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The Animal Tome (「動物図鑑」?) is a part of the Scrolls section of the Fan Menu in Ōkami. It records animals that Amaterasu has fed throughout Nippon, having a picture, a description, and a percentage of animals fed for each type of animal that she feeds. While it is not necessary for the Animal Tome to be completed, Amaterasu can collect a great deal of Praise by feeding all of the animals.
Animals can be fed by approaching them and pressing the Circle/Z button when the option to feed them appears. All animals will eat one or more specific types of Feedbag, whether it be Seeds, Herbs, Meat, or Fish. After Amaterasu has selected to feed the animal, the fan menu will appear, and she must choose the correct Feedbag. This is not the case with the Canine Warriors, as Amaterasu must manually chose the Feedbag from the menu. After she feeds the animal, a cut scene will be triggered showing the animal eating the food while Amaterasu looks on. If a group of animals is fed, the entire group will be fed by a single Feedbag.
Animals are found all over Nippon. During the night, the animals will be in the same location, but asleep (except in the case of some nocturnal animals). Sparrows and nightingales are an exception to this rule, as they do not appear during the night.
|Sparrow||These tiny birds eat seeds in an adorable manner.|
|Chicken||These domesticated fowl are known to be quite fond of seeds.|
|Dog||These meat-loving animals show great loyalty and affection.|
|Hare||These herb-eating rodents are known for their long ears.|
|Boar||These cowardly animals charge when frightened. They enjoy seeds.|
|Boar Piglet||These seed-eating babies can be identified by their stripes.|
|Monkey||These mischievous creatures travel in groups and eat almost anything.|
|Pig||These domesticated boars have cute noses and enjoy eating seeds.|
|Deer||These graceful animals eat herbs. Males have antlers; females don't.|
|Nightingale||These birds are known for their beautiful songs. They enjoy seeds.|
|Fox||These meat-eating creatures are known for their sly nature.|
|Raccoon||These adorable creatures enjoy a diet of meat and fish.|
|Horse||These swift creatures run like the wind and eat herbs.|
|Tiger||These beautiful fanged and clawed creatures subsist on meat.|
|Mouse||These robust little rodents are full of energy and eat anything.|
|Cat||These cute felines are known for their cry and their love of fish.|
|Cow||These carefree bovines are stronger than they look. They adore herbs.|
|Bear||These immensely powerful giants love nothing more than eating fish.|
|Sheep||These herb-eating scamps boast a coat as soft as the clouds.|
|Crane||These water-dwelling long-necked birds subsist mainly on fish.|
- Unlike Japan's neighbors China, Russia and (until its supposed extinction in 20th century) Korea, there have been no native or wild tigers in Japan since Pleistocene Epoch. Nonetheless, due to Chinese and Korean influence, tigers are part of the Japanese culture. They were glorified by the samurai class, and their fur was sometimes used as decoration. They are also a part of Japanese folk festivals, such as in the Japanese tiger dance (「虎舞」?; tora mai), which is inspired in turn by Chinese tiger dance.
- As in the game, monkeys are common in Japan.
- The "raccoon" is actually a tanuki or Japanese raccoon dog, a species visually similar to, but not particularly closely related to, the North American raccoon.
- A glitch may happen if Amaterasu tackles the cat that is on the porch to the right of Ankoku Temple. At a precise angle, the cat, instead of flying backwards while spinning, will be sent into the air and remains its spinning animation.
- The Nightingale (「ウグイス」?) is a bird called a Japanese Bush-warbler. While this bird was historically sometimes called the "Japanese Nightingale," this is not commonly used anymore: however, many Japanese-English dictionaries will give the translation as "Nightingale, Bush Warbler," explaining the error.