First Impressions: Sakura Wars the Animation

An anime based on a long running video game series I’ve never heard of! Yay…

I commend you, strange doll-like kidnapper, on your choice of millinery.

I’m not a big fan of this one, gotta say. The characters were fairly bland and boring, the plot had an unfortunate lack of exposition, and some brilliant individual in character design decided it was necessary to dress a character in a thong and boob string ensemble that would be bad enough even if she wasn’t a literal demon. Also, having the characters introduce themselves by announcing their names at the end of the episode to people who should already know them isn’t the best, timing wise. Haven’t these people ever heard of code names? They’re supposed to be a secret organization (I think, this part was unclear)! I didn’t hate the whole steampunk-mecha-flapper girl aesthetic, the resemblance between the mechas and the Power Rangers was amusing, to say the least, and I can see how this might have worked as a video game, but it just doesn’t as an anime. At least, not for me.

Maybe check it out if you’re a fan of the games, but I’m gonna give this one a pass.

Unless you pay me, of course.

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