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Kuni
Kuni
Gender Male
Race Human
Location Kamiki Village
Family Susano (adoptive father)
Kushi (adoptive mother)
Nagi (ancestor)
Appearances Ōkamiden
Background music Kuninushi's Theme

Kuni (「クニヌシ」?; Kuninushi) is a small boy in Ōkamiden. He is the adopted son of Susano and Kushi and travels with Chibiterasu around Nippon.

Appearance

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Kuni's original design.

When Kuni's character was created by Kuniomi Matsushita, the director of Ōkamiden, based his design around the fact that he was Susano and Kushi's son and a rambunctious kid but cowardly at heart. Kuni's final design was based on these ideas. One of Kuni's early designs had very different components all based on different parts of his background and personality. The design had Kuni using a simple twig as a sword, which was inspired by Susano's wooden sword and was supposed to seem like a younger version of the sword. He also fixed his hair with Kushi's large comb. This design was well received by the game's makers and made it through to Model production; it was eventually animated. It wasn't until the creators watched Kuni riding on Chibiterasu's back on a Nintendo DS screen that they realized the design did not work. According to Matsushita there were multiple reasons why the design did not work: one reason was the number of different features on the character model caused it to appear too "mixter-maxter" from behind; people could not recognize him well because of his hairdo when the camera was about to look down on him from above. Matsushita considered altering different aspects of the game such as the camera movement, so that they could keep Kuni's old design. In the end he decided the model had to be changed and, according to Matsushita, went as far as bowing down and begging Kuni's designers to redesign him[1].

Kuni's final model ended up being a small boy who always carries his wooden sword on his back. He wears a one piece purple outfit which has a huge tear down the middle. He has a small red round nose, and small round eyebrows. He also has a bruise on one of his cheeks. His hair is tied into buns on each side of the back of his head which are styled to look like Chibiterasu's winglets.

Abilities

Kuni has vigilance, but his cowardice personality always drags him away from his goal of becoming a great warrior. Like Susano, he learn some of his sword techniques based on slashing and bashing enemies or other objects. If his slash is to be combined with Chibiterasu's Power Slash, then it can destroy even rocks imbued with magic seals.

If Kuni is left on the ground, he would shiver in fear to be alone. But he can still protect himself from upcoming enemies. But he's still susceptible to ranged or magical attacks.

When Chibiterasu finishes a combo hits, Kuni will jump, spins in mid-air and vertical slash them with his sword. If his attacks ends the target's life, it cannot be finished with a purification, since Kuni's attack has already destroyed its body. After he attack and lands on the ground, he will spin in mid air back onto Chibiterasu's back.

Story

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Quote

  • "H-Hold up! Don't stray too far or I won't be able to find you!"
  • "Hey! You can't just leave me behind like that!"

Gallery

Trivia

  • English translations of concept art from Ōkami had Kuni's name as Nushi, both this and his final name, Kuni, come from his Japanese name, Kuninushi, which is a reference to the Shinto deity Ōkuninushi (「大国主」?; great land master).
    • "Kuni" (「国」?) itself also means "land" or "country"[2].
  • Kuni's hairstyle is somewhat based from the Ōkuninushi statues which often known. A notable one can be seen in Izumo-taisha.
  • Kuni appears to believe in the gods as he can see Chibiterasu's red markings from the start.
  • If Chibiterasu doesn't move for 10 seconds (outside of battle) and Kuni is riding him, Kuni will stand on one foot atop of Chibi's head trying to balance his stance.
  • Like most characters, Kuni gives Chibiterasu a name different from his own. From the moment Kuni meets Chibiterasu, he calls him "Mutt", even after hearing Sakuya referring to him as Chibiterasu.
  • There is a grammar mistake in Kuni's line after saying that he'll look for the Young Girl's mirror: "Great, becasue I showed off at her. I actually find it". This is supposed to be "I actually have to go find it".
  • The narrator that recaps the events at the beginning of the game and closes the story is Kuni as an adult.
  • The attire of Kuni when he was found by Susano is similar to that worn by those in Kamiki Village, 100 years before the events of Ōkami.
  • There are a couple of unexplained details in Ōkamiden regarding Kuni, such as "only those with the proper lineage can touch the fruit of the Guardian Sapling", yet Kuni was able to do so and he was also able to draw power from Nagi's armor. The reasons for both are unknown.
  • According to his comment upon having to fight Yellow Imps at the Demon market during the tournament there, Kuni revealed that had a personal dislike for demons who utilize aerial combat[3]. Whether this quote is directed to airborne demons in general or to the Yellow Imps themselves is unknown.

References

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