Haruhi Suzumiya's Noizi Ito Designs 2 New Sakura Wars Game Characters

posted on by Alex Mateo
Video highlights Itsuki Saijо̄, Hiromi Hongо̄

The official Twitter account for Sega's Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars in English) franchise revealed on Friday that Noizi Ito (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) is designing two characters for the Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game.

The newly announced cast includes:

Mayu Yoshioka as Itsuki Saijо̄, an enthusiastic fan of the Imperial Opera Troupe who loves the Imperial Theater and the Floral Division.

Haruka Terui as Hiromi Hongо̄, a clerk at the Okashidokoro Mikazuki store who has a gentle attitude and smile, which brings in customers.

The franchise's Twitter account began streaming a trailer highlighting the two new characters.

The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on December 19, and in the West in spring 2020. 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.

Bleach manga creator Tite Kubo is the main character designer for the new game, but the game has other character designers for other characters, including Yukiko Horiguchi (K-On!, Tamako Market) for the Shanghai Assault Force characters, BUNBUN (Izetta: The Last Witch, Sakura Quest) for the London Assault Force characters, and Humikane Shimada (Girls und Panzer, Strike Witches) for the Berlin Assault Force characters.

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.

Source: Sakura Wars franchise's Twitter account via Hachima Kikо̄

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