Welcome to day 7 of Senran Celebration Month. We’re in the final stretch now, one more post after this and we’re done. After I reviewed all the video games, I was unsure of what to do next, the one thing I wanted to write being the thing scheduled for this Thursday to close the celebrations off. So instead I want to go back to one of my good old fashioned discussion posts and talk about what I feel is in store for the future of Senran Kagura.
Of course there will be future games, but the main question is what will they contain? In an article from Duelshockers, the series creator talks about future plans for games and how the censorship problem will affect future releases. I recommend giving the article a read for a more in depth discussion, but to sum it up Kenichiro talks about how he hopes to produce more games on the Nintendo Switch, continue with production of Senran Kagura 7even despite Sony effectively ripping the game the shreds, and maybe transitioning fully to PC and Steam as those release aren’t met with oppressive censorship. Ad for my own personal thoughts, I think abandoning the PS4 is the right move. Censorship is affecting so many platforms, but Nintendo and general PC platforms haven’t hit Senran Kagura nearly as harshly as Sony has, so making the full transition to PC seems like a good move. The news that more games might be made on the Switch is also great news as I feel the Switch is the best console to put these games on. Nintendo has always been good to Ken and the Senran Kagura series, the first 2 games Burst and Deep Crimson appearing on the 3DS back in the franchises early days. So far 2 Senran Kagura games have been released on Switch, Reflections, and Peach Ball. If a game like Re;Newel was released on the Switch it would prove that a main title game can be put on this console and not just spin-off titles, which could open the door to future installments and their potential for multiple platforms. For now though Ken seems to be focusing on the new series he created Jet Girls, which only just started airing its tie-in anime series ahead of the games release on PC and PS4, so it may be a while before Senran Kagura picks up again in terms of title production. So in conclusion, the series doesn’t seem to be running out of game titles for the foreseeable future, although it does seem like an uphill battle as Ken tries to work around and cater to the oppressive censorship problem permeating the series.
Now this one I find to be more of a definite opinion piece as opposed to paraphrasing an interview. The most recent animated series Senran Kagura Shinovi Master, started airing just over a year ago from today, and so it’s been a little while since the last anime. The series itself was received moderately well, although not without its issues, particularly in terms of visuals and a heavy focus on Yumi which was unwelcome for some long time fans. The anime came out of a desire to promote the Japan only mobile game New Link, and the anime Ninja Flash was made with the intention of promoting the DS game Burst. There wouldn’t really be a need to make a new series right now, since the team seems to make the anime focused around promotion and advertising as opposed to being their own thing, as evidenced by the fact that the 2 different anime series share no continuity tying them together. I feel if they were going to bring out a new anime series, it would be in preparation for a future game down the line. The Jet Girls anime was released with pretty much the same reason as Shinovi Master and Ninja Flash, to promote it’s respective game, so with the arrival of a new game, we may receive a new promotional anime to accompany it. Personally I would love a new anime, giving the team a chance to make a series with less problems than Shinovi Master. I would very much love a Peach Beach Splash or Reflections anime adaptation, but at this point I’ll take anything.
The Censorship Crisis
Now for the part where we talk about what I’m sure many have deduced is a real point of annoyance for me. I usually don’t like to get too opinionated on my blog, it’s just not my style and honestly there’s never anything really worth getting opinionated about in the circles I blog about. But this is a problem I feel could really affect Senran Kagura as well as other games. The new Sony censorship policies essentially put Senran Kagura Burst Re;Newel into the ground when it was released for PS4, removing entire segments of the game that other versions had. From this point on many other games received the same oppressive treatment. Why do i feel strongly about this? It’s because it’s oppression of creative expression and ultimately devalues what was months of work or a lot of people. It also doesn’t help that other releases of the games have the features, but the censored versions cost the same, essentially meaning you’re paying for a full game that isn’t there. Other games like Omega Labyrinth Life received the same treatment, entire segments of the game heavily censored only for other versions on the Switch and PC being uncensored while having the same price tag. It leads to a horribly deceptive style of selling the games, making you pay for things you won’t get, which is largely why I essentially ditched PS4. I do hope that as more people become privy to the horrible nature of this censorship that it will be lifted, and I hope that whatever company Kenichiro joins after leaving Marvelous will provide a way to create his games unfettered by censorship.
Optimistic for the Future
So in the end, what is my true stance on the future of this franchise? I will admit that while the future seems bleak in some places, I am cautiously optimistic and supportive. Kenichiro recently announced his new series Jet Girls, with its own anime running right now (might do a review of the series wink wink), but he ain’t about to finish Senran Kagura any time soon. As a long time supporter of this franchise I hope that production of 7even continues smoothly and pray that it isn’t crushed by Sony’s obscene policies like before. The prospect of future games on the Switch is also pretty positive, and with a new company behind his games hopefully Ken can find his footing again. I hope Senran Kagura grows more and more over the next few years, with its fanbase growing day by day and old fans hungry for future installments, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store.
This is it folks, coming this Thursday, the final day of Senran Celebration Month will be here. We’re gonna end this with a bang, and maybe a little surprise to go along with it. For now let me just say, thank you all who have read the posts for this month, it’s been a lot of fun and I’m happy people like them. But enough sappy stuff, I gotta go prepare for the grand finale, stay tuned my friends.
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