SAKURA WARS (1997)
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
RATING: 18 and over
DURATION: 60 minutes
TYPE OF ANIME:  Samurai, Violence

 
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Anime Synopsis:

All four episodes! The year is 1919. The World has barely survived the first Demon War and the next is about to begin. Conventional weapons won't cut it, neither will conventional soldiers. Humanity needs the few, the proud, the pure: the Spirit Warriors. Recruited from around the world, these women are beautiful both inside and out, but can they master their steam-powered spirit weapons in time? This is the world of SAKURA WARS, an all new animation epic based on the best-selling video game that took Japan by storm. Now all four action-packed episodes are available together on one DVD featuring English and Japanese audio tracks, English subtitles and a host of other extras. Don't miss out on the action as SAKURA WARS explodes across North America!


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated, HiFi Sound
Full-screen format

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

This anime series based on a video game series is pretty cool. In a way, it reminded me a lot of other anime series with girls trying to learn how to operate their mecha.

You have five girls. One who is a fighter, the other who is tomboy gun shooting fighter, the other is a rich and smart builder and fighter, then there is a girl who has some type of ESPer powers but she is very young and then there is the main character who wants to follow her family's footsteps and be a protector that wields a powerful sword.

Can each of these women with their own ego's fight together or will they constantly piss each other off?

That's the storyline of "Sakura Wars". It's actually pretty fun to watch. At first, I didn't want to watch it because it was slow in the beginning. Many characters and I didn't know what the heck their objectives were. But as the character introductions started to flesh out, you start getting interested in all of them.

As for the DVD, there isn't much there but the angle change for English and Japanese titles on the opening theme.

All in all a good anime that deserves a long television series to give the anime some justice. Four episodes to fit everything all in is difficult. But all in all, a fun anime to watch.

THE ANIME: A 
THE DVD EXTRAS: C-
THE DVD OVERALL: B+

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