Kasuga is a fictional ninja introduced in Sengoku BASARA. Her name may be a reference to Kenshin's main fortress, Kasugayama Castle.
Kasuga was sent on a mission to kill Uesugi Kenshin. However, when she had her target in sight, Kasuga fell in love with Kenshin. After failing to assasinate Uesugi she was banished from her village. From then on Kasuga served Kenshin and became his most loyal ninja. She takes her duties seriously, and due to the Kenshin's battles with Takeda Shingen (as well an implication that they are from the same ninja village) a rivalry grew between Kasuga and Sarutobi Sasuke. Additionally, the two ninja have opposite elements.
She is often seen as having a rivalry with Nōhime as well, due to the other woman's role as Nobunaga's love interest and protector, and their similar personalities.
Kasuga although is very beautiful, she is noted to have a very sexual appearance, with a skin-tight body suit that's open very low in the front, baring half of her breasts and some of her legs.
In the first Sengoku BASARA she wields two small ringblades in Sarutobi Sasuke's style, but in later titles, she wields two sets of four kunai attached by a wire. In Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage, her personal item allows her to bind enemies with the wire. Like Sasuke, she can glide down using an owl familiar.
Historical InformationEditKasuga is a fictional character. There are two possible explanations for the word "kunoichi" etymology. It may be either the kanji character for "woman" 女 taken to radicals or it may be written in the following characters 九能一, which can be translated as "a person with nine talents". Kunoichi style is klilling at close distance using poisons, ordinary things (such as hair pins, geta or fans), weapons that can be easily hidden under clothes (needles, kunai) and even kisses. To get close to the target kunoichi usually take on the appearance of a servant, geisha, fortuneteller, etc. That is why kunoichi learn etiquette, poetry, dancing, ikebana and tea ceremony. Kunoichi exploit all the ways of a woman – feign fits of hysterics and fear, faint, beg for mercy, seduce and so on. As soon as the adversary believes that he deals with a weak and fragile woman, he is a dead man. When training a kunoichi the muster should keep in mind that she (as any other human) can fall in love with a target. So the muster usually tries to make his student love him and thus avoid future problems. If kunoichi still falls in love with a target, her muster has to eliminate her.
Role in GamesEdit
In Sengoku BASARA 3, Kasuga only appears in one stage (unless selected as an ally). In the Battle of Kawanakajima-Tundra, after the player defeats Keiji the first time and Kanetsugu Naoe, she will appear at the North-West side of the battlefield, opposite from a returned Keiji. As you fight her, she has unique lines for each character but will promise Kenshin's protection at least once. After her defeat, her lines presume she retreats instead of dies, with the exception of when you're fighting as Ishida Mitsunari. Once she and Keiji have both been defeated, Kenshin appears on the battlefield.
Kasuga is a playable character in Sengoku Basara 1 & 2. She is demoted to NPC for Sengoku BASARA 3, but is made playable in Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage. In this expansion, she does not have her own story, but appears once again in Kawanakajima-Tundra, as well in the Kyoto Fireworks Festival stage alongside Keiji. The player can unlock her for Free Mode and Unification Mode by clearing the stories of Sarutobi Sasuke or Tachibana Muneshige.
Mitsugi: Byakuya (Secret Rites - White Night)
Dives underground, slides forward and suddenly jumps out of the earth again to make an attack from below.
Mitsugi: Rakusei (Secret Rites - Falling Star)
Throws a few wire-tied kunai into the front arc and draws enemies closer. The number of thrown kunai increases after levelling up.
Mitsugi: Tsukirin (Secret Rites - Full Moon)
Performs rapid, upside-down spinning kicks at the enemies. At the end, a kick is delivered that knocks enemy away and flips back on foot. More spins can be performed after levelling up by immediately tapping the s-string buttons for a few times after pressing the skill buttons.
Mitsugi: Yamikeshi (Secret Rites - Darkness Dispel)
Weaves a large box of light-inbued in the front art to catch and hit the enemies that are caught inside. Pressing the skill button again detonates the box, and sends the enemies flying. More wires can be woven into the box by immediately tapping the s-string buttons for a few times after pressing the skill buttons.
Mitsugi: Mikagami (Secret Rites - Beautiful Mirror)
Sends forth a rainbow-coloured clone of light. It hits all enemies in its track by perforning a spinning dance along the track. Multiple clones can be sent after levelling up by immediatly tapping the s-string buttons for a few times after pressing the skill buttons.
Mitsugi: Murehotaru (Secret Rites - Firefly Group) or Amata Hotaru (Many Fireflies)
Chargable. Spins on the spot and throws an array of light shuriken the automatically attack the nearest group of enemy. They will continue to fly around on their own and attack for a few seconds Full charge throws 8 shuriken.