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[[caption-width-right:345:The cast of characters in ''Shinovi Versus''. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters And it just keeps on growing from there!]][[labelnote:From left to right]] '''Top Row:''' Murakumo, Minori, Ryouna, Ryoubi, Yagyu, Hibari, Haruka. '''Middle Row:''' Imu, Yozakura, Shiki, Katsuragi, Ikaruga, Hikage, Yomi. '''Bottom Row:''' Murasaki, Miyabi, Yumi, Asuka, Homura, Mirai.[[/labelnote]]]]

->''Being born into this world, living to protect it to the end, so is the way of the ninja''
->''Beautiful and brave, pushing our bodies to their limits, confusion blooms''
->''Our days are nonchalant and full of laughter''
->''Our nights filled with fear and uneasiness''
->''Hidden from sight in the shadows, to prove that we are alive we rise, toward a vivid light.''
->-- ''Shoujô-tachi no shinei'' (''Portrait of Girls'') [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ6utpqTs44 Opening]].

''Senran Kagura'' is a series of {{fanservice}}-filled BeatEmUp [[PantyFighter games]] by Marvelous Entertainment. The premise involves different schools of {{ninja}} (commonly referred to as "shinobi" in this series), generally split into two factions[[note]]Depending on the translation, light/good ninja and dark/evil ninja, who primarily differ in their methods of teaching and executing their employers' orders.[[/note]], facing off against each other, as well as against entities called "[[TheHeartless Yoma]]", as they deal with the rigors of ninja training and [[SliceOfLife their daily lives as a shinobi]]. The ultimate goal of most of these schools is to produce the best shinobi they can, as well as to eventually raise the ninja who will become a "[[TitleDrop kagura]]", a high-ranking shinobi who specializes in DemonSlaying.

The ''focus'', however, [[WorldOfBuxom is on the large amounts of equally large breasts on the majority of the gals]], so much so that the series [[BigBreastPride prides itself on this facet]], calling its genre "''[[invoked]][[MostTriumphantExample the]]'' Hyper-Battle of Bursting Breasts" (emphasis [[WordOfGod theirs]]). The games, of course, include copious amounts of [[{{Gainaxing}} bounciness]], ClothingDamage, and MaleGaze, among other relevant {{fanservice}} tropes.

Yet, despite of all the attention the series garners for its [[JustForPun well-rounded, bouncy aspects]], ''Senran Kagura'' also blends the elements of school life comedy, cute girls doing cute things, and the drama of the harsh world of shinobi, sometimes to great effect. Of course, this leads to the series having somewhat of a [[MoodWhiplash schizophrenic presentation]], as the director likes to flaunt the fanservice, while the writer is known for writing material {{darker|AndEdgier}} than what one would expect from a series like this (see the Trivia tab for more information).

Eventually, the director's stance on which aspect of the series to focus on changed. He stated that the series has branched out since the first game's debut, and has been attempting to strike a balance with the fanservice and the more serious story elements. He also specifically mentioned that the 3DS titles [[DarkerAndEdgier will be more story-driven]], with the fanservice elements taking a back seat, while the Vita games and other spin-offs will focus on being LighterAndSofter affairs with [[HotterAndSexier more of a focus on the fanservice]].

As for the gameplay, most games in the series have a focus on attaining high combos while mowing down groups of foes. Missions set up the stages, while the action is broken up by the occasional VisualNovel-styled cutscenes and narration, which provide more details on certain parts of the storyline. During battle, characters are able to perform a "[[TransformationSequence shinobi transformation]]", changing them from their regular attire to their shinobi form, which gives them more varied combos and the ability to perform devastating special moves called "Secret Ninja Arts". Taking too many hits, however, induces ClothingDamage, causing costumes to lose their HP and defensive bonuses. Costumes can eventually be completely removed by taking too much damage, leaving a character in her swimsuit and ''[[FragileSpeedster with no defenses]]''. However, players can choose to activate "[[BattleStrip Frantic]]" mode, which discards all clothing (except the swimsuit) and defenses in order to boost offense significantly. Be warned though, [[GlassCannon it's much easier to die while in Frantic mode]].

The early 3DS titles were side-scrollers, but the Vita game ''Shinovi Versus'' branched the gameplay out into a fully 3D battlefield, akin to games like ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''. The sequel to the 3DS games carries over some of this aspect from ''Shinovi Versus'', while introducing new concepts such as tag teams. The sequel is also the first in the series to have playable male characters (earlier games had male characters as [=NPCs=]).

When Marvelous later desired for the series to be brought to international markets, Creator/XSEEDGames took up the call. ''Senran Kagura Burst'' was localized and sold in North America as an eShop download title in 2013. ''Burst'' had sold well enough that XSEED decided to continue localizing the series, with ''Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus'' for the PlaystationVita being their next title to work on, along with, [[http://www.siliconera.com/2014/06/27/senran-kagura-producer-fan-service-male-character-senran-kagura-2/ interestingly]], the RhythmGame of the series, ''Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit''.

The official Japanese site can be visited [[http://senrankagura.marv.jp/ here]], but be wary of NSFW content, given the premise. The official site for the localized ''Senran Kagura Burst'' is [[http://www.hanzonationalacademy.com/ here]].

Aside from the video games, two manga adaptations were released, and [[TheAnimeOfTheGame an anime]] aired in the Winter2013Anime season.
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!!Games in the ''Senran Kagura'' series:
* ''Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls'' (2011; 3DS; Japan-only)[[note]]A 3D side-scrolling BeatEmUp game.[[/note]]
* ''Senran Kagura Burst: Crimson Girls'' (2012 in Japan, 2013 in North America, 2014 in Europe; 3DS)[[note]]An UpdatedRerelease of ''Portrait of Girls'', featuring another storyline that follows the Hebijo School girls.[[/note]]
* ''Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus'' (2013 in Japan, 2014 in North America; Playstation Vita)[[note]]A 3D brawler, similar to games like ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''.[[/note]]
* ''Senran Kagura: New Wave'' (2013; MobilePhoneGame; Japan-only)[[note]]A mobile card game featuring many new characters[[/note]]
* ''Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit'' (2014; Playstation Vita)[[note]]A RhythmGame involving cooking.[[/note]]
* ''Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson'' (2014; 3DS)[[note]]Meant to be the first "true" sequel to ''Portrait of Girls'', combining elements from the first game and ''Shinovi Versus''. Introduces tag-teams and playable male characters.[[/note]]
* ''Senran Kagura: Estival Versus'' (2015; Playstation Vita & Playstation 4)[[note]]The third Senran Kagura project to be revealed. Sequel to Shinovi Versus.[[/note]]
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!!Tropes presented by ''Senran Kagura'':

* ActionBomb: Rat Shinobi in SV are the this, but only on hard difficulty.
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: The Lingerie Lottery in Shinovi Versus has a system where the player's luck decreases the more lingerie the player purchases, forcing him/her to pay more for a better chance. It doesn't help that there are 98 pairs though.
* AdultsAreUseless: In the first game, Kiriya initially refused to involve himself in his students' conflict with Hebijo: as shinobi students, [[HelpingWouldBeKillStealing he expects them to be able to fight and survive by themselves if they want to become full-fledged shinobi]]. Averted in the anime adaptation, though it makes little difference because he arrives late to the final showdown.
* AffectionateParody: You have some of the most serious tropes generally associated with a ninja work of fiction... in an highschool setting and with a lot of humor, cute and sexy girls, hot-bloodness and the power of friendship. See also {{Pastiche}} below.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The player can unlock different types of clothing and accessories as they progress through the game.
* AnimalJingoism: The emblem of ''Hanzō'' Academy is a frog; ''Hebijo'' and ''Crimson'''s emblems are... well, [[MeaningfulName snakes]]; Gessen's emblem is a spider. No slugs to be seen, though.
* AnimationBump: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkUgG4nLPUo The opening]], Headed by Creator/A1Pictures but outsourced to Creator/ToonCity (better known for its work for {{Disney}}).
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: Airing in [[Winter2013Anime Winter 2013]]. It was simulcasted by Creator/{{Funimation}}.
* ArcWords: Shinobi, written with the kanjis meaning "The Beauty in Death". Mainly used by Daidouji-sempai. Has since become a term for describing the girls' unyielding fighting spirit.
* AssKicksYou: Hibari has a prominent hip throw as the finisher to her aerial combo, and uses her butt with her aerial smash. Her aerial special even involves her using ninja magic to grow giant, then drop butt-first onto her opponents. The Crimson Girls opening even shows Hibari and Haruka trading butt blows so powerful it literally shreds their clothing.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Hibari sometimes plays into this.
** Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson's Hipster DLC, [[IThoughtThatWas not]] [[{{Hipster}} that kind of hipster]], is a ShootEmUp non-canon story where Hanzo city is being attacked by the Hebijo girls using the “bursting boob power”. The problem? The power makes them ''gigantic''. It's up to the Hanzo girls to defeat the Hebijo girls and save Hanzo city.
* AwesomeButImpractical / DesperationAttack: Ultimate Secret Ninja Arts in Shinovi Versus. Unlike the previous ninja arts that require one or two ninja art scrolls, the Ultimate art can only be performed if the player has five ninja art scrolls. The catch? The player's health must be at a dangerous low. Most of the time you'll only have one or two shots to pull this off because you can only hold ten ninja art scrolls. On the plus side, they do look pretty kick ass and your opponent gets completely stripped if they're KO'd by it. However, it's better off being used as a last resort.
* BathtubBonding: Katsuragi is very big on it. Same goes for Haruka.
* TheBattleDidntCount: In the Hanzo storyline of the first game (and ''Burst'') Hejibo academy spends the first few chapters pulling this out of their asses. After Homura's first fight it's implied she's lying and Haruka at least has the excuse that [[spoiler:she's body surfing into a lifelike doll of herself]], but the rest of the girls will just infuriatingly run off claiming that you didn't deal any damage, neverminding that ClothingDamage in this series is practically evidence in a court of law that you took substantial damage.
** Katsuragi even lampshades this after her battle with Imu.
-->'''Katsuragi:''' Let me guess. You "weren't really trying, and it didn't count?"
* BattleStrip: What Frantic mode is. A shinobi will discard her clothes to greatly boost her offense and movement speed, at the cost of defense and being forced into her swimsuit.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 4 of the anime.
** Estival Versus has this as it's whole premise.
* {{BFS}}: Ikaruga's nodachi (a two-handed katana whose blade is between 1m and 1.50m long); Yomi (her opposite number) has a [[GunBlade gunblade]] as large or larger than she is.
* BigBad : Orochi. [[spoiler:And Dougen.]]
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Shin]]
* {{Bit Part Bad Guy}}s: The delinquents from early in the original game and the Hanzo story of ''Burst''. Not remotely dangerous, and more or less disappear entirely once Hebijo becomes an issue in the plot -- they're there both to ease you into the game with enemies less threatening than even the {{Mook}} Hebijo students, and plot-wise as an example of what the Hanzo students had actually been facing prior to their clash with Hebijo.
* BonusBoss: For the Hanzō storyline, we have [[spoiler:Daidōji]], and for the Hebijo storyline, we have [[spoiler:Suzune-sensei, aka [[NotQuiteDead Rin]]]]. Both of them need to be defeated with all 5 characters in a row. The former focuses on [[MightyGlacier pure power at the expense of speed]]. Once her HP is in the red, if she catches you on the ground, she ''will'' use an unavoidable, unblockable dragon punch [[OneHitKill that kills you in one hit]]. As for the latter, good luck even ''catching'' her as she [[LightningBruiser dashes around the battlefield at lightspeed]] slashing you up and throwing {{Fuuma Shuriken}}s.
* BoobsOfSteel: Although many of the characters have large breasts, the best example of this trope is Daidouji, being significantly more muscular, older, and [[BareFistedMonk more physical]], than other characters.
** This is actually a fairly accurate measurement of a characters physical strength... the larger a characters bust is, the more likely they'll fight with slower, but harder-hitting strikes. This extends in the other direction, where the girl with the smallest bust fights almost entirely with ranged weapons with few actual physical attacks.
* BoundAndGagged: Hibari when she's kidnapped in episode 9 of the anime.
* BreastExpansion: The third ''Deep Crimson'' DLC allows players to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this to [[http://www.gamer.ne.jp/news/201410010017/image/7/ jarring proportions]]. It can also be inverted and give the girls flat chests instead.
* CastFromHitPoints: The Limit Break, which creates an explosion around the character to knockback surrounding enemies, a la the Mega Crash from ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom''. It costs 10% of the the character's health to use.
* CatchPhrase:
--> '''Hanzō students before battle:''' ''Let's dance!'' and ''I'll show you a dance cloaked in shadows!''
--> '''Hebijo students before battle:''' ''I dance for the honor of evil!''
--> '''Gessen students before battle:''' ''Sink into the dreams of sleeping souls!''
--> '''Crimson members before battle:''' ''I sacrifice myself to the will of evil!''
* ChargedAttack: Breach Arts
* ChildSoldiers: Students are asked to throw off their student mentality when entering a ninja school; from now on, they are expected to conduct themselves as shinobi.
** JustifiedTrope: The harsh rules of the world of shinobi exists for a reason: to prepare shinobi students for their principal duty, fighting against youmas. [[spoiler:During Rin's first mission, her group of 50 (including a kagura) were slaughtered by 10 youmas in a few minutes.]]
* ClothingDamage: Taking damage (regardless of how much health a character actually has) wears down a girl's clothes and will eventually leave her in a defenseless bikini if too many hits are accrued. It's also the only visual way to tell that the characters [[BloodlessCarnage are actually trying to kill each other]], as actual bloodshed is rare.
* CodeName: Every shinobi student is assigned one.
* CombatPragmatist: Shinobi tends to be.
** As Yumi puts it in SV, their combat is not for sport. Shinobi fight to kill.
** Same can be said when Miyabi scoffs at Asuka for complaining about Ryōbi and Ryōna assisting her.
* CommonRanks: Shinobi have their own ranking system. It applies for shinobi students, too.
** Lower-level Shinobi : Hibari, Mirai, Minori.
** Middle-level Shinobi : Asuka, Yagyu, Yomi, Haruka, Ryōbi, Ryōna, Murasaki, Imu, Shiki, Yozakura.
** Higher-level Shinobi : Katsuragi, Ikaruga, Homura, Hikage, Miyabi, Yumi, Murakumo.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Interestingly, this applies to both Hanzo and Hebijo. When there are tons of Hebijo mooks the Hanzo gals defeat them easily. When the Hanzo gals try to gang up on a single Hebijo girl, the Hanzo gals are in danger of losing badly.
** The five Hebijo snake girls are far from being on the level of your ordinary Hebijo mook, though.
** JustifiedTrope: It is explicitly mentioned that the light faction handpicks the talented while the dark faction accepts anyone.
* CookingDuel: The entire premise of Senran Kagura Bon Appétit.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: On one hand, death walks with the shinobi. Most of the characters have lost at least one loved one. Training can be deadly. The girls perfectly accept that the fights are NoHoldsBarredContest which can leave them dead and try in all earnest to kill each other. They know [[AnyoneCanDie they can be finished by the winner]]. Failure during a mission can means death. [[MoodWhiplash And then]], on the other hand, not only are the generally cheerful girls capable of simply acting like normal teenagers most of the time, but when all is said and done, the level of violence is equivalent to say, ''Franchise/OnePiece'' and nobody ever dies outside of [[KilledOffScreen backstories or otherwise off-screen deaths]] (which can sometimes cause [[NeverFoundTheBody ambiguity]] as to who's [[KilledOffForReal actually dead]]). Overall, it's the seriousness with which the girls take their duty as shinobi and the grim backstories that most of them have which paints a really dark outlook on the franchise.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: If you look at the Hejibo Academy's logo, you notice its an upside-down cross with two snakes wrapped around it.
* CurbStompBattle: In a story sequence, Ikaruga ends up having to fight her resentful brother and never lays a finger on him. [[spoiler: ... Because she doesn't have to. He's so hopeless at ninjutsu, and her so comparatively skilled that she defeats him easily without ever having to attack him directly. Which is the reason she was adopted and made a shinobi in his place in the first place, and the reason for his resentment of her.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Anathematic Ninja Arts are ninja arts that give the user tremendous power with huge risk. So much that there are forbidden techniques for reversing the art!
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Each character in the cast, save maybe Hibari. Being a shinobi is suffering. Check [[Characters/SenranKagura the character page]] for individual character entries.
** Although to balance things out, she goes through many of the darkest moments in the actual game.
* {{Determinator}}: True to their etymology, ''all'' of the shinobi. But especially Asuka and Homura.
* DirtyOldMan: Averted with Kiriya-sensei, who does his job professionally and [[NotDistractedByTheSexy doesn't blink when the fanservice presents itself]]. While Hanzo usually acts like a doting grandpa toward Asuka despite her many shortcomings, he still has shades of this, especially in the anime. However, he's very low-key about it and is never shown to be completely depraved about it either, especially when compared to how Dirty Old Men are usually depicted in Japanese works.
* DiscOneNuke: In New Wave, event cards in with absurdly high stats can be given to the player as early as level 1. This can make it very easy for earning new cards and sweeping through bosses.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Several examples throughout the franchise. The most obvious is the constant image of a girl with ''something'' inserted between her breasts, be it scrolls, sushi rolls, or whatever. To say nothing of the random positions some characters take in the anime and the manga, as well as when ClothingDamage occurs in the games. ''Bon Appetit'', being a non-serious RhythmGame, takes it UpToEleven due to it being a cooking game as well.
* DownloadableContent: With the exception of Portait of Girls and Burst, the games offer DLC content ranging from clothes to different accessories to even bonus stories.
* DropTheHammer: Hijikata, Kanon and Hanabi pretty much got this covered.
* DualWielding: Asuka uses two ''Kōdachi''.
** Homura ''hexuple'' wields ''Katana''! Like WolverineClaws, no less!!
** Suzune/[[spoiler:Rin]] wields two FuumaShuriken.
** Murakumo wields a spear in one hand and a bloody cleaver in the other.
** Then we have Ryōna, who uses two unusual pistols with the butts of the guns bolted on ''both'' ends.
** Kagari wields two tambourine shaped knives.
** Tsubame uses two sabers.
** Kisaragi uses two hachiwara.
** Yūyaki dual-wields two Nōdachi.
* DysfunctionJunction: All the girls have some malfunction, see DarkAndTroubledPast above. It's a miracle that the Hebijo girls aren't at each others throat, if only because their anger is directed at someone or something outside the group.
** While that can be said for Homura's group, Miyabi's group, [[spoiler: do self-destruct near the end of their story. They get better though]].
* EldritchAbomination: Yamata no Orochi... Where to start? [[spoiler:It seems to be one-third humanoid giant, one-third dragon, and one-third HumongousMecha. Four of its five necks have no heads on them, instead ending in great masses of bloodstained katanas. It has two bizarre mechanical appendages that can only be described as giant tennis rackets covered in bloodstained katanas. On its central neck is the head of a mecha-dragon, covered in [[RuleOfThree bloodstained katanas]], and in the head's mouth is a human face, contorted with rage. Oh, and the sound of its roar is mixed with a baby crying.]]
** The Yoma in general follow this trope [[http://senrankagura.marv.jp/series/kagura2/#!/system_yoma to a tee]], with many of them combining human anatomy with monstrous designs.
* EldritchLocation: [[spoiler:The inside of Yamata no Orochi. It's a weird red version of the normal world with odd features like floating interfaces in the background and rotating gears on the floor. It also has inexplicable grassy meadows and you can hear Orochi's heartbeat wherever you go.]]
* EliteMook: In ''Crimson Girls'' there is a tall dummy mook with the highest health of any enemy in the game, with [[DualWielding two katanas]] and a gun that shoots shurikens. Unlike the other [[GiantMook Giant Mooks]] these guys are so tough they only ever appear one at a time.
** The game takes off the kiddie gloves with Hebijo's final mission where you have to face [[spoiler:Daidouji]] backed up by four robo-dummies.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: According to Homura, this is the virtue of the Dark Ninjas. Of course, just because they accept everyone [[TrainingFromHell doesn't mean that everyone have what it takes to be one]]. As for Homura personally, she quickly accepts people who wants to be her friend. [[spoiler:Such as Hibari.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes[=/=]EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: The opening of the Hebijo storyline is about how those girls met and formed into their own little group.
* EvilVersusEvil: In Shinovi Versus the former elites of Hebijo Academy (now dubbed the Homura Crimson Squad) are being hunted down by the new Team Hebijo elites because they are renegades, inevitably causing them to clash.
* ExcusePlot: [[VideoGame/BadDudes Rampant Ninja-related crimes these days. Are you bad enough gals to save Japan?]]. Although this diminishes as the series goes on, particularly as the characters deal with their trials, and the Yoma become more of a prominent threat.
* EyepatchOfPower: Yagyū and Mirai.
** And there's also an unlockable eyepatch that can be worn by any girl... including the two girls who already have them. It's especially funny when Yagyu equips two eye patches and says sardonically, "I don't need this..."
* ExtranormalInstitute: Hanzo, apparently a regular highschool with regular students... save for five of them and the special lessons they take.
** Hebijo is a much more regular NinjaSchool.
* FaceHeelTurn: Hibari transfering to Hebijo school. [[spoiler:[[FakeDefector It was part of a plot to infiltrate the academy and recover an important item stolen by the snake girls.]] Hibari may seem weak and childish most of the time, but this girl has wits and guts when it counts the most.]] Doesn't apply in the Hebijo storyline [[spoiler:as Hibari is revealed to be {{brainwashed}} by [[BigBad Dougen]].]]
** [[spoiler:Rin when it is revealed that she is Suzune-sensei.]]
* FakeLongevity: OneHundredPercentCompletion in ''Burst'' requires clearing every mission on each story with the initial 5 characters, getting every character (including the secret ones) to level 50, clearing every mission at least once with an A Rank and once in Frantic Mode (thankfully not with every character) and will take upwards of 70 hours. Beating the main story for both sides combined only takes around 10.
* FamousAncestor: UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo is the founder of the Hanzo Academy. Asuka is his grand-daughter, and yet she leaves a lot to be desired.
* {{Fanservice}}: Let's get counting!
** ClothingDamage: Taken UpToEleven in VS (it extends to even the swimsuits, leaving only some censoring).
** EroticEating, according to the trailer. It's also in the manga and happens in the anime, [[FanDisservice where Kiriya-sensei of all people gets in on it]].
** JigglePhysics: They put the 3DS' computing capability to ''great'' use!
*** Although to be fair, the jiggles are canned animations and aren't calculated in real time.
** {{Joshikousei}}
** PantyShot
** Which is followed by, of course, SailorFuku.
** Although the focus of the franchise seems to be big-breasted pretty girls, it may be interesting to note that the protagonists are equally as sexually objectified (with the signature blending of clothes ripped and breast jiggling of the franchise) as they are depicted as physically strong, courageous (bordering on reckless; but it's expected of ninjas), and without the need of being protected by a male character.
*** ''Senran Kagura'' passes the TheBechdelTest. In fact, in the whole franchise there was only a short hint of ([[HoYay straight]]) romance at the beginning of the first game, but it was more of a RedHerring; to show what the girls are prepared to lose, how much they are willing to sacrifice a normal youth to become shinobi.
%% Due to FiveManBand's requirements, the entry here has been deleted for not adhering to them: mostly for having Zero Context and for all members being female. For better or for worse, the current definition of the trope requires at least three guys and two girls (the maximum gender ratio being four guys and one girl) CONSISTENTLY working as a team and fulfilling specific roles in order to count for FiveManBand.%%
* FondMemoriesThatCouldHaveBeen: In the first game, Homura and Asuka passing some time as friends, dining at Hanzo's restaurant [[spoiler:before the final assault on Hebijo academy and knowing that they will then have to fight. Asuka asking Homura her reason to follow the way of the ninja may qualify as a stealth TearJerker.]]
** YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:Not that Asuka, as a ninja, isn't ready to put down Homura if she is ordered to; but now that she knows a little more about the snake girls and, putting aside the 'good' and 'bad' labels, the fact that Hebijo and Hanzo students are basically the same, she can't help but ponder about the absurdity of the situation]].
* FoodFight: This was one of the recent events in New Wave.
* FoodPorn: Senran Kagura Bon Appétit takes this UpToEleven.
* ForeverWar: Between the good/light shinobi and the evil/dark shinobi.
* FourIsDeath: There are four factions to choose from in Shinobi Versus.
* FunbagAirbag: Happens to Hibari in the 10th episode.
* {{Gainaxing}}/JigglePhysics: Comes with the territory. The original game seemed to have been made just to show off this effect in 3D.
* GenkiGirl: Hibari and Minori fit this trope to a T.
* GiantMook: There are large and overweight female delinquents that are prominent in Skirting Shadows. Crimson Girls introduces even more with [[BrawnHilda huge muscular girls]] in [[SailorFuku Seifukus]], and large round dummies with TorpedoTits.
** Shinovi Versus has the panda ninja. They're large overweight female ninja with the [[RollingAttack ability to mow you down by performing rolling attacks]]. It also isn't helped by the fact that they can deal fire damage as well.
* GirlsWithGuns: Mirai, Ryōna, Ryōbi, & some of the New Wave girls fit this trope quite well.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Probably the point of the plot of the first game and its deconstruction of the '[[BlackAndWhiteMorality good ninjas vs evil ninjas]]' trope, as both groups are shown to have similar circumstances, and ultimately, whatever his or her affiliation, a shinobi is someone who have to kill or be killed. As Hanzo puts it: Light needs darkness to exist.
* GoodIsNotSoft: A ninja has to be ready to do anything it takes to defeat an enemy, and could expect nothing else in return from an enemy. It's a form of courtesy toward an enemy to give everything you have to bring him down.
* GoldenSuperMode: In ''Burst'', the "Life or Death" (Frantic in the localization) mode gives the user a surging golden aura the longer they fight. When Katsuragi uses it, the aura combined with her golden hair and green eyes makes her look very much like a Super Saiyan.
* GoodVersusGood: Gessen figthing Hanzo in a school festival where AnyoneCanDie.
* HardLevelsEasyBosses: Going Frantic turns most of the game into this, with levels populated with Mooks that can easily gang up on you and deplete your health in seconds due to your halved Defense, only to end with a Boss fight that can be won near-effortlessly by performing a few Secret Ninja Arts due to your doubled Attack power.
* TheHeartless: Orochi in the first game [[spoiler:and Burst, the final boss born from the pain and suffering of the dead snake girls]].
** Has become a major plot point in ''Shinovi Versus'': such monsters are knowns as youma and only shinobi can fight against them. The catch being conflict between shinobi and blood spilled in shinobi kekkais are precisely what such entities feed on.
*** Hence the need for the 'kagura', aka the highest rank a shinobi can hope to attain, [[DemonSlaying a warrior specialized in hunting youma]]. Miyabi, and later Homura and Asuka aim to reach this rank.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Everyone!
* HonorBeforeReason: For a ninja, the success of the mission take precedence over everything, even one's life.
* HotBlooded: Katsuragi, who gets extremely fired-up during combat. Other girls exhibit this behavior as well, but not everyone.
* HotterAndSexier: The anime adaptation threw some of the original plot and the melodrama through the window and turned the fanservice UpToEleven.
** Purposely invoked with ''Shinovi Versus'' and ''Bon Appetit'', as the director stated that the Vita games are purposely intended to have more fanservice than the 3DS titles.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Haruka's FreudianExcuse is that her father abandoned her to her unnaturally close mom who's implied to have more than had her be a dress up doll. In the present, [[YouAreWhatYouHate she goes after Hibari with the same abnormal obsession]].]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded : In the Hanzou story, every defeat of the Hebijou girls until the final confrontation ends with a cutscene revealing the other girl was holding back in some way. Haruka is the most blatant about this, with every fight against her revealing that she was either using a puppet in her stead, or that she deliberately threw the fight to acquire a second, less-obvious goal.
** This continues into Shinovi Versus. Where TWO new schools attack Hanzou, and when playing through the Hanzou storyline, they never truly win the first round against either team.
* ImprobablyFemaleCast: Technically, it's not as if men couldn't be shinobi too. It's just that the whole cast happens to be female.
* InstantWinCondition: For the fights that require you to obtain an item or defeat a certain number of enemies.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Every member of the A.R.C. Angels has a musical instrument fit for combat. The same goes for the Municipal Blossoming Arts shinobi as well.
* InvisibleToNormals: One ninja technique is invoking a barrier to allow fighting while invisible to all but other ninjas. This is how the girls can fight in the open in areas like shops without drawing attention.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence
--> '''US localization website:''' ''A little violent, a little sexy, and a ton of fun!''
* {{Joshikousei}}: Invoked. The shinobi schools are all located alongside regular schools, so the shinobi have to wear their school's uniform in order to blend in and prevent the normal school populace from suspecting them of being anything other than regular students.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The number of girls who favor katana is disproportionate (looking at you, Homura), even though shorter blades would be easily concealed.
* {{Keigo}}: Ikaruga speaks in a very formal tone and style.
* KilledOffForReal: In Shinovi Versus' Hebijo storyline [[spoiler: Miyabi's team show they mean business, and they utterly wipe out the three other teams, leaving no survivors. They even almost eliminated themselves.]]
* KilledOffScreen: How the franchise handles when secondary characters kick the bucket: as the plot is told in a VisualNovel fashion, a wall of text allow for more ambiguity than a gory CG. See Inu's group or Tsumuji for examples.
** It allows for some neat NeverFoundTheBody tricks, too - The Hebijo girls in the first game are exhibit #1, but Dougen must be pretty glad for it. Well, or for all the good it did him at least, as Homura didn't miss him in SV.
*** [[RunningGag Or we can only hope]].
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: [[spoiler:Ikaruga's big brother eventually give up on taking the mantle of the ninja clan, instead focusing on what he's good at: being a shrewd businessman. This is after Ikaruga makes it clear that he's outclassed and Hanzo gives him some sobering small talks.]]
* LecherousLicking: Haruka does this to Hibari in the 10th episode of the anime. [[RapeAsDrama Whether it stops with just licking]] is up for debates.
* LevelUpFillUp: Won't fix clothing damage, though.
* LickingTheBlade: Hikage licks her dagger ''[[{{Fetish}} a lot]]'', doing it every time she uses a Secret Ninjutsu, as well as as part of her post-level victory pose.
* LighterAndSofter: Both the anime and the manga adaptation. The original games have a taste for the dramatic for a fanservice game, to convey the point that even if the girls are highschool girls trying to live a 'normal' and happy school life, the ninja world they have chosen to inhabit can be terribly dark and violent.
** Subverted with the third manga series ''Guren no Hebi'', despite having some lighter moments the tone is very bleak and grim, it also doesn't shy away of showing blood making all the fights somewhat disturbing to read.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''New Wave'', being a card game, introduces several new girls and schools to the world of ''Senran Kagura'', [[http://senrankagura.marv.jp/character.php# bloating out the cast list significantly]].
* MacGuffin: The Light and Dark Super-Secret Ninja Scroll [[AwesomeMcCoolname (sic)]].
* MagicalGirlWarrior: What the shinobi are (pretty girls with transformation sequences and magic costumes!).
* MagicSkirt: Present on the anime where the skirt never moves even when the girls are hanging from the ceiling.
* MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication: Played With. As shinobi, the girls use violence as a mean of communication with an energy one would expect from a {{Shonen}} manga. On the other hand, communication is pivotal in the anime adaptation finale in order to avoid TotalPartyKill of both sides. [[spoiler:Hibari's true power is explicitly a form of communication.]]
* {{Melodrama}}: ''TONS'' of it in the games. See the CrapsaccharineWorld & MoodWhiplash entries.
* MoodWhiplash: Extremist in case of the games, as pertaining to a franchise featuring plenty of comedic hijinks and boobs jokes set in the CrapsackWorld of modern shinobi. Usually, each instance of Katsuragi groping another girl, Yagyu having a nosebleed over Hibari or the Hanzo shinobi fooling around in bikini is followed by a dramatic flashback on how a character lost a beloved one (parents on the run for failing to kill themselves after a failed mission, dead little sister, relative murdered by an opposing faction, decapited mother, etc), melancholic musings about the meaning of life as a shinobi, and NoHoldsBarredContest between highschool girls. The melodrama can be quite heavy, at times. [[spoiler: See LighterAndSofter above for the anime and manga adaptations.]]
** Yet NobodyCanDie: So far none of the girls, from any of the school, has kicked the bucket. There must be some weird comedic/moe-moe invulnerability shield at work here. Also, see the {{Pastiche}} entry below.
* {{Ninja}}: In-universe, the proper term is ''shinobi''.[[note]]The term "kunoichi", meaning "female ninja", is never used in the franchise, though, as it is sexually connoted and suggest ninja who use exclusively female techniques. ''Senran Kagura'''s characters are [[ActionGirl fighters]], above all else.[[/note]]
* NinjaSchool: Hanzo Academy for the Good gals, Hebijo Academy for the (arbitrarily defined) Bad gals.
* NinjaRun: Naturally. Different characters sometimes have different variations of the run (i.e. Hibari has more a an AirplaneArms thing going on in hers).
* NintendoHard: Both of Daidōji and Rin's final story missions.
** Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is by far the most difficult game of the series.
* NippleAndDimed: Anytime the series gets close to fully exposing a character's chest, expect there to be a SceneryCensor of some sort to hide the nipples specifically. And sometimes, [[BarbieDollAnatomy they don't even bother with that]]. Katsuragi is an {{egregious}} perpetrator of this, [[TheissTitillationTheory as her shinobi outfit makes her prone to getting exposed the most]].[[note]]Not only does that never happen, but she happens to wear a strange bikini underneath her shinobi outfit that is apparently capable of remaining hidden until she takes enough ClothingDamage that the tatters of her outfit can't be used to hide anything anymore.[[/note]]
** ''Shinovi Versus'', which allows the destruction of lingerie, plays this dead straight. If a girl's swimsuit top is destroyed, [[GagCensor a pair of stickers of the girl's own chibified face]] cover her nipples.
* NobleDemon: The Hebijo girls are far from being as evil as they seem; in fact, the game goes to lengths to show that they are in fact really close to the Hanzo girls while being much more aware than them that they chose to live in a dark and violent world. Hell, "evil shinobi" means little more than being a mercenary rather than an actual villain.
** Homura: [[spoiler:She fights to feel alive and to protect her Hebijo comrades.]]
** Mirai: [[spoiler:She just want to be recognized, preferably as an ''equal''.]]
** Hikage: [[spoiler:She has multiple opportunities to eliminate Katsuragi, but she never follows through.]]
** Haruka: [[spoiler:She ''genuinely'' wants to be friend with Hibari.]]
** Yomi: [[spoiler:Apart from her fixation on rich ojou-sama, she's probably one of the sweetest and most friendly of the Hebijo girls. But you have to be a good listener with an affinity for bean sprouts.]]
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:While each of the Hebijo girl seems to meet her end fighting her Hanzo counterpart during the final invasion of Hebijo Academy, the silhouettes of the snake girls can be seen in the distance among the ruins of the school when the fight with the last boss is over.]]
** [[spoiler:Since then, Burst has confirmed that Homura and her friends survived the fight: They have become runaway ninja after defeating Suzune-sensei and appear in Shinovi Versus as a whole new, independent group named ''Homura Gurentai'', [[AwesomeMcCoolname The Crimson Flame Corp]].]]
** Also, Hebijo's Suzune-sensei: [[spoiler:She was initially a student of Kiriya-sensei supposedly KIA during a mission years ago.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Part of the theme of the game is how the two sides aren't that different in terms of people; only in who's killing who and the name of the side printed on their business cards.
* OddCouple: Ikaruga/Katsuragi (they began as FireForgedFriends), Yomi/Hikage.
* OnlyOneName: The entire cast, aside from Asuka's grandfather. Provided he's not taking the mantle of LegacyCharacter.
** There is a very high possibility that the names used by the heroines are CodeName, and not their real names; in Shinovi Versus, when Kurokame adopts his grand-daughter, he explicitly tell her that from now on her ninja name is 'Yumi.
*** Katsuragi confirms in ''Burst'' that her name at the very least is a codename for identification and she very much treasures the name her parents gave her. This implies that every other Shinobi's name is also very much a codename. [[spoiler:The fact that Rin so easily changed her name to Suzune further implies this.]]
*** In a flashback, Asuka remembers when she received this name.
* OrderVersusChaos: What good and evil shinobi are more about. Good shinobi aim to protect this world but are rather stern and strict, while evil shinobi are depicted are more tolerant and individualists, but also more aggressive.
** When trying to apply real-world politics to Senran Kagura, we have the good ninjas as being elitists and conservatives with shades of aristocratism (all ninja students come from a good ninja family) while bad ninjas are egalitarian/liberals (everyone have his/her chance) with Darwinism being the ultimate rule of law.
* PantyFighter: More like "[[{{Gainaxing}} Jiggly]] Fighter" in this case, especially when every character can have her clothes worn down to her bikini (or less in certain games).[[note]]Since all of the characters wear swimsuits under their clothes, none of the panty shots seen are actually ''of'' panties.[[/note]]
* {{Pastiche}}: Of serious ninja flicks; the melodramatic mannerisms of the series are fair and good, but when all is said and done, it's still a franchise about boobs, cute girls, [[{{Understatement}} strong yuri overtones]] (see YMMV) and the PowerOfFriendship never failing to save the say.
** It varies from faction to faction, though. While Hanzo ninja are reluctant to kill unless absolutely necessary and relies heavily on the PowerOfFriendship trope, Hebijo ninja are much more faithful to the traditionnal depiction of the pitiless shinobi and shown to be willing to kill to accomply their mission.
*** During Haruka's mission to infiltrate Hanzo school in 'Burst', most of her reconnaissance squad ends up being possessed by the power of the ninja scroll and Haruka has to order Mirai to be ready to kill any of their former allies who would pose an obstacle to the success of the mission; Mirai is distressed by having to kill her comrades, and even Haruka is far from being confortable with the situation, but they end up doing it anyway.
*** On Shin Hebijo route in Shinovi Versus, Miyabi's group killing most of the others schools' characters is heavily implied. Yet as Ikaruga at least is shown to having survived her fight with Murasaki and has the opportunity to warn Yomi, their fate is ultimately anyone's guess.
* ThePowerOfHate: The main theme of the Hebijo school, each student is motivated by a past grudge she can't get over.
** Subverted in Burst [[spoiler:as it's the ThePowerOfFriendship which allow Homura to save the others Hebijo girls from Orochi.]]
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Shinobi are this, when you boil it down. The difference between "good" and "evil" is that Good has been subsumed as a division of the Japanese military, while Evil still accepts business contracts from private interests.
* PsychoticSmirk: Mastered by Suzune, for example when Haruka seems confident they can defeat the Hanzo girls, or when Miyabi tells her her objective is to restore 'Hebijo's pride'.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In ''Shinovi Versus'', The Death Cram girls' themes are all arrangements of classical music. The themes are references to their name, design or character (for example, 'Shiki' translates as 'Four seasons').
** Yumi: Requiem Mass in D minor, by Mozart, and Piano Sonata No. 8 (Sonata Pathétique), by Beethoven
** Murakumo: Scythian Suite Op. 20, by Sergei Prokofiev
** Yozakura: Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight Sonata), by Beethoven
** Shiki: The Four Seasons, by Vivaldi
** Minori: The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky
* RankInflation: You can normally get ranked A through D for mission performance. Beat a mission in Frantic mode and it gets bumped up to a star.
* RashomonStyle: While the Hebijou and Hanzou storylines in Burst claim to be different angles on the same story, there are clear contradictions in the narrative. [[spoiler:The most blatant is with Hibari's defection to the Hebijou side... in the Hanzou story arc she voluntarily joins in in shameful self-exile after losing the Hanzou secret scroll, whereas the Hebijou story presents the same sequence of events as though she was simply brainwashed. The anime tries to combine these by having her be brainwashed into giving over the scroll, then willingly join Hebijou to reclaim it.]]
** ''Deep Crimson'' deals with this by retelling the entire final chapter of Burst, streamlining the story and changing things as necessary to better fit the Youma into the narrative.
* RivalsTeamUp: at the end of Homura's storyline in ''Versus''.
* RuleOfSexy: One of the distinguishing features of the franchise being clothing damage when enough attacks have landed. One of the other distinguishing features of the franchise is the fact that almost everyone has large breasts, even if/when it makes little sense.
* SchoolFestival: In ''Shinovi Versus''. For shinobi schools though, a school festival is more akin to a fierce martial arts tournament [[SeriousBusiness where the loser's school is burned to the ground]].
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Warning, FoeYay galore (see YMMV): in ''Senran Kagura'', rivality tends to lead to the creation of very strong emotional bonds-- ''and maybe more than this''. Those girls are strong, and yet they live in a world different from the average people, it's no great wonder that they bond with each others intensely.
* SecretIdentity: In ''Shinovi Versus'', Hanzo must have been delighted [[spoiler:to play the role of a teacher for the girls-only school of Gessen; he was asked to do it by his friend/rival Kurokage feeling remorseful to have forced his beliefs about a pure and good shinobi world where evil has been extinguished on Yumi's group and want them to find their own way.]]
** [[DirtyOldMan So delighted indeed]] that his pseudonym was a wordplay on [[GagBoobs 'oppai']]. Never change, Hanzo.
* ShoutOut: Murakumo's manga is about a muscular shinobi warrior in a post-apocalyptic future saving people from the clutches of evil ninja thieves. Hmmm....When you think about it, it sound suspiciously similar to a certain FistOfTheNorthStar.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Despite the dark worldview, Senran Kagura tends to fall toward the idealist side, with ThePowerOfFriendship and all the characters being {{Badass}} having prevented any major death so far.
** Initially Asuka is TheIdealist, Homura TheCynic. One of the the points of the first two games is to see their beliefs (and the two characters) drawing closer.
* SkinshipGrope: Dur. You don't see anything, but it happens between Yomi and Mirai early on. Not to mention all the times that Katsuragi invokes this on purpose.
* SpearCounterpart: As an April Fool's joke, we had ''[[http://andriasang.com/con0ga/senran_kagura_boys_edition/ Senran Kagura: Boys Edition]]''
* StoneWall: The turtle ninja in Shinovi Versus have the highest defense out of all the other mooks. Yes, even more than the ''giant bear shinobi''. Luckily, there attacks don't do that much damage.
* StormingTheCastle: The Hanzo girls' assault on Hebijo and Gessen castle.
* StupidGood: Unexpectedly, the ''evil'' shinobi of Hebijo have shades of this trope. As mentioned under Equal Opportunity Evil, they pride themselves on accepting everyone, while good shinobi only accept a select few. This even applies to people who they have reason to suspect are joining specifically to betray the school, or people who are ''explicitly'' joining to kill one of the other students.
* SuperMovePortraitAttack: Happens sometimes in New Wave when the player is about to finish off an enemy.
* TechnicolorNinjas: Very few of the characters have outfits that resemble something a ninja would actually wear, and yet they are just as effective at their craft as any standard black/dark colored garbed ninja. This is given a HandWave with the ninjas' able to seal small battlegrounds in what amounts to a pocket dimension -- depending on the translation it either takes advantage of WeirdnessCensor or is an actual, cut-off-from-Earth pocket dimension.
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: Gessen Academy has one of these in their ninja room.
* {{Tomboy}}: Katsuragi seems like one. She goes around without buttoning her shirt ''or'' wearing anything underneath.
* TrainingFromHell: The daily regiment at any NinjaSchool, but Hebijo takes it to an extreme degree, even by ninja standards.
** It helps to compensate the fact that contrary to Hanzo, few of Hebijo's students come from a family with a ninja background; the main recruitment point has much more to do with anger and revenge.
* TookALevelInBadass: Asuka, barely competent at first, grows into becoming one of the finest shinobi of her school and a worthy rival for Homura.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Haruka very blatantly enjoys being beaten to the point of having her clothing shredded. Ryōna on the other hand takes this UpToEleven.
* {{Toku}}: Yomi and Ikaruga do a semi-regular tokusatsu show for the children of the slums, complete with masked super-heroes and (ninja-powered) special effects.
** SwappedRoles: Ikaruga plays the villain.
* TransformationSequence: Ninja Turnover!
* {{Troperiffic}}: The game is seemingly intended to be a massive collection of {{Fanservice}} and {{Fetish}} tropes. A ClicheStorm is one thing, but a storm this big is... kinda hard to frown at.
* TrueCompanions: Explicitly used within each school. [[VillainousVirtues Including the "bad" ones.]] One chapter of the manga has Asuka drawing up a little family tree made of her classmates.
* UpdatedRerelease: ''Senran Kagura Burst: Crimson Girls'', which is an updated version of the first game, ''Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls''. It's biggest update is a story mode that follows the antagonists of the game, the Hebijo school girls.
* VagueAge: The English localization of ''Burst'', which lists birthday, blood type, height, and the three measurements, leaves out their age. The Japanese games, [[ValuesDissonance having different standards]], averts this.
* VideoGamePerversityPotential: As expected of a fanservice franchise. In each games' dressing rooms, you can do questionable things to any of the girls such as [[PantyShot flipping their skirts]] or [[JigglePhysics jiggling their breasts]]. However, [[WhatTheHellPlayer all of them will tell you to stop it or outright scold or reprimand you for it]] (except for [[TooKinkyToTorture Ryona]], of course).
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: The franchise puts much emphasis on the fact the girls use their ample cleavage to hide their secret ninja scroll.
* VictoryPose: After clearing each stage.
* VirtualPaperDoll: There are multiple costumes for the characters. All of them are susceptible to inevitable ClothingDamage.
** ''Shinovi Versus'' takes this trope a little farther as it will allow the player to customize the hair of the characters, put some accessories, etc.
* VisualNovel: Some parts of the story are delivered in this fashion, complete with artwork.
* VocalDissonance: Look at Shiki's face. Those sharp eyes, the BeautyMark, even her transformation showcasing a GrimReaper theme, her ninja costume which seems to be made of garterbelts only, none of this would prepare you for the voice she has - it sounds younger than most of the other characters, like that of a small child.
* WeaponOfChoice: Every character has one. See [[Characters/SenranKagura the character list]] for examples.
* WombLevel: [[spoiler:The final level of the Hebijo campaign in Burst is the inside of Yamata no Orochi. Being an EldritchAbomination, its an EldritchLocation.]]
* WorldOfActionGirls: Falls in line with the premise. Although male shinobi exist (Kiriya and Hanzo are two retired shinobi, for example), it's implied that there aren't any that are active in the schools depicted so far. ''Senran Kagura 2'' actually adds in a playable male character in the form of Ikaruga's brother, Murasame, who gets the same RuleOfSexy treatment as the girls.
* WorldOfBuxom: Almost the entire cast is busty as hell, with few exceptions. Mirai used to be the only flat-chested character, but ''Shinovi Versus'' added [[http://senrankagura.wikia.com/wiki/File:9ryoubi.jpg Ryoubi]], who's only flat when she's not in her [[http://senrankagura.wikia.com/wiki/File:Screenshot_2013-10-02-22-07-00.png shinobi form.]] ''New Wave'' [[http://senrankagura.wikia.com/wiki/File:Fccf0a53.jpg also added Muramasa]], as well as Ranmaru [[http://senrankagura.wikia.com/wiki/File:%E8%98%AD%E4%B8%B8N%E9%99%BD.jpg who's actually modestly-sized instead of being huge or flat.]]
* YouAllLookFamiliar: The models for the most of the mooks pretty much have the same skin.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Despite their appearances, the majority of the characters are below age 18, with few exceptions (Ikaruga ''is'' 18, while Daidōji is in her 20s, for example).
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