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Sakura Amamiya
天宮 さくら
Sakura Amamiya Profile
Series Shin Sakura Taisen
Profile
Age 17
Birthdate March 19th, 1923
Relations Hinata Amamiya (mother)
Tekkan Amamiya (father)
Place Japan
Weapon Celestial Katana
Koubu Spiricle Armor Sanshiki Koubu
Koubu Color Pink
Characteristics
Gender Female
Hair Brown
Eyes Blue
Appearances
First Appearance
(Game)
Shin Sakura Taisen
First Appearance
(Manga)
New Sakura Wars the Comic
First Appearance
(Anime)
Shin Sakura Wars the Animation
Voices
Japanese Voice Ayane Sakura

"Sakura" redirects here. For other characters using the name "Sakura", see Sakura (disambiguation).

Sakura Amamiya (天宮 さくら, Amamiya Sakura) is a fictional character, the heroine and the main female protagonist in Shin Sakura Taisen. She is a new member of the Imperial Combat Revue's Hanagumi.

Appearance

Sakura is a young girl with brown hair that has bangs hanging on the left side and blue eyes.

She wears a kimono of turquoise color with a flower on the left side, a pink hakama and a pair of brown boots.

Personality

Much like her predecessor and idol Sakura Shinguji of the Flower Division, she is shown to be positive and cheerful among the group and has displayed clumsiness with her performances at the beginning of the game. She also shares the same views of justice as Shinguji and has a tendency to feel jealous whenever Seijuro Kamiyama gets close to other members of the division.

What sets her apart from her idol is her strong will to never give up her dreams to follow in Shinguji's footsteps and revive the Imperial Combat Revue against all the adversity thrown at her. Signs of this are shown when she was getting beaten by Yang Xiaolong in her damaged Koubu armor for refusing to yield or getting refused by Anastasia Palma multiple times into accepting her as an acting student.

Sakura is also shown to be close to all members of the division already as she has gotten to know everyone's habits, such as Clarissa Snowflake's concentration with her books and Azami Mochizuki's long absence from the theatre. She is also described to have an impetuous side to herself as her master Hakushuu Murasame described how Sakura intended to dive into a river during the dead of Winter to steel her mind and body in her youth.

Sakura looks towards Seijuro with romantic feelings and can get easily flustered whenever Seijuro gets close to her intimately or catches her in a state of undressing or bathing (albeit not without punishing the captain herself).

Background

In her childhood, Sakura lives in a small village on the outskirts of Tokyo with her father Tekkan, and her mother Hinata. She also became close friends with the young Seijuro Kamiyama and Hatsuho Shinonome (in the 2020 animation series) during her life there. During the time spent with Seijuro, they would have fun with swordplay using 'legendary' wooden swords made by her father.

One day, she was attacked by a demon near her home but was saved by Sakura Shinguji in the nick of time. This moment inspired her to pursue her dream of being a Flower Division member of the Imperial Combat Revue. She would later share this dream with Sejuro while they played at a riverbed, which prompted the boy to promise that he will become the captain of the Flower Division. Sakura then made another promise with Seijiro that they would get married after she gets older.

In the 2020 Sakura Wars animation, she was shown struggling to learn a ceremonial dance with the young Hatsuho. As a result, the two kids ended up getting into a fight where Sakura ran away crying. Afterward, she was unable to return and apologize to Hatsuho when her father stopped delivering swords to the shrine.

After her mother passed away and Seijuro moved out to study and become a navy captain, she would receive formal sword training from her master Hakushuu Murasame. One time, Sakura would tell her master that she needed to steel her mind and body by diving into a river in the dead of winter, which she never does again after doing it the first time.

By the time Sakura moved to Tokyo and joined with Hatsuho to become members of the Imperial Combat Revue. Unfortunately, the Revue is in a state of decline due to the absence of its core members after the end of the Great Kouma War. This left Sakura with a desire to have both the combat and theater sides of the Combat Revue revived to its former glory and keep Shinguji's legacy alive.

In the games

Shin Sakura Taisen

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Chapter 1

Sakura Amamiya reunites with her childhood friend Seijuro Kamiyama outside the Grand Imperial Theatre where she is surprised to learn that Seijuro is moving into the theatre as a member of the Imperial Combat Revue. Soon after Seijuro's meeting with the manager Sumire Kanzaki and his appointment as captain of the Flower Division, Sakura gave him a tour around the theatre and talked about the past and their dreams. She also introduced him to two of the other members: Hatsuho Shinonome and Clarissa Snowflake. Sakura also mentioned one more member, Azami Mochizuki, is currently away on a mission.

She would later perform in a play on Momotaro as the titular character which ended in a disaster. After gathering feedback on their performances and Seijuro informing the division will need to participate in the Combat Revue World Games in order to prevent their revue's disbandment. They also have a short argument with Yang Xiaolong and Huang Yui of the Shanghai Combat Revue, the current protectors of Tokyo, who suggested they should quit for being too weak.

Sakura was enthusiastic about winning the competition but snapped at Seijuro for expecting that they would not be able to win the games as they are and ran off. After calming down the next day, she meets with Seijuro in her room and learned of his involvement in a naval rescue mission that led to his ship sinking and his transferral to the Combat Revue in Tokyo.

When the demons attacked the theatre's district while Xiaolong and Yui are fighting elsewhere, the team fought them off in their outdated Koubu armors (except for Seijuro, who has no combat armor at present). They succeeded in defending the area until they and the theatre got drawn into a rift created by Yaksha.

With Hatsuho's and Claris' Koubu incapacitated, Sakura searches for a way to help everyone escape the domain but suffered damage to her armor in the process. Xiaolong and Yui arrived in the nick of time and rescued her from the demons, but soon berated the Flower Division for being too weak and reaffirmed their views that they should disband. Sakura refuses to accept what they say, including Yui's offer to transfer to their revue to continue protecting Tokyo, leading to Xiaolong giving her Koubu a one-sided thrashing. Before Xiaolong could give the finishing blow, Seijuro arrives in his new spiricle armor, Mugen, and stopped him from destroying Sakura's Koubu.

After Seijuro reaffirms his resolve to fight and lead as her captain, the two Revues puts aside their rivalry and fight off the incoming demons. Sakura joins with Seijuro and eliminated the demon maintaining the domain, freeing everyone trapped inside. They would then celebrate with a victory photo pose as per the traditions of Combat Revue for a successful operation.

Chapter 2

In order to raise money to join the Combat Revue World Games and make up for Seijuro's mugen exhausting their revue's remaining funds, Sumire brought in world-class actress Anastasia Palma as a new member of the Flower Division to perform in a new play. Sakura, willing to improve her acting skills, sought out an apprenticeship with Anastasia but was flatly refused. During an optional tête-à-tête event with Seijuro, she would confess her struggles to meeting up the same level of abilities as the previous Flower Division and become encouraged by him on her qualities matching her idol Sakura Shinguji.

After the Flower Division decides on creating a new play with Claris as the scriptwriter, Sakura and Hatsuho attempted to convince Anastasia to teach them on improving their acting skills. With Seijuro's help, Anastasia eventually accepts them as her students. Sakura also informed Seijuro of Ginza Memorial Park as a location to advertise the theatre.

Sakura and Hatsuho would later follow Seijuro and Claris on their date as part of the scriptwriting research but then fled as soon as Seijuro saw them in the Ginza Memorial Park. She would later join him with the rest of the girls and learned about Claris' use of magic that caused her to shut herself inside her room. Sakura attempted to reach out to her through the door but to no avail, leaving to Seijuro to sort it out

When the demons attacked the Kabuki-Za district and created a rift, Sakura joins her division and engage in combat against Oboro in his Arahabaki armor. With the help of Seijuro and the team, Claris found her courage to use her powers during the battle, and were able to succeed and chase off Oboro. Afterward, Sakura could not help but feel nervous seeing how close Seijuro and Claris are in their chat before they have another victory photo pose.

At the end of the chapter, Sakura performs alongside Anastasia during Claris' new play which became a huge success and provided enough funding to allow their revue to participate in the Games. She also became anxious once more when Anastasia understood Claris' words to Seijuro as her 'mon chéri'.

Chapter 3

Sakura and the team watched from the control as each revue participating in the World Games are introduced, but the girls got angry when the announcer gave their Imperial Combat Revue a lackluster introduction compared to the others. After Sumire tasks Seijuro in meeting up with the visiting revues, Sakura volunteered to join him and gauge herself with their competition.

After a meal and friendly chat with their rivals Xiaolong and Yui, Seijuro and Sakura went to meet with the London Combat Revue at the Grand Imperial Hotel. Out of nowhere, Lancelot of the London team immediately challenged Sakura to a sword fight but their match was short-lived once Lancelot's leader, Arthur, ordered her to stop. After exchanging greetings with Arthur and leaving the hotel, Sakura expressed her excitement in fighting Lancelot and the other competing revues.

Deciding to take postpone their meeting with the Berlin Combat Revue, the two of them stopped by at Café Gilles du Lait and chatted about the Flower Division's growth. When the demons attacked Ginza Odori, Elise and Margarethe of the Berlin Combat Revue arrived on the scene and made short work of the demons before they could do any damage. After thanking the two for their help, Seijuro and Sakura could not help but express how strong the Berlin team, the current champions of the past two Games, truly are.

By the time of the opening ceremony for the World Games, Yaksha hijacked the screens and demands that WLOF and all the revues must surrender the 'Imperial Key' within three days or she will destroy all headquarters of the combat revue. Despite wearing a mask, Sakura recognizes her voice and physical features as Sakura Shinguji's. Yaksha also set off explosions on President G's airship before ending her broadcast.

In their meeting in the control room, Sumire dismisses Sakura's claim of Yaksha's true identity, stating it is impossible. Sumire then informs the team of 'Operation Twin Capitals' from 10 years ago, where Sakura Shinguji and her allies used the 'Imperial Key' and their combined spiritual energies to seal themselves away with a powerful Archdemon in a shadow version of Toyko in an effort to protect the real city. After hearing the story, the group then concluded that Yaksha seeks to unleash Shadow Tokyo and revive the Archdemon with the 'Imperial Key', which is currently missing.

Soon after their discussion, President G made a broadcast announcement that the Combat Revue World Games will continue but with amendments to the rules: All mock battles will instead be treated as real fights, and the losing revues will dissolve on the spot and be absorbed into the 'World Combat Revue' with the victors as its core leaders. Sakura and the rest of her division disapprove these changes and exchanged their opinions with Seijuro, but are left with no choice but to focus on winning their match.

The next day, she and the Flower Division members are feeling downhearted about going through with their match under the new rules, especially with Xiaolong and Yui as their first opponents. Seeing how everyone hesitates to fight them, Yui slaps Sakura and encourages her to fight them and hold on to her dreams like how she first fought them. Reinvigorated, Sakura and the others resolve to win the match.

After the Imperial Combat Revue won the scoring match against Shanghai, President G intervened and forced both revues to fight each other in combat to determine the true winner of the match. Left with no choice, the Flower Division fought and won against Xiaolong and Yui. In the aftermath, Yui is left crying over the dissolving of her revue but Sakura comforted her and said she will fight to protect both Tokyo and Shanghai and carry on her spirit. Yui thanks Sakura for her kind words, stating she does not have to cry for her and asks that the Imperial Combat Revue continues to win.

Chapter 4

With everyone's spirits high, their next opponent in the coming days will be the London Combat Revue. After the division noticed Azami is currently away, Reiji drops in and announce that Sakura will be receiving her very own mugen-type spiricle striker. Excited, Sakura is looking forward to the match against Lancelot with her mugen. Reiji later informed Sejiuro in the hangar that her Koubu Type-3 is about to break down after one more battle, so it was necessary to prepare her mugen armor from the get-go.

Sakura would show how much she has grown since her apprenticeship under Anastasia over the course of the chapter, from movements and gestures to emotional delivery, which surprises both Anastasia and Seijuro at her development. If the player chooses to barge on Sakura bathing after her second practice with Anastasia, Seijuro could either get punished for his intrusion or trick her into thinking it is just a dream (leaving Sakura feeling ashamed for 'dreaming' about this kind of situation).

By the time Seijuro returns to the theatre after meeting with Azami's grandfather, Sakura is seen arguing with Mr. I, President G's underling, about the possibility of a spy among their Flower Division. Soon after Mr. I arrested Seijuro and Azami on grounds of being spies for Yaksha's faction and drove off, the demons begin to attack in Ginza.

Unable to help their captain and fellow member at present, Sakura and the rest of the team head off to combat the demons. As this will be the last time she will battle in her koubu, Sakura takes a moment to thank it as the first combat armor she ever piloted, calling it a privilege to have fought together with it.

Sakura and her group continued their fight against the demons but struggled in their second skirmish against Oboro, until the timely arrival of Seijuro and Azami. With their division whole again, they defeated Oboro once more and watched as his Arahabaki explode, expecting that it was the last they see of him.

As Sakura looks at her broken-down koubu on the airship, the Flower Division sees the Imperial Theatre on fire. Shocked at seeing Yaksha on the theatre's stage behind the attack, Sakura immediately jumped into her koubu and made a crash landing from above onto the stage. Exiting out of her armor, Sakura challenged Yaksha to a sword duel and demand her to take off her mask. Soon as Sakura's katana resonated in its clash with Yaksha, the masked maiden attacks her with a signature move of Shinguji's and knocked Amamiya back. Before Yaksha could deal the final blow, a broken arm piece of Sakura's koubu fell from above and blocked her sword. Soon as Seijuro arrived, Yaksha immediately retreated.

Assessing the damage Yaksha has done to the theatre, it was found out that Yaksha used a code to access the hangar and done partial damage to it while looking for the 'Imperial Key'. Her invasion also led to the destruction of Sakura's incomplete mugen, leaving her with no combat armor to pilot for their match against London. Distraught that she can no longer fight and unable to deny that Yaksha is her idol from their fight, Sakura solemnly left the hangar.

Chapter 5

In the aftermath of the attack on the theatre, Sakura is spiraled into depression and holed herself up in her bedroom with Komachi Ooba to look after her wellbeing. This left many people worried about Sakura, most especially Seijuro and her best friend Hatsuho. With their match against London coming soon, the captain took Hatsuho's advice on needing a break and brought Sakura back to her home where she grew up.

After meeting with her father Tekkan and exchanged talks over the past 10 years, the old swordsmith allowed Sakura to stay as long as she needs to. With Sakura's mood improving, she would contemplate how Shinguji must have felt when she sealed herself and her allies with the Archdemon and how her Yaksha identity is revenge for throwing her life away to protect Tokyo. She would also remember her childhood promise with Seijuro where she would be in the Flower Division with and Seijuro would protect her as her captain.

After the two of them talked about the cherry blossom tree that was scratched by a demon that attacked her in her youth, she asked Seijuro if he remembers their promise. Seijuro struggled but admitted it was a long time ago so it must have not been important. This ticked off Sakura, and the two argued where she thought Seijuro only took her home just because she needs to be as useful as 'Sakura Shingujji' before getting tossed aside like her. In a fit of rage, she tells Seijuro she wishes he never became captain, leaving the man despondent and returning to Tokyo by himself.

The next day, Seijuro arrived back at her home to witness a brawl between Sakura and Hatsuho, who listened to his words about needing to treat the Flower Division like his family. Hatsuho shouted at Sakura for her indecisiveness and reluctance to fight Yaksha, going on her care for Sakura and unable to see her in her state. Before Hatsuho could throw another punch at Sakura, Seijuro stepped in and took the hit in the face, which knocked him unconscious.

After Hatsuho left, Sakura helped Seijuro recover from the blow. Sakura was happy that the captain came back for her after leaving yesterday, and the two of them apologized for leaving their fight on a bitter note. Seijuro then told Sakura that she can return to the division once she sorted out her feelings before heading back to Tokyo for their match against the London Combat Revue. Once he leaves, Tekkan steps in and tells his daughter to make sure she has no regrets.

On the day of the match, Sakura arrived at the stadium at the last minute and confirms her resolve to Seijuro that if Yaksha is Sakura Shinguji, then it is up to her to stop her fallen idol from pursuing her dark path. With everyone's morale on high again, Sumire requests for Reiji to bring out the Prototype Obu, an experimental Sakura-type spiricle striker that consumes vast spiritual power that even Shinguji had troubles with, for Amamiya to pilot against the London team.

Sakura struggled at first with her Obu during the scoring match and in the end, was forced to engage in a duel with Lancelot where President G interfere once more and states the winning revue can only be decided by their fight. Pressured by her opponent's Bridwen armor, Sakura exhausted all of her energy and left her Obu depowered.

Getting encouraged by her teammates to be herself and to never give up, Sakura recovers her will to fight again. The Obu responded to Sakura's feelings and began to move once more, transcending both her spirit energy and its performance beyond their limits as they push Lancelot to a corner. With overwhelming speed and use of energy slashes from her sword, Sakura defeated her rival in their duel and win the match.

After returning to the theatre, Sakura talks with Seijuro about how she knows now that her dream is to protect Tokyo like Sakura Shinguji, not to become her. After accepting that she will need to set Shinguji on the right path herself, Seijuro told her about having remembered his childhood promise to be the captain that protects her.

Happy he remembered, the two reaffirmed their bond as allies before Sakura asked if he remembered the other promise he made, which is to get married once she grew up. Seijuro, unfortunately, struggles to remember that promise, leading to another fight between the two and waking up everyone from their rooms.

Chapter 6

With their match against the Berlin Combat Revue match coming up, the Flower Division decides to put on an outdoor Christmas show the day before then. On Sumire's request, they would perform the Imperial Combat Revue's infamous 'Miracle Bells', with Sakura as their lead on Anastasia's suggestion. Sakura hesitates on being chosen to lead and showed anxiety in whether she would pull off a good performance, but was able to accept thanks to Anastasia's heartfelt compliments in her growth and Seijuro's encouragements.

Sakura would also notice Anastasia's low spirits and eavesdropped on her conversation with Seijuro about her leaving the Flower Division. Sakura and the rest of the girls then burst into the room and expressed their friendship and gratitude to her, and wish to give her a proper send-off by performing their show at their best. Anastasia, overcome with emotion for her friends, tearfully accepts to help them prepare and make their show an unforgettable performance for their group.

Should the player build enough trust with Sakura, Seijuro can invite her out on a date two days before their show. After meeting with Seijuro at Ginza Memorial Park, she would go with him to clothes shopping and try on many fashionable clothes. Eventually, she would not buy any clothes, only satisfied to try them out and spending time with him. If she has the highest trust among her peers, she can also invite Seijuro to a ride on the Ferris Wheel during the evening.

On the day of the show, Sakura and her friends would perform their Miracle Bells outdoor performance with the cheers and support of a huge crowd, a sign of how far the Flower Division has come since Seijuro first arrived. After the show, the Flower Division would celebrate their success with Sumire and thanked Anastasia for her being a part of their group before turning themselves in to rest for their match against Berlin tomorrow.

Later that night, Sakura, Hatsuho, and Claris head on to the bathhouse while unaware that Seijuro is already inside and undressed. The player has the option to have Seijuro transform into Peanut on one of the platforms or waste time and get caught during this event.

The next day, Sakura and her division met with Kaoru Rindou in the control room where they learned that Reiji has been shot by Anastasia, who fled in her mugen with Sakura's katana in tow. Unable to understand her actions, the Flower Division pursued after Anastasia to Kabuki-Za. After learning about her role as a spy, the group tried to convince Anastasia to talk about her reasons and stand down, but to no avail, the group ended up getting drawn into the same rift as when they first encountered it.

Sakura and her allies continued to fight through the demon horde as they evade getting shot at by Anastasia. Eventually catching up to Anastasia, Yaksha appears before them and is revealed as Anastasia's benefactor. Forced into a fight with Yaksha in her God-Breaker armor while evading get shot at by Anastasia, the demon's attacks cursed all of their armors' spirit crystals and rendered them immobile.

As Anastasia hands Sakura's katana, 'The Imperial Sword' that sealed away the Archdemon, to Yaksha, both Sakura and Seijuro had no choice but to watch the demon betray her spy with a near-fatal slash from her sword. Soon as Yaksha flees, Sakura watches in horror as Seijuro tries to save Anastasia.

Chapter 7

With their spircle strikers unable to move and President G, who is actually a demon named Sotetsu Genan in disguise, having taken over the stadium as a stage to unleash Shadow Tokyo, the Flower Division has no choice but to remain in the theatre to assess their situation. Sakura also gathered with the Flower Division to visit Anastasia while she is recovering inside a healing tank designed by Reiji, where they learned of her status as an orphan and how she was adopted by Sotetsu Genan and worked with him for the sake of reviving her family with his powers.

With Sumire's safe return to the theatre, the active members of the Flower Division reconvened in the control room to grasp the situation. Tekkan would then arrive and reveal himself as the creator of the 'Imperial Sword'. Informing them that forging a new Imperial Sword would render the current one in Genan's hands powerless since the power to divide worlds can only exist in one sword, Tekkan offers to create a new katana. However, Sakura's father also revealed that the first katana was forged using her mother's life and that he would require his own daughter's to create a new blade.

Distraught after finding out that her mother, Hinata, sacrificed her life for her future and being pressured by her father and the Minister of Domestic Affairs to do the same, Sakura reluctantly accepts in order to protect those she care about just like her mother. However, Seijuro refused to carry out this order, and argued to both Tekkan and the Minister that he would rather fight and protect Sakura's future than offer her as a sacrifice for peace. Sakura would then immediately hugged her captain in tears for keeping his promise to protect her.

Standing by their refusal to forfeit Sakura's life, Sumire informs the division they will need to reclaim the Imperial Sword before Shadow Tokyo is completely unsealed. Sakura and the rest of the girls would have to wait for Reiji to fix their spiricle strikers while Seijuro and the barely-recovered Anastasia try to liberate Ginza Memorial Park from Oboro's control to gain access to the Combat Revue's 'secret weapon'.

Eventually, Sakura would be the last of the members to arrive in her reactivated spiricle striker to aid the group in fighting Oboro. Reaffirming her bond with Anastasia, they finally destroyed the Arahabaki armor and left Oboro for dead in the explosion. With the rift lifted, Sakura is the first to encourage Anastasia to do a victory photo pose for their team after everything they been through.

Once the Flower Division boarded their secret weapon, the airship Mikasa (with the theatre as its bridge), the Flower Division made their preparations and set course for the stadium. Sumire also suggests that Seijuro must choose a deputy captain from the division, which he can optionally choose Sakura as his deputy captain should he have enough trust level with her.

After Genan's unsuccessful attempt to persuade Sumire to side with him and the help of the Shanghai and London Combat Revue, the commander had the Mikasa rammed into the twisted stadium structure to allow the Flower Division to invade it from within. The group continued to fight through the horde and even had to engage in battle with the mind-controlled Elise and Margarethe before finally freeing them from Genan's influence. The Berlin Combat Revue would later assist and hold back the demons while Sakura's team progress through the area

By the time they almost reached Genan, they are blockaded by Yaksha and forced to clash against her God-Breaker once more. With Yaksha's curse abilities bolstered by Genan's powers and her 'Thundering Might' energy protecting her, she easily cuts down Anastasia, Claris, and Azami as the fight drags on. In order to best Yaksha, Hatsuho sacrificed herself by forcing Yaksha to drain all of her 'Thundering Might' against her attack. This leaves an opening for both Seijuro and Sakura to cut down her God-Breaker for good.

After Yaksha exits her broken spiricle striker, Seijuro and Sakura confronts her where she revealed her face as a demon rather than Sakura Shinguji. No longer hesitant, Sakura borrows one of Seijuro's katana and challenged the demon to a final duel, ending with her victory. As Yaksha disintegrates, she leaves behind a bundle of hair that suggests she was created by Genan using Sakura Shinguji's hair as her medium.

As the chains on Shadow Tokyo continued to break, Seijuro and Sakura are immediately drawn through the rift towards the past 10 years ago before Operation Twin Capital started, landing in Sakura's home.

Final Chapter

After the two find themselves having traveled to the past as the result of Shadow Tokyo influencing space and time, Sakura realized that her mother, Hinata Amamiya, is currently alive at this time. Quickly running into the warehouse, she and Seijuro reunite with her mother who was a little bewildered to see the grown-up versions of the kids she knew.

The trio exchanged their stories with each other, where Hinata expressed her content that her sacrifice to forge the Imperial Sword was worth securing the future for those she cares about, most especially for her daughter. The mother also comforts her Sakura's pleas for her not to die and encourages Sakura to protect the people she cares about and live her life to the fullest. Hinata also aks for Seijuro to look after her daughter, to which he vowed to.

Before Sakura returns to their spiricle strikers with Seijuro while it kept the void open between past and present, she ended up rescuing her younger self from a demon and realized who truly saved her that day. After her child self thanked her and complimented her bravery, the older Sakura shed tears in response and thanked the young girl for making her who she is today, and asked that she never forget these feelings.

After boarding their spiricle strikers and traveling back to the present through the void, one of the Archdemon's hands appeared and reached out to grab them. The Obu loses its grip from the Seijuro's mugen's hand and pulled in towards the Archdemon's, but it burst into cherry blossom petals before it could grab it. Sakura then sees a vision of the real Sakura Shinguji before her. After Shinguji told Amamiya there is much to do for the 'stage' awaiting her, the latter tearfully said that the old Flower Division member did save her after all and thanked her.

With Shinguji's spiritual energy, Sakura and Seijuro were able to return to the present safely and reunite with the revived members of their Flower Division for their final battle against Genan. With the combined efforts of the Flower Division and the reinvigorated members of the Shanghai, London, and Berlin Combat Revue, they were able to set up 'The Septentrion Array' ritual under Sumire's guidance to reseal Shadow Tokyo and bind Genan.

Once Sumire begins the chant, Genan becomes immobilized as the 'Imperial Sword', carrying Hinata's spirit, returns to Sakura, allowing her to use her katana to complete the resealing of Shadow Tokyo and sever Genan's connection to the Archdemon. With Genan weakened, the Flower Division continues to battle with the demon and pushed him to a point where Seijuro dealt the final blow to him for good.

Days after the battle, Sakura would participate in the Combat Revue World Pageant that replaces the World Game to celebrate the new peace earned from their last battle. She and the female members of her division also appear for the opening ceremony in a song and dance along with Yui, Lancelot, and Elise.

If Sakura is picked as deputy captain, she would be ordered by WLOF to transfer to the Shanghai Combat Revue. As her friends see her off on a ship about to set sail, Sakura then catches sight of Seijuro driving to chase after her. After hearing his confession for her to stay by his side, Sakura would jump off the ship and into the water. Seijuro followed suit with his car, and the two of them helped each other submerge out from the surface. Showered with flower petals from their friends, the two childhood friends finally shared their first kiss.

Playstyle

With the hack-and-slash mechanics introduced to the 2019 game, Sakura is the only character out of the cast with three different mechas for players to use (Two based on story progress, and one is a patch-exclusive armor used only for the Battle Bot map replays).

Kobu Type-3 Spiricle Armor

  • HP: 6
  • Attack: 7
  • Defense: 8
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As the first character to play after Chapter 1's intermission, Sakura's Kobu Type-3 fights with a single katana in close-combat. While her quick attack animations are a bit underwhelming against tougher enemies in comparison to Seijuro's ferocious dual-wielding style and Azami's multi-strike combos, she makes up for it with a single strong attack that allows her to close the distance on an enemy automatically. This gives her the option to move to another group of enemies close by as soon as she clears away her side of opponents.

When using strong attacks in combination with her fast attacks, she offers a strong horizontal slash after the first fast strike and a piercing attack by the second. Her strong attack after the third quick-strike should launch her enemy in the air, and she can perform a strong jump attack at the end of her fast combos.

Since her basic strong attack can knock down most if not all non-gigantic enemies, the best tactic to utilize her is to dash in with an opening strong attack, then chip away the enemies' health while they are down with fast strikes before circling around to repeat the attack. Alternatively, spamming strong attacks is great for keeping the enemies knocked down but it is best to do so when singling out enemies with higher health bars while avoiding to get surrounded. Her aerial attacks offer only basic sword animations with both quick and strong attacks, but it is just enough for her to attack and bring down flying enemies and those she launches in the air mid-combo so long as they are in her reach.

While she is a close-quarter fighter, players should try to be careful with her positioning and how long she can stay in one spot as her attack animations are slightly sluggish compared to Seijuro and Azami, and can easily be countered mid-combo.

Her special attack Divine Sword: Cherry Blossom Blizzard releases a horizontal projectile shockwave that slashes through and knocks away all enemies within its range, even from a distance. It is most devasting up close for swarms in front of her.

Mugen-Class Spiricle Striker

  • HP: 6
  • Attack: 7
  • Defense: 8
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This armor is an exclusive Day 1 patch that Sakura can play in only for the Battle Bot map replays, which is accessible within Chapter 3 of the game. While her stats and both her basic and combo attacks remain unchanged in this armor, the only difference is the smoother and faster attack animations that reflect the Mugen units as the state-of-the-art mechas in the game's storyline.

Even dashing in with a quick strike provides a slightly better knockback compared to the Kobu Type-3, allowing players to opt between using a quick or strong attack as the opening move. With the Mugen's attack animations, it is more viable for players to have Sakura fight more efficiently with her quick attacks and allowing her to continue fighting within a close range for a longer duration before needing to evade or move out of crowds.

Her special attack remains the same as her Kobu version, but offers a more different cutscene when she recites her move.

Prototype Obu Spiricle Striker

  • HP: 8
  • Attack: 9
  • Defense: 8
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The Prototype Obu is unlocked at the battle phase of Chapter 5 and is easily Sakura's best mecha armor in the game. While the Obu boasts higher stats than the Kobu and has better attack animations like the Mugen, its real asset is being able to release energy projectile slashes at her opponent with her strong attacks (This feature is unlocked after a certain point during the Chapter 5 battle).

As Sakura fights best in the Obu, she can now mix between fighting close-quarters or attacking enemies from afar with projectile energy slashes. Even her strong attack combos carried over from her Kobu Type-3 are further enhanced with this feature.

While her basic strong attack can fire a horizontal slash, Sakura can fire two simultaneously to cover a wider range after making a dash. The projectiles can also increase to four by inputting a strong attack after a regular strike, and Sakura can even fire the energy off from her other three strong attack combo animations to extend the sword's reach.

If players plan to fire their projectile attacks at a distance, keep in mind that her basic strong attack still retains its auto-function to approach enemies. It is best to have a fair distance away from enemies to avoid moving towards them, or to be wary of where Sakura will land as she closes in on her target.

While attacking in mid-air, she can also use her strong attack to release a projectile wave slash to snipe down enemies high up. This, however, requires proper positioning, height, and timing to be able to hit an enemy in the air so it will take a bit of practice to get used to this mid-air strategy.

Sakura's new special attack, Divine Sword: Eternal Cherry Blossoms, unleashes a vertical slash area attack in front of her, with the currents created by its force making it just as wide as her previous special move. It offers a higher damage output that can take out even a giant enemy in the close range center of the attack. Just barely getting hit at the edge of the currents is enough to wipe out the smaller enemies caught by it.

Etymology

  • The name Sakura means "cherry blossom" (さくら).
  • Sakura's surname Amamiya means "heaven, sky" (天) (ama) and "temple, shrine, palace" (宮) (miya).

Trivia

  • Sakura Amamiya is shown to have a tendency to make spelling mistakes throughout the 2019 game. This is made apparent when Seijuro Kamiyama has difficulty reading two Teletron messages from her on the raids in Ginza, and having found her childhood wooden sword with its intended name written incorrectly on it.

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