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Hebijo Student

Renegade Shinobi

Homura (焔) is a playable character from the Senran Kagura videogame series. She makes her debut in Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls.

Background

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Homura was originally a good shinobi. She hailed from a prestigious shinobi clan and so the life of a shinobi would quickly ensue. Ever since her first year of Elementary school she had been training to become a powerful shinobi and wanted to be the best there was. Every day she had been training and under a lot of pressure from her parents. Eventually, the stress had built up. Her teacher in Middle School was a kind male University graduate. Her teacher was a sort of 'oasis' for her. He would listen to her talk about pointless things, etc. He was a 'special existence' to Homura.

During her second year, she talked to the teacher about her plans after Middle School. She revealed herself being from a shinobi clan to him, seeing as how she thought he was the only one she could trust with this knowledge to keep secret. Upon receiving this information her teacher then attacked her, revealing to be an evil shinobi tasked with finding out her clan's secret.

Homura was quite shocked from this, but refused to believe the man she trusted to be so cruel. He'd further tell her he never cared to hear about her pointless talks and was only using her naivety to get close to her. Due to the shock of learning this, Homura snapped. She remembers nothing that happened after that other than a blood stained teacher's face. She says if she hadn't met that evil shinobi she might have been able to become a normal good shinobi student. She was disowned by her parents and forced to leave her home because of this act. All she had was the sword said to be her family's heirloom to take with her and a broken heart.

Betrayed by the person she trusted and disowned by her parents, she wandered the streets; later confronted by a woman whom offered her the option to join Hebijo, stating that "The past doesn't matter, Hebijo welcomes anyone. Evil shinobi are more tolerant than good ninja." And thus she became the second year Hebijo elite, Homura.

Other Appearances

Games

Bon Appétit!

Prologue
Homura says her Hebijo pre-battle catchphrase before raising her time card to punch out. She waited for the out to pop out before leaving she says her goodbye to her co-workers as she left her part-time job. She reveals here that the only "evil" she was sacrificing her will to these days was the shift supervisor at the local supermarket. And what did that have to do with being an evil shinobi? Evil shinobi should always take pride in their work. She always fired off that catchphrase to keep her motivation up. Her stomach growls and she comments about her hunger, ever since she and the others left Hebijo their lives have been harder and that was the decision they made there was no use crying about it now, at least Homura didn't want to cry about it when it came to food she really wished she had something good. Everyday it was the same thing wild grass, herbs, weeds. Homura wanted meat she began to look at the ground for some, a habit she does nowadays she notices a flyer. It was for the Super Dish Gourmet Cook-Off. Knowing they must have meat there her blood begins to race, only to realize it was a cooking competition. She let out a sigh of disappointment, she didn't want to cook she just wanted to eat. She noticed the grand prize was a scroll that would grant any wish and Homura dismissed it as something stupid as nothing that conveniently powerful is ever just up for grabs. She takes another look at the flyer and notices something else written in small text. The winner would get the leftover ingredients, her heart bursts with excitement. With that Homura decides to enter the tournament and win. Then she and her team would celebrate with meat. In her words "It was time for a carnival of carnivores!"

First Round Her first opponent much to her surprise was her own teammate Mirai. Upon noticing her Mirai comments about Homura entering who figures out that Mirai who also flat out says, she was after the leftover ingredients. She also points out if they stayed on their current diet they won't have the nutrition they need to grow. Homura then apologizes to her for making her suffer and mentions how her team was a mess these days and what kind of leader was she. Thats why she had to win, the carnivores carnival was just what they needed. Mirai was in full agreement then she pointed out if they both try to do the same thing. Homura then points out that was why she couldn't lose to her. Mirai tells her, she was going to say it didn't matter which one of them won. Homura doesn't hear it so she says to Mirai "Let's make it a clean fight!" Mirai tries to tell her they don't have to fight. But of course Homura doesn't hear this either. And so the first round of the competition begins with Homura beating Mirai. Homura chants about her victory and says she was one step closer to the meat. Mirai says to her that it was all up to her, she then decides to head back to the hideout to wait for the meat. Homura tells her to leave it to her and the meat will taste like victory. Mirai responds by telling her as long as the meat tasted like nutrition she'll be fine and asks if Homura knew what she meant. Homura then points out to her that eating the right foods won't make her grow the way she thinks it would. Mirai then tells her it was all up to her. Homura reassures Mirai that she has nothing to worry about.

Fourth Round Her next opponent was none other than Asuka who is then told by Homura she had lost all respect for her. Asuka confused at what she just heard asks why that was. Homura tells Asuka that she had all the food she wanted she could stuff herself all day and never run out. Asuka thinking about it thinks it was true. Homura questions her why she entered the tournament why did she need the leftover ingredients. Asuka tells her she didn't want the ingredients she just saw the flyer and thought "Hey, cooking contest!" Homura hearing her purpose for being there brushes it off. She understood that rich people who were rich enough to not go hungry sure were different from them. Homura tells Asuka they were desperate. There was meat on the line and if she knew how serious that was. She then goes on about how she wanted to cook meat and eat it. There was a primal need roaring inside her and asks if she got that. Asuka points out to her that she sounded off today. Homura continues about how their teeth were made for meat and their bodies can't live off plants as it was unnatural. Asuka tells her to take deep breaths in an attempt to calm her down. Homura then decides there was no more time to talk and to battle. While ending off her banter by repeating the word meat. And the two face each other in the cook-off with Homura winning. After the round she continues on about how meat was hunger and power. Asuka tells her she got it, she was hungry she believed her. Homura once again continues on with a little song of her wanting to eat meat now, and how it would sizzle and broil and chomp down on it. She then stops as thinking about it was making her drool. Asuka wishes her luck and hopes that she finds what she was looking for. Homura tells her to cut the crap as she didn't want her pity. Asuka says Homura's name once more and Homura comments about how she had to put up with this until she won.

Final Round Her final opponent was Asuka's teammate Hibari. Homura comments about how she had one last step before her prized meat and she'd take on anybody. Hibari calls out to her saying her name. Homura then sees Hibari who begins asking her to do that funny thing. Homura asks her what that was all of a sudden. Hibari tells her Haruka said she did some funny poses and asks why she never did them when she was in Hebijo she then tells her it wasn't fair for hiding them she wanted to see them too. Homura realizing what she meant comments that her impressions must be getting pretty famous. Homura deciding not to turn down a fan tells Hibari to etch these moments into her memory. Hibari ecstatically tells her to show her. Homura decides her first act was her crab pose. Hibari keeps asking for more. Homura's next pose was the hermit crab. Hibari starts asking her for the funny thing. Homura's last pose was the horseshoe crab. Hibari was silent after the last pose and Homura was also silent for a brief moment before deciding for them both to have a fair fight which Hibari agrees with. And so the final round of the cook-off begins with Homura emerging the victor.

Epilogue Upon winning the final round of the tournament Homura lets out a victory laugh. Hibari was saddened at the loss and brings up Homura's impersonations and tells her they weren't that funny. This shocks Homura who is then told she had no sense of humor. Homura tells her she can't hear her as all she had in her head right now was meat. Hibari tells her she should stop with the crabs. Homura tells her to shut up and she didn't want to hear another word from her mouth. She then prepares to return to the hideout and flat out states she has no need for the "stupid" scroll and takes the leftover meat. (She does realize she could've wished for more meat?) Upon returning to the hideout she tells her teammates to behold as she had lined up the steaks across the table. Her teammates called out to her in admiration and thanking her for what she did. The sound of sizzle was the sweetest music the hideout ever heard. It seemed like everyone was just as hungry as she was, yet another reason to be happy she won. She tells the girls to dig in and everyone begins stuffing their mouths full of meat. As she ate the flavor of meat she longed for exploded into her mouth, the euphoria engulfed her. But as she ate the slight pain in her heart began to turn her thoughts to what Hibari said to her earlier about her sense of humor. Homura tried to brush it off as Hibari was just a kid and the joke probably flew over her head. But even though she knew that it still hurt. She had to perfect her impressions so she could make the kids laugh. Not just kids but everyone. Or her pride would just keep taking hits she'll win with her super dish and gags after all victory was her life. She then began to think about a better gag then crabs and lobsters, she put a piece of steak in her mouth and the euphoria hit her head with inspiration. She says to herself she was a genius and it was too funny. Her sudden shout startled everyone, she tells them to take a look at what she got from the steak. After screaming the words she curves her body and jumps and shouts the word shrimp. She decides they don't like crabs or lobsters there were plenty of other creatures this moment marks the birth of her new gag. All that was left was the laughter, but obviously there was nothing but silence, awkward silence. She assumes it was because they were so moved they forgot to laugh. That wasn't what she was going for, if people didn't laugh her impressions had no meaning so she says the word shrimp again.


Books

  • Senran Kagura: After School (Anthology Comic)
  • Senran Kagura:Guren no Uroboros
  • Senran Kagura:Senshi Bankō no Haruka
  • Senran Enji Kyonyū-gumi

Anime

Ninja Flash! and Shinovi Master

Related Article: Homura/Anime

Other

Non-Senran Kagura Appearances

  • Highschool DxD: New Fight: As part of a collaboration gacha.
  • Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel: As a playable character.
  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle: Crossover. Placeholder announcer found on disk as one of potential post-2.0 DLC candidates representing her home series.
  • Kairisei Million Arthur: As part of a collaboration gacha.
  • Venus Eleven: As a playable character in a collaboration gacha.
  • Dead or Alive: Her outfit is a costume for the character Momiji.
  • Kandagawa Jet Girls: As a playable guest character in the game (DLC).
  • Senran Nin Nin Ninja Taisen Neptune: Shoujo-tachi no Kyouen: As a playable character in the main roster.

Trivia

  • Homura wields her katana in a similar fashion such as the iconic character Date Masamune from the Sengoku Basara series.
  • Homura's demeanor and manner of fighting also draw parallels to Marvel character Wolverine form the X-MEN series.
    • Her aggressive and unforgiving nature, as well as manner of speech is very similar to Wolverine's personality.
    • They were also connected to the villains they were once worked for in the past before seeking the path of redemption in the present, namely Snake Girls Academy and William Stryker’s Weapon X Program.
    • Homura also displays headstrong qualities when faced with demanding situations and tends to act on impulse, rather than guidance (Very true on Wolverine's part; presenting matters of him experiencing memory loss or when pushed into a corner)
    • Her six swords, which are often referred to as "claws" can also draw allusions to Wolverine's claws; Homura griping the sword handles between her fingers, while Wolverine has three blades stick out on each hand.
  • Her Crimson mode strongly resembles Shana from the Manga and Anime Shakugan no Shana. The two have long, red hair and gain the ability to use fire techniques.
    • The difference between the two is that Shana uses one sword and needs this form in order to fight; while Homura takes hold of her nodachi, Engetsuka, which allows her to use all seven swords (including the nodachi) at will.
  • Her nodachi Engetsuga, is very similar to that of the Zanpakuto, Engetsu in the possession of BLEACH character Isshin Kurosaki.
    • Both share the first part of the same name 'Engetsu' (剡月), which means Scathing Moon.
    • Engetsu's Shikai command is known as Burn, which draws close parallel to Homura's nodachi having a flame affinity.
  • In Bon Appétit! she is the only member of her team to have her story involve the wishing scroll, however she does not use it.

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