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New Sakura Wars Game Gets Manga on September 12

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Koyori Noguchi adapts game launching in December

The official Twitter account for the Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen) franchise revealed on Wednesday that the Shin Sakura Taisen (New Sakura Wars) game is getting a manga by Koyori Noguchi that will debut in this year's 41st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine on September 12.

The Shin Sakura Taisen (New Sakura Wars) game will launch in Japan on December 12 and in the West in spring 2020.

Bleach manga creator Tite Kubo is the main character designer for the new game in the Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen) franchise. Yukiko Horiguchi (K-ON!, Lucky Star) and other designers are serving as guest character designers.

Kōhei Tanaka is returning to the franchise to compose the music, Jirō Ishii (Under the Dog, BBK/BRNK, Monster Strike the Animation anime, 428: Shibuya Scramble and 'Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors' games) is in charge of story composition, and Ouji Hiroi is credited with the original work.

The game will be an all-new work that "inherits the DNA of the series." The game will take place in the 29th year of the fictionalized "Taisho" period of the franchise in the capital of Tokyo, taking place 12 years after Sakura Wars V. Japan's actual Taisho period only lasted for 15 years, and the kanji used to write "Taisho" in Sakura Wars is different from the kanji used for the real Taisho period.

The game's protagonist is Seijuro Kamiyama, and it follows him as he leads a "New Imperial Assault Force" as Kouma once again appear in the capital, and as Assault Forces are created in towns all over the world.

Original creator Ouji Hiroi and Sega launched the first game in the franchise for the Sega Saturn in 1996, and the latest game in the series, Sakura Taisen V: Saraba Itoshiki Hito yo, launched for the PlayStation 2 in Japan in 2005. Sakura Taisen V is the only game in the series with an official English release. NIS America released the game under the title Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love in March 2010 for the PS2 and Nintendo Wii. The franchise recently received a new smartphone game in Korea last year.

The multimedia franchise also includes a television anime series, six video anime projects, an anime film, and manga.

Source: Sakura Wars franchise's Twitter account

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