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Asuka Bounces Into Action

What is Senran Kagura and who is this strange kunoichi?





Senran Kagura is a series of action video games developed by the Japanese developer Tamsoft and produced by Marvelous Entertainment. Yes, the same Marvelous Entertainment that bought us a fantastic game like Story of Seasons. The franchise revolves around groups of female ninjas, and has received several manga adaptations. A television anime adaptation produced by Artland aired in Japan between January and March 2013. The anime had been license by FUNimation Entertainment in North America. It did also branch into a few other genres like an online trading card game and a pretty "interesting" cooking game. By August 2015, worldwide sales for the games in the series had passed one million copies. So while the franchise is pretty niche, its huge cult following is nothing to scoff at.




Asuka is a playable character from these games as well as the main protagonist. She makes her debut in Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls (Known as Burst in Western versions). A 2nd-year Hanzo Academy student, Asuka is energetic and willing to work as hard as she can. Her grandfather was apparently a great ninja himself, whose influence contributes to Asuka's earnestness about her shinobi training. Most of her time, she would partake in a series of dangerous missions while having her clash against the Heibijo Academy's kunoichi (especially Homura) at times. Her height includes a great 5'1'' while having some impressive measurements like 35-22-33.



What are her special abilities and how is she unique?





Like many playable characters in the Senran Kagura franchise, she does have a wide range of abilities and skills in order to take on the strongest of opponents. She is a master of stealth that can reach speeds comparable to most ninjas, which comes in handy for running from foes or dishing out dirt in the skies with Aerial Raves (air combos). She is mostly a swordswoman with quick attacks and only resorts to using dual blades when the going gets tough. Mostly mostly starts out in fights in her sailor fuku attire, that is until you activate Shinobi Tranformation (which results in one of the most over the top and fanservicy transformations you have ever seen) for her more stronger attacks. But the only downside is that she can suffer from clothing damage in the heat of battle if a stronger opponent or many nooks overpower her (which can also happen even if you didn't trigger the Shinobi Transformation).

There is also a series of Ninja Arts that can be used in a variety of games with each character following a certain motif or element. Dual Slash and Hanzo-Storm Full Bloom are attacks that require successful draws with twin blades, the latter being a more amped up version of the previous attack. Another famous Ninja Art of hers relates to her toad motif, in which she summons a giant toad that ravages his prey with a fierce lashing tongue. She also have her fair share of Aerial Ninja Arts which includes the Hanzo-Style Storm Kick (an aerial whirlwind generated by her own legs) and Hanzo Style-Blooming Slash. If that's not crazy enough for you, then you should know about her Ultimate Form. The Ultimate Form is an alternate character she becomes when using five scrolls (depending on the series: main or Versus) which allows her to fully use twin blades in battle with longer hair and terrifying green aura. And broken doesn't even begin to describe how this form works.



Why Asuka of all third parties? Isn't she a pretty unknown character?

That is pretty true, she is indeed one of those characters that a small audience would know. But who's to say that not everyone needs to support a superstar third party for Smash? The games are slowly starting to become more known due to word from mouth and it did take nearly 5 years for it to finally achieve sales of one million. Several more people should know what Senran Kagura is thanks to FUNimation licensing the rather mixed anime adaption and some go as far as playing the games after what they've seen. The mains series of games were Nintendo exclusive and took full advantage of the 3DS basins gyroscope (jiggling the breasts by shaking the 3DS can be a chore for some) and 3DS visuals. Though it is true that a majority of the Versus spinoffs (the ones that take place after Senran Kagura Burst and 2) had it easier for being on the Vita and other Sony platformers. There's also interest in a Nintendo Switch game in addition to a more serious Senran Kagura 7 teased by the newest entry Peach Beach Splash.



Not only that, but the series hd been gaining some special crossovers with other franchises over the years during it's gong popularity. The most recent iteration of Dead or Alive 5 had received DLC costumes based on the girls of Hibejo and Hanzo for the main and support female cast of the game. Tecmo Koei would eventually return the favor by having the popular Ayane appear as a guest character in the Senran Kgura: Estival Versus. In the same game, the three main girls of Ikku Tousen (Known as Battle Vixens in the West) would appear as playable fighters through DLC like Ayane. Marvelous also made a promotional crossover poster to advertise Estival Versus and the High School DxD game they were developing for the 3DS. The Hibejo shinobi Homura would be a guest fighter in the upcoming anime fighter NitroPlus Blasterz. And both rival shinobi schools would appear in two card based games in the form of Sega's Samurai & Dragons and Square Enix's Million Arthur. And more recently, Ayane returns with fan favorites Marie Rose and Honoka in Peach Beach Splash next to Nitro's famous mascot Super Sonico.






With all the suggestions for other ninja characters like Kasumi or Ryu Hayabusa, why not a kunoichi from an over the top action series that had presence on recent Nintendo platforms. The combo heavy nature of the game can easily be translated into Smash's engine with quick strikes and great aerial mobility. Her strongest attacks would cover a lot of ground, while being easy to dodge if you are dealing with a skilled character. Her Ninja Arts would also be proven for a very tricky play style when dealing with characters that are faster or slower than you. And there would be issues like the sexuality, but that can easily be toned down by removing the clothing damage mechanic and obviously censoring the underside of her skirt despite it being a bikini bottom. As for the jiggle physics, it's obviously impossible for it to happen with Smash's engine.

Possible Soundtracks








It's no surprise that these games have an excellent soundtrack for what could be a series of scandalous beat em ups. To fit in with the shinobi setting of the games, the songs take a huge Jpaanese influence to them and they sound like they could fit will with any other ninja themed video game. The sound tracks have been getting so massive within each game that even Senran Kagura 2's special edition would come with a disk containing these songs. Here are an example of what possible songs would fit Smash or need that remix magic to make them exciting for a battle.



Asuka's Secret Shinobi Moveset







Entrance Animation: Asuka jumps into the scene with her blades ready and fiercely faces her foe before saying "Let's dance!" (A reference to her entrance animation in Burst).


Idle Animation: Asuka does a sideways ninja stances that involves her hopping while holding her blades out. She would sometimes twirl her blade or even bounce on one foot while standing too long as a refenrece to her fighting stance in Burst.

Walk: She walks forward with her body leaned forward while holding her blades in anticipation of an attack.

Run: She dashes forward like any other dual swordsman with a serious look on her face, her speed rivals that of Sheik.

Sleeping Animation: She falls asleep with hr head down and her legs bent as if they are giving up on her.

Dizzy Animation: She sighs in a dazed manner with swirly anime eyes and stammering on her legs. Her blades are also waving around slightly like she's attempting to hold them.

Dodge Animation: She sidesteps like a swift ninja in a blur.

Normals
Jab: She swings her blade forward with the second one being swung towards her. Then she follows up with a minor stab with her right blade and heavy stab with her left blade (which is guaranteed to knock her foes away).
Forward Tilt
She deals a quick slash with her right blade and followed up with an upwards slash.
Up Tilt
She does an upwards kick with her right foot.
Down Tilt:
She deals a crouching kick with her right foot while holding her blade.
Dash Attack:
She does a sliding kick with her foot (Her first dash animation in most SK games).
Neutral Air
She does a sex kick while holding her weapons. Great for starting up a combo.
Forward Air
She deals a series of consecutive slashes while leaning froward.
Back Air
She quickly slashes behind herself twice.
Up Air
She executes a spin kick while hanging her body upside down.
Down Air
She does a diving slash that "traps" her foe and sends them to the ground.


Forward Smash:
Asuka holds her blades back and slashes both of them forward in a crossing manner. This is a great move for sending any foe flying at high damage.


Up Smash:
Asuka holds both blades to the side of her and quickly swings them upwards while yelling.


Down Smash:
She holds her blades to her side while facing forward then swings them onto the ground to knock foes way with an earthy tremor from both directions.


Grab:
Asuka reaches out with her arm while holding the blade within her underarms.
Pummel:
She knees her opponent in the shin with her legs.
Forward Throw
She headbutts them then follows up with a right slash with the blade she was holding.
Back Throw:
She tosses the foe aside and follows up with a backwards kick.
Up Throw:
She tosses the foe into the air to follow up with a twin slash with both blades.
Down Throw
She slams the foe down and finishes off with a butt slam with all her weight.


Neutral Special: Dual Slash
Asuka sheathes both of her swords, slowly leans forward, then quickly draws both of them at once and dashes forward; slicing through any and all that are in her path. This move is pretty chargeable and it becomes stronger and goes farther based on the charge. This is a great way of clearing a path or even horizontal recovery at times.



Side Special: Aerial Rave
Asuka does a quick upwards slash while saying " Here it comes!". If the foe is hit, they will fly straight into the air and she would follow them with the press of the special botton again. This allows for her to easily combo her opponents in mid air with any of her aerials more easily. Unlike the original game however, this technique can only be sued once instead of twice.


She can be easily left vulnerable to other airborne enemies and this move is only effective when fighting near the stage itself instead of out of bounds. This can lead into mistakes where she falls to her doom or can recover by any means easily.


Up Special: Toad Summon
Asuka makes a series of hand signs, attempting to summon a large toad; which she is later successful. Once summoned, she celebrates and jumps onto the toad's back. However, the toad ignores her commands and acts on its own The toad then leaps into the air with Asuka still holding on for dear life and makes a dive for the opponent(s). She can easily jump off of the toad before making contact by hopping off like Wario's Wario Bike special.


This is a risky mov since the start-up is pretty slow and can leave her vulnerable. Unlike Rush, the Toad himself can run around freely and attack foes with his tongue. He can be defeated however with he is dealt with enough damage in a puff of smoke. His jumping is pretty high and he can dive down instantly to self-destruct (which is why you need to hop of of him when using this move away form the stage). This move can be used once for recover until he either dies or disappears in a good 7 seconds.

Down Special: Hanzo-Style Storm Kick
Asuka says "This is the pride of Hanzo Academy!" before jumping into the air with a short hop. While in the air, Asuka sheathes both of her swords, then sticks her leg out and spins around, creating a whirlwind to attack enemies as she descends. The whirlwind can suck any opponents and object in to ravage them with furious slash attacks.


The move can also be used in midair like the original game, except the hop is absent and she simply says "Storm Kick!". This is a great anti-air move to stop opponents in the air or protect yourself from any form of projectile. The only downside is that you'll automatically descend slightly before being left in a defenseless state. So this is in no way a great way for recovery despite its name.

Final Smash: Ultimate Asuka

Asuka says, "Now I'm really going all out," while crossing her blades with a serious face. Then she would be engulfed in a rising pillar of green aura while yelling to gather the strength necessary for this ultimate technique (intentional pun, is intentional). Then the aura would die down to reveal a serious Asuka with longer her and green aura engulfing her entire body (including weapons).

In this state, she is much stronger while sacrificing most of her speed. Her attacks are mostly the same, while focusing on more aggressive slashes with no kicks like in the original. The aura adds more to her defense (where she can't flinch from any attacks) and she has more range with her blade attacks. Her Standard Special is now replaced the deadlier Hanzo-Style Full Bloom in which she deal a series of rapid slashes when she comes in contact with her foes. Her Up Special is now an Extremespeed-esque has that allows her to blast off in any direction to damage foes with the aura.

When the transformation is over in 6-8 seconds, her aura dies down while her hair retains it's original style as she calms down. She is a bit woozy while and comically sighs while holding hr body down in exhaustion. Then she retains her original fighting stance.

Taunt 1: Briefly transforms into her academy gear before transforming back into normal.
Taunt 2: A chibi version fo Asuka's toad appears beside her an hops happily while croaking. This would lead Asuka into laughing at her ninja animal before it disappears.
Taunt 3: She slashes her blades twice while saying "Never underestimate me!" with a serious look during a few serious poses.


Victory Animation 1: She jumps up and down while saying "Yes! I've did it!" before doing a two finger pose with her body leaning. (Her victory animation from Burst).
Victory Animation 2: Kagura appears behind her while Asuka does a victorious pose with her blades crossed. "Hanzo Academy will never lose to the likes of anyone!" she says during this moment.
Victory Animation 3: Asuka quickly transforms into her bikini form (as a reference to Frantic Mode) while saying "What's the matter? You were distracted by my good moves?" with a smug grin.




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I know this series has a history and a stigma.


Keep things PG and i won't have to lock the thread.

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While I would prefer the best girl (you know who), Asuka frankly deserves it more. Sure she's far from the Top 10 most popular girl, but that still doesn't change the fact that she is the main character since Day 1. Plus who they consider mascots are frankly all over the place (Yumi being used to promote Peach Beach Splash, Homura being a quest in Nitro Blasters, etc). So yeah, I'm still with you.

I know this series has a history and a stigma.


Keep things PG and i won't have to lock the thread.

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Let's keep things as clean as possible here. This is not like the SIA boards where anything is fair game. Make sure the others know that.
 

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I know this series has a history and a stigma.


Keep things PG and i won't have to lock the thread.

This area is much more strict than the last. If you are worried about sometbing being too explicit wither PM a mod or take the safe route and dont post it.

Othewrwise, good luck with the thread!
Will do. I've already told some old mates about this before they move here. Knowing that abiding by the rules are highly important as such. Some articles should be fine as long as they don't stretch it. The gifs definitely should have limits for use here (Looking at you Kat).

Thanks. Now to geek about Sonico finally getting a chance to meet the girls. Not like she will ever touch Smash being a mutlimedia character like Miku Hatsune.
 
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Sonico for Smash? Obviously unlikely. As in Goku levels of unlikely. What's next, Kumamon (even though Murasaki's bear Bebe already exists)?

Even thought this might be a bit controversial, what are the odds they would go for Yumi instead because of her sheer popularity? She is basically the "Isabelle" of the series after all.
 

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Sonico for Smash? Obviously unlikely. As in Goku levels of unlikely. What's next, Kumamon (even though Murasaki's bear Bebe already exists)?

Even thought this might be a bit controversial, what are the odds they would go for Yumi instead because of her sheer popularity? She is basically the "Isabelle" of the series after all.
Whooooooooo boy. It had to this question again. Where do I begin?

Her popularity is only exclusive to Japan where Sakurai would want to focus more on international popularity. She's seen as a "Tingle" in this situation. She may be popular in Japan, but Westerners just plain find her overrated and boring. Not that I dislike her myself, but a lot of Western fans would be peeved if she was chosen as the sole Senran Kagura rep over someone who's being around since Portrait of Girls/Burst. Allow me to direct you to this.



Other than beansprout eating elephant in the room, Asuka ranks well in this poll. I can guarantee you that she is a big character and still is despite Yumi's existence. So even if there's potential with her Ice Queen form and ice powers, Asuka is a more workable and important character in the realm of Smash. If Japanese popularity had an effect on a character's inclusion, then we would have gotten Jibanyan by now.
 
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Well, I daresay she'll be a pretty interesting character to make it in the theoretical Smash. Now, I personally love that schoolgirl outfit which, by coincidence, looks awfully similar to Asuka Kazama's seifuku from Tekken 5, a series I play as often as Smash. And the fact she wields swords...yeah, I'm so supporting this! :love:
 

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Whooooooooo boy. It had to this question again. Where do I begin?

Her popularity is only exclusive to Japan where Sakurai would want to focus more on international popularity. She's seen as a "Tingle" in this situation. She may be popular in Japan, but Westerners just plain find her overrated and boring. Not that I dislike her myself, but a lot of Western fans would be peeved if she was chosen as the sole Senran Kagura rep over someone who's being around since Portrait of Girls/Burst. Allow me to direct you to this.



Other than beansprout eating elephant in the room, Asuka ranks well in this poll. I can guarantee you that she is a big character and still is despite Yumi's existence. So even if there's potential with her Ice Queen form and ice powers, Asuka is a more workable and important character in the realm of Smash. If Japanese popularity had an effect on a character's inclusion, then we would have gotten Jibanyan by now.
Then you remember that Shinovi Versus technically trumped Deep Crimson in popularity and sales, because of Yumi herself. I wouldn't underestimate her fandom or popularity if I were you. She's got fans, ice powers, a unique outfit that may get the "Corrin treatment" (You know what I mean), and spiders. Asuka's the same, except she's more of a swordsman and got toad summoning.

And to be fair, alot of characters used to be added due to Japanese popularity, characters like Marth being the biggest offender. Still something you should think about unless Takaki favors her as the better girl and SK rep for Smash.

Another potential mechanic we should talk about is shinobi barriers. Should be used as a stage hazard or be involved as a gimmick that literally alters your surroundings on the whim like a reality warper? Though that would require too much work.
 

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Well, I daresay she'll be a pretty interesting character to make it in the theoretical Smash. Now, I personally love that schoolgirl outfit which, by coincidence, looks awfully similar to Asuka Kazama's seifuku from Tekken 5, a series I play as often as Smash. And the fact she wields swords...yeah, I'm so supporting this! :love:
Welcome aboard new supporter.



You definitely seem to see some potential in her. Most of characters are indeed schoolgirls from different academies, though Asuka's resembles the more traditional one (hence the similarity to Asuka's outfit). And what do you know, I'm a Asuka main in Tekken too.

Her swordsmanship is a whole new beast because she wields too at a time. Though it can add complications to items, I can see them animating her with one of her sword in her mouth (just to show off her shinobi status) while holding said item in her hand. It's also kind of an easter egg to how she holds her fujimaki rolls. Glad you can see some appreciation in her.

Then you remember that Shinovi Versus technically trumped Deep Crimson in popularity and sales, because of Yumi herself. I wouldn't underestimate her fandom or popularity if I were you. She's got fans, ice powers, a unique outfit that may get the "Corrin treatment" (You know what I mean), and spiders. Asuka's the same, except she's more of a swordsman and got toad summoning.

And to be fair, alot of characters used to be added due to Japanese popularity, characters like Marth being the biggest offender. Still something you should think about unless Takaki favors her as the better girl and SK rep for Smash.

Another potential mechanic we should talk about is shinobi barriers. Should be used as a stage hazard or be involved as a gimmick that literally alters your surroundings on the whim like a reality warper? Though that would require too much work.
But we are talking about the past and not the future. So Estival and Shinovi Versus are irrelevant to this. Adding her over Asuka would be like having Isabelle over Villager. I don't see Takaki as the type that would tell Sakurai to add a fairly new character over one he intentionally designed as a protagonist. Come on, we don't want a repeat of this again.



While the shinobi barriers would be an interesting mechanic. It would be a seriously huge programing nightmare. I just don't see the team wasting too much time making that into her moveset. Why not just focus on the executions of air combos instead? As for the dress breaks (because that's a big mechanic in the games), that's a no go since we don't know if bikinis thread the line of an A rating in Japan.
 

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Even though this is in poor taste, I laugh knowing that this is so funny that it's true. Yumi and the others pretty much stole the show from her ever since they came along.


All this talk about shinobi barriers reminds me of something, I've got to finish making thsoe articles for the VS Battles Wiki. Good thing I have more than enough time to do them all for the remaining schools (Overseers of the Kagura Festival, New Hebijo, and the others).


Powerscaling and whatnot should be the same. Large Building Level with Supersonic speeds. We already agreed that the whole "breaking through time and space feat Daidouji is a massive outlier (as if the games didn't have their fair share of plotholes and inconsistencies). Besides, we don't have enough sustantiable proof that shinobi barrier is a pocket universe that is expansive as an actual universe.
 
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I still keep my stance Homura *might* have a shot comparable to her. But count me in for supporting Asuka, she's still a classic.

Should she get in, i'd like to see Homura or Kagura as assist trophies. Homura can do her "charge" ninja art before unleashing a final blow in her crimson form, while Kagura can use one of her op ninja arts from EV.

and a Big Ryona stage boss.
Sonico for Smash? Obviously unlikely. As in Goku levels of unlikely. What's next, Kumamon (even though Murasaki's bear Bebe already exists)?

Even thought this might be a bit controversial, what are the odds they would go for Yumi instead because of her sheer popularity? She is basically the "Isabelle" of the series after all.
One thing that would go against her, is she hasn't appeared on Nintendo yet, and Asuka + Homura have been the face of the 2 1/2 games exclusive to Nintendo, so probably a 0.25% chance. 2% want.

Unless Marvelous (who would have a say in the character just like all outside companies do) insist the newcomer is Yumi. Sakurai *probably* wouldn't be a fan of that if she still hasn't appeared on a Nintendo console, but if we have a new director that can go any way.
 
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I still keep my stance Homura *might* have a shot comparable to her. But count me in for supporting Asuka, she's still a classic.

Should she get in, i'd like to see Homura or Kagura as assist trophies. Homura can do her "charge" ninja art before unleashing a final blow in her crimson form, while Kagura can use one of her op ninja arts from EV.

and a Big Ryona stage boss.
One thing that would go against her, is she hasn't appeared on Nintendo yet, and Asuka + Homura have been the face of the 2 1/2 games exclusive to Nintendo, so probably a 0.25% chance. 2% want.

Unless Marvelous (who would have a say in the character just like all outside companies do) insist the newcomer is Yumi. Sakurai *probably* wouldn't be a fan of that if she still hasn't appeared on a Nintendo console, but if we have a new director that can go any way.
But the Best Dog is too big for Smash. :troll:

Though you do bring up a good point. Homura is definitely seem as an equal to Asuka in terms of importance and popularity. She even formed her own renegade squad after the events of Deep Crimson or Estival Versus depending on the timeline. Though her being an Asset trophy would be fine. Kagura would definitely make a good one too, just as long as she's not a Skull Kid/Palkia clone with the screen flipping.

And yeah, Yumi being a predominant PlayStation character definitely lowers her chances by a huge margin. Unless she appears in Senran Kagura Switch, there's no way Sakurai would accept her over the others despite her popularity. Not even the "Cloud Strife Principle" can possibly save her.
 

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I still keep my stance Homura *might* have a shot comparable to her. But count me in for supporting Asuka, she's still a classic.

Should she get in, i'd like to see Homura or Kagura as assist trophies. Homura can do her "charge" ninja art before unleashing a final blow in her crimson form, while Kagura can use one of her op ninja arts from EV.

and a Big Ryona stage boss.
One thing that would go against her, is she hasn't appeared on Nintendo yet, and Asuka + Homura have been the face of the 2 1/2 games exclusive to Nintendo, so probably a 0.25% chance. 2% want.

Unless Marvelous (who would have a say in the character just like all outside companies do) insist the newcomer is Yumi. Sakurai *probably* wouldn't be a fan of that if she still hasn't appeared on a Nintendo console, but if we have a new director that can go any way.
Yomi is almost as popular as Yumi and she's Nintendo exclusive therefore. We all know who's the real shoo-in for Smash.



Jokes aside, I definitely see that as an obstacle for Yumi. Sakurai would definitely go for someone who at least has more Nintendo related appearances going for them. The new director definitely sounds like the type that would cave into Yumi requests now that I think of it. But hey, at least Popo of the Ice Climbers gets to have a waifu.
 

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Yomi is almost as popular as Yumi and she's Nintendo exclusive therefore. We all know who's the real shoo-in for Smash.



Jokes aside, I definitely see that as an obstacle for Yumi. Sakurai would definitely go for someone who at least has more Nintendo related appearances going for them. The new director definitely sounds like the type that would cave into Yumi requests now that I think of it. But hey, at least Popo of the Ice Climbers gets to have a waifu.
I feel she is a little too enthusiastic about suffocating herself in that image....
 

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I feel she is a little too enthusiastic about suffocating herself in that image....
Ha, that funny way of spelling Homura.

Who asked Asuka to kill her twice in the 3DS series because of her pride being crushed. Though that last one was a bit more serious after losing her won academy to Dogen and continuing the blood sacrifice to summon Orochi.Even Yomi has a better will to live than her.
 

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Someone actually went there... I support this. If we got Bayo, then she might actually stand a chance too, especially since the series, even to the creator, is primarily a 3DS franchise.
You know me, going for the craziest ideas. :laugh:

And true, Bayoentta kind of helps her as a character. Senran Kagura's niche status and drift towards PlayStation however may hurt her. But at least we can have one big return to Nintendo in the form of the Switch (Assuming the teaser in the end of Peach Beach Splash isn't alluding to it). Takaki is quite the big fan of Nintendo and I'm thankful that they allowed him to do what he want in the main games without any restrictions Meanwhile, he's drawn to the Sony machines because of their better technology. Not that it's bad since I enjoy most of the titles.

Because enough of my fangirling, I'll make no haste to adding you.
 

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You know me, going for the craziest ideas. :laugh:

And true, Bayoentta kind of helps her as a character. Senran Kagura's niche status and drift towards PlayStation however may hurt her. But at least we can have one big return to Nintendo in the form of the Switch (Assuming the teaser in the end of Peach Beach Splash isn't alluding to it). Takaki is quite the big fan of Nintendo and I'm thankful that they allowed him to do what he want in the main games without any restrictions Meanwhile, he's drawn to the Sony machines because of their better technology. Not that it's bad since I enjoy most of the titles.

Because enough of my fangirling, I'll make no haste to adding you.
They could be separate projects at best. I doubt they would advertise a Nintendo project on a Sony platform. But that didn't stop Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance from advertising future games like Kingdom Hearts 3. The way I see it, it's definitely a PlayStation title. Which raises the question, will the Switch project be a part of the first timeline or the second timeline? Will it be an action game or a spinoff?

On a new topic, what do you think of Zem-raj's work with this?

 

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Another SK thread and I was not noted of this?!
No matter. I'm here and ready to support that's that.
Sorry. We would have let you known ahead of time. But at least you know and Aussie the Naturist Aussie the Naturist should add you. :laugh:

But remember, rules are stricter here. So you would have to PM the mods about what's a appropriate for here and what's not. Like gameplay videos are definitely out of the question given the nature of them.
 
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Another SK thread and I was not noted of this?!
No matter. I'm here and ready to support that's that.
Whoops, was too busy talking about cards and Dante earlier. Will definitely add you.

And my deepest apologies for forgetting about you mate. :laugh:

But remember, rules are stricter here. So you would have to PM the mods about what's a appropriate for here and what's not. Like gameplay videos are definitely out of the question given the nature of them.
This. Especially since thus isn't the Senran International Academy forums, who are obviously more lax about that stuff. Carefully follow the rules here.


Though let's get back on topic.
 

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Very well. I looked over the rules just to make sure.
On a more positive note, It's our favorite Valley Girl's birthday. You know like who it totally is. :troll:

New topic, should Asuka have the anime-like "X3" expressions when she's hurt like the 3DS games? Or should she stick with the more realistic reactions like the Versus games?
 

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I feel like the devs would most likely go for the more realistic reactions. Probably for the sake of consistency.

That and I'm very much aware of her B-day. Me and the SIA gang celebrated it on Discord.
 
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I feel like the devs would most likely go for the more realistic reactions. Probably for the sake of consistency.

That and I'm very much aware of her B-day. Me and the SIA gang celebrated it on Discord.
This. As funny as it would be seeing Azuka make those faces, it would look little too out of place.

Even Olimar's eye popping is still consistent with Smash's style.

 

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Just a little warning, do not look up the April Fools joke that Takaki just did with a certain grandmother.

Trust me, you will need brain bleach for wreaks after seeing that. :urg:
 

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Just a little warning, do not look up the April Fools joke that Takaki just did with a certain grandmother.

Trust me, you will need brain bleach for wreaks after seeing that. :urg:
Too late, I've seen it.

Now I want Hibari to use that special eye of her's to hypnotize that image out of my head.

Why you do this, Takaki-Sensei? :urg:
 
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Now you've made me curious, but I'm also afraid of what I might find.
You can see it on Silliconera and DualShockers if you are curious or willing to see it.

Sayuri is now her own separate playable character in Peach Beach Splash as DLC just like in Estival Versus. Unfortunately, Takaki was ballsy enough to put an old lady in something she is too old for.

Not only that, but exclusive cards of the character will be available to download in Japan between April 1 to 10th. Only someone who's got eyes of steel would want to download this character for more than just a joke or an excuse to be disgusted.
 

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Strangely enough, this is the first April Fools character who is actual DLC.

This is not like the Gender Swap Senran Kagura Burst, Gender Swap Uppers, or Gender Swap Milurasane where it's actuall content. Just joke images. This is hard development time spend on programming an old lady for a water gun shooting game. Just let that sink in.

This makes me wonder if we will get a spinoff based on the older jokes, like a fully gender swapped Senran cast.
 
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Strangely enough, this is the first April Fools character who is actual DLC.

This is not like the Gender Swap Senran Kagura Burst, Gender Swap Uppers, or Gender Swap Milurasane where it's actuall content. Just joke images. This is hard development time spend on programming an old lady for a water gun shooting game. Just let that sink in.

This makes me wonder if we will get a spinoff based on the older jokes, like a fully gender swapped Senran cast.
Let's be real, only fujoshi like you would buy a Senran Kagura game that's full of hot boys that tear each other's clothes off Bleach-style. But that can work given the positive reception for Murasame's inclusion in Deep Crimson from actual female and LGBT fans.

Yes, Takaki is on a whole new level of trolling than Sakurai and Kamiya. "You know that old shinobi who can magically keep her clothes when beaten unlike her younger rivals in Estival Versus? Let's take her to a water gun contest and remind her that she's still got it in her when she's not hot anymore." :troll:

That being said, I'm slightly afraid for the people who would pay actual money to play as her as much as the Dead of Alive guests and Ultimate Forms (Edgelord Miyabi included).
 

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Let's be real, only fujoshi like you would buy a Senran Kagura game that's full of hot boys that tear each other's clothes off Bleach-style. But that can work given the positive reception for Murasame's inclusion in Deep Crimson from actual female and LGBT fans.

Yes, Takaki is on a whole new level of trolling than Sakurai and Kamiya. "You know that old shinobi who can magically keep her clothes when beaten unlike her younger rivals in Estival Versus? Let's take her to a water gun contest and remind her that she's still got it in her when she's not hot anymore." :troll:

That being said, I'm slightly afraid for the people who would pay actual money to play as her as much as the Dead of Alive guests and Ultimate Forms (Edgelord Miyabi included).
Yes, I would definitely want this to be real. But if there's one change, please make Hibari look more like an uke. They way she looks in "canon", they just wanted an ironic Fist of the North Star reference.



Other than that, the others look surprisingly closer to what good gender swaps should be. I would pay Takakai to gender swap the Gessen Girls, Homura Crimson Corps, and Hebijo Girls.

 

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For some important Kagura news:
Peach Beach Splash has been confirmed for Europe this summer! Making this the fastest localization yet.
NA will probably be revealed soon by xseed.

This series gets quite abit of love in Europe. Makes me wonder if Asuka would be a fan-favorite request over there like Bayo.

Edit: And now that I think of it, summer is also when Splatoon 2 comes out, making it a direct competitor.
 
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For some important Kagura news:
Peach Beach Splash has been confirmed for Europe this summer! Making this the fastest localization yet.
NA will probably be revealed soon by xseed.

This series gets quite abit of love in Europe. Makes me wonder if Asuka would be a fan-favorite request over there like Bayo.

Edit: And now that I think of it, summer is also when Splatoon 2 comes out, making it a direct competitor.
Oh ****, this is bad. I mean I love Senran Kagura, but there's no way that it would compete against the likes of Splatoon 2 and it's going to get crushed. Are you sure about that being a good thing?

But thank Kagura that the game is getting localized fast enough, albeit in Europe. The US localization shouldn't be that slow. And I wouldn't bet on her getting Bayonetta levels of support. In her defense, her sequel beingna Wii au exclusive was a big deal and a lot of people voted for a Bayonetta alone. That depends on how big Senran Kagura is over there, which I doubt is bigger than the Bayonetta franchise,

What do you think of this @Lord-Zero and DiagonalSpy07 DiagonalSpy07 ?
 

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For some important Kagura news:
Peach Beach Splash has been confirmed for Europe this summer! Making this the fastest localization yet.
NA will probably be revealed soon by xseed.

This series gets quite abit of love in Europe. Makes me wonder if Asuka would be a fan-favorite request over there like Bayo.

Edit: And now that I think of it, summer is also when Splatoon 2 comes out, making it a direct competitor.
US release date when?

And just how popular is Senran Kagura in Europe? I wouldn't bet on Asuka being Bayonetta levels of popular at all, even if the PlayStation 4 happens to be bigger than the Wii U there. Unless they vote for her based on her Nintendo appearances than PlayStation ones. I'm still very iffy on that claim.

Oh ****, this is bad. I mean I love Senran Kagura, but there's no way that it would compete against the likes of Splatoon 2 and it's going to get crushed. Are you sure about that being a good thing?
It would be best to wait until we get concrete release dates before we spell do and gloom. There's no doubt that Splatoon is the far superior and popular franchise compared to Senran Kagura. If the games happen to release one month close to each other like Yo-Kai Watch 2 did for Pokemon Sun & Moon in the US, then it's safe to say Peach Beach Splash is ****ed.
 

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XSEED confirmed PBS for NA this summer as well.
US release date when?

And just how popular is Senran Kagura in Europe? I wouldn't bet on Asuka being Bayonetta levels of popular at all, even if the PlayStation 4 happens to be bigger than the Wii U there. Unless they vote for her based on her Nintendo appearances than PlayStation ones. I'm still very iffy on that claim.
I mostly based that off Europe getting more LE's offered & selling out on them. Marvelous gives the series more love in Europe, basically.
Oh ****, this is bad. I mean I love Senran Kagura, but there's no way that it would compete against the likes of Splatoon 2 and it's going to get crushed. Are you sure about that being a good thing?
I don't really see the competition (besides similar gameplay) when both are on separate systems, PS4 already having a huge install base. Alot of people thought Horizon would be crushed by Zelda (I guess it was compared for being open world?), but it still managed to sell.:smash:
 

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XSEED confirmed PBS for NA this summer as well.
I mostly based that off Europe getting more LE's offered & selling out on them. Marvelous gives the series more love in Europe, basically.
****, this is good news after all.

Lucky Europeans getting the best stuff. Though I still doubt her requests would be as big as Bayonetta there. Especially when she also had to compete with characters like Hikage, Yumi, and Yomi.

But I doubt Sakurai would choose a rival over a main character when it comes to Smash anyways, even if those three get the most merchandise and top polls.
 

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I don't really see the competition (besides similar gameplay) when both are on separate systems, PS4 already having a huge install base. Alot of people thought Horizon would be crushed by Zelda (I guess it was compared for being open world?), but it still managed to sell.:smash:
I forgot that Horizon exists and it still sold well. If au recall, didn't it get a better Metacritic score too?

I guess Peach Beach Splash should do fine. I'm definitely planning on getting both that abs Splatoon 2 this summer. It could even sell better than Vanquish as depressing as this sounds.
 

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I forgot that Horizon exists and it still sold well. If au recall, didn't it get a better Metacritic score too?

I guess Peach Beach Splash should do fine. I'm definitely planning on getting both that abs Splatoon 2 this summer. It could even sell better than Vanquish as depressing as this sounds.
No, but its considered PS's best selling new ip of this generation. Shows how much Zelda didn't put a dent in sales.

If anything, PBS might get a boost from players who don't have the system to play Splatoon 2 (or want to experience the....um....plot Splatoon doesn't have).



****, this is good news after all.

Lucky Europeans getting the best stuff. Though I still doubt her requests would be as big as Bayonetta there. Especially when she also had to compete with characters like Hikage, Yumi, and Yomi.

But I doubt Sakurai would choose a rival over a main character when it comes to Smash anyways, even if those three get the most merchandise and top polls.
Well, you see....
Yumi is the main character.
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If anything, PBS might get a boost from players who don't have the system to play Splatoon 2 (or want to experience the....um....plot Splatoon doesn't have).

Well, you see....
Yumi is the main character.
:troll:
True, Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash has the plot that's better than whatever Splatoon 2 would throw at us (even a pinup Inkling model).

Which thankfully teased Sernan Kagura 7. I'm glad we can have a serious game again.

If Yumi's the main character, what's her Yoma kill count looking like? :troll:
 
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