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Sakura Wars OVA

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Sakura Taisen: Ouka Kenran and Gouka Kenran.
(1997-99): Original Release.
(2012): Blu-Ray release.

The following weapons were used in the OVA Sakura Wars: Ouka Kenran/Gouka Kenran:


Fictional Pistol

Kohran Li uses a fictional pistol while assuming the role of Shonen Red (Red Lad) throughout the Gouka Kenran episode "Masked Red of Paper Moon". She uses it to "take out" a steam construction robot controlled by a thug trying to demolish a neighborhood. Some of its features appear to be taken from the Sauer 38H and the Walther PP Super.

Walther PP Super - 9X18mm Ultra.
Sauer 38H - .32 ACP
Kohran grips the pistol in a flashback to a radio drama done by the Imperial Theater.
Kohran runs from an incoming steam construction robot.
Having no other alternative, Kohran takes aim with her pistol at the incoming steam construction robot.

Mauser C96

A Mauser C96 is used by Valentinov, an ex-White Army turncoat with the rank of Major, as his main sidearm after he left the movement in the Gouka Kenran OVA episode "The Dreadful Assassin from New York". He uses it in the episode to take out a yakuza's cigar and as his weapon of choice in fighting her in a showdown. It's equipped with a rare 20-round magazine and a gold finish.

Gold-plated Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer with 10-round magazine (airsoft replica).
Valentinov draws out his C96. Note the gold plating and the rare 20-round magazine capacity.
Valentinov opens fire at a yakuza's cigar.
In Maria's flashback, Valentinov prepares to draw out his C96 after he meets Maria.
The C96 now drawn out in a back alley in New York.


A M1911A1 is used by Maria Tachibana during a movie shoot where she plays the role of Inspector Ohoka in the Gouka Kenran OVA episode "Haunting in Cinema Paradiso".

Detailed screenshot of prewar M1911A1.
Maria fires her M1911A1 during a movie shoot.
The side of the M1911A1 shown after shooting wrapped up. You can see the safety and the cocked hammer on the pistol.

Remington 1866 (Altered)

A Remington 1866 Derringer is used by Kanna Kirishima in a movie shoot as Detective Kojiro Akechi in the Gouka Kenran OVA episode "Haunting in Cinema Paradiso". Note that the animators added a revolver chamber and a barrel taken from the Smith & Wesson Model 36.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver with square butt - .38 Special.
Remington 1866 Derringer - .41 R.F. Caliber. 4th model - Blued with black grips.
Kanna examines the empty revolver chamber. You can see in an empty revolver chamber the face of Ogami, who is possessed by a vengeful movie star.
Kanna with the semi-altered Remington 1866's revolver chamber unloaded.
Now with the Remington 1866's revolver chamber slapped back into place.


Enfield Number 2, Mark 1

An Enfield Number 2, Mark 1 revolver was used by Maria as her main sidearm as a member of the Teikoku Kagekidan (Imperial Assault Force) in the Sakura Taisen universe. While it is built in the early 20th century, the Number 2 is not an appropriate weapon since it was built in 1930. Thus, the only appropriate weapon close to the Number 2 is the Webley Mark VI.

Enfield Mk I. Star Revision revolver made by Poseidon (Based on a TM Colt Python with 6 inch barrel).
Note the top-break design used for the Mark 1 in the Ouka Kenran opening sequence.
Maria aims the Mark 1 in the Ouka Kenran opening sequence.
Maria poses with the Mark 1 in the Ouka Kenran opening sequence.
Opening fire at a Kouma targeting Iris at a local fair in Asakusa, Tokyo in Taisho 10 (1921) in the Ouka Kenran OVA episode "The Demon Wars Begin Again!".
In the Gouka Kenran OVA episode "The Dreadful Assassin from New York", Maria cocks the Mark 1 before the guests to the Imperial Theater to show off her marksmanship skills in Taisho 15 (1926).
A good view of the Mark 1 as held by Maria in the same episode.
Aiming down the iron sights. Kanna, wearing a tree costume, is understandably very nervous.
In Maria's flashback in New York, she aims the Mark 1 at the turncoat Valentinov.
Maria breaks open the revolver from the top, allowing the .38 S&W brass to fly out.
Maria using the Mark 1 instead of the M1911A1 while shooting for a movie as Inspector Ohoka in the Gouka Kenran epsode Haunting in Cinema Paradiso".


Arisaka Type 38

Imperial Japanese Army soldiers use Arisaka Type 38 rifles as their main weapon. They are first seen in the middle of the Ouka Kenran OVA episode "Spring is the Time for First Battles".

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
IJA soldiers at attention while guarding a roadblock to Souki bridge. Note that the barrels are a bit longer than the ones seen with actual Type 38s.
An IJA soldier standing guard at the Souki bridge roadblock as General Yoneda ponders on how hopeless the Imperial Assault Force is under Maria's command.

Mosin Nagant

Several Mosin Nagant Rifles are used in Maria's flashback in the Gouka Kenran OVA episode "The Dreadful Assassin from New York" from when she was a soldier with the White Army during the Russian Civil War. There are not enough details to determine if they are M1891 or 1907 rifles.

Full-length, Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R.
Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine. This model was produced until at least 1917 in small numbers. This carbine was designed for cavalry, engineers, signalers, and artillerymen. - 7.62x54mm R.
In Maria's flashback as a White Army soldier, you can see a couple of Mosin Nagant Rifles on the snowy ground.

Machine Guns

General Dynamics M197 Vulcan

A General Dynamics M197 Vulcan machine gun makes an anachronistic appearance as the main weapon of the Star Custom robot Valentinov had bought from the black market in the Gouka Kenran OVA episode "The Dreadful Assassin from New York".

General Dynamics M197 Vulcan - 20mm.
The M197 Vulcan being fired at a yakuza.
The M197 Vulcan spins before it resumes firing.
Valentinov shows off the Star Custom to Maria before their showdown. Note that the M197 Vulcan is positioned at the right side of the steam robot.

M61 Vulcan

A M61 Vulcan machine gun (with four barrel holes instead of six) makes an anachronistic appearance as one of the main weapons of Iris' Koubu in the middle of the Ouka Kenran OVA episode "Spring is the Time for First Battles". Unfortunately, she doesn't make good use of it since the gunfire hits Sakura's Koubu, several empty houses and nearly killed IJA soldiers manning the Souki Bridge roadblock.

GE M61 Vulcan Cannon - 20mm.
Iris' Koubu widly fires the M61 Vulcan attachment at a few Koubus and several empty houses.
Iris' Koubu fires near the IJA roadblock.
The anachronistic M61 continues to blast away at incoming Koubus.
The smoking barrels of the M61 after running out of ammunition.

Wrist-mounted Machine Gun

A Wrist-mounted machine gun is an offensive weapon of choice for most of the Wakiji that show up in the middle of the Ouka Kenran OVA episode "Spring is the Time for First Battles".

A Wakiji equipped with the wrist-mounted machine gun opens fire at Imperial police officers responding to their presence at Aioi Bridge.
A couple of Wakijis armed with the wrist-mounted machine gun when confronting the Koubus.

Rocket Launchers

Steampunk Rocket Launcher

Kohran uses a steampunk rocket launcher to assist Maria and Kanna fight off a Kouma when it appears in Tokyo in the year Taisho 10 (1921) in the Ouka Kenran OVA episode "The Demon Wars Begin Again!".

Kohran gleefully takes aim with the steampunk rocket launcher.
A good closeup of the trigger and trigger guard of the steampunk rocket launcher.
Unfortunately for her, her inventions always backfire when she tries to use them.

See Also

Sakura Taisen series
Anime Sakura Wars: The Animation
OVAs Sakura Wars OVA  •  Sakura Taisen: École de Paris  •  Sakura Taisen: Le Nouveau Paris  •  Sakura Taisen: New York, N.Y.
Movies Sakura Wars: The Movie

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