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[[caption-width-right:249:[[RidiculouslyCuteCritter All together now:]] ''[[PreciousPuppy Awwwwwww!]]'']]

''Ōkamiden: Chiisaki Taiyou'' ("Ōkami Chronicles: Tiny Sun") is the sequel to the hit action-adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''.

Nine months after the events of ''Ōkami'', dark clouds, demons, and cursed zones mysteriously return to the land of Nippon. Issun, trying to perform his duties as a Celestial Envoy, is rescued from the returned imps by a puppy named Chibiterasu, whom he takes to see Sakuya. Chibi has some of Amaterasu's powers, being her son, but he is weaker than the protagonist of the last game, since he's still very young. Chibiterasu teams up with various partners, starting with Kuni (son of the original game's Susano and Kushi) to fight the returned evil.

The theme of returning life to the world also returns, but ''Ōkamiden'' is definitely more character-driven than ''Ōkami'' and its focus on interweaving the many elements of Myth/JapaneseMythology.

The game is on the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS. Gameplay is very similar to the original game, with the Celestial Brush adapted to the DS's touchscreen. A new addition is partners, who fight alongside you in battle and can be controlled with the Guidance brush technique.

!!This game provides examples of:

* AerithAndBob: Most of the characters have Japanese names. Then there's Charity, who is never mentioned to be foreign and looks like any other young Japanese woman in the game. And then there's Grimm.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Chibi gains the powers of all of the following Brush Gods:
** Amaterasu (Sunrise) - CueTheSun
** Bakugami (Cherry Bomb) - ThrowDownTheBomblet
** Gekigami (Thunderstorm) - ShockAndAwe
** Kazegami (Galestorm) - BlowYouAway
** Kyokugami (Magnetism) - SelectiveMagnetism
** Michigami (Guidance) - EscortMission
** Moegami (Inferno) - PlayingWithFire
** Nuregami (Waterspout) - MakingASplash
** Sakigami (Bloom) - GreenThumb
** Tachigami (Power Slash) - AbsurdlySharpBlade
** Tsutagami (Vine) - [[BuildingSwing Vine Swing]]
** Yomigami (Rejuvenation) - MagicTool
* AnachronismStew: There are near-modern excavation machines in feudal Nippon. And then there's the Moon Tribe and the [[{{Precursors}} ancient ruins]], which have futuristic RaygunGothic technology. The latter case is justified since the Moon civilization was already portrayed as more sophisticated in the first game.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Just like in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', NewGamePlus nets you various "spells" that change Chibiterasu's appearance, including [[spoiler: the Black Sun form that Akuro takes of Chibi]].
* AnimeThemeSong: Kie Kitano's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=celPYCgDPYo Hanataba]]" used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCoZww3mVvE its commercial]].
* ArtInitiatesLife:
** Chibi's Bloom and Vine powers, which revive and create plants.
** Shikibu's talent, which apparently brings her fictional characters to life. She can erase them with a few brushstrokes, as well.
* BabiesEverAfter: This is how the game ''starts''. Every main character from the previous game has had a kid in the last nine months.
* BadassAdorable: Chibiterasu
* BagOfSpilling: Ammy never taught her son how to use anything but a reflector and his brush power (that Issun has to tell you about). Then you learn that he can't regenerate ink over time, has a time limit in the (un-rotatable) brush screen, and has no wall jump. Chibi also can't swim and lacks the ability to equip a sub-weapon. Say goodbye to spamming devout beads and reflecting attacks.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Said to have been upset by Amaterasu's defeat of Yami, which caused the creation/birth of the little gods in response.
* BareYourMidriff: Nanami and Charity. Genji makes a rare male example.
%%* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Near the end, with Manpuku, Kagu, and Nanami.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Genji, Sugawara, and Waka.
* {{BFS}}:
** Kuni's sword is bigger than he is... well, in comparison, since it's a smaller version of Susano's.
** Tachigami's sword was already a BFS in the original, but it's even more so compared to his offspring; it's even {{Lampshaded}} by the difficult time Tachigami's triplets have moving it.
** Likewise, Chibi's sword Divine Instruments are as long as he is, although they are wielded magically without touching them, so their size isn't a factor for using them.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Sure, you might have once again saved Nippon from eternal darkness, but [[HeroicSacrifice Kurow doesn't make it]]]].
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The English version is full of typos and grammatical errors, and is occasionally not consistent with the translations used in the first game (Vengeance Slips became Revenge Slips, for instance).
* BloodBath: Akuro plans on bathing the vessel he wishes to possess in Orochi's blood, which the player must prevent from happening.
* BoozeBasedBuff: Sake returns to boost your offensive and defensive capabilities.
* BossRush: Near the end, not unlike the original.
* ABoyAndHisX: More like "A Wolf-Dog and His Boys (and Girls)," really.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** The brush techniques, both literally and trope-wise.
** During the Genji Chase part, one room has him fly all over when you find him before he flies right in front of the screen and looks at the player before he flies off to the next room.
** And at the very end of the credits, Chibi turns and play-bows to the screen. ''It's adorable,'' like [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter everything else he does.]]
%%* BridgeLogic: In the Hana Valley and the Ice Cave.
* BrokenBridge: Oh, so very many, including some that are {{Callback}}s to the original game, such as Susano placing a rock across the entrance to Kamiki Village.
* ButThouMust: Kuni will keep prodding you to give the medicine to the injured crane by the entrance to Agata Forest until you agree.
* CameraScrew: Since you have no direct control over the camera in combat, it's perfectly possible to end up in situations where you're blindsided by enemies or have a hard time getting what you want on camera to use a brush technique on it.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:Three of your five partners come to your rescue just when it's needed most (the other two are excluded for obvious reasons at that point in the game), even violating space and time to do it.]]
* CallAHitPointASmeerp: Solar Discs, Ink, and Praise return to serve the function of Hit Points, [[{{Mana}} Magic Points]], and Experience Points respectively.
* CallBack: Many. See BrokenBridge for one. You also get to create a drying rod and draw the sun closer for Mrs. Orange, just like in the first game. One must wonder how she gets laundry done without a god around.
%%* CelShading
* ChainOfDeals: From the Imps in the Moon Cave.
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: [[spoiler:Kagu(ra)]] switches from her normal clothes to [[spoiler:her miko outfit]] apparently instantaneously. In front of a giant monster, no less.
%%* ChekhovsGun: Nagi's armor.
* CherryBlossoms: A common motif.
%%* {{Chiaroscuro}}
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Kurow is a doll of Waka [[CloningGambit brought to life for the express purpose of being]] [[ExpendableClone a seal for Akuro, to hold him long enough]] for Chibi to [[KillUsBoth kill them both]].]] Needless to say, he's not happy about it.
* ColossusClimb: The Daidarabotchi, although the boss fight at the top is against King Fury while Kurow tries to deactivate the giant mecha.
* {{Constellations}}: The sequel adds another five constellations; in this case, the stars are already there, but they must be connected correctly to unlock the Brush God and their associated skill.
* ContinuityNod: Several, since you're mostly covering the same areas that Amaterasu did in the first game. Memorably, the fashion designer in Sei-an refuses to let you aid him in coming up with designs, since a "lucky" white dog once inspired him to do it on his own.
* {{Counterspell}}: The Final Boss has its own version of the Celestial Brush and often nullifies your brushstrokes by crossing them out with his own. (Fortunately, this rule works both ways.)
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: Most of the environments in the game are borrowed over from ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''.
* CutenessProximity: Sakuya completely melts when she sees Chibi before Issun reminds her who she's talking to.
* CutsceneIncompetence: Almost every single time Chibi attacks something in a cutscene, he doesn't use his weapons or his brush techniques; he just jumps at them and gets swatted aside for his trouble. The only times where he's badass is during gameplay.
* DarkReprise: [[spoiler:Kurow Loses Faith, which has elements of both the Underground Ruins theme and Kurow's Theme.]]
* DemBones:
** The Gashadokuro enemies, which come in two flavors: normal, and armored.
** There's also a skeletal horse enemy, which can armor itself in fire, ice, or lightning.
* DemonSlaying: Chibi's mission.
* DestructibleArmor: Gashadokuro and its armored counterpart. The armor breaks off under sustained attacks, leaving their weak point exposed.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:To summon your partners for the BossRush, you have to help Isshaku ''cut through space-time. Using power slash.'' It's mentioned he did this to help Shiranui get back to their time after they helped Amaterasu kill the twin demons, but only in one line in the narration, and never made again, so it's still quite jarring.]] Chibi being an actual ''Deus'' kind of justifies it though.
* DevelopersForesight:
** If you try to do something where the game prompts you to use your Celestial Brush while ink-less (bar summoning a brush god), your partner comments on your missing markings.
** During the BossRush, you can use Galestorm to counter tornadoes created by one of the bosses to send them away, but during the original battle earlier in the game Galestorm wasn't even available to the player yet.
** There's a ghost named Raiden in Sei-an City. You can only see him if you have Kagu as your partner. If you go up to that spot with any other partner and press A, he'll yell at you and say he only talks to people who can see him.
** The "Redo" function is there not only for the case you miss something or fail a puzzle and ends progressing when you don't want to, but it is also for the case you accidentally get yourself stuck in a place with your partner is in an area you cannot control them because they are hidden behind something you can't wrap your camera around. Redo is a Debug button.
%%* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:King Fury.]]
%%* DiscOneFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:The Underground Ruins.]]
* DiscontinuityNod: In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', gathering up all 100 stray beads nets an artifact that grants invincibility, infinite ink, and 10x damage for your NewGamePlus. In ''Okamiden'', they're nothing more than rather cheap antiques. When you get scammed into buying one for 10,000 yen, your partner comments on how worthless it is.
* DoomedByCanon:
** Shiranui. Even though we knew about it even in the first game.
** The Goryeo, a.k.a. [[spoiler:the Sunken Ship from the first game. You even get to witness the Water Dragon sinking it.]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:Kurow.]]
* DubNameChange: As with the previous game, there are a few of these. Some, like Kagura becoming 'Kagu', may have been to distinguish her from the similar-sounding Kaguya.
* EndGameResultsScreen: Like in the original game, the player gets an overall ranking after the epilogue, with grading criteria including the number of continues used and the total amount of money collected. Getting the top rank in each category unlocks goodies for NewGamePlus.
* EscortMission: Sometimes, you have to let your partner off and guide them with the Guidance Brush. Some of the extended sequences of this can turn into mini Escort Missions.
* HairDecorations:
** Nanami uses her Wet and Dry Jewels as hair decorations after she retrieves them. They make her even more adorable, if that's possible.
** Kagu has floral-themed hair decs on and hanging from her bun. [[spoiler: After she becomes a Miko, she gains two giant gold bells with trailing ''{{shide}}''. They're even cuter.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: As a boss, no less!
* EvilKnockoff: [[spoiler:For the climactic FinalBoss battle, Akuro assumes a dark version of Chibiterasu -- complete with his own Celestial Brush, Divine Instrument, and Kuni as a partner!]]
* ExpositionFairy: Issun for the prologue, and whoever your partner is at the moment for the rest of the game. During any point where you ''don't'' currently have a partner, all you get when attempting to examine the scenery is a whimper and a question-mark above Chibiterasu's head.
* FeedItABomb: The Demon Nut enemy can be dispatched by using Bloom to open its mouth when stunned, then planting a Cherry Bomb in it.
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler: When Kuni is being controlled by Akuro as his vessel, Kuni resists the control just as Akuro was about to kill Chibi, and Akuro then comes out of his vessel and fights Chibi himself.]]
* FinishingMove: If you use the proper brush technique on an enemy during its dying animation (with a possible additional technique ''during'' the battle), they'll drop Demon parts, which can be used to upgrade your weapons.
* FireIceLightning:
** The divine instrument you get for NewGamePlus, the Providence Crystal, can launch attacks of these elements.
** The 3-faced top enemy can be any one of these, as can the death beast.
* FirstTown: Yakushi Village, which can be grown through a sidequest to find more residents.
* FixedCamera: You are unable to control the camera. The camera changes angles depending on what part of the map you are on. It gets a bit bothersome at times.
* FloatingContinent: The Thundercloud. Although it's technically a cloud, it is solid underfoot and has a village of LittleBitBeastly people living on it.
* FlyingSaucer: Issun finds a picture of one in the Ruins. [[spoiler: It turns out to be plans to build one, and he flies off in it with Chibi in the epilogue, bound for the Celestial Plain.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Chibi gets various nicknames from his partners over the course of the game. One of them is an offensive term for a dog. [[spoiler: It's Mutt. Given to him by Kuni.]]
** When you first visit the Thundercloud with Kurow as your partner, you can talk to a girl who lives in one of the houses. When you talk to her, she tells you to scram and seems to be busy. If you later come back with Kurow before going back to the Underground Ruins, you can talk to her again and discover that she was actually writing a song. The song's name? [[spoiler:Don't Run from Destiny.]]
*** Made more ironic by [[spoiler:Kurow commenting on how he likes the name of the song.]]
* FurBikini: The female [=NPCs=] living on Thundercloud wear tiger fur bikinis. The men wear a toga-like garment made from tiger fur.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: You can't stand on top of upside-down Konohana flowers... except in cutscenes, it seems.
** [[spoiler: Why are Issun's Masterpieces and History Scrolls in the past?]]
* GameplayGrading: Like the original, battles are ranked on time and damage taken, on a scale of "cherry seed" to "cherry blossom", and your score multiplies your winnings.
** Also like the original, after the credits roll you are given an overall completion grade based on # of deaths, Praise collected, and so on. Your rank determines how many bonuses you get for your NewGamePlus.
%%* GenerationXerox:
%%** Amaterasu to Shiranui, maybe.
%%** Chibi to Amaterasu and, by extension, Shiranui.
%%** All of the villagers in Kamiki Village [[spoiler:to their counterparts 100 years in the past.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** A minor case. In a game meant for kids (probably), Kurow says "Hella" at one point. An NPC even says Hell in the village you find Kagu!
** Playing through the bit where you have to rescue Nanami after she's kidnapped by Genji, you run through a series of several rooms and have to rouse them from a hiding spot, after which they'll go into the next room. The last hiding spot you find them in is a ''bed,'' with the covers pulled over a lump that is ''bobbing up and down.'' Thankfully, when you prompt them, they emerge fully clothed but still...
* GiantMecha: The Daidarabotchi.
* GiantMook: The Gashadokuro. Crosses over with HeavilyArmoredMook for the Armored Dokuro.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Praise Points return as a mechanic.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress:
** Chibi and Kurow don't fall immediately after being transported many feet above the ocean, instead waiting for Gravitational Cognizance to set in.
** This also occurs every time Chibi steps out onto a bridge that can't bear his weight. The bridge falls, Chibi wiggles his feet and looks shocked, and ''then'' he falls.
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: Yami (the BigBad from the first game). Although Amaterasu defeated him, his evil power remained, although divided into five pieces (Master Anura, Bullhead, Renjishi, King Fury, and Akuro). This game has a tendency to contradict itself as to Yami and Akuro. It states in other places that Akuro was the Greater Scope Villain of the first game, having control over Orochi and Yami.]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: Chibi's weapons are nowhere to be seen until he attacks if he has a partner on his back. Kagu and Kurow also seem to hide their weapons somewhere when not in use.
* HarmlessFreezing: Ice enemies and their attacks.
* HellishHorse: The Fire Beast enemy, who is said to burn with hellfire.
* {{Henohenomoheji}}: Distant {{NPC}}s have the henohenomoheji face in their thought bubbles.
%%* HeroicSacrifice:
%%** Shiranui.
%%** [[spoiler:Kurow.]]
* HowlOfSorrow: [[spoiler:Chibi, after Kurow's HeroicSacrifice.]]
* HumanPopsicle:
** There's a frozen dinosaur at one point. And quite naturally, it thaws out ''just'' after you grab a certain MacGuffin.
** Shiranui got himself frozen into one inside the Ice Cave himself, and it's up to Chibi to defrost him.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Chibi can carry all of his weapons, consumable items, treasures, scrolls, etc....in his inventory, despite not having pockets.
* IHaveNoSon: [[spoiler:Susano's reaction to Kuni's declaration that he's going on a JourneyToFindOneself, though it was to ensure Kuni wouldn't have anything holding him back from his journey.]]
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: You can either play on Greenhorn or Old Hand difficulty.
* TheImperialRegalia: Like his mother, Chibi's weapons are based on the Treasures of Amaterasu.
* ImprobableWeaponUser:
** Chibi can slay demons with mirrors and holy beads. Not by reflecting holy light or anything, just by ''whacking them senseless.'' In a NewGamePlus, you can get a pair of crystals that shoot energy... circle... things.
** Kagu attacks with fans [[spoiler: prior to becoming a {{Miko}}]].
** Kurow attacks with [[MusicalAssassin musical notes from his flute]].
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: The Lucky Mallet makes a return, complete with an explanation for why it was on the cargo ship in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''.
* InevitableTournament: Twice. First in the Demon Market and then again later in the Moon Cave.
%%* InexplicableTreasureChests
* IHaveManyNames: Each of Chibi's companions gives him a nickname. None of them are flattering.
* InstrumentOfMurder:
** King Fury's lute has an energy sword hidden inside.
** [[spoiler:Kurow's flute has TWO energy blades.]]
* InvisibleWall: Unlike in ''Okami'' it's impossible to fall off cliffs or jump into deep water. You also can't step into large cursed zones as a once invisible wall appears.
* IrrelevantSidequest: At least one for every area.
* JawDrop: Chibi's reaction to each horrible nickname.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Issun, in contrast to his earlier refusal. Of course, this time he can't go along because of his previous calling as Ammy's Celestial Envoy.
%%* KidsAreCruel
* KingIncognito: Your first quest is the retrieve a hand mirror for a little girl [[spoiler: who later turns out to be Sakuya in disguise. She pretended to be the little girl as a SecretTestOfCharacter.]]
* LeftHanging: Not only does the game "not" answer the threads left at the end of ''Okami'', [[spoiler: Amaterasu is still fighting on the celestial plain apparently]] but adds more questions.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Oh yes. Each main character has their own theme tune, and some of the lesser characters do as well - such as Susano.
* LighterAndSofter: Being about a puppy and its E10 rating (As opposed to VideoGame/{{Okami}}'s T rating), the game seems like this at first. [[spoiler: It's the exact opposite, especially by the end.]]
** The game also inverts HotterAndSexier. The best example is Sakuya: While she retains her massive bust, she is now wearing a full kimono with no hole cut out of the back to show off her butt cleavage.
* LoadBearingBoss: The Giant Catfish, {{justified|Trope}} by a TakingYouWithMe gambit.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Sugawara and Waka.
* MagicalDefibrillator: Chibi and Kagu(ra) find a man passed out in the street. After they unsuccessfully try to find a doctor, the nearby Raiden (who is a lightning ghost) advises them to use his power. They give him a good shock of electricity which miraculously cures the man without leaving a bruise or burn.
* {{Matriarchy}}: It seems Sei-an city must be ruled by a {{Miko}}, who by definition must be female.
* {{Miko}}: Miko Cho and, later, [[spoiler: Kagu]].
* MinecartMadness: Although it's a pushcart rather than a rail cart, the narrow passages and obstacles to dodge (or destroy) make it very much an example in spirit.
* MonsterCompendium: Much like the original game, you have a Creatures scroll that documents enemies faced. It even includes entries for a few characters you don't explicitly battle.
* MonsterSobStory: When Kagu finds out the story behind Sen and Ryo, she says she almost feels sorry for them.
* MoonRabbit: Oddly enough, the [[HumongousMecha Daidarabotchi]], which sports conspicuously large rabbit ears.
* {{Nerf}}: The Rosary got nerfed like crazy from the first game. In ''Okami'', it was the weakest weapon but had a homing mechanic that allowed for massive combos and made fights go by much quicker. In ''Okamiden'', however, the homing is gone and it kind of just flails all over the place.
* NewGamePlus: Your money, maximum HP (and ink pots), and assorted Scrolls carry over to a new game. You can even unlock additional appearances for Chibi and an exclusive weapon.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Akuro ''wanted'' you to defeat four of the bosses you go up against, because they are 4/5ths of his power and he wants it back to fulfill his plans. Nice going, Chibi.]]
%%* NobleWolf: Shiranui and Amaterasu. Chibi is a little wolf-in-training.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: As in the original game, defeated enemies turn into flowers. Presumably the justification is also the same.
* NoMouth: Every human and Poncle character and some of the monsters. It kinda explains why the "voice acting" [[SpeakingSimlish sounds like it does]].
* NonStandardGameOver: When in the UnexpectedGameplayChange of the swimming level, if you get sandwiched between a wall and the left side of the screen, this happens.
* NowWhereWasIGoingAgain: Averted, the Journal keeps track of major things you should remember.
* NoobCave: The Cave of Nagi functions as this, featuring many tutorial puzzles and obstacles.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Everyone you send to Yashiro Village pulls this. Even later in the game when you can teleport between Celestial Mirrors they can still beat you there from halfway across the country.
* {{Orochi}}: Naturally. He plays a surprisingly large role in this game, despite being dead for nine months.
* {{Panacea}}: The goal of one subplot is to make a perfect medicine in order to cure a terminally ill girl.
* PantheraAwesome: Gekigami, the brush god of thunder - a ''huge'' tiger wielding a bow and lightning bolts. His kids, on the other hand, fall under CuteKitten.
* PaperThinDisguise: As in the first game, placing a painted mask over your face makes the demons believe you're one of them. Then again, imps and faeries aren't too bright. In even more fairness, they wear similar masks themselves.
%%* PermanentlyMissableContent
* PersonalRaincloud: A character's reaction to something that leaves them really nonplussed, like [[RunningGag Chibi's many strange nicknames.]]
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: Each area of the final dungeon is tailored to the abilities of the partner you have for that area.
* PointOfNoReturn: After you enter the Moon Cave [[spoiler: 100 years in the past]], and though you have multiple hours of playing and cutscenes left, you will no longer be able to warp back and forth.
* PreexistingEncounters: Demon Scrolls wandering around in outdoor locations, and certain areas have ominous kanji emanating from them, which do the same thing.
%%* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo:
%%* ThePrimaDonna:
%%** Kagu.
%%** Sen and Ryo.
* PunnyName: Rampant. Many are holdovers from the original, but there's a few more to boot, such as the demon chef [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umami Umami]].
%%* PuzzleBoss: Every single one.
* PuzzlePan: The game's camera will pan across a room to showcase a puzzle.
* RasputinianDeath: Turns out Shiranui didn't just die because he was poisoned by Orochi or because [[spoiler:he was weakened from fighting Lechku and Nechku]]. It was because he was [[spoiler:frozen solid for god knows how long, fought the owls, fought Orochi, and then ''head-butted a meteor'']].
* RaygunGothic: The Moon Tribe's technology and, to a lesser extent, the ancient ruins.
* RealMenWearPink: Kurow and Waka wear pink. Genji not only wears pink, but [[BareYourMidriff bares his midriff]], has a heart-shaped decoration behind his head, a flower on his shirt, and a heart-shaped fan. [[ViewerGenderConfusion Players may be forgiven for thinking he is a she when he first appears.]]
* RealityWarper: Chibi, although he is less powerful at it than Ammy.
** [[spoiler:Akuro after he takes on Chibi's appearance.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: Chibi (or rather, "Pork Chop") has shades of this for Manpuku for his dog Maru.
* RetCon: Several. Not surprising considering the sequel was made by an entirely different set of people than the first.
** Despite Amaterasu being Shiranui's reincarnation, Chibi is Shiranui's grandson. Japanese mythology god biology could be to blame here.
** Isshaku refers to 100-year-ago Ammy as Shiranui. Shiranui was just the villager's name for her (as well as Fandom, for clarity), whereas both incarnations are Amaterasu.
** It wasn't just Susano/Nagi and Ammy who cut off Orochi's heads, [[spoiler: Chibi helped out both times, too.]] Not just that, but [[spoiler: Nagi needed Chibi's help to kill Orochi with Celestial Cleaver. Susano didn't, though.]]
** A major plot point in the first game was to kill the Water Dragon in order to obtain the Dragon Orb - which in turn would allow Otohime to transform (there wasn't time to find a cure for the Water Dragon's madness). Now she is capable of transforming at will, without the Orb.
*** Otohime did however need the help of Chibiterasu's Sunrise brush technique to transform. She needed the Orb to transform on her own. Doesn't explain why she didn't ask Ammy to give her the same treatment instead of killing her husband for the Orb.
** The brush gods: There were only thirteen, Ammy included. Her power split into twelve other gods after she died as Shiranui. Okamiden introduces the children of brush gods outside of those thirteen (thought Bakugami already had piglets in Okami).
* RewardingVandalism: Smashing pots and cutting down trees can net you items. Since ink doesn't regenerate in this game (not counting the 3-bottle delayed recovery from bottoming out on ink, which is never a good thing in battle), the ink pots you can get from these actions are pretty vital.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Look at Chibi. ''Look'' at him. This also applies to all the brush gods' offspring.
* RubberbandAI: If you get too far ahead of the Witch Queen during the MinecartMadness minigame, she'll just run faster and catch up.
* RunningGag: Chibi getting a humiliating nickname every time a new partner comes around.
* SaveGameLimits: There's only one save file. Note that there are also some collectibles that are {{permanently missable|Content}}, some of which tie into NewGamePlus. Not a good combination.
* SceneryPorn: Being a sequel to VideoGame/{{Okami}}, this should be expected. One standout example is the brand new area Yakushi Village, where the game starts.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:It turns out that the game is a story being told by the adult Kuni. And once again, we're left hanging over the hinted "next story"]]
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:After Kurow absorbs Akuro, Chibi and Kuni have to kill him to stop Akuro from breaking out.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Doctors Redbeard and Bluebeard have the healing herbs from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' on their floors, for one.
** [[invoked]]One of the fishermen in Ryoshima Coast greets Chibi with [[MemeticMutation "Yo, dog."]] (referring to the popular "Yo dawg" image macro). The Tanuki does the same thing.
** Examining the one of the sets of herbs in the upstairs of a house in Yakushi Village with Kurow as a partner, will cause him to exclaim "[[Film/DudeWheresMyCar Dude, where's my herbs?]]"
** In-game, you meet an authoress named Shikibu, who's plagued by her creation, Genji--no doubt a reference to Murasaki Shikibu, who wrote ''The Tale of Genji.''
** Near the end of the game is this line:
--->'''[[spoiler:Kurow]]:''' Friends? I don't have any of those. [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Never have, never will.]]
* SixthRanger: A telepathic penguin god and a magnetism-controlling whale god are added to the brush god gang.
* SpeakingSimlish: The voice acting, as in the previous game.
* SpinOffspring: Kuni is the child of Susano and Kushi [[spoiler:although he is adopted]], Amaterasu is Chibi's mother, and ''all'' the various brush gods apparently now have children.
* StableTimeLoop:
** When Chibi first meets her, Nanami asks where he's been and where that blond kid he was with is, as well as calling him Squiddy. [[spoiler: Later, Chibi travels nine months back into time accompanied by Kurow, who you've met at that point, and meets Nanami when she helps Chibi find the Knowing Jewel, as well as giving Chibi said nickname. And then there's the whole Orochi, Amaterasu, and Shiranui time loop from the first game...]]
** Chibi rescues [[spoiler:Shiranui from the ice cave 100 years in the past, which in turn allows him to show up and save Ammy and, later, Chibi in return. Without this aid, it's highly probable that Ammy would never have been born/reincarnated, and thus neither would Chibi.]]
* SticksToTheBack:
** Chibi's Sword and Mirror Divine Instruments. The Beads float around his neck. The NewGamePlus weapon sticks to his sides.
** Kuni's [[{{BFS}} giant sword]], just like his father's did.
* StationaryBoss: Mizuchi, the boss of the ice cavern (being partially encased in ice and all). Akuro's first form is as well.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Chibi's even worse at it than his mother - he can't even swim at all ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation except in cutscenes]]).
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: The Dry Jewel grants you this, but you only get to use it for one area.
* SuspiciouslyCrackedWall: If you see a glowing, cracked wall, bomb the hell out of it.
* SwallowedWhole: [[spoiler:Kuni]], by the Bullhead.
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* TakeYourTime: Played straight except during the aforementioned ColossusClimb, which has a five minute timer. Any other time, feel free to run around doing sidequests while the world is in danger. It's not going anywhere. {{Justified|Trope}} before [[spoiler: you finish off King Fury, since Akuro's plans cannot go forward before then.]] After that, not so much.
* ThunderDrum: The Thunderclouds have large drums which Chibi an use to jump to higher places and some of the inhabitants use drums to create electricity, alongside other instruments. Chibi also gets a pellet drum from there which makes him immune to electricity, though it breaks after you get into The Underground Ruins.
* TimeTravel: You travel to two different times, [[spoiler:nine months ago]] and [[spoiler:100 years ago]].
* TotallyRadical: Kurow and several [=NPCs=] speak this way.
* TronLines: In the Ruins and on [[spoiler: Issun's flying saucer]]. This seems to be characteristic of Moon Tribe technology.
* TrulySingleParent: Not spelled out, but we can assume Amaterasu and the other brush gods don't need a partner to produce children.
* TurnsRed: Almost all bosses change their behavior at least once as their HP total is worn down.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: No one seems particularly interested by the white wolf puppy ridden by various children, some of which are pretty unusual in and of themselves. No one really seems to bat much of an eye when things mysteriously fix themselves, burst into fire, or split in half, either.
** Possibly averted, It's feudal Japan so they might just be like "Oh, yay! The Gods have helped me" and that's why they praise them.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange:
** The underwater level, which plays like an underwater 2D platforming level.
** One part of the game in the Thundercloud is a RhythmGame. Oh yeah, and it's not optional either.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Chibi and Kuni, and to a somewhat lesser extent, Nanami and Kagu,]] to [[spoiler: Akuro.]]
* VendorTrash: Half the things you find in treasure chests.
* VictoryPose: After major boss battles, Chibi lets loose with a dramatic howl, accompanied by glowing light and cherry petals. In fact, it's just like his mother's, but cuter.
* WarpWhistle: Some of the game's {{Save Point}}s double as this after a certain point in the game.
* WaveMotionGun: Akuro's most powerful attack in-battle (which [[ThatOneAttack also restores his HP]] if he successfully uses it).
%%* WhamLine:
%%** [[spoiler:We meet again, Child of the Sun. [[DemonicPossession Or should I say...Mutt?]]]]
%%** [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn You should be more humble. After all, you are in the presence of the Dark King.]]]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Though Issun does make a comment at the beginning: "You're Ammy's kid? Then who did she...?" before getting sidetracked, the identity of Chibiterasu's father, if any, is a mystery for the ages.
* WhatTheHellHero: Waka. Some even think he TookALevelInJerkass. [[spoiler:Stopping evil? Awesome. Using Kurow as a doll/sacrifice to trap Akuro, leaving Chibi to kill him? Not so awesome. Though to be honest, the game doesn't make it clear just how involved Waka was in this plan.]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The end of the game shows you a small scene from the life of each of Chibi's [[spoiler:living]] partners, Ayame, and the female scholar.
* WorldHealingWave: Reviving a Guardian Sapling. Sadly, not done as often as in the first game, but still just as impressive.
* YinYangBomb: Akuro's goal is to become invincible by combining his powers of darkness with a "vessel of light". His MonsterCompendium entry states, "the light brings death, and the darkness devours light".
* YouCantFightFate: Said almost verbatim by Kurow to Manpuku, although it's clear he's talking about his own destiny, not Manpuku's.
%%* YouCantThwartStageOne
* {{Youkai}}: You accidentally set one loose on Yakushi Village. After he rips you off, you have to hunt him down in a sort of hide and seek minigame.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Nanami has blue hair [[MakingASplash made of water,]] and Manpuku has red spiked hair that apparently is on fire. Several [=NPCs=], most notably those living on Thundercloud and Genji, also have unusual hair colors. And the doctor's mustaches.
* YouShouldntKnowThisAlready: {{Justified|Trope}} with the Celestial Brush techniques. Chibi is definitely not the same being as Ammy, so you need to find the correct god and release/rejuvenate it before you can use its technique.