Ikaruga (斑鳩) is a playable character from the Senran Kagura video game series. She makes her debut in Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls.
Ikaruga comes from a lesser, distant branch of a rich and noble shinobi clan whose outward appearance is that of a large zaibatsu known as the Phoenix Conglomerate. Because their only son, Murasame lacked sufficient talent as a ninja, they were in in a very desperate situation. After being alerted of a distant relative who showed great promise as a ninja, Ikaruga was adopted by them, and inherited the family treasure Hien, which earned her the resentment of her new older brother.
Because of this, she harbors a huge amount of guilt, feeling partially responsible for ruining his dream of being the heir to the family's shinobi legacy. This problem has also affected her behavior.
By the time she enlisted in Hanzo National Academy, she became distant from others as she created walls around herself and felt nothing but loneliness. She encountered Katsuragi in the same Ninja Studies class and the two didn't get along with one another right away.
However, as the two interacted more often and understood one another, Ikaruga's behavior slowly started to alter as she started to realize that she isn't lonely at all.
Related Article: Ikaruga/New Wave
Ikaruga appears as a playable character in the mobile card collection game, Senran Kagura: New Wave, alongside the other members of Hanzo Academy.
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Related Article: Ikaruga/Anime
Non-Senran Kagura Appearances
- Kandagawa Jet Girls: As a playable guest character in the game (DLC).
- Due to a strong resemblance, it is highly possible Kagura Mikazuchi of Fairy Tail was based off of Ikaruga. The same could also be possible regarding Satsuki Kiryūin from Kill la Kill.
- Her style seems an archetype in and of itself as Nagisa from Phantasy Star 2 Infinity has similar clothing and hair style. It's unknown what character was the first to have this style.
- Ikaruga has a resemblance to Saeko Busujima. Both of whom have long, straight dark hair and bright blue eyes.
- Her outfit/weapon style contrasts Yomi's, ala east vs west.
- Ikaruga's name means "Spotted Dove".
- Ikaruga is one of the few characters who's colour theme changes. In Portrait of Girls and Burst, her attacks and strikes were stylized by an orange highlight. In all games that came after, they are stylized with blue. This included her Special attacks and is most evident by comparing her Oukaensen attacks with one another.
- In DEAD OR ALIVE 5 LAST ROUND , Phase 4 uses Ikaruga's Shinobi outfit in the Senran Kagura Mashup set (Which was promoting Senran Kagura: Estival Versus at the time)
- Ikaruga on the Heroes wiki.