Sakura Taisen 2: Kimi Shinitamou koto Nakare
Sakura Taisen 3 ~Pari wa Moeteiru ka~
Sakura Taisen 4 ~Koi Seyo, Otome~ ~Koi Seyo, Otome~
"Sakura Wars (2019)
|Age||16 (Sakura Taisen) |
18 (Sakura Taisen 2)
19 (Sakura Taisen 3)
20 (Sakura Taisen 4)
33 ("Sakura Wars (2019)")
|Birthdate||January 8th, 1907|
|Relations||Hinako Kanzaki (mother)|
Shigeki Kanzaki (father)
Tadayoshi Kanzaki (grandfather)
|Place||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Martial Talents||Naginata (long range attack with the naginata)|
|Weight||50 kg (111lbs)|
|Sakura Wars (2019)|
|Sakura Wars: The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms Battle in the Flowery Capital|
|Sakura Taisen: Sumire|
|Japanese Voice||Michie Tomizawa|
|English Voice||Sascha Biesi (Sakura Wars OVA) |
Lauren Zinn (Sakura Wars 2 OVA) (both ADV Films)
Leigh Anderson Fisher (Sakura Wars TV)
Christiana Yuuki (FUNimation)
Michelle Ruff (Bandai/Geneon)
- "You dare to suggest that the only daughter of Kanzaki Heavy Industries, and the star actress of this theatre, and, and.......the top lady of Japanese high society, I, Kanzaki Sumire, should pick up a fork dropped on the floor!?"
- —Sumire to Ogami
Sumire is a young woman with chin-length brown hair, purple eyes, and a slender frame. She usually wears a purple kimono with a yellow band and carries a matching fan with her.
An established actress of great talent and self-professed star of the Hanagumi, Sumire is arrogant and conceited. This is likely because her father and grandfather spoiled her during the brief moments they saw her when not running their company. Despite her arrogant attitude, she is a skilled pilot and highly capable of wielding a naginata, and can sometimes be rather insightful. She is a daughter born into the elite Kanzaki industrial clan, whose factory produced the spiritual armors. After Sakura Taisen 4, Sumire's spirit energy dwindled to a level below what is necessary to operate a prototype Koubu. Because of this, she decided to run her last theatrical performance and retire. This is shown in the OVA Sakura Taisen: Sumire.
In Sakura Wars (2019), Sumire's attitude has mellowed with her age and position as commander of the Imperial Combat Revue as she no longer displays her arrogance like she used to. However, she still retains her aura of professionalism and mannerisms from her days as a famous actress. Such examples include how she continued to greet a number of guests at Grand Imperial Theatre on the eve before the Christmas show, and the way she addresses even her fans despite having retired long ago.
Sumire also exudes more patience than her younger self, such as how she maintained her poise against President G when the latter berates her and the revue for not handling the incident with Yasha at the opening of the Combat Revue World Games before he questions her on the location of the 'Imperial Key'. However, she can show off her anger towards people under her when she needs to get control of them, such as when the Flower Division's conversation got derailed after Yui accused Seijuro Kamiyama of being a pervert, and when she needs to deal with Reiji Shiba's antics that interferes with both of their duties (in the 2020 anime).----
Though she now bears a more mature side and responsibility as commander of the Imperial Combat Revue, Sumire also hides her own feelings of pain and loss for her old comrades from the original Flower Division who have gone missing in the past 10 years after the Great Kouma War. Despite that, she possesses a strong will to keep herself in control of her desires such as when Sotetsu Genan attempted to sway her to his side by using the old Flower Division as leverage to keep her from interfering with his plans. Sumire also maintains her hope that she will reunite with her old friends again one day after they find their way back from Shadow Tokyo.
In the games
Sumire's debut in the game is when Ichiro Ogami enters the theater after meeting Sakura and Iris. While walking around he hears an angry woman's voice. As he passes through the kitchen, Sumire calls out to Ogami. She orders Ogami to pick up a spoon that fell on the floor. It's up to the player to decide the outcome, but either way Sumire is shocked when she discovers Ohgami is the officer sent to aid the Imperial Assault Unit and begins laughing.
In Bloom into Flowers! By the Maidens' Obstinacy! the fifth episode, Ogami along with Sumire and Kanna explore an abandoned mansion. While in the mansion, Sumire gets bitten by a spider. After the Ogami tries to intervene, Sumire explains that when she was a child she was a very lonely girl. Her mother and father were too busy working to spend time with her. One day while exploring her gardens, she gets bitten by a poisonous spider. this gave her a phobia of spiders. If the player makes Sumire fall in love with Ohgami, the games end with Ohgami going to a party and dancing with Sumire. As the clock reaches midnight, Ohgami and Sumire kiss and the credits start rolling soon afterward.
Having retired from active duty, Sumire has now taken up the job of manager of the Great Imperial Theater and by extension the commander of the Flower Division. Her attitude has mellowed with age though she still exudes the aura of a top star. She personally recruited Kamiyama to be the Captain of the Flower Division.
In films and television
Sumire announces her retirement from the flower division unit to Ikki Yoneda in this OVA. She plans on working with the Kanzaki industry protecting the capital and making the Kanzaki stronger. She talks to Kanna, Ogami, and wishes Sakura success as the star of the show. She does her final performance which she walks down the lane with everyone giving her one last round of applause as she walks out happily and saddened. This coincides with Michie Tomizawa's decision to retire from voice acting in 2002, as she was getting married. Although she has come out of retirement several times since then.
In the manga
'Kanzaki' (神崎): 'Kan' (神) means God. This may be a reference to her being the top idol and possible legend. 'Zaki' (崎) means "small peninsula" or "promontory".
'Sumire' (スミレ) is the Japanese word for the violet flower. This, along with her last name, maybe a reference to her nickname.
- It is thought that Sumire is based on and named after Sumire Haruno, a well-known member of Takarazuka Revue.