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Raiden
Raiden
Lightning Ghost Raiden
Gender Male
Race Yūrei (formerly human)
Location Sei'an City (Commoner's Quarter)
Appearances Ōkami
Ōkamiden
Well, wolf, I guess you can see me. I'm the Lightning Ghost, Raiden.

—Raiden

Raiden (「三太」?; Sanda) is a ghost who can be found at night in Sei'an City's Commoner's Quarter. He can be found beside the canal outside Mr.Chic's shop, between the willow trees. Mrs.Fan, Mr. Chic's wife, tells Amaterasu about him and how their customers doubt he really exists. However, despite everyone's fears, Raiden is actually peaceful and quite lonely[1]; he would be quite grateful if Amaterasu talks to him. He tells her that he died from being struck by lightning[2], which is the source of his electrical discharge. If Amaterasu uses him as a source for Thunderstorm, he is happy to find a new use for his powers[Citation needed].

Appearance

As a ghost, Raiden's skin is a pale blue. He has a yellow thunderbolt on his head along with other electrical discharges coming from his body. He wears a black robe having thunderbolt designs with a black and white belt, tied into an ornamental knot. As a ghost, Raiden does not have feet like a living person, but instead his lower body trails off as a ghostly appendage. His head is balding on the top and has a hitaikakushi on his forehead.

Story

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Quotes

  • "Why do you look so surprised? I thought it was normal for a ghost in Nippon to not have any legs."
  • "Love and fear my ghostly powers!"
  • "I'm the most electrifying ghost you'll ever meet. And I'm at your service"

Trivia

  • "Raiden" can be written with the kanji "雷電", which mean "lightning"[3] and "electricity"[4] respectively. "Raiden-sama" is also an alternate name for Raijin, the kami of thunder and lightning, whose usual representation resembles the large sword-holding statue on Oni Island (the halo that surrounds him is comprised of the drums that are used to create thunder).
  • Raiden is the second and last human ghost Amaterasu meets. The first being Yatsu who she met outside Gale Shrine. The ghosts of Celestials can be found on the Ark of Yamato, however they are not human.
  • In Ōkamiden, Chibiterasu can only see Raiden when his partner is either Kagu or Kurow.
  • Raiden is a yūrei, a type of ghost in Japanese folklore.

References

  1. "It's great being a ghost. I never hunger, I never tire, and I'm invincible... 'course, no one can see, and therefore it gets lonely sometimes, but it's still great."—Raiden (Ōkami)
  2. "You know, wolf, I was struck by lightning... that's how I died."—Raiden (Ōkami)
  3. Denshi Jisho's translation of "雷" (おえ)
  4. Denshi Jisho's translation of "電" (でん)

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