Asuka (飛鳥) is a playable character in the Senran Kagura series second timeline. She is the leader of the Hanzō National Academy shinobi team.
A second year student at Hanzō National Academy. Her grandfather Hanzō is renowned as a legendary shinobi, and is the academy’s namesake. Given her remarkable pedigree, she has a lot of hidden potential within her and bears a strong sense of justice.
No matter how hard she may try, though, she can never quite bring herself to look as intimidating as she wants to, likely due to her overall bright and positive personality. Over time, she’s become a source of immense moral support for her friends and fellow shinobi.
Asuka is a short girl who has her dark brown hair tied in a ponytail with a white ribbon.
In her Shinobi attire, she dons a uniform composed of a yellow vest over a white shirt, and a green plaid skirt to match her tie. Paired with it are black thigh high socks with brown loafers, and on each arm is a guard with bandages beneath them. On her waist are straps to hold her swords, and in this form she continues to wear her short red scarf.
Deep Shadow Mode
Unlike Homura, Yumi, and Miyabi, Asuka does not undergo any significant aesthetic changes. In this mode her hair is simply let down out of its ponytail and she is surrounded by a green aura. The length of her blades are also increased by this aura.
“"We're the same in so many ways, and yet so different. We come to blows whenever we meet. Maybe it's fate."”
—Asuka, Shinovi VersusAsuka has a joyful and friendly personality and believes in teamwork, sticking together and friendship. She often appears to be gullible or clumsy, but she makes up for it with her determination and earnestness.
Due to her grandfather's teachings Asuka has somewhat of a pacifist nature and doesn't believe in fighting or hurting others unless she views it as completely necessary. Because of this, other shinobi from rival factions often view her as naive given the nature of the shinobi profession which ultimately requires them to take lives.
She also has a fascination with futomaki rolls and how thick they should be. She gets easily upset when her friends like smaller rolls because she believes that futomaki rolls are supposed to be big and thick.
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus
Hanzō National Academy
It was a new day at Hanzō National Academy. Kiriya told the group to prepare for training. As they got ready, Katsuragi chuckled to herself as she told Asuka how she saw her rubbing herself with a dry cloth through the window. Ikaruga was surprised about Asuka knowing about old fashioned hygiene. Asuka explained how her Grandpa, Hanzō, taught her the method.
Katsuragi thanked Asuka for the demonstration, which caused Asuka to become embarrassed. Hibari stated how doing it would prevent one from catching a cold. Liking the thought and getting carried away, Katsuragi suggested Asuka to clean herself like that every single day, to the point of doing it naked. Katsuragi's enthusiasm caused Hibari to get enthusiastic as well, but suddenly, Yagyū showed up in a flash while readying her weapon towards Katsuragi.
She felt that Katsuragi was being reckless for inspiring Hibari to do perverted things like that. As Katsuragi questioned why Yagyū had her weapon out, Yagyū stated that she would protect Hibari no matter what. Asuka mentioned how both Yagyū and Hibari are like a couple, which caught Yagyū off guard as she slowly processed what she just heard in her head. Suddenly Kiriya intervened and ended the conversation while also explaining to the group that they'd be doing basic training for the sake of retaining the fundamentals of combat. With that said, the group started their training session.
After the session, Katsuragi stated how it was her intention to have her cute juniors work hard. Hibari suggested Katsuragi to help out as much as she can. To start, Katsuragi demonstrated her way of helping by groping breasts. In a flash, Yagyū appears again and readied her weapon towards Katsuragi.
Quickly, Katsuragi tried explaining to Yagyū how it was a joke, but the reason didn't get through to her. She then asked Ikaruga for help, but Ikaruga declined right away and told Katsuragi how she reaped what she sowed. Hibari then intervened and asked Yagyū if she could come with her to eat some sweets. Yagyū agreed and told Katsuragi how lucky she was to be able to live another day then. Afterwards, both Hibari and Yagyū left.
Sighing in relief, Katsuragi commented on how she'd always commit sexual harassment, even without a head while both Asuka and Ikaruga suggested that the group should always try their best to become a full-fledged shinobi.
Gessen Girl's Academy
Hebijo Clandestine Academy
Homura's Crimson Squad
Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits (Anime OVA)
Kagura Millennium Festival
Shinobi Girl's Heart
Asuka was out and about openly talking about how she was a breathtakingly spunky shinobi student with her grandfather chasing after her asking her to give him his body back. Turns out Hanzō had switched bodies with Asuka with a body swapping technique he heard about that actually worked, so naturally he tried it out on his granddaughter. He never thought he'd be a young maiden, he began to feel himself up. Asuka's skin was bright and shiny, all of it was smooth to the touch. Asuka calls out to him telling him to stop appreciating her and switch them back. Asuka having gotten his body was chasing after him. Despite it being his body Hanzō actually began to feel uncomfortable at the sight of a desperate looking old man chasing after a young girl. He actually began to understand how that felt now that he got to see it from her perspective. The chase continues and Hanzō reveals he can switch them back at anytime as it's not difficult. But that means he can do it later so he chooses to enjoy this moment as he didn't think he'd get to be all shiny and youthful again. Asuka calls out to him asking him what he plans to do with her body. Hanzō tells her not to worry as he was going to spend quality time with her fellow students. Asuka calls out to him to stop.
Hanzō* comes across Yumi. He calls out to her passing himself off as Asuka. Though Yumi immediately takes notice that something was off. When asked she says something was a bit different about her. He tells her she was thinking too much as he was the legit, authentic Asuka a hundred and twenty percent. Yumi brushes off what she just heard as she could feel an aura of menace around Asuka. He responds by telling her that she was gonna make him cry as she was being so mean. Yumi then drops her behavior apologizing to who she thinks is Asuka telling "her" that she didn't mean to hurt her friend. He then feigns tears and says that he'll cry them out on her light, clear, soft skin causing Yumi to shriek. She responds by fighting back only to lose the fight. Hanzō makes a comment about how physical contact makes a world of difference.
- Just a reminder from a gameplay perspective it is Asuka we are playing as but from a story perspective it is Hanzō in Asuka's body so we are going to be referring to him.
While out and about on the festival grounds he sees two faces lined up and those faces being Renka and Ryōki. Like Yumi, Ryōki also notices something off about who claims to be Asuka. Hanzō makes a snarky retort. Renka questions when Asuka started talking like "she" just did. Hanzō tells her that he doesn't blame her for doubting as they still don't know each other very well. So that's why they should get to know each other better if they know what he means. Renka grows more suspicious about "her" and says that wasn't Asuka. Hanzō claims that he is and tells them to look at his nice body. Ryōki points out physically it is Asuka, but "she" felt different. Renka asks if "she" was possessed by a Yōma if that was the case they'd beat it right out. Hanzō tells them that he likes it rough and tells them to bring it on. And so the two girls fight who they think is Asuka and subsequently lose. Hanzō comments how great it felt to understand each other through physical contact.
He is approached by Ryōbi who mentions to who she thinks is Asuka that she had a dangerous scent coming off her. Hanzō tells her he doesn't smell it. Ryōbi asks if something was wrong as Asuka wasn't very happy go lucky. Hanzō tells her he just met someone he didn't he didn't care to come into contact with. Ryōbi asks what that meant, Hanzō tells her he meant nothing, just saying. Ryōbi angrily tells him that they were definitely coming into contact. Hanzō glances at Ryōbi's implants and calls them fakes. Ryōbi tells him not to call them fakes. Hanzō comments that she is usually flat and they were fakes. Ryōbi tries to say they were a new revolution. Hanzō responds that they were an old imitation, counterfeits. Angered by this Ryōbi tells him she'll kill him. Ryōbi attacks Hanzō who beats her in the end. He tells her there was nothing wrong about being small, and to cheer up.
Hanzō is suddenly confronted by Homura, Miyabi and Imu having been informed about what he was doing. When Homura tells him that Asuka told them everything he doesn't try to pretend he was Asuka. Miyabi says to him that he had his way but it ends here. Homura tells him that she was going to make him give her rival her body back. Hanzō tells her that he wasn't done having fun yet. Homura then told him to go back to his own body, even calling him a perverted geezer. Hanzō responds that wasn't happening, as his hands weren't done yet. Miyabi warns him that if he kept this tantrum up a demon will come for him. Hanzō immediately knows who she's talking about: his wife Sayuri who is far stronger and more skilled than he is. Imu tells him that when you piss her off, you'll feel it. Hanzō thinks to himself that Asuka must've ratted his current activities out to Sayuri. Homura tells him to stop and come quietly. Hanzō knowing what was coming tells them before Sayuri shows up he'll have all the fun he could get. Miyabi makes a comment that he was hopeless. Hanzō fights all three girls and wins. Knowing what was coming for him next he decides to run to the ends of the earth before Sayuri spots him.
Hanzō tried to find a place to hide from his wife. Unfortunately his attempts are in vain as Sayuri finds him and tells him there was no escape for him. Hanzō shocked at the sight of his wife asks her when she arrived. She makes a comment about how he had been using his own granddaughter's body to do his dirty work. Hanzō tries to say he had a perfectly good reason for doing it. Sayuri brushes his words off and tells him to stop yapping and it was time for him to learn his lesson. He tries to tell her he had a greater purpose for his action, Sayuri questions what purpose did he have, touching young girls. Hanzō foolishly admits that was it and tries to continue his sentence but Sayuri interrupts him telling him that she was going to force him back into his own skin and to prepare himself for what was about to happen to him. Hanzō pleads for forgiveness and tells her he'll do whatever she wants him to do tonight, asking for a little mercy. Sayuri responds by asking him if those were his last words. And so they fight with Sayuri using her Jasmine form to fight and apprehend him*. Hanzō laments that his body was going back to normal.
- Although the gameplay has Jasmine be the one defeated, however story-wise she got them switched back meaning canonically Hanzō lost this fight.
Thanks to Sayuri, Hanzō and Asuka get switched back to their proper bodies. Asuka even cheers at this fact, as for Hanzō he kneels down with his head in apology to his wife. Hanzō even apologizes to Asuka saying he'll never use her body for evil again. Asuka let's him off the hook this one time but warns him about doing this again. Sayuri speaks up saying she wanted to go home as she was exhausted. Hanzō then offers to carry her. She turns to face Asuka and blushes and lets her husband swing her up on his back and carry her away. Asuka reveals that her grandparents love to argue but they get along really well. She wonders if she'll have the same relationship with someone out there. As she watches them walk away she felt warm and fuzzy. Those feelings were replaced with cold and queasy ones, as a sinister presence was approaching her from behind. "Asuka... we have finally find you." Recognizing the voice as Yumi who along with Ryōki, Renka and Ryōbi arrived to confront her not knowing about the body switching. Ryōki angrily says to her "How dare you feel us up like that without even asking?!" All four of them surround Asuka as she tries to explain it wasn't her but they were too blinded by anger to listen and close in on her. Asuka shouts out to her grandfather calling him an idiot.
Dual Shinobi Hearts
Time to Teach
She is shown alongside the other Hanzō girls attending a barbeque. During this their invitation to the Peach Beach Splash tournament suddenly strikes the grill she was using.
She uses two wakizashis, or short Japanese swords (although one sword is slightly longer than the other) in combat. She is quick and nimble on her feet which allows her to move about and catch her enemies off guard with her quick and sharp attacks. Her Ninpos utilizes the power of the earth.
"None of Asuka's stats stand out, but none of them are lacking either. She's well-balanced for close-range combat, and she can take hits while she's at it. She lacks any difficult techniques, making her a beginner-friendly character. The only thing she severely lacks is range. When surrounded, it's best to finish her combo with an Aerial Rave to get out. When going against long-range enemies, dash in for the kill. Her Ultimate Secret Ninja Art has her transform into her Deep Shadow mode, whereupon her moves change completely. She can home in on her enemies just by attacking, but dealing damage to one specific targeted enemy is a bit difficult. Take out other enemies before going after high-profile targets." -Estival Versus: Asuka's Battle Card
Secret Ninja Arts
Ultimate Secret Ninja Arts
|Resolution of Bloom||Shinovi Versus||The opening song for the game. It is sung by Yumi (Yumi Hara) and Asuka (Hitomi Harada).|
|Successor of Hanzo||Asuka's theme. It also plays when you fight against her.|
|SUNSHINE FES||Estival Versus||The opening song for the game. It is sung by Yumi (Yumi Hara) and Asuka (Hitomi Harada).|
|SUNSHINE FES (Asuka's Version)||Asuka's solo version of the opening song.|
|Grandma's True Intentions||Asuka's theme after transforming. It also plays when you fight against her.|