Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Overt focus on sexual content distracts frantic fight game.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Teamwork, camaraderie between characters, moral issues of "good" and "bad," the capacity all people have for both.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters, despite appearances, have strong bonds of loyalty, strict personal codes of honor, overshadowed somewhat by "fan service," overt sexualization.

Ease of Play

Initially seems to be a straightforward button masher, but intricate combos, timing make game much more challenging.


Focus is fighting waves of opponents, occasional boss fights, against all manner of characters, from ninja schoolgirls to ancient demons. Damage usually represented by clothing getting ripped apart, but no overt blood, gore.


Sexual themes, suggestive content abounds. As characters are damaged, clothes get ripped apart, powerful "Shinobi Transformations" involve revealing costume change. Partial nudity in some cut scenes; "Photoshoot Mode" lets players dress, pose characters in strongly suggestive ways. Subtitles feature sexual innuendo, lots of "boobs" references.


Despite Japanese dialogue, subtitles show lots of innuendo, insults.


Latest installment to franchise that includes games, CD soundtracks, anime series, volumes of comics.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is an action/fighting game for the Nintendo 3DS and is the latest game in the Japanese franchise to make its way to North America. Core to the game is its focus on overt sexual themes. The bulk of the cast are ninja schoolgirls with large breasts. Although there's no blood or gore in the almost constant fighting, the characters' clothing can and does get ripped to shreds, often leaving them left standing in a "bathing suit" bikini. There's also a "Dressing Room" mode where players can dress and pose the characters in numerous (mostly provocative) ways, while using the 3DS AR cards to take snapshots of the characters in the real world. There's plenty of other sexual innuendo and references, too, with insults and comments about "boobs" showing up in the game's subtitles (dialogue is all Japanese).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJimtim11 October 19, 2019

Give this series a chance!

Now. I do think that some of the stuff in this game is a bit thrashy but don’t let it discourage you. If you have already given your kid “the talk” and you thin... Continue reading
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bykayned1 May 15, 2018

The same with Anime. CSM do not review any more Otaku focused anime games

I do not want Anime and Japanese (especially Anime) games that focus on ecchi (sexual focused but not porn),incest,demon on human rape,tentacle sex,and loli/sho... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byEcchifan360 October 29, 2019

This is a great game for teenagers

1st off it has a good amount of sexuality/fanservice (which later in the game when the battles become more intense I was too focused into the heat of the game t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byDariafan2000 October 9, 2016

why this is for adults only

It has breasts,sex talk, drug references, and too frantic for a childs mind.
I played the game it was good it was fun but there was too much nudity.
it has pant... Continue reading

What's it about?

As SENRAN KAGURA 2: DEEP CRIMSON opens, the students of the Hanzo and Hebijo shinobi academies are still fighting each other in a fierce rivalry. As these buxom battlers duke it out, they begin to question for themselves what defines them as "good" or "evil." When demonic forces begin to appear, the students from both schools are forced to put their differences aside and work together to defeat this greater threat before it puts an end to everything they care about.

Is it any good?

Sexual themes are a major part of this game. From the bountifully breasted characters to the stripped clothing in battle to the blatantly provocative "Photoshoot" mode, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is overflowing with innuendo and fan service. That being said, if you can look past the obvious pandering, you might be shocked to find a surprisingly competent beat-'em-up game.

Most missions pit the player against waves of minions before facing down a major character in a classic boss battle. One of the interesting things about these fights is the constantly shifting perspective. One mission might play out like a side-scrolling arcade game, while the next sticks you in an open-arena-style battlefield. Blindly mashing the attack buttons might work at first, but it's not long before you realize you need to rely on precise timing and button combinations to progress. One wrong move and you might find yourself on the receiving end of a seemingly endless beatdown. It's hectic. It's frustrating. It can get repetitive. But somehow it still manages to be kind of fun. It's far from the most polished game on the 3DS, but there's actually a bit of substance to Seran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson. You just have to dig through all the fluff to find it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sexual content in games. How much is too much? What sort of image does that content project about women?

  • How does the game's plot of "good" vs. "evil" existing in everyone translate to the real world? If we're all capable of both, how is it decided that someone is "good" and someone else is "evil"?

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