Shiki (四季) is a playable character from the Senran Kagura video game series. She makes her debut in Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus.
A first-year student at Gessen Girls' Academy. She uses high-spirited gyaru language (adapted as "valley girl" speak in the English version) and makes friends everywhere she goes, often texting them at inappropriate times.
Despite her shinobi training and discipline, she hasn't forgotten her younger days as a freewheeling rich girl and still misses her parents deeply. To soothe her grief, both for her parents and her adopted grandfather Kurokage, she often recites the Heart Sutra to herself.
She wields a double-bladed scythe that's bigger than her body and fights while spinning it dramatically.
Shiki has long wavy blonde hair, and burgundy-colored eyes, and a beauty mark on the lower right side of her mouth. She dresses rather skimpily, wearing a black bustier suit outfit, with heeled black boots, and shoulder-long black gloves. Her outfit reveals both her cleavage and the sides of her breasts and has a skull encrusted peace sign-like buckle attached right above a rivet, holding the breast straps in place. She wears a long, collared black cape, which is maroon on the underside, with a large skull encrusted pink heart pin attached by her left shoulder, and a gold bangle, which runs beneath the cape and out the collar, by her right shoulder.
Her most prominent feature, however, is her large black hat. It closely resembles a witches hat, with a skull face on it that occasionally copies her expressions. The hat has large bat wing-like attachments on it.
Shiki is initially depicted as a carefree, free-spirited party girl who seems to not have her priorities in order. This is shown during the beginning of Shinovi Versus when after being told by Yumi to train with Minori, she attempts to weasel out of it and go shopping. She even goes as far as to convince Minori to go play instead of training. However, despite this Shiki is actually more intelligent and insightful than she appears. She enjoys reciting the Heart Sutra, something Kurokage had introduced her to when he took her in. She has some friends outside her shinobi class and is mostly seen on her phone. She also enjoys reading literature and is shown to be quite tech-savvy.
Born and raised in a rich family, Shiki had it all. A big house, servants to cater to her every whim, a big allowance (100,000¥ a month), everything a rich girl could ever want. Back in elementary school, Shiki and her friends would go shopping every weekend, and even if she spent her entire allowance, she always had her parents' credit card. She even fully admitted to being spoiled. However, none of it would last.One day, the dead bodies of Shiki's parents were brought home, riddled with scars. They had died in the line of duty as shinobi, but no one would tell the young girl how her parents died, or anything, for that matter. This enraged the young Shiki, to the point of seemingly endless crying, until she heard the voice of an old man reciting the Mahayana Buddhist scripture, the Heart Sutra behind her. This man was none other than Kurokage.
After preaching to the tearful girl about how the darkness and evil of the world had to be eradicated, Kurokage adopted Shiki, taking her, along with four other girls, one of which being his own grandaughter, Yumi, under his wing as Shinobi.
All five girls had one thing in common; they had all lost their parents, but even with this fact in mind, young Shiki refused to befriend any of them, going as far as to lash out and get into fights with everyone, most notably with Murakumo and Minori. With every fight she started, she would receive a scolding from Kurokage, but even so, it was obvious to her how sad it made him. Upon asking why, Shiki learned that anger and sorrow came hand in hand, and to deal with her own rage and sorrow, Kurokage taught her the Heart Sutra that he had recited upon originally meeting her. Since then, Shiki has relied on the Heart Sutra for comfort whenever she felt unfulfilled.
At some later point in time, Shiki and the other four girls, Yumi, Murakumo, Minori, and Yozakura, enrolled in Gessen Girls' Academy, a prestigious good ninja school, and they also eventually rose to become the school's five elite shinobi.
Gessen Girls' Academy
Shiki accompanies Yumi and the rest of the Gessen elite during a visit to Kurokage's grave, only to meet Hanzō, who sexually harasses each and every one of them. This action already angers the girls, who immediately prepare for battle, but the legendary shinobi goes further to devour the strawberry treats that Yumi had brought for Kurokage. Shiki was present as Yumi challenges the elder ninja, only to be told to challenge his granddaughter, Asuka.
After deciding to participate in a Shinobi Battle Royale with Hanzo Academy, Shiki is told by Yumi to train with Minori. However, Shiki had other plans. The moment Yumi turns her back to the two first years, Shiki manages to convince Minori to go play instead of training, while she herself would go out shopping with friends, but right as this plan was put into fruition, the two are immediately caught by Yumi, who not only chastises the two, but, after convinving Minori to fight at her best, forces the two to properly train.
Later, following a sparring match between Yumi and Yozakura, Shiki and Minori arrive, complaining about the fact that food, which should have been prepared by Yumi and Yozakura (who got distracted with training), had yet to be prepared.
Shiki accompanies Yumi and the others as they infiltrate Hanzo Academy, and they run in to Asuka, who had apparently been watching them since their arrival. After the arrival (and instigational tactics) of Hanzo, the battle begins, with Shiki's opponent being Yagyū.
Before the battle, Shiki notices Yagyu's eyepatch and immediately wants it as her own. After hearing Yagyu's refusal, Shiki decides that she would take it by force, through battle.
Following the battle, as well as her victory, Shiki deduces that the purpose of Yagyu's eyepatch is to seal off her power, but even with that knowledge, she still wishes to take the eyepatch as her own, only to be met with more resistance from Yagyu. Upon sensing some strange aura from the Hanzo ninja, Shiki decides to temporarily back off, but not before swearing that the desired eyepatch will be hers after their next meeting.
Shiki and the others travel to Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy, to challenge them to a Shinobi Battle Royale as well. As the other Gessen Elite face off with the Hebijo Elite, Shiki must battle Imu. Before the battle, Shiki and Imu talk about "judging books by their cover," with Shiki deciding that there's nothing that she needs to know about Imu, as she is just an evil ninja.
Following Shiki's victory over Imu, she learns that even Imu, an evil ninja fought to protect someone. After Imu decides to return to Miyabi, Shiki warns her, noting that she is injured. Imu then falls unconscious. Even after this, Shiki questions if Imu spoke the truth about wanting to protect someone, and delves even further into wondering if evil people in general have someone that they wish to protect.
After Yumi defeats Miyabi, Imu prevents her from dealing the finishing blow. At that point, Shiki returns to Yumi's side, wondering why the Hebijo leader still lives. Yumi answers by stating that Hebijo is too weak for the effort, and that their victory is enough. They then decide to meet up with the rest of the Gessen elite.
Once meeting with the others, Shiki wonders if their actions were right, as the Hebijo ninja didn't truly act evil. This arose questions among the girls, as the rest had the same thought. However, Yumi quickly dismisses the pondering, stating that evil shinobi must be eliminated, no matter what the cost, a statement which Shiki hesitantly agrees to. The group then returns home.
Gessen locates renegade's (Homura's Crimson Squad) hideout and challenge them to battle. Shiki requests to go first, and Mirai requests to fight her. Shiki introduces herself and gives her a nickname immediately. This causes Mirai to be surprised and deduce that she's some sort of valley girl while also thinking it may be good material for her novel.
Shiki over hears Mirai's monologue and expresses interest in her novel which leads to Mirai commenting on how Shiki doesn't look like much of a reader. Shiki takes offense to this and states that she reads books all the time and is basically a book worm. In the middle of her explanation, Mirai becomes frustrated with her valley-girl speech and merely wants to start the match. Shiki agrees, saying she wants to read her novel if she wins.
After Shiki's victory, Mirai allows her to read her novel; Rapunzel the Shinobi. After reading it, Shiki tells Mirai that she thinks the novel was awesome and that Mirai is a good author. After complimenting her skills for a bit more, she says she's not going to kill Mirai so she can finish her book. When she departs, Shiki doesn't understand why she's so happy even though she had been drawn into an evil shinobi's book. Thinking it's going to be hard to hate evil now, she asks Kurokage what she should do.
When everyone finishes their battles, they all come together and talk about their experiences. Shiki states that she liked Mirai's book and couldn't finish her, which makes her afraid Kurokage won't be happy. In order to lift everyone's spirits, Yumi says that she saw light within their evil as well, which relieves Shiki now knowing she wasn't the only one. After a rousing speech from Wang Pai, the group heads to Hanzo National Academy.
Shiki and Yagyuu meet again for their second battle. Shiki isn't quite sure if she'll win or not considering that Yagyuu's Devil's Eye is really strong. She then inquires on how Yagyuu even obtained that power to begin with.
Once she hears Yagyuu's explanation about the eyepatch and that she wears it because of her sister, Shiki feels like a ditz for trying to steal it from her before. She promises to never ask for it again, but now Shiki wants something else; a perfect victory.
Once Shiki wins the battle, she praises Yagyuu on her strength. Yagyuu says she's sure Kurokage will be happy for her, but Shiki isn't so sure. Having fought all kinds of shinobi, she feels as though a shinobi is a shinobi; good or evil. But if that's true, she has to accept evil and believes Kurokage wouldn't accept that.
Yagyuu offers Shiki encouragement by saying she doesn't think Kurokage will reject her conclusion after so much effort to reach it. Shiki thanks Yagyuu for her words and says she'll tell Kurokage what she thinks.
When Gessen regroups from their individual matches, Yumi proposes they visit Kurokage's grave. Shiki is all for that idea, feeling extremely mature now. After some back and forth banter about maturity between Shiki, Minori, and Murakumo, they all head out.
Shiki and Minori are washing Kurokage's grave with scrubbers. Shiki asks Yumi how it looks after they finish cleaning and Yumi praises their work. Suddenly Hanzo appears and reveals himself to be Wang Pai which shocks all of them. He explains how Kurokage asked for him to take care of them after he passed.
Shiki asks him where the name "Wang Pai" even came from, to which Hanzo replies with saying it can be read as Ouhai which sounds a little like oppai (big breasts). They all feel a little less grateful to him after hearing that. Hanzo opens a sushi container and offers the girls to all eat, which they happily do.
Hanzo National Academy
Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy
Homura's Crimson Squad
Shinobi Girl's Heart
Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits (Anime OVA)
Kagura Millennium Festival
Shinobi Girl's Heart
Shiki has a popular blog but she's painicking becaus she's running out of things to post on it and her hits have been going down. She wonders if she should give it up, but then strikes on a different idea: posting pictures and stories about all the flashy shinobi that she knows. She did it once before and got in trouble that time... but maybe it will work out fine this time?
Ikaruga is in the middle of the Downtown district when Shiki spots her going into a lingerie shop. Shiki spies on her browsing, and is delighted to see Ikaruga examining some particularly racy underwear. Shiki takes a picture of this scene. Ikaruga notices her and is horrified, trying to explain that she was only looking at it and wasn't going to buy it. Shiki says she's sure her blog readers will understand. Ikaruga says she can't allow that photo to be published and draws her sword. Shiki wins the battle that follows and smugly departs, delighted with her great scoop.
Ryōki and Hanabi are at the Festival Grounds. Shiki gives Hanabi a friendly greeting but Hanabi rebuffs her, saying that even she can tell from Shiki's face that she's up to something bad. Shiki says her face always looks like this but Hanabi says she's lying and that she's definitely planning something naughty. Shiki starts speaking to Hanabi in English, completely confusing her. Shiki knows this will make Hanabi overthink things and go KABOOM, giving Shiki a good photo op. Hanabi, hearing this, thinks that's a horrible reason. Nevertheless Shiki gets her way after defeating Hanabi and Ryōki.
The next location is the roof of Shiki's school, Gessen Academy. Yumi is there. Shiki asks her for a favour. She wants to see Yumi perform her traditional Japanese dancing. Yumi says she doesn't have a problem with that, but when she starts Shiki says she should try to loosen her kimono a bit. Yumi hesitantly agrees and Shiki starts taking snaps, saying that her blog readers are going to love this. Yumi is worried by this idea but Shiki says not to worry, she'll make sure Yumi looks super sexy. Yumi says that would very much trouble her. Shiki apologizes but says she can't stop. They fight over this and Shiki wins.
Shiki goes to Hanzō Academy in search of new pictures. She spots Yagyū, who is in the company of Hikage and Shiki's schoolmate Murakumo. Shiki asks Yagyū to bring forth her giant squid which she thinks will make for a great blog post. She asks Yagyū if she can make the squid grab Hikage and Murakumo in its giant tentacles. Murakumo says Shiki can be really weird sometimes and Yagyū says her Guardian spirit isn't meant for that kind of thing. Shiki replies that she'll just have to make Yagyū bring out the squid against her will. A big fight breaks out with Shiki fighting the three others. She wins and gets her scoop in the process.
The final encounter is with Mirai on Mt Orochi. Shiki is pleased with her new material and says the only thing left is to upload it all. Mirai bursts in and says it's clear Shiki hasn't learned her lesson from last time. She demands that Shiki hand over her pics. Shiki whines that she needs them to make her blog interesting. Mirai says her blog is already interesting. Mirai is one of Shiki's blog readers and she really enjoys the blog as it is. She tells Shiki she doesn't need to sneak around with a camera to make interesting posts. Shiki is rather touched by this but a battle breaks out anyway. Shiki defeats Mirai and thanks her, realizing she shouldn't make trouble for other people.
Shiki admits she was very close to making a big mistake and is grateful to Mirai. She still has a problem with her blog though and wishes she could post some sexy stuff without hurting anyone else. She wonders if that means she has to do that kind of thing about herself. Maybe she wouldn't be embarassed if she wore some very heavy makeup for it... This apparently has the desired effect and her blog races up to the top of the blog rankings. It's so popular that some other shinobi want to join in, with Asuka asking if she can try Shiki's crazy makeup and Yumi admitting she has wanted to cosplay for a long time. This also turns out successfully, but there's one sour note: Shiki forgot to invite Mirai, though she shows up anyway, obviously upset but trying to hide it. She asks Shiki if she'll read her web novel. It's entitled "Perverted and Racy: A Story of Shiki the Ungrateful". It's apparently full of dirty scenes about Shiki which Mirai is sure her readers will enjoy. Running off with malicious glee, she's followed by a desperate Shiki trying to get her not to publish. The feud continues.
Shiki can strike enemies all around her with her giant scythe and sometimes even throws it, making good use of its wide attack range. She can also transform into a bloody mist and sneak up on enemies by exploiting their blind spots.
- Senran Kagura: New Wave as a playable character.
- Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit as a playable character.
- Shinobi Master Senran Kagura: New Link as a playable character.
- Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus Comic Anthology Vol.1
- Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus Comic Anthology Vol.2
Non-Senran Kagura Appearances
|For Serious||Shinovi Versus||Shiki's theme. It plays after she transforms and also when fighting against her. It is an arrangement of Four Seasons ~ Winter by Antonio Vivaldi.|
|Cookin' is a Piece of Cake!||Bon Appétit||Shiki's theme. It plays when going against her in a cooking battle.|
|I'm Japanese Ninja||Estival Versus||Shiki's theme. It plays after she transforms and also when fighting against her.|
Creation & Development
“She's is a "gal"-type character (sort of the Japanese equivalent of a hipster valley girl), which is a first for the series. A little devil (or maybe an actual devil) who wears less than Mistress Haruka? She has a strange way of speaking, but is actually a very steady and honest individual. At first glance, she might be hard to take seriously, but that all changes by the end of the story...”
—Producer Commentary from the Shinovi Versus Shinobi Syllabus
- Shiki's appearance is a combination of vampires, witches, Grim Reaper, and a Desperado.
- Shiki's name means "Four Seasons".
- The buckle, pin, and bangle on Shiki's cape are likely a reference of the Hippie Trinity: "Peace, Love, and Harmony"
- It is stated in the Senran Kagura: Official Design Works book that while Shiki's mother was Japanese, her father was Romanian.
- Shiki is the youngest in her team, yet she appears slightly older or more mature than her teammates.
- In Ryōki's Shinobi Girl's Heart in Estival Versus, a rampaging Ryōki calls Shiki a "yamanba" and declares she'll "exterminate" her. "Yamanba" ("mountain hag") is both the name of a dangerous mountain spirit with messy white hair and purplish lips, and a slang for the deep end of ganguro fashion.