Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die
Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die is a video game co-developed by Red Company and Sega CS2 R&D for the Sega Saturn. The second entry in the Sakura Wars series, it was published by Sega in 1998 and later ported to other systems including the Dreamcast. Defined as a "dramatic adventure" game, Sakura Wars 2 combines overlapping tactical role-playing, dating sim and visual novel gameplay elements.
Taking place two years after the events of the original Sakura Wars, Imperial Army ensign Ichiro Ogami returns from training overseas to rejoin the all-female Flower Division of the Imperial Assault Force, a military unit dedicated to fighting supernatural threats against Tokyo while maintaining their cover as a theater troop. The Flower Division is caught up in a new supernatural battle and pressure from hostile political forces.
Development of Sakura Wars 2 began development following the critical and commercial success of the first game, with returning main staff including series creator Oji Hiroi, director Shinichi Ito, artists Kōsuke Fujishima and Hidenori Matsubara, writer Satoru Akahori and composer Kohei Tanaka. The game's subtitle was taken from a famous war poem by Japanese writer Akiko Yosano, and the anime sequences were created by Production I.G. The game went on to become the best-selling entry in the series, and was positively reviewed by critics. A direct sequel, Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning?, was released for the Dreamcast in 2001.