Sayuri (小百合), also known as Jasmine (ジャスミン), is a playable character from the Senran Kagura series that makes her debut in Senran Kagura: Estival Versus.
Asuka's grandmother and the wife of the legendary shinobi, Hanzō, Sayuri is a very powerful shinobi in her own right – a former Kagura, in fact. As far as Asuka knows, Sayuri is essentially retired now and rarely leaves the house. In secret, however, Sayuri has been preparing for a great supernatural event, where she plans to put Asuka and her friends through an all-new kind of training. In battle, Sayuri wields her wooden pipe, wind-based Ninja Arts, and intense tongue lashings.
Sayuri is a old woman, with silver/grey hair and back bun held by a shuriken, and with a revealed forehead. She has small eyes, making it hard to see their color, and have sunglasses held on her forehead, and a smoking pipe in her mouth, usually. She wears a 5-parts finery, with a green long hakama skirt, a white kimono shirt, beige sleeves, and a dark grey jacket, held by a dark brown ribbon as a belt. She wears on her neck a pearl necklace and a shinobi scarf, the same as Asuka's.
She is a kind, serious, wise, but also a bit teasing old woman. When most of the time, she is teaching some things about the shinobi world, or dealing with important tasks in the Overseers' team, she tend sometimes to toy with her interlocutors.
When Sayuri executes her Shinobi Transformation, she temporarily becomes Jasmine, her younger self. Without the ravages of age to hold her back, Jasmine is laser-focused on her mission and can tear through almost any opponent with ease. But youth can't last forever, and every time Sayuri forces it to last a bit longer, she pays a price. When it comes to blows, Jasmine swings a mean pipe, and can also summon the power of extradimensional elephants.
Jasmine has waist-length black hair with two framing over her face, hazel colored eyes, and fair skin. She has the same overall morphology as most characters, while she is the tallest of all.
Jasmine wears a white headband on her forehead along with yellow lens sunglasses, a red scarf with a big white pearl prayer's necklace. She wears on a yellow sleeveless shirt with white floral design, white collars and black lining. On her arms, her forearms are wrapped with bandages and red and black forearm bracers. In her waist, she wears pure white, slim disco pants with black lining, a black leather belt with a gold buckle, two brown rope-like straps and black disco shoes with short heels. Her weapon is a large kiseru about four feet with gold mouthpiece, chamber and shank while the stem is black and the top stem and upper part of the mouthpiece are wrapped with white cloth and black straps in a crisscross pattern. The kiseru also has a red scarf worn under shank.
Jasmine is a bit cockier, and ironic, but strong, persona, without being less serious sometimes. She tends to criticize the revealing aspect of some characters' clothes or saying a health notice ("Smoking kills") as jokes to her opponents. She proves to be also more energic. Her beliefs stay the same, such as a shinobi must be a heartless, emotion-less killing machine, especially against yōma, like she tells Gessen in the 8th day of the Kagura Millennium Festival in Estival Versus before fighting them.
She is, in both her forms, Hanzō's wife, and graduated to the grade of Kagura. She is both caring and ruthless to Hanzō and men in overall. She, one day, as a Kagura, participated to a mission against a somewhat strong Yōma. During the fight against the abomination, she hesitated between killing it directly, and protecting her friends. The yōma, as the cowardly monster it is, killed her friends and got away from his destiny. Jasmine ended up traumatized by that mission, which means to her that she is a failure as a Kagura.
As Sayuri, so when she became old, she left Asuka's home, for mysterious reasons. With the Mikagura Sisters, she decided to create and hold a special parallel dimension for the Kagura Millennium Festival, a post-apocalyptic world (After Shin's attack) when the spirit of fallen shinobis, like Ryoki, rest for a while but also to invite every main factions of the series, to train them, and prepare them against Shin, and the Yōma.
It is possible that she is aware of the existence of True Kagura, mentioning her at the end of Estival Versus. Through she tells nothing about her to other characters.
Shinobi Girls' Heart
Peach Beach Splash
She is watching over the Mikagura Sisters as they read their invitation to the PBS tournament. Kafuru wanted to participate but Hanabi didn't want to until their training was done. In the end the three turn to her to let her decide what they do.
"Old as she may be, this ex-Kagura's power, speed and range are still extremely high. Sayuri has already performed a Shinobi Transformation before the start of each fight, so she won't be able to change and will only gain experience in Yang. If there are several groups of enemies, launch them, then go into an Aerial Rave. You can also charge her Breach Art to get in several hits, but it can be easily interrupted, so be careful. Her Ultimate Secret Ninja Art will only hit in front of her but will deal massive damage." -Estival Versus: Sayuri's Battle Card
"Jasmine is Sayuri's younger form, and is essentially her ultimate Shinobi Transformation into an entirely separate persona. Unlike Sayuri, Jasmine's fighting style is very aggressive and physical, and tends to favor wide, sweeping arcs with her oversized pipe. Both her older and younger forms are as powerful as you'd expect for a former Kagura. Compare and contrast the two to find the style that suits you best." -Estival Versus: Jasmine's Battle Card
Secret Ninja Arts
Ultimate Secret Ninja Arts
The music tracks played for Sayuri/Jasmine in the games.
|Name||Description - Game||Track (If available)|
|The Beauty Who Shaved Her Life||
|Old Priestess Who Risks Her Life||
- Sayuri's name means "Lily", while her youth name comes from "Jasmine tea" or rather from the genus of plants Jasmine.
- Jasmine is the only character in the series to have her name written in Katakana.