Ryōbi (両備, often spelled as "Ryobi" or "Ryoubi") is a playable character from the Senran Kagura video game series. She makes her debut in Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus as a first-year at Hebijo. She is Ryōna's younger twin and Ryōki's younger sister. She transferred from Gessen Girls' Academy with Ryōna. She has a complex about her breasts and is the polar opposite of Ryōna, being a giant sadist.
Before she uses Shinobi Transformation, she is small in the chest area. Her weapon of choice is a bolt-action sniper rifle, with an axe head modified onto the stock, which she uses primarily for close-quarters combat.
Ryōbi is heterochromatic, meaning she has two different color eyes being blue for the left eye and green for the right eye. She dons a white button-down "dress" shirt that has the waist wrapped in a belt that holds all of her extra large bullets. Underneath is a big, black dress that goes all the way down to her ankles, which, along with her legs and feet, are covered by white thigh-high stockings and red dress shoes. Then, she wears a red hair band and a red overcoat-like shirt reminiscent of Native American clothes.
Finally, she wears a tied black ribbon to look like tied shoelaces with the casual "bunny ears."
Ryōbi is a serious sadist that is motivated to hurt people, especially Ryōna, and not minding to insult them and swear. Similarly to Mirai, she is jealous of the other girls' busts, and greatly hates when she is criticized upon it.
Despite her sadistic nature, she has been shown to display compassion towards her victims, and with deep remorse, such as when she accidentally shot Murasaki and pushed aside feelings of guilt when she had to beat Imu to get to Miyabi. She is also shown to have a sensitive nature when other people mention her older sister Ryōki, about which she can react quite violently.
In Estival Versus, more of her compassionate, guilty side was expanded upon, as it was revealed that she harbors a deep resentment from having told her sister Ryōki to "go die", in an argument the very day before Ryōki was killed in a mission.
Like her twin sister Ryōna, she was taken care of by their elder sister Ryōki after their parents died. She was the most loving sister of the two towards Ryōki, as she used to be fascinated by her and to follow her around like a puppy for long. Though, she eventually started to resent her and to envy her qualities and chest alike, which ended up in arguments between her and her elder sister, until the latter was enrolled and sent on a mission to take on a Yōma.
The day before the mission, in their last argument while Ryōna was KO due to a food coma, Ryōbi has shouted to wish her elder sister's death, and when Ryōki returns dead, she regrets it and is left alone with Ryōna.
With Ryōna, she enrolled into Gessen Academy with her after their older sister, Ryōki's death. After hearing of the cause of their sister's demise (which was apparently a rampage from Miyabi), they defected Gessen and enrolled into Hebijo Academy to gain Miyabi's trust and later kill her, taking revenge on her for Ryōki.
However, during the assassination attempt, Murasaki's instincts enabled her to take a bullet for Imu, who had been in the way of Ryōbi's line of fire (though Imu was planned to be killed first so she wouldn't act as a meat shield when Miyabi's time came). Murasaki had taken the bullet head on, causing her "death", putting Miyabi on her guard and triggering Imu's bloodline power, the Root of Calamity. Imu's crazed state, possessed by the Root of Calamity, allowed her to beat up Ryōbi and Ryōna as payback for Murasaki's "murder". In the end, the five Hebijo Elite all made it out of the chaos alive, and as Rin cleared up the incident about Ryōki's death, they could reconciliate and become reliable allies for each other without any more grief.
She is shown along with the rest of her team outdoors. It is here they suddenly get their invitation to the PBS tournament.
Ryōbi fights with a modified Karabiner 98 Kurz, 8mm Mauser bullets, bombs and uses corresponding Ninja Arts. With potent melee hits for light attacks and powerful ranged shots for heavy attacks, her main assets reside in her ability to hit her opponents at all ranges.
Her simple ranged attack has her shoot up to 5 bullets dealing decent to high damage, breaking the target's guard or unbalancing it, and bouncing on obstacles certain times, useful for dealing with crowds in tight spaces; the held version has her shoot a buckshot that will topple opponents at her front. Melee attacks and combos are potent and can send the target away, and limited area of effect that might affect only some opponents in front of her. They consist of striking with her rifle's axehead stock or to fire point-blank rounds, sometimes explosive bullets.
Ryōbi's Arts consist of a ranging attack Secret Art around her that will blast opponents near her away with bombs; a frontal attack Super Secret Art where 5 bombs send opponents flying at a certain distance in front of her, while she aims and blasts them; and a similar Ultimate Art where she summons a missile launcher backpack to fire multiple salvos toppling them.
Her Super Secret and Ultimate Arts tend to miss when opponents are too close to her, use Wake Up Attack or Evasion, or a Limit Break, yet they have a good area of effect for crowds.
"Ryōbi can shoot her rifle in long-range combat or use the razor-sharp blade on the rifle's gunstock for close-range combat. Because of that, she is an all-around fighter. Her main focus, however, is being able to snipe her targets from a distance. She can easily pick off close-range opponents with her Breach Art, though, as well. Just lock on and fire away. As for Secret Ninja Arts, use Ricochet Prelude if there's distance between you and your target. If they are close, or if you just need to get away, use 8 Minuet." -Estival Versus: Ryōbi's Battle Card
Secret Ninja Arts
Ultimate Secret Ninja Art
- Senran Kagura: New Wave as a playable character.
- Senran Kagura: New Link as a playable character.
Non-Senran Kagura Appearances
- Kandagawa Jet Girls: As a playable guest character in the game.
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|Wayward Thoughts||Shinovi Versus||Ryōbi's theme. It plays after she transforms and also when fighting her.|
|I Have Only One Wish||Bon Appétit!||Ryōbi's theme.|
|In Order to Stay True to Myself||Estival Versus||Ryōbi's theme. It plays when she transforms and when fighting against her.|
- Ryōbi's name means "Both Are Beautiful", referring to her sisters Ryōki and Ryōna.
- Ryōbi's rifle seems to be a longer barreled version of the German sniper rifle Karabiner 98 Kurz , with an axehead modification that replaces it's stock, and an extremely long barrel.
- The axehead's representation varies between a corner sharp blade, and a regular axehead.
- Like her sisters, Ryōbi wields a XXth German weapon in use during WW2.
- In her Shinobi Girls' Heart missions in Shinovi Versus she learns a Secret Ninja Art called Swelling Melon Technique to increase her breast size, but it doesn't work as she wished.
- Ryōbi is the only playable character in the series whose breasts change size after transforming.
- Contrary to popular belief, she actually wears breast paddings during her transformation. She admits this during her story in Senran Kagura Bon Appétit, and Yomi battles her over this in her own Shinobi Girl's Heart.
- In Estival Versus, upon leveling up, one of her quotes is "This is the greatest kind of high!" is a reference to one of the many famous quotes of DIO from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
- Ryōbi and her sister share their birthday with Yoshimitsu.