Guide to Gaming – Senran Kagura – Part 2 – Characters – Hanzo National Academy

Senran Kagura features characters that are now my very favorites in all video games. That being said, I’ll gladly take the time to devote several posts to describing the characters from each of the series’ factions, starting with the series’ protagonists from the secret shinobi training program of the Hanzo National Academy.

Asuka

Asuka

Asuka is the main character of the Senran Kagura series. She is the 16-year-old granddaughter of the legendary good shinobi, Hanzo, for whom the Hanzo National Academy is named. Asuka is very bright-eyed and optimistic, and she is also very friendly, often attempting to befriend everyone she meets, even those who are initially her enemies, such as Homura, Kagura, and Yumi. She deeply cherishes the people around her, having learned as such from her grandfather. Furthermore, Asuka is able to see the good in everyone and is able to always find a way to end conflict without killing. In my opinion, this is what makes her stand out from many other game heroes, ad is perhaps the greatest example of her strong sense of humanity, as she is able to influence everyone around her for the better.

Ikaruga

Ikaruga

Now, I’ll be covering the love of my life, Ikaruga. I don’t even know where to begin. She’s the 18-year-old class representative and comes from a long line of shinobi who are publicly known as a major financial group. Se is actually a distant relative of who was adopted by the family’s head because his son was not cut out to be a shinobi, which led to an internal conflict within Ikaruga as her adopted brother resented her for taking his place in the shinobi bloodline. Even so, she still manages to keep an incredible level of composure, eventually being able to make peace with her brother and her own inner struggle, throughout the course of the series’ story. She is very kind and caring, often looking for the best way to make everyone happy. However, while she is usually patient, she does have moments when she loses her composure, becoming either embarrassed or annoyed by Katsuragi’s antics. Out of all the characters in the series, she is my number one favorite. I love everything about her. Her sword skills are amazing to see, and I can’t help admiring her gorgeous black hair and beautiful blue eyes.

Katsuragi

Katsuragi

Katsuragi is quite an interesting character, personality-wise. She is a perverted 18-year-old girl who takes great pleasure in groping the other girls, ofen to their dismay. In fact, she actually takes great joy in their cries of objection as well, and she seems to be completely devoted to this practice. I would like to think that in real life, we all know that this kind of predatory behavior is a pretty serious offense, but all the same, just the fact that Takaki actually came up with a character like this is quite amusing to me. Take that as you will. She is actually training to become a shinobi so that she can gain redemption for her parents, who were forced to become renegades after having failed a mission. They are currently in hiding to protect themselves from assassins. While shinobi law considers renegades to be evil, Katsuragi continues to believe in the good in her parents, and saving them from shame is her ultimate goal.

Yagyu

Yagyu

Yagyu is a 16-year-old shinobi prodigy. She is very serious about her shinobi training and devotes much of her time to her practice, making free time only to be with Hibari, whom she cares deeply for, and to pay respects to her deceased younger sister, Nozomi. Nozomi was killed in a traffic accident as a child, ad as a sign of remembrance, Yagyu used Nozomi’s ribbon to make an eyepatch, which is her greatest treasure. Yagyu cares very deeply for Hibari because she reminds her of Nozomi.

Hibari

Hibari

Hibari is a bright-eyed and cheerful 16-year-old girl. She is very friendly and enjoys interacting with others. The truth is that Hibari actually dislikes conflict and did not initially wish to become a shinobi, preferring to open up a sweets shop instead. But she inherited her family’s special puppetry power, Kagan, which manifests and the eyes and allows her control over others. So if anyone is wondering why Hibari’s eyes look unusual, it’s because of Kagan. She holds a deep fear and loathing of this power, at one point believing she was using it unconsciously. She cares deeply for the people around her, ad will even attempt to prevent them from making grave mistakes. She is series creator Kenichiro Takaki’s favorite character.

Yomi has some of the best themes.

Yomi from the Senran Kagura series is among my very favorite characters in all video games, along with pretty much every other girl from this delightful franchise. Because of this, I thought it would be cool to do a post compiling some of her musical themes. Also worth noting is that while I make my undying love for Ikaruga well-known, I do actually think her and Yomi would be very cute together.

Envious Gaze from Senran Kagura Burst. The melody to this song is simply exquisite.

Sprouts of Fire from Shinovi Versus. This is a very upbeat and catchy song, and listening to it, I can’t help but think of the best Sega Genesis tracks.

I Devote Myself to Sprouts, My Lovely Bean Sprouts from Bon Appetit. A very fast, infectious tune. Need I say more?

Sprouts, Me, and Seafood from Estival Versus. This song is definitely going to stay in your head for a while. It simply addicting.