Yeah, and...I sort of like most of the main characters in the new one as long as I swap out their costumes to older designs and ignore their mismatched pleather battle uniforms.
One of them is pretty ugh to me on a lot of levels and I still don't like her, but the rest have some charm to them despite being a little too "Over the top" at whatever archetype they're supposed to be.
It just also never reaches the level of classiness I feel like the original stuff had, nor the sureness about what it's identity even is. Also when he's not acting like a Chuunibyou, the main dude is maybe too cool?
Like they looked at V and went "This wasn't successful because the Main Character was a Wimpy Loser and too many of the female characters were Competent at both sides of their jobs."...and made the new MC look super cool and instantly a top tier Koubu pilot despite never having actually used one before....and all the rest of the team is completely incompetent at the acting side and for the most part the Koubu side too (except for the superstar elite person they scout just a bit later to try and save the team and their plays with her star power and skills). So many ways in which it feels like a total reversal of the first story while also trying to play off of the first Sakura Wars...
Similar I guess to Ghostbusters 2016 where there's a generational shift in what Hollywood thinks is a Comedy movie and it ends up being Basically Every Other Melissa McCarthy movie except also Ghostbusters with a ton of super obscure reference jokes that the only people who will catch are the people they already pissed off to the point of them saying they were boycotting the film?
I dunno, hoping it did well enough that they get another try at Sakura Wars that's maybe allowed to be a bit more grounded and well thought out instead of just trying to figure out what might potentially maybe hook the kiddies enough that it can have a future. Like maybe let the Valkyria Chronicles team have a shot at it next? Since at least that series feels like it has a bit more of the Sakura Wars DNA to it.
Anyways gotta sleep, but I'm glad that it seems like I'll be able to get the first game working, instead of having to try and fumble through translating the GBA alternate retellings or whatever they were.