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Shiranui
Od shiranui
Gender Male (possibly female, disputed - see Gender disputes)
Race Celestial Brush god (sun god)
Location Kamiki Village
Celestial Plain
Family Chibiterasu (grandson)
Amaterasu (daughter/next incarnation)
Appearances Ōkami
Ōkamiden
This wolf, its coat as brilliant as snow, was dubbed Shiranui. The wolf kept a watchful eye on anyone who ventured outside the village, and made a habit of patrolling the streets at night.

Narrator

Shiranui (「白野威」?; White-wild Majesty) is the historical hero of Kamiki Village one hundred years ago in Nippon's history. Shiranui is Amaterasu's previous incarnation at full power, wielding the Solar Flare Reflector and exuding a long, pure white mane of flowing energy. Shiranui, like Amaterasu, does not speak – Ishaku is Shiranui's Celestial Envoy and speaks instead.

Story

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Gender disputes

In the original PlayStation 2 version, Shiranui remains genderless. However as Amaterasu is based off the Shinto Sun Goddess and Shiranui is a past incarnation of Amaterasu, it was said that Shiranui is a girl. In the PS2 version, Shiranui is said to be a male even though Amaterasu is referred to as a female by other characters. In the Wii version, Amaterasu's gender is ambiguous (although she is assumed to be female) and therefore Shiranui's gender was also ambiguous, but presumed female, due to the general lack of gender pronouns. This causes a lot of confusion with fans choosing to call them what they want to. In Ōkamiden, Ishaku refers to Shiranui as male, officially confirming his gender.

This has, however, caused some confusion, as Shiranui and Amaterasu were stated several times to be the same being in Ōkami. On the other hand, it is also possible that Shiranui and Amaterasu share the same name but are separate, albeit related, similar to the relation between the 'young' versions of the Celestial Brush gods and their parents.

Trivia

  • Karmic Transformer 7 gives Amaterasu the appearance of Shiranui. However, she lacks Shiranui's long mane of white flowing energy.
    • When Amaterasu regains a new Celestial Brush technique, she very briefly takes on Shiranui's appearance, including the Solar Flare reflector, the markings and the mane of energy. This appears to symbolize her powers returning. When she gains a new Divine Instrument after a boss battle, a similar event occurs, except that the mane is orange in color.
    • In Ōkamiden, Chibiterasu can unlock First Sunrise, which changes his appearance to that of a smaller version of Shiranui.
  • When Amaterasu visits Ishaku, Issun's grandfather, in Ponc'tan, he calls her by her nickname "Ammy" rather than "Shiranui". This is because the name "Shiranui" is the name given to Amaterasu 100 years ago by the villagers of Kamiki Village.
  • In the battle with Nechku, Shiranui draws with golden ink.
  • Shiranui uses more powerful versions of Amaterasu's Celestial Brush Techniques that are never available in gameplay; for example Shiranui can use multiple Power Slashes simultaneously, whereas Amaterasu can only make one Power Slash at a time.
  • In the final battle against Yami, Amaterasu is fully restored and takes her restored form; making her look like Shiranui.

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Trivia

  • Despite Shiranui is in fact far more agile, advanced and powerful than his reincarnation, he is the only one among the other two (Amaterasu and Chibiterasu) to be heavily wounded and died in cutscenes.
  • So far, the only thing that Shiranui directly states to another character is "Chibiterasu is my grandson" to young Ishaku.
  • Shiranui (「不知火」?; unknown fire) is described by the Japanese people as an equivalent to the will-o-the-wisp phenomenon. It is, in fact, and optical phenomenon which hypothesized to be the after-effect of the setting sun.

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