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This week’s issue of Famitsu revealed that Kenichiro Takaki has left Marvelous after more than a decade with the company. However, he’s staying on as the producer of the Senran Kagura series.

In an interview with the Japanese magazine, Takaki explained his departure and more. Here’s the roundup of what was shared, courtesy of Gematsu:

Update: Despite Takai’s departure, he will still act as the producer of the Senran Kagura series.


Original: Kenichiro Takaki, the creator of the Senran Kagura, is no longer with Marvelous. Japanese magazine Famitsu reports that Takaki has left the company after working there for 13 years.

This week’s issue of Famitsu will include a big interview with Takaki. He’ll address his departure, the future of Senran Kagura, and more. There’s also talk about Takaki’s ventures into new territory at Marvelous, including new ‘multi-media projects’.

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Senran Kagura originally started out as a 3DS game. The series has expanded considerably since the series first debuted in 2011, and continues to reach new platforms. But as far as 3DS goes, producer Kenichiro Takaki says that things are “pretty much complete.”

When asked about the possible future of Senran Kagura on the portable, Takai said:

“The 3DS series is pretty much complete. Senran Kagura: Deep Crimson pretty much summed up the entire story so I have no plans to release any more 3DS titles.”

The next Senran Kagura came coming to a Nintendo platform is Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura. While a release date hasn’t been announced,

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This information comes from Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki…

“The Switch game was included in the Nintendo Direct in Japan. Since then, we haven’t really said much about it, but it’s going to be a different flavor of a Senran Kagura title. It’s going to use HD Rumble to its full extent and the idea is that it’s going to be an interesting game to allow the player to feel the girl inside the game.

We definitely want to localize it, but we have to see what comes of it and if it’s possible.”

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Earlier this year, it was announced that Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki had established his own studio within Marvelous known as Honey ∞ Parade Games. It’s here where the Switch game Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura is being developed.

In this week’s Famitsu, Takaki reveals that Honey ∞ Parade Games is working on another Switch game alongside Shinobi Refle, which should make use of the system’s unique features. Also, it will be a retail title unlike the upcoming Senran Kagura game.

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The Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 is less than a month away. One person who we can likely expect to be in attendance is Kenichiro Takaki, the creator of Senran Kagura. Takaki shared a photo on Twitter of an invite he received for the event.

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Takaki’s invitation raises the question as to whether we can expect to hear any news about Senran Kagura on Switch – or maybe he’ll simply be there for the sake of it. We’ll find out when the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 is hosted on January 12 (January 13 for folks in Europe and Australia).

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In an interview with Vice, Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki discussed how he originally came up with the concept for the series. He told the site:

“I wanted to create something that is very easy to understand but very deep and detailed for those who appreciate beautiful female characters. The first Senran Kagura was a very tight-budget project, and I didn’t expect it would sell much. I didn’t even think of the game going outside of Japan, so I decided to do my best to pursue what I wanted to do, and that turned out great as the game became very deep and detailed, and a fan base started to grow. I had the idea of Burst, the sequel to the first one, from the beginning, but at the same time, I didn’t think it would grow to be the series it’s become.”

Senran Kagura began on 3DS, and the sequel also ended up on the system. The franchise has moved around to other platforms since then, so it’ll be interesting to see if it returns to something like Switch in the future.

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This past week, Marvelous announced a new Senran Kagura game known as Peach Beach Splash. It’s not planned for Nintendo platforms, but series creator and producer Kenichiro Takaki remains interested in supporting what the big N brings to the table.

In an interview with DualShockers, Takaki spoke briefly about his interest in NX as well as how he still wants to make a pinball game. You can read his comments on both of those topics below, along with talk about how Nintendo initially reacted to Senran Kagura.

Marvelous is planning further developments for the Senran Kagura series, according to producer Kenichiro Takaki. Speaking with 4Gamer, Takaki teased plans for 2016:

“I believe that 2016 will be a year that we’ll see even bigger changes than we did this year. I’d like for our team to become one and continue making fun games in this era, with tenderness and our unchanging love for boobs and games.”

Takaki added that fans can “look forward to new information on the Senran Kagura series” in 2016.

Several Senran Kagura games have been created since the series debuted in 2013. However, producer Kenichiro Takaki still seems to have many ideas in store for the future. He has more elements in general that he’d like to realize, and he also has a number of stories that he’d like to tell.

According to Takaki:

There are lots of new aspects I want to add to the series, and lots more stories I want to tell. If you play Senran Kagura 2 and Estival Versus, you might get a glimpse of what I’m trying to say, but there’s still a lot more story that I want to dive into!

The latest Senran Kagura game, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson, is coming to North America and Europe in the very near future.

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