Senran Kagura Bon Appétit


Meteorise in collaboration with XSEED Games and Marvelous USA Inc, have brought us the series’ PS Vita hit to PC. Our favorite, proportionally exaggerated, shinobi characters are back in this rhythm spin-off of the Senran Kagura series. This is Senran Kagura Bon Appétit Full Course, now in 1080p running at 60fps and including a bunch of DLC on the pack.

Playing through this game has reminded me how much I enjoy rhythm games, specially when it’s just not pushing buttons prompted at the screen, but having scores, special events and an objective. The aim in this mode is to defeat other iconic Senran Kagura players in the art of cooking, serving them to your senpai (?) and obtaining his approval. By winning a round, your opponent -for unexplained reasons that are still a mystery in the world of PC gaming science- starts to… undress.

It’s a pretty straightforward aim, but for fans of this genre it can be fun due to increasing difficulty, scores, accuracy rate, and of course if they enjoy the series’ humor when it comes to the story and animations. The game is not only these rhythm battles, of course it has it’s cut scenes like pretty much every Senran Kagura game with nonsense dialogue and how the battles are hyperbolized to hilarious extent. Not only is there Story Mode, but the game also offers Free Mode for varying showdowns, or Arcade Mode for bragging your scores on an online leader board.

The game does an interesting job portraying the varying and exotic ingredients found in Japanese cooking, with a hilarious abundance of them around the whole “battle arena”. It helps you understand a bit more about this culture, I suppose?

Something I found interesting is how each battle against a different character focuses on an different Japanese-rock inspired soundtrack, suiting the series quite well. This element brings the game whole and makes it 10x much enjoyable.

Of course this would not be a Senran Kagura game without some sort of customization. So eventually you unlock outfits and what not that you can enable at the Dressing Room and personalize your characters. It’s a funny concept seeing how you take your time to adjust the shinobi to your liking but most of the time will be looking at the prompts placed on screen during the culinary battle.

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit is one of those games that makes you think how both players and developers have enjoyed a series so much, that it can expand to ridiculous spin-off series, and still maintain the aesthetic, comedy, and fun gameplay at it’s fullest. A title worth checking out if you never tried it on the PSVita or if you’re up for some anime fan service.