The characters in the Senran Kagura franchise who debuted on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 titles: Shinovi Versus, Estival Versus and Peach Beach Splash. To see the characters that have debuted in the other games and media, see here.
Gessen Girls School
The shinobi students of the Gessen Girls Academy pride themselves on strict discipline and purity of spirit. Their five Elites are all adopted children of the infamous shinobi Kurokage, who fought to purge all evil from the world. Devoted to his dream, these five noble souls wield their light to burn away darkness by any means necessary.
Related to all Gessen School shinobi:
- Alternate Character Reading: "Shijiku" is a combination of "death" (死) and "tutoring" (塾), making it the "Death Cram" school. Put the two together and it sounds like "Private School" (私塾, also "Shijuku").
- Badass Crew: Like all of the franchise's shinobi teams, theirs is an Elite squad of ninja.
- Catchphrase: "Sink into the dreams of sleeping souls!"
- Dark and Troubled Past: All of them were adopted by Kurokage after their shinobi parents were killed by evil shinobi; hence their unforgiving attitude toward the bad faction, and their initial Knight Templar hostility toward Hanzo for their friendship with Homura's group.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: Though Kurokage tried to raise them well, the girls never seemed to understand that he was trying to explain that his past worldview was wrong, and decided to take it upon themselves to fulfill his abandoned dream.
- Family of Choice: The girls didn't get along at first, but now they're a seamless team.
- Happily Adopted: Everyone who isn't Yumi, his biological granddaughter. Kurokage really cares about his adopted daughters, and they love him back.
- Hero Antagonist: They're good shinobi, just like the Hanzo team. However, they're also their first enemies in Shinovi Versus due to their new ties with Homura's team, since despite them going renegade as the Crimson Squad, they still classify themselves as evil shinobi, which Gessen vehemently despises.
- Knight Templar: Due to their Dark And Troubled Pasts, they believe all evil shinobi must be destroyed and that any good shinobi who get along with them lose their right to be called "good". This leads to them wanting to have a world with no evil shinobi, their adopted parent's, Kurokage, dream. At least until they actually see in their storyline that not all evil shinobi are downright evil causing them to rethink themselves.
- Orchestral Bombing: In Shinovi Versus, all of the girls' themes are this. Which makes sense because each of the girls' themes are arrangements of famous classical music.
- 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. Interestingly, "Shiki" literally means "Four Seasons".
- Minori: The Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a, by Tchaikovsky (Specifically, "Russian Dance"). You know, because she likes sweets?
- Snow conceals everything. Anger, sorrow, pleasure, joy...
A third year and the leader at Gessen Academy. She's the granddaughter of Kurokage, the rival of the legendary ninja Hanzo. As the "snow" in her name would suggest, she has a cool personality.
Her parents encountered a ninja and were quickly disposed of. Along with the other girls at Gessen Academy, she was raised by Kurokage.
For the purpose of challenging Asuka, the granddaughter of Hanzo who is her grandfather's rival, she takes part in Hanzo's "school festival".
Utilizing the movements of her skill in Japanese dancing, she attacks using ice techniques.
- An Ice Person: Can generate ultra-sharp ice blades with her powers, and her attacks are able to inflict a 'Frozen' status on her enemies.
- Animal Motifs: Her ninja animal is the spider.
- Baby Talk: Thanks to the whole "cuteness is justice" persona.To thee who's da cuteth one of all! Wet's have a faiw fight! translation
- Beauty Equals Goodness: A variation. Asked to define exactly what she means by "justice", she eventually concludes that cuteness is justice, on the basis that every cute person she's met has also been good. Therefore, she actively tries to make herself cuter.
- Breakout Character: Far and away the most popular new character from Shinovi, she effectively became the most popular character in the series. She topped all official popularity polls that allowed characters beyond the original cast (Hanzo Academy and Homura Squad) to participate, so much so that Marvelous Entertainment decided to alter their original plan and made her ending the canon ending rather than the Crimson Squad's.
- Combat Hand Fan: Her signature weapon.
- Dance Battler: She uses a variation of the Noh Mai classic dancing style to fight. Talking to her also reveals she actually takes dance classes.
- The Danza: Shares the name with her voice actress Yumi Hara, albeit with different kanji.
- D-Cup Distress: She actually wishes that her boobs were smaller so that she can properly wear her kimono.
- 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 a Heroic BSoD from her fellow Gessen comrades.
- She also loses her Knight Templar attitude after seeing how Imu was ready to risk her life to save an injured Miyabi after Yumi defeated her and then trading blows with Homura who said that she views Asuka as a rival and how they push each other. This all leads to her accepting Asuka and the two of them becoming friends to point where Yumi teases Asuka on her relationship with Homura.
- Expy: Of Shiki Ryougi.
- Guest Fighter: In BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle representing Estival Versus.
- Honor Before Reason: As the grand-daughter of Kurokage.
- I Can Still Fight!: It takes an intervention from Kurokage to prevent Yumi and Asuka from killing each other.
- Ice Queen: Literally, as she is based on the Ice queen from classic Japanese folk tales.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Is one of the series' most popular, if not the most popular, characters and generally gets a lot of focus in the games, yet debuted in the third game in the series.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Indeed, and quite appropriate considering her powers.
- Image Song: Pretty Prisoner in Bon Appétit.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her kimono, which is far too small for her to wear it properly. Justified, in that kimonos are traditionally made for women with smaller busts. The reason she wears that particular one is because it was given to her by Kurokage. See D-Cup Distress above.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lampshaded by Shiki in that she can be a little harsh sometimes, but deeply cares for her team.
- Kimono Fanservice: The main reason she can't wear her kimono on her shoulders is because of her big breasts preventing her from wearing it properly. So she likely doesn't intend the Fanservice part of this trope.
- Lady of War: Fights with the utmost grace, is very calm and collected, knows housework and agriculture, and is very dignified.
- The Leader: Of Gessen Academy's Elite Shinobi.
- Limit Break:
- Black Ice
- Ice Pillar Fan
- White Widow (Shinovi Versus)
- Ice King (Estival Versus)
- Mama Bear: As their leader, she feels really protective of her Gessen comrades. To the point of angering Yozakura for criticizing her gloves.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Only in the Shinovi Versus intro movie as even the animators didn't realize she's actually wearing thighhighs as mentioned above.
- The Rival: Yumi believes Asuka is no longer fit to become a good ninja for allowing Homura to live.
- Schrödinger's Gun: Her reasoning for challenging Hanzo varies depending on the route. in the Hanzo route, Hanzo is simply the first school Yumi challenges in her quest to forcibly unite the schools under Gessen. In the Gessen route, however, Yumi challenges Hanzo due to a personal vendetta against Asuka for "disgracing" what she believes it means to be a Good Shinobi by sparing Homura in Burst.
- Shipper on Deck: Seeing how determined Homura is to help Asuka, she asks if the two are lovers. Homura (very loudly) says they aren't, but it doesn't stop her from teasing Asuka about it (who doesn't seem to mind so much).
- Silly Reason for War: By the end of Hanzo Academy's storyline in Shinovi Versus, she knows the reasons behind her personal vendetta against Asuka are shallow, but as a shinobi she has to fight to the end. Kurokage had to step in to prevent her and Asuka from killing each other.
- Stone Wall: She has the lowest offense of the other team leaders, but she manages to compensate for it with her high defense.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks really similar to her grandmother Yume.
- Super Mode: She gains one in Estival Versus, replacing the summon of her giant spider as her ultimate Ninpo, as well as gaining an ice blade.
- To Be Lawful or Good: The question that drives her Character Development in her DLC story in Burst Re:Newal as she seeks to determine what "Pure righteousness" really means and comes to the conclusion that it means helping those in need, even if they're labeled as "evil."
- Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, whenever she tries to speak cutesy, she ends her sentences with "puri".
- Winter Royal Lady: Gives off a Japanese version of this trope in her clothes and powers.
- Wolverine Publicity: Is on the cover and promotional shots of every game released since Shinovi Versus. This does not get unnoticed by Asuka to the extent that she's repeatedly Breaking the Fourth Wall in order to reassert herself as the main character.
- Don't worry. You...You don't have to be nice. I kn-kn-know how I look, all right? I get it!
A third year at Gessen Girls Academy & daughter of the Tairo Corporation CEO. Due to her shy personality, she wears a mask to hide her face. With the mask on, however, she becomes very bloodthirsty. In the event where she isn't wearing her mask, because of her introverted personality and shy nature, she gets very nervous and speaks extremely fast. She will use anything to hide her face (even garbage bags).
Her weapons are a spear and large cleaver. Swinging the cleaver downwards very quickly results in an extremely heavy blow. She also has the ability to summon her pet wolf, Daigoro, along with other wolves, in her ninja arts.
- Animal Motifs: The wolf. All of her Limit Breaks has her summon wolves to attack in her stead or alongside her.
- The Artifact: The Hannya mask, representing the evil spirits that used to be jealous women, lost a bit of its impact since Murakumo's resentment of Ikaruga was resolved after Shinovi Versus. Most of Murakumo's artwork now has her without the mask on, showing that she's more comfortable with people seeing her face.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: If you manage to unmask her but she then re-masks herself, she will immediately take revenge on you for doing that.
- BFS: Her gigantic blood-stained cleaver.
- Character Development: In New Wave, Murakumo's newer card art has been showing her going without her mask more and more frequently without signs of panicking or getting nervous. In the Versus series, however, you can probably expect her to stay cagey.
- Dash Attack / Videogame Dashing: Her dash has less cooldown frames than most other characters in the game, letting the player mash the dash button to let her burst through an area rapidly.
- Defeat by Modesty: Overlaps with Don't Look At Me. Defeating her always results in her mask being knocked off. At which point, she then lacks any willpower to continue fighting and instead proceeds to hide her face and run away. The most prominent example is when she was about to finish off Asuka in the Hanzo Story in Shinovi Versus, only for Ikaruga to come to her rescue by swiping her mask off. The resulting reaction was expected.
- Don't Look At Me: She'll usually tell people to do this if her mask is off.
- Family Honor: The reason why she was adopted second time was because the head of Tairo Corporation did not have worthy heirs (Murakumo is just a distant relative) and adopted her because he saw Houo Organization do the same with Ikaruga. She didn't take it that well and hated Ikaruga for this.
- Fatal Flaw: Taking off her mask in general. She would've killed Asuka if it hadn't been for Ikaruga taking her mask off. Without it, she pretty much covered her face and left herself defenseless for Katsuragi to scare her off.
- For Science!: She tries to get Shiki's support to practice and get some inspiration for the romance bits of her newest manga. Shiki flees for her life.
- Glass Cannon / Fragile Speedster: Can hit pretty hard and dash around pretty fast, but her defense is rather subpar.
- Huge Schoolgirl: At 172 cm (5'07") tall she is the tallest female playable character so far (not counting New Wave). Slightly taller than even Daidouji, though she happens to look larger as a dramatic effect.
- 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.
- Limit Break:
- Daigorou Cut
- Motor Mouth: A symptom of anxiety that arises when she doesn't have her mask.
- Power-Up Mount: How her Ultimate Hidden Ninpo works. She rides on the back of a giant white wolf who then proceeds to bulldoze over her enemies.
- Recurring Boss: Is fought a total of four times in the Hanzo Story in Shinovi Versus. Three times by Ikaruga and once by Asuka.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: One of her Rare◊ cards has her in this.
- Shrinking Violet: So absolutely, desperately shy that, if she can't have her mask, she'll hide her head with a trash bag.
- Short-Range Long-Range Weapon: By Ryōbi, in the New Hebijo storyline.
- Shout-Out: Two of her mangas she has written are named "Mask of the South" and "Do 2D Girls Dream of Electric Toasters?".
- Split Personality: Rude and bloodthirsty when she has her mask on; puts Hibari to shame on the moeblob race without it.
- Vocal Dissonance: With her mask off, she speaks in high-pitched and rapid tone. With her mask on, she speaks with an affected Contralto of Danger.
- When She Smiles: Pulls one off at the end of her Shinobi Hearts story mode.
- Kicking is for men and girls with no shame. A real lady knows how to use her fists, and look good doing it.
A second year at Gessen Girls Academy. She has a very serious demeanor and isn't very good at understanding jokes. She doesn't approve of twisted things, nor things that get out of hand. When she comes across either of these two things her home dialect/accent unintentionally comes out. On both hands she wields special gauntlets that change size and cover her hands and wrist. Heavy blows are her specialty.
She's the oldest of 12 brothers and sisters. With her mother killed during a mission as a shinobi, she had to raise her young siblings by herself. After her father's death a year later, however, Yozakura was separated from her relatives. After escaping, she met with the master Kurokage and he told her, "I'll give you the strength to protect what is important to you." She accepted with the condition that she gets to reunite with her brothers and sisters again.
- Animal Motifs: Her ninja animal is the wild boar.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her ninja outfit is a kimono-like two-piece ensemble that shows off her belly.
- Cherry Blossom Girl: An interesting, somewhat darker play on the trope. Her name means "Cherry Trees in the Evening".
- Close-Range Combatant: She fights by punching with her powerful gauntlets. She normal doesn't have any projectiles unless she uses her 10,000 Palm Fists of Paradise Hell Limit Break.
- The Comically Serious: Couldn't understand a joke if you dangled it in front of her face.
- Don't Split Us Up: She's the oldest of twelve siblings, who had a Promotion to Parent after their mother was killed in battle, only for them all to be forcibly split up after their father died as well and other relatives started to take in each of the siblings separately, Yozakura included. Her desperation to reunite with her siblings led her to become a Shinobi herself.
- Duel to the Death/I Can Still Fight!/Death Seeker: While fighting Katsuragi.
- Expy: To Kanna Tanigawa from Waiting in the Summer.
- Extremity Extremist: She uses only punch-based attacks, which are in direct contrast to Katsuragi's kick-based attacks.
- Ground Punch: One of her attacks.
- Hand Blast: At higher levels of activity, Yozakura's gauntlets start releasing concussive shockwaves. Two of her Ninpo fire large blasts of energy.
- Hidden Depths: Yozakura is very good at being a caretaker for others. This is evident in her flashback where she's able to take care of her 12 younger siblings all by herself and her role as a mother figure toward the rest of her team. She also ask the Instructor, in New Wave, if he/she has any siblings of their own.
- Humongous Mecha: Her new Ultimate Hidden Ninpo in Estival Versus has her gauntlets transform into a giant gold-coated robot whom Yozakura pilots inside a glass cockpit, proceeding to punch the living hell out of her enemies with its oversized fists.
- The Idiot from Osaka: Downplayed. In the original Japanese Dub, she has the distinct Kansai Regional Accent, but shes actually fairly bright aside from having a few weird quirks here and there.
- Insane Troll Logic: Despite being pretty level-headed, Yozakura has very weird standards; she isn't against groping, so long it's done right. The two times she says you can grope someone are behind closed doors with the one you love... or on a mission with an unsuspecting guard. Apparently these rules came up because doing it all the time 'cheapens the whole thing'.
- Also, she states kicking is only for men or uncouth girls; feminine women punch things instead.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Hell Paradise Ten Thousand Hand Fist.
- Knight Templar: She almost went down this path after Kurokage's death in Burst Re:Newal and began to believe that "Pure righteousness" meant outright killing anyone who was considered "evil" and not showing any mercy. Yumi is able to snap her out of it.
- Limit Break:
- 1,000 Palm Fists of Paradise
- 10,000 Palm Fists of Paradise Hell
- Namu Amida (Shinovi Versus)
- Shin Namu Amida (Estival Versus)
- Massive Numbered Siblings: She has about eleven other siblings, with her saying that she and the rest of her siblings were born in a span of nine years.
- Mighty Glacier: Very good offense, but very slow movement and attack speed. Shes kind of like a mini-Daidoji as far as gameplay goes, and even shares her ability to charge all of her attacks.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Katsuragi explains why she won't kill her to save her parents, she learns they're the shinobi that were meant to assassinate Kurokage but didn't. The shock makes her realize she wasn't considering how Kurokage would feel if she died, making Yozakura finally accept defeat.
- Promotion to Parent: After her mother died, Yozakura was forced to act as a parent to all of her younger siblings. She was demoted when her father died, as other relatives decided to separately take in each of the siblings.
- Power Fist: While already devastating, her gauntlets can double in size to fire blasts of energy.
- Rapidfire Fisticuffs: Enhanced by a pair of Power Fist gauntlets.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Minori's red oni.
- Shaping Your Attacks: The last of her Ninpo releases a giant pair of energy fists that will swing around and smash anything in range.
- Team Mom: In the earliest part of Shinovi Versus' Gessen storyline, there's some friendly dispute between her and Yumi over who the team leader actually is, since Yozakura is clearly this.
- Telescoping Robot: Notice how large her gloves are already? They can grow even larger.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: She uses giant iron gauntlets to fight (imagine Power Fist meets Arm Cannon or Pile Bunker, minus the spike). She likes her weapons so much that she'll go to great lengths to prove their effectiveness to a skeptical Yumi.
- Not only that, but she also reveals that the weapons were made with a pair of greaves, but she has no idea where they ended up. Go ahead and guess who's using them.
- Apparently, her previous weapon was the spear.
- You Killed My Father: She shares a more complex variation on this trope with Katsuragi.
- VA: Ayano Yamamoto, (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)Oh, right, we're gonna 'fight for our schools,' or honor, or whatever.
A first year at Gessen Academy. She speaks like a gal girl and gets into things easily, as well as her ninja friends. She has a lot of friends that she likes to hang out with and won't pass up the opportunity to go shopping. Despite her appearance, she is very studious & IT savvy. Wielding a disc-shaped scythe larger than her body, her flashy attack style involves hacking foes and summoning bats. Shiki also specializes in poisoning her adversaries.
- Animal Motifs: The bat. They let her fly, form her Shinobi outfit, and can be used in her attacks.
- Badass Bookworm: Shiki has an obsession with the Heart Sutra. She also insists on reading Mirai's novel after defeating her, and spares Mirai's life so she can finish writing it.
- But Not Too Foreign: Official Design Works reveal that her mother was Japanese but her father was Romanian.
- Cute Witch/Hot Witch: One half of her Shinobi outfit's theme.
- Dumb Blonde: Defied at every opportunity. She tells Yagyu that "just 'cause I'm blonde doesn't mean I don't notice things, you know?"
- Foreshadowing: One of the first things you'll notice about her is that her combat style and shinobi costume seem not to fit the kogal you're introduced to nearly as well as the ones for other characters fit them. This turns out to be just the tip of the iceberg with regards to how much more there is to her than that.
- Genius Bruiser/Warrior Therapist: Shiki has extensive knowledge of many ninja arts and techniques. With that knowledge, she's able to deduce what kind of techniques her opponents possess and how they can use them. Additionally, Shiki's very good at giving her team advice whenever they need it.
- Glass Cannon: While she does possess a good damage game, Shiki suffers from having average health and defense.
- Gratuitous French: In the localized English version of Estival Versus at least. In the Japanese version, it's Gratuitous English instead. Which can sometimes lead to confusion because while the subtitles indicate that she's speaking French, her unchanged Japanese dialogue clearly shows she's speaking English. This can be regarded as a quite clever localization attempt, since English is seen as cool and stylish among Japanese people, whereas French is seen the same way by English-speakers, and the localization attempts to mirror that relationship.
- Grim Reaper: The other half of her outfit's theme.
- Gyaru 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.
- Hidden Depths: While some of the girls are definitely this, Shiki runs with this trope. Externally, she appears to be just a very dumb valley girl who loves fashion more than being a Shinobi. As her story is revealed, however, we find out that Shiki is not only very intelligent, she embraces her grandfather's philosophy as much as the other girls, and recites the Heart Sutra as it gives her comfort.
- It's Not Porn, It's Art: What she keeps telling herself as she takes pervy photographs of the other girls in Peach Beach Splash to upload to her blog. Said pictures involve Yozakura grinding on a banana boat, Mirai licking her gun and Minori bouncing and jiggling, so she has trouble maintaining this view.
- The Lancer: She usually reins in Yumi when the latter is getting too brittle.
- Limit Break:
- Shiki Soku ZX
- Kuu Soku ZIX
- Sho Gyom ZEX
- Naked Apron: Forced to wear one (courtesy of Murakumo) at the end of her story in Bon Appétit
- The Nicknamer: She just loves to give cute little nicknames to the other characters. Yaggie, Murmaid, Homurrabi etc. This is an attempt at a cultural translation of the fact that in the Japanese version, she uses the cutesy, hyper-informal, and non-standard honorific "-chin" for literally everyone, regardless of if they've known each other for ages or are just meeting, and whether they're a friend or an enemy.
- Playful Hacker: The IT-savvy girl for the Gessen team. Gets owned by Mirai at the end of her Shinobi Girl's Heart story, though.
- Poisonous Person: She can inflict a 'Poison' status with her attacks.
- Sexy Whatever Outfit: Her outfit is basically a Stripperific version of a Witch Outfit mixed in with Grim Reaper themes.
- Sinister Scythe: She wields a Grim Reaper-esque scythe that's longer than she is tall.
- Smarter Than You Look: More serious than what her looks (a fashion-obsessed girl who loves to play with her friends) may suggest.
- The Social Expert: Effortlessly balances several friendships with both warriors and normal people; she's one of the few characters who know people other than their fellows.
- Theme Naming: Her Ninja Arts are puns based on different Buddhist sayings.
- Vapor Wear: Her turnover outfit seems to be made of her bats, with her going completely 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 only garterbelts... none of this would prepare you for the voice she has, which sounds like that of a small child.
- Weaponized Headgear: One that shoots streams of bats.
- Younger than They Look: She's the youngest of the Gessen Girls, and yet looks to be the same age as Yumi, some official art even make her look older than Yumi
- Duh! We were playing pretend! Don't you know that when you teach a new game, you always let the newbie win first?
A first year at Gessen Academy who is extremely immature despite her age. She loves to play around/enjoy herself and is a simple-minded child. Yozakura diligently tries to discipline/teach her manners. Using a bucket and frying pan her attacks are tricky, it looks as if she's using magic.
- Animal Motifs: Likely to go along with her adorable looks, the hamster. Cute pics of hamsters adorn her clothes and her magic bucket.
- Badass Adorable: One of the absolute cutest Senrans of the entire franchise, but remember that she is still among Gessen's elite squad of shinobi warriors that brutalizes Hibari, another Badass Adorable, in the Hanzo storyline of Shinovi Versus.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Sure she's the most childish and least intimidating one of the bunch, and she also has a tendency of playing around more than taking things seriously. However, absolutely none of this makes her a pushover.
- Cute Little Fangs: She has one baby fang that may be her actual Sweet Tooth.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Comparable to Hibari. She has an odd fighting style with short combos, but master her sweet stocking ability and she becomes a force to be reckoned with.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Her other weapon she uses.
- Fun Personified: She's very colorful and playful. Her fighting style is to literally play with her opponents using very cartoon-ish means.
- Genki Girl: Probably justified from all of the sugary sweets that she eats.
- Girlish Pigtails: They're formed from green ringlets in her hair.
- Girly Bruiser: Cute as a button, but fights as well as anyone else in the series.
- Improbable Weapon User: Fights with a Hamtaro-themed bucket, a frying pan and candies.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Fitting for the least mature one of the group.
- Lethal Joke Character: Minori has the lowest stats in SV, making her one of the weakest. Just like Mirai and Hibari though, she has a unique ability that allows her to store a piece of candy in her bucket, rack up some combos and then deal serious damage afterward by unleashing the candy.
- Limit Break:
- Bam Bam Pancakes
- Minori's Snack Party
- Strawberry Rainbow Slide
- Monowheel Mayhem: One of her Limit Breaks, "Strawberry Rainbow Slide" has her using a cake this way.
- One of the Kids: By far the childish of the Gessen girls. Yozakura even tends to be the Team Mom towards her the most, such as threatening to spank her if she doesn't clean up her mess of toys.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Yozakura's blue.
- Sweet Tooth: Has a black hole-grade appetite for sweets and candy, which is clearly indicated by her pulling out big swirly lollipops in her victory animation and weaponizing them in fights.
- Token Mini-Moe: She's even shorter than Mirai, though she has a more shapely, well developed body like the rest of the girls. Her bust being even bigger than Hibari's. You can say that she's a shortstack.
- Vibrant Orange: Her shinobi outfit has lots of yellow-orange, and she is very energetic and very child-like in personality.
- Womanchild: Her personality makes Hibari seem mature in comparison, which is lampshaded by a disturbed Haruka after Hibari explains Minori to her in Shinovi's Hanzo storyline. Nonetheless, Minori still manages to have a rather shapely figure that's even curvier than Hibari's.
Yumi's grandfather as well as Master Hanzo's rival, Kurokage. He acts as the guardian for Yumi and the other girls and hopes that his "all evil ninja are bad" way of thinking doesn't steer them to the same path he once walked. Like his granddaughter, he has an elemental affinity to ice.
- An Ice Person: Kurokage controls Black Ice, much like his granddaughter. It's how he got his name.
- Battle Aura: In Estival Versus, now that his spirit is in the afterlife, his power is back to the level it was in his prime. His sheer aura is enough to bring in a thunderstorm, and freeze the sand on the beach, as well as turn the rain hitting his body to steam.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: According to Yozakura in Estival Versus, some of his favourite Super Dishes include simmered sea slug Super Dish, pickled starfish Super Dish and live sea cucumber Super Dish.
- The Bet: He gives one to Hanzo on creating a world of nothing but light. Hanzo says that he won the bet, though in the sense that his adoptive daughters are his world.
- Cycle of Revenge: Kurokage's parents were killed by evil shinobi, and one of the scrolls in Renewal talks how the children of Kurokage's victims banded together and killed his daughter and presumably his son-in-law.
- Dead All Along: He had already died in the Gessen Academy side of Shinovi Versus, with his restless spirit narrating his thoughts, only gaining peace at the end.
- The Faceless: In the games, he only has one image that depicts him in-person, in which his face is covered with light. His full appearance is first shown on the TCG game, with the anime using it to show him.
- Flash Step: And Kurokage uses it to play tag with his granddaughter.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Concept Art shows that he was a Bishōnen compared to Hanzō's Hunk
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Black Shadow.
- One-Man Army: Yumi outright believes he can destroy an entire army.
- Parental Substitute: To the five Gessen girls.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Hanzou's Blue.
- Retired Badass: He was known as Black Shadow and Hanzo's rival after all.
- The Rival: Philosophically, to Hanzo.
- Vigilante Man: This defined Kurokage when he became a renegade shinobi; he constantly killed evil ninja wherever he saw them, which was against the code of good ninja.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was originally hell-bent on annihilating all evil ninja after losing his family; began to re-examine his beliefs toward the end of his life when he started thinking about what kind of legacy he wanted to leave to his daughters.
Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy
Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy was renowned throughout the criminal underworld for its ruthless spies and vicious assassins - until the school burned down in a terrible battle six months ago. Now, from the old school's smoke and ashes, a new leader emerges. Her followers hail from all corners of the shinobi world, each one proud in her own way to call herself "evil." Their first mission: Hunt down the school's former Elites, punish their failure and betrayal, and restore the name of Hebijo to its former glory.
Related to all Hebijo Clandestine shinobi
- Autobots, Rock Out!: In Shinovi Versus, all of the girls' themes are done in hard rock and heavy metal. While rock music has always been a staple in the Senran Kagura series, the Hebijo girls stand out the most in that their themes are purely done in rock music.
- Badass Crew: And quite a brutal crew at that at their worst days.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: By Dōgen. The Crimson Squad frees them though.
- Card-Carrying Villain: As their Catchphrase shows, they're honored to be evil.
- Catchphrase: "I dance for the honor of evil!"
- Even Evil Has Standards: Often on the receiving end of this from the Crimson Squad, especially from Homura, who calls them out on being a bunch of violent lunatics who only claim superiority because of their school.
- Friendly Enemy: When not fighting the other shinobi academies, they get along quite well. In Estival Versus, Asuka even describes them as such.
- Hero Killer: They defeat all the other factions as an act of vengeance in their story route in Shinovi Versus.
- Honor Before Reason: In Estival Versus the Hebijo team wins the entire festival and thus can become Kagura, but they all pass it over for one reason or another.
- Knight of Cerebus: Collective example, as their storyline in Shinovi Versus is by far the harshest of all of the teams' in the game, if not the whole franchise. Why? The Hanzo, Gessen, and Crimson teams are all mercilessly vanquished by them. This storyline is even initiated with Miyabi forming a new team of elites just to hunt down Homura's Crimson Squad of renegades. Things escalate in Chapter 5, where the Hebijo team itself implodes and most of them try to kill each other due to Ryōbi and Ryōna's assassination plot against Miyabi becoming public, Imu's Unstoppable Rage upon them when this plot leads to Murasaki Taking the Bullet and seemingly dying for her and Miyabi, and Miyabi nearly fighting the enraged Calamity Imu to the death in order to bring her back to normal. While their story's ending has it working out for all five of them where they become True Companions, it doesn't change the fact that all of the other playable characters of the game (sans Daidouji and Rin) are still brutally defeated by them. All in all, it just goes to show how truly dangerous the life of a shinobi can be in this series.
- "Not So Different" Remark: Inverted. They claim the way of Evil Shinobi is entirely different and superior to Good Shinobi, and the world would be better off without Good Shinobis' weakness. They're totally unaware this is a perfect mirror of Gessen's philosophy.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Good god. They're pretty much hell-bent on reforming Hebijo that they disposed of the other three factions to do so on their story route.
- Short Range Fighter Long Range Fighter: Ryōbi and Ryōna respectively. Ryōbi's playstyle focuses more on long-range combat, while Ryōna specializes in fighting at close quarters.
- Stupid Evil: Invoked thanks to the brainwashing. Their utter dismissiveness of the merits of flexible thinking and The Power of Friendship look more and more destructively narrow-minded as the plot goes on.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: An interesting example. While their story explains why they come off as cruel and ruthless to the other teams, it ends with them killing all their opposition. It's only in the other stories, where they're universally antagonistic agents of the Big Bad, that the brainwashing is broken and they reach an understanding with the other schools.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Despite a network of familial relationships and childhood friendships, the group doesn't have any particular sense of unity and some aren't even that loyal to Hebijo itself, leading to more internal bickering than the other teams. Depending on the story being played, this can lead to the group completely imploding.
- Trickster Twins: Ryōbi and Ryōna
- Villain Antagonist: Ostensibly.
- Villain Protagonist: In their storyline in SV, without question. Sympathetic motivations or not, you end up vanquishing every other character in the game. Everything ends happily... but only for them.
- You think this is all a game, with rules and fairness and happy endings. You have no idea what a shinobi truly is.
A 3rd year student and the leader of the new group at Hebijo, and a member of the earlier generation before Homura's. She lost her abilities and memory after an accident during a mission. She stands for the Private Ladies Academy of the Serpent and plans to restore Hebijo's honor.
- The Ace: She was at the top of her class & managed to become the leader of the new elite squad.
- Broken Ace: Formerly this, as Miyabi was hospitalized for a year because her Blood Riot powers went haywire and threatened to kill her without medical treatment.
- The Baroness: Has some of the intimidation of the Rosa Klebb type.
- Badass Decay: Invoked in Estival Versus. Due to a lack of motivation on her part, Miyabi's skills suffer and she ends up leading her team into suffering several defeats in a row. Everyone notices and calls her out on it, and she eventually manages to recover her mojo.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Her DLC campaign in Burst Re:Newal showcases her half of the battle when she went berserk from using Blood Riot.
- Berserk Button: She will not tolerate anyone bad mouthing Hebijo's image. She'll cut them down in a matter of seconds.
- The Berserker: The Blood Riot Art made her become one during a mission involving Yōma.
- Bifauxnen: She has Boyish Short Hair and is stated to be fairly masculine to the point that she's mistaken for a boy (in spite of her chest). This gets her so much attention that she concludes that the best way to get away from her man-starved schoolmates is to undergo a Girliness Upgrade.Miyabi: All right. It's time to say farewell to my boyish good looks!
- Boyish Short Hair: It should go without saying that this is part of why she's a Bifauxnen. She does get a more girly hairstyle in games like Peach Beach Splash, however.
- Casting a Shadow: Her element, most noticeable with her left arm being covered in dark energy.
- Childhood Friends: With Imu.
- Cool Sword: She uses a sword what is essentially the Seven-Branched Sword.
- Daddy's Girl: She is the only one not under Dōgen's brainwashing as her father is the principal of Hebijo Academy and she does not want him to get fired.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother was brutally killed by a yōma in front of her when she was a child, motivating her desire to become a kagura.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: She invoked Blood Riot while her and Imu were on a mission. However, she lost control of her body and soul. This led to Imu using Blood Reverse.
- Deadpan Snarker: Miyabi won't hold back on insults. Although this probably comes from her cold nature.
- Disease Bleach: Implied to have happened to her while she was bedridden. In Estival Versus, it is revealed in a CG image that Miyabi had mostly black hair with only a small portion of it white when she was young. So it is likely that the stress she suffered from her Youma encounter, using her Blood Riot powers, and being bedridden combined led to her entire hair turning white. She can temporarily regain her black hair when she activates her Super Mode however.
- Easily Forgiven: In the end of Hebijo storyline, after she finds out that Ryōbi and Ryōna were out to kill her, she's simply just curious as to why they didn't just take her head on instead of attempting a low-profile assassination.
- Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas: Granted, she's not exactly "bad", but she does genuinely love both her father (Hebijo's principal) and her deceased mother. In Estival Versus, just the idea that she could see the latter again was enough to make her reluctant to seriously compete in the festival (which immediately shocked her entire team given her usual attitude) if it meant leaving before that could happen, and when she finally does she completely breaks down into tears and baby-talk.
- Even the Girls Want Her: To the point where she tries to find a way to be more feminine to get them off her back.
- Hellish Pupils: Strangely similar to Hikage's design.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Well, "gold" might be pushing it, but she's not the emotionless bitch the other teams take her for. She's just extremely loyal to Hebijo, the Shinobi code, and her father, the last of which is being leveraged against the other two to blackmail her.
- Ice Queen: Brusque and dismissive of anyone who's an enemy or 'wastes her time' (read: a normal person), which is almost everyone.
- Image Song: Machiavellism of Despair in Bon Appétit.
- Innocently Insensitive: She doesn't understand that asking someone why they can't just confess their feelings outright is a bad idea. To her it's a perfectly legitimate question.
- Instant Fan Club: The "I ❤ Miyabi Militia" is the circle of fangirls that Miyabi has to constantly deal with.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Would pull it off well if not for her bust.
- The Leader: Of the new Hebijo squad. Her role mostly involves keeping her teammates focused on the mission at hand and breaking up the petty squabbles they otherwise get into.
- Lightning Bruiser: Miyabi is frighteningly tough. Her high endurance allows her to chase down her opponents, as well as having high offense and attack speed for pulling off long combos. She can also perform very fast launchers capable of sending opponents in the air very quickly. Her defense is also very impressive for when she finally takes a hit. She can actually give Homura a run for her money in all regards.
- Limit Break:
- Delightful Inferno
- Purgatorio of Good and Evil
- Paradiso of the Abyss (Shinovi Versus)
- Divine Judgement (Estival Versus)
- Modesty Shorts: She wears shorts under the skirt of her school uniform.
- Necessarily Evil: In Estival Versus, when she and Homura are discussing what it means to be evil to them, her answer boils down to being evil so that good has something to strive being stronger than, so that when true evil emerges, they are strong enough to face it.
- Overrated and Underleveled: She's a graduate of Hebijo, which in theory should put her on the level of Daidoji and Suzune. Yet she starts at level one no matter the game, and is on record for losing fights to actual students. Justified, as she spent a few years catatonic and wheelchair-bound, which did a number on her overall fitness and skills.
- Power Gives You Wings: Her Ultimate Secret Ninja Art and Super Mode gives her six angel wings. Three of which are black on one side while the other three are white.
- Red Right Hand: Post-transformation, her left arm is coated in heavy gauze. The only part you can see are her fingers, which are a dark and ugly purple. (It can be hard to notice in the general Costume Porn of her outfit).
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Played straight; it's led to Miyabi getting stalked by classmates and being commented on wherever she goes. She initially conflates beauty with the masculinity of her appearance, but later realizes she looks attractive whatever gender people assume her to be.
- Super Mode: She gains one in Estival Versus, which appears to be a more advanced version of her ultimate ninpo from Shinovi Versus.
- Theme Naming:
- Her Ninja Arts are named after the three canticles of The Divine Comedy, of all things (Delightful Inferno, Purgatorio of Good and Evil, Paradiso of The Abyss and Divine Judgement).
- She also has a good chunk of moves that include "rosso" and "nero" ("red" and "black" respectively in French) in their names.
- The Social Darwinist: After the trauma of her mother's slaughter, Miyabi's sorrow somehow twisted around into utter ruthlessness. She doesn't realize that this makes her as murderous as the yoma.Miyabi: (in combat) The weak should just die!
- Villainous BSoD: Played for laughs in Bon Appétit. Murakumo proceeds to call her by her secret ninja arts and takes her naming sense to her dismay. It aggravates her so much that she, somehow, manages to collapse into a Villainous RROD of all things!
- White Hair, Black Heart: Like Yagyu, Miyabi's hair is snow white. She is also the cruelest of the shinobi leaders and swears her life to following evil the most.
- Someone. Someone please help.
A Second year student and Imu's younger sister. She is very anti social and spends most of her time in her room playing with her stuffed bear plushy, Bebeby. She is known as the first truant in Hebijo's history because of her introverted nature. Due to an incident in the past, her relationship with her sister had been strained. Despite her timid nature, she possesses a dark power called Root of Calamity that gives her a frightening amount of energy. She also has the ability to sense someone's intentions by smelling them. She also happens to have the largest breast out of all the girls in the series.
Murasaki focuses on close-ranged attacks by manipulating the giant shurikens attached to her hair. With her Root of Calamity power, she can also perform darkness based ninja arts. Murasaki's affinity is darkness.
- Abusive Parents: As a child her father pulled her hair when she refused to start her training.
- Badass Unintentional: Her goal is to be left alone, at her room, with her plush. Still, she will stop anyone standing in her way to achieve said goal.
- Bears Are Bad News: Her ninja animal is the Bear.
- Berserk Button: Don't insinuate that Bebeby is just a toy. Minori learns this the hard way.
- When Imu and Murasaki were younger, Imu snatched Bebeby away from Murasaki so she would stop being so dependent on her. The end result was her waking up to see Imu out cold by her feet followed by her father informing her of the Root of Calamity power she possesses. Stating that by detonating her mental strength, the ninja art increases the power of the body ten times.
- Another instance was when a Hebijo examiner came to her room. When he was about to grab Bebeby, her cursed spirit power activated again. When Murasaki came to, her feet were covered by the examiner's blood. It was then revealed to be an entrance exam for Hebijo, which much to her shock, she passes.
- Another thing to also take note is that Murasaki thinks of Bebeby as a very close surrogate sister. Should anyone, and we mean ANYONE, try to take, steal, or rip Bebeby apart; she will not have any mercy.
- Long story short, DON'T DO ANYTHING HARMFUL TO BEBEBY.
- Murasaki seriously does not like hackers. If you just so happen to be one, run.
- Boobs of Steel: She boasts the largest breasts of all the girls, but this is Played With as while she can call forth massive raw strength, she's not exactly a physical powerhouse.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's very capable of being an excellent ninja. However, she would rather play with Bebeby all day and browse the web than actually train.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: In this case, the call is her estranged sister.
- Casting a Shadow: Her Root of Calamity power allows her to execute darkness based ninja arts.
- Companion Cube/ Security Blanket: Bebeby. She is hardly ever seen without it.
- Creepy Child: Prefers to be a loner locked in her room, constantly sharing her thoughts with an inanimate teddy bear as if it were an actual person. She definitely qualifies.
- Cursed with Awesome: The Root of Calamity power she possesses. Sure it gives her a lot of power, but her sister resented her for it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She originally didn't want to become a shinobi, but was forced to by her father under the suspicion that she was using her Root of Calamity power for her own gain. Soon after, Imu tries to take Bebeby away from Murasaki because she thought it was weighing her down. Because of her cursed power, this resulted in her hurting Imu, killing a Hebijo scout, receiving more attention than Imu, and threatened her own family for trying to exploit her power. She's felt that Imu was resentful of her ever since and would rather be around Miyabi.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her shinobi outfit gives Mirai's a run for her money for this trope due to her darker aesthetic, personality, and powers.
- Expy: Of Crona since they both have purple hair, and are extremely shy and introverted and technically don't want to fight. And also Murasaki's Root of Calamity does draw parallels to Ragnarok.
- Bebeby bares a lot of resemblance to the Kumamoto Prefecture mascot, Kumamon.
- Fangirl: Is a huge fan of Mirai's stories, and keeps an eye on her website in order to read more. In Estival, she actually attacks Mirai to draw out her muse, as Mirai was going through writer's block.
- Glass Cannon: Probably the glassiest of cannons. She hits hard, but her defense is rather terrible.
- Hikikomori: Spends most of her time secluded in her room, and would rather remain there instead of doing anything outside. Her online username is even "cute_shutin".
- Homing Projectile: In Estival Versus, she gains a new Strong Attack which allows her to fire purple energy orbs that home in on her locked target.
- Limit Break:
- Stay Away
- Die Already
- Someone, Save Me
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: She frequently asks her stuffed bear Bebeby what it feels about something. Rarely, it responds, in a different voice from hers, throwing in a demand for bloodshed for good measure. It could just be ventriloquism...but it's worth remembering that her guardian animal is the bear.
- Meaningful Name: 'Murasaki' is literally the Japanese word for 'Purple'.
- The Nose Knows: She has a special skill that allows her to tell what kind of person someone is by their smell. This allows her to learn of Yomi's poor life growing up before defeating her, and is also what allows her to discover Ryōbi and Ryōna's secret reason for joining Hebijo: to kill Miyabi as well as her sister, Imu.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: As the second DLC character of Reflexions, Murasaki, the series' biggest shut-in, can be romanced in a Dating Sim, because she actually leaves her room on her own to seek out the player for a request that she only wants to share with them. Her inclusion in that type of game surprised just about everyone after the expected inclusions of Asuka and Yumi.
- Power Echoes: Her Root of Calamity power gives her a bone-chilling echo to her voice while it's active. It doesn't help that she tends to combines this with blood-curdling screaming.
- Prehensile Hair: Uses spinning blades attached to her hair for her attacks.
- Purple Is Powerful: Has purple hair, purple eyes, and her Root of Calamity powers manifest as a glowing purple aura and destructive purple shockwaves.
- Shrinking Violet: Very soft-spoken and shy.
- Sphere of Destruction: How her Root of Calamity works. It comes in two forms, her Strong Attack/Breach Art and her Mid-Level Hidden Ninpo.
- Taking the Bullet: She does this for Imu when Ryōbi tries to shoot her. Fortunately, the shot didn't able to hit anything vital, and she was able to survive it.
- Unskilled, but Strong: As described above in Brilliant, but Lazy; she has power, but due to her lack of training, it's unrefined.
- Vocal Dissonance: She's usually soft spoken... right until she gets angry.
- When She Smiles: Usually seen with a depressed expression on her face. On rare occasions where she does smile, it's adorable.
- Miyabi, let me kill them. I'll finish all of them right now.
A Third-year student, as well as Miyabi's childhood friend and Murasaki's older sister. She, along with Miyabi, was hospitalized for a full year after an accident that left her in the hospital and is suffering from amnesia cause of it. Due to a past incident, her relationship with Murasaki had been strained out of jealousy.
With her Shaolin staff, she focuses on electricity based ninja arts, fast paced combat, and paralyzing anyone that tries to stand in her way. She can also increase the size of her staff and conjure fox spirits from it as well. Imu's elemental affinity is Lightning.
- Animal Motifs: The fox.
- The Atoner: Imu feels like it's her fault that Miyabi's mother was killed in the line of duty. This is one reason why she's so devoted to Miyabi.
- Berserk Button: She got seriously pissed when Shiki dissed Hebijo, due to Gessen learning of Homura and her team's actions that lead to the fall of Hebijo's old school.
- Insulting Murasaki or Miyabi is also a grave mistake. Killing Murasaki, in particular, will unleash her originally-nonexistent Root of Calamity to end you.
- Because of several incidents involving Hikage, she will go absolutely berserk on anyone mentioning boxer shorts. Bringing up Hikage at all is a sore spot for her, really.
- Butt-Monkey: Very few of her character stories end well for her, and she never comes out on top when it comes to dealing with Hikage. Murasaki even one-ups her in Estival Versus by getting Miyabi to play her "prince" in her musical, while Imu is sidelined as the jealous sister.
- Childhood Friends: With Miyabi.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Also toward Miyabi, in spite of not being romantically involved with her.
- Dash Attack / Videogame Dashing: Like Murakumo mentioned above, her dash has less cooldown frames than most other characters in the game, meaning she can zip around a field much more often.
- Declaration of Protection: To Miyabi and Murasaki.
- Deadpan Snarker: Manages to surpass Miyabi at this.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?. The beginning of her Ultimate Ninja Art, Thunder Fox has her rubbing her staff couple of times which turns red and releases a puff of smoke from the tip. Nothing suggestive at all.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Imu the Pro Boxer". It arose when Hikage accidentally knocked her down at school, and she showed the world Imu was wearing boxer shorts on that one day due to not having any other undergarments available.
- Forehead of Doom: She has quite the dome, though it is only drawn attention to once in the beginning of Estival Versus when Miyabi and Murasaki think that it is glowing.
- Fragile Speedster: Her attack power isn't as good as the other members, but she makes up for it with her incredible speed.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: At the hands of Hikage, who, among other things, changed her regular glasses into sunglasses with a permanent marker, swapped her wash cloth with deep fried tofu and put a real mouse in place of her computer mouse. Hikage, for her part, regarded these as harmless pranks and is surprised that Imu holds a grudge over them.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: She takes any insult- intended or otherwise- extremely personally, which leads her to blame Murasaki and Hikage for events that weren't their fault. Her Heart storyline in Shinovi involves her overcoming this a little.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In a fit of pique after her team loses their groove during Estival, Imu goes off to singlehandedly attack three Hanzo Elites. Even she is surprised that she won.
- Limit Break:
- Dead Fox
- Rolling Thunder
- Thunder Fox
- Nosebleed: Has these in her's and Miyabi's Shinovi Versus heart stories. Both cases are in response to Miyabi, herself.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Her distrust of Ryōbi and Ryōna is largely rooted in her possessiveness towards Miyabi. It is also completely validated by the end of Hebijo's storyline after she finds out that they're out to kill Miyabi and seemingly killed Murasaki.
- Overrated and Underleveled: Similar to Miyabi, she's a graduate of the school, but less powerful than that should imply. Also justified for similar reasons, since she took leave of her duties to look after the disabled Miyabi, and her skills rusted in the meantime.
- Power Echoes: Much like her sister before her, activating her Root of Calamity powers gives her a haunting echo to her voice, and just as well as Murasaki, she tends to combine this with blood-curdling screaming. Inverted during the gameplay of Hebijo Mission 5-03 in Shinovi when the player can use Calamity Imu, where she instead loses nearly all of her battle lines except for her damage yells.
- Precision F-Strike: Quite possibly manages to outdo Ryōbi with just one line after finding out that she shot and seemingly killed Murasaki.Imu: Ryōbi! I'm gonna make you pay, you FUCKING BITCH!!
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Murasaki and Miyabi's blue.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: What triggers her Root of Calamity powers. Initially jealous that her younger sister, Murasaki, was Cursed with Awesome of the Root of Calamity, she eventually gains the powers herself after witnessing Murasaki being seemingly killed by Ryōbi. This eventually takes too much of a toll on her control and makes her go berserk, leaving it up to Miyabi to stop her and bring her back to normal.
- Sarcastic Devotee: She will always obey Miyabi eventually, but has no problem with questioning her decisions or insulting her if the situation requires it, as in Estival.
- Shock and Awe: She can use her staff to stun her opponents in some of her attacks.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: She is a fearless, Hot-Blooded shinobi devoted to her job; Murasaki is a fearful, passive civilian who is practically forced into fighting. Even their respective elemental associations highlight this.
- Superpower Meltdown: She experiences one during the final mission of the Hebijo story in Shinovi when her Root of Calamity power finally awakens. Suzune even warns Miyabi that Imu has become as powerful as a yoma at that point. Thankfully, Miyabi is able to save her and she gets better.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Imu awakens the Root of Calamity when Murasaki is seemingly killed by Ryōbi.
- The Rival: To an extent, Hikage, though it's one-sided on Imu's part holding a grudge against her for those incidents and challenged her frequently which the girl turned down.
- Unknown Rival: Towards Hikage. Just don't tell her about the "unknown" part.
- Villainous BSoD: While seeing Hebijo burn, Imu sinks to the ground and cries. She has to be ordered to get up.
- I need to hurt somebody! Now! Badly! More than they can take!
A first year at Hebijo and a transfer student from Gessen. Ryōna's twin sister and the younger of the two. She has a serious complex about her breasts and is the polar opposite of Ryōna. Also in contrast to her sister, she's a huge sadist.
- Animal Motifs: The deer. Her fighting style and weapon is very synonymous with hunting forest animals, such as deer and bears.
- A-Cup Angst: With a chest that is second only to Mirai in flatness, she constantly feels this way. Her twin sister having a HUGE rack even for the game standards that she loves showing off doesn't help. Her shinobi transformation gives her a much larger bust.
- Backpack Cannon: Her Minuet Missile gives her a mecha-like backpack that shoots missiles at the enemies.
- Berserk Button: Due to her A-Cup Angst, she'll snipe down anyone who pokes fun at her breasts. This is what leads to Murakumo and Mirai's defeats in the Hebijo storyline of Shinovi Versus.
- BFG: The musket that she uses is a foot or two longer than necessary.
- Big Sister Worship: She used to follow her big sister Ryōki like a stray puppy, constantly looking up to her. Unfortunately it ended up having a negative side effect on her, as she eventually became a really rebellious teenager in regards to her, trying to distance herself from her past behavior and being annoyed by Ryōki.
- Bottomless Magazines: She seems to have an infinite supply of ammo for her musket.
- Breast Expansion: Her shinobi transformation induces this on her out of Wish-Fulfillment. Her Shinobi Girl's Heart story in Shinovi Versus has her convincing herself that they're the source of her shinobi powers. She has it get out of hand real fast in her ending, reaching a size that Ryōna calls "Z-Cup". In the main story of Shinovi, Murakumo reveals after being defeated by Ryōbi that this actually involves stuffing bags of water in her shirt.
- Casual Kink: She'll usually indulge in hurting Ryōna or anyone else she sets her sights on.
- Character Focus: In Estival Versus, she gets more attention from the plot than most other girls. There are quite a few scenes focusing on her interspersed between the other girls' battles.
- Cold Sniper: Her personality is rather stand-offish, and she's a sniper.
- Cute and Psycho: She has her moments, and her temper is quick to flare up.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: She threatens to leave bullet holes in the Hanzo girls' breasts.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Shared with Ryōna. See her entry for details.
- Deadpan Snarker: Well she is a sadist after all. Putting people down verbally is just another outlet to her.
- Dominatrix: She's a sadist, so her fetish is to torture others and make them squirm. Her favorite method of calming herself down is taking her anger out on people with her bullets.
- Gun Twirling: Performs this in her fighting animations.
- I Wished You Were Dead: Being sick of her own big sister being so damn saintly, she tells straight into Ryōki's face that she wishes that she would just die. This was right before she went to the mission where she was killed and Ryōbi regrets her final words with her deceased sister ever since.
- Idiot Hair: Has a strand of hair sprouting out the top of her head.
- I've Come Too Far: After Suzune told her and Ryōna the truth about Ryōki's murder (that a yoma, not Miyabi, killed her), Ryōbi decided to stubbornly ignore her words and keep convincing herself that Miyabi was Ryōki's murderer. She almost succeeds, but was stopped when Murasaki appeared to take the bullet for Miyabi and Imu.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While it's certainly true that she's a sadist who can be mean and swears a lot, Estival Versus shows that she's also quick to show concern if she notices something wrong with her friends, especially with her sister and her teammates. It's quite clear that the only reason she's mean to Ryōna is because both of them enjoy it.
- Lady Swearsa Lot: Ryōbi practically deserves a medal for being the most profane Senran in the entire series. Her dialogue devolves into a Cluster Bleep-Bomb when she gets really angry.
- Limit Break:
- Ricochet Prelude
- Minuet Missile
- Long-Range Fighter: Her weapon of choice is an old style musket, and she's shown to use it as a sniper rifle.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Her third Ninja Art, Minuet Missile, involves her using a gear like apparatus that fires rockets at her opponents.
- Male Gaze: To compensate for her (usually) small chest, most of the Fanservice involving her tends to focus on her shapely rear, instead.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: The butt of her musket is actually a sharp blade.
- Odd Friendship: In Estival Versus, with Yomi of all people. They bond over the size of their booties.
- Pinball Projectile: Her strong attack shoots a single bullet that bounces around the stage.
- Pun: Her Shinobi Girl's Heart story starts off with her convincing herself that her powers are stored in her breasts, which is why they grow when she performs a Shinobi Transformation. Her thoughts?Ryōbi: Breast. Power source. Ever.
- Shared Unusual Trait: Her and Ryōna both have Heterochromia.
- Trigger-Happy: Unsurprisingly more so than Ryōna.
- Troll: Again, she's a sadist. She's most likely to verbally berate someone for her amusement. Imu is usually the target she picks to get a rise out of.
- Tsundere: A harsh Type considering how she acts all tough on the outside but still has her moments.
- Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes contrast from her sister's just like her harsh personality.
- Sadist: A polar opposite to her sister's personality.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: She and Ryōna are biological twin siblings, but contrast each other in several ways. Ryōbi has Tsurime Eyes, while Ryōna has Tareme Eyes. Both have Heterochromia, each with one blue eye and one green eye, but they're on opposite sides. Ryōbi has long brown hair while Ryōna has short blonde hair. Ryōbi only has big breasts when in her shinobi transformation, while Ryōna's breasts stay big all the time. Ryōbi specializes in long-range sniping while Ryōna focuses on close-range fighting. Ryōbi is a sadist while Ryōna is a masochist, which explains a lot about their interactions.
- Stone Wall: While she specializes in keeping her opponents at bay with explosive' and sniping, she's got a significantly stronger defense than any other character (except the deliberately overpowered ones).
- Villainous BSoD: She experiences one in the Crimson storyline of Shinovi after Yomi defeats her and contemplates that she feels a huge amount of regret for Ryōki's death and felt she was to blame. Yomi helps her see the truth, though.
- We Used to Be Friends: Burst Re:Newal reveals that she and Ryōna left Gessen on peaceful terms, especially with Yumi actively helping them to transfer, but they do have to pretend they never knew each other due to them inevitably becoming enemies because of the transfer.
- VA: MAKO (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)Come on. Spank me. Hit me! Call me dirty names, and then ignore me when I cry!
A first year at Hebijo. Ryōbi's twin sister and the older of the two, believe it or not. Contrast to her sister, she likes being chastised and scolded, loves showing off her breasts and is a gigantic masochist. She has a freestyle shooting technique mixed with elegant dancing.
Ryōna's affinity is ice.
- Animal Motif: The pig. You'd think it would be something like the swan due to her elegant figure skating, but see Stealth Pun below for why this still makes sense.
- She's also has the dog too, and that's not much of a surprise considering masochists consider themselves as pets
- Ax-Crazy: She has absolutely no problem with killing you if you don't hurt her in any way. Not only that, she also has a tendency to unnerve people because of her hardcore masochism. This even makes her sadist sister, Ryōbi, want to avoid her sometimes!Ryōna: Of course, if you won't hit me OR rub me...then I guess you can die. Yep. I'll need you to die.
- Beneath the Mask: When she's alone with Ryōbi away from prying eyes in Shinovi Versus, she's soft-spoken, devoted and remorseful; a far cry from her normal bubbly, capricious, obnoxious persona. Most of her public face was likely a fabrication to throw others off from her and her sister's true history and purpose. That above quote? A misdirection and false justification for killing someone under direct orders. She's definitely still a gigantic masochist, though.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Her bizarre behavior may be hard to take seriously, but one should never forget that Ryōna is deadly. If she wants to, she can and will kill you without a second thought.
- Big-Breast Pride: Loves to show off her breasts, which are an impressive 98 cm, making her one of the bustier girls.
- Big Sister Instinct: Inverted example, since she's the younger sister. Ryōna will finish you if you know or remember anything about Ryōki. Just ask Yozakura.
- In Estival, when she & Ryōbi were witnessing Sayuri send off one of the spirits and saw that she was about to do the same to Ryōki, she mowed down the shinobi Kekkai barrier just to get to her.
- Casual Kink: Asking people, especially random pedestrians, to bully her? Yes. Enjoys said infliction of pain? Yes.
- Cat Smile: Her default expression.
- Close-Range Combatant: She's the opposite of her sister's long-ranged fighting style. So much that several of her shots only do damage up close.
- Combat Sadomasochist: More emphasis on the masochist part. Her guard animation isn't actually blocking, as it's her willingly taking the blow on her rear and having hearts float above her head when she absorbs a hit.
- Cute and Psycho: Just look at how adorable she looks with her Cat Smile and little tiara... and those pistols that's she ready to gun you down with.
- Dance Battler: Her fighting style incorporates elements of figure skating.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Shared with Ryōbi. 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 to stop her from using her power which was feeding yōmas. 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).
- Dissonant Serenity: She somehow finds a way to put on a smile in the most unsettling moments.
- Don't Try This at Home: Advises the player not to engage in the same act of becoming a tempura like her. Yes. You read that right.Ryōna: But don't you ever, EVER, try this at home. Even for a trained professional like me, becoming a piece of tempura is highly risky.
- Gangsta Style: She tends to do this often, given her handguns are double-sided and all.
- Genki Girl: A rather unsettling version of this trope, as she's genuinely and loudly enthusiastic about getting hurt, and happily treats serious combat as a means of fulfilling her urges.
- Guns Akimbo: She quad-wields two handguns in each hand.
- Gun Fu: Her fighting style also revolves around this.
- Gun Twirling: She does this in opening and fighting animations.
- Handguns: Rather odd ones at that. Each pair's triggers are pulled by each hand's index and pinky fingers.
- Hidden Depths: Aside from the below, she's apparently a big fan of Swan Lake. Also, although killing Miyabi for seemingly killing Ryōki was her #1 priority for transferring to Hebijo, she seems to genuinely regret leaving Gessen Academy and considered the Elites there as friends.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Because of her fetish, a lot of people tend to avoid her, causing her to grow lonely and wanting to have someone who understands her. That is why she feels so attracted to Haruka, because she not only satisfies her need for punishment, but also isn't driven away due of that. In New Link, she'll get really attached to you as you get to know her and, slowly, warm up to her fetish.
- Idiot Hair: Just like her sis, she has a a strand of hair sprouts out of the top of her head.
- I've Come Too Far: After Suzune told her and Ryōbi the truth about Ryōki's murder (that a yoma, not Miyabi, killed her), Ryōna became much more reluctant to go on with their revenge plan to kill Miyabi. She decided to go through with it anyway after she had to fight and beat Murasaki, who knew about the twins' plan all along and took a stand to protect Imu and Miyabi from them.
- Jack of All Stats: To a lesser extent than Asuka. Her stats are pretty balanced in all fields.
- Lady of War: Fights with finesse and grace.
- Limit Break:
- Skater's Waltz
- Beautiful Blue Gunslinger
- Rebellion Concerto
- The Masochism Tango: She practically feeds off of this with Ryōbi and Haruka.
- Meaningful Name: It's possible she was named after the infamous practice of the same name in videogames of exacting violence on female characters on very brutal ways. This is made more likely by her being a notorious masochist.
- Ms. Fanservice: Yes, even by the standards of this series, Ryōna stands out as extra fanservicey. She never complains about going naked from Clothing Damage, actually encourages you to mess with her body in the Dressing Room, and her full-strip defeat animation in Estival Versus is quite possibly the single raunchiest thing in the entire series. She is also likewise the lewdest of the 5 girls you can romance in Reflexions.
- Nice Girl: Masochism aside, Ryōna is a really sweet girl, once you get to know her. All she really wants is real friends to hang out with and a master to abuse her (not necessarily in that order).
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Wants to see how it feels to be cooked alive, crushes two random mooks as a giant without remorse in the OVA, and her masochistic antics in general make her a likely candidate as one to the viewers.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Every moment that she appears, she is never the voice of reason. If she becomes one, you should take her seriously. At times she can surprise even herself. Also, as each of her fights against Yozakura, Murasaki, and Calamity Imu in the Hebijo storyline of Shinovi can assess to, when she's not fighting to satisfy her desire for pain, she has a deeper, more serious reason for doing so (usually anything regarding Ryōki's death).
- Orgasmic Combat: Ryōna can be a little too vocal about her lust for pain in fighting. She'll sometimes skirt dangerously close to home with this trope during gameplay while giving her Clothing Damage:
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her dress is inspired by Swan Lake, being a particularly fancy white dress suitable for a figure skater.
- Serious Business: She will go from a kinky attitude to a serious tone if anyone knows anything about her and Ryōbi's deceased sister, Ryōki. She disposes of Yozakura when she was on the verge of finding out why they transferred to Hebijo.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She tends to casually show off her assets to her friends and happily jiggles them in her win animation.
- Shared Unusual Trait: She and Ryōbi both have Heterochromia.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: She and Ryōbi are biological twin siblings, but contrast each other in several ways. Ryōna has Tareme Eyes, while Ryōbi has Tsurime Eyes. Both have Heterochromia, each with one blue eye and one green eye, but they're on opposite sides. Ryōna has short blonde hair while Ryōbi has long brown hair. Ryōna's breasts stay big all the time, while Ryōbi only has big breasts when in her shinobi transformation. Ryōna focuses on close-range fighting while Ryōbi specializes in long-range sniping. Ryōna is a masochist while Ryōbi is a sadist, which explains a lot about their interactions.
- Stealth Pun: Her Animal Motif is the Pig, which is frequently symbolic of gluttony. She's also a hardcore masochist. She's a glutton for punishment!
- Too Kinky to Torture: Well she is a masochist, after all. During Katsuragi's substory, Katsuragi humors Ryōna and agrees to "bully" her by groping her breasts, but soon regrets it when Ryōna ends up enjoying it instead of resisting like she expected. Her teammates eventually become wise to this and start to withhold punishment if she misbehaves.
- Trigger-Happy: Not as much as Ryōbi, but her Gun Fu skills still makes her prone to this.
- Villains Out Shopping: It may be a hobby of hers, but being Ryōna she's more likely to buy certain items.
Kagura Thousand-Year Festival Executives
A group of shaman shinobi formed by Asuka's grandmother and the Mikagura sisters.
Related to all Kagura Festival shinobi:
- Badass Crew
- Catchphrase: "Dance in the festival of midsummer!"
- Dragon with an Agenda: The Mikagura Sisters are essentially this to Sayuri. While Sayuri's original plan was to force the shinobi girls into the Shinobi Bon Dance so she can teach them her own beliefs of being a Kagura, the sisters only want to meet a certain shinobi girl they've met in their childhood who died fighting a Youma (she is most likely Kagura), and even then, they only participate just to stall time so they can search for her, keeping it a secret from Sayuri over fears that she may find out about it. Once they do make contact with the girl (sort of), her voice convinces the sisters to pursue their own path to becoming a Kagura, prompting them to participate in the Shinobi Bon Dance more seriously.
- Unexpected Character: They managed to pull this off twice. The first time was their reveal in Famitsu magazine during Estival Versus' development period, while the second time comes from their addition to New Wave.
- Wolfpack Boss: In most missions of the Millennium Festival story mode, you always fight the Mikagura sisters alongside each other in a 1-VS-3 fight. There's only a few missions where you fight each of the sisters individually and one at a time.
- VA: Reiko Suzuki (Japanese)Welcome to the Kagura Thousand-Year Festival, young Shinobi.
The wife of the eponymous Hanzo Academys founder and Asukas grandmother. Strong enough to put even Hanzo in his place, Sayuri is a tremendously powerful woman who still has a soft spot for her granddaughter. Lately, shes been traveling around the country alongside the Mikagura sisters as a priestess for the festival. She was also once the target of Kurokages affections, over which Hanzo routinely fought him over years and years ago.
- Armor-Piercing Question: She asks each of the girls if they could readily put aside their emotions in order to make the best choice in a life-or-death situation.
- Ascended Extra: In Burst, Asuka used her name as a threat against Hanzo when he was being perverted at the hot springs. In Estival Versus, she makes a full appearance as a playable character.
- Berserk Button: Do not treat her like she's some old hag unless you want her to shove her foot up your bahonkas. Looking at you, Homura.
- Blow You Away: She mainly fights by generating gusts of wind and tornadoes.
- Cast from Lifespan: She uses a special Shinobi Transformation which has the unfortunate side-effect of shaving off the user's overall lifespan.
- Clothing Damage: Averted because you cannot tear away her clothes. Probably for the best.
- Death from Above: Her Ultimate Hidden Ninpo has her summon a Spirit Bomb-esque ball of energy from the sky, which creates a massive explosion upon impact on the ground.
- Dual Age Modes: Can transfrom from her old woman self to back to her prime as a young adult, which is contrast to Kagura.
- Fan Disservice: Few of the franchise's April Fools' Day pranks shows what would it look like if Sayuri was in Peach Beach Splash, swimsuit and all. Considering the date, these images of a granny in a swimsuit are meant to be reacted with shock.
- Freudian Excuse: She's pretty pushy about the girls learning to suppress their emotions in order to better fight Yoma. It's thanks to her teammates getting killed by a Yoma when she hesitated while trying to decide whether she should prioritize saving them or killing the Yoma. The Yoma managed to both kill her teammates and escape thanks to her hesitation.
- Iconic Item: Her smoking pipes; in her old age, she'll ride her giant pipe like a witch's broomstick (side-saddle, even).
- Kamehame Hadoken: Her Level 2 Hidden Ninpo, which is a wind-based version of the attack.
- Leitmotif: Old Priestess Who Risks Her Life
- Long-Range Fighter: She exclusively fights with long-range wind attacks, with long-range teleports helping her stay at maximum range.
- Mighty Glacier: Her age keeps her from moving swiftly, so she prefers to use Flash Steps or her pipes to travel long distances. To compensate, she is not easy to flinch and her attacks hit very hard.
- Never Mess with Granny: The mere mention of her name is enough to cow Living Legend Hanzo into submission. Asuka's threat to tell Sayuri about Hanzo's Dirty Old Man antics is more than enough to stop him cold.
- Old Master: A former Kagura herself. Since ninja tend to die young in battle, the fact that she lived to retirement age says something about her skills. When defeated, she doesn't collapse but merely takes a step backward and grunts, implying that all the opponent did was finally get a decent hit on her because she wasn't really taking things seriously. And in one mission in Estival Versus, she takes on all twenty-three of the game's characters in succession and wins.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She calls the girls naive idiots when they argue against her Armor-Piercing Question, but urges them to find their own path nonetheless.
- Scarf of Asskicking: It pretty much runs in the family.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Downplayed. Notice how Sayuri's clothes echo the color scheme of Asuka's shinobi uniform (yellow shirt, green dress, red Scarf of Asskicking).
- Time Master: She's able to freeze time in the whole world during the duration of the Millenium Festival.
- The Slow Walk: Justified because she's old, but doesn't make her any less of a badass. She compensates for this with her long-range wind projectiles, teleportation, and riding her smoking pipe like a hoverboard.
- Teleport Spam: Boy, does she love to disappear and reappear in and out of the battlefield using her wind techniques. Almost as bad as Kagura in this regard.
- Too Much Information: To the lament of Imu (and the player, most likely), we are informed that Sayuri wears a thong.
- All right, now Im serious. When you see me like this, call me Jasmine!VA: Rie Tanaka (Japanese)
Sayuris Shinobi Transformation form. Unlike other characters, her transformation affects not just her clothing, but also the age of her body so as to maintain optimal control over her power. Her weapon of choice is her pipe, with which she blows smoke into enemies.
- Blow You Away: She uses a giant pipe to blow away her foes.
- Close-Range Combatant: Focuses more on this than as her old self.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: This form is the result of a forbidden Ultimate Art, which is powered by shaving off pieces of the user's remaining lifespan.
- Epic Flail: She can summon a giant black elephant trunk to whip enemies.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: Another elephant technique summons a storm of giant elephant feet from every direction.
- Head Pet: Her little black elephant, which she uses in a variety of literally crushing Ninpos.
- Leitmotif: The Beauty Who Shaved Her Life
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Let's see. She wears psychedelic clothing reminiscent to the 1960s and has an affinity for smoking, so Jasmine sure does look like one. It Makes Sense in Context because her current age in today's context is 81, so when she was at her late 20s/early 30s (her physical appearance), it was already the 1960s, the age of hippies. Though subverted because while she dresses like a hippie, she doesn't act like one.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Her Level 2 Hidden Ninpo has her summon giant elephant feet to pummel her opponents relentlessly a la Bayonetta-style.
- Power Up Mount: Her Ultimate Hidden Ninpo has her ride on the back of her black African elephant to trample over her opponents.
- Scarf of Asskicking
- Smoking Is Cool
- Statuesque Stunner: In this younger form she is noticeably taller than the other girls. She's listed to be 5'09", making her the tallest female character yet.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Stronger now than in her old age; on top of a similar color scheme, Jasmine's got the same black hair that Asuka does. Jasmine more or less answers the question of 'What would Asuka look like an adult?'
- It's summer! Festival! Fighting Time!
The eldest daughter of the three Mikagura sisters. She has the spirit of a true Tokyoite. While sometimes strong-minded, her sex appeal remains prominent. She dislikes effeminate and cutesy things. If theres a commotion somewhere, shes prone to butting in and raising her own brand of hell. No matter how tense a situation gets, though, she has a sense of humor about her and uses her laughter to break across to the other side.
- Blood Knight
- Catchphrase: Tends to say "Teyandei!" (Goddamnit!) a lot.
- Composite Character: Of Karasu and Tachibana. She's got Karasu's fiery personality along with Tachibana's fighting style.
- Expy: In terms of fighting style, she shares a few similarities to Tachibana. Both fight by using drums and drumsticks of somesort, and both have electricity as their elemental affinity. The key difference between the two is that Tachibana is more quiet and reserved, while Renka is more of a rowdy tomboy.
- Idiot Hair: In the shape of a lightning bolt.
- Instrument of Murder: Fights with her bachi and taiko drums.
- Leitmotif: Those Who Serve the Kagura
- Limit Break:
- Violet Lightning
- Violet Lightning Kai
- Acoustic Shockwave RAIDEN
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In her Shinobi Girl's Heart story, she seeks to help solve everyone's problems by coming up with solutions she believes will do the trick. Thing is, her "solutions" come off as very questionable and she doesn't seem to realize that she's doing more harm than good. Asuka needs a new bra? Publicly embarrass her in front of the masses by calling out for everyone's aid. Murasaki needs to go outside? Blow up her room. Hibari needs to control her diet? Blow up the stores and factory selling Mr. Bunny candy. Eventually she deals with the consequences of her actions from Sayuri and realizes her errors. Her punishment: wear a cute frilly dress.
- Running Gag: Her suggesting others to take off their clothes (or just her trying to strip naked).
- Shock and Awe: In reference to the Japanese god of thunder, Raijin, and his thunder drums, she can create drums to generate electricity by beating on them.
- Tension-Cutting Laughter: Her laugh is described being able to pull this off.
- Thunder Drum: Not only are her raitei electrified but she can also create lighting and electricity by pounding on her taiko drums.
- Tomboy: She hates anything effeminate and cutesy.
- Well, that's one. Let's head on over with a BANG!
The middle child among the Mikagura sisters, Hanabi acts and speaks just how she thinks. An energetic and athletic girl, shes not one for subtlety in her thinking, only able to think in a straightforward manner. Asking her any tough questions just might end up making her literally blow up. When its all said and done, while shes not the sharpest tool in the shed, shes nonetheless self-aware of her actions and feels bad when she does something wrong. She also happens to be well versed in all things pertaining to gunpowder. As for her weapon, she uses a gigantic hammer.
- Book Dumb: Hanabi doesn't really possess the Intelligence to think critically when it counts, especially when she's asked a simple math question.
- Big, Bulky Bomb: She also fights with this.
- Catchphrase: This one is obvious. Just look at her picture quote.
- Drop the Hammer: Her weapon of choice is a huge mallet.
- Dumb Muscle: She packs a powerful punch with her hammer and bombs, yet has trouble thinking logically at all. In fact, she even has trouble keeping secrets for her sisters' benefits which almost lands them some close calls from Sayuri. If she tries to think though, ...well, let's just say... "DOKAN!"
- Expy: Her fighting style seems to be inspired from King Dedede, seeing as how she shares the similarity of wielding a rocket-powered hammer that can fire bombs just like him.
- Fatal Fireworks: She uses fireworks in her fighting style alongside her massive hammer.
- Leitmotif: Hanabi Goes Kaboom!
- Limit Break:
- Special! Big Rocket Fireworks!
- SUPER MEGA BOMBER!
- SUPER DUPER CLIMAX!
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "fireworks", which comes from the fact that she specializes in creating them.
- Mighty Glacier
- Playing with Fire: She can set enemies ablaze with her fireworks.
- Lame excuses are for babies and if you cant concentrate well enough, thats just a sign of how good you really are. I think we know who wins this argument.
Kafuru is the youngest of the Mikagura sisters. A girl with a selfish and calculating streak, she often speaks to others in a condescending manner, riling them up. Whether its through her fluent use of Internet slang or clever use of baby talk, her mockery knows no bounds. That being said, she knows better than to try and adopt those same mannerisms with her sisters, though she is known to tease Hanabi from time to time. She has a chest thats neither big nor particularly small.
With her ability to use water to her advantage, Kafuru can annihilate a wide area foes. She can even summon her dolphin in some of her ninja arts.
- A-Cup Angst: Averted. Unlike virtually every other girl in the series, her breasts are modestly-sized. Thus they're neither outrageously huge like most of the cast nor completely flat like Mirai and pre-transformation Ryōbi. Furthermore, she seems to be quite comfortable with their size. Just don't let her anywhere near Murasaki.
- Catchphrase: She likes to say "Case closed" whenever she is done talking to someone.
- There's also this line. "If I can't do X, I'll go obsolete!"
- Cool Crown: It's also quite cute looking.
- Jerkass: Rivals Ryōbi as one of the most arrogant and spiteful girls in the series.
- Just a Kid: Due of her small stature and general attitude, she tends to be called a child by other characters and treated as such. Doesn't help that she keeps on calling herself a perfectly mature woman, making her seem even less mature.
- Leitmotif: Are You an Idiot?
- Limit Break:
- All Range Festival
- Storm Jet Rider
- Princess Vacuum
- Making a Splash: She specializes in using water based ninja arts ands wields water guns that allow her to cover wide areas in her attacks.
- Troll: She can get people riled up in all sorts of ways by speaking, be it by using baby talk or fluently using Internet slang in a real conversation.
- VA: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese)My sisters, I have been reborn...
Ryōbi and Ryōnas older sister. She died in a past battle against the yōma, however has been revived in the wake of the Kagura Thousand-Year Festival. In addition to her shotgun shield, she also uses her coffin as a weapon. Since she hasn't been completely brought back to life per se, she derives much pleasure from hearing Buddhist sutras being told.
- Actor-Shared Background: Spoofed. She died at the age of 17, and remains that age when she is revived. This syncs up very well with a Running Gag that her voice actress, Kikuko Inoue, always refers to herself as a "17 year old" regardless of her actual age.
- Back from the Dead: Though not completely. She still has a halo over her head.
- Briefcase Blaster: Her coffin can shoot missiles and can turn into a gatling gun. And it is large enough to act as a bludgeoning weapon.
- Captain Ersatz: An undead gunman with a coffin full of weapons? Who do you think this is, the main character of Gungrave?
- Cool Big Sis: The big sis Ryōna and Ryōbi look up to.
- Demonic Possession: The youma that killed her tried to possess her body, but was defeated by Miyabi.
- Ethereal White Dress: Her normal outfit has her wearing a white dress, signifying that she is dead.
- Final Boss: The last battle in Estival Versus is against her. As well as Peach Beach Splash, for some reason.
- Holy Halo: As a sign of her not being entirely alive, despite looking the part, she has a glowing halo above her head.
- Inconsistent Coloring: Interestingly, despite her sisters having heterochromia with green and blue eyes, she only has blue eyes... and then someone touches her halo and they turn green, along with her personality going nuts.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: When she's in her nice personality, both of her eyes are blue.
- Limit Break:
- Happy Missile
- Happy Rain
- Happy Turn
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Not only does she use her shield to defend herself, she also hurls it like a discus. It also fires missiles.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Ryōki can rapid fire missiles from her shield and her coffin.
- Mercy Kill: Miyabi's DLC campaign in Burst Re:Newal reveals that Ryōki asked Miyabi to kill her before she turned into a youma.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her battle outfit is a fancy blue dress with black and gold accents.
- Promoted to Playable: The only instance of her appearance was in a flashback from Shinovi Versus. In Estival Versus, she becomes a playable character.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Ryōbi and Ryōna's red.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Uses a shotgun in combat. The said shotgun also shoots "spirit bullets" which are non-lethal, but still hurt like hell.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: If someone touches her halo, Ryōki hands out F-bombs like candy on Halloween.
- Split Personality: Touching her halo will automatically change her personality from kind, sweet, and caring to angry, rude, and bloodthirsty, dropping Cluster F-Bombs like you wouldn't believe. But it also works the other way around. Whether or not she had this trait before she was killed is a mystery. This is even lampshaded by Ryōbi during Ryōki's final Shinobi Girl's Heart mission.Ryōbi: Ugh! Isn't this "alternate personality" shit kinda weird, when you think about it? You touch a halo and go berserk? Why? It doesn't make any sense.Ryōbi: ..."Entertaining" to who? What are you talking about?
- Super Mode: Her Ultimate Shinobi Art is to trigger her Split Personality, which causes her to temporarily go berserk and wield her coffin as a weapon. When you fight her in the final chapter, she's permanently in this mode.
- Swiss-Army Weapon: Ryōki's coffin triples as a gatling gun and a missile launcher.
A kunoichi from the Dead or Alive franchise who appears in Estival Versus as a special playable guest character.
- Car Fu: One of her Ninja Arts has her summoning a car out of nowhere what crashes into the ground, exploding.
- Flash Step: Utilizes this technique with some of her moves.
- Fully-Clothed Nudity: Ayane's Clothing Damage is sharply limited at the final stage — she will never be actually nude. Then again, many of the sexy finishers are staged and shot in ways that make her remaining clothing a moot point.
- Guest Fighter: From the Dead or Alive series.
- Leitmotif: Stylish SHADOW
- Lightning Bruiser
- Purple Is Powerful: Not only is her hair purple, but the effects of her attacks (including some what are clearly Ki Manipulation) are colored purple.
- Spin Attack: Like always, most of her attacks involes her spinning around.
A second-year student at Nanyo and the main heroine of the Ikki Tousen universe who appears in Estival Versus as a special playable guest character.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: She foregoes any weapon and goes into combat barehanded.
- Blood Knight
- Cute Little Fangs: Shows a single fang in her victory pose.
- Dub Name Change: She's called by her Chinese Name (Sun Ce) on the overseas release of Estival Versus and Peach Beach Splash due to licensing issues.
- Guest Fighter: From the Ikki Tousen franchise.
- Kamehame Hadouken: She does a water-based version of this at the end of her Ultimate Ninpo.
- Leitmotif: Water Dragon of Nanyang
- Lightning Bruiser
- Making a Splash: Her main elemental attribute is water.
- Panty Fighter: Special mention as the animations for her Hidden Ninpo and even her victory pose do show her panties more than with other characters.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: The awkward poses she performs, where Hakufu is clearly embarrassed, is from the time she was undergoing a Ki Training in her home series, in which said poses are said to be real Katas (forms); Hakufu thought she was being fooled by a lecherous old master but, as weird as it was, the training really paid off.
A third-year student from Seitou Academy and guest character from Ikki Tousen who appears in Estival Versus as a special playable guest character.
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon is a naginata called "Blue Dragon Crescent Blade".
- Blow You Away: Her main elemental attribute is wind.
- Dub Name Change: She's called by her Chinese Name (Guan Yu) on the overseas release of Estival Versus and Peach Beach Splash due to licensing issues.
- Guest Fighter: From the Ikki Tousen franchise.
- Hand Blast: She fires a large gust of wind out of her open palm at the end of one of her Secret Ninpo.
- Leitmotif: Proof of the Azure Power
- Lightning Bruiser
- Sword Beam: She can launch razor winds by swinging her naginata.
The licentious bruiser from Ikki Tousen who appears in Estival Versus as a special playable guest character.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Like Sonsaku, she prefers to fight barehanded.
- Dub Name Change: She's called by her Chinese Name (Lu Bu) on the overseas release of Estival Versus and Peach Beach Splash due to licensing issues.
- Flash Step: She can appear right behind an opponent to attack them from behind.
- Guest Fighter: From Ikki Tousen.
- Leitmotif: Soul of Lu Bu
- Lightning Bruiser
- Shock and Awe: Her main elemental attribute is electricity.
- Speed Blitz: One of her moves and Secret Ninpo has her repeatedly attacking her opponents from all directions.
Rinka and Ranka Kagurazaka
- BFS: Rinka wields one for her close combat attack.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Guest Fighter: From Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni-. Notable in that the Valkyrie Drive franchise is considered a Sister Series and Spiritual Successor to the Senran Kagura franchise, with both being helmed by Kenchiro Takaki and sharing a lot of similar Fanservice tropes.
- Official Couple: Carrying over from their origin series, Rinka and Ranka are inseparable.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: As Rinka wields her weapon.
- Power Fist: Ranka uses a couple of gauntlets for her close combat attack.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Ranka as the Tomboy and Rinka and the Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Ranka styles her hair like this.
The main character of the Neptunia games added as DLC for Peach Beach Splash.