Senran Kagura 1 – Surprisingly Un-Hentai

Except for Katsuragi groping all the time and leaving her breasts exposed like that.

Summary:

Senran Kagura starts with our heroine Asuna being pursued for her ninja scroll.

She manages to escape by using her shirt as a decoy and setting off a smoke bomb while she boards a helicopter.

Asuka takes a boat back to Asakusa, enjoying the view of the city after being away for so long.

Short flashback about Asuka promising her father that she will make him proud as a shinobi.

A dark-skinned girl chats with her for a while but she leaves Asuka as the boat reaches its destination.

Asuka returns to Hanzo academy but has to avoid being seen as it’s part of her role as a ninja.

She makes her way to the secret room where her fellow ninjas are waiting for her. She’s greeted by Katsuragi with a friendly breast fondle.

Their mentor, Kiriya, appears and grades Asuka’s recent mission. He then instructs everyone to prepare for their training.

The girls get changed and make their way to the secret training room for some sparring practice while the narrator introduces everybody.

After they finish training, the girls have Asuka’s futomaki.

Kiriya appears again and enjoys some futomaki himself.

He sends the girls to do an outdoor mission about taking out a gang of delinquents. They decide to split up to find the delinquents faster.

Asuka runs into the girl she met in the boat. The girl tells her that she was on a class outing when she got lost. Asuka agrees to help her find her way back.

Meanwhile, Hibari and Yagyuu get cornered by the delinquents.

Hibari sends out a signal fire to call in the others but Asuka couldn’t afford to leave the girl she was with.

The girl Asuka was with gives a suspicious look once Asuka had turned her back and signals toward a girl on the tower with the same uniform.

The girl tries to assassinate Asuka with a short blade but Asuka gets surprised by some ducks flying past her and she falls into a river.

Katsuragi and Ikaruga had beaten the delinquents, but they come back surrounded by dark aura and cause a barrier o trap the ninja girls.

The girls are left with no choice but to transform. Katuragi’s transformed state is basically just some new boots and her uniform with her breasts exposed. I don’t get it.

Meanwhile, Asuka manages to get out of the river. The girl, Homura, finally gives her name to Asuka as she parts ways with her.

The girls beat the delinquents again and find out that the delinquents were actually mannequins probably controlled by an enemy.

On their way back, Hibari trips on her own feet but is saved by the girl from the tower who quickly runs off as soon as Hibari gets back on her feet.

Asuka finally reuinites with the other girls. Ikaruga asks about Asuka’s state and also informs her that her absence in the fight will probably be reported to Kiriya.

The antagonists watch from afar as the episode ends.

Thoughts:

Well, it’s pretty much how I expected it to be: Really shallow plot and characters with emphasis on fanservice, comedy and action (in that specific order). The characters all fit really overdone stereotypes. The plot doesn’t seem to have much going except for “rival ninja schools fighting each other for a scroll”. Another little detail that I can’t get with is the weird narrator that only pops up to explain technical terms that we probably don’t need to know. I do believe I can go on to watch this anime without listening to anything he would have said and still understand the story. Wow, this is such a step down from the anime I used to talk about here…Still, I’d rather be doing this than “generic slice-of-life anime #69”. Hey, for what it sells itself for, Senran Kagura is a fun watch. It doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously. It knows that no one’s expecting a good plot and it’s not acting like it should have a good plot. It’s not just the boobs. Senran Kagura had it’s funny moments and I find the action is decent enough despite the overall animation quality. Now, Senran Kagura probably doesn’t have a big budget, and it shows. The style isn’t impressive and anatomy can be inconsistent. Go check out Katsuragi’s boobs in the second to the last image and then compare it to her boobs in the header image. Significantly bigger aren’t they? The animation quality is at it’s best during fight scenes and when someone’s breasts are bouncing. The music isn’t all that great. It’s typical ninja soundtracks. It’s not obnoxious or terrible though, just plain. Another thing with Senran Kagura, it’s definitely a fanservice anime but so far, it never got into hentai territory and I don’t think it will. It’s got innuendos, yeah, but Senran Kagura started as an action game for the 3DS and the game never really played on sexual themes. It just had hot girls. I don’t think it’s gonna be like Queen’s Blade or Hyakka Ryouran where there were nipples everywhere and girls would have tentacles slithering up their asses. That’s it for now, I guess.

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