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Senran Kagura is the anime adaptation of a media franchise which includes video games and comic books. The series is a single season of twelve episodes which Takao Yoshioka wrote, Takashi Watanabe directed, and Artland studios produced. The series focuses on a group of high school-aged ninjas-in-training and their efforts in becoming superb ninjas and assassins. This heroic, all-female, band of ninjas attend Kokuritsu Hanz? Gakuin, (translated as Hanzo Academy) which was established to counter ninja assaults from companies and individuals with money and power. The featured protagonists of the series include Asuka, an upbeat sophomore with a set of ninja daggers and ranidaphobia but whose family summoning spells all involve frogs; Ikaruga, the serious junior who wields a katana and summons multiple phoenix birds succeeded her adopted family as the head of its clan, due to the family's eldest son being a failure of a ninja; Katsuragi, a lecherous junior whose trademark weapon is a set of iron greaves and summons dragons with magic; Yagyuu, the eye-patch-wearing freshman prodigy who uses a weaponized umbrella and can summon various giant squids; and Hibari, a youthful and childish freshman whose summoning magic conjures various giant pink rabbits. Lastly, Murasame, Ikaruga's adopted brother, helps the team out through actions like helping Asuka get over her fear of frogs to improve herself.

Antagonists within the series have focused on the Hiritsu Hebi Joshi Gakuen, translated as the Serpent Academy for Girls. Five dark shinobi of the Serpent Academy, lead by a mysterious Suzune, attack the Hanzo Academy due to possessing one half of a pair of mystical scrolls that when combined, will grant the Serpent Academy immense powers. The outcome of the Hanzo shinobi's first clash with the Serpent shinobi indicates that only Yagyuu was able to defeat her opponent before the Serpents retreated.

FUNimation
2 Seasons, 30 Episodes
January 5, 2013
Action & Adventure, Animation & Cartoon, Anime, Drama
6.2/10
Cast: Kotaro Fujimoto, Hitomi Harada, Asami Imai, Yû Kobayashi
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Senran Kagura Full Episode Guide

  • Rasetsu fights the shinobi while Yuki battles Fubuki. Fubuki is insistent that she's going to slay all the shinobi, no matter what it costs, and no matter what it means to her grandfather...

  • The door to the other world is open and youma are pouring through. Katsuragi comes up with a plan to use the girls as bait so that they can be sealed. But Asuka is getting more and more worn down...

  • The door to the other world is open and youma are pouring through. Katsuragi comes up with a plan to use the girls as bait so that they can be sealed. But Asuka is getting more and more worn down...

  • The door to the other world is open and youma are pouring through. Katsuragi comes up with a plan to use the girls as bait so that they can be sealed. But Asuka is getting more and more worn down...

  • The door to the other world is open and youma are pouring through. Katsuragi comes up with a plan to use the girls as bait so that they can be sealed. But Asuka is getting more and more worn down...

  • The next door to the other world will open in a hot springs town. The team goes there to be ready to fight, but first, they need to stay in the hot springs.

  • After Asuka seals away the youma, the others begin to question her motives.

  • The battle between the shinobi and the youma is heating up.

  • The battle between the shinobi and the youma is heating up.

  • The battle between the shinobi and the youma is heating up.

  • The battle between the shinobi and the youma is heating up.

  • The Shinobi Masters tournament is over, and now the girls must fight Fubuki, and learn more about her past.

  • The tournament to decide the ultimate Shinobi Master continues.

  • The Shinobi Masters tournament has begun, but is Naked Dodgeball really the best way to determine the ultimate shinobi?!

  • Yumi and her team infiltrate Gessen Middle School to investigate after finding out that Gekkou and Senkou are students there!

  • Everyone needs to rest before the tournament, which means it's time for the hot springs episode! The girls also try to sneak into a middle school, which means lots of tight school uniforms that don't quite fit.

  • The shinobi receive a mysterious message delivered by arrow from an unknown, and potentially deadly, assailiant who lurks in the shadows. The letter lures them to an empty spa resort, where they'll begin a trial like they've never faced before.

  • What is true justice? How can a shinobi best protect those she cares about? Where did all my clothes go? The Shinobi of Senran Kagura are back for a new season, as they try to answer these questions and more!

  • Fierce battles continue to be waged as the Hanzo Academy shinobi try to reach the castle's top floor. Meanwhile, outside, Kiriya, Daidoji, and Suzune have a confrontation of their own. With everything at stake, Asuka and Homura engage in a last showdown.

  • With the map from Suzune, the Hanzo Academy shinobi prepare to attack the Hebijo base. As Hibari learns more about Hebijo's training methods, she's determined to take back the secret scroll. Suzune gets in hot water for luring the Hanzo shinobi to Hebijo.

  • Under Haruka's control, Hibari breaks into Hanzo Academy's depository and takes the super-secret ninja art scroll. After Haruka leaves with the scroll, Hibari feels that she has betrayed the others, and runs away from the academy to get the scroll back.

  • Kiriya's training of the girls turns especially strict. Afterward, he reminisces about the time two years earlier when Ikaruga and Katsuragi were new students. As Asuka, Hibari, and Yagyu join in later on, the road to the team's formation is revealed.

  • Still reeling from the blow they were dealt by Hebijo, Kiriya decides to ramp up the girls' training with a mountain-climbing excursion. This so-called "Hai-kin-gu" training provides many challenges to the Hanzo team, both together and separately.

  • The Hanzo shinobi continue to fight one-on-one against the Hebijo shinobi. When Yagyu manages to defeat her opponent and free herself from her pocket of kekkai space, she attempts to enter Hibari's pocket to protect her, at great physical risk to herself.

  • The Hanzo girls train even harder to be ready for the Hebijo shinobi's next move. The Hebijo girls sneak onto campus to locate the Hanzo girls' training facility. Upon finding the old schoolhouse, it is placed in a kekkai, trapping the Hanzo girls inside!

  • The class members travel to Shinobi Island, a training ground used by shinobi for centuries. Upon their arrival, they are tasked with cleaning the boarding house, where Hibari discovers the written aspiration of a past student to become a "Super-ninja."

  • A Yomi confronts Ikaruga and Asuka outside the supermarket. Following the confrontation, Ikaruga is left with uncertainties about her abilities.

  • Asuka and the others continue training, but are forbidden from any contact with those outside the school. Asuka feels disappointed when everyone but herself is able to perform the ninja animal-summoning technique. Asuka's Grandpa Hanzo visits the school.

  • A young shinobi named Asuka carries out a daring mission. The following day, she returns to Hanzo Academy in Asakusa, Tokyo, where she secretly trains with four other classmates. Their afternoon field work holds an unexpected surprise in store for them.

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