Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson’s new antagonists detailed
posted on 06.11.14 at 10:26 PM EST by (@iiotenki)
Two new challenge modes and the Desperation mechanic added as well.

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

Building upon our previous bulletin earlier this week about the three new spirit antagonists set to join Orochi in Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson for the 3DS, this week’s Famitsu provides a closer look at what to expect from all four of them, as well as a handful of new details about the gameplay.

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

For starters, Orochi in this game is summoned by Dogen and is described as the physical manifestation of shinobi malice. As it was summoned in an incomplete form, parts of its body are initially lacking, compelling it to rebuild itself using the wreckage of destroyed castles to compensate.

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Juura, meanwhile, is an all-new enemy spirit. Taking shape as two spheres, the story behind it entails the spirit falling out of a gigantic shadowy bosom. Similar to Orochi, it’s the physical form of the collective regrets of deceased young girls who idolized adults.

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Goza is another newcomer, its body resembling that of an octopus, thereby giving it something of a proclivity for water. Driven mad by the faces that are drawn all over its body, Goza subsumes a ship whole and clings to it for dear life.

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Rounding out the new antagonists is Mikami, who is actually a pair of sisters whose bodies are half-human on top and half-centipede on the bottom. It likes to cause loud thunder and gusts of wind for fun that are so strong they actually break through shinobi spiritual barriers and affect the outside world.

Also introduced in the magazine is a new mode dubbed “Spirit Dens.” A challenge mode of sorts, Spirit Dens tasks players with clearing successive rooms of enemies without being able to heal up. A band of ten especially powerful spirits are said to be present in the mode, with their strength derived from the power of shinobi blood. Beating specific rooms will yield weapons as rewards. Additionally, upon clearing a room for the first time, players can start later runs in Spirit Den from that point as they attempt to reach the end.

The game will also feature an alternative set of Special Missions that require players to accomplish obtuse objectives in ways that aren’t viable during normal play. Examples provided in the magazine include destroying every crate in a given area, as well as defeating enemies only by repelling them. Beating these missions grants powerful equippable Shinobi Gems as a reward, three of which can be assigned to a character at any given time, with sharing between characters possible.

Beyond that, Senran Kagura 2 also features a new Desperation mode that can be triggered during Shinobi Tenshin when the player has accumulated the maximum number of scrolls that can be carried on hand. Doing so increases attack speed and power for a limited time, as well as enables the free use of Secret Ninja Arts without expending scrolls. However, it comes at the cost of taking damage when an attack doesn’t land on an enemy, requiring extreme caution when Desperation mode is utilized.

Senran Kangura 2: Deep Crimson arrives in Japan on the 3DS on August 7.

  • Six

    Well, that artwork looks incredibly out of place for Senran Kagura.

    • Ialda

      There was almost the same Orochi artwork inside the SK1 guide book, only the orientation of the ‘body’ is different.

      That kind of stuff isn’t out of place in Senran Kagura, really. There is a reason why Japanese fans talk about Yin Senran Kagura and Yang Senran Kagura ;p

  • Zackasaur

    “…parts of its body are initially lacking…”


  • PrinceHeir

    It looks kinda dark for a Senran Kagura game.

    But awesome nonetheless!

    • kurosan9712

      The story is initially kinda dark, so it’s fine.

      • Ialda

        ‘Ambigous’. The appeal of the franchise is the balance between ‘darker’ and ‘lightier’ elements, well at least for me.

  • fyi1191

    Welcome to the dark side of Senran Kagura, I guess.

  • 武神水樹

    Wow, nice bosses

  • kurosan9712

    This is what I was waiting for since the first game.

    At least this isn’t pure-fanservice SV was.

    • Shippoyasha

      Ain’t nothing wrong with fanservicey. SV does have a serious side to it actually. There’s nothing pleasant about the background for almost all its cast.

      • kurosan9712

        I know. But that could be said for all SK cast.

        Of course, fanservice isn’t wrong, but dark stuff is cooler.

      • Ialda

        SV have very different tones and moods, depending of the school you are playing – with New Hebijo being the darker, and Gessen being saccharine.
        Homura Gurentai storyline was sheer joy :D

  • MrKappa

    Are those tentacle and insect monsters? Why does that not seem surprising.

  • Arcliff7

    Those monsters look pretty good.

  • Land of Green Pasture

    no corruption doujinshi please..

  • Zackasaur

    I really hope that Shinovi Versus’s physical release in the US means that this will get a physical release here, as well…

    I never bought Burst because it is digital-only. I hate digital-only, but I especially hate digital-only on Nintendo platforms (where I don’t feel as secure about my purchase lasting with me no matter what happens to my hardware).

  • Budgiecat

    All these monster bosses have giant boobies…

    boobie bosses..

    • Ialda

      The worst offender is probably Goza, but you have to look at it at tthe right angle.

      Yeah, the imagery is shock full of freudian nightmarish stuff. Go Nagai would be pround.

      • DukeVerde

        Be happy that they aren’t just tentacle monsters, ready to tear off your clothes.

    • Kobracon

      You expected anything else from Senran Kagura? You fool!

  • Sludkip

    I’m liking Orochi’s design in this, and is one of my favourite bosses yet! These new bosses are freakin’ terrifying, I swear! Though…they all have boobs… Even Orochi has a rack. After all, “Tits are life, ass is hometown”~ :D