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One of Sega's most popular Saturn games has just been rereleased in Japan for Dreamcast. Sakura Taisen ("Cherry Blossom Wars") is a mech-based strategy RPG set in Japan around 1912. All the mechs are steam-powered, creating a very "old world" style, with character designs by Kyosuke Fujishima (of Oh My Goddess fame). You star as recent military academy graduate Ichirou Oogami, assigned to duty at Teikoku Kagekidan Hanagumi (Imperial Splendor Assault Team). The group disguises itself as an opera troupe between battles and you (as the "man" of the team) try to win the girls' hearts in between battling evil forces. When talking to any of the ladies you're given choices of how to react or respond. Answer correctly and you win points with them. Each girl also has a mini-game of varying difficulty that, when successfully completed, will get you mega-points and usually a lil' something "extra." This is all in addition to fending off evil, strategy RPG-style. The DC version features improved FMV, but is otherwise the same old game.