Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

Second in the Versus subseries of Senran KaguraEstival Versus delves into the backstories of the young shinobi girls as they attempt to make peace with the losses they have endured in their lives… in between fun and frolics on the beaches of a strange other world.


Developer: Tamsoft
Publisher: Xseed/Marvelous
Available on: PS4, Vita, Windows PC


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Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Introduction - Senran Kagura is one of the most consistently misunderstood series in the entire Japanese gaming canon. At least part of this is due to the outspoken nature of series creator Kenichiro Takaki who, legend has it, only created the series in the first place because he wanted to see breasts popping out of the glasses-free … Continue reading Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Introduction
Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Historical Context and Mechanics - The Senran Kagura series as a whole primarily has its roots in the brawler or beat ’em up genre, and while it draws mechanical influences from both classics in the field and contemporaries, it very much has its own identity. Exactly how Senran Kagura channels the brawler genre has evolved somewhat over the game’s several installments. The first game in the … Continue reading Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Historical Context and Mechanics
Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation - One of the biggest strengths of the Senran Kagura series as a whole is its comprehensive lore, consisting of numerous intertwining character backstories and its own take on Japanese mythology. Interestingly, the complete series doesn’t take a linear approach to exploring its narrative, instead breaking itself into three main branches: the “main” plot, the Versus plot, and the spin-off … Continue reading Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation
Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Sights and Sounds - The Senran Kagura series has a particularly striking aesthetic that makes it instantly recognisable — and this is the work of not only its visuals, but its soundtrack, too. Combining the distinctive character designs of artist Nan Yaegashi with a delightfully rockin’ (and varied) soundtrack, Senran Kagura clearly has a keen awareness of the fact that successful series … Continue reading Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Sights and Sounds

Other Articles about Senran Kagura

Waifu Wednesday: Yomi - All right, all right, one more Senran Kagura waifu and then we’re done! DONE, I say! For now, anyway. I wanted to give Yomi a bit of attention because she’s an immensely likeable character who subverts a lot of expectations and has some interesting backstory. She particularly shines in Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal’s Hebijo arc, but I … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Yomi
Waifu Wednesday: Miyabi - It occurs to me that in previous installments of this column, I have given some time and attention to three of the four main “faction” leaders in Senran Kagura — Homura, Asuka and Yumi — so it probably behooves me to devote today to Miyabi. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge her a moment … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Miyabi
Senran Kagura Peach Ball: Bump ‘n’ Bounce - There’s a convincing argument to be made that a long-running video game franchise has only seen true success when it’s had a video pinball spinoff on a Nintendo platform. I jest, obviously, but there are a number of fun examples from over the years — primarily direct from Nintendo, it has to be said, what … Continue reading Senran Kagura Peach Ball: Bump ‘n’ Bounce
Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal: Within the Depths of Shadow - The very first release in the Senran Kagura series — one we didn’t get here in the West — focused exclusively on the Hanzou girls’ narrative, which we discussed in detail last time. It wasn’t until the expanded rerelease Senran Kagura Burst — which we did get in the West, and which forms the basis for Burst Re:Newal — that … Continue reading Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal: Within the Depths of Shadow
Waifu Wednesday: Haruka - Out of all the members of Senran Kagura’s core cast, Haruka initially seems like the one who has it most together — or, perhaps more accurately, is most at peace with the person she is. Combining a sense of genuinely warm, sisterly affection for her friends and comrades with an overtly sexual interest in both … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Haruka
Waifu Wednesday: Asuka - It would be remiss of me to run a Senran Kagura feature and not give good old Asuka a bit of time in the Waifu Wednesday spotlight, wouldn’t it? Like Ikaruga, Homura, Mirai and Hikage before her, Asuka has been part of the series since its inception, and was initially regarded as its main protagonist. … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Asuka
Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal: The Pairing of Sword and Shield - We live in an age where remakes and reboots are very popular. Exactly how that came to be is anyone’s guess — improving technology leading creators to believe they can better realise the original intention of a work, presumably — but regardless of the reasoning, here we are. Senran Kagura, a series which turned eight years … Continue reading Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal: The Pairing of Sword and Shield
The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 29 – The Happenings - Pete and Chris reconvene after a short break to catch up on all the gaming news that has been happening since the last Nintendo Direct and Tokyo Game Show 2019. Turns out there's quite a lot of it!
Waifu Wednesday: Homura - Homura, leader of the Crimson Squad and former elite shinobi of Hebijo Clandestine Girls’ Academy, has stood out throughout the whole Senran Kagura series, and she’s also a character that has undergone some of the most interesting and significant development over the course of the various games’ narrative arcs. Whether it’s her early appearances as … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Homura
Senran Kagura: Shinobi Creativity - Besides being a cracking series of games that are a lot of fun to enjoy in their own right, a very appealing aspect of the Senran Kagura series for a lot of players is how it encourages creativity. This has taken a number of different forms over the years, beginning with the simple option to … Continue reading Senran Kagura: Shinobi Creativity
Waifu Wednesday: Yumi - It would probably be remiss of me to ignore one of the most consistently popular characters in the Senran Kagura series while we’re smack dab in the middle of a detailed exploration of it, huh? Yes, it is absolutely time to acknowledge Yumi’s popularity among fans of the series worldwide — and also to address … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Yumi
Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash: No Shirt, No Shoes, All Shinobi Shooting - It’s understandable that some people approached Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash with a certain amount of trepidation prior to its initial release. After all, here was a series that was supposedly about ninja girls fighting an unseen battle against the otherworldly youma forces, and yet their next game seemed to have them all clad in bikinis having … Continue reading Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash: No Shirt, No Shoes, All Shinobi Shooting
Waifu Wednesday: Hikage - One wouldn’t think that a character seemingly devoid of emotions would be a popular choice. But Senran Kagura’s resident snek wife would like a quiet word to educate you. As one of the more longstanding members of the Senran Kagura cast — she’s been in there since the very beginning — it’s understandable that Hikage has plenty … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Hikage
Waifu Wednesday: Mirai - I’ve had at least one specific request to show Mirai some love while we’re in Senran Kagura season — and I know at least one other person who will appreciate her inclusion, too — so here you are: Mirai gets her turn in the spotlight this week. As it happens, I was going to bring … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Mirai
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit: The Fastest Route to the Heart - When the Senran Kagura series first launched, I’m not sure anyone could have quite predicted the trajectory it would take. While some fans lament the fact that the series has deviated somewhat from its original course of “cool female ninjas fight youma, also there are breasts and bums”, I can’t say I’m the slightest bit … Continue reading Senran Kagura Bon Appétit: The Fastest Route to the Heart
Senran Kagura: An Almost-Comprehensive Look at Gessen’s Use of Classical Music - The Gessen girls, introduced in Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus on PlayStation Vita and pretty much a fixture ever since, are certainly a distinctive lot. Taking a rather different approach to being “good” shinobi than Asuka and friends at Hanzou National Academy, the students of Gessen Girls’ Academy learned everything they know about the world from … Continue reading Senran Kagura: An Almost-Comprehensive Look at Gessen’s Use of Classical Music
We Need To Get Better At Talking About Sex - Sex is great and all, but have you tried talking about it? This is something that the games industry in general appears to struggle greatly with, since adult gaming is still in a weird niche where it’s commonly understood to exist and is appreciated by its core audiences, but at the same time it’s still not … Continue reading We Need To Get Better At Talking About Sex
Senran Kagura: Introduction - Senran Kagura. Now there’s a series we’re no strangers to here on MoeGamer, but it’s been a long time since it graced the Cover Game feature. With the recent release of Peach Ball at the time of writing, I thought it was about time we fixed that. This Cover Game feature is, as much as … Continue reading Senran Kagura: Introduction
Waifu Wednesday: Ikaruga - Since we’re about to kick off a veritable estival (sic) of Senran Kagura funtimes here on MoeGamer, I thought we may as well start with a relevant Waifu Wednesday. At this point, even if you just take the console and handheld games into account and discount the two mobile games, Senran Kagura has an absolutely massive ensemble cast so … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Ikaruga
Special Announcement: The MoeGamer Compendium, Volume 1 - Good morning, everyone! Today I wanted to share a very special announcement with you. I made a book! Yes, for those who would like to remove the “always-online” DRM requirement from MoeGamer’s Cover Game features, I now present to you the ideal solution for all your reading needs: The MoeGamer Compendium, Volume 1, collecting together … Continue reading Special Announcement: The MoeGamer Compendium, Volume 1
What’s in the Box: Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Bountiful Beauties Edition - Senran Kagura is a longstanding favourite here at MoeGamer, so there was no way I was going to miss out on a shiny new limited edition for a reimagining of the game that started it all. Marvelous Europe’s limited editions have been consistently good quality in my experience, and they’ve really outdone themselves with this … Continue reading What’s in the Box: Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Bountiful Beauties Edition
The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 11 – Shadow of Silent Probotectravania in Time. Also Asterix - Pete and Chris get together to chat about old-school Konami... and how this somewhat fallen-from-grace publisher might be learning from some of its mistakes. Plus the usual news and "what we've been playing" segments.
Senran Kagura Reflexions: Shinobi Intimacy - Here in the West, we’re all thoroughly familiar with the idea of furthering your enjoyment of a game by purchasing additional merchandise to celebrate your love of it. Depending on the game, we might get action figures, posters, comics, books, soundtrack CDs… but rarely something “extra” in the original medium, unless a sequel comes along, … Continue reading Senran Kagura Reflexions: Shinobi Intimacy
Reflections on PlayStation Vita - At the time of writing, Sony has just announced that production of the PlayStation Vita will be ending in 2019, with no plans for a successor. This follows news from earlier this year that we’re counting down the days until the last Western physical Vita release, with many of the last releases coming in limited … Continue reading Reflections on PlayStation Vita
The “Build a Harem” Tag - It’s been a while since a Community tag post, so let’s let our hair down a bit, since the ever-charming Raistlin was kind enough to nominate me with some very nice words! This particular tag originated from Cactus Matt over at the excellent Anime Q and A blog — he’s a frequent collaborator with a … Continue reading The “Build a Harem” Tag
The One-Liner Challenge - Time for a Community tag post! This one looked like a particularly fun one, and after the lovely Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime specifically requested me to do one about games, who was I to refuse? The original tag came from The Awkward Book Blogger and was based around, as you might expect, … Continue reading The One-Liner Challenge
Altering Content and Self-Censorship Pleases No-One - Yesterday, DRM-free digital distribution platform GOG.com posted a lengthy interview with localisation producer Tom Lipschultz and team leader Ken Berry from XSEED Games, whose most recent localisation project Zwei has recently been released on GOG’s storefront. Lipschultz in particular has been known up until the time of writing as someone who claims to hold a … Continue reading Altering Content and Self-Censorship Pleases No-One
The MoeGamer Awards: Best Community - The MoeGamer Awards are a series of made-up prizes that give me an excuse to celebrate games, concepts and communities I’ve particularly appreciated over the course of 2017. Find out more and suggest some categories here! The first thing I’d like to celebrate is something that I feel is rather important: community. Over the last … Continue reading The MoeGamer Awards: Best Community
What’s in the Box: Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash - I grew up with computer games in the ’80s and ’90s. Those who also grew up in that era know that means one thing: big box game releases! If there’s one thing I’ve come to really miss in the last couple of console generations, it’s big box releases of games on all platforms — not … Continue reading What’s in the Box: Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash
An Open Letter to Kenichiro Takaki, Marvelous Games and All Producers of Games with Fanservice - A recent article published by PlayStation Lifestyle suggested that Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki has considered toning down the fanservice elements of his most famous series. Speaking with the site, Takaki-san reportedly said that he had pondered this possibility “a little bit… the game started out very small and that was the big selling point … Continue reading An Open Letter to Kenichiro Takaki, Marvelous Games and All Producers of Games with Fanservice
Destructoid’s Valkyrie Drive Review is More Than Just “Bad Games Journalism” - This week, Destructoid’s Jed Whitaker posted a review of Valkyrie Drive Bhikkuni, a PC port of a Vita game produced by Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki’s new studio Honey Parade Games. The review, such as it was, angered a lot of people — and with good reason, since it began with the headline “Dynasty Warriors for … Continue reading Destructoid’s Valkyrie Drive Review is More Than Just “Bad Games Journalism”
Some Thoughts on Localisation - Localisation is, it seems, a somewhat thorny issue these days — but it’s one worth discussing. Before I begin today, I’d like to emphasise that by no means am I attempting to present a “definitive” opinion here. By its very nature, this is a topic that is highly subjective and a matter of opinion, and … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Localisation
The MoeGamer GameCast: Episode 3 - In this episode, Midori, Yumi, Penelope and I talk about why so many modern JRPGs are flat-out ignored, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and more. Midori also has a quiz for you if you want to try and prove you know more than your average Western games journalist about the JRPG genre in general. The original music, … Continue reading The MoeGamer GameCast: Episode 3
Waifus I Have Loved - As Valentine’s Day rolls around once again, I find myself keenly aware that not everyone in this world is fortunate enough to be blessed with a partner, lover, spouse or otherwise significant other as understanding, tolerant and patient as my good wife. At times like this, a man often turns to solace in the arms … Continue reading Waifus I Have Loved
Senran Kagura: More Than Just Life and Hometown… Much More - “Tits are life, ass is hometown.” So runs the catchphrase of Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki, and the unofficial tagline for the series as a whole. While Takaki’s sentiments are refreshingly honest in a world of increasing political correctness — indeed, supposedly the only reason Senran Kagura exists at all is because Takaki wanted to see breasts on the … Continue reading Senran Kagura: More Than Just Life and Hometown… Much More

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