The Great War of Cherry Blossom:"Sakura Wars" English LPT

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The Great War of Cherry Blossom:"Sakura Wars" English LPT

Postby Kori-Maru » Sun May 26, 2013 3:15 pm

Hello Sakura Wars fans on NIS, I'll copy and paste my playthrough description from the SEGA Forums. The purpose of the playthough is to come together as fans to get companies like SEGA, NISA, or any company publisher to publish the first four Sakura Wars titles to PC and introduce the series to those who are new to the series. Here you go!

Current status: Editing Episode 7 (the end of disc one) and translating the remaining 3 episodes. Almost to Disc #2
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Special Thanks to Greenhowse from the NeoGaf and GameFaqs forums for the picture/
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Hello SEGA forumers! Where do I start off? Ah yes, I am doing a "English" Long Playthrough of SEGA/RED's Sakura Wars for a friend of mine to support a localization of the other first four game as the fifth game "Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love" was publish by NIS America. I will be posting each chapter/episode on Saturday in the afternoon, giving that Toonami feel.

The idea of the playthrough was inspired by a forumer named "SpiritArmor" from SomethingAwful.com who is currently playing through the remake of the first game "In Hot Blood" which was released for the PS2 and the series of campaign from the awesome NiGHTS fanbase. I've edited the videos with English subtitles.

What is Sakura Wars?
Sakura Wars is a dramatic adventure game created by Ouji Hiroi along with Kosuke Fujishima (character designer), and Satoru Akahori (character background). The games were also produced and directed by former SEGA employee, Noriyoshi Ohba, who was known for producing our favorite SEGA classic franchises such as Shinobi, Streets of Rage, Clockwork Knight, Skies of Arcadia, and Blood Will Tell within SEGA AM7/Overworks. The game was released for the Sega Saturn on September 27, 1996 and sold out on the first day becoming very successful in Japan later spawning several sequels, stage plays, animes, merchandise, and a freakin cafe (which closed in 2008 unfortunately)

What type of game is it and how does it play?
Sakura Wars is a mixture of a simulated dating sim and strategy. The series actually has good storytelling (2 & 3 are my favs). The dating sim portion (LIPS ~ Live Interaction Picture System) is where you talk to the members of your team in order to gain (or lose) trust points from them. Think of it as a static version of Binary Domain. Depending on how your team member trusts you will reflect during battle mode. Battle mode is the strategy part of the game. The first two games focus on a grid system turn based gameplay similar to Shining Force while later games focus in a free movement with a limited bar gauge called ARMS (Active and Real-time Machine System)

What's the plot of the series?
In a nutshell, you'll be playing as the main character who is captain of a kagekidan (Assault Force) who leads a group of female fighters who have strong spritual powers and pilot steam powered robots called "Koubu" to defend your city against demons. Also, it's an alternate timeline where technology is powered by steam.

Why hasn't this game been released in the West?
Bernie Stolar (ST 1 & 2 for Sega Saturn)
Marketing team in the DC years ~ Thanks to Superrayman3 http://diehardgamefan.com/2008/09/19/dreamcast-segas-last-scream/

Why are you playing through the game?
To introduce people who are new to the series, the fans, and a friend who's goal is to get the first four games localized in the West to PC (Heck, I wouldn't mind for it to be ported to mobile) If you don't know what Sakura Wars is, be sure to check this thread.

How popular is it then and now?
It's pretty super popular!....... in Japan. I would say it's as much popular as Sonic the Hedgehog. However, it does have a cult following in the West. I remember back in the 90's when the Dreamcast was launched, there we're tons of fansites out there.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to reply on this topic. Oh don't forget to like the page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe!

Special Thanks
Elias Blondeau ~ The awesome guy who started the campaign!
A.J. Rosa ~ The creator of My Life with Sega which you can watch on SegaBits.com and Youtube
Nikolai Andrésen ~ For uploading the anime cutscenes in full screen
Nicholas Plante ~ Co-translator of the playthrough
Kayama ~ GameFaqs contributor from the day translated the first four episodes
Lando ~ Same as Kayama but translated all the episodes

Sakura Wars: The Great War of Cherry Blossoms
Opening Disc #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqosB58oBUM
Chapter 1 ~ Teito - The Flowery Assault Group
Part 1: http://youtu.be/xEhMx5cvzx0 ~ Enter Ohgami Ichiro
Part 2: http://youtu.be/WGUhPsghFE8 ~ Ohgami's Conflict
Part 3: http://youtu.be/SrwCzfjd0d8 ~ Battle:Tutorial, Satan and the Kuronosukai
Part 4: http://youtu.be/ivDPQUJFbsY ~ It's okay, Iris doesn't drink
Chapter 2 ~ The Enemy's Name is Kuronosukai (Kohran episode)
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJHzIdSblGk
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjFGnca7wuI
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1AXI0yCVfg
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS-ILkCEHV8
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfJtxdVMww0
Chapter 3 ~ I am not Fit to be Captain!? (Maria episode)
Part 1:http://youtu.be/x0fX9JbGIBk
Part 2:http://youtu.be/3cOjbTSwACY
Part 3 Battle:http://youtu.be/IGrFFMMqwuc
Part 4:http://youtu.be/JRKsOiTa8HA
Part 5:http://youtu.be/JWYaQ37xCfg
Part 6 Battle:http://youtu.be/Vxnhn0KFc-4
Part 7:http://youtu.be/C0vZBLXySHU
Part 8 Boss:http://youtu.be/Zoq6MFKVVXA
Part 9 End:http://youtu.be/-KFIiMJurYg
Chapter 4 ~ Rampage! Rampage! Great Big Rampage! (Iris episode)
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQKsI4dUFK0
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khuI9jj6BQU
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG6mZtfH7m0
Part 4 Boss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dibx_wZcXtQ
Part 5 End: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSmBuHpAcuU
Chapter 5 ~ Bloom into Flowers! By the Maidens' Obstinacy! (Sumire & Kanna episode)
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7KMFZJw8Aw
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJSLP2xOYzU
Part 3 Battle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zd_6ZpB_RY
Part 4 End: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQbSDvVvlIo
Chapter 6 ~ Teito's Great Collapse!? (Sakura episode)
Part 1 ~ http://youtu.be/VacW0I42WEs
Part 2 ~ http://youtu.be/C3iMW8vqqDA
Part 3 Boss Battle ~ http://youtu.be/vSbnI0UAgIE
Part 4 End ~ http://youtu.be/xCgovX4HYM0
Chapter 7 ~ Decisive Battle - As Long As We Draw Breath!
Part 1~ Please wake up Sakura!, We must defend Teito! http://youtu.be/VHSsVoiMueI
Part 2~ Imperial Assault Force surrounded, Sakura to the rescue http://youtu.be/Rb_mZFsLU7g
Part 3~ Sakura is ok, Sakura's Dream, the Anti Kouma Squad http://youtu.be/HbglMmUYEpk
Part 4 Boss Battle~ Tenkai's Home Base, 100 too early, Spirit Bomb? Ohgami's a Super Sayain?! http://youtu.be/h6hK2fGARJw
Part 5 End ~ Victory Pose!...... Agreed *hic* http://youtu.be/2vS7apUbOvs

Playthrough intermission ~ Hanagumi Taisen Columns
http://youtu.be/5Z8DEwcKr4E

Opening Disc #2: *coming soon*
Chapter 8 ~ A Date in Days of Peace
Chapter 9 ~ The Final Weapon Revealed
Chapter 10 ~ The Final Judgement
Sakura's Ending:
Sumire's Ending:
Iris's Ending:
Maria's Ending:
Kohran's Ending:
Kanna's Ending:
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Re: The Great War of Cherry Blossom:"Sakura Wars" English LP

Postby Snatcher2047 » Fri May 31, 2013 4:14 pm

I was just thinking of making a thread about this here, but it's more appropriate that you do. Phenomenal work so far!

BTW, this is Justin Aaron from FB.

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Re: The Great War of Cherry Blossom:"Sakura Wars" English LP

Postby Kori-Maru » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:31 pm

I'm back, sorry for the long delay again but now I have Chapter 7 and disc 1 finished.
Part 1~ Please wake up Sakura!, We must defend Teito! http://youtu.be/VHSsVoiMueI
Part 2~ Imperial Assault Force surrounded, Sakura to the rescue http://youtu.be/Rb_mZFsLU7g
Part 3~ Sakura is ok, Sakura's Dream, the Anti Kouma Squad http://youtu.be/HbglMmUYEpk
Part 4 Boss Battle~ Tenkai's Home Base, 100 too early, Spirit Bomb? Ohgami's a Super Sayain?! http://youtu.be/h6hK2fGARJw
Part 5 End ~ Victory Pose!...... Agreed *hic* http://youtu.be/2vS7apUbOvs

That ends disc one of Sakura Wars. Before I begin to edit Disc 2. Anyone like a game of Columns?
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Re: The Great War of Cherry Blossom:"Sakura Wars" English LP

Postby Kori-Maru » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:52 pm

What happens if Sakura Wars crosses over with another iconic SEGA franchise. You get Hanagumi Taisen Columns for the SEGA Saturn.
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Special Thanks to a dedicated Sakura Wars fan, Justin Aaron aka Snatcher, I really thank you for playing through Sakura's story in the game. HTC takes place during the events of the first Sakura Wars game.
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Postby Snatcher2047 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:51 am

Glad to be of help! :D


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