Senran Kagura: Estival Versus’ new Shinobi team detailed
posted on 09.04.14 at 02:45 AM EDT by (@iiotenki)
Clothing now also able to get wet in-game.

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

As leaks from earlier this week alluded, this week’s Famitsu features a several-page feature on Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, the newly announced PlayStation 4 and PS Vita sequel to Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus. We got our hands on a copy of the magazine and have new details on the game’s prologue, as well as profiles for the four newly announced characters. Get all the information below.

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

For starters, the prologue of the game, as dispensed by the magazine, takes the form of a quasi-poetic overture. As it was originally formatted in an aesthetically specific way, we’ve attempted to reproduce that aspect to the best of our ability here:

A shinobi’s lot in life is death.
They’re born, they live, and they die in the shadows.

Life for a shinobi is transient.
They see no rewards for their deeds, nor fame and renown.
They’re precious flowers doomed to obscurity.

What could the souls of the shinobi still drifting about this earth be thinking?
Do they regret seeing their dreams go unfulfilled?
Do they still feel attachments to their loved ones?
Or something else entirely?

This tale takes place during a midsummer festival where the souls of departed shinobi are put to rest, at the end of a feast to commemorate them.
When the end of the feast is upon the young Shinobi students, what do they see?
How do they feel?
And what brings
them to tears?

“S, sister? Is that you?”

“Ehehe, long time, no see.”

Such was the start of a miraculous eight days, a time nobody will ever forget.

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

As mentioned in our previous coverage, the new team revealed for the game consists of three sisters, plus an elderly woman. Find details below.

  • Sayuri, the elderly woman (the one on the left on the first page above this paragraph), carries a large tobacco pipe that resembles a cane and wears an arm band says “Lifelong Service.” She’s believed to be the leader of the group.
  • Renka (the girl to the right of Sayuri) is the oldest of the three sisters. She wears a Chinadress-esque outfit and wields a pair of sticks known as “Raitei” as her weapon of choice.
  • Hanabi (the girl on the far right on the second page) is the middle child. She’s apparently so fond of festivals that she’s practically always sporting the seasonal Japanese happi and headband. As for her weapon, she uses a gigantic hammer.
  • Kafuru (the girl to the left of Hanabi on the second page) is the youngest of the three sisters, she fights with a watergun and is often the butt of Hanabi’s jokes about her developing chest.

The magazine also briefly mentions that, in addition to clothes getting ripped up and damaged, they can also now get wet, with soaked portions naturally becoming see-through. The development team is looking to implement special cut-in graphics when that happens, much like when the girls’ clothing is conventionally torn up.

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is due out in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on March 26, 2015. A limited edition will include a drama CD and theme song solo and arrange CD, as well as five Niitengo (Gessen Girls Private School for PS4, Hebijo Clandestine Girls’ Academy for PS Vita). The PlayStation 4 version will also include a download code for a 30-minute original anime.

Play-Asia
  • bloodiOS

    I also like how the models are more curvy and rounded in the trailer shown at Sony’s pre-TGS conference. Here’s hoping that I didn’t imagine that and the PS4 version actually has models with higher polycount. I’m definitely looking forward to the best Senran Kagura experience yet!

    • notcarolkaye

      I’ve never played one of these, are they good for anything other than perving out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally up for perving out. Just curious about how they are as games otherwise.

      • bloodiOS

        I’m not the best person to inquire about that, since I’m still waiting for my copy Shinovi Versus to ship. That said, I like how flashy the combat is, in the game. Admittedly, fanservice does play a role in grabbing my interest (it’s just plain guilty pleasure there), but that alone wouldn’t make me want to buy a game from the series.

        • notcarolkaye

          Thanks for the reply. Hey, isn’t it funny how sometimes fanservice means references to franchise lore and sometimes it means T&A?

          • bloodiOS

            The former is something I’m completely not aware of, so there’s that.

            • notcarolkaye

              Yeah, I’ve heard of things like putting Cloud in Final Fantasy Tactics referred to as fanservice.

              • bloodiOS

                I call that reliance on established popularity.

          • CirnoTheStrongest

            This is why I use the term “ecchiservice” when referring to ecchi. So no one’s confused.

            • British_Otaku

              That’s a new one.
              I was considering fapservice, but that may capture the interest of the wrong crowd.

      • Firion Hope

        I haven’t played Shinovi Vs yet but from what I gather it’s a really fun take on Dynasty Warriors, and someone whos tastes I like said it was one of the best games they had played. SKB was a very solid traditional style beat em up with an actually pretty good story, especially for being a traditional beat em up.

        • notcarolkaye

          That sounds like something I could get into. Thanks for the answer. :)

      • DrForbidden

        Excellent beat-’em-up game. Most of the characters play quite differently from each other. The ecchi stuff is basically just the icing on top of an already fulfilling cake.

        • notcarolkaye

          Cool, a lot of positive feedback here. I wouldn’t remotely trust critics with this one. Thanks!

          • HackerReimu

            Gameplay-wise, it’s a lot like the Dynasty Warrior series where you have a ton of enemies on screen and can use special moves to KO dozens of enemies at a time. It’s good fun

      • Zackasaur

        I’m not the type to perv out over something like this, and I still play them. They’re probably the best brawlers being made today, and a lot of the character scenarios are fun, as well. The production values are also rather high for what it is.

      • British_Otaku

        Senran Kagura 2 has the most in depth action mechanics of any 3DS game in general (and I have a Japanese 3DS – though E.X. Troopers and Gaist Crusher have better balance) and even the near launch title Senran Kagura Burst (also 3DS) still offers two solid story, unique combat styles and such.

        If you have a tolerance for fanservice or can embrace it, the time you have with Senran Kagura’s game will be well spent.

        I haven’t played the Vita’s more Dynasty Warrior like games, but they seem to be good as well.

        • notcarolkaye

          Oh, I can embrace the fanservice. I’m not ashamed of being human. :)
          Thanks for the answer!

      • Sol badass

        Take dynasty warriors and throw in the over the top characters and special moves from anime. Its a pretty fun game, with a good story for what it is. And following its predecessor, this should have a pretty big roster. And on top of that boobs and ass galore

  • Shippoyasha

    Sweet granny boobies!

  • Spectacularity

    Lol, so much for everyone and their “gilf” comments in the previous article. :P

    • notcarolkaye

      What!? You don’t think she’s hot? I’d totally hit that.

      • Spectacularity

        I find her very creepy looking, look at her face and that smile that will haunt me :s
        I’m just going to edit her face off these pics Dx

        • bloodiOS

          While I agree that she isn’t ILF material but creepy?! What are you talking about? She looks absolutely dashing!

          • jujubee88

            I’d say no anime art is ILF material in my book.

        • notcarolkaye

          Wait isn’t the granny the one in red?

          • fyi1191

            Here’s me reply.

            • DrForbidden

              He was joking, dude…

          • Spectacularity

            Naw, the one with the gray hair to the upper left xP

    • Elvick

      I bet she was a handsome lady when she was younger~

  • fyi1191

    Hanzo’s sister? Sayuri clothes are almost identical to Asuka’s.

    • British_Otaku

      Wife presumably.
      We have been hearing about Hanzo’s wife for a while in the story.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    First a guy in SK2 and now an old lady that I’ll never play, I don’t understand

    • bloodiOS

      The world can’t simply have youthful tits and asses. Gotta have variety to create some good contrast.

      • DrForbidden

        Variety like elderly tits and asses? :P

        • bloodiOS

          Let’s not be too specific now ;)

          • jujubee88

            I respectfully disagree.

    • http://www.gamerslive.fr/ Akuma

      At least it’s a woman. Also 100 % sure she’ll become young after shinobi tenshin.

      • British_Otaku

        Every time we get a character reveal, they are typically in their Shinobi Tenshin form from the artwork. How much early artwork can you find of characters in their school uniforms?

        This is probably how she looks all of the time.

        • http://www.gamerslive.fr/ Akuma

          Well, that was just an assumption. Also, these girls are not the 5th team. Takaki said teh 5th are girls already seen in other games. And since there is a collaboration with DOA5LR… ;) Considering what they’ve done with SK2, i wouldn’t be surprised if those 4 girls were NPC’s…

          • British_Otaku

            I don’t really care about whether they are from the “fifth team” or not, but they are more likely to be playable in this game than New Wave characters are to have cameos in this.

            SK2 is an odd example, but never claimed that anyone but the Hanzo Five, Homura Five and Rin + Daidouji (and Murasame) was playable or showed off Kagura and Naraku in the same way. I only hold a grudge against the game for how they handled us acquring Murasame and how there are multiple complete characters who fought with 3D models and complete movesets.

    • British_Otaku

      They will both be fun, fit nicely into the lore and have interesting interactions with established characters. I honestly care less about most of the SV and NW library than the wife of Hanzo who has been alluded to the first games and Murasame who may be a lame scumbag, but his attempts to look cool or fight on top of his interactions with Ikaruga are dope.

    • Budgiecat

      Ever play Power Instinct?

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

        Nah uh

        • Budgiecat

          powerful twin grandmas in that game series..

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    I <3 W T

  • PrinceHeir

    Gonna be the best game for sure!

    Now this is the game that will get me a PS4 along with Oneechanbara Z2 and Dead or Alive 5 Last Round!!

    • kurosan9712

      So…one exclusive and 2 multiplatform games?
      I took WiiU instead of that, because Zero Nuregarasu no Miko, Bayonetta 2 and Zelda Musou are ALL exclusive to WiiU. Forever, most likely.
      I also have other games for it in my list to buy soon.

      • Zackasaur

        lol

        Okay.

        • kurosan9712

          No, seriously, what reason is there to take a console for MULTIPLATFORM games? Unless you care about graphics(I don’t)

          • Zackasaur

            He wants a PS4, and I’m sure he’ll want a LOT more on the platform than just those three.

            The three are merely recent and related, so he brings them up.

            Chill down. lol He knows what he wants.

            • kurosan9712

              Well, I just mean that that’s kinda rash.
              Right now, there’s no proof that it will get those games he’ll want(just like it is for me). I see nothing that would lead me into thinking there will be such games.

              • HackerReimu

                There’s a pretty good chance. Playstation has been the home for a lot of great Japanese games. I’m sure he’ll find plenty to enjoy

                • kurosan9712

                  Not now. I can’t say for 2 years from now, because in 2 years I’ll probably get it too. Just not now.

                  • HackerReimu

                    I’m talking about the Playstation platform as a whole (PS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Vita) all those platforms had great Japanese games on them, the PS4 will be no different, given time.

                    • kurosan9712

                      That is the whole point. There is no reason to buy it NOW. One can buy something ELSE, while there is nothing on PS4

              • Zackasaur

                No proof?

                You must not keep up with the industry news. The PS4 is receiving support and sales unprecedented in the industry. Not only are interesting games out and announced, but it is quite obvious that many more will come over the next nine years. If he eants it now, it’s the safest purchase in gaming, regardless of genre but especially for JRPGs and other Japanese games.

                I am glad I already have mine. The backlog is already growing. :c

                At least I never have to worry about backlog on my Wii U… lol But I look forward to Xenoblade Chronicles X and SMT X FE if it ever happens.

                • kurosan9712

                  Where? WHERE? I do not see any.
                  Most of games announced for PS4 are also released on PS3 or Vita, or other platforms. That DOESN’T require me to buy a PS4, thus…well, figure the rest out.

                  I do not say anything about the future. In 2 years, I’m sure PS4 will be worthy of purchasing. Not now.

                  • Zackasaur

                    For you, maybe.

                    My PS4 has 13 physical games and at least twenty downloaded ones.

                    If he is ONLY interested in Japanese games, then maybe it’s a little early… Though having one by the time Type-0 HD is out sounds smart to me. Ugh, I can barely wait for that one.

                  • Elvick

                    If you’d used a PS4, you’d never want to use that argument. A game being on PS3 and PS4 is great! Because you can avoid using the outdated and sloooooow as molasses PS3.

                    Being able not to use the PS3 is a gift from the gaming Gods. Praise be to Yevon!

                    PS4 is more functional, it’s faster at everything and games run and look better. Why wouldn’t you prefer to play the games there if you can?

                    If PS4 only had PS3 games on it, I’d still be happy with it just because it works better and makes gaming more enjoyable on a console.

                  • http://ryuz4ki57inenglish.wordpress.com/ Thomas FROEHLICHER

                    You didn’t watch the conference properly then : Disgaea 5, Neptune VII, Fairy Fencer F ADF and Omega Quintet are all PS4-only

                    • kurosan9712

                      I didn’t say there were NO exclusive games. I said “most are multiplatform”. MOST not ALL.
                      Read what you reply to.

                      More to it, none of them are revelant to me. I stopped playing CH moe-crap(moe-crap is good, just not from CH), and Disgaea is a grind-fest. Hate that.

                    • CirnoTheStrongest

                      That’s good for you. But, you know, you’re not the OP, so why should your opinion on what’s “good” really matter?

                    • kurosan9712

                      My opinion on what’s good is not the main point.
                      The main point is that MOST of PS4 games are multiplatform.

          • http://ryuz4ki57inenglish.wordpress.com/ Thomas FROEHLICHER

            from a WiiU point of view, all those are exclusive though…

            • kurosan9712

              You’re wrong in only one point.
              Your statement would be true in case I ONLY had a WiiU.
              That, however, is wrong. I will also have PS3, Vita, 3DS and whatever other platforms I have, which is the reason I do not buy PS4 for games I can play on platforms I ALREADY have.

        • Elle

          Don’t take the (pathetic) bait.

          • Zackasaur

            I just had to get my feelings out there. v_v

    • Kyosuke Yoshino

      I’m not sure about being “best”, for me Senran Kagura 2 is easily the best from the series.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      There’s lots of other reasons for me, but this is definitely one of them~

  • jujubee88

    What a stupid ass game. As a feminst sympathizer, I’m saying this is dumb. As a video game enthusiast for about a decade now, I’m saying this is dumb.

    But, video games. So, whatever. Haha.

    • DrForbidden
    • Zackasaur

      You’re right, it is stupid.

      But if you can admit that and still find it fun (combat mechanics, humour, whatever), then it’s all right to enjoy it.

      I’m going to get it because it’s a blast to play. But I know it’s stupid, and I’m a feminist theorist in my academic field.

      Now, if someone is in denial, that’s a unique problem.

      • jujubee88

        tbh, I’ve only seen video of the VITA games. It’s so brainless fun. Haha.

        But, people have fun and it’s not like their threatening feminists on the internet. So, it’s cool man. Just saying, I find the whole concept of big boobied ninja girls with no upper body mass whatsoever whipping people across the room … well, you already know. :P

        • Zackasaur

          It is definitely stupid, but stupid fun can have its place. c:

          I used to be pretty opposed to the idea until my girlfriend convinced me to read Negima.

          • jujubee88

            Hey, that’s pretty cool to have a gf that gets you to read manga. I can’t think of too many relationships in my life where the couple is into manga/anime that go bad and wind up breaking up.

            I’m being serious here. Kinda freaky. O_O

            • Zackasaur

              It’s definitely cool! Personally, I think you should be able to share every aspect of your life with the person you love

              For people like us, that includes games and anime/manga. c:

              She thinks Senran Kagura is TOO stupid, though. xD

        • Shippoyasha

          Some girls do enjoy this series too, from what I’m seeing of the community. There’s a lot of personality and heart to the characters than it may look.

          • jujubee88

            Maybe. I know people who like it irl and I’m real close with them… and their dudes.

            But their my dudes. They like the characters and I love them, so (like I said), whatevs.

            Can’t say it’s my type of game just bc I like more of a MonHun type of action that’s infused with item hunting/collecting/fusing elements.

      • OverlordZetta

        “You’re right, it is stupid.”
        Or, you know, just not meant to be taken seriously. That doesn’t make it stupid.

        • jujubee88

          lol

          I’m going to keep calling it stupid. Don’t take it personally, please.

        • Zackasaur

          That doesn’t mean it isn’t stupid. That just means it’s self-aware.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    I hope there’s an option to turn off grandma

    • Elvick

      You know you want.

      • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

        Hey, gotta appease your whole fan base… Some of them like mature women. <_<

        • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

          Overcrispandwelldone mature

    • PrinceHeir

      Nah leave her.

      I want to beat her up until she get’s young again!

      In before someone get’s offended by this comment.

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

        Lol

        Now if she’s like Ryobi and can change her body with a hidden ninpou I won’t mind

        But if not those clothes better stay on or I’m going to get sick

  • Jormangund

    OH MY GOD, THE GRANDMA ISN’T A GIRL WHO SAYS SHE’S 70 BUT TOTALLY LOOKS LIKE SHE’S 30. SHE ACTUALLY LOOKS HER AGE. Good going, Marvelous!

  • Elle

    I’m shocked she’s actually old. :O Hope she’s interesting to play as. Variety is a good thing.

    • Kyosuke Yoshino

      Maybe she will have some technique to look young after transforming, lol.

  • Bob Slim

    I wonder are they gonna have a wet tshirt minigame too,
    That would be fun

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    Holy crap that story premise is hype =^-^=

  • Budgiecat

    they’re not Shinobi though

    they’re Kunoichi

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      They’re whatever the world they’re inside calls them.

      • Budgiecat

        Kunoichi – female Shinobi/Ninja

        • Dark_Tzitzimine

          No, they’re shinobi. The series has been pretty specific about this distinction to highlight that the girls are fighters and equal to the men, plus to avoid all the sexual connotation commonly asociated with the Kunoichi term.

          • Budgiecat

            dont go all SJW hipster on me, Dark please

            and sexual connotation? Have you SEEN this game series? Or do you play em with your eyes closed? lol

            • Dark_Tzitzimine

              Have you PLAYED it or even bothered to READ about the story? Because they lay the distinction pretty clear there.

              • Budgiecat

                Kunoichi dress in revealing yet otherwise everyday clothing to blend in with everyday surrounding people and use their feminine wiles to distract and take out their targets.

                Shinobi dress in traditional Ninja garb and remain out of sight

                this whole game screams ‘sexual connotations’ which is why I asked are you blind.because titiliation is one of this games main marketing points which obviously trumps any BS they later make up for story sakes (because who is honestly buying this game for ‘plot’ lol)

                • Dark_Tzitzimine

                  But the thing here is that the girls don’t try to blend in with the multitude or use their feminine wiles at all, heading directly into combat instead. And yes, they’re using titilation as a selling point but also care to offer a quality product. Then again, if you’re judging the series on their characters design only, why bother about the terms they’re using?

                  • Budgiecat

                    they dont try to blend in?

                    they’re wearing school girl clothes and other regular everyday clothes wear, many scantily at that. that is the very definition of Kunoichi.

                    Quality is subjective so dont even try to use that as a strawman defense argument because thats not what we’re discussing here, so zip up and tuck your fanboy back in your pants :3

                    • Dark_Tzitzimine

                      No, because they go to school like every other high school girl and when they engage in combat they use a special shinobi technique that hides them from civilians. Their shinobi outfits are clothes that they choose because they feel confortable on them or is their idea of combat gear.

                      Then again you’re moving the goalposts here, you claim to have not interest whatsoever on whatever ” BS they later make up for story sakes” (your words, not mine) and then bring facts that are strongly tied to the games’ plot and setting.

                    • Budgiecat

                      “No, because they go to school like every other high school girl and when they engage in combat they use a special shinobi technique that hides them from civilians. Their shinobi outfits are clothes that they choose because they feel confortable on them or is their idea of combat gear.”

                      AGAIN….thats the very definition of Kunoichi: a female ninja blending in with everyone and hiding in plain sight.

                      You’re not very good at this

                    • Dark_Tzitzimine

                      Weird, first you gave this definitions about Shinobi and Kunoichi:

                      “Kunoichi dress in revealing yet otherwise everyday clothing to blend in with everyday surrounding people and use their feminine wiles to distract and take out their targets.

                      Shinobi dress in traditional Ninja garb and remain out of sight”

                      And now you’re giving this one:

                      “Kunoichi: a female ninja blending in with everyone and hiding in plain sight.”

                      Moving the goal posts, are we?

  • Digidyne017

    Anyone else see Jam Kuradoberi when looking at Renka?

  • Six

    The screens look pretty good. The plan is to get it on Vita, but I could switch over to PS4 if it runs and looks drastically better.

    And there really is no excuse to not localize a physical version on PS4 at the very least. The platform is selling great, so the only hurdle is oh noes sexism.

    • Elvick

      Which tends to backfire on the PC police and results in more sales of an otherwise niche game. lol

  • http://ryuz4ki57inenglish.wordpress.com/ Thomas FROEHLICHER

    I’m excited for wet parts

  • Akari Akaza

    More physical improve graphics yeah…..\(^▽^)/

  • new_tradition

    Sayuri looks so boss :3

  • Digidyne017

    Is the granny going to be a playable character? If so, what has been seen can’t be unseen…..

    • British_Otaku

      More importantly, is she going to have access to the full library of clothing?

      • Digidyne017

        It’s Senran Kagura, its very hard to tell, and most females, if not every single one of them has access to skimpy clothing and destructible at that.

    • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

      Grannykini

      • Digidyne017

        So many….wrinkles.. and stretch marks…..and the………sagging…….. *shudders*

        • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

          Hot, right? :P

          • Digidyne017

            Lisa Lisa was hot, not Enya….

            • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

              XD Hee hee…

  • Nonscpo

    An original OVA! we seriously better get it in the localization.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/chibuki chibuki

    Mighty fine boob job there by Asuka!

  • Chardo

    anyone wanna bet that the grandma has a jutsu that makes her young? that is a thing with grandma ninjas/martial artists

  • PrinceHeir

    DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

  • Sol badass

    I will fap to this game many many many times. Just sayin