Hanabi (華毘) is a playable character from the Senran Kagura videogame series.
She makes her playable debut in Senran Kagura: Estival Versus. The middle child among the Mikagura sisters, Hanabi acts and speaks just how she thinks.
In her usual outfit, she usually wears her shrine maiden outfit. But, in her Shinobi attire, she wears a striped tank top along with a loosely worn kimono with a smiley face pin. On her forehead, she wears a white hachimaki and her lower body attire consists of a denim skirt with a white ribbon tied on it and white flip flops.
An energetic and athletic girl, she’s not one for subtlety in her thinking, only able to think in a straightforward manner. Asking her any tough questions just might end up making her literally blow up in a fireworks blast, in spite of anything fragile in her range. When it’s all said and done, while she’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, she’s nonetheless self-aware of her actions and feels bad when she does something wrong. She is also very skilled and passionnated in all things pertaining to gunpowder: she doesn't mind surprising others with an unarmed bomb.
She is the middle of the Priestesses, and like her siblings, she was educated in a secluded traditionnal village, the same one that Naraku comes from.
Through, she happens, with her sisters, to play frequently with a stanger girl, slightly older than them, in a white cult dress, and with several red ribbons around her hair. They play with her even if the village has forbidden contact between them and the outside world.
One day, while playing, they asks the stranger girl if she is a shinobi, to which the girl responds that yes, she is some kind of, but has a particuliar destiny, and another day, she asks them to warn the whole village: a monster is coming tonight.
Fearing the reactions of the elders about their source, and don't seriously believing the warning, the Mikagura do nothing of it. And they're almost going to regret it.
When night falls, and the whole village is sleeping, the Mikagura are woken up by sounds of combat: A Yoma, a parasitic demon, and one of the kinds to figure "human flesh" on their menu.
They notice the stranger girl shredding the monster. They admire her strengh, and try to encourage her, but quickly notice that she is tired, and annoyed by the presence of so many potential victims for the yoma, resulting in her being swallowed by it.
The Yoma, happy to have taken it's entry, and about to take the main meal, suddenly explodes in pieces of demonic flesh. The stranger girl ended it by the outside with a kamikaze technic. All the Mikagura find left of her is one of her flowery ribbons.
The girl shares most caracteristics with Kagura in her first form: a small girl with a white cult dress, red flowery ribbons arounnd the hair and a playful personality. This is also a character that only few characters know, and the Mikagura never know her, and think she was a normal young shinobi that is dead-dead, while she is actually not.
In Estival Versus, she serves with her fellows Mikagura Sis to dynamise the Festival: If the guest teams don't take the Shinobi Bon Dance seriously, there is no reason for her and her sisters to not arrive and to not smash or just taunt some of their members. At least it was what she was supposed to do and doing at the beginning.
The specificity with Hanabi is that she was about to explode at least 3 times: the First and Third times were calmed by belly-dancing by her siblings, both Renka (Both times) and Kafuru (Third time). The Second was calmly solved by a punch by Sayuri.
The longer the Festival goes on, the lesser the Mikagura try to dynamise it, and explore the island to find Kagura, thinking her as a deceased shinobi. They keep it secret, but their inactivity, and shaddy preparations are discovered by Sayuri, with the help of Ryouki. They try to arrest the Mikagura, who resist in vain. Kafuru "saves" them by telling a seems-true lie to Ryouki, that releases them as kind as she is.
They never suceeds in finding Kagura, they searched the whole island, checked every stone they could, but it's only by some randomness that Kagura speaks to them, and put them in defy to become Kaguras (the grade this time) in order to see her.
It's only after that they take the initiative to destroy every rival festival platform and win the Shinobi Bon Dance. Even if they suceeds in defeating the Crimson Squad by ambushing them shortly after Jasmine beat them, Asuka put them out of course. They fails at becoming Kagura, but Asuka sympathitizes but still tell them she is not going to give up her objectives.
Related Article: Hanabi/New Wave
Hanabi makes an appearance in Senran Kagura: New Wave G Burst alongside her sisters as a playable character with her own set of cards.
- Hanabi's name is written with the kanji for "flower, gorgeous" and "assist". It's also a homophone for hanabi (花火, "fireworks"), which is fitting given her interests and techniques.
- The simple fact that Hanabi just explode when thinking complicated questions make her a bit unable to have some points of culture, as evidenced in her SGH: She don't get for example how can aliens exist in the space, if they does. Or it just prevents her from making some simple-looking choices ("Kat's Ramen, cook more or heat it?").
- Through, the same SGH and her quasi-detonations in the story show that those blasts can be prevented by distracting her. It doesn't always works through, as being bored of a distraction in general renders it inneficient.