A few days ago, Senran Kagura’s creator Kenichirô Takaki said on twitter, with utmost delight, that the series had crossed one million units shipped. This million is shared between 6 games, 3 on 3DS, 2 on PSVita and the last one being PS4/SVita multiplat. That breakdown is a rather tricky task but let’s try with what we know.
The very first Senran Kagura released for 3DS in 2011 leaves the Japanese charts after crossing 60K units. Senran Kagura 2 Deep Crimson also disappeared at the same level of sales, but showed up in a recent bishôjo game ranking a 77K. Statistically speaking, the first one must have crawled above 70K too. As for Senran Kagura Burst, it’s very simple because Takaki had said that Marvelous had shipped 100K in Japan.
On Playstation, we do know thanks to the boxart of Senran Kagura Estival Versus that Senran Kagura Shinobi Versus has sold more than 300K worldwide, despite being digital only for most people. As for Estival Versus itself, Takaki shared last June that the shipments had topped 130K in Japan. On the other hand, no confirmed figure has surfaced regarding the rhythm-cooking spin-off Senran Kagura Bon Appétit. Estimated known total sales therefore amount to 700K.
That is an historical figure, and not just for the series. We have to bear in mind that the first Senran Kagura had a business plan made for roughly 30K sales. No one back then even remotely though it would be sold out within hours, let alone that it would have an international carrier. The general consensus some years ago was that otakus fond of ecchi games like Senran Kagura was a tiny minority staying hidden in dark Tokyo flats. As games like Hyperdimension Neptunia regularly hit the western market and niche gamers becoming more and more connected via social networks or specialized websites, Marvelous eventually thought it might efficiently expand its business abroad.
Outcasts yesterday, Senran Kagura players and fans of the genre in general today are officially hundreds of thousands everywhere scattered across the globe. By the might of their number, they freed themselves from the despotism of foolish press crusaders convinced to fight for greater good (although that greater good never applies to GTA). Today, we are masters of our owns interests, vanquishing those who sought to destroy us, and grasping the freedom of enjoying our way at will. This million is the great symbol of this victory, the decline of prejudice and the rise of a niche that is now more than that.