It was late last year when XSEED Games finally released Marvelous’ latest smash hit franchise Senran Kagura outside of Japan (and early this year when it arrived in Europe). Although it gained notoriety due to the way some members of the public interpreted the series’ well endowed protagonists and its clothes-shredding action, the girls of Hanzo Academy have managed to secure themselves some passionate fans outside of their home country (of which I am one).
The sequel to the Senran Kagura Burst, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson was released in Japan earlier this month and the Japanese website Inside Games had a chance to sit down with Senran Kagura‘s producer, Kenichiro Takaki and the subject of international fans came up. Siliconera has translated sections of the interview, where Takaki explains that he hopes to reduce the time it takes to localise titles for overseas release. The time difference between Senran Kagura Burst‘s release in Japan and North America was roughly 15 months, while the PlayStation Vita title Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is currently slated to have a 19 month time difference. Hopefully Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson doesn’t take as long, otherwise we might not see it until at least Winter 2015, which would make me very sad.
Takaki also recounted how overseas fans often send him pictures of their purchased copy of the game lined up next to their country’s flag, which he is very grateful for. Initially, he thought that the series would only appeal to the Japanese market, but he is happy to see that it has been accepted across Asia, North America and Europe. Of course though, like how his famous “Tits are life, ass is hometown” tweet became the fanbase’s mantra, he did leave another nugget, accompanied with a chuckle:
“Everyone must like boobs. Boobs go beyond words.”