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Sakura Wars (2001)

Sakura taisen: Katsudou shashin (original title)
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Join Sakura's troupe of musical mechsuit divas for a supernatural showdown. As a fresh face joins the team, others begin to vanish. When demons terrorize Tokyo, the metal maidens must pull their act together and drop the curtain on evil.


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Ohji Hiroi (creator) (as Ôji Hiroi), Wendee Lee (adr script) | 6 more credits »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Michie Tomizawa ... Sumire Kanazaki (voice)
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Kumiko Nishihara Kumiko Nishihara ... Iris Chateaubriand (voice)
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Mayumi Tanaka ... Kanna Kirishima (voice)
Ai Orikasa ... Ayame Fujieda (voice)
Masaru Ikeda Masaru Ikeda ... Ikki Yoneda (voice)
Akio Suyama Akio Suyama ... Ichirô Ohgami (voice)
Keiji Fujiwara ... Haruyoshi Tanuma (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Yokihiko Ota (voice)
Kyôko Hikami ... Tsubaki Takamura (voice)
Kazue Ikura ... Leni Milchstraße (voice)
Kôichi Kitamura Kôichi Kitamura ... Yoritsune Hanakoji (voice)
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Rated PG-13 for images of violence | See all certifications »





English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 December 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Watashi no Aozora
(My Blue Sky)
Ending Theme
Lyrics by Ohji Horoi
Music by Kôhei Tanaka
Arrangement by Takayuki Negishi
Performed by Ai Orikasa
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Quite a mix
29 April 2004 | by ZapdosSee all my reviews

Imagine a Buffy: the vampire Slayer type scenerio with Wild Wild West technology set in Industrial Japan with the characters from 'Allo 'Allo and you get Sakura wars!

Fans of Tenchi, Nadesico and Evangelion will enjoy this anime as it has the familiar stylings of all three. In my opinion Sakura looks like Yurika from Nadesico and the voice of one of the minor characters is the same seiyuu as the voice for Ryoko from Tenchi!

The ending of the original OAV is rushed after a slow start however in my opinion must anime conclusions are!

7 out of 10!!!

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