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Sakura Wars: The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms
Sakura Wars, The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms VHS 1.png
Cover of the first VHS
サクラ大戦 ~桜華絢爛~
(Sakura Taisen: Ōka Kenran)
Genre Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Anime television series
Directed by Takaaki Ishiyama
Produced by Satoru Akahori
Written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Music by Kohei Tanaka
Studio Animate Film
Licensed by English anime licensee
Network TBS, MBS, CBC, HBC]], TUF, ITV, TBC, SBS, RSK, tys
English network english anime network
Original run December 18, 1997July 25, 1998
Episodes 4 (List of episodes)
Related works
Sakura Taisen (game franchise)
Sakura Taisen: Gouka Kenran (OVA, sequel)
Sakura Wars: The Movie (Film, sequel)
Sakura Wars (TV series, remake)

Sakura Wars: The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms (サクラ大戦 ~桜華絢爛~ Sakura Taisen: Ōka Kenran?) is a 1997 Japanese Original video animation (OVA) created by Bandai Visual and Animate Film. It ran for four episodes and is the first OVA based on the Sakura Taisen video games. The episodes were released in VHS and LaserDisc formats.


1919: Dangerous mechanical soldiers are descending on the capital. However, the Kanzaki Heavy Industries engineers have developed steam-driven robots to fight the advancing forces--if only the right pilots can be found. Enter the Flower Division, a squad of young women from around the world who are up to the challenge--if only the right leader can whip them into shape in time! Based on the hit video game in Japan, SAKURA WARS follows the exploits of a team of female psychic recruits who are to do battle with the Black Root of Evil using steam-powered robots. In these episodes, the girls get cocky after a fairly sloppy victory and a number of rivalries flare up within the group. It's up to Ichiro Ogami, a young sailor who was just recently promoted to Officer rank and lead these feisty females for the big battle.



The first 3 Acts of this OVA serve as a prequel story arc to the first game. The last episode takes place somewhere in the middle of the game.

Theme Songs

Opening Song

Ending Song

  • Watashi no Aozora; by Ai Orikasa (ep1-3)
  • Hanasaku Otome; by Teikoku Kagekidan (ep4)

Insert Songs

  • Deck Hula Hula; by Akio Suyama (ep1-2)
  • Cherry Blossoms; by Chisa Yokoyama (ep2)
  • Omatsuri Dance; by Chisa Yokoyama (ep3)


Ep. # Pic Chapter Title Original Airdates
1 OVA1 Act1.jpg "Battle in the Flowery Capital"
"Dai Ichi-maku: Hana no Miyako no Hanaikusa" (第一幕 華の都の花いくさ)
December 18, 1997 (JP)
November 11, 1998 (EN)
2 OVA1 Act2.jpg "The Cherry Blossom Spirit Attack"
"Dai Ni-maku: Sakura no Hana ni Hanate yo Shinken" (桜の花に放てよ神剣)
February 25, 1998 (JP)
November 11, 1998 (EN)
3 OVA1 Act3.jpg "Spring is March's First Stage"
"Dai San-maku: Haru wa Yayoi no Hatsu Sentō" (春は弥生の初戦闘)
May 25, 1998 (JP)
November 11, 1998 (EN)
4 OVA1 Act4.jpg "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
"Dai Shi-maku: Manatsu no Yume no Yoru" (真夏の夢の夜)
July 25, 1998 (JP)
November 11, 1998 (EN)