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Renka (蓮華) is the eldest of the three Mikagura Sisters and has the spirit of a true Tokyoite. She makes her playable debut in Senran Kagura: Estival Versus. She and her sisters helped revive Ryōki, Ryōbi and Ryōna's older sister.

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Appearance

Renka has brown hair in a twin-tails with a cowlick in the shape of a lighting bolt. Renka has the generic morphology shared between most characters in the series. She wears a brown-red long-sleeved top with a matching mini-skirt and boots. She wears knee-high socks with golden bows and a double-tail cape.

Personality

While sometimes strong-minded, her sex appeal remains prominent. She is a very energetic girl that dislike effeminate and cutesy things and, if there’s a commotion somewhere, is prone to butting in and raising her own brand of hell. No matter how tense a situation gets, though, she has a sense of humor about her and uses her laughter to break across to the other side. She has a simplistic way of thinking events and problems, making her a bad advisor when it comes to them: she always suggests and apply the solution with the less reason, making the problem worse

Background

She is the eldest of the Priestess, and like her younger siblings,  she was educated in a secluded traditional village, the same one that Naraku comes from.

Through, she happens, with her sisters, to play frequently with a stranger 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 particular 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 Yōma, 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 strength, and try to encourage her, but quickly notice that she is tired, and annoyed by the presence of so many potential victims for the yōma, resulting in her being swallowed by it.

The Yōma, 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 technique. All the Mikagura find left of her is one of her flowery ribbons.

The girl shares most characteristics with Kagura in her first form: a small girl with a white cult dress, red flowery ribbons around 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.

Story

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 arrive and to smash or just taunt some of their members. At least it was what she was supposed to do and doing at the beginning.

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 Ryōki. They try to arrest the Mikagura, who resist in vain. Kafuru "saves" them by telling a seems-true lie to Ryōki, that releases them as kind as she is.

They never succeeds 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 succeeds 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 sympathizes but still tell them she is not going to give up her objectives.

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New Wave

Related Article: Renka/New Wave

Renka makes an appearance in Senran Kagura: New Wave G Burst alongside her sisters as a playable character with her own set of cards.

Trivia

  • Renka's choice of weapon are a pair of mallet drums sticks, but can be alluded to that of bachi drum sticks; which are mallets used for the particular drum that she plays on.
  • Renka uses an instrument known as a Taiko Drum; which is really a range of Japanese percussion instruments.
    • Her initial drum used for most of her attacks are known as a shime-daiko drum, a kumi-daiko for her second hidden ninpo, whiles her ultimate secret ninja art is that of a O-daiko.
  • They all display the mitsudomoe symbol on the skin (or face) of the drums.
  • Renka's enthusiastic and fiery personality strongly resembles that of Sanada Yukimura from the SENGOKU BASARA series.
  • Renka's fighting style and weapon choice in general can be alluded to that of the thunder/ lighting god, Raijin.
    • In Japanese mythology, most depictions of Raijin show a large oni-like man who wields two bachi sticks and carries behind him a wheel of taiko drums in which all display the tomoe symbol(in some instances, mitsudomoe will replace them).
      • Renka has a slew of drums that appear from the lighting based energy and strikes them to conjure bolts as well as forming the drum wheel (like on Raijin's back) to create the O-daiko drum for her ultimate attack.
  • Renka shares the same birthday as Haruka.
  • Renka's pre-transformation outfit is not available for any character except for her and her sisters to wear. While all characters have a "Mikagura Outfit 1" in Estival Versus, Renka and Hanabi have three versions, and Kafuru has four available. Additionally, what other characters call Outfit 1 is actually Outfit 3 for the sisters. For Renka, Outfit 1 is the version she and both her sisters use in missions while Outfit 2 is the version she uses in cutscenes (with the jacket). Outfit 3 is Hanabi's cutscene version and has a noticeably shorter skirt than the other versions. All of this remains true for Peach Beach Splash except the other characters now correctly identify the outfit they have access to as Outfit 3 (and still don't have access to any of the other versions).

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