...Actually, to be honest that sums most of it up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakura_Wars (The first game in the series.) Sakura Taisen (also known as Sakura Wars) started out in the 1990s as a Sega Saturn game. You were placed in the shoes of Ichiro Ogami, a fresh-out-of-school military cadet assigned to...clip tickets at a 1920s Tokyo theater where a bunch of women perform Takarazuka-style plays. In reality, of course, they pilot steam-powered kohbu robots to repel the demons that occasionally attack the city, with the theater as a cover job: it's based on a pun in Japanese where "Teikoku Kagekidan" is a homonym for both "Imperial Opera/Theater Troupe" and "Imperial Combat Troupe". You're one of the few males who can pilot a robot the way these girls can, and you command them in battle; the closer they are to you and the more they trust you, the better they fight. Gameplay is half SRPG with the robots and half visual novel dating sim, with the added twist of responses being timed; sometimes not saying anything and letting the timer run out is actually the right thing to do. The game became really, really popular and spawned four more sequels: ST2 introduced two more pilots, ST3 relocated to Paris, with an entire new troupe, ST4 combined them both. (An image from the fourth game. Ogami's at the top there with his arm raised.) STV was actually released in the US, titled Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love. Instead of starring Ogami, it starred his nephew Shinjiro, who thought he was joining the Flower Division in Japan but instead got sent to America--well, Japan's conception of 1920's steampunk America. That was how I got into the series. (I played the PS2 version but this is a nicer picture.) The series expanded, as well, and some of the material that's not the games is avaliable in the US: two OVAs focusing on the Flower Division, a 26-episode series loosely based on the first game, one of two OVAs focused around the Paris group, and a movie that introduces Ratchet Altair, the woman who will become your commander in STV. There are also a few spinoff games, the most recent of which is Dramatic Dungeon for the DS. There's also a Facebook group aiming to localize the rest of the series through digital distribution. Currently the goal is to get the attention of Operation Rainfalls and get a petition through to have Sakura Shinguji (main love interest of the first game) included as a DLC in a Sega racing game. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kiss-Me-Sweet-The-Sakura-Wars-Localization-Project/382878205094476 All my images were obtained via Google search and copy-paste.