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You can grab Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson in Europe next month


It's almost time to fight some boobs
Jul 30
// Laura Kate Dale
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is one of those games that probably know full well already if you're interested in buying or not. My job is to let you know when you can do that, if you want to do that. The newest Senran Kagura ...
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Boob size

Senran Kagura producer: Small boobs need to be moved by hand


Larger breasts are easier to work with
Jun 18
// Steven Hansen
Senran Kagura is known for its large breasted women, but the series is tapped far as size goes. "If they got any bigger than this (he points to the screen where a particularly busty Estival Versus character is leaning toward ...
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Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura 2 has 3D boobs


Yep, those were some boobs alright
Jun 16
// Laura Kate Dale
Let's not dance around the huge pair of elephants in the room, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is a 3DS game about girls who look twelve years old but are totally over eighteen so it's not pervy, fighting until all their clothe...
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Senran Kagura

Fake VR boob goggles showed me that 'two party politics' are no good for gaming


Maybe it was inevitable
Mar 31
// Jonathan Holmes
Last week, Steven Hansen did a news story about some fake boob-infused videogame consoles that Marvelous made up to promote the next Senran Kagura game. I did a video about those videos for our YouTube channel, and it w...
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Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura sticks tongue through cheek with jiggling website, fake boob-based consoles


Fake fake-boob-based?
Mar 25
// Steven Hansen
We're a day away from Senran Kagura: Estival Versus' Japanese release on PS4 and Vita. I stumbled upon this page of the series' website, which is to say someone linked to it, gobsmacked, on Twitter, where I clicked on it and...
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Valkyrie Drive

Marvelous, Senran Kagura creator launch new series


Valkyrie Drive multimedia project announced at AnimeJapan
Mar 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Marvelous is launching a new franchise that appears to be more salacious and sexually-charged than Senran Kagura, if that even sounds possible. The publisher revealed a new mixed media project at this weekend's AnimeJapan ex...
Senran Kagura 2 photo
Senran Kagura 2

Senran Kagura 2 bounces westward this summer


Kenichiro Takaki continues to wrap the world in happy boobs
Mar 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Once upon a time, XSEED seemed pretty cagey about publishing the Senran Kagura games. Nowadays the plucky localization studio can't seem to bring the danged things over fast enough. Yes, you probably read the headline where ...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus gets a whole new batch of voyeuristic screenshots


I wasn't kidding, was I?
Jan 26
// Brittany Vincent
There's been a serious lack of Senran Kagura on Destructoid over the last few months, and I'm here to resolve that problem with a batch of screenshots from Senran Kagura: Estival Versus. The latest images include Asuka, Ikaru...

Review: Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit!

Nov 12 // Brittany Vincent
Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! (PS Vita)Developer: MeteorisePublisher: XSEED GamesReleased: November 11, 2014MSRP: $14.99 Bon Appétit! gathers the entire Senran Kagura cast for a cooking competition set up to offer the winner a scroll that can grant a solitary wish. With such an astonishing prize on the line, word travels quickly to all the sprightly young ninja as they enter the cook-off to nab the scroll for themselves. Of course, it's all a front, a scheme from a geezer who wants to see the girls traipsing around in sexy aprons, but you can't fault an old man for trying. The girls give it their all and set out to humiliate one another in the name of making their dreams come true, and that's where you come in. Once you've started the game proper, Story Mode is where you'll want to head first to unlock special outfits, accessories, and extra content. You can choose from a healthy amount of the Senran Kagura girls, like Asuka, Ikaruga, Hibari, Hikage, and the rest of the gang. Each girl is saddled with her own brief snippet of visual novel-styled narrative as to why she's pursuing the special scroll. Most are hilariously awful, littered with double and triple entendres that revolve around the male anatomy or breasts. Asuka is one of the worst perpetrators, but I was consistently astounded by the localization team's unmatched efforts to go the extra mile and ensure line after line was simultaneously corny and sexually charged. [embed]283649:56308:0[/embed] It's fairly impressive, to be honest, and despite how absolutely inane it can be, refreshing to see a game nearly devoid of male characters take casual racy speech and toss it out so carelessly. It may be considered fanservice "for men," but it certainly isn't the men the girls are not-so-subtly flirting with in-game, and that's something I can get behind. If I were a lesser person, that could have been a dirty remark, but I'll refrain for the purposes of this review. After you've chosen a girl you'll partake in a multi-stage cooking competition, which locks your girl in fierce combat with varying opponents. Like a racier Iron Chef, dishes are established at the beginning of the match for both parties to create, with both girls assigned a station and their own cooking tools and materials. Except you don't ever actually do any cooking. Instead, you whip up the tasty meals assigned to you by way of pressing buttons in time to the beat -- this is a rhythm game, after all. Near the bottom of the screen are two tiers where symbols corresponding to the Vita's face buttons appear. It's your job to hit them as the music plays, a la Bust A Groove or PaRappa the Rapper. Sometimes you'll need to tap the note until the number above it reaches zero. You'll have to hold notes occasionally as well, while tending to button presses above or below it. The directional buttons come into play as well, so you'll have to think fast when two are on-screen at the same time. It's quite challenging on the highest difficulty setting, especially when it comes to songs with a higher BPM, though you're never given the option to select a song for each stage. There are three breaks in each song where the judge (the lecherous Grandpa himself) takes a moment to sample the dishes you've crafted thus far, and if you've managed to keep your ninja's meter full (as opposed to your opponent's color filling the bar) you'll come out on top. If by the end of the match you've created the superior dish each time, you'll emerge victorious. At the end of each judging round, the player on the losing end of the battle will have her clothes ripped in strategic places a bit more each time until she's left totally naked but for chibi anime faces to cover up the naughty bits -- because we're not adults here or anything and a little bit of nipple is far more scandalous than making penis joke after penis joke -- but I digress. At the end of each song the victor is subjected to a "humiliating" pose in which they're drizzled with chocolate syrup or various dessert toppings as they pose sensually. And then it's gone, done, onto the next one, because if you want to see the rest of the characters, you've got to get to work unlocking them through Story Mode. Otherwise, you could choose Arcade or Free Play for the thrill of the rhythm game without the unlockables. Unfortunately, the game's biggest pitfall comes in the form of the songs themselves. They're not exactly what I'd call memorable, with tunes channeling wedding marches, bizarre Christmas-like holiday doppelgangers, and a cavalcade of instrumental (and occasionally vocal) songs that are instantly forgettable. While you're locked in a heated cooking battle, it's easy to forgive this fact, but the most basic building block of a rhythm game is its songs. These songs simply aren't strong enough to act as the backbone of a title that revolves solely around them. There are a couple with vocals that will at the very least stand out, but for the most part they feel like accompanying background tracks in any run-of-the-mill JRPG. Luckily, they're just rollicking enough to provide a challenge and I suppose that's all that's really warranted here, though some cutesy pop songs could have spiced things up considerably. Still, this is a surprisingly meaty title that'll have you coming back again and again to best one difficulty level after another, even if it's just to collect special accessories with which you can outfit your girls. They're hilariously pandering (I chose a military outfit paired with a pacifier and cat ears) but they do alter the way your girl appears in each scene, even when she's hard at work cooking. It also seems that band-aids are the lingerie of choice for most of the girls. Who knew? I was hoping for some hardcore BDSM gear to really round things out, but the best I could find was a collar. The outfits paired with dialogue snippets make for some side-splitting screenshots, but if you take them be forewarned that the Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! logo will be superimposed at the bottom right of each one for some unknown reason. Everything in this strange little rhythm game comes together in some weird way, from the girls posing as desserts to the fact that this is a musical cooking competition. It's a fluffy bit of cotton candy that works well with the core cast of characters, and Senran Kagura devotees as well as rhythm game fans alike should find something to enjoy here, even if it's just the fact that nearly every character route has inappropriate banter.
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Light and delicious
Some may call Senran Kagura inherently tasteless, but the series of action-packed brawlers has depth and satisfying combat. The games have swept the handheld community mainly because of their increasingly risqué conten...

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Senran Kagura Cooking

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11


Feeling peckish? Pick up a Penguin!
Oct 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit launches in North America on November 11, Marvelous announced today. The PlayStation Vita exclusive will then arrive in Europe the following day. The rhythm game is a spin-off of "the popular...

Review: Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus

Oct 14 // Brittany Vincent
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus (Vita)Developer: Marvelous AQLPublisher: XSEED GamesReleased: October 14, 2014MSRP: $49.99 Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus explores the legendary shinobi, whose ninja (read: teenage girls) train in separate schools, one of which you’ll choose at the beginning of the game to follow through a special story mode and additional missions. You’ll be able to choose between 20 different brawlers in this third-person Dynasty Warriors-like adventure, where the order of the day is running your opponent into the dirt, slashing them up until you’re declared victor. This usually means your opponent has been left with shreds of her outfit left clinging to her body, humiliated on the field. Sound sexy? It’s a little more hilarious and over-the-top than sexualized, and that’s what makes the game work so well. That’s right, amongst double-doses of fanservice, bits of ecchi comedy sprinkled into several visual novel-styled expository scenes, and fragments of character development, you’ll pepper the unfortunate bad guys with light and strong attacks, dashes, and more. You’ll have the opportunity to rack up astronomical combos, in the neighborhood of 500-hit combos (and up) when you really get going. Or more, if you can stay in range of the several baddies tossed your way. The action is frenetic and furious, with combos performed via well-timed button presses and an advanced parry system that allows players who wish to delve further to defend themselves in a much more engaging manner. Juggling enemies with air dashes and ultimate attacks will keep you busy as well, but the fact of the matter is there’s plenty here to ensure you don’t get bored, even if it does feel repetitive as you continuously press the same buttons. There’s nothing groundbreaking about combat, but it feels satisfying all the same, especially when you watch that combo number rise all the way past 1000. It’s an addictive feeling, even if the banter between girls doesn’t quite make sense during combat, or when the arenas you’re fighting in feel constricted and narrow. As you fight you earn energy that can be unleashed via “Shinobi Transformations,” which allows for more powerful attacks. When your fighter takes enough damage, eventually her clothing and equipment will tear and deteriorate, leaving plenty of skin on display. Bouncing bosoms and pert bottoms can be seen everywhere, but the scenes that show them off are skippable. If it’s not something you want to stick around and see, you can skip past the transformation sequences themselves and get right back into battle. But if you want to get an eyeful, go ahead and soak it all in, because these scenes happen multiple times per battle. You can also go and view the character of your choice outside of battle just in case you didn’t get enough of them while locked in combat. When you’re not dueling with other shinobi or nameless bad guys, you can customize your characters as you level them up after each grueling battle with different hairstyles, clothes, and additional accessories. They’re fun to collect and can be quite silly when you head into battle, but keeping your favorite fighter decked out in different duds can be just as fun as beating the pants off your opponents — literally, of course. Or skirt. Or blouse, whichever the case may be. Unfortunately, this otherwise solid brawler is plagued by longer load times interspersed between campaign segments. Waiting to get started in the mission and waiting to restart is especially painful, and given the amount of action going on on-screen with some of these parts, it’s hard to understand why such long loading times are actually necessary. They’re a minor annoyance, granted, but still a gripe that players will no doubt notice. In many cases, the camera will also conspire to annoy the heck out of you with frustratingly obtuse angles, but luckily these bits can be worked around by manually fiddling with the analog stick. It’s important to note as well that Shinovi Versus looks and feels great. The cel-shaded character models are polished and move fluidly, and while there’s no English voice cast to choose from, the Japanese voice actresses do an excellent job, especially in terms of the “cute” factor you really need in games like these. You really feel as though you’re viewing a piece of animation, and it shows. It’s leagues ahead of Senran Kagura Burst in terms of both animation factor and content offering. If you’re a fan of the franchise or want to get in on some good, old-fashioned melee combat with undies and lady bits in between, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is a great place to start. Sure, it’s silly, superficial, and more than a little bit ridiculous, but that’s what makes it so darn fun. And if you dip into this Senran Kagura offering, chances are you’ll want to delve into the others as well. Buyers, don’t leave your Vita at home, ‘cause it’s Senran Kagura at night and it’s bouncin’, bouncin’.
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Bounce, baby, bounce, b-bounce, b-bounce
In the world of Senran Kagura, excess is the rule. The outfits are skimpy, the plot threads are ludicrous, and the breasts are laughably large, so huge in fact that you wonder how the skimpy bras the girls are eventually stri...

Senran Kagura Vita photo
Senran Kagura Vita

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus hits Vita next month


The ninjutsu showdown begins October 14
Sep 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is cutting a trail to North America on October 14, XSEED Games announced today. The PlayStation Vita brawler will strike Europe the very next day. The story is a continuation of Senran Kagura Burst, wherein groups of teenage ninja girls fight one another with stuff like giant frogs and huge stacks of pancakes. You know, because reasons.
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

'Draw' the Senran Kagura girls in this strange crossover


Yes, more Senran Kagura news
Sep 08
// Brittany Vincent
Looks like there's another Senran Kagura game on the horizon, but before you get too excited, it's a crossover with Toast's Drawgirls and Senran Kagura: New Wave. Drawgirls is a picture discovery game where it's your jo...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus could feature transparent costumes


Might as well just fight in the nude at this point
Sep 03
// Brittany Vincent
Several new details have dropped about the latest iteration of the Marvelous fighting series Senran Kagura: Estival Versus. The game will be introducing four new characters: three sisters named Renka, Hanabi, and Kafuru, and ...
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PS4 and Vita

PS4 getting Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force, Ys, Gundam and Senran Kagura


A bunch of these are coming to Vita, too
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
More news from Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show conference. NIS is working on Disgaea 5 for PS4 after the recent Vita port of Disgaea 4. It's coming out in 2015. A new Hot Shots Golf meant to capitalize on the PS4's socia...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

Here are some Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus screens in English


Finally, I can read what's going on...for the plot
Aug 30
// Brittany Vincent
XSEED Games has released a handful of translated screens from Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, so we can finally understand what's being said during all of that clothes-ripping and hack-and-slash action. I mean, if you care&nbs...
Senran Kagura 2 photo
Senran Kagura 2

This Senran Kagura 2 corn puff snack promotion is just as risque as you'd expect


Can corn puff snacks be risque?
Aug 01
// Brittany Vincent
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson has featured collaborations recently with restaurant items based off the many Pair Battle characters seen in-game, and now more have sprang up. Just like a certain something else that you guys li...
Senran Kagura  photo
Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura's Head Mount π-Play is really quite titillating


Op, op, op, oppai Senran Kagura
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki and some of the rest of the Marvelous staff decided to have a bit of a laugh at the expense of VR headsets and the hype surrounding them, and the result is just about what you'd ...
Senran Kagura 2 photo
Senran Kagura 2

Senran Kagura 2 trailer sure is very Senran Kagura


That ground-pound also sure is something
Jul 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Marvelous is keeping its cheeky money-printing machine going strong with Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson. The latest effort from self-proclaimed "huge boob producer" Kenichiro Takaki is due to be unleashed in Japan starti...
Senran Kagura PAL release photo
Senran Kagura PAL release

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit rating suggests EU release


Australian Classification Board labels rhythm game MA 15+
Jun 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit is everything but confirmed for PAL territories. The PlayStation Vita cooking rhythm game was handed a MA 15+ rating from the Australian Classification Board, foreshadowin...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

It's out of the frying pan and into the fire with Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit!


Also, boobs
Jun 16
// Brittany Vincent
There's a real dearth of rhythm games out there these days, so I take them any way I can get them. Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! looks like a frantic and quite fun rhythm game in the vein of the Hatsune Miku titles...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus looks great in a 3D environment


This new trailer really shows off its assets
Jun 16
// Brittany Vincent
For the longest time while watching this latest Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus trailer, I thought I was looking at a bowl of Jello sitting on a table that someone wouldn't stop tapping. But then I realized it was actually a v...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

E3's Senran Kagura showcase is both titillating and ridiculous


Ninja gals show off their assets at E3 2014
Jun 13
// Natalie Kipper
The Senran Kagura series takes fan-service to new heights in the upcoming brawler Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus and Senran Kagura Bon Appetít!, a rhythm cooking game. Both titles were available to demo at XSEED's booth at E3 2014.
Senran Kagura Bust photo
Senran Kagura Bust

Senran Kagura 2 changing room: See all the game assets


Asstits
Jun 06
// Steven Hansen
Why do they heave so much when they're stationary? That just seems unhealthy. They have worse breathing problems than pugs. Oh, and there's some AR stuff so you can have the anime girls hang out on your desk and meet your real life anime girl figures.
Senran Kagura Cooking photo
Senran Kagura Cooking

XSEED localizing Senran Kagura Bon Appétit this winter


Cooking rhythm game to be showcased at E3
Jun 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit will be cooking up a storm in North America this winter, XSEED Games announced today as a part of its E3 lineup. The PlayStation Vita rhythm game is a spin-off of Marvelous AQL's brawler ...
Senran Kagura 2 photo
Senran Kagura 2

Marvelous AQL reveals new Senran Kagura 2 gals


Introducing Daidouji and Rin!
Jun 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is coming to Japan on August 7, and I'm sure we'll see the Nintendo 3DS brawler here sooner or later. In the meantime, Marvelous AQL has unveiled a couple faces that will be joining the titl...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash is being localized by FUNimation


They 'flash,' alright
May 21
// Brittany Vincent
Fans of rip-your-clothes-off-while-fighting-to-the-death Senran Kagura Burst should be tickled pink, as the popular ninja girl beat-'em-up is receiving an anime series courtesy of FUNimation. Tamsoft's side-scrolling saga wa...
Shish keboob photo
Shish keboob

Senran Kagura 2 trailer is jiggly and embarrassing


Shish keboob
May 09
// Steven Hansen
But! Credit where credit is due, fighting with a giant, food-skewered kebab instead of a sword? That's up my alley. The rest of Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson? Not so much. Anyway, you may proceed in telling me how I hate anime and am closed-minded towards Japanese culture.
Senran Kagura Vita photo
Senran Kagura Vita

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus jiggles to North America this fall


And there will be a limited edition physical release
May 08
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is coming to PlayStation Vita in North America this autumn, XSEED Games announced today. The plot of Shinovi Versus unfolds shortly after the events of Senran Kagura Burst, revisiting t...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

XSEED keen on localizing more Senran Kagura games


Publisher 'may or may not' have an announcement planned
May 01
// Kyle MacGregor
XSEED boss Ken Berry once called the prospect of localizing Senran Kagura Burst a "scary proposition." Due to the title's subject matter and the conservative culture in the US, Berry surmised a western release had the "potent...

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