First Impression: Sakura Wars the Animation

Fourteen years ago, the Imperial Combat Revue was established in Tokyo to defend Japan from demonic attacks. Covering as a performance theater group to the masses, a chosen group of young women would also pilot giant mechas to defeat these demons. Now, in 1941, new members comprise the whole team, under the command of original member Sumire Kanzaki. One day, a young girl named Klara is brought in to the theater, the sole survivor of an attack on the Moscow Combat Revue. Having lost her memories in the attack, she’s put under the care of the group for her protection, as there are nefarious forces out there who want to take her with them…

I watched the original Sakura Wars anime when I was a little kid, so my curiosity was piqued when this series was announced. Granted, my memories of what happened in the story is now very spotty, but the remix version of the opening brought in a big wave of nostalgia as it played out. I do remember enough of Sumire’s personality to be pleasantly surprised at how much she’s changed since then, as well as her current position in the Imperial Combat Revue. I’m curious to find out what happened to the original Sakura and the rest of the original team, seeing how there’s been no specific mention of them yet so far. As for animation, it’s gonna take a bit of time for me to get used to the new designs, but I doubt it would be that much of an issue for me personally.

Sakura Wars the Animation is available for streaming on Funimation.

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