Senran Kagura

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Senran Kagura
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Cover art from the video game Senran Kagura: Shōjo-tachi no Shinei
閃乱カグラ
Genre Action
Manga
Senran Kagura Spark!
Published by Enterbrain
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Famitsu Comic Clear
Original run August 19, 2011February 17, 2012
Volumes 1
Manga
Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows
Written by Kenichirō Takaki
Illustrated by Amami Takatsume
Published by Media Factory
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run August 27, 2011 – ongoing
Volumes 2
Game
Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows
Developer Tamsoft
Publisher Marvelous Entertainment
Genre Action, side-scrolling
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP September 22, 2011
Manga
Senran Kagura: Guren no Uroboros
Illustrated by Manabu Aoi
Published by Ichijinsha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Rex
Original run September 27, 2011July 27, 2013
Volumes 3
Game
Senran Kagura Burst
Developer Tamsoft
Publisher
Genre Action, side-scrolling
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP August 30, 2012
  • NA November 14, 2013
  • PAL February 28, 2014
Manga
Senran Kagura: Senshi Bankō no Haruka
Published by Enterbrain
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Famitsu Comic Clear
Original run September 7, 2012February 1, 2013
Volumes 1
Manga
Senran Enji Kyonyū-gumi
Illustrated by Hikage Asahina
Published by Enterbrain
Demographic Seinen manga
Magazine Famitsu Comic Clear
Original run September 7, 2012February 1, 2013
Volumes 1
Anime television series
Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!
Directed by Takashi Watanabe
Written by Takao Yoshioka
Studio Animation Studio Artland
Licensed by
Network AT-X, Tokyo MX
Original run January 6, 2013March 24, 2013
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Game
Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus
Developer Tamsoft
Publisher
Genre Action
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP February 28, 2013
  • NA September 30, 2014
Game
Senran Kagura: NewWave
Developer Tamsoft
Publisher Marvelous AQL
Genre Social network game
Platform iOS, Android
Released
  • JP February 28, 2013
Game
Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit!
Developer Meteorise
Publisher
Genre Cooking/Rhythm
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP March 20, 2014
  • NA Winter 2014
Game
Senran Kagura 2: Shinku
Developer Tamsoft
Publisher Marvelous Inc.
Genre Action, side-scrolling
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP August 7, 2014
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Senran Kagura (閃乱カグラ?) is an action video game series developed by Tamsoft and produced by Marvelous Entertainment. The franchise revolves around a group of female ninjas.

The first game, a side scrolling game titled Senran Kagura: Shōjo-tachi no Shinei (閃乱カグラ -少女達の真影-?), was released in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on September 22, 2011. A sequel, Senran Kagura Burst (閃乱カグラ Burst?), which contains the original game and a new story titled Guren no Shōjo-tachi (紅蓮の少女達?), was released in Japan for Nintendo 3DS on August 30, 2012 and was later released digitally on the Nintendo eShop on January 10, 2013.[1] The game was released as a digital release in North America on November 14, 2013 and it was released as a physical and digital release in Europe on February 28, 2014.[2][3][4] A third game, a 3D fighting game titled Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Shōmei (閃乱カグラ SHINOVI VERSUS -少女達の証明-?), was released for PlayStation Vita on February 28, 2013. A social network game, Senran Kagura NewWave (閃乱カグラ NewWave?), was released the same day for iOS and Android devices.

The series has received several manga adaptations. A television anime adaptation produced by Artland aired in Japan between January and March 2013.[5] The anime has been licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America.

Plot[edit]

Kept secret from the rest of the world, high school girls are secretly trained in the art of ninjitsu. Skirting Shadows revolves around the trainee shinobi of Hanzō Academy; Asuka, Ikaruga, Katsuragi, Yagyuu and Hibari, as they complete missions and battle against rival ninjas. Crimson Girls on the other hand follows the students of the dark academy, Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy; Homura, Yomi, Hikage, Mirai and Haruka.

Gameplay[edit]

Senran Kagura is a side scrolling action game for the 3DS. The player will assume the control of 5 different female ninja characters. The more they are damaged by enemies, the more their clothes are torn off. The game also features erotic elements that use the features of the Nintendo 3DS system such as stereoscopic 3D, 3D cleavage along with 3D images of other body parts. Senran Kagura will feature character designs by Nan Yaegashi and scenario work from Yukinori Kitajima.

Novel[edit]

Where the main information of each characters' back stories, major plot points, and general information on the universe of Senran Kagura is told. This section is in the style of a 3D visual novel. It is structured like a book and the R button will take you to the next section of text, or let you skip through to the end. The Novel part is introduced at major plot points in the story and acts as character set up as well as progression of the story.

Adventure[edit]

Where most of the main story, as well as all character interaction, takes place using the in game character models, it is considered the main HUB world. This part uses text and is fully voiced. The Adventure part will come up at the start and end of each main mission. There are times where the Novel part will end and the Adventure part will pick up, giving more information on the story before starting the mission.

Action[edit]

Where the main gameplay takes place. This part consists of battling through the main story as well as side missions. When progressing through the action part, you level up your character while gaining new moves and abilities, as well as unlocking various things for the game, such as art work, achievements, music, costumes, and new characters. The structures of the missions in the action part consist of beat-em up, hack and slash, survival and boss fights. There are also specific missions, such as time, collect and destroy. The main missions are split into 5 chapters and each chapter contains a number of story missions as well as extra missions that are optional. Once a story mission is complete, you can then play that mission again with any of the unlocked characters. At the end of a mission you are given a grade based on your health, attack, and speed in completing the mission.

Development[edit]

Game producer Kenichiro Takaki came up with the idea for the game around April, 2010 when he decided to make a 3DS game. Apparently, within 30 seconds of thinking about a possible game he decided that one of the things people want to see the most in 3D are breasts.[6] The producer then began Senran Kagura's design document as well as working on a budget, creating characters, a plot and deciding upon gameplay elements. Takaki also met with character designer Nan Yaegashi and scenario writer Yukinori Kitajima.

On April 1, 2012 Marvelous Entertainment announced a sequel to the first game, featuring male ninjas replacing the busty female ninjas original characters cast, titled Kagura: Aoaki no Shonentachi. According to the official blog, planning for the game started before the first Senran Kagura, but was rejected because the producers thought it needed breasts to sell. However, the staff continued making the game in secret. The game was in development for an undisclosed platform for release in 201X. In the end, was revealed that the game was an April Fools' Day joke.[7]

Ken Berry of North American publisher Marvelous USA has stated that it may consider releasing Senran Kagura Burst digitally outside of Japan, though points out it is a "scary proposition due to the subject matter and difference in attitudes between Japanese culture and the more conservative culture here in the U.S."[8] On August 6, 2013, XSEED officially announced it would be releasing the game digitally via the Nintendo eShop in Fall 2013. The game will be a compilation of both Skirting Shadows and Crimson Girls.[9] Zen United publish the game in Europe as both a physical and digital release in 2014.[10]

In January 2014 it was announced in Famitsu that a PlayStation Vita game developed by Meteorise, titled Dekamori Senran Kagura, is to be released in Japan on 20 March 2014. The game was described as a "hyper big breasts cooking rhythm game".[11] The game is estimated to be roughly 3-4GB in size.[12] A Chinese localization of Dekamori Senran Kagura was announced by producer Kenichiro Takaki at the Taipei Game Show.[13]

Other media[edit]

Manga[edit]

There are currently five manga series based on the franchise. The main adaptation, written by Kenichirō Takaki and illustrated by Amami Takatsume, began serialization in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine from August 27, 2011. Seven Seas Entertainment will begin releasing the series in North America in November 2013 as Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows.[14] Senran Kagura: Guren no Uroboros, illustrated by Manabu Aoi, began serialization in Ichijinsha's Comic Rex magazine from September 27, 2011. Senran Kagura Spark! was published in Enterbrain's Famitsu Comic Clear between August 19, 2011 and February 17, 2012, followed by Senran Kagura: Senshi Bankō no Haruka and Senran Enji Kyonyū-gumi, both published between September 7, 2012 and February 1, 2013.

Anime[edit]

A television anime adaptation produced by Animation Studio Artland aired in Japan between January 6, 2013 and March 24, 2013. The series is directed by Takashi Watanabe with scripts by Takao Yoshioka and character designs by Takashi Torii.[15] The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment, who streamed the series as it aired and will release it on home video in Summer 2014.[16][17]

Theme songs[edit]

Opening theme
  • "Break Your World" by Sayaka Sasaki
Ending themes

Reception[edit]

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Shōmei on the PlayStation Vita sold 94,324 physical retail copies within its first week of release in Japan,[18] adding to a total of figure of 120,000 copies which includes digital sales.[19] The game also ranked as the third most purchased digital Vita game and the fifth most purchased digital game overall on the Japanese PlayStation Network in 2013.[20]

GameZone's Mike Splechta gave Senran Kagura Burst a 7.5/10, stating "If you like your anime chicks badass with a healthy dose of jiggle physics, Senran Kagura Burst satisfies on those levels and more. However, be prepared for some painful framerate dips."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senran Kagura Burst 3DS Game Sells 100,000+ Copies - News - Anime News Network⚐UK". Anime News Network. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  2. ^ "XSEED Games to Release Senran Kagura Burst in N. America (Updated) - Interest - Anime News Network:UK". Anime News Network. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  3. ^ McFerran, Damien (9 August 2013). "Senran Kagura Burst Confirmed For Physical And 3DS eShop Release In Europe". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Spencer (2014-01-16). "Senran Kagura Burst Expands Into Europe On February 28 With A Retail Release". Siliconera. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Senran Kagura TV Anime "In the Works"". Anime News Network. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  6. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (14 April 2011). "What This Man Really Wanted Was To See Breasts In 3D". Kotaku. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Senran Kagura Boys Edition Announced". Andriasang.com. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Marvelous USA Considers Senran Kagura Burst's Digital Release - News - Anime News Network⚐UK". Anime News Network. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Xseed Games Secures Publishing Rights to Senran Kagura Burst for Nintendo 3DS - Anime News Network:UK". Anime News Network. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  10. ^ "Senran Kagura Burst Will See A Physical Release In Europe". Siliconera.com. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  11. ^ 2014-01-07, Three new Senran Kagura projects announced, Gematsu
  12. ^ 2014-01-21, Dekamori Senran Kagura is three to four gigabytes, Gematsu
  13. ^ 2014-01-27, Dekamori Senran Kagura Will Also Get A Chinese Version, Siliconera
  14. ^ "Seven Seas Adds Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows Manga - News - Anime News Network⚐UK". Anime News Network. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  15. ^ "Senran Kagura TV Anime's Ad Aired - News - Anime News Network⚐UK". Anime News Network. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  16. ^ "Funimation to Stream Senran Kagura TV Anime - News". Anime News Network. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  17. ^ "Funimation Offers 5th Hetalia Series, Senran Kagura, Devil Is a Part-Timer on Home Video". Anime News Network. 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  18. ^ 2013-03-06, Media Create Sales: 2/25/13 – 3/3/13, Gematsu
  19. ^ 2013-03-04, Senran Kagura Vita sells 120,000 copies in opening week, Destructoid
  20. ^ 2013年にPS Storeで販売されたゲームの人気ランキングを各部門ごとに発表します!, PlayStation Japan
  21. ^ Splechta, Mike (18 November 2013). "Senran Kagura Burst Review: Schoolgirl romp". GZ. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 

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