On April 22, the official Sakura Revolution website announced that they will be shutting the service down on June 30. Once the servers go dark, the app will effectively become a piece of lost media, one of many failed smartphone games that was quickly shunted from the universe’s collective memory. The entirety of Taisho 100 would basically cease to exist, outside of the random smattering of YouTube videos, the Internet Archive, and maybe a few older fans’ collective memories.
The easy thing to do would be to bury this game and move on, to pretend it didn’t exist, and just look forward to whatever may come our way in the future. But, well, that’s the thing. We’re Sakura Wars fans. Giving up isn’t exactly our style. We’ve seen this beloved franchise fall into near-death once already, and we are not content with letting it happen again.
Enter the Sakura Revolution Archival Project. This is a fan-centric effort, backed by The Combat Revue Review in every official capacity, to archive as much of Sakura Revolution: Hanasaku Otome-tachi as possible, before the servers go dark on June 30.
In the game, we’ll be screenshotting and capturing video of everything we can – dialogue screencaps, video archives, audio archives, and basically compiling as full of an archive as we can, in the case that an offline version is not made available.
For real-world items, we’ll be scouring the official website for files, scraping Twitter for images, and archiving whatever official video content we can retrieve from Delightworks and Sega’s accounts, as well as the official Sakura Revolution YouTube channel.
All of this will be properly cataloged and archived. Once complete, the archive will be distributed to the Internet Archive, and to every single outlet that is willing to keep a version of the files available.
4/27/2021, 12:40PM EDT: As of now, the archive contains:
- Working archive of the Sakura Revolution website – missing elements need to be coded and downloaded (90%)
- Social Media
- Full archive of the Sakura Revolution YouTube channel (46 videos)
- Full screenshot archive of Main Story: Prologue (463 stills)
- Full screenshot archive of Side Story: Samurai Angelica’s Warrior Training (382 stills)
- Partial video archive of Main Story: Chapter 4 (9 videos)
- Partial screenshot archive of Main Story: Chapter 1(403 stills)
- Partial screenshot archive of Main Story: Chapter 4 (728 stills)
- In-Game Events
- Partial screenshot archive of player birthday events (360 stills)
- Partial screenshot archive of Valentine’s Day events (101 stills)
- Partial video archive of character Ougis (5 videos)
- Partial video archive of character voices (4 videos)
- Partial video of gacha character pulls (1 video)
- Video archive of the credits screen (1 video)
- 66 Videos
- 2,437 Screenshots
This is a collective effort made up of various fans throughout the Sakura Wars fanbase. Our backgrounds differ, but we’re all allies in making sure that this chapter in the Sakura Wars universe continues to live on in our community’s collective memory.
Our current members include:
With us luck… if you’re interested in joining the project, please let Samantha Ferreira know on Twitter.
Alright! You can do it! Do your best! Yeah! Don’t stop! We can’t stop!
Everyone, everyone, everyone’s hearts come together as one!