Update, 1/18/2021, 10:40AM EST: Clarified report release window and the dates for Sega’s 2020 fiscal year.
Update, 1/18/2021, 12:25PM EST: Due to an error in the report, the fiscal year was incorrectly stated to be “the year ending March 2021.” However, per the company’s latest quarterly report, Sega is currently in Fiscal 2021. This refers strictly to April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.
In December 2020, Sega released their annual shareholder report for the 2020 fiscal year. In the document, the publisher reports that the Sakura Wars series sold through 4.1 million units lifetime to date. This is an increase of 300,000 units from their 2019 report, which stated that the franchise had sold through 3.8 million units.
Sakura Wars 2019 launched on December 12, 2019, with a global release hitting stores on April 28, 2020. In December 2019, Sega announced that the franchise had shipped more than four million units lifetime to date.
Sega’s 2020 fiscal year runs from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. The company is currently in fiscal year 2021.
About Sakura Wars (2019)
Sakura Wars (2019) is the sixth console entry into the long-running franchise. The title features a soundtrack by series composer Kohei Tanaka (One Piece, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Gunbuster 2: Diebuster), and a story by Jiro Ishii (Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Under the Dog). Bleach creator Tite Kubo provided original character designs, while Masashi Kudo (Bleach, MAOYU) provided in-game character designs.
In addition to Kubo’s designs, the title features guest character designs by the following:
- BUNBUN (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero, Sakura Quest)
- Yukiko Horiguchi (K-ON!, Kokoro Connect)
- Humikane Shimada (Girls und Panzaer, Strike Witches, Brave Witches)
- Noizi Ito (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Shakugan no Shana)
- Shigenori Soejima (Persona Series)
- Ken Sugimori (Pokemon)
Sega describes the title as:
The stage is set in a steampunk version of 1940s Imperial Tokyo. Only a short while ago, a cataclysmic event destroyed the Imperial Combat Revue of Tokyo, the capital’s global defense force stationed at the Imperial Theater. Now home to the Flower Division, an inept rookie squad who also strives to impart hope on the citizenry with their theatrical talents, the theater has fallen on hard times and risks closure. It’s up to Seijuro Kamiyama as the captain of the new Tokyo revue to lead his squad and restore the Imperial Combat Revue and the theater back to their former glory! With the help of the revue’s five colorful performers, he must rise to the challenge of competing in the Combat Revue World Games, protecting the inhabitants of Tokyo and getting the theater back on track.
An anime sequel, Sakura Wars the Animation aired in the Spring 2020 broadcast season. Funimation currently holds the rights to the show, which they describe as:
Ten years after the demon war, the new Imperial Combat Revue’s Flower Division is assigned a new captain, Seijuro Kamiyama. Now, Sakura and the rest of the troupe must adjust to the change, face a demon invasion, and prepare for an upcoming tournament. They’ll have to juggle all this while keeping up with their training and continuing to put on shows at their home, the Imperial Theater.
- Sega 2020 Annual Financial Report (Thanks to Sakura123 for the tip!)
- Sega 2019 Annual Financial Report
- Anime Herald: Sakura Wars Game Franchise Crosses 4 Million Copies Shipped