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Sakura Taisen: Ouka Kenran

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Sakura Taisen: Ouka Kenran
Studio: Animate Film
Release Date RRP Code
VHS Video
JP
¥? ?
VHS Video
US
$? ?
VHS Video
UK
£12.99[1] ?
LaserDisc
JP
¥? ?
DVD Video
JP
¥9,800 BCBA-0041
DVD Video
US
$? ?
DVD Video
US (Remastered)
$? ?

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Sakura Taisen: Ouka Kenran (サクラ大戦 桜華絢爛) is the first OVA based on the Sakura Taisen franchise.

Ouka Kenran was the first piece of animated material (outside cutscenes in the original Sega Saturn game), and when localised for the US (and later European) markets, became known simply as Sakura Wars.

The OVA consists of four parts originally released on VHS and LaserDisc between December 1997 and July 1998:

  1. Hana no Miyako no Hana Ikusa (華の都の花いくさ); (1997-12-18)
  2. Sakura no Hana ni Hanate yo Shinken (桜の花に放てよ神剣); (1998-02-25)
  3. Haru wa Yayoi no Hatsu Butai (春は弥生の初戦闘); (1998-05-25)
  4. Manatsu no Yume no Yoru (真夏の夢の夜); (1998-07-25)

However, newer releases generally favour combining all four parts onto one cassette or disc, or at the very least selling all four parts as a set.

Ouka Kenran would be followed by a sequel in 1999 in the form of Sakura Taisen: Gouka Kenran.

Promotional material

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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #80: "1997-44 (1997-12-19)" (1997-12-05)
also published in:
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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #88: "1998-06 (1998-02-27, 03-06)" (1998-02-13)
also published in:
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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #101: "1998-17 (1998-06-05)" (1998-05-22)
</div>
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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #106: "1998-22 (1998-07-24, 31)" (1998-07-10)
also published in:
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #216: "November 1999" (1999-10-13)
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Physical scans

VHS version (Japan)

VHS, JP (1)
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VHS, JP (2)
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VHS, JP (3)
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VHS, JP (4)
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LaserDisc version (Japan)

LaserDisc, JP (1)
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LaserDisc, JP (2)
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LaserDisc, JP (3)
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LaserDisc, JP (4)
SakuraTaisenOVA14 LD JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

DVD version (Japan)

DVD, JP (box set)
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Cover

VHS version (United States)

VHS, US
SakuraWars1 VHS US Box Front.jpg
Cover

DVD version (United States)

DVD, US
SakuraWars DVD US Box.jpg
Cover
DVD, US (remastered)
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VHS version (United Kingdom)

VHS, UK

References

  1. File:CVG UK 216.pdf, page 41
  2. https://www.bandaivisual.co.jp/cont/item/BCBA-0041/
  3. File:SSM_JP_19971226_1997-45.pdf, page 131
  4. File:SSM_JP_19980306_1998-06ex.pdf, page 86
  5. File:SSM_JP_19980807_1998-23.pdf, page 90


Games in the Sakura Taisen Series
Sega Saturn
Sakura Taisen (1996) | Sakura Taisen Hanagumi Tsuushin (1997) | Sakura Taisen Jouki Radio Show (1997) | Sakura Taisen 2: Kimi, Shinitamou Koto Nakare (1998) | Sakura Taisen Teigeki Graph (1998)
Windows PC
Sakura Taisen Denmaku Club (1997) | Sakura Taisen Digital Data Collection (1997) | Sakura Taisen 3: Paris wa Moeteiru ka Desktop Accessories (2001) | Sakura Taisen Premium Edition (2006)
Arcade
Hanagumi Taisen Columns (1997) | Sakura Taisen (2005) | Pachislot Sakura Taisen 3 (2011) | Pachislot Sakura Taisen 3: Loop Ver. (2012)
Sega Dreamcast
Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2 (2000) | Ogami Ichiro Funtouki: Sakura Taisen Kayou Show "Benitokage" Yori (2000) | Sakura Taisen Kinematron Hanagumi Mail (2000) | Sakura Taisen 3: Paris wa Moeteiru ka (2001) | Sakura Taisen Online (2001) | Sakura Taisen 4: Koi Seyo, Otome (2002) | Sakura Taisen Complete Box (2002)
Nintendo Game Boy Color
Sakura Taisen GB: Geki Hanagumi Nyuutai! (2000) | Sakura Taisen GB2: Thunderbolt Sakusen (2001)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio Ni (2003) | Sakura Taisen V Episode 0: Kouya no Samurai Musume (2004) | Sakura Taisen Monogatari: Mysterious Paris (2004) | Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love (2005) | Jissen Pachinko Hisshouhou! CR Sakura Taisen (2007)
Sony PlayStation Portable
Sakura Taisen 1 & 2 (2006)
Nintendo DS
Dramatic Dungeon Sakura Taisen: Kimi Aru ga Tame (2008)
LCD handheld game
Pocket Sakura (2000) [1]
Sakura Taisen related media
Albums
Games: Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan (1996) | Teigeki Kayou Zenshuu (1996) | Hanasaku Otome (1997) | Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan (Aratame) (1998) | Sakura Taisen 2 Kayou Zenshuu (1998) | Kiseki no Kane: So Special a Day (1998) | Sakura Taisen "Kore ga Revue!" (1999) | Sakura Taisen : Shin Kayou Zenshuu (1999) | Mihata no Motoni/Hana no Paris (2001) | Sakura Taisen 3 Music Collection Paris Onrakukan (2001) | Sakura Taisen 3 Vocal Collection Paris Kayou Zenshuu (2001) | Sakura Taisen Zenkyokushuu Complete Song Box (2002) | Sakura Taisen 4: Koi Seyo, Otome Zenkyokushuu Geki! Tei: Sai Shuushou (2002) | Analog LP Record Sakura Taisen 4 Record: Koi Seyo, Otome (2002) | Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio ni Teigeki Ongaku Zenshuu (2003) | Sakura Taisen Monogatari: Mysterious Paris Sounyuu Uta "Chattes Noires/Mysterious" (2004) | Sakura Taisen V Episode 0: Kouya no Samurai Musume Zenkyokushuu (2004) | Chijou no Senshi/Koko wa Paradise: Littlelip theater no theme (2005) | Sakura Taisen V: Saraba, Itoshiki Hito yo Vocal Collection New York Kayou Zenshuu (2005) | Sakura Taisen V: Saraba, Itoshiki Hito yo Music Collection New York Onrakukan (2005) | Sakura Taisen Christmas Paris/Tenshi no Hitomi (2005) | Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan Zenshuu (2006) | Sakura Taisen: Zenkyokushuu 2002-2006 (2006) | Sakura Taisen: Kimiaru ga Tame Ending Theme Waratte, Waratte (2008) | Ai ga Kaoru Koro ni (2011) | Pachislot Sakura Taisen 3 Original Soundtrack (2011)
Animation: Sakura Taisen Jouki Chikuonkan (1997) | Sakura Taisen 2 Jouki Chikuonkan (1998) | Sakura Taisen Katsudou Shashin Gekijouban Kiseki no Kane/Gekijouban Subetehaumihe (2001) | Sakura Taisen Katsudou Shashin Zenkyokushuu (2001) | Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris: Hikari Rokuonkan (2003) | Sakura Taisen OVA: Le Nouveau Paris: Hikari Rokuonkan (2005)
Audiobooks
Sakura Taisen Dai 2-ki Drama CD Radio Drama "Shounen Red" (1998) | Sakura Taisen Dai 2-ki Drama CD Kigeki: Riaou (1998) | Sakura Taisen Dai 2-ki Drama CD Kokutei Chuushingura (1998) | Sakura Taisen Dai 2-ki Drama CD Aoi Tori (1999) | Sakura Taisen Dai 3-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 1 Kaitou Beni Tokage: Masquerade (1999) | Sakura Taisen Dai 3-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 2 Shinsaiyuuki: Ton Demo Happun (1999) | Sakura Taisen Dai 3-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 3 Koufukunoouji: Harukaze no Renka (2000) | Sakura Taisen Dai 3-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 4 Hanagoyomi: Teito no Kyuujitsu (2000) | Sakura Taisen Dai 3-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 5 Hanagumi Kouen Ongakushuu: Futo Sei juu Gonenban (2000) | Sakura Taisen Dai 4-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 1 Monparunasu no Yoru (2002) | Sakura Taisen Dai 4-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 2 Kaijin Nezumi Danshaku (2002) | Sakura Taisen Dai 4-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 3 Shanzerize no Kaijin?! (2002) | Sakura Taisen Dai 4-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 4 Sumire Rhapsody: Kanzaki Sumire Intai Kouen (2002) | Sakura Taisen Dai 4-ki Drama CD Series Uta no Album Teito Hen: Paris Hen (Vocal Shuu) (2002) | Sakura Taisen Dai 4-ki Drama CD Series Original Soundtrack (2002) | Sakura Taisen Dai 5-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 1 Live at Chattes Noires (2002) | Sakura Taisen Dai 5-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 2 Paris no Christmas (2002) | Sakura Taisen Dai 5-ki Drama CD Series Paris Revue (Vocal & Santorashuu) (2003) | Sakura Taisen Dai 5-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 3: Aa, Mujou (Les Miserables) (2003) | Sakura Taisen Dai 5-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 4: Aa, Mujou (Les Miserables) (2003) | Sakura Taisen Dai 5-ki Drama CD Series Teito Revue (Vocal & Santorashuu) (2003) | Sakura Taisen Drama CD Zenshuu (2003) | Sakura Taisen Dai 6-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 1 Paris Hen: Shissou! Team Chattes Noires (2005) | Sakura Taisen Dai 6-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 2 Teito Hen: Hana to Arashi to Teito no Roman! (2005) | Sakura Taisen Dai 6-ki Drama CD Series Vol. 3 New York Hen: Over the Rainbow Sunshine (2005) | Sakura Taisen Dai 6-ki Drama CD Series Vocal & Sound Track Shuu (2005)
Books
Comics: Sakura Taisen Mangaban (2002-2009) | Sakura Taisen Mangaban Dai 2 Bu (2010-) | Sakura Taisen Mangaban Collection (2006) | Sakura Taisen Shou Gekijou (2006-2009)
Novels: Sakura Taisen Zenya (1997-1998) | Sakura Taisen (1999-2000) | Sakura Taisen: Gouka Kenran (2001) | Sakura Taisen: Katsudou Shashin (2002) | Sakura Taisen: Taishou Koiuta (2001-2002) | Sakura Taisen Paris Zenya (2004-2005)
Game Guide: Sakura Taisen Koushiki Guide: Sentou Hen (1996) | Sakura Taisen Koushiki Guide: Renai Hen (1996) | Hanagumi Taisen Columns Official Guide (1997) | Sakura Taisen 2 Tettei Kouryaku Guide (1998) | Sakura Taisen 2 Kouryaku Guide Book: Ti no Maki (1998) | Sakura Taisen 2 Kouryaku Guide Book: Ten no Maki (1998) | Sakura Taisen 2 Kouryaku Hanagoyomi: Joukan (1998) | Sakura Taisen 2 Kouryaku Hanagoyomi: Gekan (1998) | Sakura Taisen Teigeki Graph Official Guide Book (1999) | Ogami Ichiro Funtouki Perfect Guide (2000) | Sakura Taisen GB Saisoku Goukaku Shinan (2000) | Sakura Taisen 2 Tettei Kouryaku Guide Zouho Kaitei ban (2000) | Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2 Perfect Guide (2000) | Sakura Taisen 3 Hanagumi Roman Gahou (2001) | Sakura Taisen 3 Kouryaku Guide Joukan (2001) | Sakura Taisen 3 Kouryaku Guide Gekan (2001) | Sakura Taisen 3 Final Guide (2001) | Sakura Taisen 4 Hanagumi Roman Gahou (2002) | Sakura Taisen 4 Dramatic Navi (2002) | Sakura Taisen 4 Saishuu Kouryaku & Settei Shiryoushuu (2002) | Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio Ni Koushiki Guide Book (2003) | Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio Ni Kouryaku Hanagoyomi (2003) | Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio Ni Koushiki Final Guide (2003) | Sakura Taisen Monogatari: Mysterious Paris Navigation Guide (2004) | Sakura Taisen Monogatari: Mysterious Paris Koushiki Final Guide (2004) | Sakura Taisen V Episode 0: Kouya no Samurai Musume Koushiki Guide Book (2004) | Sakura Taisen V Episode 0: Kouya no Samurai Musume Final Guide (2004) | Sakura Taisen 3 Final Guide Kaitei ban (2005) | Sakura Taisen V Kouryaku Hoshigoyomi (2005) | Sakura Taisen V Final Guide (2005) | Dramatic Dungeon Sakura Taisen Kouryaku Roman Gahou (2008)
Game Works: Sakura Taisen Genga & Settei Shiryoushuu (1996/2002) | Sakura Taisen 2 Genga & Settei Shiryoushuu (1998/2002) | Sakura Taisen 3 Genga & Settei Shiryoushuu (2001) | Sakura Taisen Joukikoushou (2002) | Sakura Taisen V Genga & Settei Shiryoushuu (2005) | Sakura Taisen V Joukikoushou USA (2006)
Misc.: Sakura Taisen Ouka Kenran OVA Fan Book Joukan (1998) | Sakura Taisen Ouka Kenran OVA Fan Book Gekan (1998) | Sakura Taisen Teigeki Kayou Piano Hikigatari Zenshuu (1998) | Sakura Taisen 2 Piano Hikigatari Kayou Zenshuu (1998)| Sakura Taisen 3 Piano Hikigatari Kayou Zenshuu (2001)| Sakura Taisen / Piano Hikigatari Kayou Zenshuu (2002) | Sakura Taisen Illustrations The Origin + Tribute (2003) | Sakura Taisen Chronicle Box (2003) | Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio Ni Postcard Book (2003) | Sakura Taisen OVA Book Koushiki Irasuto & Settei Shiryou Visual Guide (2003) | | Sakura Taisen Aizouhin Mokuroku (2004) | Sakura Taisen 1~V Illustrations Fujishima Kousuke no Character Shigoto (2006) | Pachinko CR Sakura Taisen 2 Complete Works (2010) | Sakura Taisen 15th Anniversary Taishou Roman Graph (2011)
Film
Sakura Taisen: Kouryaku Video (1997) | Sakura Taisen Hanagumi Video Bromide Joukan (1997) | Sakura Taisen Hanagumi Video Bromide Gekan (1997) | Sakura Taisen 2: Denei Junbi Gou (1998) | Sakura Taisen: Ouka Kenran (1997) | Sakura Taisen: Gouka Kenran (1999) | Sakura Taisen TV (2000) | Sakura Wars: The Movie (2001) | Sakura Taisen: Sumire (2002) | Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris (200x) | Sakura Taisen: Le Nouveau Paris (200x) | Sakura Taisen: New York NY (200x)
See also: Sakura Taisen stage shows