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What do fans of two anime series with lots of pretty girls with big…eyes need? Well, of course, to make a crossover between them, so that all this big-eyed joy is twice as much. So did the authors of Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars, which recently made its way to personal computers. It would seem that everyone should be satisfied, but the result was ambiguous.

Such an opening would be the envy of a full-fledged anime series.

So many good girls…

The Neptunia and Senran Kagura series are similar in many ways. Both started as games in the early 2010s, and then there were manga, light novels, and anime adaptations based on them. Both talk about a group of fighting chicks, only in Neptunia they are the goddesses of the world of the Game industry, who waged console wars among themselves, and in Senran Kagura they are shinobi (that is, ninjas). And both series have been going through hard times lately – that’s why the release of the Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars crossover was considered by many as an opportunity to vividly remind oneself.

Here are the heroines of both series on the same screen.

Here are the heroines of both series on the same screen.

But there are also differences. Neptunia is more of a mix between a visual novel and a classic JRPG with turn-based combat (although there are spin-offs from other genres as well), while Senran Kagura is more of a handheld RPG and real-time action game, as well as side-scrollers. At the same time, Neptunia has a lot of humor, postmodernism and purely geeky jokes about video games, and in Senran Kagura, on the one hand, everything is more serious, and on the other, there is a clear emphasis on eroticism, fan service and breast sizes of the main characters. There were dating sims in this series, erotica about pinball, cooking to the music and about the battles of wet, half-naked girls shooting at each other with water pistols.

The last decent game in the Senran Kagura series was released in 2019 - it was a remake of the first part.

The last decent game in the Senran Kagura series was released in 2019 – it was a remake of the first part.

So, I’ll start with the most important thing for many – there is no hentai in Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars, but erotica and fanservice are light. Girls, as usual, often take a bath together:

They just wash and chat.

They just wash and chat.

And there is also a mini-game where we need to keep a girl sitting on a peach in a nightgown so that she balances and does not fall for a certain time – if successful, they give a bonus to health and useful consumables. Actually, that’s all.

Participation in such mini-games costs money, and they vary in difficulty level.

Participation in such mini-games costs money, and they vary in difficulty level.

Whose school is better?

The reason for the heroines of both series to meet was the usual showdown between the two ninja schools for Senran Kagura. But they take place in the universe of the Game industry, the goddesses of which (Neptune, Noir, Blanc and Vert) represent The Compa Style school, based on team technique. But the heroines of Senran Kagura (Asuka, Homura, Miyabi and Yumi) belong to The Honeypa Style school, which relies on the attack.

These principled rivals were going to the final showdown, but then a third force appeared – the Headshot combat school declared a general super war between shinobi girls, but in fact it is going to capture the whole universe with the help of an army of ninja robots, which forces our heroines to join forces and give rebuff a common enemy.

You will have to fight, of course, not only with robots.

You will have to fight, of course, not only with robots.

Naturally, pretty girls also head the Headshot school, and the main one is called Yoh Gamer. In general, there is a lot of Neptunia-branded gaming humor and surah – this does not just add depth to the story, but it definitely makes the passage a little more interesting.

Neptune, as you can see, explains why this is just fan service.

Neptune, as you can see, explains why this is just fanservice.

In addition, two new heroines, specially invented for Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars, bring intrigue – the cat girl Yuki and the mysterious, all-black shinobi Goh named Crow, who suffers from amnesia and will attack Neptune and the campaign for a long time. In general, for an ordinary person, this story looks like nonsense, but for fans of both series it can come in.

Yuki, as you can see, also has something to surprise and attract attention.

Yuki, as you can see, also has something to surprise and attract attention.

Real heroines always choose hardcore

Directly in the gameplay, the Senran Kagura series is taken as the basis – here we have three-dimensional action in real time and with pumping. Moreover, it is a simplified version, where most often on easy and normal difficulty levels you can simply call crowds of enemies with a standard attack. And the ability to throw shurikens and kunai looks superfluous at all.

The cat girl has a very interesting fighting style.

The cat girl has a very interesting fighting style.

The same goes for side missions (mostly clearing already open locations), which are needed to earn money for new amulets, shurikens and special stones (Spirit Gems) that give passive bonuses to characters. On an easy level, this is practically not required at all, and on a normal level, problems arise quite rarely and only with especially strong bosses – there is no particular need for grinding, and the installation of stones can be done automatically (you just need to choose the direction – attack, defense, recovery, and so on , while it is better to place identical stones in a line to enhance the effect).

All the girls are wonderfully drawn, but the representatives of Neptunia look prettier.

All the girls are wonderfully drawn, but the representatives of Neptunia look prettier.

In order to defeat the most powerful enemies, you need to use special ninja fighting techniques that consume stamina (however, it recovers very quickly), increase or decrease attack / defense, strike at one target or everyone around. And, of course, having filled a special scale in battle, the girls are happy to carry out their spectacular and effective ultra attacks.

Lustful virtual operators, as usual in such cases, do not miss the chance.

Lustful virtual operators, as usual in such cases, do not miss the chance.

Each of the 10 girls has their own ninja moves and super attacks. They also differ in the speed of movement and the weapons used: Yuki, for example, fights exclusively with his claws, and Yumi with the help of a fan. But in fact, the differences begin to be felt only at the Hard difficulty level. This is where the grind is really useful, and precious stones need to be pumped over, and a couple of heroines must be correctly selected so that they combine ninja tricks. After all, you can effectively switch between them right in the fight, and in the event of the death of one, the second will come to replace.

It has its own “Ninstagram” and “Ninchat”, where they also issue instructions.

It has its own “Ninstagram” and “Ninchat”, where they also issue instructions.

And in general, you have to deal with pumping and equipping your favorite girls. It’s great, but the situation where the game opens up on “hard” and on normal difficulty for the most part feels like a pretty easy ride, just can’t be called normal.

Before each mission, you are free to choose two girls, where one is considered a leader, and the other is a partner.

Before each mission, you are free to choose two girls, where one is considered a leader, and the other is a partner.

Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars is a prime example of a fanservice game that doesn’t try to be anything more than that (and it shouldn’t be, given the genre and direction of the crossover). Another thing is that the plot, gameplay and balance of complexity are not ideal here, and the fan service itself could have been more. In our coordinate system, this is a pass, but the fans, of course, have no right to miss such a game.

Pros: a crossover between two well-known series – all the familiar and, as always, their pretty heroines gathered here; beautiful art; atmospheric music and voice acting.

Cons: the plot and gameplay are often too simple; there are problems with the balance of difficulty – the game may seem too easy on the normal level and too hard on the “hard”; not the best camera performance in the PC version.

Screenshots of the game

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