Let me preface this by saying this both is and isn’t exactly what it looks like.
So, Senran Kagura is a series that exists because the 3DS came out and the developer was like “Dude…oh my gosh we could TOTALLY MAKE BOUNCING BREASTS IN 3D!!!” That’s not a joke, he literally said he wanted to make the game so he could have portable 3D boobs.
I guess…can’t fault a guy for having ambition? We’ll go with that.
So then a sequel was made for the PSVita to experience “the joys of boobs and butts in glorious high definition” or words to that effect. Also because the rear touch panel would let you poke the rear touch panel, HEY-YOOOO!!!!
Anyways the game sold like gangbusters and got a sequel called Deep Crimson for the 3DS, a cooking rhythm game for the Vita, and now this thingy. So, now that we have all that out of the way, let me tell you why you should absolutely give Senran Kagura a chance.
Yes, there’s boobs galore. Yes, there’s a clothes ripping mechanic. Yes, you can transform into skimpy outfits (so…Sailor Moon…), and yes, you can “interact” with the girls which is a little weird.
So why do I think you should give the game a chance? Well, somehow, someway, Senran Kagura actually have a really freaking deep and well-written story with deep and well-written characters and well thought out character growth and no none of that was meant as a double entendre. Seriously, I kicked around the 3DS version a while back, and while I got sidetracked by other new games and never finished it, I was blown away by how well-freaking written the story is. I mean, sure, if you’re in a relationship maybe make sure you significant other is cool with it (or, I dunno…buy her Hakuoki to play while you play Senran Kagura?), but the gameplay is actually very well done, reminiscent of Guardian Heroes, and the story is told in a visual novel format that has you actually care about the protagonists and eager to see what happens next.
Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by its…lack…of…cover…
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is releasing March 26th, 2015. There’s no word on a stateside release, but we got the first two titles and already have the rhythm game confirmed, so it’s safe to assume we’ll get Deep Crimson and probably Estival Versus as well.