Warning: This post contains some NSFW imagery/nudity.
What’s the show? Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master, Episode 7.
So how’s this episode? It’s more of the same as the previous episode only exponentially better–seriously the flashbacks to Kurokage and Hanzo’s younger years is amazingly rich with emotion and gravitas. Not only do we get the source of the feud that’s fuelled this multi-generational ongoing battle between “good” and “evil” ninjas, not to mention Kurokage’s regrets as he has to witness the funeral of his son and daughter-in-law but the promise of a new life with his granddaughter, Yumi. And it’s all beautifully tied in with a surprisingly tight and consistent fight between Yumi and Fubuki that results in not one but two unexpected transformations!
Okay, slow down there champ. We don’t want to put the whole review in one paragraph. You’re right! Have to spread this out ‘til at least four so I’ve got more room for those sweet lewds~!
Ugh, that’s not what I meant, but whatever… as if I could stop you anyway. So this fight between Yumi and Fubuki–she’s meant to be the big boss shinovi that this whole ‘Masters’ thing was leading up to yeah? Does she live up to the promise? Is the fight compelling and not just a bunch of still shots with speed lines like it has fallen into in previous weeks? Surprisingly yes, I mean it’s still not the most elegantly animated thing around but the action was clear but impactful. We also get Yumi’s transformation into ‘Ice Queen’ which was probably very exciting for people who’ve played the game but even for non-game players like me was really cool (pun intended) to see! But I think it was Fubuki who stole the show with her captivating transformation going from being wrapped in literal plain white bandages to a gorgeous gothic outfit and hair to match!
That’s all well and good, but who wins the fight?! Surprisingly(?) Yumi doesn’t win–which sits a little better with me considering how powerful Fubuki is supposed to be (and proves to be). Of course this doesn’t bode well for the Hanzo students who are still being kept prisoner by a powerful Youma and at the end of the episode everybody is brought top-side, including the Hanzo students and the other ninja girls who were attempting to rescue them. It’s there where Fubuki announces her ~true~ intentions–which I might remind you are being broadcasted to ninja schools all over the world–to wage war on all ninjas and eradicate them all “good” and “evil” alike!
Well that’s certainly a bold move. Indeed and it makes for a great cliffhanger too, also I got the sense that Senkou and Gekkou aren’t exactly cool with this plan so hopefully they join forces with the other ninja girls. Either way it’s shaping up to be a pretty epic fight some way along the line!
Overall thoughts on the episode? It strikes the balance perfectly between story and flashbacks, character development and ~feels~ not to mention action and fan service. Although I could have done with a little more of the latter, though I do appreciate the show livening up a breast feeding scene in one of the flashbacks by actually showing some nipple–what’s with that look?! I’ll take what I can get! But yeah, not nearly as fun as Episode 2 or 3 but it more than makes up for weaker episodes like Episode 4 and shows that the series is capable of producing an episode with depth, heart and narrative balance.
Previous Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master Reviews:
Naughty or Nice? – Episode 1 Review
Naked When Wet – Episode 2 Review
The Hottest Hot Springs – Episode 3 Review
Fan Disservice – Episode 4 Review
Battle Of The Boobs – Episode 5 Review
Putting The Flash In Flashback – Episode 6 Review
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