Girls study at schools for modern shinobi. They dedicate their entire young lives to learning to become true shinobi, battling each other to polish their skills. And then one day, Asuka, whose grandfather is a legendary shinobi, encounters an ancient evil being named a "Youma" in the back alleys of Tokyo at Christmastime. Where there is light, there is shadow. Over 28 of the strongest and most well-endowed ninjas in history, both good and evil, will collide in a battle to determine true justice. And this deadly battle begins... right now.
A shameless fanservice anime has depth?...WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-
No seriously though, Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen was something of a surprise for LA to how in-depth of a fanservicey anime actually has, though it still has it's downsides...but first.
Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen focuses on the "Shinovi Masters", a ninja tournament to find the "ultimate ninja" but at the same time, "youma" or monsters have been sighted at and amongst all this, Asuka and the Hanzo girls meets two people by the name of Gekkou voiced by Ayane Sakura and Senkou voiced by Akane Fujita telling them that their "justice" is wrong and captures the Hanzo
girls as hostages for the Shinovi Masters. With that Yumi, Homura and Miyabi's group all participate to see what the Shinovi Masters is but how this links to the recent events of the youma.
Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen's depth comes into play by looking at the characters themselves or more or less the factions they represent. For being a second season, new characters comes in and due to Asuka and the Hanzo girls being held hostages allows them to be the new focus which helps this second season alot and because of that with that gives some major focus towards Yumi voiced by Yumi Hara, once rivals but now friend of Asuka as she participates in the Shinovi Masters to try and help Asuka just like Asuka did to her. The main "hosts" of Shinovi Masters gets some development being the main "villains" of this season, mainly Gekkou, Senkou and the main host and villain Fubuki voiced by Kana Asumi and how this links to the youma and her creating Shinovi Masters. The depth of Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen comes in due to how ninja's of all different beliefs and faction see to it of becoming the "ultimate ninja", from Homura's Squad being renegades, Miyabi's group following the evil ninja's and Yumi being once "rival good ninja's" with unintentionally bad beliefs turned good. However this statement only grows deeper when the true aspects of Shinovi Masters and Fubuki's true notion comes into play expanding the entire "evil or good ninja" into "what is true evil or true good?". Like what are the justifications of seeing something as evil or not or if what your doing is truly good for the sake of good and this easily manifest to not only Asuka and Yumi but to Fubuki as well. This insight with the clashing beliefs of Yumi and Fubuki's sense of justice comes into play of showing that the Lawful, Neatral and Chaotic alignments just as clear cut of being "good or evil" and Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen shows it subtly and how complex the main villain of the anime really is and heck even if our main protagonists are truly good either.
Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen however does have it's downsides as much as LA praises a shameless fanservice anime for having depth as that is not all it needs to be "great", as this is Senran Kagura it means fanservice and there is plenty of it and this being TNK means it's also uncensored to high heaven and there is ALOT of nudity, sometimes "just because", but yeah this is Senran Kagura where it is shameless but man sometimes the fanservice does get a bit taxing to say the least. Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen also falls victim to erratic pacing issues, from being either too slow to too rushed but even this has it's upsides as Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen takes it's time with it's backstory but downsides of some episodes rushing the plot as well. Finally Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen's animation quality is ALSO erratic, this done by TNK was all over the place with TNK especially shaky with it's fight scene animation resorting to panning and static battle scenes at times, even with it's more serious fight scenes, it does get a bit better in those rare occasions but in comparison to the first season done by Artland, overall the animation quality is a definite downgrade.
In terms of animation, well LA already mentioned it as TNK's animation is a downgrade compared to the defunct Artland's take on the first season. Look the animation is subpar with lots of derps and static fight scenes alot fo the time but nonetheless TNK did alright though inconsistent throughout the anime to say the least. When the animation is good it's great though rare, but when it's bad...it's barely "decently animated", character designs and backgrounds not withstanding. If there was one huge element in which the animation needed to be good, it was the animation and as barely decent the animation TNK did, it was...."ok" but that ain't saying much.
In terms of voice work, there are a couple of MVP's in this anime, with Yumi Hara as Yumi having the most focus in Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen but also and most especially Kana Asumi as Fubuki, with LA utterly surprised how playing against the type Kana Asumi does and she hams it up to a regal degree but also showing off her more dramatic moments when needed and utilizing her cadence well which LA didn't expect from Kana Asumi AT ALL, Kana Asumi quite honestly deserved being the MVP of the voice cast really. LA will give mention to Hitomi Harada as Asuka, as much as Hitomi does her usual squeaky cadence as Asuka, Hitomi gets to show a bit more of range with her acting which helped with how serious Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen actually does get especially with Asuka herself. With such a huge ensemble cast if LA went to look at every character LA will be in this section for a long time, so highlighting things would be seeing Chiwa Saito going full yuri crazy as Imu, Hisako Kanemoto doing both the shy persona but crazy as well as Murakumo and Mako as Ryona being....masochistic crazy and finally Yuu Kobayashi being Yuu Koyabashi as Katsuragi livening things up to calm the tension as the anime gets serious. LA liked this voice cast as huge as it was.
Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen near the end of the anime gives out much more character development to Fubuki and gave Fubuki, our major villain of this season, a great deal of real sympathy for her while also bringing in the major theme of this season being of the "morality of good and evil" isn't that simple and Fubuki being that manifestation for that culminating into the final fight was just damn amazing to say the least. Sure once again Yumi gets the spotlight as Fubuki is more linked to Yumi than Asuka but nonetheless seeing this focus towards Fubuki, humanizing her, showing sympathy from someone who's hatred has spilled out and wanting revenge to the people who have wronged her, LA just couldn't help but love where the direction Senran Kagura Shinobi Masters: Tokyo Youma-hen lead into.
Senran Kagura as a series might be seen as shameless fanservice of just showing tits and ass but with how Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen handled it's characters and their interactions with one another down to their moral beliefs of what true good and evil are, Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen has some great in-depth insights about morality and actually brilliantly conveyed by it's main focused-driven characters. Sure the anime is plagued by animation derps, erratic pacing but damn does the plot and yes LA means ACTUAL plot especially when it's focused on Fubuki and Yumi follows through with it's flaws and makes this second season manageable and rather interesting and ALMOST makes LA forgive it's crippling flaws.
So as much as people is in the camp of that TNK's animation was worse than the first season with Artland and LA is in the same camp, but Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen's serious plot and characters outright made this second season completely worth it with Fubuki of all characters being the most developed and centralized focus of the anime just made this second season better in soo many ways, in a ways Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen had the opposite problems as the first season did, while the first season's animation was much more polished but the anime's plot and characters were just weirdly executed, Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen on the other hand had diminished animation but it's plot and characters had much more of a narrative and thematic cohesion and focus.
Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen is oddly enough was LA's guiltiest pleasure for Fall 2018 but it almost didn't feel like a guilty pleasure as it's plot and characters were soo cohesively tied to it's themes of mortality of good and evil quite well and sure tits and ass uncensored and everything and how shameless it is front and center but you know what, that's kinda what Senran Kagura is and it managed to balance both shameless fanservice and serious plot and characters quite well, sure the plot was rushed in many ways but LA can forgive it due to it's solid character developments from both protagonists and antagonists and it's focused plot through it's thematic and narrative cohesion, LA quite honestly enjoyed Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen with all it's flaws and all.
Though Asuka got screwed over excessively this season...just damn, she is the "face" of her own franchise right?.
What to say about this season of senran kagura?
It is much more interresting than the first seizure; a darker atmosphere, new characters introduced thanks to the latest OAV and especially a new plot that gives a phylosophical appearance on the concept of good and bad.
The animation when it was, was much more worked to make the fight epic, with an intensity that will make you scream all along.
As for the echii, well it is letting go in relation to season 1.
In short, if you are a fan of the saga, I advise you to see it!
(Re-post) I am a big fan of the Senran Kagura franchise, but this has to be the worst anime that I have ever seen so far this season. I will keep this simple, but here is what you need to know before watching this anime.
Story: 3/10 - The anime has no genuine plot and is confusing. The events are all over the place and can't seem to follow on what is happening. As a result, I lost interest in watching the series. Before you watch this anime, this is NOT a continuation of "Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash" but rather an adaptation of "Senran Kagura:
Shinobi Master" a mobile game only available in Japan and events based on Peach Beach Splash. However, none of the events that happened in the anime correlated with the games. "Ninja Flash" was an original story line of its own and has nothing to do with "Shinovi Master".
Art: 1/10 - TNK did an absolutely horrible job animating this series. THE ANIMATION WAS SO BAD; IT MADE ME CRY. In the first episode, you see nothing but screenshots for the first minute of the show. This also happens through out the remainder of the series. It's like the animators were too cheap and lazy to animate every detail. The animation is very inconsistent and the character designs are just so bland compared to the previous season. It's seems like they wanted to put more money in the fan-service rather than the quality of the animation. ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC!
Sound: 3/10 - The opening was not very interesting. I found it boring and it reminded me of the opening from Rosario + Vampire. A good opening should get people hyped and encourage people to watch the series. That's why the previous season was so much better and epic.
Character: 3/10 - There is no formal introduction to the characters. Asuka is with this new character Yumi. Along with the other characters, you are confused and wonder who these characters are. Some of the characters had interesting personalities while some were just mediocre. Just not much development at all.
Enjoyment: 3/10 - The only thing decent were the fight scenes, but they were not that great. The opening and endings were boring and didn't excite me much. The fan service was descent but it went out of hand. As a result, It made me not want to take the show seriously.
Overall: 1/10 - Absolutely poor and cheaply animated series for the Senran Kagura franchise. Deeply disappointed with everything.
Do yourself a favor. Don't watch this garbage. If you really want to enjoy the Senran Kagura series, I suggest just sticking to the video games instead. The anime is nothing but an advertisement for the games. If you want to watch something good, check out the bunny girl anime that is currently airing.
First of all I read a review (also that's why I'm writing mine) what actually is just a kid angry because a anime (first season) he liked is something he didn't expect too much, the anime overall is surely 8/10 and not 1/10, so let's start.
Story 8/10 : If you watched Senran Kagura I recommend you to play the games of the series, actually the games tells many things about the story that it doesn't shows in the anime. I first of all recommend you to play "Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus" to understand more of the story, so as I played the game I know
the introduction of the characters and etc, the game actually tells lots things about the story that the anime... eeh don't have much time to tell in just 12 episodes, the story is not the best but still pretty good.
Art 9/10 : Yes, the animation is really good, I noticed some "mistakes" of the animations in some episodes, but overall I liked, they focused in the fan-service and that's most because senran kagura is also about it, since I watched the first season and the game is something like all about it to be honest, so concidering it in first place, there's nothing wrong since it is a ECCHI anime.
Sound 6/10 : Honestly liked the job of the voice actors, they're pretty good, Hara-San did a great job with Yumi's voice, as the others voice actors did with the others characters as well, but there's lots of mistakes I noticed over the episodes that was like some voices a bit delayed, as the "sound effects" as well.
Character 10/10 : Well I love the Senran Kagura characters, and as I told in the story review, the character yes have its introduction but in the game, so let's just not counting the introductions actually, since I know all because of the game. My favorite characters are Murakumo, Yumi and Ryouna, some characters yes just force a little bit because of the story (example: Asuka could just tell some of her friends what was happening, because... THEY'RE FRIENDS, or best friends whatever) but I still liked all them, they're funny, and not like in some comedy animes which the characters are totally not funny even the anime being a COMEDY anime.
Enjoyment 7/10 : Eh I'm honestly just watching it because I actually liked the first season, not really much but still liked it, liked a lot the games, they're fun to play and tells a lot about the story, now about this season, I enjoyed it yes, the characters are funny, mainly Ryouna, in the game she's really funny as well, both to play with and her behaviors, and in the anime she just kept it, I really liked that point, and as a ecchi anime it's not bad, as it says its really a good ecchi anime, but what I recommend to know the story before just watch it or whatever because of the fan-service and just write a bad review of the anime by just watching 4 episodes. :P
Overall 8/10 : I'm actually not enjoying so much animes lately, so 8/10 it's a great rate from me, and also finished the anime (probably if you're reading it I finished it yeh, but now when writing it I'm on episode 11), it's really good, but if you just watch the anime and not play at least Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, you will lost some important parts of the story (the fights between the schools what was really important for the story since it tells how everyone become friends, the introduction of each character and some more).
P.S: Didn't wanted to give spoilers in the last "overall" review, but it's really important to play the game if you liked the first season and want to know more about the story.