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Asuka

Asuka SK

Hanzo-Asuka Burst Render

Senran Kagura 2 Deep Crimson for Asuka

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Voiced By Hitomi Harada
Faction Hanzo (2nd-year)
Age 16
Gender Female
Birthday September 8th (Virgo)
Blood Type A
Laterality Right
Guardian Toad
Weapon Green Willow & Red Blossom
Personal Details
Hobby Training
Favorite Food Futomaki
Family Hanzō (Grandfather)
Unnamed Mother
Unnamed Father
Appearance
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Height 155cm (5'1")
Bust 90cm (35")
Cup 67.5F
Bust Volume 1582.3ml
Waist 57cm (23")
Hips 85cm (33")



Asuka (飛鳥) is a playable character and the face of the Senran Kagura series first timelime.

She makes her debut in Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls. A 2nd-year Hanzo student, Asuka is energetic and willing to work as hard as she can.

Her grandfather was apparently a great ninja himself, whose influence contributes to Asuka's earnestness about her shinobi training.

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Appearance

Normal

Asuka Concepts (Headshots)

Asuka is a short girl who has her dark brown hair tied in a ponytail with a white ribbon.

In her Shinobi attire, she dons a uniform composed of a yellow vest over a white shirt, and a green plaid skirt to match her tie. Paired with it are black thigh high socks with brown loafers, and on each arm is a guard with bandages beneath them. On her waist are straps to hold her swords, and in this form she continues to wear her short red scarf.

Deep Shadow Mode

Unlike Homura, Asuka does not undergo any significant aesthetic changes. In this mode her hair simply let down out of its ponytail, and her body is surrounded by a green aura. The length of her blades are also increased by this aura.

In Deep Crimson, Asuka's transformed state is known as "Ultimate".

Personality

Asuka has a joyful and friendly personality and believes in team work, sticking together and friendship. On rare occasions she appears to be gullible or clumsy. She aims to become a powerful ninja like her grandfather causing her to try really hard in training and teachings.

Story

Spark! (Manga)

Senran Kagura Burst

Hanzō National Academy

Chapter 1
Section 1: Combat Practice
It was a new day at the Hanzo National Academy. Inside the ninja room from within the school, Asuka was sleeping while her teacher, Kiriya, was teaching. Kiriya noticed Asuka sleeping and tried to wake her up. After a couple of attempts, Asuka finally woke up from her dream. Kiriya mocked Asuka by asking her if she finally found her path of the shinobi. Feeling surprised, Asuka asked Kiriya how he knew about that. Another student, Katsuragi, interveneds in the conversation and explained to Asuka how she talked in her sleep while also making suggestive noises. Asuka didn’t understand while the rest of her classmates, Ikaruga, Yagyū, and Hibari, either sighed or chuckled to themselves. Kiriya then told Asuka to try and stay awake and to read up on Secret Ninja Arts to the class. Asuka noded as she began reading.

As she read out loud, Kiriya helped elaborate by reminding everyone what guardian they have. He then explained how to use Secret Ninja Arts, which can only be done by wielding the secret ninja arts scroll at all times. Katsuragi stated how she keeps her secret ninja arts scroll under her skirt while Asuka keeps hers in her cleavage. Surprised to hear that, Katsuragi sexually harassed Asuka about wanting to check out her cleavage. However, Kiriya told Katsuragi to not sexually harass others during class. With that said, Kiriya told Asuka to continue reading out loud to the class.

As Asuka read about the Super-Secret Ninja Art, she became confused about the fact that the description is short. However, Kiriya questioned Asuka why that’s the case while saying that there’s a reason behind that. The reason being is because the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll is the school’s pride and joy and its content must be kept an absolute secret. Asuka began to wonder what’s inside the scroll, but as she did so, the school bell rang. Kiriya told the class that it was time for basic martial arts instruction and that all students must meet him on the school’s rooftop. With that said, the students did as they were told and went to the school’s rooftop.

On the school’s rooftop, Kiriya began explaining about how there are shinobi out there known as “evil shinobi”. The class noded while Asuka stated that as good shinobi, they must work to uphold justice. Kiriya then stated to the class that from the moment they set foot on Hanzo National Academy, they were shinobi and that he would like for all five of them to set aside their instincts as students. With that said, Kiriya believed that he worked the student hard enough for them to be prepared to face what awaits them.

The class noded as Kiriya began explaining about the shinobi barrier. It is a shinobi dueling space that blockades off a space of a fixed size, impenetrable to the average person. While it can be useful to covert activities, the downside of using a shinobi barrier is since shinobi can sense its activation, you’d give away your position.

The class noded again while Kiriya told them that it was time to begin practical combat training. He then explained to them that they’d be fighting dummies he made himself. Since there was no regular students around, he allowed all five of them to give it everything they got. With that said, Kiriya began the training and disappeared into thin air and the students began their training.

After the training, Asuka wondered if she was the first one to finishing taking out the dummies. However, Kiriya told her that both she and Hibari were the last ones to finish and how Katsuragi, Ikaruga, and Yagyū already went back to the ninja room. Asuka went from being cheerful to being depressed while Kiriya instructed her to go back to the ninja room as soon as Hibari returned. Asuka noded while she wondered if she should just drop out.

Section 2: Get Hibari's Scroll
The next day inside the ninja room, Hibari was worrying about what she should do. Asuka asked her what was wrong but Hibari didn’t answer. Hibari then asked Asuka if she wouldn’t get mad if she told her the problem. Asuka noded and then Hibari explained to her that she lost her ninja art scroll. Asuka became shocked to hear that while Hibari began worrying if Kiriya was going to kill her for losing the scroll. Asuka began to think that the punishment might be worse than death. The thought scared Hibari even more. However, with there being some time left before class began, Asuka told Hibari that she’d help her find her missing ninja art scroll. Hibari thanked Asuka while Asuka asked her where she might have dropped it. Hibari replied by saying how she might have dropped it at the shops district after she fell. Asuka understood as the two went to the shops district.

At the shops district, Asuka searched her surroundings, but so far, no luck. Suddenly, she spoted a woman that was carrying Hibari’s ninja art scroll. Quickly, Asuka went after the woman to get it back.

Afterwards, Asuka managed to get back Hibari’s ninja art scroll and headed back to the ninja room where she met up with Hibari. Asuka gave Hibari her scroll back and Hibari thanked her. Asuka then told Hibari to keep her breasts together and grip it more tightly to prevent her ninja art scroll from falling out easily. Hibari understood and thanked Asuka again.

Section 3: Street Sweeping
Later on in class, Ikaruga sees the other students all huddle up arguing about something. They didn’t respond but Ikaruga begins to get annoyed as she states how she would like to know what’s wrong. Still being ignored, Ikaruga raises her voice and tells everyone to be quiet and listen to her. Asuka notices Ikaruga and apologizes. With everyone finally giving Ikaruga their attention, Ikaruga asks again what’s the problem. Asuka explains how it wasn’t a big deal at first as they were wondering what to eat when they get home. No one was agreeing with one another and because of that, things escalated. Ikaruga understands as she asks Asuka what everyone wishes to eat. Asuka replies with her saying how she wants sushi rolls, Katsuragi wants ramen, Yagyū wants dried squid, and Hibari wants sweets. Ikaruga realizes how this situation is problematic, but as class rep, she decides to help find a way to resolve this predicament. With that said, Ikaruga went out to find the solution.

In the ninja room after Ikaruga gathered the food and put together something, Ikaruga shows Asuka and the other her creation, which she calls “Sweet Squid Ramen Roll”. Ikaruga explains how friends should partake be happy to partake of the same foods together. However, Asuka begins to wonder how she should say what she wants say regarding Ikaruga’s creation in a delicate way. However, Asuka realizes that Ikaruga worked hard to gather everything for everyone, so she decides to give the Sweet Squid Ramen Roll a try. As she eats it, she begins to feel sick for a second, but then she begins to like it. Ikaruga was happy to hear it, but Asuka tells Ikaruga that she was in the mood for just a plain old sushi roll.

Section 4: Get Back the Purse

Asuka meets Baseball Dude CG (SKB)

The next morning, Asuka is walking down the path to Hanzo National Academy. She feels relaxed and refreshed to be able to move freely when the temperature is warm during the summer while the average person would start to feel sluggish. As Asuka reaches the school gate for shinobi specifically, a boy in a baseball uniform approaches Asuka from behind while looking out of breath. Asuka turns to him and asks him what he wants. The boy begins to stammer for a bit as Asuka tells him that she’s in a hurry. Suddenly, the boy confesses his love to Asuka, which catches Asuka off guard as she doesn’t know how to react. The boy confesses his love again and tells the boy to go out with him. Asuka doesn’t say a word and because of that, the boy runs off like a scared rabbit. She begins to wonder what that was about as she looks at her watch. She realizes that it’s time for homeroom as she quickly dashes to the ninja room.

Inside the ninja room, the entire morning passes with a daze with Asuka thinking about that boy from earlier and how he confessed to her. Since no one has ever confessed to her before, Asuka doesn’t know how to react to that. Hibari notices Asuka not eating her lunch as she asks her what’s wrong. Asuka replies as she shakes her head and explains to her what happened to her earlier. Everyone is the room becomes stunned with the news as they begin asking Asuka for the details. Asuka begins telling everyone everything that happened.

Afterwards, Ikaruga wants to confirm to Asuka that this boy she encountered earlier was a baseball player from another school. Asuka nods and Katsuragi becomes impressed about the fact that Asuka was able get a nice catch. Hibari then asks Ikaruga about baseball in general while Ikaruga explains to her how pro baseball players are in par with any shinobi. Ikaruga turns to Asuka asking her what she’s going to do about this. However, Yagyū quietly reminds everyone that they are shinobi and that they mustn’t forget that. The ninja room went from being active to complete silence. Asuka states that she already knows and how she just wants to be a shinobi. She doesn’t even know how a date works to begin with or who that boy really is. With her mood now improved, Asuka begins to eat her lunch.

The next morning, Asuka is doing extra training on the mountain path. She feels that she’s inexperienced with everything while everyone else in her class are experienced at something, so she thinks it’s a good idea to do extra training every morning. Suddenly, she begins to sense another presence nearby. Asuka yells out who’s there when suddenly, the boy from yesterday emerges from the woods. The boy asks Asuka what she’s doing here while Asuka asks him the same exact question while asking him if he’s a stalker. The boy quickly shakes his head in a panic while stating how he was doing batting practice and now he’s retrieving the balls. Asuka asks him if he’s by himself while the boy nods and states how he’s doing independent training. Asuka realizes how the boy is similar to him while the boy continues by saying how he’s practicing really hard like no one has ever done before since baseball is special to him. Asuka notices how hard the boy must be working considering how sweaty his face is, which causes her to blush a little.

The boy then tells Asuka that his name is Suzuki while asking for her name. However, Asuka dodges the question and asks Suzuki why he would confess his love to a girl whose name he doesn’t even know. Quickly, Suzuki answers by saying how it was like love at first sight. With that said, Asuka finally tells him her name as she smiles at him while Suzki lets out a huge sigh. Suzuki then asks Asuka again if she is willing to go out with him, even though it was awkward for him to ask again. However, Asuka went completely silent, not knowing what to say next. Suzuki begins to feel that he’s bothering Asuka at this point and how he realizes that it’s weird to go out with a total stranger. As he smiles bitterly, Suzuki tells Asuka that she now knows who he is and invites her to come to a baseball game the coming weekend. Asuka begins to wonder if it would be okay to go to the baseball game. Not saying a word, Suzuki lowers his head as he runs down the mountain path.

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Back in the ninja room, the morning classes’ ends and the ninja room’s door flies open with the sushi chef coming in with a burst of laughter. Asuka realizes that the chef was none other than his grandfather, Hanzo. Asuka was happy to see him while Kiriya bows his head to him. However, Hanzo tells Kiriya to stops since he’s now retired. Beforehand, Hanzo was a legendary shinobi that a lot of people respected. There has been rumors saying that Hanzo National Academy was named after him to honor him. However, no civilians know anything about him or his activities. With that said, Asuka asks Hanzo what he’s doing here at Hanzo National Academy while Hanzo explains how he figures he should make some lunch for her and her friends.

As everyone quickly gathers around Hanzo, he gives Asuka a bucket of sushi rolls he made himself and tells Asuka to pass them out to everyone. Everyone begins to eat the sushi rolls with smiles on their faces. Hanzo watches the students while smiling and then asks Asuka to come over for a minute.

Asuka asks Hanzo what is it while Hanzo tells Asuka how he heard about her developing thoughts about love as of late. Asuka becomes surprised to hear that Hanzo also knows about her situation, but then she remembers that Hanzo is a legendary shinobi, so information gathering wouldn’t be hard for him. Asuka then tells Hanzo how she isn’t in love with Suzuki really while Hanzo asks her if she ever heard how her parents met. Asuka shakes his head as Hanzo begins whispering the details.

Asuka’s father was law student at a famous university and fell in love with Asuka’s mother at first sight when she was a ninja student. Hanzo objected to them dating at first, which lead to endless arguments between the two. When Asuka’s father decided to give up his dream to become a lawyer and wanted to open a sushi restaurant with Hanzo just so that he can be with Asuka’s mother, Hanzo allowed it.

Asuka becomes surprised to know that’s the reason as her eyes begins to be filled with tears. With that said, Hanzo asks Asuka what Suzuki’s like in general. Asuka tells him that he’s similar to herself in a way while explaining what he does. Hanzo then tells Asuka that it’s okay for her to love someone and that she should pursue it, which surprises Asuka since she wasn’t expecting him to allow it. Next, he reminds Asuka about what he told her about how power must be a pairing of sword and shield. Asuka nods as she remembers in the past, Hanzo tells her how she has the sword, but lacks the shield. Hanzo then continues by telling her how love can be difficulty as a shinobi but by loving someone, you’ll be able to understand the meaning of the sword and shield. With that said, Asuka realizes that Hanzo wants her to think about the situation with the perspectives as a shinobi.

In the end of all that, Asuka didn’t go to the ball game Suzuki told her about while also changing the route she takes to avoid making contact with Suzuki. She feels that she’s not ready for love and how there’s still a lot to learn regarding the strength born of the sword and shield. One morning after finishing up the morning training, Asuka comes across a newspaper. She goes to the sports section and notices Suzuki’s success. Under her breath, Asuka wishes Suzuki good luck as she closes the newspaper.

In the shops district, Asuka is enjoying the warm weather once again. Suddenly, she accidently runs into a pedestrian, who apologizes to Asuka. Asuka apologizes as well and asks if she’s okay. The pedestrian states that she’s okay as she quickly runs off. As she left, Asuka realizes that her purse is missing and she figures the woman must have took it. She wonder if she’s one of the local thugs she’s been hearing about as of late while also sighing about the fact that she old has five hundred yen in there, but since money is money and that’s her allowance, she decides to go after the woman.

After going through waves of thugs, Asuka still can’t find the woman that took her purse. Suddenly, a woman walks up to her and gives her the purse back while also calling her jugs. Asuka thanks the stranger but tells her to call her by her name and not jugs, which she then introduces herself. She then asks the stranger her name and then the stranger introduces herself as Homura. Asuka begins to insist that she should repay her for helping her. However, Homura denies the offer, but Asuka continues to insist. Homura still denies the offer and walks off. Asuka realizes how impressive for Homura to be able to get her purse back and wonders if she knows some form of martial arts. With that in mind, Asuka decides to use Homura’s skills as a way to motivate herself to do better.

Section 5: Punish the Harasser
Inside the hallways, Katsuragi notices Asuka apologizing to woman. She begins to feel that Asuka is being a pushover to whoever she’s dealing with. The woman begins to check out her thighs, which has Asuka feeling uncomfortable. Katsuragi starts sighing as she watches since she wishes for Asuka to fight back when being pushed around, even though they have to keep their strengths as a shinobi hidden from the average person. She then steps up and tells the person to lay off of Asuka. Asuka was surprised to see Katsuragi while Katsuragi states how she likes copping a good feeling herself, but she hates seeing sexual harassment being done by others, so she decides to go and teach the person a lesson.

Afterwards, Asuka begins to explain to Katsuragi that the person she just beat up was in fact a member of the Public Morals Committee. Katsuragi becomes confused while Asuka continues by saying how she was telling her to lengthen her skirt. Katsuragi begins to apologize for what she has done while also laughing it out since she feels that it was just an accident. However, Asuka realizes that Katsuragi was faking her laugh.

Section 7: Hibari's Tutoring
In the ninja room, Hibari is apologizing to Kiriya while Kiriya explains to Hibari how difficult it is to take the particular class without a kunai, which Hibari forgot her own back at home. As he sighs, Kiriya tell Hibari that she’ll have to take supplemental lessons after school, which shocks Hibari since she was planning on eating banana crepes with everyone after school. Suddenly, Asuka intervenes and states that she and the other students are going to take those lessons as well. Kiriya asks her why and Asuka responds by saying how they’re all in this together since that’s what friends do. Kiriya understands and tell the students that the lessons will take place outside in the yard and whoever scores lowest will be remanded for additional lessons. With that said, the students went out and beings the lesson.

Afterwards, Hibari was surprised to see that she won while Asuka was in last place. However, both Kiriya and Hibari realizes that Asuka lost on purpose. Asuka tries to hide the fact, but it only makes Hibari feel even worst. She begins to sincerely apologize as she states how hard it is being the shield for your friends. However, Hibari understands what Asuka was trying to do for her, which she appreciates. With that said, the two prepare for their extra lessons.

Section 8: Hebijo Assassin
After Katsuragi kicks the ball in half and scans her surroundings for enemies, Asuka asking her what’s wrong from the distance. She’s came into the room at some point. Katsuragi turns to Asuka and tells her that there’s nothing wrong. Asuka then points towards the unfinished ramen while telling Katsuragi how she’s late for class and the ramen is unfinished, so she knows something is wrong. Katsuragi gives up and tells Asuka that she’ll explain everything once everyone else arrives.

Once everyone is present, Katsuragi tells them what happened earlier. Hibari suggests that they should let Kiriya know, which Yagyū agrees to, but Ikaruga mentions how Kiriya is out on business at the moment, which everyone nods to as they remembered. Hibari then wonders what they’ll all do once the enemy attacks, but Yagyū quickly comforts Hibari by telling her that they’re not sure if they will attack. Katsuragi nods as she begins to think about how she wants to know how strong she really is and how she wants to fight someone tough. She also figures how the enemy will definitely come at some point due to Kiriya not being present at the moment.

Suddenly, Hibari notices a girl outside on the courtyard. Katsuragi was able to notice the girl’s thirst for blood up in the air. The enemy has finally arrived and the students quickly moved to the courtyard as a group. As they arrived, Katsuragi asks for the black-haired girl’s name. However, the black-haired girl asks them if they are shinobi students as she steps forward. The black-haired girl introduces herself as Homura, a shinobi student from Hebijo Clandestine Academy. Katsuragi recalls of the academy and how notorious it is while also mysterious. Homura asks them if they’re Hanzo students but Ikaruga tries to deny the fact that they are. However, Homura takes out a photograph of Katsuragi about to kick the ball while invoking a shinobi barrier. As Homura grins at the Hanzo students, she states how they’re still around after she invoked a shinobi barrier, clarifying the fact that they’re shinobi. Katsuragi asks Homura what if they are shinobi students while Homura replies by telling them to hand over the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. However, Ikaruga tells her that they have no plans to do so. As Katsuragi grins and asks Homura what would happen if they don’t give it up, Homura laughs and draws a sword while saying how she’ll take by force instead.

Katsuragi’s interests piqued as she prepares for a fight, but Asuka tells her to step aside. Confused about whether Asuka and Homura are already acquainted, Katsuragi steps aside since she knows that shinobi battles are supposed to be one-on-one. However, another girl but with an expressionless look on her face walks up and tells Katsuragi that she’ll fight her instead. Katsuragi asks for the expressionless girl’s name as the girl calls herself Hikage. Quickly, Hikage takes out her knife and slashes at Katsuragi with Katsuragu managing to dodge at the last moment. Katsuragi then asks Hikage if she strong while Hikage replies by saying that she has to be. Katsuragi follows up by asking her why while Hikage tells her that if she’s not strong then she’s not following orders.

Katsuragi begins to smile as she’s finally able to fight a tough opponent. She then tells the rest of the Hanzo students to stand back as both herself and Asuka will handle both Homura and Hikage. The others does so as both Asuka and Katsuragi prepare for their first taste of real combat.

Homura becomes surprised to know that Asuka was a shinobi all along. Asuka nods as she wasn’t expecting to meet Homura again as enemies. She then asks Homura why they need the Super-Secret Ninja Scroll while Homura replies by saying how she wants to be the most powerful shinobi. Asuka questions her again what she meant exactly while Homura continues explaining by saying how if she steals the scrolls from both schools, she’ll become invincible. However, Asuka disagrees while explaining how it’s possible to become powerful by just training. Homura states that the way of Hebijo is to become strong at all costs, but Asuka believes that using Super-Secret Ninja Scrolls to become powerful goes against the true Path of the Shinobi. Homura shrugs off Asuka’s statement while telling her to come and fight just for her to prove how pathetic Asuka’s “true Path of the Shinobi” really is. Asuka disagrees with that remark as the two begins their fight. After a while of fighting, Asuka is huffing and puffing as she wonders if she won the fight. However, Homura wonders if that’s really all of Asuka’s strength. Asuka becomes surprised to see how Homura is still standing. Homura explains to Asuka that she let her do some damage on her just to see how powerful Asuka really is. The damage Asuka did on Homura wasn’t nothing but a feather caressing her cheek. As Asuka becomes frustrated, Homura tells her to relax since she’s didn’t come to kill her while also telling her to get her last rites before she and the others come back again. With that said, Homura and the others leave.

Chapter 2
Section 1: Katsuragi's Training
After the thrashing from Hebijo Clandestine Academy, the ninja room’s atmosphere becomes thick and heavy. Kiriya notices his students’ faces filled with despair. He isn’t surprised since there’s a world of difference between classwork and actual combat. Finally speaking, Kiriya tells his students that the principal told him what happened to them. He stops speaking right there not being able to find the words to continue. He begins to feel conflicted if he should praise them for managing to stay alive, which is noteworthy since what they went through was their first real battle. Suddenly, Asuka calls out to Kiriya with a despair look in his eyes. The looks reminds Kiriya of a former student of his that goes by the name of “Rin”. He then remembers that he’ll never let what happened in the past happen again. Finally, Kiriya was able to find the words to continue speaking by telling all five of them that if it bothers them so much that they’ve been defeated by Hebijo students, then they should all give up on being a shinobi and get out. As he said that, he begins having more flashbacks of Rin.

Kiriya tells his students again that they should just give up and get out if they’re going to let their defeat by the Hebijo student bother them so much. Suddenly, the change in the atmosphere changed in the ninja room. Ikaruga tells Kiriya about what he said sounds a bit harsh while Katsuragi follows up with a nod but with irritation. She then tells Kiriya how it doesn’t matter what he says about her, but how Asuka is still a 2nd year and she took on some serious competition while surviving, which isn’t a small task. Katsuragi then asks Kiriya to at least praise her for that. However, Asuka looks downward with the rims of her eyes becoming red. Kiriya wants to praise her, but she knows a half-hearted praise will only result in more sorrow down the road. Next, Kiriya explains how Hebijo is known for producing shinobi involved in politics and business while also having no qualms about very nasty work. The students remains breathless at Kiriya’s words. Kiriya continues by saying how they cannot be bargained or reasoned with and how they absolutely will not stop until they achieve their goal, which is much like their namesake, the serpent. Ikaruga asks Kiriya with a frown on her face if there’s no way of avoiding the conflict. Kiriya answers by telling her that they don’t negotiate and how they’ll attack. With that said, Katsuragi asks Kiriya what if they go on the offensive themselves. Sadly, Kiriya shakes his head slightly while explaining how even though that’s a nice thought, they don’t have any idea where the Hebijo Headquarters is located. The explanations causes Katsuragi to sink at his words. However, Hibari speaks up to break the tension by saying how Kiriya is now around, so they’ll all be fine while Ikaruga agrees with her. The statement causes relief to flood the students faces while Kiriya realizes that they all rely on him and how it’s true that he can help them, considering the students are still studying as shinobi and how they left their normal lives years ago. It’s only natural for all five of them to feel intimidated at fighting a powerful opponent.

However, despite all of that, Kiriya tells them that he will not be assisting them against the Hebijo, which stunned the students into silence. Both Ikaruga and Hibari pleads Kiriya with Hibari being on the verge of tears with the thought of Kiriya abandoning all five of them. However, with an authoritative voice, Kiriya reminds them that they’re shinobi students and they must always be prepared for the worst. Suddenly, Kiriya remembers what happened on Rin’s final examination.

Kiriya tells the students that those who rely on him during the fight with Hebijo should give up on being a shinobi and leave. He knows that if he helps them fight off Hebijo, it wouldn’t help them at all. The Path of a Shinobi is a harsh one. One must continue to fight, even with no help coming. Despite what Kiriya has said, there is one thing that he can do for those who seek to become a part of that world, which is teaching them not to be overcome with emotion. He knows that he can’t let Rin’s fate happen again. With that said, the students’ beings to listen to Kiriya’s words in silence. No one of them decided to move.

Suddenly, Asuka speaks up with her hands raised by telling Kiriya that she needs more training. Katsuragi follows up and does the same. Afterwards, the other students raises their hands as well. Hibari also tells Kiriya to work her hard. Despite what the students said, Kiriya is still feeling a natural doubt, but since their passion was so infectious, he smiles. With that said, Kiriya tells the students that he sees their resolves and then tells them to prepare for training. He knows that he can’t protect them directly, but he will teach them everything he knows since that’s the only way for him to protect them.

Section 3: Intercept Hebijos
When Ikaruga begins maintaining her weapon, Hien, inside the ninja room, Asuka and the others walks inside. They all exchange a friendly “good morning” and then a lively conversation begins. Despite all of the hardship and rigorous training they all go through, Ikaruga is impressed with Asuka the most since despite what happens, she never loses her bright and cheerful expression. She greets everything with a smile. While Ikaruga also goes through the same difficulty to keep her classmates organized as class representative, she begins to wonder if Asuka should lead the team instead of her.

As Ikaruga begins to lose herself in her thought, Kiriya walks into the classroom. He tells the class that he’ll be teaching them genealogy as part of the day’s lessons. Quickly, Katsuragi complains to Kiriya about how they should be focusing on training instead of family trees. However, Kiriya lets out a sigh and explains to her that breaks are a crucial aspect to training. With that said, Hibari questions Kirya what they’ll be doing with genealogy while Kiriya explains to them that they’ll be making a shinobi family tree to see if they have any shinobi ancestors while learning what they might have inherited from them. Suddenly, Asuka raises her hand and asks Kiriya how far back they should go, which Kiriya answers by telling them to start from the earliest shinobi, up to themselves. Asuka nods with enthusiasm as she quickly makes her shinobi family tree, which consists of three generations: her grandfather, her mother, and herself. Asuka then explains how her mother is a shinobi like her grandfather, how her father is a civilian who wasn’t completely happy with Asuka becoming a shinobi. However, Asuka wishes to be a powerful one, just like her grandfather. As Katsuragi and Yagyū writes in silence, Hibari begins to moan about how she has to write down everyone from her long line of shinobi. Suddenly, Kiriya asks Ikaruga what’s wrong as Ikaruga stops writing. Ikaruga apologizes as she notices that she’s almost finished making her family tree. However, when she thinks about her family, she’s reminded of her older brother. He is studying business management, following in the footsteps of their father. In truth, however, he wished to become a shinobi.

Ikaruga finishes her family tree by writing down her own name at the end. Her family tree is simply a straight line, from the head of the family, to herself. However, her brother’s’ name wasn’t included. His name would be where Ikaruga’s name is at if he was a shinobi. With that thought of feeling a burden of what happened in the past, Ikaruga’s eyes begins to well. Asuka notices Ikaruga looking upset and asks her what’s wrong, but she tells her that it’s nothing while forcing a smile.

As time went by, it’s now lunch time. The breeze was nice, so the students decided to eat outside for a change. As they begin to eat, Hibari is bothered by how Yagyū is eating dried squid again. However, Yagyū tells Hibari to not make light of the dried squid. As Ikaruga prepares her multi-course meal, she realizes that she forgot the tea. She tells the others that she’ll be back as she heads back to the ninja room to get the Japanese tea set.

After Ikaruga dealt with her older brother Murasame and begins to cry as she clenches Hien in her hand, Asuka calls out to her from the distance, which helps Ikaruga snap back into reality. She then asks Ikaruga what’s wrong since she’s been gone for a while. Ikaruga replies by saying that it’s nothing as she quickly wipes her eyes. As soon as they were about to leave the ninja room, Asuka stops her and decides to show her a family tree from her desk. Ikaruga then realizes how the particular family tree consists of everyone from the shinobi class on one line, listed as family with Ikaruga as the mother, Katsuragi as the father, and Asuka, Yagyū and Hibari as the children. Asuka then explains how the class is basically a family, so she decided to add them into the family tree. Suddenly, Ikaruga began to cry again with tears falling out of her eyes. She likes that she also has another family, her shinobi class. Suddenly, Asuka begins to feel flustered as she asks Ikaruga why she’s crying. Ikaruga explains to Asuka that she’s happy for what she did as she thanks her with a smile on her face.

Later on during the day, Asuka begins to feel tired from training all day, but she knows that she can’t complain because of how important it is for her to get stronger. She then begins to wonder why the Hebijo girls have to be so focused on fighting to grow stronger while also wonder if there’s no other way.

Suddenly, a shinobi barrier appeared. Asuka begins sensing a couple of enemies around the area. One of them being Homura as she walks up to Asuka and tells her how no one will be able to interrupt them. Homura tells Asuka to hand over the Super-Secret Ninja Scroll once again while also threatening to slaughter the entire student body. Asuka begins asking her why she would involve innocent people into their quarrel while Homura explains to Asuka how shinobi are awful by nature. Asuka then tells her how that isn’t the Path of the Shinobi. With that said, Homura asks Asuka what the Path of the Shinobi really is from her perspective. However, Asuka tells her that she doesn’t know yet, but she will once she does one day. Homura then tells her that she wouldn’t be able to since she won’t be walking out alive according to her while also telling her how she’s not alone. Asuka begins to wonder what she can do when suddenly, the rest of the Hanzo students steps in to help her. With that said, the group went on to take down the mob.

Afterwards, Homura is impressed with the show the Hanzo students performed as she suggests a one on one match between the Hanzo students and the Hebijo students. Asuka accepts the challenge of fighting Homura one on one while Homura tells her that they should fight in an open space, which is beneficial for Asuka since she won’t have to worry about the other students. As Asuka asks her where, Homura gives her a letter for her to first, which consists of the locations each participating student must go to. With that said, the Hanzo students prepare themselves as they spread out and head for the five specific locations for their one on one matches with the Hebijo students.

Section 8: Asuka vs Homura
At Asuka’s location, Asuka calls out to Homura and Homura appears right in front of her. As the two prepared themselves, Asuka asks Homura what’s the point in fighting one another. Homura responds by saying how she’s from Hebijo and how Asuka is from Hanzo. Because they’re both good and evil respectively, they are destined to fight one another. However, Asuka asks Homura if that’s enough reason for the two of them to kill one another. As Homura nods, she then explains how war happens everywhere in the world. Despite that explanation, Asuka doesn’t understand at all. Homura tells Asuka that she doesn’t have to understand, but to at least allow her to show her how beautiful death can be. As Asuka prepares to grab her weapons, she calls Homura a stubborn fool.

After taking out Homura’s allies, Homura states that it’s time for the main event. Asuka then tells Homura to promise her that if she wins, she’ll leave Hanzo Academy alone. Homura nods as she makes the promise while also stating how it doesn’t matter since she believes that Asuka doesn’t have the slightest chance of winning. However, Asuka states that she’s been training for their next fight and how she must win no matter the cost.

After the fight, Asuka wonders if she won, but she still sees Homura standing without looking hurt at all. Homura acknowledges how Asuka has gotten a little stronger since the last time they fought while also asking Asuka how she would she use her power to accomplish something. Asuka responds by saying how the power of the shinobi is to protect what’s most important. Homura nods and then asks Asuka if she’s prepared to kill in order to protect what’s important to her. Asuka doesn’t say a word as Homura continues by saying how the fight between the two will continue until one of them dies. She decides that she will go after Asuka’s friends and her school until her last breath. She then suggests Asuka to kill her if she doesn’t want Homura to go after her friends and her school. However, Asuka states how she just can’t kill Homura, but Homura then tells Asuka how her destiny is for her to be killed by Homura. As Asuka gulps, Homura states how she spent enough time of Asuka’s time. As Homura leaves, Asuka wonders what she meant when suddenly, she came to a realization of something.

Chapter 3
Section 1: Summer Mistake

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On a train ride to the beach, the Hanzo students are playing a game of cards. As Yagyū chooses the right side instead of left, it reveals the joker instead of the ace of diamonds. Katsuragi looks down at Yagyū triumphantly while Hibari becomes disappointed. It was time for the losers to pay the price according to Katsuragi. As Katsuragi advances forward towards Hibari while laughing evily, Yagyū steps in and tries to convince Katsuragi that she’ll pay the price instead. However, Katsuragi explains that since the card game was a team battle, if one person loses in that team, everyone in the team is responsible. With that said, Katsuragi approaches both Hibari and Yagyū and flicks both of their foreheads as hard as she can. As Hibari complains about the pain she received by Katsuragi, Yagyū looks at the joker card in her hand and slowly starts to crush it. Quickly, Katsuragi grabs Yagyū’s hand and tells her to not destroy the cards and to not be a sore loser.

Suddenly, Ikaruga intervenes and tells them to be quiet to prevent them from disturbing the other passengers. They all took a quick glance around and notice that all of the passengers were staring at them. Katsuragi quickly apologizes and takes her seat. As they settle down, Hibari states how they might have overdid it a little as she sticks out her tongue playfully. Suddenly, they all began to smell the scent of the ocean as the train leaves a tunnel. Asuka peers out of the window and notice the ocean while stating how they should smell the salty air around them. While Katsuragi agrees, she states that she prefers the scent of young women as she begins to press her nose against Asuka’s body. Asuka demands Katsuragi to stop the sexual harassment while feeling embarrassed but Katsuragi insists that she smells nice and how she’ll take three cups instead of two. Suddenly, Hibari decides to join in on smelling Asuka, but then Ikaruga intervenes and tells all of them to be quiet as she raises her voice. The entire car was silent and all eyes were on Ikaruga. Ikaruga quickly apologizes to everyone.

In her mind, Yagyū recalls that they’re not going on a mission but instead, a genuine vacation on the beach. She then recalls how confused everyone was when Kiriya told them to go on a vacation. In a flashback, Yagyū questioned Kiriya why they should go on a vacation given what’s going on with them at the moment, but Kiriya responds by telling them how there’s no better time. Yagyū then figured what Kiriya meant by his statement considering how in the future, the battles will grow more intense, so it would be wise to grow memories as regular students first.

Yagyū then recalls of the day when the Hanzo students went to their designated spots to fight the Hebijo students. Hebijo’s plan was to distract the Hanzo students while keeping Hanzo Academy defenseless in order to obtain the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. However, when both Hibari and Yagyū came back from their fight in a panic, they found dozens of lesser Hebijo shinobi lying defeated in the courtyards. Near them was Asuka, Ikaruga, and Katsuragi. Hibari asked them if they were the ones that took them down, but they all shook their heads. They then reminded them that Kiriya wasn’t participating in the battle between Hanzo and Hebijo. Suddenly, a loud voice appeared saying that the enemy have been vanquished. The Hanzo students looked around but couldn’t find out where the voice is coming from. Asuka then yells out to the voice, telling it to show themselves to allow them to express gratitude. The voice calls themselves Daidouji and how she’s a shinobi of Hanzo. The Hanzo students then gave each other glances and recalled Daidouji being a legendary senior with unusual power. She was ready to take the final exam on her freshman year, but for some reason, she never graduated. Instead, she repeats her senior year endlessly.

As Hibari tries thanking Daidouji while still looking for her, Daidouji states how she’s not affiliated with them, causing Hibari’s faced to be clouded over with anxiety as she asks why she helped them. Daidouji then tells them that she’ll explain why once they all obtain true power. With that said, Daidouji’s voice disappeared.

As the Hanzo students begins to change into their bathing suit in the dressing room on the beach, Katsuragi steps out with enthusiasm and announces the annual swimsuit inspection. The first to come out was Yagyū as she’s wearing a frilly pink-checkered bikini. As Katsuragi examines her, Yagyū starts becoming uncomfortable. Suddenly, Asuka comes out of the dressing room with a towel around her as she tells Katsuragi to stop being a perv. Katsuragi quickly calls foul on Asuka as she approaches her and immediately tears off Asuka’s towel, revealing a multi-colored striped bikini. Katsuragi then examines Asuka and was liking Asuka’s figure to the point of wanting to tear off the bikini as well. Next, Ikaruga steps out of the dressing room, wearing a simple, dark brown bikini as she tells Katsuragi to stop her nonsense. As Katsuragi examines Ikaruga and expresses how much she likes the way Ikaruga looks, Ikaruga ignores Katsuragi and briskly moves to the beach. Lastly, Hibari cheerfully leaves the dressing room, wearing a frilly ruffled pink-polka dots bikini. Katsuragi compliments Hibari as she appears to be on the verge of fainting due to Hibari’s looks. Yagyū was about to lose it, but then she notices how she’s wearing the same color as Hibari, which made her feel a little happy.

Afterwards, Asuka tells the group that they should all go swimming as she runs towards the water. Katsuragi and Hibari follow suit, but Yagyū decides to walk slowly as she’s enjoying the warmth of the and on her feet. She then sits down on the sand as she watches the others play on the surf. She begins to think about the amount of training they would all be doing starting tomorrow, and then they’ll be fighting the Hebijo students once again, but then she feels how good it is to take it easy for a while as regular students. Suddenly, Yagyū notices Hibari waving at her. She asks Yagyū to come and join them and Yagyū nods as she gets up, wipe the sand off her butt, and then went for the ocean.

Later on, Asuka entrusts Hibari with the key to the dressing room while Hibari nods and tells her how she’ll keep the key in a special hiding spot. With that said, the two go back to playing in the water. Meanwhile, Haruka manages to find the key Hibari hid. When they were all finished playing, Asuka asks Hibari for the key. However, Hibari couldn’t find the key anywhere. Asuka notice someone selling their clothes past the beach. Quickly, the group hurried to get their belongings back.

Afterwards, while Hibari was happy they got their belongings back, she feels guilty about losing the key in the first place. She then wonders why no one is angry at her at all. Meanwhile in the distance, Haruka was annoyed about why no one was angry at Hibari for what happened. She then figures that she’s going to have to do something about it herself personally.

Section 3: Infiltrate Hebijo

Waiting on Yagyu's Recovery CG (SKB)

Outside of the emergency room in the hospital, everyone, including Kiriya, is waiting for the doctor to come and give them the update on Yagyū’s condition. Hibari recalls the doctor telling them beforehand that Yagyū was hit by a poison-coated bullet, causing her life to be at risk. As Hibari blames herself for what happened to Yagyū, Asuka mutters to Hibari and reassures her that Yagyū will pull through while Katsuragi agrees. However, Hibari continues to blame herself and wants to take responsibility. She begins to wish for someone to just tell her that it’s her fault, but everyone has been kind and understanding, causing her to feel even more miserable. Suddenly, the group begins to hear footsteps approaching down the hall. As they stand up in unison, a female nurse runs in. Kiriya asks her how Yagyū is and the nurse smiles saying that the operation was a complete success. Everyone is in relief. Due to Yagyū needing to sleep off the anesthetic for the rest of the day, they all decide to leave and come back tomorrow. Before they left, Hibari tells the group that she has an errand to take care of and that they should go on without her. Asuka asks why and Hibari explains that she needs to buy something and that she’ll be back. She then turns around and runs off.

Section 4: Where da Scrolls at?
The next day at Hanzo Academy, Asuka asks Katsuragi if she seen Hibari anywhere. However, Katsuragi didn’t. Asuka then begins to feel that Hibari did blame herself for what happened to Yagyū. Suddenly, Homura approaches them while creating a shinobi barrier and told them to not worry about her. Katsuragi asks Homura what she means by that and Homura explains that Hibari is now a student at Hebijo Academy and how she’s not coming back to Hanzo Academy. Asuka then yells at Homura saying how Hibari would never withdraw from Hanzo Academy and to stop lying. However, Homura states that she’s not lying, but Asuka insists that she is. With that said, Homura tells Asuka to beat the truth out of her if she’s that convinced and Asuka does so.

Afterwards, Asuka demands Homura to tell her the truth about Hibari. Homura then shows Asuka the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll, causing her to be shocked. Homura then explains how Hibari brought it to Hebijo. Asuka is still in denial but Homura didn’t care. She then tells Asuka how the power of the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll was incredible. Suddenly, Homura’s aura begins to show, shocking Asuka even more. Homura begins to enjoy the power the scroll was giving her while noticing how Asuka was shaking from the amount of power she’s witnessing. Homura begins to laugh out loud and figures that she could crush her like an ant now, but that wouldn’t be fun. She then tells Asuka that now that she has the scroll, she is no longer interested in her. With that said, Homura leaves, but Asuka demands Homura to tell her where Hibari is, but it was too late. She then wonders how it all happened.

Section 8: Hibari's Location
Meanwhile, Yagyū has finally arrive at Hebijo Academy. She wonders where Hibari is with frustration. The receiver in her ear emits a small beep. Earlier, she let Mirai go but without her noticing, she planted a little plant called a remora flower onto her back. The remora flower is good for camouflage and it has a tracking device within it. Suddenly, the beeping from Yagyū’s receiver starts beeping rapidly. With Mirai coming closer, Yagyū decides to conceal herself within the shadow of a tree. Shortly after, she notices Mirai with Homura, but there was no sign of Hibari. She waits for them to go away. She recalls seeing Haruka and Hibari together a while back. She could have get her from there but due to her current condition, she wouldn’t have survive. She then pulls away the fabric from her skin while noticing how the area that’s injured is dark red. The fight with Mirai she had earlier caused the wound to reopen. She decides to wait until Hibari is alone before she can rescue her. However, she begins to grind her teeth while feeling disappointed in herself. She begin to regret what she said to the others earlier since she didn’t expect to be in that particular predicament.

After dealing with Mirai, she placed the receiver in her ear. The beeping started becoming fainter as Mirai gets farther away from the shinobi hospital. As she prepared to leave the hospital, the others came in with Asuka telling her that she needs to rest. As Yagyū surveyed their faces, she grew exceedingly angry. She then asked them why they let Hibari go all by herself. Everyone stepped back as they couldn’t respond to that question. Yagyū figured that Hibari would do something so reckless in a situation like what happened before. Yagyū then tells everyone to stand aside. Ikaruga asked Yagyū what she could possibly do in her condition. Yagyū knew that in Ikaruga’s voice, she was concerned, but mostly, she decided to think that it was meddling. Katsuragi then protested telling Yagyū that she can’t find her by just blindly searching. With that said, Asuka states that they should all search for Hibari together since she’s their friend. However, Asuka’s words only annoyed Yagyū. Yagyū then asked all of them that if they’re Hibari’s friend, why did they leave Hibari alone. Asuka had no retort as she simply hung her head. Yagyū then tells them that she doesn’t don’t need friends how they’ll just get in the way, so she decided to push Asuka’s hands away and go and look for Hibari by herself. She heard Asuka calling for her but Yagyū didn’t look back.

Thinking about it now, Yagyū feels that she went too and how the blame wasn’t all of them. She feels that it was also her own fault for being wounded. If Yagyū wasn’t injured, Hibari wouldn’t have done what she did. However, Yagyū knows that she can’t sit back and do nothing. She then bind a strip of fabric tightly around the wound to stop the bleeding as she bites back the scream of pain. Yagyū feels that she can’t be without Hibari as no one could ever replace her. She’s scared of being alone and she was always scared of being in true solitude. The feeling reminds Yagyū of her deceased sister. She loved her so much but she died without warning, which crushed her deeply. There were times where Yagyū would be distracted by thinking about her little sister.

Suddenly, without paying attention, an enemy attacked Yagyū. Yagyū quickly dodges at the nick of time. In front of her was a solidarity lesser shinobi, demanding Yagyū to tell her what she’s doing at Hebijo. The shinobi then whistles, calling forth twenty all circling Yagyū. Yagyū begins to wonder what her choices are due to her current strength. She then begins to pull out grass with anesthetic properties and chews on them, despite being bitter while also taking out her umbrella and got in a stance. If she gets out alive, she wishes she could apologize to everyone about what she said earlier while also wishing she could talk to Hibari one last time. Despite her regrets, she puts them to aside and get ahold of her breathing. Once it was at the right pace, Yagyū begins attacking the shinobi.

Yagyū Attacking Hebijo Shinobi CG (SKB)

One by one, the Hebijo shinobi fall to the ground, but more was still coming towards Yagyū. With how quickly Yagyū is moving, her wound begins reopening. As she loses more blood, Yagyū begins to feel faint. However, despite how she feels, all she could think about was getting to Hibari. However, she finally got to her knees with no strength left. The Hebijo shinobi circile around her. As they prepare to attack, Yagyū closes her eyes, feeling that they will never open again. While doing so, recalls something in her past. She begins imagining Hibari.

Suddenly, without paying attention, an enemy attacked Yagyū. Yagyū quickly dodges at the nick of time. In front of her was a solidarity lesser shinobi, demanding Yagyū to tell her what she’s doing at Hebijo. The shinobi then whistles, calling forth twenty all circling Yagyū. Yagyū begins to wonder what her choices are due to her current strength. She then begins to pull out grass with anesthetic properties and chews on them, despite being bitter while also taking out her umbrella and got in a stance. If she gets out alive, she wishes she could apologize to everyone about what she said earlier while also wishing she could talk to Hibari one last time. Despite her regrets, she puts them to aside and get ahold of her breathing. Once it was at the right pace, Yagyū begins attacking the shinobi.

One by one, the Hebijo shinobi fall to the ground, but more was still coming towards Yagyū. With how quickly Yagyū is moving, her wound begins reopening. As she loses more blood, Yagyū begins to feel faint. However, despite how she feels, all she could think about was getting to Hibari. However, she finally got to her knees with no strength left. The Hebijo shinobi circile around her. As they prepare to attack, Yagyū closes her eyes, feeling that they will never open again. While doing so, recalls something in her past. She begins imagining Hibari.

The scenery was raining. Yagyū was heading to Hanzo Academy for the entrance ceremony, when suddenly, she saw a girl playing on the schoolyard without an umbrella. The girl was Hibari and she was stomping on the puddles while laughing merrily. To Yagyū’s surprised, she found herself transfixed. Hibari reminded Yagyū of her little sister so much to the point that Yagyū felt that her little sister came back. However, she knows that her little sister is gone. Yagyū knew that her little sister was killed in a traffic accident. Hibari noticed Yagyū and ran over to her, smiling. Hibari asked Yagyū if she loved the rain, but Yagyū didn’t know how to respond to that. She then realized that the ceremony was about to start and they should hurry, so Hibari grabbed Yagyū’s hand and the two started to run.

Suddenly, Yagyū hear the sound of a sword striking a knife as she opens her eyes. There, she sees Asuka, Ikaruga, and Katsuragi. All of the Hebijo shinobi were neatly dispatched. Asuka turns to Yagyū with an innocent smile and tell her that even though they’re in her way, they decided to follow her anyways. Ikaruga draws closer and begins inspecting Yagyū’s injury. She then apply basic first aid to stop the bleeding. Yagyū then asks all three of them why they followed her. They all gave each other a glance and then Asuka tells Yagyū that they’re friends. That’s why. She recalls how she effectively told them that they’re not her friends anymore, but she couldn’t hold a candle to Asuka. Yagyū realizes that she can’t compete against someone that pure of spirit and thinks that maybe she can save her from her own stubbornness.

Asuka then asks Yagyū to fill them with the information on Hibari and the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. Yagyū told Asuka what she knows and then Asuka decides to go and save Hibari on her own. When it comes to infiltrating the castle keep, it would be wise to infiltrate it alone. As Asuka departs for the keep, Yagyū quietly tells Asuka to please take care of Hibari because you’re her friend, so she can count on you. Asuka looks back and gives Yagyū a thumbs-up.

As Asuka gets closer to Hebijo Academy, she realizes how different it is to Hanzo Academy and how there’s guards all over the place. She knows where Hibari is thanks to Yagyū, but she also knows that she can’t rescue her without going through without fighting. However, Homura and the others aren’t around at the moment. With that said, Asuka walks up to the gate and tells them that she’s there to get her friend back and to open the gate.

After getting through and getting inside Hebijo Academy, Asuka calls out to Hibari when suddenly, Hibari notices Asuka and wonders what she’s doing here. Asuka tells her that she’s here to rescue her, but Hibari was unsure about that, despite everything she has done. However, Asuka explains how it doesn’t matter because you’re supposed to help friends regardless. She then tells Hibari to not worry about the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll since they’ll come up with a plan to retrieve it. Hibari nods slowly and then Asuka realizes that something is bothering her, but Hibari states that nothing is wrong. With that said, the two left the inside, met up with the others, and then the group went back to Hanzo Academy.

Chapter 4
Section 1: The Grey Area
Back at the ninja room in Hanzo Academy, Katsuragi tries to cheer up Hibari by being as cheerful as possible, but Hibari’s still down in the dumps. The group have realize that Hibari has been acting strange ever since she got back from Hebijo. Ikaruga then tries cheering her up, but it was no use. With Hibari not acting like her usual self, the mood has dropped. Suddenly, Kiriya walks in as he looks exhausted and sighs. He then tells everyone that he would like to have a moment with Hibari alone. Katsuragi tries to ask Kiriya what they’re going to talk about, but Kiriya didn’t reply. The group left Kiriya and Hibari by themselves as they left the room. Once they were outside, Asuka, Ikaruga, and Yagyū went in separate directions. Katsuragi understands how the others feel, so she decides to be by herself as well.

When Katsuragi went back to the ninja room, everyone’s standing at the door, looking confused. She’s surprised that Kiriya isn’t finished talking to Hibari. She then begins to strain to hear them. Kiriya asks Hibari that if she feels responsible for what happened, she should try and retrieve the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. However, Hibari didn’t say a word. Katsuragi begins to feel that the conversation has been like that the majority of the time. She then decides to head inside the ninja room, disregarding Kiriya’s wish to speak with Hibari by himself. Kiriya asks Katsuragi who told her to come in but Katsuragi responds by telling him that he’s not getting anywhere. Yagyū then walks in and tells Kiriya that they would like to participate in the discussion while Ikaruga and Asuka walks in as well. Ikaruga then tells Kiriya that if it involves the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll, it’s a problem for all of them while Asuka agrees. Beaten down by his own students with words, Kiriya understands and tells them to take their seats. He then stands on the podium, looks out at all of his students, and then tells them that due to the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll not being in their possession, all shinobi studies at Hanzo Academy are suspended. The announcement causes all of the students to look pale. This also means that no shinobi school would accept them. Asuka then asks if it means they can’t be shinobi, which Kiriya nods to. Asuka begins to slump but Katsuragi gives Asuka a big slap on her back. Katsuragi then tells the others in a firm voice to cheer up because all they have to do is get the scroll back from Hebijo. Deep inside, Katsuragi knows that she can’t give up on being a shinobi since it’s the only way for her to reunite with her parents. With that said, everyone except for Hibari became motivated to get the scroll back. Katsuragi asks Hibari what the problem was and then Hibari asks Katsuragi how exactly are they supposed to get the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll back from Hebijo. Katsuragi replies by saying that they just have to beat them, but then Hibari begins telling them how the students at Hebijo are similar to them since they study just as hard and they look out for one another, meaning they’re not bad people as they thought. Just by saying that, Hibari looks like she threw up something she was holding back for a long while. She looks like she’s about to cry. Hibari then asks what’s the difference between a good shinobi and an evil one and why do they have to fight each other.

The Ninja Room goes quiet as Katsuragi didn’t have anything to say. She never thought of Hebijo as anything other than opponents before. Now that Hibari mentioned that, it all makes sense to Katsuragi that what’s considered good and evil is all a matter of perspective. She then remembers how even though renegade shinobi are “evil”, Katsuragi’s parents aren’t bad people since they did what they felt was right to protect her. She also now understands how Hebijo is the same since they’re doing what they feel is right. Hibari starts to say how she doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do after learning all of that. Suddenly, Asuka broke the silence and asks Kiriya for a favor. Kiriya asks what it was and then Asuka asks Kiriya to let her train. Kiriya wonders what Asuka is thinking while Katsuragi begins to think that Asuka has an idea and wants to show Hibari through training. She also begins to think that overtime, Asuka has turned into a real leader type, so she’ll let Asuka do as she pleases.

Hibari asks Asuka why she wants to train all of a sudden, but then Asuka tells Hibari how she didn’t want to fight Homura, so she understands how Hibari is feeling. However, with what happened up to now, things have changed. Hibari asks why but Asuka insists on Hibari watching her train to understand. Asuka then pleads Kiriya to allow her to train and Kiriya understands. He decides to act as her rival for the training. Asuka becomes surprised about that but she accepts the condition. With that said, Asuka begins her training.

In the middle of training, Asuka was losing breath, but he continues to push herself until she can’t stand anymore. However, Hibari tells Asuka to stop training while telling her that she understands that the only way for her to understand is for her to become a shinobi. Asuka nods and tells Hibari how both good and evil shinobi want to be the best shinobi they can be, which is why they work very hard and how it doesn’t matter which of them is right. They’re all working for a specific goal. She also tells Hibari that the only way to be able to communicate with the Hebijo students is in battle. Hibari understands but she wonders if they’ll understand her better if she fights them. Asuka nods and tells her that she’ll realize that they’re all after the same thing. She then tells Hibari to please fight alongside her.

Section 2: The Yin Scroll Training
The next day, it’s almost time for the final battle against Hebijo. Asuka walks around the shops district as she bathes in the light of the setting sun, staring indifferently at her lengthening shadow. Asuka hangs her head and sigh as she realizes that she may have said some self-important stuff to Hibari, but she’s still a novice shinobi herself. She still doesn’t understand the concept of the sword and shield her grandfather has told her that one time. As Asuka fights, she learned that combat is more than just swordplay and ninja arts. There are times where Asuka’s enthusiasm for battle can make up for her failings as a shinobi. If it wasn’t for that, Asuka feels that she wouldn’t have made it to where she is now. This time however, Asuka is fighting against Homura, who now possess the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. She feels that if she doesn’t understand the concept of sword and shield, she wouldn’t stand a chance against Homura.

Suddenly, someone bumped into her from behind. It was a girl with red hair and was concealing her face with a red bandana. Asuka ask the girl if she’s alright and the girl tells her that she’s fine. She then begins to run off. However, Asuka begins to wonder if she met that girl before in the past while also thinking that what happened wasn’t an accident. Just to make sure, Asuka checks her cleavage and realizes that her purse was taken yet again. She also realizes that the girl that took her purse was one of the mountain thieves. With that said, Asuka begins chasing after the girl. Eventually, she found her and demands the redhead to hand over the purse. The redhead was surprised to see that Asuka noticed quickly compare to before. However, the redhead is disappointed about how there’s only 500 yen in her purse, but Asuka still believes that money is money, so she demands it back. Suddenly, the redhead drops to the ground like a sack of potatoes from a shadow behind her. The shadow picks up the purse and gives it to Asuka. The shadow was none other than Homura, who shakes her head at Asuka for not learning from her past mistakes. As Asuka takes back her purse and scratches her head, she tells Homura that she’s been thinking. However, Homura stares directly into her eyes and tells her that if it’s about the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll, she’s not about to just hand it over. Asuka involuntarily gasps and then tells Homura that she promises that she’ll get it back since it’s more important than her purse. Homura then gives Asuka a thin smile and tells Asuka that anytime she wants, she’ll be taken down, but Asuka insists that it won’t happen with a firm voice. Homura then tells her that she won’t win, but Asuka retorts saying that they won’t lose. The comments only made Homura smile even more. With that said, Homura turns her back on Homura and starts walking away while telling her that they’ll find out once the battle happens.

Suddenly, Asuka calls out to Homura to have her wait while Homura wonders what up and if she wants to settle the score now. However, Asuka says no and tells Homura that it’s getting close to dinner time while also asking her if she want to grab a bite to eat. As Asuka smiles, Homura clicks her tongue at her while wondering what she’s driving at, but Homura accepts the offer with a smile while Asuka takes her to her grandpa’s sushi restaurant. Right when Hanzo sees Asuka and Homura together, his eyes widen as he examines’ Homura’s clothes. Homura looks ready to kill as she wonders why is there a legendary shinobi at a sushi restaurant, but Asuka insists that it’s okay. However, Asuka becomes surprised that Homura knows who Hanzo is, but Homura tells Asuka that it’s basic knowledge for a shinobi to know who he is. With that said, the two went to the counter and sits down on the seat. Asuka asks for futomaki while Homura asks for the chef’s pick. Hanzo smiles as he gives Asuka a futomaki roll and Homura a lineup of seasonal fish.

Good and Evil Eating Together CG (SKB)

While Asuka eats her futomaki roll, she couldn’t help but stare at Homura’s meal, making her mouth water. Asuka then thanks Hanzo for the food while Homura eats her sushi delicately, paying careful attention to her table manners. It reminds Asuka of Ikaruga in that regard. The two continue to eat their food in silence the majority of the time while sometimes saying how good the food is on occasions. Eventually, the two finishes their food and Hanzo thanks them for coming while also saying how the food is on the house. Homura says nothing, merely bowing politely. The two walk through the shops district in silence. However, the silence wasn’t awkward, but it was a comfortable silence from friends. It was an odd feeling for Asuka since she only just recently met Homura and their first meeting had them fighting for their lives. Suddenly, Homura asks Asuka what she hopes to get out of being a shinobi, which catches Asuka off guard. Asuka tries to answer that question to the best of her ability but Homura let out a big sigh as she doesn’t understand what Asuka is talking about. When Asuka gets down to it, she doesn’t understand what exactly is the Path of the Shinobi. However, what Asuka does understand is that she wants to be a shinobi in order to protect her friends from the shadows without showing her face. The words gauges Homura’s interest as she then asks Asuka why from the shadows. Asuka then tells Homura that she doesn’t think real justice seeks any kind of reward. Asuka thinks that what Homura’s thinking based on what she has told her was naïve, but it’s just what Asuka has always feel.

Homura lets out another sigh and says that she gets that she has the blood of Hanzo running in her veins. Asuka wonders what she means by that while Homura explains to Asuka that during the time when Hanzo was still active, he apparently served as a vanguard for his friends, taking no heed of the tremendous danger involved despite his position. She also wonders if that’s strange to Asuka. Asuka begins to think about it in chess terms, using rooks and knights as the front line instead of pawns would be illogical. Homura then continues by saying that despite how strong he is, he’d always get wounded but doesn’t ask for nothing in return as he fought for her friends. Asuka then believes that that’s what Hanzo meant by the sword and the shield while Homura smiles a little. The two then notice that they’re near the edge of the shops district. Asuka asks Homura what she wants out of being a shinobi despite feeling that she won’t anwer. However, Homura looks directly at Asuka while Asuka looks directly at her. Homura explains to Asuka how she wants proof that she’s alive, the moment when you can truly feel it. Since life and death are two sides of the same coin, Homura wants to be in a life-or-death battle, so becoming a shinobi is perfect for that. With that said, Homura asks Asuka if she could help her fulfill that wish as she turns around and walks away. As Homura disappears, Asuka wonders how she could answer Homura’s wish. Suddenly, Asuka’s cell starts ringing. Katsuragi was calling her so she answers the phone. Katsuragi tells Asuka to come back to the Ninja Room since Kiriya has big news for them. Asuka asks Katsuragi what it was and then Katsuragi replies saying that Hanzo Academy has yet another Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. The news shocks Asuka as she yells out loud, which she didn’t mean to. She then hangs up the phone and quickly heads back to Hanzo Academy.

In the Ninja Room, Kiriya tells the group that the virtuous must be broad-minded, so Hanzo Academy teaches both Yin and Yang as written in two scrolls. He then said that he’d hoped to instruct them sooner, but the headmaster forbade the scrolls’ use, so the info must be kept in absolute secret. What Homura stole was essentially the Yang scroll, but there’s another one: The Yin Scroll, according to Kiriya. With that said, Kiriya would like to entrust Asuka with the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll to her. Asuka becomes shocked with the news and asks why since she feels that both Ikaruga and Katsuragi are stronger than her, so they should be the one to use it. Kiriya agrees that both Ikaruga and Katsuragi are stronger in terms of power and technique, but to learn what the scroll has requires something more than just power and technique. It requires harsh training while also testing your resolve while also possibly breaking your body and spirit. Basically, it requires a strong spirit. The reason why Kiriya decides to choose Asuka was because she has the strongest devotion in her Path of the Shinobi. As for the others, he has arrange specific training for them to get stronger. With that said, Asuka understands and accepts the training in order to use the Yin Scroll while Kiriya tells her that she must overcome the trials he has prepared for her. Asuka’s training then begins.

After the first trial, which was obtaining the Yin Scroll, Asuka becomes happy for overcoming it. However, Kiriya tells her they’ve only just become. In order to use the Yin Scroll, they have to go through even more intense training. Asuka understands and prepares herself.

Chapter 5
Section 1: Hebijo Battle Plan
Night has fallen completely. Kiriya stands at the entrance of the shinobi village, waiting for his students to come back from their training. Little by little, footsteps are drawing near. Kiriya notices his students are all present and they’re shining more brightly than before. He even notices how Asuka mastered the Yin Scroll and everyone else’s blood boiling from the training they went through. As Kiriya spreads his arms and welcomes them, Asuka, Katsuragi, and Hibari approaches him while Yagyū and Ikaruga stand back, but their facial expressions was filled with joy instead of reserved. Asuka tells Kiriya with confidence that they’ll be going to Hebijo now. However, Kiriya shakes his head and tells them that they have a vacation day tomorrow. The students look at Kiriya confused while Asuka asks him why. Kiriya explains that before a decisive battle, you should spend the day before doing what you like. Right as he said that, the students’ faces become clear and determined. With that said, the students nod to one another and leave simultaneously. As they leave, Kiriya heads to the dressing room.

While arranging the equipment, Kiriya suddenly hears Asuka calling him from behind. He looks back surprised seeing all of his students. He realizes that he couldn’t feel any signs of their presence, to the point where he believes that they’ve become advanced enough to utterly deceive his perceptions. He begins to think about how far they’ve, to the point of showing a wry smile. Asuka tells Kiriya with no uncertain terms to not worry as they’re going to settle the fight with Hebijo Academy. However, Kiriya still feels worried that they all might die. But Asuka tells him that even if they die, they have no regrets since they’ll die as the shinobi they’ve always wanted to become. The others nod in agreement. Suddenly, an image of Rin appear in Kiriya’s mind as he wonders if she was the same in regards to dying as a shinobi. In the end though, Kiriya feels that he’s right back where he started. He still can’t get over Rin’s death. With spirit, Asuka tells Kiriya that they’ll all come back alive and safely. Kiriya looks at all of his students and notices how they’re no longer young girls of students, but adult shinobi. Something within Kiriya’s heart begins to grow lighter. Kiriya begins to understand and decide to trust them. If they come back alive, Kiriya feels that he could finally get over Rin’s death. With all of that talking, Kiriya realizes the morning sun peeking out from over the mountains.

Asuka tells everyone to huddle up. As they did, they all place their hands down in the middle and Asuka tells them to beat Hebijo and come back in one piece. All of their fists lift in the air as the sun climbs high, shining down on them. The curtain for the final battle has risen.

When the group arrive at Hebijo Academy and split up, Asuka realizes that there are more guards than the last time she was there. She begins to wonder if everyone is doing well so far. However, she decides that there was no time to worry about it and that she needs to stay focused. With that said, Asuka decides to charge through the front gate.

After getting in, Asuka begins her search for Homura and the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. Suddenly, she begins to sense a shinobi barrier and Homura’s presence nearby. She figures out that she’s waiting at the castle keep and begins heading there.

Section 6: At Battle's End
As Ikaruga is cutting through one Hebijo shinobi after another, she’s still thinking about what Yomi told her. She then realizes Hien growling as she uses it while also noticing how Homura is looking down on everything on the castle keep. Having mastered the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll, she feels she can look down on the entire world. She realizes that Asuka has yet to arrive and she knows that it’s Asuka’s fate to fight Homura, not hers. Ikaruga decides to see it that her comrades are still safe from the enemies. She also realizes that at some point, Asuka became the heart of the group, meaning Ikaruga’s role as class representative is nothing but a facade. However, Ikaruga is fine with it since the class rep position is selected by seniority. With that said, Ikaruga has decided to make it so Asuka can fight with a clear mind. A good sum of Hebijo shinobi appear in front of him as they kneel, knowing that they’re aware that she defeated Yomi. Suddenly, she notices a black luxury car pulling up at high speed while being surrounded by Hebijo shinobi. Ikaruga tells the car to stop while a man in a suit comes out with a questionable expression. The man states how Ikaruga is a Hanzo student and how Homura is the only Hebijo elite left that hasn’t been defeated. The words filled Ikaruga with relief. The man thinks that it’s pathetic that he poured in a lot of money into the school and the results aren’t in his favor. Right when he said that, Ikaruga begins to feel anger building up within herself.

The man then asks Ikaruga what type of training she went through to become strong. Ikaruga then realizes that the man must be a Hebijo investor while also telling him that the thoughts of friends, schools, master, and families that raised that are what makes them stronger. Ikaruga then clenches onto Hien and tells the guy that even the thoughts of the Hebijo shinobi helped made them stronger. The guy frowns about the fact that no money was involved. As Ikaruga points Hien towards the guy, the guy asks Ikaruga if she’s going to kill him. Ikaruga begins to believe that if she were to kill that particular investor, it might collapse the entire Hebijo organization, thus causing the struggle between good shinobi and evil shinobi to abate. However, Ikaruga lowers Hien and tells the man to leave as it’s a sacred place for shinobi to do battle. The man laughs as he gets back into the car and leaves.

Ikaruga’s mind then drifts back to thinking about Yomi as she now feels that if Hebijo disappeared, the last refuge for people like her would disappear. Katsuragi then shows up and meets with Ikaruga while asking if she’s alright. Ikaruga nods while also pointing out how Katsuragi is alright as well. The two then laugh at one another softly. Suddenly, Katsuragi notices Asuka from the distance as she’s heading for the castle keep. She’s dispatching her foes quickly as she’s heading for Homura directly. However, Asuka has a mountain worth of Hebijo shinobi to deal with before reaching Homura. With that said, both Katsuragi and Ikaruga quickly moved to where Asuka is while they take down the Hebijo shinobi that got in their way. They finally caught up to Asuka as they force themselves in between Asuka and the Hebijo shinobi she’s fight. They begin to fight them as both Katsuragi and Ikaruga tells Asuka to go on ahead. However, Asuka looks troubled as she watches Ikaruga and Katsuragi hold their grounds against the Hebijo shinobi. Ikaruga then realizes that it’s not Asuka’s way to rush in headlong, heedless of those left behind, meaning her heart is set on the exact opposite. Ikaruga then begins to understand that that might be the power of sword and shield. With that in mind, Ikaruga orders Asuka to go on ahead as the class representative while smiling. Asuka smiles back and understands as she tells Ikaruga to leave Homura to her. With that said, both Katsuragi and Ikaruga cut through the wall of Hebijo shinobi while Asuka uses the advantage to get through. Eventually, she reaches the castle keep where she’s now face to face with Homura.

Asuka tells Homura that she has come to get the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll back from Homura. As Homura looks at Asuka, Asuka tells Homura that she wouldn’t have been able to get through if it weren’t for her friends helping her. However, because of that, Homura knows that her friends are now dead. Homura then tells Asuka how she didn’t expect to feel sadness about the loss of her friends, thus feeling the pain of her heart breaking. She then states how she stopped being a loner at some point. Asuka begins to feel bad for Homura, but Homura tells Asuka that she will avenge her fallen comrades by defeating her. However, Asuka realizes that Homura isn’t acting the way she usually is because something within her changed because of her friends’ deaths, but even so, Asuka knows that she still can’t lose to Homura. With that said, the two begin their fight.

Afterwards, Asuka is victorious, which shocks her. She then asks Homura to hand over the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll, but Homura refuses to lose since if she loses, it’s all over for her. Homura decides that it’s fine for her to die, but she still wants to succeed for her friends. With that said, Homura asks the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll to grant her more power. Homura’s aura begins to show along with more power, which shocks Asuka since she took the scroll away from Homura. Homura tells Asuka that it’s not over yet as she begins to unsheathe Engetsuka from behind her. As she does so, her entire body is now red. However, Homura begins to feel pain all over her entire body from the power. Despite that, Homura gets in a stance and prepares to defeat Asuka with everything she has. However, Asuka gets ready as she doesn’t want to die, not until she finds her Path of the Shinobi, which causes her Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll to grant her power as well. With that said, the next fight begins.

Afterwards, Asuka is victorious once again while Homura reverts back to her normal state. However, Asuka feels bad that she had to utilize her Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll in order to stop Homura. Despite that, Homura compliments Asuka for growing so strong while also stating how maybe she shows more of a shinobi character than herself. Asuka denies that when suddenly, Homura begins to quietly say the names of her friends that were killed while apologizing for letting them die in vain. She then calls out to Asuka quietly and thanks her for helping her show the joy of being alive. With that said, Homura collapse to the ground as she dies while Asuka thanks Homura for being her strongest friend.

Section 7: Path of the Shinobi
Suddenly, the ground begins to rumble while making an uproarious bellow. Pieces from the castle keeps begins to fall and the roof tilts to a steep angle. Homura’s limp body begins sliding into the air. Asuka quickly drops her stance and reaches out to grab Homura. However, it was too late as she falls away with the rubble. The collapse starts getting worse, causing Asuka to not be able to stand again. With nothing else she can do, Asuka apologizes to Homura as she leaps from the crumbling roof. She then starts escaping from the keep as the whole castle turns into one huge mountain of rubble. As Asuka wonders what’s going on, she wonders if her comrades might have got caught in the aftermath. She then calls out to them as she can’t see through the amount of dust that’s around the area. Suddenly, Asuka notices something atop the rubble as she hurries over to see who it is. She saw Homura and asks if she’s alright. However, Homura begins to ask for power. Asuka knows that that wasn’t Homura’s voice she heard. Homura’s body begins to float in midair as if she’s being lifted by threads. Strange energy swirls around them as Asuka hears more voices from Homura. Suddenly, a tornado springs up out of nowhere while Asuka clings onto a nearby tree. She then notices four figures flanking Homura as they were the other Hebijo elites. As they drift, purple gas rises from the rubble as they envelop them, thus creating a form that looks human.

Asuka looks really shocked as she doesn’t know what she’s looking. The being was so tall that it looks like it could touch the sky. It had a head, arms, and other appendages while also having rubbles slinking off of it. Its’ legs haven’t formed yet as it’s having a hard time trying to get up. As it moves, its parts begins to crumble little by little, until it stops in one position, thus creating an even stronger tornado. Asuka’s entire body begins to shake as she looks at the monster even more. Suddenly, the tornado abruptly stops as it releases a terrible voice, causing Asuka’s blood to freeze for a bit. The being begins speaking, calling itself Orochi while explaining how the castle is filled with endless hatred, which is what it is. It then states that the blood, calls, cries, and screams to it and how it must respond. Asuka questions it as it wonders if it’s there to answer to Homura’s wish. However, the being decides that it will destroy everything. Asuka then argues that Homura wouldn’t wish for destruction for all as she died for her friends and wanted everyone to fight her to her last breath while also wanting to feel alive. The being continues to say that it will destroy all, which is why it exists. However, Asuka decides to fight the being to stop it from destroying everything by utilizing the power of her Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll.

Afterwards, Asuka is victorious, causing Orochi’s body to melt away, leaving nothing but its echoing death rattle. A strong wind picks up and the debris shines in the light of the evening sun. All signs of its malice and hatred has disappeared. Asuka stands atop the mountain of rubble, clutching the two Super-Secret Ninja Art Scrolls. Asuka says to herself that everything is over ash she lets out a huge sigh. She begins to feel that all of her energy is leaving her body. As she was about to collapse, she begins to feel warm hands supporting her. One of the hands were Katsuragi as she congratulates Asuka. The other hands were Ikaruga’s, Hibari’s, and Yagyū’s. Feeling overjoyed about seeing her friends in one piece, strength returns to Asuka’s body. Ikaruga anxiously examines Asuka’s body to see if she’s alright, but Asuka insists that she’s alright. However, Katsuragi didn’t buy it and begins to feel up on Asuka. Asuka tells her to stop while Hibari tells Katsuragi to wait until she has more energy before she can sexually harass her, which Yagyū also agrees to. However Asuka states that she rather she didn’t wait until later. With that said, everyone begins to laugh. Despite how messed up everyone looks, they all still smile and laugh.

Hanzo Ending CG (SKB)

Suddenly, they all saw similar figures across the mountain of rubble. They couldn’t see clearly due to the morning sun, but they know that the four figures are Homura and the others. Homura and the others looked at them as they then turn around and walk away. Hibari begins to chase after Haruka, but Asuka stops her by grabbing her shoulder and telling her to just let them go, despite Hibari crying in joy. Asuka then tells her that she’s sure she’ll see them again at some point. As they watched Homura and the others get farther away, Ikaruga wonders if it’s okay to let them go, but Asuka states that they’re not the enemy and that when they meet, it’ll be when they’re all shinobi. Ikaruga smiles at Asuka’s statement. Asuka then takes a deep breath and then shouts out to Homura saying that she will continue getting stronger and how they’ll meet again. She then wonders if Homura heard her, but then she saw Homura raising her right hand as a sign of acknowledgement. With that said, Asuka tells the others that it’s time for all of them to go back home to Hanzo Academy which everyone agrees to. They then come together smiling and begin walking. Their bodies feel heavier than lead, but their hearts feel light as feathers. The glare of the sunrise gently warms their backs while their shadows extend out before them to Hanzo Academy as if nothing is blocking their way. As Asuka looks down at those shadows, she begins to wonder if this the Path of the Shinobi.

Hebijō Clandestine Girls' Academy

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Deep Crimson

Main Story

It is the night of the raid on Hebijo Clandestine Girl Academy to get back the Super-Secret Ninja Scroll. As the Hanzo group started gathering around in the thicket next to the main gate, Asuka is happened to see that all of her comrades have arrived. Katsuragi then jokes around about Asuka leading her to the enemies boobs for groping. However, Ikaruga spoke and told Katsuragi to focus due to the situation at stake at the moment. Then, Katsuragi replied back to Ikaruga, realizing how serious, nervous, and stiff she is. She then suggested to help Ikaruga relax by smoothing out the rough spots, starting with her boobs. As Ikaruga demanded Katsuragi to stop. Hibari states how she's starting to get nervous herself. Yagyu then insists on helping Hibari out instead of Katsuragi for her own sake.

Asuka was happy to see how her own comrades are still the same as always, even though they're about the face their final battles with Homura and co.. Her smile then turned into a frown as Ikaruga asked Asuka what's wrong. Asuka explained that while it's nice to see everyone laughing and enjoying themselves, she's wonders what type of justice is she referring to whenever she says "For justice's sake, I will not abide you," before going into battle. She personally believes that it means fighting to protect everyone's happiness. Ikaruga and Hibari agreed. With that said, Asuka told everyone that it's time to go and get their Super-Secret Ninja Scroll back while showing Homura and co. what a good shinobi can do. She then wished everyone good luck and had everyone promise to come back alive. Afterwards, the team separated and went on their own to their opponents.

Crimson Chapter

Naraku Chapter

Kagura Chapter

Deep Crimson Chapter

Final Chapter

Asuka and Homura (Yin and Yang) CG (SK2)

DLC

Deep Waist

Hipster

Vs Yomi - Hipster (SK2)

As the girls gathered around, reiterates about the fact that the city in grave danger while Ikaruga states how kids are hiding, adults are running around naked, and how the city is going to hell at this rate. Hibari started feeling scared going outside now, but Yagyu suggested that she'll hold her hand to help make her feel more calm. Feeling angry, Katsuragi hated how HEBIJO used Explosive Bust Force for evil, causing the world to go crazy. With that said, Asuka was determined to simply take down HEBIJO regardless, which shocked everyone. She understands the situation but she feels that they have a chance at beating HEBIJO. She then started explaining how professor Hanzo crystallized EBF into a new kind of power supply, called Bustnuda-X, which grants the Hanzo group the ability to fly.

Katsuragi understood and stated how she has to prepare herself now. Asuka questioned Katsuragi while Katsuragi explains how she can't let her underclassmen fly out there on their own. As the group decided that they'll all go together, Yomi showed up and saw how cheap their melodrama was, even cheaper than bean sprouts. She then went on by saying how both rich and poor desire milk and how HEBIJO will provide them with such with their breasts. Hibari believed that that doesn't makes sense while Yagyu helped her calm down by saying how Yomi is just speaking gibberish. Yomi then stated how after their titan breasts, there will be titan sprouts, causing small breasts to be obsolete. Ikaruga denied that while Yomi told them to defeat all five of us to prove themselves right.

With that said, the Hanzo group made their move as they went after HEBIJO, starting with Yomi.

Vs Hikage - Hipster (SK2)

After defeating Yomi, Katsuragi asked the others what they think about HEBIJO's way of thinking about titan bust supremacism. Ikaruga believes that it's an unconscionable ideology while Hibari believes that just because you call something "titan" doesn't mean it's better. However Yagyu doesn't mind a titan Hibari. With that said, Asuka decided that they should all stamp out titan bust supremacism. However, Katsuragi started having a bit of doubt about it. She wondered if HEBIJO is really wrong about their ideology. Ikaruga wondered what she meant by that while Katsuragi explains how she can see the attraction of the size and texture of a titan bust. As the others questioned Katsuragi some more, she then stated that it's complicated to explain. She then started going on about how size is justice and how great it is to be big.

Suddenly, Ikaruga slapped Katsuragi to snap her out of it while explaining how all breasts have their values, so they can't be replaced. Katsuragi just remembered that as she started freaking out. Now, Katsuragi's eyes are finally wide open as she apologized for losing sight of what she believed in. She then asked one of them to grab her boobs to prove that she's okay now. Yagyu passed but Hibari started squeezing them, which then had Yagyu telling her to stop. The groping helped Katsuragi feel energized when suddenly, Hikage appeared right before them.

Hikage asked them which is a better deal, a regular dish or a super dish. Asuka answered with super dish but Katsuragi quickly told Asuka to stop what she's doing by hitting her, causing Asuka to snap out of it. She then tried telling Asuka not to fall for Hikage's trick on converting her to titan bust supremacism. Asuka realized that as she thanked Katsuragi. Hikage then told them not to overthink it and asked again. Ikaruga then asked which choice is the simple one while HIbari and Yagyu states how they're fine with the regular size.

Afterwards, Hikage sighed as she finds fighting annoying, so she told them that she'll be waiting for them in the sky. With that said, the Hanzo group began to go after Hikage.

Vs Mirai - Hipster (SK2)

After taking down Hikage, Ikaruga was in deep thought while Hibari asked her what's wrong. She states how it's nothing, but Yagyu can tell she's thinking about something, so she told her to tell them. Ikaruga then told them about how she's worried about her brother, Murasame. At first Katsuragi didn't think that they would transform him into a giant since he's a guy, but then she asked Ikaruga if she's worried about to give him a titan "private". Quickly, Ikaruga denied that as she then wondered what would happen to him if she dies in battle. Katsuragi understood while Yagyu states how Murasame resents Ikaruga in general, but in actuality, he as a serious sister complex. Ikaruga then stated how he abandoned all hope and is now running around nude as they speak.

They then figured that if Ikaruga isn't around to watch over Murasame, it would be a problem. Katsuragi then figured that the real problem is actually Ikaruga herself while explaining how even though Murasame has a sister complex, Ikaruga have a brother complex as well. Feeling shocked and embarrassed, Ikaruga denied the fact, but then she remembered a few moments where it showed. Yagyu then suggested Ikaruga to go home if she's going to be worried about Mursame throughout the battles, causing her to be a burden to the group. Katsuragi agreed when suddenly, Ikaruga burst into tears while Mirai appeared right before them while hearing about the crying and the big bra crap.

Yagyu told Mirai that she misheard the last part while Mirai stopped caring since it didn't matter anymore. She then went on how they're now in the age of the titan bust, while Yagyu replied by stating how Mirai's cup size didn't even change after becoming huge. Asuka followed up by saying how it's neither titanic nor explosive. Right before Hibari followed up by saying how flat it was, Mirai threatened to kill all of them if they continued saying such things while also saying how her cup size will grow eventually and those that disagrees will die.

Yagyu understood but she decided to retort instead. Mirai dared them to try and do so as the Hanzo group went after her.

Vs Homura - Hipster (SK2)

After defeating Mirai, Yagyu started laughing for some reason. The others asked why while Yagyu started feeling empowered by the Bustnuda-X. She then realized that she has to take care of HEBIJO first and then the world. Those who oppose her and the others would be killed. Ikaruga then began to convince Yagyu to step away from the dark side. Suddenly, Yagyu started getting a massive headache while Asuka starts thinking that maybe Yagyu is losing control of herself. Hibari then wondered what they should do to help Yagyu while Ikaruga wondered if the effect of the Bustnuda-X can happen to the rest of them as well. Suddenly, Yagyu noticed how her right eye is aching black and how her tentacles are telling her to defeat them.

Quickly, Asuka begun to sing about breasts, which helped Yagyu come back to her senses. As Yagyu apologized for what she did, Asuka told her that it was alright since the important this, she came back to them while also saying how music can work wonders to a person's heart. Suddenly, Homura appeared before them while singing about meat. She then noticed the Hanzo group and was happy to finally see them. Asuka was surprised to see how much Homura improved with her sonic attack, but Homura didn't understand what she was talking about while also saying how she was just practicing her singing. She then realized how Asuka just told her how she can't sing well, which Asuka admitted.

The blunt response angered Homura as she prepared to go and kill the Hanzo group while also serenading them. She then demanded all of them to come after her. With that said, the Hanzo group went after Homura.

Vs Haruka - Hipster (SK2)

After taking down Homura, they realized that they have one more opponent to fight, which is the mastermind herself. By defeating her, the world will be saved. Suddenly, Haruka showed up beforehand while stating how what they're going to do isn't going to happen. She then realized how angry the Hanzo group look while also realizing how she might have got carried away. Ikaruga then stated how her getting carried away is unforgivable. Haruka sarcastically started feeling scared while realizing that she can't please everyone. Feeling angry, Katsuragi told Haruka how much pain she caused on the Earth. Haruka asked why she asked that even though she was having fun, which is what they said and how that's all that matters. Despite all that's been said, Hibari doesn't believe that Haruka is a bad person. Yagyu questioned what she meant but Hibari believes there's a truth behind what she's trying to do. Katsuragi started noticing it herself.

Katsuragi then figured that what Haruka is trying to do is make a world where everyone doesn't fight over the size of their boobs. Haruka didn't say a word to that statement but Hibari states how it all makes sense if everybody becomes titan bust. However, if everyone becomes one, everyone will lose their charms. Asuka then states that since everyone is different, everyone has their own charms.

Haruka was impressed with how Hibari and the others figured out her true motive, but she still won't listen to those that oppose titan bust supremacism. She then told them defeat her by force in order to stop her. With that said, the Hanzo group went after Haruka for the final battle.

After the fight, Haruka reverted back to normal size. She stated how they were right about boobs being wonderful because they come in different shapes while also admitting that she was wrong about everything. However, Asuka disagreed while Ikaruga explained how boobs can bring peace and prevent war, so they should foster world peace through mutual appreciattion of boobs. Haruka was happy to hear that, but she states how she can't fly anymore as she starts descending to the ground.

Suddenly, Homura caught Haruka right before she shit the ground while saying how she can't have Haruka die because of how important she is to the HEBIJO group. Haruka thanked Homura for saving her while Homura told Asuka that they won't work together with them. She then explained how they'll come up with a new type of titan. Asuka asked what type, leaving Homura to think for a minute, until she decided on titan beef or titan beef stew. Asuka asked again what Homura is planning exactly, but Homura dodged the question by saying how their rivalry continues. With that said, Homura flew off with Haruka.

With the mission finally completed, the Hanzo group flew off to the Hot Springs to relax and enjoy themselves.

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Gameplay

She uses two wakizashi, or short Japanese swords although one sword is slightly longer than the other, in combat. She is quick and nimble on her feet which allows her to move about and catch her enemies off guard with her quick and sharp attacks. Her Ninpo utilizes the power of the earth.

Ninja Arts

Secret Ninja Arts

Aerial Secret Ninja Art

Secret Fusion Ninja Arts

Musical Themes

Name Game Description Audio
Chaos in Bloom Portrait of Girls/Crimson Girls The Opening song of the Hanzo arc portion of the game. It is sung by Asuka (Hitomi Harada), Ikaruga (Asami Imai), Katsuragi (Yu Kobayashi), Yagyu (Kaori Mizuhashi), and Hibari (Yuka Iguchi).
Senran Kagura Burst - Skirting Shadows OP Full Lyr
In the Name of Justice Asuka's theme before transforming.
Senran Kagura Burst - In the Name of Justice (Asuka's Pre theme)
In My Grandpa's Name Asuka's theme after transforming. It also plays when you fight against her.
Senran Kagura Burst - In My Grandpa's Name (Asuka's Transformed Theme)
Beyond the Light and Darkness Deep Crimson The Opening song of the game. It is sung by Asuka (Hitomi Harada), Ikaruga (Asami Imai), Katsuragi (Yu Kobayashi), Yagyu (Kaori Mizuhashi), and Hibari (Yuka Iguchi).
Senran Kagura 2- Deep Crimson - 02 Beyond Light an
The Duty of Good Asuka's theme after transforming.
Senran Kagura 2- Deep Crimson - 03 The Duty of Good (Asuka)
Pride of a good Shinobi The theme that plays whenever you fight one of the Hanzo shinobi.
Senran Kagura 2- Deep Crimson - 08 Pride of a Good
Crimson The ending song for the game. It is sung by Asuka (Hitomi Harada) and Homura (Eri Kitamura).
Crimson

Trivia

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