Senran Kagura

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Senran Kagura
Senran Kagura logo.jpg
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
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
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
Produced by Muneyuki Kanbe
Shinsaku Tanaka
Written by Takao Yoshioka
Music by Ruka Kawada
Studio Animation Studio Artland
Licensed by
Network AT-X, Tokyo MX
English network
Original run January 6, 2013March 24, 2013
Episodes 12 + 6 Specials (List of episodes)
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 November 11, 2014
  • PAL November 12, 2014
Game
Senran Kagura 2: Shinku
Developer Tamsoft
Publisher Marvelous Inc.
Genre Action, side-scrolling
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP August 7, 2014
Game
Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku
Developer Tamsoft
Publisher
Genre Action
Platform PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Released
Original video animation
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits
Directed by Shigeru Ueda
Studio Animation Studio Artland
Released March 26, 2015
Runtime 30 minutes
Video games
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Senran Kagura (閃乱カグラ?) is a video game series developed by Tamsoft and produced by Marvelous Entertainment. The franchise revolves around groups of female ninjas, and has received several manga adaptations. A television anime adaptation produced by Artland aired in Japan between January and March 2013.[2] The anime has been licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America.

Senran Kagura: Shōjo-tachi no Shinei and Senran Kagura Burst[edit]

Main article: Senran Kagura Burst

The first game in the series, Senran Kagura: Shōjo-tachi no Shinei (閃乱カグラ -少女達の真影-?, Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows), is a side scrolling game with playable ninja characters that was released in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on September 22, 2011. The sequel, Senran Kagura Burst (閃乱カグラ Burst?), consisted of the original game and an extra story line. It was released in Japan for Nintendo 3DS on August 30, 2012 and was later released digitally on the Nintendo eShop on January 10, 2013.[3] Producer Kenichiro Takaki considers the core games to be those that appear on the Nintendo 3DS.[4]

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus: Shojo-tachi no Shomei[edit]

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Shōmei (閃乱カグラ SHINOVI VERSUS -少女達の証明-?) is the sequel to Senran Kagura Burst.[5] It featured an expanded playable character roster,[6] as well as an online multiplayer mode.[7] The game was released in Japan for the PlayStation Vita on February 28, 2013, in North America on October 14, 2014, and in Europe on October 15, 2014.[7]

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson[edit]

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is a 3D side-scrolling action game made for the 3DS, and was developed by the same team which created Senran Kagura Burst.[8] Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson was released in Japan on August 7, 2014, for Nintendo 3DS.[9]

Gameplay[edit]

The game includes erotic elements, which make use of Nintendo 3DS features such as stereoscopic 3D.

New gameplay is included in the form of pair battles, which allows a second character, to which the player can give commands, to fight alongside the player's character.[10]

The playable characters in the game are customizable. Outfits, accessory size and position, and hair color can be changed to the player's liking. Augmented reality functionality was also included in the game. The playable characters could be posed against a real-life background in a variety of poses.[11]

Development[edit]

The sequel improved on the original, by enhancing breast physics and clothing destruction, introducing the first playable male character, and allowing for pair battles.[10] Daidouji and Rin, two characters that had originally appeared in Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus as downloadable content, were part of the regular playable character roster in the game.[12]

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson was part of a cross-promotion deal with Umaibo ("delicious stick" in Japanese), a Japanese brand of corn puff snacks, in which the game's playable characters appeared on the brand's product packaging.[13]

The limited edition, named the “Nyuu Nyuu DX Pack”, included the following extras: a special collectors box; five-figurines of the Homura Crimson Squad, characters in the game; a Drama CD; a soundtrack CD; and limited edition original packaging.[14]

Senran Kagura: New Wave[edit]

Senran Kagura: New Wave is a card battling game available on Android and iOS devices in Japan. The game's popularity resulted in a crossover promotion with DrawGirls, a Korean picture discovery mobile game in which the player draws a cursor across the screen to reveal pieces of a picture.[15][16][17] As of October 2014, Senran Kagura: New Wave was still being updated with new cards, the newest having a hospital/nurse theme.[18]

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit![edit]

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit! is a rhythm cooking game available for the PlayStation Vita, in which the goal is to win a cooking competition.[19] The game was released on the PlayStation Store on November 11 for North America,[20] and on November 12 for Europe.[21]

Plot[edit]

In the game, Master Hanzo convinces the shinobi warriors of Senran Kagura to cook for him by holding a cooking competition, with first prize being a Secret Ninja Art Scroll which grants one wish.[20]

Gameplay[edit]

Tapping along with the music can create combos, and the more combos the better the food created in the game is.[22] The game consists of 10 levels, equating to 10 dishes that must be created. Every other level reveals more of the player's shinobi character's story.[20] All of the character and costume DLC from Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus Is compatible with Senran Kagura Bon Appétit!.[20]

Development[edit]

Downloadable content (DLC), the "Gessen x Hebijo DLC pack", is available. It provides extra levels (dishes to create) and a free soundtrack app that features songs from the game.[20]

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus[edit]

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is planned for a March 26, 2015, release in Japan.[23]

Estival Versus has two special editions, one for the PlayStation 4, and one for the PlayStation Vita. The editions are called the Nyuu Nyuu DX Pack Premium, and contained: a copy of the game; a special collectors box; a product code for Senran Kagura: Estival Versus—Eve Full of Swimsuits, a 30-minute original video animation (OVA) featuring 20 of the game's characters; a Drama CD; a soundtrack CD; and mini figurines. The only difference between the two editions is which set of figurines they contained. The Vita special edition contains figurines of characters from the Hebijo Clandestine Girls’ Academy, while the PlayStation 4 edition contains figurines from the Gessen Girls’ Private School. The first-print run of the collectors editions also contained a bonus 2-CD set of the game’s soundtrack, and a visual book.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27][28]

Theme songs[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Aziz, Hamza (2014-01-08). "Dekamari Senran Kagura is a rhythm cooking battle game". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  9. ^ Orselli, Brandon (2014-08-08). "Here’s a Whopping 8 Minutes of Busty Senran Kagura 2 Gameplay". Nichegamer.net. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  10. ^ a b Orselli, Brandon (2014-07-03). "Check Out the Rambunctious Second Trailer for Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson". Nichegamer.net. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  11. ^ Orselli, Brandon (2014-06-07). "The Changing Room in Senran Kagura 2 is Just as You Expected". Nichegamer.net. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  12. ^ Orselli, Brandon (2014-05-30). "The Formidable Rin and Daidouji are Playable in Senran Kagura 2". Nichegamer.net. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  13. ^ Vincent, Brittany (2014-08-01). "This Senran Kagura 2 corn puff snack promotion is just as risque as you'd expect". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  14. ^ Orselli, Brandon (2014-05-23). "Check Out the Swanky Limited Edition for Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson". Nichegamer.net. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  15. ^ Eugene (2014-08-10). "Senran Kagura’s Ninja Girls Getting Crossover With DrawGirls". Siliconera. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  16. ^ Vincent, Brittany (2014-08-09). "'Draw' the Senran Kagura girls in this strange crossover". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  17. ^ Orselli, Brandon (2014-09-08). "Get Some Jiggly, Senran Kagura Drawing Action in Drawgirls". Nichegamer.net. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  18. ^ Orselli, Brandon (2014-10-03). "The Kunoichi Play Hospital in These Senran Kagura: New Wave Cards". Nichegamer.net. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  19. ^ MacGregor, Kyle (2014-06-30). "Senran Kagura Bon Appétit rating suggests EU release". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  20. ^ a b c d e Tarry, Steven (2014-10-21). "Senran Kagura Bon Appetit! Hits Vita Exclusively on 11/11". Sony Computer Entertainment America. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  21. ^ MacGregor, Kyle (2014-10-21). "Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  22. ^ MacGregor, Kyle (2014-05-06). "XSEED localizing Senran Kagura Bon Appétit this winter". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  23. ^ Orselli, Brandon (2014-09-18). "Get a Teaser for Senran Kagura: Estival Versus from Tokyo Game Show 2014". Nichegamer.net. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  24. ^ Gregoira, Chris (2014-10-03). "Senran Kagura Estival Versus Has Shown Off Its Limited Edition". Nichegamer.net. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
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