates to her kobu fighting style, using her kobu's fists, opting to fight barehanded. Kanna usually gets along with the troupe relatively well, except for Sumire. The two are often seen bickering between the two. But still, she still cares for her, and the feeling is mutual for Sumire.
Voice Reference: https://youtu.be/LWTxC3tgK-Q?t=666
0 Whoa, you're the boss?! You sure have got the look for it! Man, I like you!! (Introduction, excited)
1 Some people plow the fields, some go fishing, some get rich. As for me, I always had this idea, "I wanna get strong." That's MY thing, you know? Ahaha! That's a terrible answer, isn't it? (Sentimental at first, but trying to brush it off)
2 "Commander, you've seen a side to me that no one has seenâ€¦ (Embarassed and scared) -Please provide battle reactions and grunts-"
Range: Mid to Mid High
Known as the "Drunkyard Hero" This is Ogami's higher up. He has an insane amount of love for sake and due to this he is almost always seen drunk. He is normally seen as the comedic relief as he is often has a carefree attitude alongside his drunkenness. Despite all of this, he is very protective and looks to each of the members of the Troupe as if they were his very own daughter. Alongside he is a very competent commander and manager, being able to lead both towards the battlefield, and the theater.
Voice Reference: https://youtu.be/H8zn9I0YzTU?t=1074
0 Can't you recognize people without a badge of rank? Hic! I'm Army Lieutenant General, Ikki Yoneda! Idiot! (Introduction, frustrated, drunk)
1 I'm sorry for deceiving you. But I wanted to ensure that you were qualified to be captain of a covert squad.
2 You fool! Don't rush things, Ogami! Just settle down for a momentâ€¦ (Frantic)
Vocal Range: Mid - Mid High
Yoneda's second in command. She is a serious and dedicated vice-commander of the Imperial Assault Troupe, and normally acts as a talent seeker for the team, both as pilots and as members of the acting crew. Later on she becomes corrupted and becomes the evil Aya-me, The most powerful kouma and the final boss of the game.
Voice Reference: Sakura Wars 1 ep. 2: English Subtitles (3/5)
0 Doing your best is all well and good, but take it easy, OKâ€¦? (First line, worried)
1 Ifâ€¦ If anything should happen to meâ€¦ Please don't hesitateâ€¦ Use this gun to shoot me! (In pain, trying to fight corruption)
2 Your beloved Ayame Fujieda is no more. If you're so eager to see her againâ€¦ Try again in the next world! (Fully corrupted)
Vocal Range: Mid
Running the support, Kasumi is known as the brains of the support group. She's seen normally stopping the arguments of Tsubaki and Yuri, and tries to stop the spread of rumors, just like the other two members of the Wind Division, she cares deeply for all the Flower Division members.
Voice Reference: Sakura Wars 1 ep. 1: English Subtitles (1/4) : https://youtu.be/H8zn9I0YzTU?t=1783
0 Nice to meet you, You're Ogami, right? I'm Kasumi Fujii, the theater's office manager. (Introduction)
1 We've lost our auto-flight regulators! We won't be able to stay in the air much longer! (Frantic/Informative)
2 I was talking to Yuri just now and she said Maria messed up some of her lines in today's performance. I can't believe Maria would make such mistakesâ€¦ (Gossiping)
Vocal Range: Mid High
Another member of the Wind Division, or the support to the team.She is extremely cheerful and energetic. Her energy causes her to be extremely prone to gossip, especially around the romantic size, sometimes telling it to Ogami, albeit. She doesn't do it from a stage of malice.
Voice Reference: Sakura Wars 1 ep. 1: English Subtitles (1/4) : https://youtu.be/H8zn9I0YzTU?t=1762
0 Ah, good morning. You're Ogami, right? I'm Yuri Sakakibara! (Introduction, Energetic)
1 The main engine is overheating! (Frantic)
2 Heeeeeey, do you think Sakura and Ogami are going to get married? Ah! I didn't realize who I was talking to! Please forget what you just heard! (Gossiping, Embarrassed towards the end)
Vocal Range: Medium - High
Being the youngest member of the Wind Division, she has a natural personality of a teenager, ful of energy, spontaneous, and to a degree, comical. Just like the other two, She is also prone to gossip and spread runors of the other troupe members. She's also a HUGE fan of Maria, but outside of this. She's a serious and dedicated member of the Wind Division, helping out the troupe on the battlefield.
Voice Reference: Sakura Wars 1 ep. 1: English Subtitles (1/4) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1629&v=H8zn9I0YzTU&feature=youtu.be
0 I'm Tsubaki Takamura. I'm always working at the gift shop here. (Introduction, friendly)
1 Feel free to take a picture, Ogami! But we do have to keep the customers in mind, so please only take one! (Cheerful but remembering about her job)
2 Third main cannon, destroyed! All the main cannons are now gone! (Frantic)
Vocal Range: Medium - Low to Medium
The main villain of the game. Not much is known about this man other than the fact that he hates the modern state of Japan as he declares his intentions to re-establish the Tokugawa Shogunate and chase away every Western influences from the country. He survived the aftermath of the Demon War, he also has some history with Yoneda.
Voice Reference: https://youtu.be/I3XMdsLB9UM?t=1057
0 Oh! You've finally done it! Finally the last point has been taken! (Victorious)
1 Bring me Yoneda and I will maybe reconsider my attack! (Demanding)
2 Dammit! That damn troupe keeps getting in my way! (Frustrating)
Voice Range: Medium
One of the Lords of Death, he's the secondary Antagonist after Tenkai's demise. Once an honorable warrior, Aoi has become a major general to Tenkai, serving as his second in command. There seems to be history between himself, Ayame, and Yoneda. Not much is known about their history. But he takes great focus in trying to destroy Japan.
Voice Reference: https://youtu.be/vYVbVPq-I7I?t=1381
0 Heheheâ€¦ Imperial Assault Troupe, you said? Show me the extent of your power! (Demanding)
1 You should know my nameâ€¦ My name is Aoi Satan, you thought you got rid of me, but I'm not done until your little troop is destroyed! (Vengeful)
2 Is that all you got? I expected much more! (Taunting)
Voice: Medium - Medium High
One of the Lords of Death, Setsuna is known for being cunning and manipulative behavior and is always ready to use other people, an example is using a child as a way to cheap shot one of the members of the troupe. He will always target his victims' weaknesses before he strikes.
Voice Reference: https://youtu.be/C9VrkTPnTno?t=1690
0 Ahahahaha!!!! This is exactly where I wanted you! Next time don't let your guard down! (Victorious)
1 Maria Tachibana! Former Soldier of the Russian Revolutionâ€¦ You cold blooded killer, you say you fight for justice, but you're nothing but a cold blooded killer! (Announcing to the world)
2 What's wrong, Maria? Your teammates are going to find the truth! Are you scared of the truth coming out? (Taunting)
Vocal Range: Medium
One of the Lords of Death and the only female among them. She takes great pride in trying to take down the Imperial Assault Troupe. She is known for her flowing red robes and her cocky attitude.
Vocal Reference: https://youtu.be/LaAPTd_veFo?t=558
0 My name is Crimson Miroku, and I shall be your opponent. (Introduction, flirty.)
1 Hahahaâ€¦ What a pleasure to see all this destruction! (Conniving)
2 Imperial Assault Troupe, huh? Please! You're no threat! (Cocky)
Vocal Range: Medium Low - Low
One of the Lords of Death and is known for being very brutish often choosing brawn over brains. He is outright violent and prefers to cause outright destruction and mayhem. Especially when his mask is removed.
Voice Reference: Sakura Wars 1 ep. 4: English Subtitles (3/4) : https://youtu.be/mi8PSjCl81U?t=30
0 We're going to leave this place with nothing but ash, aren't we? (First Line, Threatening)
1 Hahaha!!!! Burn itâ€¦ Burn it to the ground! (Pleasured)
2 Wha-huh?! Who are you supposed to be?! (Taken Off Guard)
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