Project Sakura Wars Opening Animation Movie, New Gameplay and Limited Edition Revealed (Updated)
Sega revealed the opening anime sequence for Shin Sakura Taisen along with the game's Limited Edition.
Update: Replaced the gameplay videos with the higher quality official stream now that it became archived.
Sega held a third Sakura Taisen stage event on the third day of Tokyo Game Show 2019. The event this time featured Seijuro’s seiyuu Yohei Azakami and Anastasia’s seiyuu Ayaka Fukuhara. Producer Tetsu Katano was there as always.
First, they showed a new gameplay introduction video for Anastasia:
Katano mentioned they put that last scene where she goes “it’s a secret” while smiling to show another side of her beside her cool side. Kikuhara and Azakami mentioned how Anastasia is a imperturbable lady, and even if you pick the dumbest dialogues options, she almost never gets flustered.
After recapping the previously revealed info, Azakami started playing the TGS demo live.
In the scene when Seijuro meets Hatsuho, she teases Sakura Amamiya about him being her boyfriend, making her blush. When greeting her, Azakami picked the choice “wanna go on a date together?”, making her blush at the sudden dumb proposal. Sakura laughs at Hatsuho getting her own joke thrown back. Katano mentioned you can pretty much ask that to all the girls the first time you meet them.
While commenting on the battle part, Katano mentioned how they’re still polishing the game ahead of release, and changed the game’s button mapping compared to the last time Azakami played it. Hence why he had trouble finding his marks at first. They also mentioned how Seijuro’s super attack is hard to target since he moves around a lot, but you can deal tons of damage with it if you manage to land all the hits.
The anime-like next episode preview found at the end of the demo was showcased as well. This is a staple of the series.
Next, Sega revealed Shin Sakura Taisen’s Japanese Limited Edition. Its cover is the illustration by Kubo which was published in Weekly Shonen Jump after the game got announced. The Limited Edition also includes an artbook.
The artbook features for each character page: the draft design by Kubo at the left, the 3D model at the top right, and the 2D illustration by Masashi Kudo at the bottom right. The artbook also includes things like the cover art for the first five games.
The Limited Edition also includes an OST, which they will detail later.
Lastly, Sega revealed the opening movie of Shin Sakura Taisen, and it’s really awesome:
As stated yesterday, the opening animation was storyboarded by Ono Manabu, who is also directing the upcoming 2020 anime adaptation. The opening is full of references to the past games of the series. The way Sumire spins at the beginning is a reference to Sakura Wars 1′s opening. Then we’ve got the new Shogomaru which can be seen emerging from the clouds in the background, which is another reference. The opening also revealed that the other Assault Forces have similar flying battleships for transport. Anyway, I’m not gonna list everything as you can easily see the references yourself if you’re into the series.
The shot at the end shows the Koubu Type-3 of Clarisse, Sakura Amamiya, and Hatsuho. They appeared in the first chapter of Shin Sakura Taisen The Comic, which started this September. The fact that the opening never shows Sakura Amamiya’s Mugen except at the very end might be hinting that there’s another version of the opening which unlocks as you progress through the story, like in past games.
If you missed it, here’s a summary of the TGS 2019 day 1 stage event with new gameplay and trailers. And here’s a summary for the TGS 2019 day 2 stage event, which included the anime’s announcement. You can also read our summaries of the previous Shin Sakura Taisen streams: the first stream, the second stream (part 2) and the third stream. Lastly, you can check the info from the game’s demo event.
Project Sakura Wars (temporary title) launches exclusively on PS4 on December 12 in Japan and in Spring 2020 in the west. Shin Sakura Taisen will get one more stage event on the last day of Tokyo Game Show 2019, September 15.