I can’t understate how awkward it can be to play through the various mini-games of Senran Kagura Reflexions. While I understand there’s an audience that appreciates the cuteness and allure of anime characters, giving them seductive massages in different ways isn’t enough to build an interesting game to keep me invested. Instead of pulling me into intimate moments with a pretty anime girl that has a crush on me, I’m left feeling somewhat creepy at the boring and repetitive mini-games that make up Senran Kagura Reflexions. While I hold nothing against what the game is trying to accomplish, it fails to do so in any meaningful way.
Senran Kagura Reflexions opens up with a stylized cutscene that sets up the main premise of the entire game in colorful and carefree anime fashion. You and a pretty anime girl are alone in a classroom at the end of the school day, giving her an opportunity to come forward to you about her feelings and give you a chance to get very touchy with her. It’s here where Senran Kagura Reflexions uses what it calls Reflexology to open up different scenarios for you and the girl to be intimate.
Using either the analogue sticks or detached joycons, you can massage different parts of the girl’s hands to enter each dream scenario and play different mini-games that massage her body. Instead of cute and intimate, however, this comes off more creepy than intended. Each time the transparent hands come onto the screen to ready the massage, they do so in a way that makes it look like I’m trying to sneakily “cop-a-feel” the second I can. It immediately kills off any sense of being cute or somewhat romantic that the game is trying to convey.
Once inside any of the dream sequences after massaging her hand, the girl will wear a different outfit and ask for a massage. This is the first weird part in Senran Kagura Reflexions, because no matter where you touch the girl, with the exception of a few spots, she’ll get excited and praise you for it. Depending on the area you massage, you can trigger a color and background effect that is linked to completing all of the scenarios afterward, but they all have the same objective in the end. This all felt forced to me and pretty shallow. I didn’t feel like I was achieving anything by poking at the girl’s body, even though she was moaning with pleasure when caressed.
Eventually, you’ll massage her enough to enter a Special mini-game, where you can massage her using one of a few different tools. Each of the tools requires different inputs to build up a pleasure meter. This is the most forward part of Senran Kagura Reflexions, with the lewd angles and moans you would expect to see from the series. They’re as suggestive as you would think, but these mini-games become very repetitive all too quickly. You’re mainly doing one motion or action in each one in order to build up the meter before completing the massage.
The results of the massage never really change in any of the dream scenarios. At the end, you’re given a short dialogue, and sometimes a still image that you can view later, before returning back to the classroom to do everything over again. It’s at this point Senran Kagura Reflexions has very little to offer beyond that, making me feel like I was just going through the motions the more I played.
Completing all of the different dream scenarios and mini-games does open up outfits you can customize the girl in the menu. For anybody that really cares about dressing up anime girls they can look at, there are many different combinations you can choose from. Beyond this, however, there’s not much else to see. The mini-games stay the same and the dream scenarios don’t change that much.
Every time you complete a scenario, you can build up a heart meter to gain a heart puzzle piece that ties into more stuff later on, but doing so is a long and repetitive process. It doesn’t end up being fun replaying each dream scenario again and again to get the different heart pieces. If you’re like me, you’ll probably feel like you’ve seen enough after playing through the same mini-games a few times.
Senran Kagura Reflexions is only for those that really like anime or have a weird obsession with anime girls. There’s not much to enjoy outside of that. The mini-games are repetitive and the creepy factor during the massages comes off a bit too strong to make anyone who plays feel awkward. Unless you’re into dressing or gawking at anime girls while giving them a massage, you aren’t missing much by skipping over this completely.
This review is based on a digital review code for Senran Kagura Reflexions for the Nintendo Switch, provided by XSEED Games.