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Senran Kagura: Reflexions “Nothing But Overt Male Power Fantasies”

Yet another video game “critic” has delivered a superb endorsement of “cheap sleaze” title Senran Kagura: Reflexions, unsurprisingly taking offense to the game’s surplus of sex appeal and demonstrating the extent of his journalistic capabilities with his constant misspelling of Asuka’s name and other basic words.

Immediately at the start of his “review”, the critics finds the game’s sex appeal and overdeveloped schoolgirls problematic:

“All pretences of making this anything other than an excuse to ogle overdeveloped schoolgirls have departed, and what you’re left with is Senran Kagura Reflexions. For all intents and purposes, it’s a ‘romantic massage simulator’, where you meet Asuke – one of the main heroines from the wider series – and run your virtual hands across your body. It’s presented as love story, with your reflexology sessions supposedly designed to help Asuke ‘find herself’. Ahem.”

The reviewer goes on to explain the concept of “ecchi” and how the game is trying to get away with providing players service without showing the act of sex itself – and much like other similar hatchet-jobs, claimed that the Switch is meant to be a family friendly console (despite having games like Doom, Bayonetta, Wolfenstein II and Outlast):

“We should point out this game isn’t designed to be all-out porn – even the Nintendo of today has its limits – but rather a part of a Japanese subculture of sexual identity known as ‘Ecchi’. Games that fall into this category are usually meant to represent flirting and barely-contained sexual tension, rather than represent the act itself. Be that as it may, that doesn’t stop this dating sim from really pushing the envelope when it comes to content on a ‘family friendly’ console. In other words: this game is definitely NSFW.”

Asuke is only a high school girl, readers are told, so this must be virtual child pornography:

“Let’s all be honest with ourselves here. Any game that enables you to play a scene where this high school student wears a costume worryingly-titled ‘Gift Wrapped’ gives you some idea where this is all leading.”

He still gives a soydere explanation of the massage mechanics:

“Depending on where you massage her, you’ll be able to read her mood based on the changing colour of the musical notes and love hearts she expresses. Light blue means unhappiness and red means, well, the opposite of unhappiness.”

Finally the reviewer admits that he sees the sexiness as nothing but “overt male power fantasies” of the sort he must be wholly unfamiliar with:

“Fill them all and you get to enjoy an even more ‘romanitic’ scene with your virtual ‘friend’. Each one of these reflexology sessions is represented as a ‘dream’ or Arc, which is presumably why one such ‘dream’ sees you role-playing as brother and sister with so much sexual overtone it’s not even funny anymore – it’s just plain creepy. There are plenty of others, all unlocked by massaging a particular part of her hands, but all of them just boil down to overt male power fantasies. It’s presented as romance, but we all know it’s just cheap titillation.”

He concludes by saying that Senran Kagura is something a consumer may not “normally find on the Switch” and is “nothing but an excuse to get service on a western game console”:

“…but if you’re new to the series this title might look like the kind of thing you’d not normally find on Switch. As innocent and silly as it all pertains to be, it’s just a tame excuse to get a bit of cheap sleaze onto a Western games console.”

Senran fans could surely find no greater an endorsement of the title.

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