“Senran Kagura” producer leaves Marvelous due to restrictions on mature content
According to the latest issue of Famitsu, Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki has left Marvelous Games after 13 years of working with the company. Takaki told Famitsu that his chief reasons for leaving Marvelous were the restrictions on depicting sexual content.
While he acknowledged the criticisms against sexual content, Takaki defended such content because there are many who still enjoy it. Takaki once believed that one of the gaming industry’s strengths was its ability to cater to a diverse set of interests. However, seeing how easily this tradition has been broken was the straw that broke the camel’s back for him, personally, and caused him to rethink his options. Takaki warned that the recent wave of restricting mature content will absolutely have a chilling effect.
Despite leaving Marvelous, Takaki will continue to work as the producer of the Senran Kagura series, including Senran Kagura 7EVEN. Takaki is now working at Cygames where he wants to make a traditional fantasy game for consoles.
Takaki has been fighting a losing battle in the past few months to protect his Senran Kagura series. Gameplay features were removed from Senran Kagura Burst: Renewal by Sony, while Sony’s policies also caused the entire concept planned for Senran Kagura 7even to be scrapped, resulting in a significant development delay.
“I’m a game fan at heart,” Takaki says. “I tell dirty jokes and make irresponsible comments (laughs), but I’ll work my hardest to make games.”