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OP Sequence

OP: 「Break your world」 by 佐咲紗花 (Sasaki Sayaka)

「摩天楼に立つ忍者」 (Matenrou ni Tatsu Ninja)
“The ninja that stands by the skyscraper”

This is not an anime about ninjas. I don’t know who might have told you otherwise, but there are no ninjas here. No. Really. Stop looking for ninjas damnit! Well… alright, so it is sort of about ninjas, but that’s not the point. This is a show born from the idea that giant anime breasts are what make the world go round (perhaps they do?). If it manages to excel in any other area, this is no more than a bonus.

Errr okay, quick discourse on plot… plot… what was it again…? Oh right, modern day secret ninjas who take on jobs out of a seemingly mundane school that is in no way suspicious at all, no sir! Hanzou Academy is just your totally average school! This particular episode really only serves to introduce our characters and central premise, with a rather pacy and enticing opening segment to hook in unsuspecting viewers who may not realise that this is not the primary purpose of the anime. Excessive levels of shadow aside (I guess it works given the theme), it was actually pretty cool!

Now at the forefront of our core quintet of student ninjas we have the unbelievably unskilled, granddaughter of a legend, Asuka (Harada Hitomi), who barely manages to restrain herself from telling everyone her entire life story. Of all the ninjas, she seems the most prone to disaster, perhaps even more so than the unbearably clumsy Hibari (Iguchi Yuka). Yagyuu (Mizuhashi Kaori) takes the stage as the prodigy of the group, with Ikaruga (Imai Asami) playing the role of the prim and proper ‘class president’ type, and Katsuragi (Kobayashi Yuu) as the crazy molester lesbian who gropes everything that moves. Based on the OP, it’s probably safe to assume that everyone apart from Hibari has a ~dark past~.

Of course, there are other ninjas out there, specifically the bad ones. These come in the form of Homura (Kitamura Eri), Yomi (Kayano Ai), Hikage (Shiraishi Ryoko), Mirai (Gotou Saori), and Haruka (Toyoguchi Megumi). So far, we have no idea what exactly makes these the evil ninjas (other than the unprovoked ambush), but it’s fairly safe to say that there’s a huge contrast between our heroes and these others. To the former, being a ninja is about fun, games and probably groping. To the latter, it’s about being a goddamn ninja.

Naturally, fan-service abounds… wait… no god no wrong cap wrong cap oh lord Fate/Zero is ruined for me forever! Mental scarring from Kiriya-sensei (Fujiwara Keiji) aside (I’m not going to sleep tonight!), most of the fan-service tends to be on the slightly more tasteful side, with nothing quite as excessive as say… Hagure Yuusha no Estetica. While I expected masses of beams of light to provide censorship (and there were masses of beams of light which were admittedly slightly annoying for an entirely different reason), it turns out there was really very little to be censored in the first place. I’m not sure whether that’s something to be disappointed over or not. Yay, no horribly hackneyed censorship I guess? Surprisingly for an anime that prides itself on its oversized breasts, the animation for the objects in question was not always great. Some of the combat wasn’t bad though, and the transformation sequences, while not as racy as expected, were certainly pretty awesome to watch!

If you want breasts, fan-service, no ninjas, transformation sequences, a brilliant cast of seiyuu, and some fantastically surgical stabs to the part of the brain which manages nightmare fuel, this could well be your anime of the year!

tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Boi~n. That is all. #kaguratv

Random thoughts:

  • Hmmm… what could be in this box? Oh. Of course.
  • What kind of ninja is scared of garden variety delinquents?
  • I feel terrible for saying this, but I actually kind of like the ‘evil‘ ninjas more…
  • Best transformation sequence award goes to Hibari!

Full-length images: 02, 05, 11, 12, 16, 20, 22, 23, 28, 30, 33, 34, 39, 40.

Eyecatch: A-part, B-part


ED Sequence

ED: 「Fighting Dreamer」 by 原田ひとみ、今井麻美、小林ゆう、水橋かおり、井口裕香 (Harada Hitomi, Imai Asami, Koyabashi Yuu, Mizuhashi Kaori, Iguchi Yuka)


January 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm
  • January 7, 2013 at 5:06 pmDragon Tattoo

    Anime of the year, confirmed.

    R2 Blu-Ray preordered.

    Vita game Pre-ordered.

    Oppai Mousepad, Ordered.

    • January 7, 2013 at 5:59 pmNatsu

      im ready fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap

      • January 7, 2013 at 8:05 pmSortedevaras

        These boobies are at Dragonauts level!

    • January 8, 2013 at 7:33 amJohnHayabusa

      Just what I need: boobs and yuri! :)

  • January 7, 2013 at 5:10 pmZanibas

    Kitamura Eri has moved from being Sayaka to Homura to help chase Madoka Nia Hibari once more.

    Hello my guilty pleasure of the season! D:

  • January 7, 2013 at 5:25 pmSilivious

    I really want the game to come the U.S, lol…the maker has already said he’s interested in getting it on the E-Shop…now it just has to come. =D
    Anyway, good episode, lotta bounce…bounce….boing…
    Erm, yeah. >_>;

    • January 8, 2013 at 3:13 amMoomba

      Takaki is the hero video games need!

  • January 7, 2013 at 5:29 pmstarss

    Would you like more ninjas with your boobies in your ninja anime?

    • January 7, 2013 at 5:43 pmDuelistdusk

      And some extra fan-service and panty shots. Please.

  • January 7, 2013 at 5:49 pmTaiyo

    Wasn’t there also an anime last year about breast stealing ninjas with breast nunchaku?

  • January 7, 2013 at 5:57 pmJolly

    I guess I can consider my “strictly-fan-service-not-at-all-plot-oriented-anime” slot filled for this season

  • January 7, 2013 at 6:05 pmdimasok

    There was this other anime where they were cutting breasts… only anime ever i stopped watching because it disturbed me…

  • January 7, 2013 at 6:08 pmewok40k

    can’t see the forest ninjas because of the trees b00bs

  • January 7, 2013 at 6:40 pmmrecchiman

    Apparently there’s no nipple shown so it seems like a waste for what’s clearly an anime about big boobs (always a possibility for another episode I suppose or for OVA shorts on the Blu-ray extras)


    Do you plan to review this every week or was this first episode enough for you?

    • January 8, 2013 at 3:14 amMoomba

      Unfortunately my blogging schedule is already packed for this season so I won’t be covering Senran Kagura on a weekly basis. I’ll definitely still be watching it though!

  • January 7, 2013 at 7:01 pmsenkag

    meet asuka who past through a test now arrive at hanzou academy school which is secret ninja school with include a ojou ninja, doobi grab feeling blonde, one eye girl, & clumsy girl all 5 of them main ninja girl group.

    with master who pop out of smoke bombs tell them to do mission to stop school bullies so on the mission go while asusa got distract dark girl she met on boat.

    the other 4 main ninja girls battle the bullies but it turned to be bunch of puppets cue ninja battle zone & beat the puppets.

    while asuka came late with rest wonder going yea the dark girl that asuka meet is part another ninja female group that also behind puppets cue the challenge is on.

  • January 7, 2013 at 7:43 pmfragb85

    Its very difficult to hate a series that is incredibly honest about what it is. When its premise put forth boobs and ninjas, that’s exactly what I got. In fact its seems that all the fanservice is on the boobs, there’re surprisingly minimal panty shots, usually only provided by Katsu.

    What I did like though is that this show is downright silly, and seems to to be aware of that so it focuses on being fun. Its like a fanservicey version of AKB0048

    • January 8, 2013 at 12:21 pmStilts

      Agreed. It’s hard to hate a show that knows what it is, revels in it 1000%, and is clearly having fun doing it. So what if it’s not serious? It’s not taking itself seriously, so neither should we!

  • January 7, 2013 at 7:51 pmkam

    big bewbs … big bewbs everywhere

  • January 7, 2013 at 9:19 pmVaans

    My Body is ready.

  • January 7, 2013 at 9:52 pmFT5Havok

    New generation Ikitousen? I bet Stilts-san is rejoicing! xD

    • January 8, 2013 at 12:19 pmStilts

      Mo like, the new Hyakka Ryouran. And yes, I love this show already :D

  • January 7, 2013 at 9:55 pmKinny Riddle

    I have no illusion about what this anime is about, having seen video clips of the 3DS game, it even makes no shame of admitting being a “bouncing boob” title itself in its promo videos.

    Which is why I’ll be watching this as my “Guilty Pleasure of the Season”. :D

    Though the first episode lacks the “exploding clothes” gimmick which made the video game notorious. (If you discount Asuka removing her top to escape her pursuers in the opening scene)

    • January 8, 2013 at 12:00 amZannafar

      Don’t forget that producer Kenichiro Takaki came up with the idea for the game because “one of the things people want to see the most in 3D are breasts.”

      And the game might come to the west in 2013, as one of his tweets last year was “I’ll wrap the world in happy boobs next year.”

      • January 8, 2013 at 10:57 amstarss

        Bouncing 3D breasts in a Japanese video game. Wow what an original idea!

  • January 8, 2013 at 12:11 amFT5Havok

  • January 8, 2013 at 12:56 amNekomimimeido

    Will enjoy this better if this series contains a Harem Hero (Trope!) character for the girls to target.

    • January 8, 2013 at 7:40 amLadioss

      Who needs a harem hero when you have a troup of badass ninjas ?

      Moreso when you have Katsu-nee around to do the groping ?

    • January 8, 2013 at 12:23 pmStilts

      Katsu-nee is the harem hero. Grope ALL the breasts, Katsu-nee. All of them!

    • January 11, 2013 at 2:32 amName (required)

      Screw the Harem, We have yuri!

  • January 8, 2013 at 3:54 amSeedStriker

    Naruto done right? What is this sorcery?! C’mon Man!

    • January 8, 2013 at 10:58 amstarss

      It’s funny how the one with bouncing boobies is more about ninjas than Naruto is!

  • January 8, 2013 at 4:03 amRyuuzaki21

    Christiiiiina! ooops. wrong anime. >,<

    going to watch this for boobies

  • January 8, 2013 at 5:11 amMike

    I can’t be the only one to have noticed this right away:


  • January 8, 2013 at 5:58 amSams

    You are supposed to love the evil Ninjas … as a guilty pleasure. ^_^

  • January 8, 2013 at 6:25 amTingster013

    Too bad they ain’t real ninjas. No,taking off your clothes is not substitution technique.

  • January 8, 2013 at 10:58 amKairoru

    I’m here for the “plot”

    • January 8, 2013 at 12:19 pmStilts

      Big, bouncing plots…

  • January 8, 2013 at 12:12 pmAllen Walker

    I can find more of a story plot in hentai than anime recently. The sad thing is that im not even trolling im dead serious. Am i the only one who’s noticed that hentai is starting to have more of a story plot than anime now?

    Im being serious here so try to think about it before bashing me because your a dedicated fan of ecchi. It seems like anime is starting to regress in terms of story because they can make more off of an ecchi anime than one that’s completely dedicated to plot. (sex sells) On the other hand hentai seems to be making strides in story telling. Yes there are still a lot of cliche ones coming out but some really amazing ones are starting to pop out more often now. For instance i just read a hentai called stopman and it was comedy gold! (also awesome hentai scences) Funnier than most if not all moe/all girl anime in a long time.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if one day hentai and anime switched places (or at least meet somewhere in the middle ground) since their starting to adapt to the other

  • January 8, 2013 at 1:00 pmFelipe


  • January 8, 2013 at 3:32 pmDmonHiro

    Kotomine, NOOO!

    I know Gil said you should enjoy yourself more, but I don’t think this is what he had in mind.

    • January 15, 2013 at 11:51 pmMormegil

      More like Kariya. But, yeah, I’m glad I’m not the only one who was reminded of Fate/Zero with this character.

  • January 8, 2013 at 3:42 pmWuz

    Fujiwara Keiji moaning while eating that sushi roll made my day.

  • January 8, 2013 at 5:26 pmEntrav

    Boobs boobs boobs. Boobs are all we need.

  • January 9, 2013 at 5:35 amTheMoondoggie

    Ok so it’s melon season? Big deal, like I’d fall for delicious, bouncy, physics-defying melons that are the true romance of true men…. /drool

  • January 10, 2013 at 1:17 pmWanderer

    Ye gods, girl! Either button your shirt, or don’t wear it at all! (I vote for the latter)

  • January 11, 2013 at 11:19 amClinton

    The game this is based on is rather fun.

  • January 15, 2013 at 11:52 pmMormegil

    Kobayashi Yuu <3

  • January 27, 2013 at 4:47 pmboostkai

    First I wanted to say it is the best product I know on downloads and I wanted to ask you to please follow up images of Senra kagura as it is a very good series. Thanks for reading my comment and hopefully Senra kagura rise again. arigatou gozaimasu