News Sakura Wars: Kanadegumi Manga to Run in Shōjo Magazine
posted on 2011-11-05 12:00 EDT
This year's 23rd issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume shōjo magazine announced on Saturday that the next issue will launch a two-part manga called Sakura Taisen: Kanadegumi (Sakura Wars: Performing Division) on November 19. Since its debut 15 years ago until now, Sakura Wars has been a dating simulation/tactical role-playing game franchise aimed primarily at male gamers.
Chie Shimada is drawing the new manga based on the concepts of "Team Kanade." The current Hana to Yume issue also has an interview with Shimada and a preview silhouette of the characters.
The new Sakura Wars: Kanadegumi project was revealed in a suprise announcement at the "Sakura Wars: Budōkan Live 2" event on October 7. The previous entries in the franchise followed the alternate-history adventures of several all-female mechanized task forces — that also perform musicals to maintain their top secret cover.
NIS America, a subsidiary of the game company Nippon Ichi Software, adapted the Sakura Taisen V ~Saraba, Itoshiki Hito yo~ game as Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, the first Sakura Wars game to be released in North America. There have also been many anime and manga adaptations over the years, including the return of Ikku Masa's Sakura Wars the Manga Part II in last month's inaugural issue of Kodansha' Monthly Shonen Magazine +.
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