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Sakura Wars TV: Complete Collection

4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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It is the 1920s, and Japan is under attack by demonic invaders. The government has designed sturdy, albeit steam-owered, robot armor suits for the impending battle, but only young ladies with the proper combination of virtue and spirit can pilot the robots successfully.

Special Features

  • 25 episodes in a 5-disc box set

Product Details

  • Actors: Lowell Bartholomee, Laurent Vernin, Joseph Anthony, Evita Arce, Britt Baker
  • Writers: Hiroyuki Kawasaki
  • Producers: Del Casher, John Ledford, Mark Williams, Masao Maruyama
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BKSJI4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sakura Wars TV: Complete Collection" on IMDb

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Anyone interested in Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars) - whether a fan of the games or just interested in the anime - should definitely watch this 5-disc compilation of the entire 25-episode run of the TV series. Be aware, though, that the story told in the TV series is slightly but significantly different from that told in the OAV (and also from that told in the new manga version, which is now being published in English in the USA). I definitely recommend watching the TV series BEFORE watching "Sakura Wars: The Movie", because otherwise the latter won't make much sense to you at all and the TV series provides a tremendous amount of character development missing from the OVA. (Also, I strongly recommend watching the TV series and the movie both before watching "Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris", since that particular anime takes place in the timeframe between the series and the movie.)

Note also: the TV series has a lot of emotional heft to it and can get dark, almost somber in places, but I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say that everything works out in the end. HOW it works out, though, you'll just have to watch to find out! :)

P.S. On further thought, I wanted to put in a word here about the alternate-history background of this anime. Sakura Wars takes place in a timeline where steam appears to have become the dominant method of power generation and propulsion (right down to steam-powered telephones!!) and also where technology in this version of the 1920's is up to at least 1990's levels (computerlike machines and some form of virtual reality simulator are seen being used in several scenes, and there is obviously some kind of video technology as well).
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This was just an okay anime. The robots were kind of dorkey and the story a little weak, but what I didn't like most was all the talking and screaming during the fighting. I mean how many criminals explain themselves to you before they try to kill you, and what's with all the screaming inside the robots, after all it's the robot doing the actual fighting. It seems they'd rather talk the enemy to death instead of just shooting them, and they should've put a lot more padding inside the robot to protect the operator so they wouldn't get knocked out everytime the robot got hit! This was definitely a girly fighting scene, because they worried more about their partners getting hurt than the enemy attacking them, so stupid! And what's the use of having a plan when no one wants to take orders?! Seems this wasn't a team fighting, more like every women for themselves.
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Nothing that combines steampunk and pretty anime girls can be all bad, and this TV series loosely based upon the never released in American first Sakura Wars video game is not bad at all. The true identities and motives of the villains are clever and well thought out, as is the transformation of a bunch of girls into an elite military unit, and the little details of this Steampunk alternate history Tokyo make for a lot of fun.

Defects? Unfortunately, yes. The most obvious problem is the very poor pacing of this serial. Arguably, the best paced anime serial of all time is The Mysterious Cities of Gold, in which not a single episode is wasted. Every episode sees an important clue discovered or deciphered, an important lock unlocked, an important tool acquired or learned more about, an important piece of knowledge obtained, an important ally won or a dangerous enemy thwarted, a significant character development or team building exercise, or at the very least, significant physical progress being made on a journey stretching from Barcelona to the land of the Incas to the Amazon jungle to the land of the Mayas. The worst paced is arguably Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water in which NHK demanded the creation of 12 extra episodes in order to stretch the series to 39 episodes; the universal consensus is that they are just awful and that they stop the series dead in its tracks.

Sakura Wars is closer to the latter than the former IMHO.
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this is my first official entry to the sakura wars series & its fun , worth the time & splended to watch

if known this anime for along time but never had the chance to get into nor the games but Project X Zone finally changed my mind so i get this lovley dvd set for starters

first of all i didicate myself into the lovley art of Kosuke Fujishima since i love the Tales of games as also i adore the anime series Your under arrest to death and a few month back i got into Oh My Godess so i knew what i was getting into

the show is wonderfull i enjoyed it & loved it now i want more out of sakura wars & hope in the future the other series gets localized .

a recomended starting point for starting watching this franchise
i have to say the cast are so lovable and colorful , from the natural beauty that is sakura , the lovely sumire ( i dig her hair style ) , iris the little munchkin , strong & bad ass maria , funny girl kana who i tought she was a guy at first glance , and last but not least brainy girl koran

its mainly the focus of the beautiful sakura to build her self up and try her best , while also enteracting with the other cast an many adventures , decisive batles , and also making thier on stage performences in a way for them to get better and stronger

i wish thier stage acts where extra features of the show they kinda look promising

art wise it is lovely , music is amazing at most of the time , just love the cast story is great as it tries build up the cast in its own fasion just wish iris got into the action battles more offten which are not brutal but enough to satisfy on what it offers .
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