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Onigiri-Sensei
Onigiri-Sensei
Fighting Master Onigiri Sensei
Gender Male
Race Human
Location Dojo (Shinshu Field, Ryoshima Coast and Kamui)
Appearances Ōkami
It looks like I have an adorable lupine visitor. My name is Onigiri Sensei and this is my dojo.

—Onigiri Sensei

Onigiri-Sensei (「小柄鬼斬斎」?; Kozuka Onigiri-sai) is the owner of the dojos seen throughout Ōkami. He helps Amaterasu with her quest by teaching her useful techniques, but at a price.

Description

Onigiri-Sensei is an elderly man who owns three dōjō throughout the land. One is in Shinshu Field, another in Ryoshima Coast, and the last in Kamui. Though he doubts the abilities of his students, he tends to overlook them if they are able to pay the fees. He also overlooks who they are, be they human or wolf.

When teaching, he changes from an elderly, kind man to a fierce, strict teacher. As a teacher, he seems to have little patience for his students, and will roughly encourage them to try harder. He will not give up until the student has successfully learned the technique. Despite his "harsh" nature, he is a very dedicated teacher, doing his best to expand his lessons throughout Nippon.

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Trivia

  • An onigiri is a riceball, which is often served in a triangular shape.
    • However, separating the word into "oni giri" changes the phrase to "demon slaying" (「鬼斬り」?; 「おにぎり」)[1], demonstrating the true meaning behind Onigiri-Sensei's name.
    • Onigiri-Sensei is one of the very few characters in the entire Ōkami series to have their names in the original Japanese versions written not in katakana, but entirely kanji. Naturally, this means that Onigiri-Sensei bears some sort of cultural relevance or importance, though this is not the case for the main characters who are based on real life mythology themselves.
  • When changing his stance, he makes the same poses as Viewtiful Joe from the game with the same name, when he first transforms.
    • Viewtiful Joe is also a game of Capcom.
  • Near Onigiri-Sensei's dojo in Kamui, there are two piles of snow. Power slash the bigger one and a random snow statue will appear; it will either be Issun x1000, Sakuya, or Amaterasu sitting. Going into the dojo and then returning to the pile of snow will cause it to reset and become covered over again; slashing it three more times will reveal a different statue.

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