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Sakura Taisen
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, PC
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP (1/1 track)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Saturn
Shuttle Mouse,
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Jump Pack
Genre: Adventure































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥6,800 GS-9037
Sega Saturn
JP (Type A)
¥8,800 GS-9115
Sega Saturn
JP (Type B)
¥8,800 GS-9117
Sega Saturn
JP (Reprint)
¥8,800 GS-9151
Sega Saturn
JP (Satakore)
¥2,800 GS-9191



Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥4,800 HDR-0072
Sega Dreamcast
JP (VMU Pack)
¥6,800 HDR-0089
Sega Dreamcast
JP (Memorial Pack)
¥3,800 HDR-0192
Sega Dreamcast
AS
? ?



Windows PC
JP
¥9,800 HCJ-0152
Windows PC
TW
NT$? ?



Sakura Taisen (サクラ大戦) is a video game developed by Red and Sega CS R&D 2 and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn in 1996. It is the first release in the long-running Sakura Taisen franchise.

Sakura Taisen is a visual novel crossed with tactical RPG elements set in an alternate 1920s Tokyo. It comprises of a largely female cast which pilot steam-powered robots called "Koubus", defending Tokyo from demons and dark magic while working undercover as musical theater performers.

It had a remake, Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio Ni, and a sequel, Sakura Taisen 2: Kimi, Shinitamou Koto Nakare.

History

From a Japanese perspective, Sakura Taisen is one of Sega's premiere titles, being of the defining titles for the Sega Saturn. Oji Hiroi , president of co-developer Red Company, manga artist Kousuke Fujishima and lastly anime writer Satoru Akahori were responsible for the overall project. The game is largely a dating sim, however with SPRG elements and more meaningful interactions between characters brought it into a mass-market Japanese audience. Overall coding and much of the gameplay was done by then new Sega division Sega CS2, which had many accomplished Sega creators including Noriyoshi Ohba, Akira Nishino and Toru Yoshida.

Sakura Taisen (or Sakura Wars), was reasonably known within western anime circles, due to the accompanied TV show and OVA's.

Magazine articles

Main article: Sakura Taisen/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #30: "1996-16 (1996-09-27)" (1996-09-13)
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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #31: "1996-17 (1996-10-11)" (1996-09-27)
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Physical scans

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №407, p30
83 №1996-17, p235[2]
94 №, p8Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[3]
Sega Saturn
87
Based on
3 reviews

Saturn, JP
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Back.jpgSakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc 1
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Disc2.jpg
Disc 2
SakuraTaisen SS jp manual.pdf
Manual
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Poster.pdf
Poster
Saturn, JP (Limited Edition, Type A)
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Back LE-A.jpgNospine-small.pngSakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Front LE-A.jpg
Cover
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc 1
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Disc2.jpg
Disc 2
SakuraTaisen SS jp manual.pdf
Manual
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Back.jpgSakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Poster.pdf
Poster
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP MouseP LimitedA.jpg
Mouse Pad
Saturn, JP (Limited Edition, Type B)
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Back LE-B.jpgNospine-small.pngSakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Front LE-B.jpg
Cover
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc 1
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Disc2.jpg
Disc 2
SakuraTaisen SS jp manual.pdf
Manual
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Back.jpgSakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Poster.pdf
Poster
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP MouseP LimitedB.jpg
Mouse Pad
Saturn, JP (Limited Edition, Reprint)
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Back LE-Reprint.jpgNospine-small.pngSakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Front LE-Reprint.jpg
Cover
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc 1
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Disc2.jpg
Disc 2
SakuraTaisen SS jp manual.pdf
Manual
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Back.jpgSakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Poster.pdf
Poster
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP MouseP LimitedR.jpg
Mouse Pad
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
SakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Back Satakore.jpgSakuraTaisen Saturn JP Box Front Satakore.jpg
Cover

Dreamcast version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77 №2000-19, p30Media:DCM_JP_20000602_2000-19.pdf[4]
70 №598, p31
86 №2002-18, p34Media:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf[5]
Sega Dreamcast
78
Based on
3 reviews

Dreamcast, JP
SakuraTaisen DC JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSakuraTaisen DC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Dreamcast, JP
(Limited Edition VMU Pack)
SakuraTaisen DC JP Box Back LE.jpgNospine-small.pngSakuraTaisen DC JP Box Front LE.jpg
Cover
Dreamcast, JP
(Memorial Pack)
SakuraTaisen DC JP Box Back MP.jpgNospine-small.pngSakuraTaisen DC JP Box Front MP.jpg
Cover

PC version

PC, JP
SakuraTaisen PC JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSakuraTaisen PC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
PC, JP (XP)
SakuraTaisen PC JP Box Front XP.jpg
Cover
PC, JP (DVD)
SakuraTaisen PC JP Box DVD.jpg
Cover
PC, TW

External links

References

  1. http://homepage1.nifty.com/harinoue/singer/songs/songs/yoruno_samba.html
  2. File:SSM_JP_19961011_1996-17.pdf, page 237
  3. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 10
  4. File:DCM_JP_20000602_2000-19.pdf, page 30
  5. File:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf, page 34


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