The Great Warrior Susano
LocationTravelling Nippon (Okami)
Kamiki Village (Okamiden)
FamilyWife: Kushi
Son: Kuni
Ancestor: Nagi

Susano is a major character in Okami. He is the descendant of the great warrior Nagi who 100 years ago battled the Orochi and sealed him in Moon Cave. Without Susano's foolish deeds there would have been no reason for Amaterasu to be revived and therefore no story, as we find out Susano was the one to free the Orochi and released his curse and other evils throughout the lands. He resides in Kamiki Village where he is held of high regard. He has feelings for Kushi although he never tells her. His wooden sword is called Tohenboku. However when Amaterasu uses Crescent to lend Susano her power during the fight with the Orochi, it turns a gold colour and the plant blooms and he renames it Susano Blossom.


[edit] Personality

Susano is very proud of the fact that he is a direct descendant of Nagi, however it seems that unlike Nagi he is cowardly and lazy in some situations. He believes that his bloodline makes him "The Greatest Warrior ever" and that there is no feat to great for his power. However he also has a high reputation to uphold as others now expect more of him, this causes him to feel overshadowed compared to his ancestor. In turn he shows his selfishness by releasing the Orochi because he believes that Nagi is not who he is believed to be.
He appears to be lazy as often Amaterasu finds him sleeping in several places, however he simply says that he is meditating. He is cowardly because after he releases the Orochi he flees back to Kamiki, blocks the village entrance and lies about doing it as he is afraid of facing the consequences. He is also to cowardly to tell Kushi of how he feels about her.

Artwork of Susano

However despite all this he has a strong belief in the Gods, we can figure this out as if he did not believe in the Gods he would not worry about Karma and what he has done to the Orochi.
He also shows that he is not as different to Nagi as we first believe. He comes through for Kushi when she needs him to defeat the Orochi and saves her and he shows unquestionable courage in the face of danger. Even before the final battle with the Orochi he sets of on a journey to try and rid the lands of the evil he set free.
He also has some power of his own as the boulder blocking the entrance to Kamiki Village could only be broken with his help and he decapitates the last Orochi head by himself.

[edit] Role in the Plot

Susano is the shady character that we see in a cut scene at the start of the game. We see him releasing the great sword Tsukuyomi and then fleeing from Moon Cave when a dark force rises up. He does this foolishly to prove that the legend of Nagi killing the Orochi is nothing but a fairytale and so he will not have to live in the shadow of his descendant. After releasing the Orochi's evil into the world he runs back to Kamiki Village and hides. The newly revived Amaterasu then must try and fix his actions. However Amaterasu must help Susano cut through some things without him actually knowing. This new found power inspires Susano to go and fix the problems that he has caused. He believes that the gods have possessed his sword to help him cleanse the world of evil. We then see him from time to time and have to rescue him from all sorts of trouble that he has gotten into, this leads him further to believe that the Gods have instilled his sword with strength.

Concept Sketches of Susano
Susano after slaying the Orochi
Susano features in Issun's Masterpiece No. Five

The next time he plays a big role is during the night of the Orochi's sacrifice. He drinks all of the 8 Purification Sake and then locks himself up in his house. He now believes that the Gods have been "dogging his steps" to punish him for releasing the Orochi. It is then that Kushi's house gets struck with the sacrificial arrow, she puts her faith in Susano and believes that he will come to the rescue. He then comes through for her and with Amaterasu's help he decapitates the Orochi however he uses his own power to kill the last head.

[edit] Based On

Susano is based on the God of Storms, Susanoo. Susanoo was the brother of Amaterasu, the Sun God and Tsukuyomi, the God of the Moon. However after he went into a rage he was banished from the Celestial Plain.
Down on earth he met a couple who had to give one of their daughter's to the Yamata no Orochi each year to prevent futher destruction. However this year they had to give their eight and final daughter, Kushinada-hime, away. Susanoo sees Kushinada-hime and instantly falls in love with her, he then transforms her in to a comb to hide her from the Yamata no Orochi. This fools the Orochi and Susano can then slay him. This story is extremely like Susano's part in Okami as Kushi is even based off Kushinada-hime.

[edit] Okamiden

Okamiden Artwork

Susano makes a reappearance in Okamiden where he and Kushi live in Yakushi Village with their son Kuni. As the events of Okamiden, happen only three months after Okami, Susano is not Kuni's real father. Instead he was only found and adopted by Susano after Chibiterasu pulled him out of the lake at Moon Cave, nine months into the past.
Kuni is a lot like his father, he is dressed similarly and carries a wooden sword like him along with having matching hairstyle. His personality also resembles his father's. He is brave as he goes on an adventure with Chibiterasu however he admits he is scared at times, mainly because he is not Susano's real son. However, he still has real son.

Susano in Okamiden's opening scene

[edit] Trivia

  • After defeating the Orochi you can find Susano in the Cave of Nagi, there he will say that he could see Amaterasu's divine markings all along.
  • If you Power Slash the Shrine in Susano's house you will see a picture of Kushi hidden behind the scroll.
  • Each time Amaterasu fails to successfully help Susano perform finishing blows, his clothes will become more ripped and his general appearance more dishevelled.
  • Tohenboku means oaf in Japanese, reflecting Susano's personality. On its own, Boku means wood.

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