This is the endgame now ladies and gentlemen, Senran Kagura Shinovi Master is entering it’s true final stretch. Last episode served as more of a ‘downtime’ episode that reintroduced the Hanzo girls and provided future setup for both characters and events. This episode enacted on those setups, and what we got was a pretty satisfying episode that was both serious as well as having a very lax nature towards the end, barring the big twist.
Yoma are swarming the streets, Fubuki watching on as her ‘justice’ begins to take hold. The girls fight off the threat, while Kagura erects a Super Shinobi Barrier to aid their plight. The only downside is that despite receiving a power increase, their clothes disappear (because of course it does why wouldn’t it?) Meanwhile, Gekkou and Sekkou face Fubuki, ony to suffer a near fatal defeat at the hands of the jetblack fighter. After the threat is subdued, Asuka uses her new Yoma sealing technique, but the cracks begin to show as she suffers greatly from the strain of such a technique. The girls all go their separate ways after the conflict, returning to a normal life for the time being. Meanwhile, Yumi and Asuka reunite and talk about the past events. After an adorable exchange between the two girls, Fubuki arrives and delivers the terrifying bombshell. She is in fact a human Youma hybrid, and is now poised to strike at the two as the episode reaches its end.
What I liked
This episode delivered in a way that a lot of the other episodes didn’t, action. This episode starts off right away with the battle between the shinobi and the Yoma, all of which boast some wonderfully surreal and creepy designs. The episode seemed to take a lot from the game Senran Kagura Deep Crimson, where the Yoma were always present and combination attacks like the one between Yomi and Ikaruga used. The combat itself was fine, I do with it was a bit more than just static frames with a few fancy effects, but still had some neat visuals and the occasional fun animated action segment. Yumi was perhaps the best part of the episode for me if only for the little scene she has with Asuka in which she teases her in a really sweet way. The Fubuki twist was also great because it genuinely caught me off guard and wasn’t something I saw coming at all, which made a change from the somewhat predictable nature the show had come to develop. The downtime section towards the end of the episode was also really nice to watch since it allowed for more fun interactions and funny moments. Even the serious scenes with the Yoma had some comedy elements to them and it managed to work. So this episode managed to balance the serious with the funny pretty well, and for me it seemed to capture the essence of Senran Kagura.
What I Didn’t Like
Much like the last episode, there aren’t really any outstanding flaws with it. Like i said before I did wish there were more moments that had animated combat and movement as opposed to just slightly moving frames with additional effects slapped onto them. Aside from that, nothing else of mention really happened, the episode had a decent look to it and it’s content was also very well done as well.
The last episode was an all round improvement over previous ones, and this episode was an improvement over that. It had decent action, some great comedy, some nice fanservice and even some pretty good atmosphere all capped off with a satisfying twist. This was probably my favourite episode for a while, and is tied for my favourite overall with episode 2. The next episode doesn’t seem to have that much drama in it, but I do detect something coming, something far more sinister than we had initially known, and it’s something I happily embrace for the future of the series.
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