Senran Kagura

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Senran Kagura
Senran Kagura logo.jpg
Platforms Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Platform of origin Nintendo 3DS
First release Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows
September 22, 2011
Latest release Senran Kagura Reflexions
November 23, 2017

Senran Kagura (Japanese: 閃乱カグラ) is a video game series produced by Marvelous. The franchise revolves around groups of female ninjas, and has received manga and anime adaptations.[1] The anime has been licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America.

By August 2017, worldwide sales for the games in the series had surpassed over 1.65 million copies.[2]

Video games[edit]

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

The first game in the series, Senran Kagura: Shōjo-tachi no Shin'ei (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][4]

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus[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] The game was released in North America, Europe, and Australia via digital and limited physical copies in August through September 2015.[10]

Gameplay[edit]

The game makes use of the stereoscopic 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS for some of its erotic elements.

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[11] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

European version[edit]

The European version of the game was launched on 27 August 2015. Limited editions include the 'Happy Boobs' edition with two audio CDs, poster and certificate, and the 'Shinobi Edition' which comes with an 'oppai' mouse pad with 3D breasts, and decorative wall scroll.

Marvelous Europe sold physical versions and limited editions of the game exclusively via its own webstore and Amazon Marketplace store, bypassing traditional retail channels.

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.[16][17][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, 2014 for North America,[20] and on November 12, 2014 for Europe.[21]

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus[edit]

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus was released on March 26, 2015 in Japan.[22] The game was released in North America on March 15, 2016 and Europe on March 18, 2016.

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 are which set of figurines they contain, and what tracks are on each Drama CD. 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.[23]

The game sold 44,548 physical retail copies on the PlayStation Vita in addition to 30,247 physical copies on the PlayStation 4 within the first week of release in Japan.[24]

The game features DLC guest characters, the first of whom was the Dead or Alive/Ninja Gaiden series' Ayane. Included in this wave of DLC was Ayane's kimono along with the trademark blue kunoichi costume of Kasumi[25] in a mash-up collab with Marvelous. In return, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round featured a costume set where the females are dressed as Senran Kagura characters and were even breakable on PlayStation 4/Xbox One versions of the game. Ayane in this set is dressed as Yagyū. Besides Ayane, three characters from Ikki Tousen, Hakufu Sonsaku, Uncho Kan'u and Housen Ryofu also appeared as the last three guest characters. Due to temporary licensing issues, the Ikki Tousen characters would temporarily not appear in Western versions until the PC port, which was released on March 17, 2017.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash[edit]

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is a water gun third-person shooter for the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows. It features over 30 girls who play on teams.[26] Peach Beach Splash was released in Japan on March 16, 2017. The game released in North America on September 26, 2017 and in Europe on September 22, 2017 for the PlayStation 4, and later worldwide on March 7, 2018 for the PC.[27]

As part of full collaboration with Tecmo Koei's Team Ninja on releasing the DLC costumes in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, and adds Ayane as a DLC character in Estival Versus, the Dead or Alive characters' Marie Rose and Honoka are announced, along with Ayane who appeared as a DLC character in Estival Versus to be DLC characters in this game.[28] As part of collaboration with Nitroplus since the console version of Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel, Super Sonico is added as one of the DLC characters.[29] Three Ikki Tousen characters who appeared as DLC in Estival Versus return as DLC again, in addition of the fourth Ikki Tousen DLC character Shimei Ryoumou.[30]

Senran Kagura Reflexions[edit]

A spin-off title for the Nintendo Switch, an ecchi dating sim game called Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura (Japanese: シノビリフレ -SENRAN KAGURA-, Hepburn: Shinobi rifure) was released in Japan on November 23, 2017. The game takes advantage of the Joy-Con's "HD Rumble" feature, allowing players to receive feedback from jiggle physics.[31] It will be published by Xseed Games on the European and North American eShop under the title Senran Kagura Reflexions[32] on September 13, 2018.[33]

Peach Ball: Senran Kagura[edit]

A second spin-off game for the Nintendo Switch, an ecchi pinball game called Peach Ball: Senran Kagura (Japanese: PEACH BALL 閃乱カグラ) was announced in 2017.[34] The game will be released in Japan on December 13, 2018, and features a mode similar to Senran Kagura Reflexions that will take advantage of the Joy-Con's "HD Rumble" feature.[35]

Other media[edit]

Senran Kagura
閃乱カグラ
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 Artland
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX
English network
Original run January 6, 2013 March 24, 2013
Episodes 12 + 6 Specials (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits
Directed by Shigeru Ueda
Written by Yukinori Kitajima
Music by Ruka Kawada
Studio Hoods Entertainment
Released March 24, 2015
Runtime 30 minutes
Anime television series
Senran Kagura Shinovi Master -Tokyo Yōma-hen-
Directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Written by Yukinori Kitajima
Music by Noisycroak
Studio TNK
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11
Original run October 13, 2018 – present
Episodes 1
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

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.[36] 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]

An anime television 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.[37] The opening theme, "Break Your World", was performed by Sayaka Sasaki; the ending themes include "Fighting Dreamer" (episode 1–3 and 8) by Hitomi Harada, Asami Imai, Yū Kobayashi, Kaori Mizuhashi and Yuka Iguchi, "Yamiyo wa Otome wo Hana ni Suru" (闇夜は乙女を花にする, The Flowers of the Girls of the Night) (episode 4-6 and 9) by Eri Kitamura, Ai Kayano, Ryōko Shiraishi, Saori Gotō and Megumi Toyoguchi, and "Shissōron" (疾走論, Theory Sprint) (episode 7 and 10-12) by Hitomi Harada.[citation needed] The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment, who streamed it as it aired and released it on home video in 2014.[38][39]

A second season of the anime series was announced in August 2017.[40] The season, titled Senran Kagura Shinovi Master -Tokyo Yōma-hen-, is directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa and produced by TNK, with scripts written by Yukinori Kitajima and character designs handled by Junji Goto.[41] The season is set to premiere in October 13, 2018 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, and BS11. [42][a] The opening theme, "Scarlet Master" will be performed by Sayaka Sasaki.[43] Crunchyroll will stream the series with Funimation streaming the simuldub.[44]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ From the tv network it lists the show at 24:00 on October 12, which is at October 13, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.

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