Minori is a playable character from the Senran Kagura video game series. She makes her debut in Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus.
A first-year student at Gessen Girls' Academy who, for whatever reason, acts like a much younger girl all the time. She's innocent and loves to play games, but is also determined to do right by her friends by becoming a worthy shinobi.
She uses a bucket and frying pan as her main weapons, pulling off maneuvers that are so esoteric they almost look like magic.
Minori is a fair-skinned girl with long light brown hair tied in two pigtails and big blue eyes, with small yellow pupils. She wears a green choker around her neck, with a small, round bell attached to it. She wears an orange top, which reveals her cleavage. The top has short, wide white sleeves, with pink trimmings, as well does the front part of her shirt.
She has a large pink bow tied around her waist, and has a small hamster clip on her shirt, as well. She wears white and orange striped stockings, and matching undergarments. She wears large green bracelets and anklets, and pink boots with little red bows on them.
She often carries around a blue pail with a hamster design on it. On her back is a large plush hamster backpack. She has a blue thermos on her right hip, and has a white headband.
She is one of the shortest girls, shorter than even Mirai by 2-3 inches. Despite her smaller frame, she is very much well-endowed like most of the other girls.
Despite her age, Minori has a very energetic and childish personality that makes even Hibari looks mature in comparison. She has a major sweet-tooth and loves to eat snacks all the time. Minori is extremely playful and even considers her work as a shinobi as "playing."
However, there is a reason behind her childish demeanor. Minori doesn't like fighting as it is the reason why her parents are dead, having been killed on one of their missions. She believes that everyone in the world should spend more time playing than fighting because it would make everything better.
Minori was taken in by Kurokage after her parents died in the line of their shinobi work. Ever since then he raised her alongside Yumi, Murakumo, Yozakura, and Shiki, training her to become a shinobi just like them. The two of them trained by playing games like tag and hide-and-seek, though Minori could never really catch Kurokage because he was far too skilled.
When Kurokage fell ill, Minori would still request to play games with him despite him refusing every time. She knew it was selfish of her to ask, because it was apparent he was far too weak to do anything at all given his terminal sickness.
Eventually, she was enrolled into Gessen Girls' Academy with the others and managed to become part of the elite class within her first year.
Gessen Girls' Academy
Minori is on her way to visit Kurokage's grave with the other members of the Gessen elite. They are suddenly intercepted by Hanzō who not only eats the strawberry daifuku meant to be placed on her grave, but also sexually harasses them by groping all of them as well.
Minori and the others feel too embarrassed and upset to go see Kurokage after this, and decide to head back to the Academy. When they arrive their teacher, Wang Pai informs them of the Shinobi Battle Royale and suggest that Yumi, and the others should use this as an opportunity to enact revenge against Hanzō, by challenging the very Academy named in his honor.
Now having decided to participate in the Shinobi Battle Royale, Yumi tells both Minori and Shiki train together before taking her leave to make preparations for the Shinobi Battle Royale. Shiki convinces Minori to skip out on training, despite Minori's initial reluctance. Yumi returns just in time and forces them to train properly. Minori wins the sparring match between her and Shiki, and Yumi praises her. Yumi intends to give them a lecture about training diligently, but Minori cuts her off and goes to play since she's done for the day.
Hanzo National Academy
Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy
Homura's Crimson Squad
Shinobi Girl's Heart
Minori is in a state of panic due to being unable to fight any of her sweets. Shiki reminds her that she ate all of them yesterday. Minori decides to go "trick or treating" which involves beating people up until they give her candy.
Minori approaches Asuka first on her quest for candy. Though Asuka is surprised at first, she gives Minori one of her grandfather's special futomaki sweets. She ogles at the size of it and shoves it into her mouth, but ultimately ends up unsatisfied due to wanting sweeter candy.
Minori's next target is Yozakura who becomes upset at her constantly saying "trick or treat" because she doesn't know what it means. Minori calls her a cheapskate which causes Yozakura to bring up the Mr. Bunny crackers she had intended to share with her, and Minori happily demands she hands them over.
Minori approaches Ryoubi who tells her to leave since she doesn't have any candy. Minori asks Ryoubi why she doesn't have candy today because she usually always does and brings up seeing her stuff candy between her breasts. However she notices that Ryoubi is flat and assumes that she's telling the truth. This leads to Ryoubi becoming upset and transforming to fight Minori. After Minori's victory she ends up finding a single Mr. Bunny candy says that it's better than nothing.
Minori is walking around the Hanzo campus eating candy when she is approached by Ikaruga who tells her she can't eat candy on school grounds. Ikaruga offers her healthy snacks instead, much to Minori's disgust and leaving off on the statement that she gets scared when food smells funny.
Minori approaches Yomi and asks for candy. Yomi happily offers her some of her chocolate bean sprouts. Though Minori is a bit apprehensive at first, she decides to try them and immediately grows to love them.
Minori gushes over how delicious the chocolate covered bean sprouts are and asks Yomi for more, much to her delight. Yom gives Minori a hug and asks if she would like to make more sprout sweets with her. Minori readily accepts and becomes Yomi's apprententice. A week later and the two have continued to make sprout sweets every day. Minori concludes that she doesn't need any other sweets so long as she has sprout sweets.
Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits (Anime OVA)
Kagura Millennium Festival
Shinobi Girl's Heart
Dual Shinobi Hearts
Combat Capabilities & Gameplay
Minori attacks by swinging her bucket around as if she were playing house. However, the shinobi attacks she's polished through mere playing have a brutal amount of force behind them.
- Senran Kagura: New Wave as a playable character.
- Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit as a playable character.
- Shinobi Master Senran Kagura: New Link as a playable character.
- Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus Comic Anthology Vol.1
- Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus Comic Anthology Vol.2
Non-Senran Kagura Appearances
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|Let's Play!||Shinovi Versus||Minori's theme. It plays after she transforms and also when fighting against her. Minori's theme is an arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Russian Dance"|
|Hibari and Minori's Child Toy Battle -Who's a Child? Arrange-||A rearranged mix of Minori and Hibari's themes.|
|3 Minutes of Hustle and Bustle Cooking||Bon Appétit||Minori's theme. It plays when going against her in a cooking battle.|
|Look at Minori!||Estival Versus||Minori's theme. It plays after she transforms and also when fighting against her.|
Creation & Development
“A childish character who makes Hibari look mature by comparison. But even if she's a cute shinobi with an insane sweet tooth, she still represents something unique and exceptional. Her design incorporates the best aspects of an adult with the behaviors and mannerisms of a self-declared child who doesn't realize she's grown up. When you see Minori and really think about everything she's going through, it just makes you want to give her a big hug.”
—Producer Commentary from the Shinovi Versus Shinobi Syllabus