Ryōki (両姫, "Both are Princesses", sometimes spelled "Ryouki") is the deceased elder sister of Ryōbi and Ryōna, revived by Sayuri and the Mikagura Sisters during the Kagura Millennium Festival, acting as Sayuri's second and a member of the Overseers of the Festival while catching up time with her younger sisters during the event.

She was first mentioned in Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus but later makes her first appearance and becomes playable in Senran Kagura: Estival Versus [1].

Profile

Appearance

Ryōki is a tall girl with a generous complexion, white skin, straight black hair and blue eyes. Two hair bangs descend to her bust while her back hair goes to her knees, having the shape of a bell. A halo float above her head.

She wears a cross-pattern ribbon with a golden button as a pin on the right of her hair, and dons a 3-part blue dress, constituted of a two-layered skirt going to below the knee, a white blouse with ruffled cuffs below a black vest, a blue coat with checkered lapels and a darker blue fringed poncho, and a white ruffled collar with a black ribbon. She wears white thigh-highs and blue-black knee-high boots under her skirt.

It has to be noted that most elements she uses or wears, with the exception of her shotgun, bear 4 main colors : Blue, Black, White, and Gold, and she has an unique checkered blue pattern, called "Sister Blue" as her underwear.

Table of colors


 
 
 
 

Personality

"Tee hee. I am Big Sis Ryōki."

Ryōki is a kind and caring girl who loves and cares mostly for her own younger sisters. She is polite, smiling, calm, somewhat humble and easily forgiving, through her mission endings and Shinobi Transforms in BR:N show that she is sleepy. She loves Buddhist sutras, that can calm her down even in her Turnover, as a result of an uncomplete revival. She usually serves as a second member for Neutral teams such as the Overseers, or as a secret asset, in the case of PBS.

"TRY TO DODGE THAT, F*CKSAW!!!"

If her halo is touched, she changes to a radically different personality, which is more delinquent-like, violent, and actually her second personality that death separated. That personality is highly aggressive, as she attacks whoever is in her surroundings, or barely dislike anything from, insulting them in the process.

It is possible for her to disable it by herself, but with some exceptions where the will of destruction coming with it overwhelms her ability to do so.

Background

When Ryōna and Ryōbi were younger, Ryōki would take care of them, as a surrogate mother, play with them, and this is all that she would do until she was enrolled into Gessen's Elites. Afterwards, she was selected to be part of a team for a mission. To announce her enrollment, and that she won't be back home in a while, she prepared some BBQ for her sisters. While Ryōna was KO by a food coma, a kind of argument started with Ryōbi: Ryōbi was jealous of her and after having told many reproaches, finally told the "I hope you die." that she will later regret in EV.

Afterwards, Ryōki was sent on a mission to take on a Yōma with a team led by one Kagura, but got ambushed by Hebijo's team. She died fatally during that mission by the hand of the targeted Yōma which killed her whole team and almost all of Hebijo's one, Miyabi, one of Hebijo team's members, being with Imu one of the few survivors, was thought by most and accused by Ryōki's sisters to have killed everyone in a rampage, using the Forbidden Ninja Art Blood Riot. However, the only one killed by Blood Riot was the Yōma, which killed everyone it could before the activation of the forbidden technique.

The confusion of the event, until Rin clears it up, leaded to Ryōna and Ryōbi picking Miyabi as culprit, as they heard that she went berserk and thus killed Ryōki along her team. Ryōki, knowing the truth, but powerless in the afterlife, could only assist to what her sisters do, prepare an assassination, a revenge for her, against the wrong culprit and felt sorry that Miyabi has to be target of them, and the trouble they indeed caused. She is happy to see that after the case was made clear Miyabi saw her sisters as reliable allies, as evidenced 3 years later in EV.

Story

Estival Versus

Kagura Millenium Festival

In Estival Versus, she was revived for the Kagura Millenium Festival (Or Kagura 1000 year Festival) that would take place in the story mode where she reunited with her sisters. She passes most of her time with them and Hebijo Team, but sometimes she helps Sayuri in some "internal affairs" in the Festival Executives, like the Mikagura's secret. Her revival is, like Kurokage for Gessen, a great source of joy, and a reason of staying in the realm, with her, for her sisters. However, she will leave once all her regrets go away, and the only regrets she had is to have not passed enough time with her sisters, time she catches up during all the Festival. Ryōbi stays distant from Ryōki, regretting what she said before she left, preferring to look away from her than expressing her own regret, to which Ryōki show incomprehension. Ryōna through touches her halo two times in the story, and Ryōbi stops her berserk those two times by herself.

At the end of the main story mode, she returns to the afterlife after reconciling with Ryōbi and saying goodbye to both her younger sisters. At the dance of the Mikagura, she disintegrates in the sky, at the still great sorrow of her sisters.

Shinobi Girl's Heart

Ryōki asks her sister to accompany her for a stroll, to make sure she has no regret as her time with them is limited. Through Ryōna accepts with excitement and ask her sister about if she wanted to do same, Ryōbi looks away, and accepts reluctantly. Ryōki remarks that Ryōbi's reaction is strange, but heads out with her sisters anyway.
She recalls of when she and her sisters used to go out everywhere together, and of so many pleasant memories like when they stood up against bullies, or played home in a vacant lot, and that Ryōbi used to follow her like a puppy.
Suddenly, Ryōna tells Ryōki that she is fine with going out but that she wants to play a different game, to which Ryōbi punch her and knock her down. The hit's sound startles Ryōki, surprised that Ryōna can take such a strike. Ryōbi asks Ryōna if she was thinking something stupid again, to which Ryōna replies that she thinks about whatever make her feel good, not something stupid. Ryōbi smacks Ryōna again right across the cheek, making Ryōna's eyes roll back and her nose bleed. Ryōki sees by her expression that Ryōna is happy with it.
Ryōbi insults Ryōna and orders her to not give "that look", and aims her punch to Ryōna's face. Ryōki can't leave them both to a brawl even if Ryōna is asking for it, and steps between them to try to calm the game. Ryōbi through punches into Ryōki's halo, which leads to her going into her berserk personality. Ryōbi just realizes what she did that Ryōki shouts at her that she wasn't allowed to do that, and insults her. An intense and destructive rage rushes inside her, that she can't resist nor stop, and all she wants to do thus is thrash and scream. This is were her rampage begins.

"Since we're all here, why don't we all go out?" -Ryōki
Ryōki starts by Ryōna inside the Onsen's facility, and threats her to give her a super dish worth of bullying, not even Ryōna's kind. Ryōna is happy with it and asks for it.
Ryōki thus strikes Ryōna and insults her, to which Ryōna asks in excitation that she speak meaner. Ryōki replies that this isn't just about talk, and calls Ryōna naive. Ryōna thus asks her what she plans to do with her, overexcited. Ryōki answers that she is going to shove something somewhere into Ryōna so hardly that she won't be able to live without suffering (some words were censored, but they can be guessed). Ryōna gasps in excitation, praise the awesomeness of what Ryōki planned, telling her that such plans might make her pass out.
Ryōki defeat Ryōna, satisfying the latter's masochistic desires, and telling that her rampage just started, she asks about where is her next prey.

"I still need to rage a LOT more! Come on, punks!" -Ryōki
Ryōki continues by Murakumo and Shiki on Gessen's roof, and shouts asking where are the bad girls. Shiki notices that has gone mad, calling her "Ryōkey-dokey", to which Ryōki replies that she found her, calling her "Mountain Girl". Shiki tells and implies to her that even with how she talks, "mountain girl" is somewhat inaccurate. Ryōki tells in in rage that she has no discipline nor respect, and thus that she is going to be straightened hardly. Shiki comments about how unfair is that she is told that she has no discipline just because of her look.
When the fight begins, Ryōki says that it's time to slay the Mountain Hag, to which Shiki replies with a "as if", and tell her that she needs to calm down. Ryōki tells her that she makes a mockery of human speak, to which Shiki starts to recite a Sutra, to which Ryōki start to calm down. Shiki tells her that she needs to get out of that violence mode, but Ryōki ultimately fails to calm down, and tells her that she is not going to go away with it.
Once she defeats both Murakumo and Shiki, Ryōki comments that the Heart Sutra is no joke, as it was about to make her violent personality rest in peace.

"I've been training on the other side! Let's duke it out right now, Miyabi!" -Ryōki
On Hebijo Academy's roofs, Ryōki shouts that she found Miyabi. Miyabi notices that she seems rowdy that day, to which Ryōki replies that as they never settled their scores, she wants herself and Miyabi to do it right now, thus challenging her. Miyabi accepts her challenge and embraces for combat.
When the fight begins, Ryōki tells Miyabi to get prepared as there is Yōma or anything to get on their way. Miyabi replies that she continued training even after Ryōki's death, to which Ryōki say that she continued training on the other side, to Miyabi's surprise, who ask her if that is possible. Ryōki tells her that it is, and asks her if she wants to come along. Miyabi politely refuses.
Once Miyabi has been utterly defeated, Ryōki comments that she found the fight fun, but says that she is done yet.

"You want to know what's the other side's like? Let me send you there!" -Ryōki
Ryōki challenge Asuka, Yagyū and Renka on the Shinobi Festival grounds. She tells she is spying on a one-eyed squid girl, who is Yagyū, and threats to dry her up and eat her. Yagyū tells Ryōki's name in a gloomy way, which Ryōki notices and ask the reason of that gloom. Yagyū answers that she envies her, as Ryōki still has two (alive) little sisters, being a big sister like her. Ryōki brag on that, but when Yagyū tells that her own little sister is no longer with them, Ryōki apologizes for her inconsideration. Yagyū humbly replies to her that she is fine and that Ryōki has no need to change her account on her.
When the fight beings, Yagyū asks Ryōki about how is the afterlife. Ryōki answers angrily to the question by saying that she will only know it when she will die. Yagyū agrees but tells her she can't die yet. Ryōki asks her if it's about Yagyū's deceased little sister, to which Yagyū approve. Ryōki thus declares that the afterlife is bright, pleasant, warm, and full of delicious food of all kinds. Yagyū compliments her kindness by saying this, to which Ryōki ask about why do Yagyū think she was kind. But Yagyū thanks her either way. Ryōki replies that a ghost is not thanked, but paid respect to, and laughs evilly.
Once Yagyū, Asuka and Renka lie in defeat, Ryōki says that the chat stopped her flow.

"I'm close to resting in peace. But I still want to be with you both." -Ryōki
In the Forest of Requiem, Ryōbi intercepts Ryōki, and requires her to snap out of her berserk mode. Ryōki replies that Ryōbi will need to do that herself if she want Ryōki to stop. Ryōbi then comments about Ryōki's alternate personality, telling that the fact that touching a halo lead to her going berserk is nonsense to her. Ryōki tells her that it doesn't matter as the most important is that it is entertaining. Ryōbi asks to who it is entertaining, not understanding her point.
When the duel begins, Ryōki asks Ryōbi if she thinks that she will really talk her down. Ryōbi replies that she might be all talk, and, if Ryōki wants to take on her, that she do it already. Ryōki compliments her courage, considering that Ryōbi followed her around like a kind of goldfish. Ryōbi replies that she is not longer Ryōki's cute little sister, and, even with her small chest, she is leading a revolution (see her own SGH). Thus, Ryōki taunts her and tells her to come on her, as she is going to take her down. Ryōbi, infuriated, replies that she will show her her abilities.
Once Ryōbi finished, Ryōki tells Ryōbi that she wasn't bad and remarks that she wasn't all talk herself after all.

Ryōki SGH's final CG.

Ryōna ends Ryōki's berserk by touching her halo after she found an opening. Calmed down, Ryōki remarks that Ryōbi got stronger, meaning every word of what she said. She thinks about how her little sisters grew so much without her, a thought overwhelming her with you, and making her cry of happiness.
Ryōbi challenges Ryōki again, but Ryōki thinks that she can only fight with either of them a limited around of times, as each connection with one of her sisters make her regrets left slowly fade away. Thus, the more close they become, the sooner she will leave.
Ryōna interrupts them and tells them to go for the stroll they originally planned, smiling brightly as she runs along the shore, and waving at her once she gets to the surf. Ryōki thinks that when she is out here in the warm sun on the beach, she feels alive almost enough to forget that she died already.
Ryōbi interrupts her by muttering if Ryōki is going to pass on when she will be out of regrets, next to her. Ryōki approves and replies that she believes that she will fade away from their perspective. Thus, Ryōbi walks away from her, along the shoreline in a futile attempt to make Ryōki stay longer by staying far from her.
Futile, as Ryōki knows that she will do that for the sake of keeping her there, and that sentiment alone will be enough to satisfy her old regrets anyway. Even if they arrive to stretch their time together a bit further, her departure is inevitable. But Ryōki won't feel lonely, as her passing will prove that Ryōbi and Ryōna's love is real.
Her little sisters play around on the shore, she squints in the sun and watch them, and says finally...

"I'm unbelievably blessed right now."

Peach Beach Splash

In Peach Beach Splash, Meiun seals the PBS archipelago with the energy gathered thanks to the tournament, trying to save chosen individuals from Shin. In an attempt to flee of that seal, the four originally present teams attempt to use ships, that blow up, and the rainbow bridge, specifically the Gessen team. However, the rainbow bridge is shattering from the seal's pressure, and when Yumi and her friends attempt to run on it before it breaks, that Ryōki finds the bridge after wandering from the afterlife due to a dimensional rift and decides to walk across it, wondering how it is to walk on one in effect. Through the bridge collapses, while she nearly reaches its end, under her and Gessen' feet, making her fall in water screaming and getting a pseudo-reincarnation.

After she found a water gun upon getting up, she plays her first PBS game. She recalls playing with water with Ryōbi and Ryōna at the swimming pool when they were together, remarks about how strange would be to meet them after what's supposed to be her departure. In effect, both of her sisters are surprised to see her again, but become initially happy with it. Ryōki insists on a water gun fight against Hebijo, in which she is found to be a strong opponent. However, Ryōki disappears shortly afterwards, and warns the team about the arrival of the Mikagura Sisters, promising to her sisters that they'll see her again.

In Peach Beach Splash's final act, Meiun states that he's still unsatisfied with the girls' performance and refuses to let them leave, announcing that he will destroys the rainbow bridge each time it do appear again, telling that they're not ready to face Shin, which he failed to do himself. Through, moved by the girls' enthusiasm and determination, he orders Kiriya and Rin to fly them to a nearby island to face one final test, his last machine. When they arrive dropped from the sky by Kiriya, Rin' and the Lickety Lick Machines, they find a battle machine called "Heaven's Casket" piloted by Ryōki acting as a DJ, a machine that is some representation of herself, bearing similar patterns as her and her weaponry. Working together, Asuka, Homura, Yumi and Miyabi are able to defeat her and Meiun finally allows them to leave. Although Ryōki tells her sisters that it's time to leave, but promises that they will see her again, and possibly disappears like at the end of her second PBS game.

Fighting Style and Gameplay

Main Articles: Ryōki/Estival Versus  · Ryōki/Peach Beach Splash

Ryōki is a rather hybrid shinobi, as armed with a dual-barrel shotgun and a rocket launcher shield, she is both strong and fast. Her main play cards are suppressive fire techniques, from the  missile pummeling to her Turnover's minigun suppressive fire, combined with her throwing her shield around to damage several foes. Her shotgun implies that she has a low range, melee combat with point-blank shots being her specialty, which doesn't change much in her turnover, through she proved to be able to change what kind of ammo she shoots with the shotgun, including normal, bouncing, and "rainfall" buckshot shells.

Gameplay-wise, she can use her Turnover as an Ultimate Ninja Art, which strengthens her and gives her a faster move speed at the cost of some attack speed, and stops automatically after a while.

Her techniques are efficient against small or moderate groups and lone enemies, as she charges her target gun first, but numerous enemies can attack her by the back. Long range enemies can also pose a threat as she needs to get close and personal to her targets for most of her attacks. Her power allows her to take on Daidōji with a moderate ease, but not Rin and Sayuri, harder challenges.

Her thematics can be associated with Gendarme/Grenadier / Princess.

"Ryōki wields a shotgun and shield, making her a well-balanced character effective at any range. Her individual attacks have decent range and are largely good for taking out multiple enemies. Additionally, her Breach Art is useful for keeping up a combo, and her charged Breach Art is handy for breaking the enemy's guard. Her Ultimate Secret Ninja Art takes her into a special mode where she uses her coffin as a weapon. The coffin has great reach, and just swinging it will deal massive damage. Take advantage of it! -Estival Versus: Ryōki's Battle Card

Ninja Arts

Secret Ninja Arts

Ultimate Secret Ninja Art

Themes

The music tracks played for Ryōki in the games.

Name Description - Game Track  (If available)
To My Sisters

Ryōki's Shinobi Transform theme

- EV and BR:N

 
Place that Fiery Hope in Your Heart

Ryōki's Final Boss theme

- EV

 
Big Sister

Ryōki's Final Boss theme as Heaven's Casket

- PBS

 
Place of Prayer

Forest of Requiem and Ryōki Pre-Transform' theme

- BR:N

 

Trivia

  • Ryōki's name means "Squirm", however the kanji of her name (両姫) can be translated as "Both Are Princesses" which may refer to her sisters Ryōbi and Ryōna.
  • She appears to possess the "Yin Yang" Tao symbol on her shield which seems to represent her bipolar persona depending on the condition of her halo.
  • Ryōki is unlocked as a playable character outside Story Mode only after completing the final chapter (Day 8) of Estival Versus, and in PBS similarly by finishing the story at the Final Splash.
  • Ryōki appears to be a reference to Gungrave. In this work, the protagonist has returned from the dead on borrowed time, and, like Ryōki, fights using firearms and a coffin filled with heavy weaponry (a machine gun and a missile launcher).
  • In Burst Re:Newal in her character intro sometimes Ryōki will say "I will dance in the festival of midsummer!" Despite the fact that the festival doesn't start for years and isn't around at that point in the story yet.
    • At that same point, she wasn't supposed to be revived already.
  • Intimacy mode with Ryōki reveals that she likes to be touched on the nape of the neck.
  • According to Nan Yaegashi, the series' character designer, Ryōki is:
    • The 2nd physically strongest character before Daidōji and after Yomi.
    • The 3rd scariest character before True Kagura and after Yūyaki.
    • The 12th character to receive chocolate from fangirls in-universe after Hikage.


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References

2. https://gematsu.com/2014/11/senran-kagura-estival-versus-five-new-characters-detailed

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