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Kenichiro Takaki, producer of the Senran Kagura series, has announced via his Twitter account that the action series has sold over one million copies worldwide.

Senran Kagura has seen a good amount of releases since its debut in 2011, spanning across multiple platforms with three of the seven titles having been developed exclusively for the 3DS. The newest title, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson, is set to come out to North America on September 15th, while the European release has now launched.



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.


In an interview with Siliconera, Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki was asked about the series’ future. He noted that he has “a lot of ideas” that he’s thinking about, but it’s too early to discuss anything at this point. He also spoke about how the series will continue on platforms that it has appeared on previously – meaning 3DS should be in the mix.

According to Takaki:

As of now, we’re not really thinking about expanding to any other platforms. I’m happy continuing to develop for the platforms the series has already showed up on.

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson will be coming to North America in a few months. When asked his favorite feature, he pointed to the big boss monsters, which is something he’d like to revisit.

One of the things I’m really proud of in that game is that the players can fight against giant boss monsters. For me it actually added a lot to the gameplay, and it’s something I really want to revisit in future titles.


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The Senran Kagura games have typically focused on action. However, producer Kenichiro Takaki is “constantly thinking about different genres” that the series could be involved with as well.

Speaking with Kotaku, Takaki shared some of the ideas that he’s thought about in the past. He brought up a dodgeball game, a pinball game, and even a “water-shooting game”.

Below are Takai’s full comments:

Yeah, as the series goes along, there are a lot more unique characters within it, so I’m constantly thinking about different genres. I always wanted to do a dodgeball game where you hit them and it just rips everything off. A pinball game, or a water-shooting game where they get drenched. I always think of something different. I always want a challenge.


Marvelous published a new interview with Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki on its website. All of his responses can be found above.

If you don’t want to sit through the whole video, you can check out these interesting excerpts:

In the future, Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki hopes to cut down on the time it takes to release new entries in other territories. “I’d really like things to expand to where we can narrow the gap between the releases in Japan [and the rest of the world], as much as possible,” Takaki told Inside Games.

Takaki also discussed his thoughts on the reaction from foreign fans:

“They’re so passionate, and it always surprises me. People from other countries who purchase the game would often take a picture after making their purchase and line it up next to their country’s flag saying ‘check this out’ and then sending it to me.”

“At first, I thought of it as a specialized product for Japan. I didn’t even think about releasing it outside of Japan. And now, it has expanded across Asia, North America, and Europe, and I’m very grateful.”


FUNimation will be bringing out the Senran Kagura anime on July 29th.

XSEED gave Senran Kagura Burst a digital release. Unlike Europe, no physical version was made available – it only launched as an eShop download.

But as far as the future goes, XSEED is willing to consider physical launches for Senran Kagura games. While “it’s too late for us to go back and redo Burst”, XSEED explained, a physical release for other titles “wouldn’t be out of the question”. XSEED specifically pointed to the PS Vita project Shinovi Versus, but hopefully Senran Kagura 2 would be considered as well.

XSEED’s message in full:

The next Senran Kagura game should be announced in just a matter of days. That’s not the only title series producer Kenichiro Takaki is working on, though.

Speaking to 4Gamer, Takai teased a brand new project that is said to be “new and challenging”. The unannounced title is planned for release this year in Japan.

Takai said:

“To start the new year, we’ll be announcing a lot of Senran Kagura news come January 8th, at the Senran Kagura Bakunyuu Hyper Presentation. We’ve kept you waiting a little longer for its release this time compared to the previous time, but I believe we’ll be able to reveal a great deal more [at the event]. In addition, we also have another title we’ll be releasing in 2014.”

“This title will be a new and challenging one, but things are going smoothly for now, so please look forward to it!. Please continue supporting the Senran Kagura series and Marvelous AQL this year as well!”

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It seems like an announcement for Senran Kagura could be on the way. Marvelous AQL opened a teaser site for the franchise today, and we’re also hearing that producer Kenichiro Takaki (and others) will be appearing on a Nico Nico live stream to discuss what’s next on January 8. Perhaps a new game reveal is imminent…


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