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Hanzō Academy


Asuka, I dance in the shadows for justice !

A 2nd-year student at Hanzō Academy, Asuka is the granddaughter of the famous ninja Hanzō, who also serves as the principal of the Academy. Feeling driven to live up to her grandfather's legacy, Asuka is energetic and willing to work as hard as she can, training everyday to master the Path of the Shinobi. Her primary weapons are two wakizashis, and her Ninpo are based on toads, as well as having an affinity for Earth.

Date of Birth: 8th of September
Age: 16
Blood Type: A
Height: 155 cm
Measurements: B90, W57, H85.
Hobbies: Training
Favorite Food: Grandpa's hand-made Sushi rolls.
VA: Hitomi Harada (Japanese), Felecia Angelle (English)

  • Adaptation Decay: Game!Asuka is portrayed as a hot-blooded warrior with a constant drive to improve herself. In comparaison, anime!Asuka is a klutz. She also has a fear of frogs in the anime, which she doesn't have in the games.
  • Animal Motifs: Frogs (note that the rival school consists of Snake Girls). Her ultimate ninpo in Shinovi Versus is to summon a giant frog that she can ride around on briefly.
  • D-Cup Distress: Worries that her breasts might be growing too big.
  • Dual Wielding: Uses two Kodachi.
  • Expy: Has a passing resemblance with Izumi from Queen's Blade Rebellion.
    • Hime from Yozakura Quartet is another possibility. Asuka's ninja scroll would be the Himemo, then.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • For Great Justice: Being the only character without a Dark and Troubled Past, Asuka's main reason for following the way of shinobi is to protect her friends, her family... basically everyone from the shadows. For her, there is nothing more noble than protecting this world without expecting any thanks in return.
  • Frogs and Toads
  • Friendly Enemies: With Homura.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: She seems to be Good Is Dumb at the start but shows herself to be fairly smart towards Homura.
  • The Hero: Some adaptations assign her this role. In Burst she has the most overall missions aimed at her this playing this somewhat straight.
  • Heroic Resolve: toward her rivals.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • The Idealist: Initially; it doesn't prevent her to take her fights very seriously, though.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: She looks like a younger and more bustier version of her voice actress.
  • Lightning Bruiser / Jack-of-All-Trades: She's a balanced fighter but also boosts good attack and speed and is probably the best overall character to use in combat.
    • The Jack Of All Trades part is actually a significant part of her character — she realizes that everyone else at Hanzo is better than her at something, and constantly trains to try to bridge the gap.
  • Not So Different: Homura and her both have similar upbringings, but the key difference is that Homura was kicked out of her home for defending herself. Had Asuka been in a similar situation, she likely could of ended up like Homura.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Asuka explicitely state during Hebi's arc that ever since she has receveid her name as a ninja (Asuka and all the other girls' names are code-names), she doesn't fear death anymore. Life and death are two sides of one coin, to live is to be prepared to die.
  • Scarf of Asskicking
  • Tomboyish Ponytail
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
  • Why Did It Have To Be Frogs: In the anime she is deathly afraid of frogs. Unfortunately for her, her family's summon animal is the frog.
  • Zettai Ryouiki


Ikaruga is a 3rd-year student at Hanzō Academy, as well as the Class Representative of the Hanzō girl's class. She is a talented girl, daughter of a man in a large financial conglomerate, as well as a prestigious ninja clan. She has been held in high honours she she was a young girl, and trained in the Japanese tea ceremony. She is rather skilled at Japanese cooking, however, her own experimental cooking is another matter.

Ikaruga's primary weapon is the Hiennote , a family heirloom passed down to her by her father. Her Ninpo is centered around phoenixes, and has an affinity for the Fire element because of this.

Date of Birth: 7th of July
Age: 18
Blood Type: A
Height: 168 cm
Measurements: B93, W59, H90.
Hobbies: Reading
Favorite Food: Kaiseki; Japanese tea.
VA: Asami Imai (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is the most composed member of the class.
  • Animal Motifs: The Phoenix.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's one for maintaining decency, even to her enemies. However, never insult her honor or her effort to maintain it.
  • BFS: Her Nodachi, which gives her a good long range on her attacks.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Ikaruga enjoys eating hornet larvae boiled in soy sauce. Apparently her father enjoyed them, so she had them many times in her childhood.
  • Class Representative: She's a stickler for the rules. This puts her into some clash with Yagyuu.
  • The Comically Serious: Her song?
  • Cool Big Sis: Fills this role in age and the responsible emotional-maturity that Katsuragi completely lacks.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was originally from a no-name, poor ninja family. She was adopted in a heritaged family to fill the role of the heir instead of the family's good-for-nothing son, and she's currently in dispute with her (completely insane) big brother over the inheritance of the clan.
  • Expy: She looks a bit like Saeko Busujima, except more feminine.
    • Also, her fighting style resembles like the one used by Jin Kisaragi. Also overlaps with Actor Allusion, as Jin is nicknamed "The Hero of Ikaruga" and he has a cousin (Tsubaki Yayoi) who is voiced by Asami Imai. Even she use an attack that resembles Jin's Reito and his ice attacks, except she use fire instead here.
  • Glass Cannon: Poor defense and fragile clothing, but extremely damaging with attacks that cover a wide area.
  • Hime Cut: She grows her hair longer because Katsuragi says it's nice. It was said after a violent heart-to-heart.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: While using the Hien Phoenix Dance, Ikaruga leaps into the air, grips Hien between her feet and descends down upon her target, drilling her blade into them as she slides along the ground, causing massive damage. How this is even possible is a wonder in itself.
  • Keigo
  • Lady of War
  • Lethal Chef: Averted. While the food Ikaruga makes is so hideous one of the manga has to pixelate it, it actually tastes pretty good.
  • Mini Dress Of Power
  • Ojou: Ikaruga is the descendant of a prestigious Ninja clan. Just not directly, however, Ikaruga does appear to be a distant cousin of her adoptive father.
  • Playing with Fire: Ikaruga incorporates the element of Fire into her ninpo.
    • Flaming Sword: Ikaruga absorbs her phoenix into Hien using the Superb Phoenix Flash.
    • Kill It with Fire: Outright uses the Phoenix Blaze Flash to send a literally flaming phoenix towards her opponent.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: In her ninja outfit.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Samurai: She's closer to this than ninja.
  • Team Mom: Doubly so as she's the only girl of adult age in her gumi (obviously, Katsuragi in SV doesn't count)
  • Toku: Ikaruga performs entertainment like these under the name of KP Kamen (KP standing for "Kami no ke", hair, and "Pattsun", uniformly straight cut bangs). In the localizations, it's "BC Mask", standing for "Black hair with cut straight bangs".
  • Weapon of Choice: She single-handedly uses a Nōdachi.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: After reading this far down the list you should know why: a formal and polite lady who wields a nodachi styles her hair in a hime cut.


Katsuragi is a 3rd-year student at Hanzō Academy, Katsuragi was among the first to join the Academy out of the current available girls. Hotblooded and boisterous, Katsuragi prefers to "act first and think later". A tomboy through and through, she wears nothing under her school uniform. Disregarding even these, her quirks are many and various. Katsuragi has a weakness for cute girls, and takes much delight in sexually harassing them. She loves ramen so much that she is now famous for being late to class simply to finish eating it.

Katsuragi is particularly skilled in acrobatic and weaponless combat, particularly specialising in kicks augmented by her metal boots. Her Ninpo centers around the Chinese Dragon, and she has an affinity for Wind-element techniques.

Date of Birth: 5th of November
Age: 17
Blood Type: B
Height: 165 cm
Measurements: B95, W57, H90.
Favorite Food: Ramen
VA: Yuu Kobayashi (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her ninja outfit.
  • Blow You Away: Katsuragi incorporates the element of Wind into her techniques
  • Boobs of Steel: Has the largest bosom of the Hanzou girls, and her fighting style focuses the most on raw physical strength.
  • Dance Battler: Some her moves incorporate break dancing.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She is fighting to prove herself the strongest and re-establish the lost honor of her family. The catch is that she hasn't seen them for years and they could perfectly have been dead for all this time.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Well, it's not as if Asuka put up a lot of resistance toward Katsu-nee's attentions.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning/Spin Attack: Several of Katsuragi's attacks incorporating spinning or drilling motions into them. While the most notable is the Tornado Spindle, one of the most impressive is the Dead Screw Dragon , which involves channeling an energy dragon around her body and spinning while drilling into her target.
  • Expy: A blonde-haired, hotblooded shinobi who loves ramen, is rather perverted, rarely thinks about her actions before she does it, lost both of her parents at an early age, and utilises the Wind element in their techniques? Sounds quite a lot like another hot-blooded, blonde ninja from another series.
  • Extremity Extremist: Almost all of her attacks are kick based.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Katsuragi's Strike Cannon flicks her middle fingers with enough force to create Razor Wind.
  • Golden Super Mode: While everyone has this in Burst, as the use of Life or Death mode (Frantic in localizations) gives the girls a surging golden aura, Katsuragi, with her hotblooded nature and love of fighting, as well as golden hair and green eyes, deserves her own personal mention. Why? She looks and fights like a Super Saiyan.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Hypocritical Humor: Doesn't like being groped. She also doesn't like seeing people sexually harass others, despite doing it all the time.
    Katsuragi: I'm always up for copping a good feel, but I can't stand seeing sexual harassment. I think you need an ass-kicking, self-defense style!
  • Hot-Blooded: She brings skinship to a whole new level: if someone won't open their heart to her the social way, then it's duel time.
  • Idiot Hero: Subtlety is not her forte.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons
  • In-Series Nickname: Katsu-nee (Kat in the English localization), but only by Asuka.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses "atai", of all things. It typically indicates straightforwardness (re: Cirno).
  • Kick Chick: Equips greaves by her feet.
  • Magic Skirt: Obviously not seen anywhere, but here's a variation; try a Magic Shirt. Despite it just being a normal unbuttoned shirt, it never reveals her nipples. You could swear the damn thing's glued on.
    • When it's destroyed, she has a bizarre breast-harness under it that shouldn't be able to stay on without the aid of either magic or lots of body tape.
  • Mighty Glacier: High defense and attack but a bit slow.
  • Not Quite Flight: In Shinovi Versus, Katsuragi is one of the few characters capable of limited gliding. While unexplained in anyone else, for Katsuragi, her gliding may actually stem from her Wind abilities.
  • Panty Shot: The source of almost all of them in the anime. She doesn't mind.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbian: When someone transfers to the ninja class, the first thing she looks up is the size of the newbie's boobs.
    • She outright says that she prefers flirting with girls to romance with guys.
  • Skinship Grope: Accepted as a daily occurence in Hanzo. The only one who minds is Yagyū, and only when she does it to Hibari.
  • Stripperiffic: For some reason, she rarely buttons her shirt. This has to do with the fact that Ikaruga slashed open those buttons when she first opened to her. Being unbuttoned is a symbol of relationship.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Tomboy: On second thought, she's more likely a boy born into a girl's body.
  • Underboobs: featured gloriously in episode 4 of the anime adaptation.
  • Weapon of Choice: Metal boots.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Her moves are either kickboxing, or this. Her Shinobi Barrier is a wrestling ring.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: in Shinovi Versus, she is is really torn when Yozakura refuses to yield after their fight, claiming she will continue fighting till Katsuragi kills her; the catch is Katsuragi has to win her fight to save her parents. She regains her composure when Hikage tell her she much prefers the Katsuragi who have mindless fun when fighting.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her voice is fairly deep for a girl whose supposed to be 17.
    • It actually tends to vary, her deeper voice only seems to come out when she's feeling particularly hot-blooded or shocked.


A 1st-year at Hanzō Academy, Yagyū has considerable talent for her age and schoolyear. She is a taciturn of sorts, revealing little emotion. As a shinobi, is always resolute. She immensely cares for Hibari, her fellow 1st-year, and will go to immense lengths to protect her. Yagyū notably loves squid, always carrying dried squid, her favorite food, on her person.

Her primary weapon is the bladed oilpaper umbrella she always carries on her. Her Ninpo is centered around squids, and she has an affinity for the Rain-element.

Date of Birth: 23rd of December
Age: 15
Blood Type: O
Height: 158 cm
Measurements: B85, W60, H83.
Hobbies: Sleeping
Favorite Food: Surume (Dried squid)
VA: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese), Bryn Apprill (English)

  • Always Save the Girl: Yagyū will always save Hibari, no matter how much hell she has to go through to do it.
    Yagyū: I don't mind you leaning on me. Anytime you call... I-I'll come running...
  • The Berserker: Especially if Hibari is in danger.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT, in any way, harm Hibari. Doing so is a certified death wish.
  • Catch Phrase: Anshin shiro: Hibari wa Ore ga mamoru. ("Fear not: I will protect you, Hibari.")
  • Combat Tentacles: One of her Ninja Arts is her removing her eyepatch, releasing bunch of squid tentacles from it to whip her opponents
  • Child Prodigy: She's very young and her shinobi potential is massive. And she has the attitude to match.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She used to have a little sister, who died in a car accident years ago. The deceased sister looked exactly like Hibari.
  • Declaration of Protection: Frequently, toward Hibari.
  • Eyepatch of Power
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Glass Cannon: Her defense is very low but her overall attack power is pretty good and her secret artes do a lot of damage and are perfect for fighting multiple enemies. As compared to Ikaruga, she's a bit tougher, but also a bit less damaging — but has useful projectile attacks that Ikaruga lacks.
  • Hates Being Alone: After Hibari transferred to Hebijo to get back the Super Secret Ninja Scroll, Yagyū vowed to get her back, stating she absolutely cannot be without Hibari. Yagyū is not only afraid of losing Hibari, in whom she sees her younger sister who died, but afraid of winding up alone again.
  • No Sense of Humor: She is probably the most serious one about what it means to be a ninja.
  • Ore Onna: Uses exclusively masculine Japanese vocabulary in her normal speech, up to and including the aggressive-masculine "Ore" to refer to herself; this is considered even LESS normal and acceptable than girls using the gentle-masculine form "boku" in Japanese society.
  • Parasol of Pain: Which also hides a sword, at least in anime.
  • The Quiet One: Rarely say anything to anyone, except Hibari.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Serious Business: Even card games are serious business to Yagyū if Hibari is involved.
    Yagyū: -directed at the Joker card which caused her to lose- Unforgivable. This is your fault, you damned jester...
  • The Stoic: She's naturally very quiet, which bits her badly when she actually gets badly injured at one point.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her umbrella. The trailer shows her performing Daikaruganote  with a delivery truck.


A 1st-year student at Hanzō Academy, Hibari joined at the same time as Yagyū. She comes from a long line of Shinobi, but is rather self-conscious of her own limits as compared to her ancestors. Despite good intentions, she generally ends up as an accidental troublemaker. Due to being rather weak in combat (and well aware of it), Hibari makes up for it with her wits.

With a deceptive fighting style, ever shifting in appearance, her Ninpo centers around rabbits. Hibari's elemental affinity is that of Lightning.

Date of Birth: 18th of February
Age: 15
Blood Type: B
Height: 160 cm
Measurements: B80, W55, H73.
Hobbies: Video games
Favorite Food: Any kind of sweets
VA: Yuka Iguchi (Japanese), Megan Shipman (English)

VA: VA: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese)

Kiriya is the Shinobi class instructor at Hanzō Academy. Born to a long line if shinobi, it was decided at an early age that Kiriya would follow suit. Despite having immense aptitude for the way of the Shinobi, Kiriya grew disgusted with the way that shinobi had to risk their lives with each mission, and turned to the teaching department instead.

He is a taciturn and strict teacher, but this is because of his high expectations for his students.
  • Badass: Allegedly, he was an elite shinobi in the past, and the "best of the best". Whatever skills he had besides explosive teleportation are never really shown.
  • Cool Teacher: A shinobi sensei dressed in a black suit, with white hair, whose primary method of coming and going is body flickering, Kiriya definitely qualifies.
  • Expy: After he fails to become a Magus, apparently Kariya become a master ninja instead.
    • He also seems to be quite similar to Kakashi. A white-haired ninja master, who is now a stern teacher, raised from his youth to be a ninja, his parents were even ninja as well. To top it off, he even lost someone important to him on a mission in the past, and it pretty much has affected him throughout the rest of his life.
  • Informed Ability: Despite being described as an elite, he's rarely seen doing anything in the games or the anime. And, despite being a shinobi, he seems to be rather easy to trick, having been duped by the Hebi girls at least twice, and just one clash with Suzune from Hebi left him injured in the anime. Perhaps being retired dulled his skills?
  • My Greatest Failure: He considers saving Rin during her Shinobi test (he saved her from getting shot by a doll before anyone could notice, thus allowing her to pass her test), allowing her to become a full-fledged Shinobi and leading to her dying on a mission a few months later, as the greatest failure of his life.
  • Ninja: He has been doing this for a long time.
  • Only Sane Man: When faced by his students' antics. He even glosses over Katsuragi's grope-happy tendency!
  • Retired Badass: According to Rin, Kiriya used to be an elite ninja, the best of the best. He's currently working as a shinobi sensei now, because, while missions pose the risk of death, teaching doesn't.
  • Smoke Out: At least in anime, he really likes to use smoke bombs to either enter or exit places.


  • Badass Grandpa: He may be retired, but he still is a legendary shinobi.
  • Dirty Old Man: Not really so on the Hanzo side of Burst, but definitely on the Hebijo side. In fact, he's the one responsible for the Hanzo students getting their cover blown when they all meet up for the first time at the hot springs and he quite openly peeps on them.
  • Exceptionally Tolerant: there must be darkness for light to exist. Take a fondness on Homura (for more than just seeing her in the hot springs even).
  • The Bet: incite Yumi to defy Hanzo academy. He has to be awfully confident in his grand-daughter's abilities so that nobody will die.

VA: Yuu Asakawa (Japanese)

An enigmatic senior student of Hanzo who dons a Gakuran and a dangerous aura. Her Ninpo is centered around Tigers.
  • Badass: She showcases her skills by effortlessly pushing back the five girls of Hanzo in the anime.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: She is one of few characters who lacks a weapon of sort. She only fights with the raw power of her fists with occasional kick here and there.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Boobs of Steel: Most likely. She looks really strong, and has the second-largest bust of all the girls: 100 cm. (Just 1 cm bigger than Haruka!)
  • Expy: She's basically a female Kujo Jotaro.
  • Heroic Build: She's much more muscular than any of the other girls.
    • Amusingly, her muscles also vanish when her clothes are damaged or discarded on Frantic Mode.
  • Honor Before Reason: Daidouji refuses to graduate until she's had a proper match with Rin. Rin died several years ago on a mission. Has no idea that Rin is currently the sensei of Hebi Academy.
  • Large Ham
  • Megaton Punch: Her signature move. If she catches you on the ground when her HP is in the red, she will use an unavoidable, One-Hit Kill dragon punch.
  • Mighty Glacier: She hits likes a tank and has a lot more health than anyone else, but she is also the slowest character out of the whole cast, so keeping a high hit count with her during a mission is harder to do.
  • Nice Hat: The one that looks like Kujo Jotaro's. Wearing it changes her normally-blonde hair to black, thus creating her signature look.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Her model in Burst has a dark layer of Cel Shading applied to it, something that everyone else lacks. This makes her more intimidating, but it vanishes after she takes Clothing Damage.
    • The dark layer vanishing is fitting, as upon suffering clothing damage Daidouji loses her wild, menacing black wig, revealing her much more feminine golden locks of hair, making her look overall less intimidating.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Her Aerial Ninpo has her unleash one of these, with almost full screen range.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • The Rival: To the extreme, with Rin a.k.a. Suzune. She refuses to graduate until she has a proper match with Rin. Keep in mind that Rin is declared KIA.
  • Sarashi: What she wears under her jacket.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • Unflinching Walk: Daidōji is the only character who has this as her default speed. The only time she ever runs is when dashing.

Hebi Secret All-Girl School


2nd-year student. Leader of the Hebi Girls, and has a fierce rivalry with Asuka.

In addition to six Katana which she wields at the same time, she carries a Nōdachi on her back.

Date of Birth: 3rd of January
Age: 16
Blood Type: [Unknown]
Height: 163 cm
Measurements: B87, W57, H85.
Hobby: Fighting
Favorite Food: Japanese food.
VA: Eri Kitamura (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

  • Ambiguously Brown: Subverted. In-game art and dialogue reveal that she's tanned.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes, of course (bonus points for Asuka the Frog, above). More specifically the Japanese Rat Snake.
  • Blood Knight: Homura has stated in the first game that she fights to feel alive. After she got disowned by her parents, she felt she lacked a purpose in life. Fighting allows her to truly feel alive.
    Homura: When the people I loved most cast me aside, my heart stopped beating. But when I am in the middle of a fight, I realize that I can still feel alive. Yes. If I'm not fighting as a shinobi, I'm no better than a corpse.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was banished from her family due to her killing an evil ninja who attacked her when she was still a middle-school student. She did it as a self-defense, but they shut her out anyway.
  • Expy: Of Sengoku Basara version of Date Masamune.
  • Foil: To Asuka.
  • Gratuitous French: Only in the localization, Homura uses the term "joie de vivre", literally "exhilaration".
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Idiot Hair
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Rather brutally Deconstructed. Her defending herself and killing the man who was going to kill her results in her being thrown out and loses the chance to become a Light Shinobi and while she defended herself, it's shown she herself does not exactly justify it.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Why yes, they are so good that she wields six of them. She carries a seventh katana, which she doesn't normally use unless she becomes Crimson Homura, in which case she primary uses it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Quite fast and inflicts a lot of damage with her 6 katanas.
  • The Leader: It seems that the Hebi girls naturally respect her.
  • Multi Wielding: She wields six Katana simultaneously.
  • Pet the Dog: Homura reveals she wears frilly pink pajamas, so that Mirai will feel less insecure about her bear-print panties, in addition to telling her that, at Hebijo, seniority doesn't matter, they are all comrades.
  • The Rival: To Asuka. A bit (or a lot, depending on who you ask) of Foe Yay/Ho Yay is there.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: Unlike her teammates, she doesn't have a special outfit. The only difference is that it has wrist guards.
  • Super Mode: Crimson Homura. It turns her into Shana!
  • Tan Lines: Homura has a set defined by her Sarashi, of all things, which means the only time they're visible is when she's wearing something skimpier, such as a bikini.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail
  • Weapon of Choice: Six Katana, and she holds them like Wolverine Claws (i.e., like Ciel). During Crimson Homura mode, she wields only one katana.


2nd-year student. Despite the pleasant demeanor, she's pretty aggressive and unpredictable inside.

Date of Birth: 10th of February
Age: 16
Blood Type: B
Height: 160 cm
Measurements: B95, W58, H90.
Hobby: Sewing
Favorite Food: Bean sprouts.
VA: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Trina Nishimura (English)

  • Absolute Cleavage
  • Automatic Crossbow: One of her Hand Cannons is actually a crossbow.
  • BFS: Has a gigantic Claymore, which is both thick AND long, and she can extend it even further in one of her ninpos.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's very polite, sweet and always sports a pleasant smile. But, it masks her aggressive and sadistic side.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Due to having grown up in poverty, Yomi has bizarre tastes in foods that she's had to eat to make ends meet, such as cabbage cores, hornet larvae boiled in soy sauce, but even she turns her nose up at earthworms.
  • Blondes are Evil
  • Cute and Psycho
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She grew up in the slums and her parents died of malnutrition while still caring for her. This caused her bitterness and hatred towards prosperous people like Ikaruga.
  • Giggling Villain: When she does, it's darn cute or plain creepy.
  • Glass Cannon: Like Ikaruga, but slower. She compensates with her projectiles and explosives.
  • Hand Cannon: Her other weapon.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Yomi believes people with money shouldn't be allowed to have good hearts, purely because, as a child, she never met anyone with money who cared about helping the poor like her and her family. She flies into a rage at Ikaruga, who is rather rich, but also takes time out of her day to help the poor after her last encounter with Yomi, which causes her to rethink herself.
  • Keigo: Always uphold politeness, even when she's delivering beatdown to someone while telling them how much they suck.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery
  • Meido: Her outfit looks like one.
  • Nice Hat
  • Onee-sama: Yomi convinces Mirai to call her "Onee-sama" (Sis in the localizations) because she's always wanted to be one.
  • Pet the Dog: To Mirai, when Yomi reveals she wears a stomach band to sleep, to help her over her insecurity with her bear panties.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: It's a gown, and it doesn't look like a combat gear or for that matter practical. When you've been stuck in poverty and you suddenly have the power to make clothing out of thin air, you would pimp that out too.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Small Girl, Big Sword
  • The Rival: She's determined to defeat Ikaruga, who (to her) is the face of the upper class.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Everyone in the series has one, but hers is worth mentioning: if something doesn't have bean sprouts in it, she simply doesn't like it. She always talks about bean sprouts, even in battle!
  • Tsundere: Type-B
  • Weapon of Choice: A BFS. Between that and her Western clothing, she'd feel right at home in either a (deranged) European Fairy Tale or a JRPG.


3rd-year student. She's strong, but doesn't have much motivation to do anything. As such, she keeps avoiding Katsuragi's challenges.

Date of Birth: 9th of September
Age: 17
Blood Type: [Unknown]
Height: 160 cm
Measurements: B85, W57, H85.
Hobby: Nothing
Favorite Food: Nothing.
VA: Ryōko Shiraishi (Japanese), Kara Edwards (English)

  • Adaptational Villainy: The anime paints her in a worse light than in the games, where she is more prone of sporting a Slasher Smile and being bit more sadistic. In Haruka's brief explanation of the rest of her team, she claims she is a Child Soldier, where as in games, she was an emotionless orphan who grew with a street gang.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes, and she even as a Cobra as her ninja animal.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She has everything it takes to be a shinobi, especially the drive to kill. She just don't feel like going the whole nine yards.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She grew up on the streets, and was adopted by a female gang leader named Hinata who was killed in a fight some times afterward. Her signature knife is a Tragic Keepsake of her mentor.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In Shinovi Versus. Katsuragi is astonished when Hikage jokes about groping Katsuragi as a reward for helping with her training.
  • Dual Wielding
  • Emotionless Girl: Hikage is a very strange example of the trope. She claims to have no emotions, and is unable to feel anything. Yet numerous points in the series show that she is very much capable of emotion, she just appears to be unaware of it. As a child, when her mentor Hinata, the closest thing she'd had to a parent, was killed, and Hikage found her body, she broke down crying. A similar situation happened in Burst, when she thought Mirai had been killed, Hikage began to cry as well.
  • Expy: She looks a lot like Yuuka Kazami, even sharing some aspects of her personality. In fact, there's a lot of fan-art of both Yuuka and Hikage sharing their clothes or being together.
  • Flechette Storm: her Aerial Ninpo has her summon a snake-like construct made of knives that she flings at the target.
  • Fragile Speedster: To contrast with Katsuragi, she is very fast. However her Health is average.
  • Hellish Pupils: Snake-like, and they are disturbing to look at.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Hikage refers to the couch the player uses to change characters as the "casting couch"...before realising that means something totally different.
  • Kansai Regional Dialect: Courtesy of her voice actress.
  • Knife Nut: She's very good with her knife, and relish the chance to use it.
  • Licking the Blade: Signature pose, using her signature knife.
  • Obviously Evil: You don't want to be near her. On the other hand, she's actually not living up to her psycho appearance.
  • Snakes Are Sexy
  • Street Urchin: After she ran away from the orphanage she grew up in, Hikage was pretty much a Street Urchin until she became a member of Hinata's gang.
    • Satisfied Street Rat: Being with Hinata made Hikage feel content in a strange way, the woman treated her differently, and Hikage "followed her around like a puppy" in her own words.
  • Stripperiffic
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes
  • Tragic Keepsake: The combat knife Hikage wields used to belong to Hinata, the leader of her gang and the closest thing Hikage had to a parent. Hikage took the knife with her after finding Hinata dead in a back alley, slashed to ribbons, feeling as if the knife held the woman's soul.
  • The Rival: Initially she holds the Nothing Personal principle, but after trading enough blows with Katsuragi, she feels that she's in some way aroused by her.
  • When She Smiles: She often has sadistic smirk, but when she's genuinely flustered, she is cute!
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: A green-haired psycho? Is she Yuuka Kazami?


A 1st-year student and Gothic Lolita, who looks a bit younger than she actually is. She has a fixation on Yagyū, who was her very first opponent in combat.

Date of Birth: 28th of December
Age: 15
Blood Type: [Unknown]
Height: 150 cm
Measurements: B62, W48, H59.
Hobby: Internet
Favorite Food: Nabemono.
VA: Saori Goto (Japanese), Lara Woodhull (English)

  • A-Cup Angst: Downplayed, but it's there. The fans often joke that it's the #1 reason that she's constantly bullied.
  • Antagonistic Counterpart: A mirror-match in a number of ways to Yagyū: same schoolyear in different schools, eyepatches of different designs and materialsnote  in opposite positions, different types of umbrellas, hair color, etc.
  • Attention Whore: Not to an extreme, but doesn't like being ignored.
  • BFG: Valkyrie sure counts. It's bigger than she is!
  • Butt Monkey: She's about as weak as Hibari when it comes to being a ninja, but she acts big and considers Yagyuu her rival. Yagyuu is a Child Prodigy. Yagyuu also tends to ignore Mirai when she appears, being more focused on something else, much of her annoyance.
    • Lethal Joke Character: In-game only, a pure ranged fighter with the ability to counter attacks just when you think it is safe to attack her at melee range? She is this in spades.
  • Cute Little Fangs: To match cat ears and tail on her costume.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She used to be bullied in her old school, causing her to have a sort of inferiority complex.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her eyepatch looks like the Solid Eye with a Mitsudomoe symbol.
    • She pulls out a massive gun from under her skirt! That's asking Freud for a field day.
      • Pulling the gun on frantic mode reveals than is set on a base which goes under her crotch though.
  • Eyepatch of Power: The opposite eye from Yagyuu's.
  • Gothic Lolita: She even has the mentality to match.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Mirai wears very cute, bear-print panties. Haruka finds this hilarious.
  • Hammerspace: Where DOES she store her anti-tank rifle Valkyrie, anyway?
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She takes the bullet for Homura when Yagyu tries to shoot her in the first game.
  • Hime Cut: Long black hair. Due to being petite, it reaches beyond her hips.
  • Kemonomimi: Her hat has cat ears and also has a cat tail on her costume.
  • More Dakka: Her umbrella has machine-gun in it.
    • Her Ninja Arts bring more and more dakka as they come. In Burst, it starts with an anti-tank rifle, goes to multiple gatling guns beneath her skirt and ends with combining the firepower from Valkyrie and her umbrella. It follows similar suit in Versus, expect that her final Ninja Art is her pulling out a giant cannon on wheels with multiple guns on its side!
  • Older Than She Looks: This Elegant Gothic Lolita looks 12 years old, but actually is the same age as Yagyuu.
  • Parasol of Pain: With a machine-gun attachment no less.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Whatever gun comes from her skirt, its probably at very least her size.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Possibly.
  • Weapon of Choice: Considering the many common points with Yagyū, it's probably her umbrella. Also, her Victoria's Secret Compartment hides a BFG.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Holds a BFG and a frickin' miniature jet plane.


3rd-year student. A sadistic Ojou, Haruka likes to pick on weaker people. Perhaps that explains why she seems to have her eyes on Hibari.

Date of Birth: 20th of July
Age: 18
Blood Type: [Unknown]
Height: 169 cm
Measurements: B99, W55, H88.
Hobby: Making dolls
Favorite Food: Kombu strips.
VA: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Teri Rogers (English)

  • Animal Motifs: The Japanese keelback.
  • Boobs of Steel: She is a top-tier ninja possessing rare skill, and her boobs are significantly greater than the rest of the castnote  (which is saying something).
  • Coat Cape: She wears her labcoat this way.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Is mentally twisted due to her having been nothing more than her mother's doll.
  • Difficult but Awesome: Like Hibari she's sort of strange to get the hang of at first, but eventually becomes very strong.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She genuinely wants to be friends with Hibari. Although in her case, it's not clear whether she means it in the traditional sense, looking for a lesbian pet rabbit or even both.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Marionette Master: Her control over dolls is such that she can coordinate them to give enough challenge to the Hanzo girls. And then she attempts to control Hibari. And it works!
  • Mighty Glacier: Has the highest HP of the Hebijo girls, and though her normal attacks are very short ranged, they do a lot of damage. Her Ninpos are also very strong. Aside from the basic Ground one.
  • Ojou: You certainly wouldn't have guessed from looking at her. On the other hand, she doesn't like being an Ojou, she craves independence.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Seems to be an expert in both chemicals and robotics. Perhaps genetic engineering too, taking the... things in the test tubes in the opening of Burst into account.
  • Pet the Dog: In her own... strange way, after laughing at Mirai's bear-print panties, Haruka gives her a negligee to help her over her insecurities.
  • Robot Buddy: Ever since Versus, Haruka has a small battle robot hidden in her lab coat. It has piston punches, claws, chainsaws, flamethrowers and a notable AI, considering it's capable of fawning over Haruka.
  • Sexy Sadist: She's a total sadist and enjoys making sexy-fun of Hibari. One can suspect that there is a rape scene missing in episode 9.
  • Stripperiffic: Again, her outfit is the most scanty one out of the 9 girls. No, Katsuragi doesn't count; that girl wasn't trying to wear much to begin with.
  • Weapon of Choice: Chemicals, carried around in glass tubes.


A major investor of Hebijo Academy.
  • Big Bad: For Crimson Girls and possibly Skirting Shadows. In the Hebijo storyline he is explicitly the one responsible for summoning Orochi and assimilating the Hebijo girls to do so, and can be chalked up to being responsible behind Orochi's appearance in the Hanzo storyline as well.
  • Cutscene Boss: In the Hebijo storyline he is effortlessly cut in half by Homura during the visual novel section.
  • Heroic Build: His appearance in the games is never shown, but according to game text he's apparently a tall man with a sculpted physique.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Is quickly killed by Homura in the Hebijo storyline as he was raving on about how he was going to use Orochi for his own intentions
  • Mysterious Backer: His motives are a mystery even to the Hebijo school officials.

VA Suzuko Mimori (Japanese)

The sensei of Hebi Academy. Very sexy but cool-headed, her skills as a shinobi are on the highest level. She is very no-nonsense with students. On the other hand, she has no patience for training she regards as reckless, and always looks after her students' safety. For this reason she is considered trustworthy. Hebijo teachers usually deal in sending info and mission briefings to students. Rarely do they conduct actual lessons.

Details on why she came to Hebiji are unknown, but she helps the school stand out, leaving only a few to question her.
  • Badass: A rival of Daidouji makes her automatically this.
  • Face-Heel Turn: She used to attend Hanzou Academy, where she was known as Rin. Like Asuka, she wanted to be a "super ninja" spreading love and peace around the world, and her master, Kiriya, wanted her to succeed. However, on her graduation day, she nearly died from a puppet shooting her, only to be saved from disgrace by Kiriya's intervention. This indulgence on his part backfired after she was declared a shinobi, when she was killed on a dangerous mission... or so the reports said. What really happened was that Hebijou saved her, and she switched her alliance to their cause to follow her own Path of the Shinobi.
  • Hot Teacher
  • Lightning Bruiser: Once playable, she is very fast, can take a bit of punishment (even in Frantic Mode), and has very damaging attacks and arts.
  • Meganekko
  • The Rival: Rin and Daidouji were rival schoolgirls.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Weapon of Choice: Two weird looking blades on a large ring what unfold into a Fuuma Shuriken

Date of Birth: 15th of August
Age: 21
Blood Type: B
Height: 169 cm
Measurements: B90, W56, H87.
Hobbies: Bathing
Favorite Food: Oyakodon

Date of Birth: 9th of June
Age: 21
Blood Type: AB
Height: 157 cm
Measurements: B88, W60, H82.
Hobbies: Study
Favorite Food: Inari-zushi

Date of Birth: 26th of October
Age: 16
Blood Type: A
Height: 161 cm
Measurements: B105, W59, H88.
Hobbies: Playing with Bebetan
Favorite Food: Onigiri

Date of Birth: 19th of January
Age: 16
Blood Type: O
Height: 160 cm
Measurements: B98, W56, H88.
Hobbies: Shopping
Favorite Food: Chikuwa

  • Big Breast Pride: Loves to show off her breasts, which are an impressive 98 cm, making her one of the more bustier girls.
  • Cat Smile: Her default expression.
  • Combat Sado Masochist
  • Dance Battler
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Shared with Ryoubi. They transferred to Hebijo to exact revenge on Miyabi, who they think was responsible for the death of their big sister, a Gessen teacher, during her mission to kill Miyabi in order stop her from using her power which was feeding youmas. It was the mission which left Miyabi comatose for years, and during which Rin/Suzune was presumably killed (she was recruited by Miyabi's father).
  • Guns Akimbo
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She happily jiggles her assets in her win animation.

Date of Birth: 19th of January
Age: 16
Blood Type: O
Height: 160 cm
Measurements: B69, W56, H90.
Hobbies: Shooting at things
Favorite Food: Lollipops

Death Cram School

Related to all Death Cram School characters:

Date of Birth: 31st of December
Age: 18
Blood Type: A
Height: 167 cm
Measurements: B92, W56, H84.
Hobby: Calligraphy
Favorite Food: red beans shaved ice.

  • An Ice Person: can generate ultra-sharp ice blades with her powers, and her attacks are able to inflict a 'Frozen' status on her ennemies.
  • Combat Hand Fan
  • Dance Battler: She uses a variation of the Noh Mai classic dancing style to fight.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Explicitly asked Asuka to be her friend, if both of them survive their fight.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen‎: While pursuing the signification of Justice during arcade mode, she reaches the conclusion than Justice is Cuteness and decides to dress-up as a Magical Girl‎ (Puri!). Her transformation triggers an Heroic BSOD from her fellow Gessen comrades.
  • Expy: Of Shiki Ryougi.
  • Honor Before Reason: as the grand-daughter of Kurokage.
  • I Can Still Fight‎: it takes an intervention from Kurokage to prevent Yumi and Asuka to kill each other.
  • Ice Queen: Literally, as she is based on the Ice queen from classic japanese folk tales.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her kimono.
  • Lady of War
  • Mama Bear: as their leader, she feels really protective of her Gessen comrades. To the point of angering Yozakura for criticizing her gloves.
  • The Rival: Yumi believes Asuka is no longer fit to become a good ninja for allowing Homura to live.
  • Silly Reason for War: By the end of the game, she knows the reasons behind her personal vendetta against Asuka are shallows, but as a shinobi she has to fight to the end.
  • Winter Royal Lady

Date of Birth: 5th of April
Age: 16
Blood Type: O
Height: 159 cm
Measurements: B90, W53, H82.
Hobby: Cleaning
Favorite Food: Rice crackers.

Date of Birth: 25th of March
Age: 15
Blood Type: AB
Height: 161 cm
Measurements: B95, W54, H83.
Hobby: Wandering late at night
Favorite Food: tomato juice.

  • Badass Bookworm: Shiki has an obsession towards the Heart Sutra. She also insists on reading Mirai's novel after defeating her, and spares her life so she can finish writing it.
  • Beauty Mark: On the bottom right side of her lips
  • Cute Witch/Hot Witch: One half of her Shinobi outfit's theme.
  • Grim Reaper: The other half of her outfit's theme.
  • Poisonous Person: She can inflict a 'Poison' status with her attacks.
  • The Social Expert
  • Sinister Scythe
  • Nice Hat
  • Playful Hacker: The IT-savy girl for the Gessen team. Gets owned by Mirai in her arcade mission, thought.
  • Smarter Than You Look: More serious than what her looks (a fashion-obsessed girl who loves to play with her friends) may suggest.
  • Sexy Whatever Outfit: Her outfit is basically a Stripperific version of a Witch Outfit mixed in with Grim Reaper themes.
  • Valley Girl: Of the Kogal kind. She is an outgoing and casual girl who is fashionable, wears more makeup than most of the other girls and can be seen chatting on her cellphone quite a bit, so she qualifies. Unlike most examples however she is not dumb. Look at Smarter Than You Look.
  • Vapor Wear: Her turnover outfit seems to be made of her bats, completely going nude to summon them all to attack for her in her Ultimate Ninpo. Just like Morrigan Aensland.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Look at Shiki's face. Those sharp eyes, the Beauty Mark, even her transformation showcasing a Grim Reaper 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 like that of a small child.

Date of Birth: 8th of October
Age: 18
Blood Type: B
Height: 172 cm
Measurements: B96, W58, H85.
Hobby: Drawing manga.
Favorite Food: Rice cake.

  • Attack Animal: She uses a pair of wolf summons in combat. Whether they count as Noble Wolves or Savage Wolves probably depends on where you stand with relation to Murakumo herself.
  • Beneath the Mask: Pun very much intended. The rude, abusive girl who wears the mask is actually a ridiculously shy moeblob underneath.
  • For SCIENCE: She tries to get Shiki's support to practice and get some inspiration for the romance bits of her newest manga. Shiki flies for her life.
  • Iconic Item: Her Hannya masknote , which serves as something of an emotional crutch (see Split Personality below). In the New Wave card game, she has an alternate tiger mask that she sometimes carries.
  • Knife Nut: Carries a large butcher's cleaver into battle, which she treats as though it were An Axe to Grind.
  • Motor Mouth: A symptom of anxiety that arises when she doesn't have her mask.
  • Shrinking Violet: So absolutely, desperately shy that, if she can't have her mask, she'll hide her head with a trash bag.
  • Split Personality: Rude and bloodthirsty when she has her mask on; puts Hibari to shame on the moeblob race without.
  • Short-Range Long-Range Weapon: By Ryobi, on New Hebijo storyline.

Date of Birth: 14th of February
Age: 15
Blood Type: AB
Height: 144 cm
Measurements: B86, W50, H75.
Hobby: napping.
Favorite Food: strawberry cake.

  • Improvised Weapon: Fights with an Hamtaro-themed bucket, and candies.
  • One of the Kids
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's even shorter than Mirai, though she has more well developed body like the rest of the girls. Her bust being even bigger than Hibari's. You can say that she's an Oppai loli.

  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hell-bent on annihilating‎ all evil ninja after losing his family; begin to re-examine his beliefs toward the end of his life when thinking about what kind of legacy he want to leave to his adopted girls.
  • Parental Substitute: To the five Gessen girls.
  • The Rival: Philosophically, to Hanzo.

Other Characters


Ikaruga's elder brother. He's jealous of his sister's talent, often taking an antagonistic role towards her, despite her many attempts to build a more stable relationship between them. Because of his jealousy, he wants to prove himself to both her and their family.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: He was first seen on the anime where in line to his status as antagonist, he has a positively deranged aspect. Contrast it with his official render for Deep Crimson where he's a player character and looks really handsome.
  • Harmless Villain: He greatly dislikes Ikaruga for being their family's inheritor of the blade Hien and wants to take it back from her by force, but he's too laughably weak to do anything to her. However Ikaruga still feels conflicted about the situation as she simply just wants to get along with him. She even refers to him as Onii-sama.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Word of God stated that Murasame gets the same sexy treatment that the girls get. He even mentions perusing certain material in order to get the form right for Murasame's fanservice scenes.
  • Promoted to Playable: Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson marks his first playable appearance, as well as the first male to be playable in the series.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: He uses a Kusarigama with some skill.
  • The Unfavorite: His family thinks he's good for nothing and not capable of inheriting their heirloom katana Hien. Which was why they adopted Ikaruga who was far more talented, to inherit the blade and succeed the family as a strong shinobi. He is not pleased with this, and tries to take Hien from Ikaruga, believing he is the rightful inheritor of it. Though his efforts are always futile.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He wears an open coat.


A male student that attends the normal side of Hanzo Academy. He's on a Baseball team and has a crush on Asuka.
  • Love Confession: To Asuka.
  • Muggles: Is an ordinary highschool boy who is unaware of the fact that Asuka is a Shinobi.
  • Red Herring: It seemed like Asuka was genuinely interested in him, but in the end she ultimately decided to avoid him completely so that she could focus on becoming a shinobi.

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