PLOT + Actual Plot – Senran Kagura Shinovi Master Episode 3 Review (NSFW Warning)

Heads up people, there will be some nudity present in this post, I tried finding as many screenshots as possible to make up for this but I had to bite the bullet and include some to exaggerate a point. You have been warned there is nudity up ahead.

I return with my episode 3 review of Senran Kagura Episode 3. Last episode we got the PBS segment of the series, but also got an important bombshell at the end. This episode picks up right after that moment while throwing in a sprinkle of hot spring scenes, and what we get is an episode that I think works pretty damn well.

The Synopsis


Yumi and Asuka square off, both in combat and morals. Asuka escapes and leaves Yumi with fears for her friends safety. Meanwhile, the different schools plot their course of action when joining the Shinobi Master Tournament, their intentions all different, but all with the goal to win. Meanwhile, the girls travel to a hot springs to relax. In this hot spring, Mirai and Haruka discuss the prospect of her growing bust, while Murakamo enters to intervene. The episode ends with a fight between best friends and rivals Asuka and Homura, with Asuka winning through dirty tactics and much more violent means to win. She leaves Homura defeated, before disappearing into the sky. Well that was a weird summary, we went from character development to extreme fanservice to character development, but that being said this was perhaps the best episode yet for both those reasons.

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You see this? This is development right here!

What I Liked


First off, the characters in this show just get better and better. Asuka is shaping up to have development the likes of which we’ve never seen before in this series. Her new outlook on the world and the supposed lack of justice is accentuated by her newly adopted ‘dirty’ fighting style and deadpan persona. This is such a stark change from the otherwise honourable and bubbly Asuka we all know and love. I liked this because it really does put into perspective how intense the situation really is, that it would bring the flagship character to their knees in such a way that they would abandon what they believed in. The character interactions were also on point as well. I think the show is doing a pretty good job balancing the massive entourage of characters fine, with some characters getting moments in some episodes while taking  a backseat to other characters later. The scene with Haruka, Murakamo and Mirai was great for not only some fanservice, but a lot of humor and insight into their characters not seen in the show yet. Also Haruka is #1 babe so naturally any scene where she is even in frame is already golden. Homura was excellent as well, her determination to help Asuka and willingness to admit her situation for the sake of aiding her rival was a great character building moment and she is shaping up to be maybe the best character in the series if she keeps u this momentum. Her conversation with Yumi was rich with emotion and throwbacks to the franchises past, while also setting up the new outlook that all are beginning to adopt. The introduction of the Mikaruga Sisters was also nice, as well as Kagura and Naraku, two characters that existed only in Deep Crimson for me up to this point. The Asuka vs. Homura scene was amazing as well, it was short but it encapsulated Asuka’s new outlook perfectly and ended in a dreadfully sinister fashion. The fanservice was also enjoyable, it was used quite amusingly and the scene between Haruka, Mirai and Murakamo was a fun moment to distract from what followed. This new character whose name I’m too lazy to look up, who I believe did show up in the opening sequence (which is still catchy), is interesting and exhibits some ferocious abilities that I can’t wait to see expanded upon. Overall, this episode really was all about great character interactions and had a nice short but sweet action sequence too.

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*sigh* This episode has Haruka in it so it’s best by default

What I Didn’t Like


Aside from one or two animation quirks, I can’t really find anything wrong with this episode. I’m slowly growing to accept this animation style and accepting that it won’t be perfect, so it didn’t bug me too much. I do think the girls could show a bit more interest in the fact that some of their friends are being held captive, and it is weird that only a select few show genuine concern, but I can tell it is an ever-present feeling so I can forgive it. I also wish we did see more of the hot spring scenes since I do feel that there could have been a slight bit more humor to be found there before the hard-hitting end, but that’s just me. I also wish we got to see more into Asuka’s mind about the situation, but then I realised we’re supposed to be kept guessing so I didn’t let this bother me. Aside from some negligible pet peeves I had with the episode, no glaring faults are to be found really.

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Oof! Flat is justice but is justice really fair?

Final Thoughts


A great episode, fabulous character development, great interactions and a helping heaping serving of fanservice to tie it all up in a nice ecchi bow. This episode delivered on the new and more serious tone the series has adopted, and it does it in a way that doesn’t feel too forced and balanced itself just right. The hot spring scenes were great, the individual planning scenes with the academies were varied and showcased great character moments. The fanservice was enjoyable both ironically and unironically and we got a nice serving of BEST GIRL HARUKA! *ahem* sorry about that, so in conclusion we have an episode that for me delivered on all fronts. Considering the episode preview seems to show the tournament starting soon, it was nice to get some more lightheartedness in before the first big event.

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I have to end on this shot it’s just amazing. A HD version is prime wallpaper material.

Score: 9/10


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13 thoughts on “PLOT + Actual Plot – Senran Kagura Shinovi Master Episode 3 Review (NSFW Warning)

  1. What a terrific review! It’s clear you’re a lot more well versed in this series than I am as my reviews end up just being “durr, look at dem nice boobies”.

    Also, it’s funny you mention wallpapers as I’ve currently changed my laptop wallpaper to an image from this episode! (It’s the second image in my Episode 3 review if you’re curious).

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    1. Thanks so much, yes I am well versed in this series, so it really is nice to see characters I know being put in the show. Also thanks for the image reference too, that’s my new wallpaper now. I also like your review as well, you’re a new addition to the fanbase for the series so it’s nice to get a fresh take on the show too. 🙂

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  2. Well considering that as specified, that the winner of this tournament will face the strongest Youma, I think this means Asuka’s friends will be freed. Also, having her friends out till the end kind of hurts the season, doubt anyone gets killed of though, because that alone destroys the franchise aka each character has its own fanbase within the thousands and such. She is somewhat acting like Terry Bogard was in Fatal Fury 2, when he was beaten by someone stronger and then changed and eventually defeated Krauser.

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