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Sakura Shinguji
真宮寺 さくら
Sakura Shinguji DDST KA
Sakura Shinguji
Series Sakura Wars (1996)
Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die
Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning?
Sakura Wars 4: Fall in Love, Maidens
Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love
Sakura Wars (2019)
Profile
Age 17 (Sakura Wars)
19 (Sakura Wars 2)
20 (Sakura Wars 3)
21 (Sakura Wars 4 & V)
Birthdate July 28th, 1905
Relations Wakana Shinguji (mother)
Kazuma Shinguji (father, deceased)
Ryuuma Shinguji (grandfather)
Katsura Shinguji (grandmother)
Birthplace Sendai, Japan
Martial Talents Hokushin Itto Ryu Kenjutsu
Weapon Spirit Sword "Arataka"
Spiricles Koubu
Koubu Kai
Jinbu
Tenbu
Koubu Type-2
Spiricle Color Pink
Sprite NeutralHappy
Characteristics
Gender Female
Height 155 cm (5'1")
Weight 44 kg (97lbs)
B/W/H 82/56/81
Hair Black
Eyes Brown
Blood Type A
Appearances
First Appearance
(Game)
Sakura Wars (1996)
Episode 1: The Capital's Floral Assault Troop!
Last Appearance
(Game)
Sakura Wars (2019)
Episode 8 : Passing the Torch
First Appearance
(Manga)
Chapter 1
First Appearance
(Anime)
Sakura Wars: The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms: Act 1
Last Appearance
(Manga)
New Sakura Wars the Comic
Chapter 1
Last Appearance
(Anime)
New Sakura Wars the Animation
Episode 10 : The Destruction of Tokyo? The Rage of Tunguska!
Media Portrayal
Japanese Voice Chisa Yokoyama
English Voice Amber Alisson (Sakura Wars OVA)
Katherine Catmull (Sakura Wars 2 OVA)
Jenny M. Larson (Sakura Wars TV)
Wendee Lee (Bandai/Geneon, FUNimation, NIS America)

Sakura Shinguji (真宮寺 さくら Shinguji Sakura) is a member of the first generation Imperial Combat Revue's Flower Division and the protagonist for Sakura Wars, Sakura Wars 2, and Sakura Wars 4.

Appearance[]

Sakura has a long black hair tied in a high ponytail with a red ribbon and brown eyes.

She usually wears a pink kimono over a white gii with a purple sash wrapped around her waist, red hakama pants, white socks and brown boots. She will put on leather fingerless gloves whenever she goes into combat.

During the summer, she keeps her bow but changes into a pink western-style sundress with a white pearl necklace, and white heels.

Personality[]

Sakura is a calm, caring person. Sakura's love for the Imperial Combat Revue, the Grand Imperial Theatre and the Flower Division are a core part of her personality, she always makes time to help her friends in whatever way she can. From repairing torn costumes to cleaning the props room, Sakura will strive to care for the theater and help the friends she holds dear.

Sakura's love of the theater is indicative of her love for Tokyo and her desire to protect and entertain the people of the city. She sees her performances as a way to bring hope for people in dark times and bring smiles to their faces. She will defend these people and her friends at all costs.

On the battlefield, Sakura is a fierce opponent. Her skills with her katana are unmatched with her being able to defeat a Wakiji outside of a Kobu, an incredible feat. Her devotion to protecting the people of Tokyo combined with her incredible skills make her almost unstoppable against any demonic threat.

She does have some bad qualities. She is prone to jealousy, especially involving those she is close to such as captain Ichiro Ogami, but she's quick to move on and will never be too angry at those she's jealous of.

Background[]

The Shinguji family have been powerful demon fighters for generations. Sakura's father Kazuma Shinguji wielded Sakura's sword, the Arataka, against the powerful Kouma as a member of the Anti-Kouma Squad where he lost his life.

A few years later, she received a letter from Lieutenant Commander Ikki Yoneda, her father's commanding officer in the Anti-Kouma Squad, inviting her to Tokyo to join the Flower Division. Leaving her old life behind, Sakura made her way to Tokyo to prepare for a new future of defending Tokyo from demonic forces just like her father and her ancestors.

In the games[]

Sakura Wars (1996)[]

Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die[]

Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning?[]

Sakura Wars 4: Fall in Love, Maidens[]

Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love[]

Sakura Wars (2019)[]



10 years prior to the game, Sakura and her division, along with the combined efforts of the Paris and New York Revue, fought during the Great Kouma War to defend Toyko from destruction at the hands of Sotetsu Genan and a powerful archdemon. In an effort to protect the city, she along with her allies (except for Sumire Kanzaki, whose dwindling spirit energy has been completely drained by that point), used the 'Imperial Sword' to seal themselves and the archdemon into a shadow world version of Tokyo. At some point earlier before the operation, she saved the young Sakura Amamiya from a demon and indirectly inspired the child to follow in her footsteps.

Around the time of Yasha's broadcast at the opening ceremony of the World Revue Games, Amamiya assumed her true identity was Sakura Shinguji behind the mask after recognizing her voice. Sumire, now the current commander of the Imperial Combat Revue, refused to accept that Yasha is her as she believed her friend would not have fallen so easily. Sumire then revealed to the new Flower Division of the operation Shinguji and her allies undertook in the battle 10 years ago.

By the time of Yasha's attack on the Imperial Revue Theatre, Amamiya attempted to fight her one-on-one but was outmatched by a signature move used by Shinguji. This left Amamiya depressed afterward as she had no choice but to believe that her idol and savior is now Yasha, who now works to bring back the archdemon.

In a final confrontation with Yasha that ended with only Seijuro Kamiyama and Amamiya as the sole survivors of the Flower Division, her mask had fallen and revealed her to have demonic eyes. Finding out that Yasha is only a puppet pretending to be her, Amamiya took no effort into slaying her in a final duel. After Yasha's body disintegrate, a tied piece of hair drops onto the ground, implied to be how Yasha was created with Shinguji's appearance.

While Seijuro and Amamiya were temporarily stuck in the Tokyo battle of 10 years ago, Amamiya went and saved her child self from a demon. She then realized that whom she assumed was Shinguji saving her was actually her grown-up self all along that inspired her to become who she is today.

As Kamiyama and Amamiya were returning in their spiricle strikers through the void towards the present, Amamiya was being drawn towards the archdemon's hand. Unable to escape, the archdemon's hand dispersed into cherry blossom petals before it could grab her. The real Sakura Shinguji then appears before Amamiya in a vision and parted with her words that there is much left to do for the 'stage' awaiting her, by which the latter tearfully remarked that she saved her after all.

By the time Sotetsu Genan was close to breaking the seal on Shadow Tokyo, a burst of light and flower petals cleared the sky. The petals, imbued with Shinguji's spiritual energy, revived the members of the Flower Division that fell against Yasha and reinvigorated the exhausted members of the Shanghai, London, and Berlin combat revue for their final battle. Genan resentfully recognizes the light as her and took this as an act of her meddling in his plans once more.

In films and television[]

Sakura Wars: The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms[]

Sakura Shinguji is a samurai hero as a child in this OVA. As she grows older she develops her super robot and fighting strength, and Sakura enters the Teikoku Kagekidan.

Sakura Wars: The Radiant Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms[]

Sakura plays a minor role in this OVA. She only plays a major role in the first episode, where she stops Goh Hinogami from killing Maria. Together, they destroy the Robot and later defeat the madman controlling it.

By the end of the OVA, Sakura along with the entire group hurries to a dock to bid Ohgami and Rafale farewell as he travels to Paris.

Sakura Wars (TV Series)[]

In this alternate storyline, Sakura is the primary protagonist instead of Ogami. Sakura develops her powers and confidence in this TV series as she and the Troupe battle demons attacking the Imperial Capital.

Sakura Wars: The Movie[]

Sakura and the Imperial Flower Combat Troupe must stop an insane American French mayor from destroying Tokyo.

Sakura Taisen: Sumire[]

As much the other members, Sakura is also saddened and worried about Sumire's retirement. But after Sumire's words of encouragement for her best friend and being appointed by the same Sumire as her only one successor, she firmly takes strengh from Sumire's wish. Sumire's encouragement was, ironically, mirrored from Sakura some time later during the Great Kouma War that antecipated the events of Shin Sakura Taisen.

In the manga[]

In the manga, Ogami is the main character and Sakura is the one who leads him to the Imperial Theater.

Other appearances[]

Project X Zone - Sakura

Hanagumi Taisen Columns[]

Sakura is a playable character in Hanagumi Taisen Columns and its sequel.

Sakura Wars V Episode 0[]

Sakura is a Sercet Character in Sakura Wars V Episode 0 with your Koubu.

Chain Chronicle[]

Sakura is one of the playable character alongside Ichiro Ogami, Sumire Kanzaki, Iris Chateaubriand, Kohran Li, Kanna Kirishima, Orihime Soletta, Reni Milchstraße, and Maria Tachibana as part of collab with the francise.

Project X Zone[]

Sakura is one of the playable Sega characters in the tactical role-playing game Project X Zone. She is paired with Ichiro Ogami.

Project X Zone 2[]

Sakura is one of the playable Sega characters in the tactical role-playing game Project X Zone 2. She is paired with Gemini Sunrise.

Granblue Fantasy[]

Sakura is one of the playable Sakura Wars characters alongside Ichiro Ogami, Erica Fontaine, Gemini Sunrise and Shinjiro Taiga.

To Aru Majutsu no Index[]

Sakura also appears as a playable character in "To Aru Majutsu no Index MMO" as part of a collab with the franchise.

Star Ocean: Anamnesis[]

Sakura appears as a playable character in "Star Ocean: Anamnesis" as part of a collab with the franchise.

Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight: RE Live[]

Sakura appears as a playable character in "Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight: RE Live" alongside Erica Fontaine and Gemini Sunrise as part of a collab event celebrating 25 years of the Sakura Wars's franchise.

Super Robot Wars 30[]

Sakura will appear as one of the playable Sakura Wars characters alongside Ichiro Ogami, Erica Fontaine, Gemini Sunrise and Shinjiro Taiga in "Super Robot Wars 30" as part of DLC 1. Sakura pilots her Koubu Nishiki from Sakura Wars 4.

Etymology[]

  • The name Sakura means "cherry blossoms, decoy" (さくら) in Hiragana.
    • However, when written in kanji (桜 or 咲良), it could possibly mean:
      • 桜 - "cherry blossom".
      • 咲良 - "blossom" (咲) (saku) and "good, virtuous, respectable" (良) (ra).
  • Sakura's surname Shinguji means "real, genuine" (真) (shin), "temple, shrine, palace" (宮) (gu) and "temple" (寺) (ji).

Seiyuu[]

  • Sakura's seiyuu is Chisa Yokoyama, who has played such prominent roles as Ryoko in Martian Successor Nadesico, Chiaki Enno in Kishin Douji Zenki and Lt. Noin in Gundam Wing, but is probably best known for her role as Sasami in Tenchi Muyo.
  • Chisa Yokoyama also performs her in the stage plays of Sakura Wars (On groups or even solo presentations), being a prominent character in nearly all of the Flower Division focused performances.

Trivia[]

  • At 2020, during SEGA's 60th anniversary month event, Sakura Shinguji earned the 3rd place at the most important SEGA character in Japan, only losing to Opa-Opa(2nd Place) and Sonic The Hedgehog(1st Place)
  • Despite her enormous success and popularity, she has yet to appear in any SEGA All-Stars game. She was considered to be a playable character at Sonic and All-Stars Racing with her Koubu, but was discarded due to potential similarities with another player vehicles.

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