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Characters: Muramasa: The Demon Blade
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Momohime/Oboro

The youngest daughter of a noble family, Momohime was fatally wounded in a mysterious attack on her family's manor. However, she is saved from death by Jinkuro, a sinister ghost who possesses her body to help in his quest for the Kuromitsu.

  • Accidental Pervert: Momohime can walk in on Kisuke bathing in the hot spring. He plays it a lot cooler than most examples of this trope and just gets annoyed and explains that he got there first.
  • Action Girl: As Oboro, she manages to kill a gang of demons with an old, heirloom sword.
  • All-Loving Hero: Whether it's haughty deities, Yandere fox ladies, duplicitous fiances, evil priests, or hermit demigods trying to kill her, she's more than willing to forgive them if they express remorse and is even eager to make helpful suggestions that could benefit all involved. This is exceptionally apparent in regards to her interactions with Yukinojyo and Jinkuro.
  • Arranged Marriage: Momohime has one with Yukinojyo. Though it's purely political on his side, she doesn't seem to mind the idea.
  • Berserk Button: Betraying her trust can be forgiven. However, doing so while being unrepentant will send her into a furious rage.
  • Break the Cutie: A low-grade version that would be more akin to Butt Monkey if Momohime wasn't always distraught over her predicament. It seems to be a Running Gag that every man who meets Momohime either loutishly hits on her (in the case of the Comedy Commoners) or insults her (in the case of Jinkuro and Kisuke).
  • Composite Character: In her second ending, Momohime as Oboro is essentially a mesh of herself and Kisuke.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Momohime's kimono is thigh-length... and she isn't wearing underwear. This is lampshaded by many characters, most of whom are wearing even fewer clothes than she is.
  • Faux Action Girl Played with. The game got a lot of hype for having a male and female lead, but it's revealed almost immediately in her story mode that she's possessed by the spirit of a man when she's fighting. When she's properly herself, she's an ordinary doll-like princess overwhelmed by the conflict she's forced into. However, unlike Torahime, who's supposedly a great warrior but lacks the screentime that shows it, the real Momohime is never seen as an Action Girl within the game itself (in fact she's treated as a Butt Monkey by many of the characters in the game, especially by her possessor and his cohort), and is only referred to as such by some NPCs who don't know the truth.
    • Also averted in Momohime's case. In the second ending she inherits complete mastery of the Oboro style after Jinkuro performs soul fusion with her and promptly hacks an oni to pieces with an heirloom blade.
  • Going Commando: Momohime was stated in an interview to not be wearing underwear.
  • Guile Hero: Momohime has a brief moment in Hell when she talks the Big Oni into swallowing her whole so she can be repossessed by Jinkuro, whose soul was eaten when she accidentally shoved him out of her body.
  • Hero of Another Story: Momohime and Kisuke can occasionally meet at hot springs, but other than in certain endings they don't directly interact with each other.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: For all her supposed frailty, her story begins with her protecting Yukinojo from Jinkuro's sword strike with her body while thinking it would be a fatal attack.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Inherits the Oboro style from Jinkuro in her second ending.
  • Irony: Senjyu and Jinkuro desperately clung to life to preserve the Oboro style of sword fighting. During the events of Momohime's second ending, the two of them perish permanently, and the term Oboro is more commonly associated with a mysterious wandering female warrior that emerged from their feud.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: Momohime and Jinkuro break into Hell to look for his sword there.
  • Merger of Souls: In her second ending Jinkuro does to Momohime what Senjyu did to Kisuke.
  • Mistaken for Dying: Momohime was assumed dead after being cut by Jinkuro.
  • Modesty Towel: Her "attire" at the mountain hot spring.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: In her first ending, Momohime calls off her marriage to Yukinojyo at the last minute and resolves to become a bhikkhuni (Buddhist nun) so that she can pray for Jinkuro's soul.
  • Tattooed Crook: On one of the soundtrack covers she has tattoos on her shoulders, back, and butt.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Momohime protected Yukinojyo from Jinkuro's attack, arguably saving the man who masterminded the attack on the Narukami household, which resulted in the deaths of her family and Kisuke.
  • Visual Innuendo: Momohime's artwork has her holding a nodachi in a suggestive pose.
  • Waif-Fu: Deconstructed. Jinkuro outright says that her body isn't strong enough to handle his fighting style and the combination of the botched spell and increasing physical fatigue from the constant battles might end up killing them both.

Jinkuro

In life, Jinkuro was an infamous ronin and outlaw feared and loathed by much of Japan for his wanton cruelty and endless greed. Not willing to allow death to end his ambitions, his spirit possesses the body of Momohime so that he may achieve his true goal: Reclaim the Kuromitsu blade and use its power to become immortal.

  • A God I Am: After failing to find the Kuromitsu Blade in Hell, Jinkuro decides to hack his way into Heaven and become a demon god.
  • Badass: He's the one controlling Momohime after all.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Killed his master by attacking him from behind.
  • Cool Sword: The Kuromitsu Blade, a katana forged from cursed metal mined in the depths of Hell. Its Special Art lets its wielder take over its victim's body.
  • Curse: As revealed in the DLC, Miike curses him with misfortune and illness after he attempted to kill her.
  • Demonic Possession: Inflicts this on Momohime.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: His fate in Momohime's first ending, after Fudo-Myoou exorcises him from Momohime.
  • Grand Theft Me: Tries to pull this on Yukinojo but hits Momohime instead. He succeeds in Momohime's third ending, and ends up marrying her.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: While he isn't completely monstrous, he tends to get more hostile and wicked the closer he gets to attaining immortality.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Was taught the Oboro style by Senjyu, then kills him once he's mastered it.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: The reason he wanted to possess Yukinojo in the first place.
  • Kill The Gods: What he decides to do after failing to find his sword in Hell.
  • Licked by the Dog: Though initially hateful and disgusted by him, Momohime grows to believe that there is some goodness in Jinkuro. In turn, his kind behavior towards her has other character poke fun at the fact, stating that he might not be as villainous as he claims.
  • Noble Demon: Despite his (somewhat accurate) play at being a completely self-centered sociopath, it's abundantly clear that Jinkuro really does care about others, whether he wants to or not.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his villainous demeanour he exhibits moments of sympathy, compassion, and courtesy towards Momohime, with the ultimate example pleading with Fudo-Myoou not to punish Momohime for his actions. The latter causes the Buddha to allow him to be purified in Hell rather than to face true obliteration.
  • Posthumous Character: Seeing how he's a ghost.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: After failing to find the Kuromitsu Blade in Hell, Jinkuro assaults Heaven in order to obtain immortality, and Momohime's path consists mostly of Jinkuro hacking his way through the Japanese pantheon until Heaven gets annoyed enough to send down one of the Thirteen Buddhas to tell him to cut that shit out.
  • To Hell and Back: Drags Momohime to Naraka (Hell in Buddhism) looking for the Kuromitsu blade, or failing that metal to forge a replacement, and upon failing to find either decides to assault Heaven instead.
  • Tsundere: Becomes a strong type A towards Momohime. willfully letting himself be dragged to Hell in exchange for her amnesty in her first ending and marrying her in Yukinojo's body in her third.
  • Villain Protagonist: Is technically the main character of Momohime's section, and he's not a pleasant man by any means.

Kongiku

A renegade kitsune and Jinkuro's main servant. Fiercely loyal to Jinkuro out of love, she will do whatever she can to help her master achieve his goals, even if she must violate her people's most sacred laws to do so.

  • Bi the Way: Doesn't seem too put off by the fact that Jinkuro is in a female body.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Is stripped of her powers and turned into a normal fox in Momohime's second ending.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Kongiku to Jinkuro. She at one point comments that she hopes Jinkuro isn't growing too fond of Momohime - otherwise, she'd have to rip the girl's soul to shreds.
  • Gag Boobs: She has enormous breasts that jiggle whether she's walking or not.
  • Kitsune: She is a fox youkai and a servant to Inari before she betrayed the gods for Jinkuro. In Momohime's second ending she is stripped of her powers by Yuzuruha and turned into a normal fox.
  • Yandere: Threatens to shred Momohime's soul if Jinkuro gets too attached to her.

Kisuke/ Kanbei

A former member of Yukinojo's ninja clan, Kisuke awoke one day to discover a strange sword in his possession, several skulls bolted to his waist, and his clan-mates out for his blood. With no memory of how he came to acquire the sword or what (if anything) he did to earn his former clan's ire, Kisuke travels Japan in search of the truth.

  • Above the Influence: In his final hot spring encounter, Torahime meets him and, noting that her time in the world is growing short, more-or-less offers herself to him. Kisuke, who desires nothing more in the world, turns her down, saying that taking advantage of her Buddha-imposed time limit isn't what he wants.
  • Accidental Pervert: Kisuke can walk in on Momohime (wearing nothing but a towel) bathing in the hot spring. Averted with his initial run-in with her, as she won't react at all to his presence when Kisuke simply tells her he won't ruin her hot springs experience by peeping, but played straight in their second encounter when she snaps at him for being rude when he tells her she's too skinny to be his type.
  • Anti-Hero: Kisuke is a genuine hero fighting for love and to save the world, but he's still grumpy, rather foul-mouthed in some translations, and ultimately motivated more by his love for Torahime than true altruism. Notably, when he meets Amitabha, his mind is too clouded by the base desires of the world to perceive the benefits of enlightenment.
  • Badass: Absorbed the skills of Jinkuro's ghostly master, and is just as good as him.
  • Becoming the Mask: It is revealed that Kisuke was sent by Yukinojo to spy on Torahime in preparation to steal the Kuzuryu Muramasa, but over time he fell in love with her. When Yukinojo's ninja attacked to steal the sword, Kisuke fought on Torahime's side and was mortally wounded for his trouble.
  • Dead All Along: Kisuke was mortally wounded by his brethren after betraying the clan for love, and returned to life through fusing with an angry ghostly swordmaster.
  • Did You Just Punch Out The Dragon God And Inugami?: He can in his story mode, and he does (well, to calm down the former, & the latter in at least one ending.
  • Driven to Suicide: In Kisuke's first ending, he has a Rage Against the Heavens moment after Torahime's second death and resolves to teach Amitabha a lesson. Upon actually seeing Amitabha, he realizes that endeavour would be useless and instead offers his life in exchange for Torahime's. Amitabha declines, and Kisuke decides he can't live without her and commits seppuku. Fortunately, Torahime requests to be continually reborn alongside him until he attains enlightenment.
  • Genre Savvy: After fighting Torahime, he notes that Yukinojo probably won't follow their bargain anyway and throws in his lot with her.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Kisuke was sent by Yukinojo to steal the Kuzuryu Muramasa for the Shogun, but fell in love with Torahime, betrayed his colleges in an effort to protect her, and was mortally wounded in the process.
  • Hero of Another Story: Momohime and Kisuke can occasionally meet during hot springs, but other than in certain endings they don't directly interact with each other.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Inherited the Oboro style from Senjyu.
  • Lady and Knight: Kisuke is the knight to Torahime's lady.
  • Love at First Sight: Twice over with Torahime, due to his amnesia.
  • Merger of Souls: The ghost of Jinkuro's master, Senjyu, undergoes "spirit fusion" with Kisuke in order to save his life, in the process granting him the knowledge of the Oboro style but also erasing all of his memories, which slowly return over the course of Kisuke's story mode.
  • Mook-Face Turn: Kisuke was one of Yukinojyo's ninja minions before he fell in love with Torahime and was mortally wounded trying to protect her.
  • Ninja: Kisuke was once one of Yukinojo's ninja.
  • Reincarnation Romance: In Kisuke's first ending, Kisuke and Torahime are reincarnated after Torahime pleads Amitabha to allow her to reincarnate with Kisuke until he achieves Nirvana.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a spectral blue scarf.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In his third ending, Kisuke uses the Oboro Murumasa to travel back to the point just before when his clan attacked and killed Torahime and mortally wounded him and steals the Kuzuryu Muramasa himself, promising to return to Torahime once he has exorcized it.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: In the new translation, anyway.
  • Taking You with Me: Despite being mortally wounded in Momohime's second ending, he manages to deal a fatal blow to her, forcing Jinkuro to merge with her.
  • They Just Dont Get It: In his first ending, Amitabha tells him that bringing Torahime back to life after her quest is over would not be a mercy, since she is now very close to enlightenment and putting her back into the impure world would only cause her pain. This flies so far over Kisuke's head that he immediately kills himself almost entirely out of spite and/or grief, depending on translation and interpretation.
  • Walking the Earth: In his second ending he swears fealty to Momohime and accompanies her in travelling Japan and destroying the Muramasa blades. His third ending has him stealing the Kuzuryu Muramasa himself and going on a world tour with it in an effort to expend its evil energy.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem fighting Momohime in their second endings, despite recognizing her as the girl from the hot springs.

Torahime/ Ohana

Momohime's older sister. Seemingly killed in the attack that nearly took her sister's life, she is found alive and well by Kisuke, and raising an army of vengeful spirits to march on the capital.

Yuzuruha

A wise Kitsune who aids Kisuke in his quest for her own reasons.

  • Hartman Hips: Yuzuruha, compared to Kongiku's Gag Boobs. Though this is more evident in the official art (where her back is turned) rather than in the game.
  • Godiva Hair: Yuzuruha covers her breasts with her hair while in the hot spring.
  • Kitsune: Is a fox yokai and servant of Inari.
  • The Matchmaker: One of her functions as a servant of Inari. Kisuke almost asks her to set him up with Torahime before thinking better of it. She follows through in his first ending, with the implication that she will make sure they always end up together until Torahime can lead him to enlightenment.
  • Punch Clock Villain: In Momohime's second ending, she and her fellow foxes capture Kongiku to punish her for stealing Muramasa's soul when they need it to save the world from Inugami.
  • Shipper on Deck: Yuzuruha is rooting for Kisuke and Torahime to hook up.
  • The Tease: Enjoys hitting on Kisuke during their hotsprings encounter.

    Antagonists 

Tokugawa Tsunayoshi

The current Shogun of Japan. A man defined by his greed and lust for power, he is wrapped in mystery, his agenda known only to his most loyal servants.

  • A God I Am: The Shogun proclaims this before the boss battle, claiming that his partnership with Inugami will bear rich fruit once it devastates heaven.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Those animal protection laws probably weren't the result of a demon dog god's influence.
  • Big Bad: Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the Shogun, was the one who was ultimately behind the attack on the Kagami clan and the theft of the Kuzuryu Muramasa, which kicks off the plot for both Momohime and Kisuke.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: While definitely kind of an asshole, the historical Tsunayoshi probably wasn't this evil. Notably, he was quite religious, in a neo-Confucian way, rather than the despot trying to make war on heaven depicted here.
  • One-Winged Angel: Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, after being defeated, allows the spirit of the Inugami (literally "dog god") inside the Kuzuryu Muramasa to indwell his physical form and transforms into a huge demon dog.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He may be the Big Bad, but he does't do a lot.
  • Necromancer: Summons undead samurai to fight for him during the first phase of his boss fight.
  • Transformation Of The Possessed: Is taken over by the Inugami and transformed.

Inugami

A nightmarish demon animal trapped in the Kuzuryu Muramasa long ago for unspeakable crimes. It has festered in hatred for centuries, and if it becomes truly free, will ravage heaven with its power.

  • Animalistic Abomination: The Inugami appears as a monstrous spectral dog and can open organic wound-like holes appearing midair to stab you with skeletal swords, teleport, distort its body disturbingly, and in one attack it becomes something that resembles an near-infinite spear of teeth and mouth.
  • Animal Jingoism: It is in conflict with Inari, a fox god, and fights with all the lesser foxes. This mirrors the antagonistic relationship that foxes tend to have with dogs, particularly hunting hounds.
  • Bigger Bad: For both Momohime and Kisuke. The Shogun tasked Yukinojo to obtain the Kuzuryu Muramasa from Torahime's household. After failing to woo her, Yukinojo arranged a marriage with Momohime and sent Kisuke, one of his ninja, to infiltrate Torahime's household in order to steal the sword. When he failed to procure the blade, having fallen in love with her, Yukinojo had his ninja kill them.
  • Final Boss: In Kisuke's first ending
  • Grand Theft Me: Takes over the shogun.
  • Physical God: Its name means "dog god" in Japanese.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was sealed into the Kuzuryu Muramasa.
  • Youkai: Is an extraordinarily powerful dog youkai.

Yukinojo

The leader of the ninjas hunting Kisuke, and Momohime's fiance. Jinkuro seeks to kill him for the Kuromitsu, but he may actually know more about the circumstances that led to Jinkuro possessing Momohime then he lets on.

  • Anti-Villain: Yukinojyo is The Dragon to the Shogun, but expresses deep regret over his role in Torahime and Momohime's deaths, especially the latter once he learns what they have lead to. However, his remorse is never quite strong enough to make him genuinely change.
  • Arranged Marriage: Yukinojyo has one with Momohime. Though it's purely political on his side at first, she doesn't seem to mind the idea, and he later does feel a certain amount of affection to her.
  • The Atoner: Subverted. After Momohime wrests control of her body from Jinkuro to save his life, he expresses genuine remorse at how he played a role in the ruination of her family. He even shows up during the climax of her story with a non-lethal means of removing Jinkuro from her body. But his grief never truly changes him or moves him to be a better person, and his seemingly altruistic motives hide the ugly ambition to replicate Jinkuro's technique and live forever.
  • Badass Normal: Most Samurai enemies in the game become rather callow when their blades are shattered and attempt to get away to resharpen their blades. Yukinojyo on the other hand will keep on attacking with the broken blade before trying to fix his weapon, and all his strikes still do a lot of damage.
  • Battle Aura: Develops one during the final stage of his boss fight.
  • The Cameo: Makes a brief appearance in Kisuke's route, offering him a pardon in exchange for the head of Torahime.
  • Evil All Along: Yukinojyo was working for the Shogun and helped steal the Kuzuryu Muramasa and kill Torahime, only marrying Momohime to gain access to her clan and because Torahime refused him. Though he does show at least a modicum of regret for the things he's done, it's never enough to make him change.
  • Master Swordsman: His Yagyuu Shinkage style is almost a match for the Oboro style.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Takes this attitude towards Momohime's possessed form.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He attempts to act like one at the end of Momohime's story, offering Jinkuro the sword he needs to perform the soul-transfer technique and the body of a condemned criminal, so long as he can observe the transfer take place to ensure her safety. Jinkuro, however, correctly perceives that what he really wants is the secret of eternal life that the technique represents, and prepares to kill him when Fudo-Myoou arrives.
  • Spell My Name with an S: His name is Yukinojyo in the original Wii release and Yukinojo in the Vita re-release.
  • Sword Beam: He can fire waves of red energy from his sword.

Rankai

The main antagonist of Momohime's route. A retired samurai and currently a Buddhist abbot, he has vowed to save Momohime and return Jinkuro to hell, but his motives aren't as pure as his intentions.

  • Bait the Dog: Rankai isn't quite as noble as his introduction makes him seem.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In Momohime's first ending, Rankai pulls one after the Buddha reveals exactly how corrupt he is, joining Momohime on her pilgrimage to pray for his adversary.
  • Hero Antagonist: Rankai desires to save Momohime and send Jinkuro back into hell where he belongs. However, his messy private motives and fanatical zeal put him firmly into Anti-Hero territory.
  • It's Personal: Jinkuro humiliated and crippled him, forcing him to retreat into the monastic life to expunge his shame, and he wants revenge.
  • Retired Badass: Before becoming a priest he was a skilled samurai known as "the Lion of Owari," and a rival of Jinkuro's.
  • Sinister Minister: Rankai is even referred to as the "Evil Monk" when he cameos in Kisuke's story in some translations.
  • The Unfought: Rankai is the one antagonist who Jinkurohime never crosses blades with, as his crippled body can no longer fight.

     "Genroku Legends - The Fishy Tales of the Nekomata" Characters 

Okoi

  • Decoy Protagonist: Previews made it seem like she was going to be the main character, becoming a nekomata after a Deal with the Devil. She's not, she simply dies to kick off Miike's quest for revenge.
  • Genki Girl: She's incredibly eager to deliver her father's teacup, ignoring her brother's warnings about pushing on so quickly. This leads to their deaths.

Miike

  • A-Cup Angst: Despite the fact that a large bust would ruin her disguise, she expresses envy that Kongiku's human disguise has large breasts when they meet at a hot spring.
  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: While impersonating Okoi she fights using her claws, which are sharp enough to break swords and rend armor without losing their edge.
  • Action Girl: A straighter example than Momohime.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Repeatedly says "Gomen!" to her enemies while shredding them.
  • Blood Magic: The Wizened Cat implies Miike became a nekomata through consuming Okoi's blood, which is in accordance with some Japanese folktales.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Swore to avenge Okoi and her brother because they cared for her when she was a normal cat.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In her first ending Jinkuro misses his attempt to decapitate her, and takes her tails instead. While still technically a nekomata she no longer has any powers from then on.
  • Cat Girl: While impersonating Okoi, other characters don't see the cat ears and tails though. Except for Jinkuro.
  • Cats Hate Water: She does not enjoy her trips to the various hot springs, openly complaining about it and appearing highly distressed.
  • Continuity Nod: Her default ending takes place one year after Momohime's default ending, as Rankai is a wandering monk. She was also the one who placed the curse on Jinkuro that drove him to try to steal Yukinojo's body.
  • Dance Battler: In her cat form Miike can summon a horde of cats to attack her enemies by dancing.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: She uses Okoi's form to enact her revenge.
  • Deadly Euphemism: When finally confronting Wakamiya and Shigematsu, Miike employs a number of sexual metaphors while referring to her intent to kill them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: At the beginning of her story she is just an ordinary cat. By the end of her story she is one of the most powerful and feared nekomata in Japan.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she learns that Okoi's father committed suicide, and later on when confronting Shigematsu, her eyes glow yellow.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After having her tails cut off, leaving her powerless, she spends her days with a monk, and her nights dancing with other cats.
  • Heli Critter: Miike can fly by using her tails as a rotor.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: In the cutscene before her final boss fight she transforms into her Monster Cat form while silhouetted behind a screen door and eats a samurai who was trying to get intimate with her. The samurai in question being the man who ordered the deaths of Okoi and her brother.
  • Licking the Blade: Licks her claws after killing Shigematsu.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Has digitigrade paws for feet, two tails, cat ears, and transforms her hands into paws tipped with long talons when fighting.
  • Mind Screw: Her alternate ending has her chasing a young monk through a forest before running into an elderly monk. She then falls for the monk's trick to get her to transform into a bean. When she does, he sticks her in rice and eats her. Then she was a cat napping by the monk, and there was never a nekomata: it was just the young monk's hallucinations while wandering a forest at night. But seeing how she lived an abnormally long time, she still might have been a nekomata.
  • Modesty Towel: Miike's "attire" at the mountain hot spring.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The curse she laid on Jinkuro in her first ending is essentially what kick-started Momohime's path in the main game. Granted, considering Jinkuro was an Obake hunter at that point, he'd probably have gotten cursed sooner or later even if she didn't do it.
  • Nominal Hero: She starts off more along the lines of an Unscrupulous Hero, but after declaring that she doesn't care if she becomes a mindless beast of a monster if it means she can have her revenge and then proceeding to target completely innocent people later on the only thing keeping her a "hero" is that she's the playable character for her story.
  • One-Winged Angel: Can transform into a massive demonic cat or a giant cat head composed of cats.
  • Playing with Fire: Many of Miike's attacks involve throwing blue demonic fire.
  • Psycho Serum: The enchanted sake she gets from Danzaburo amplifies her powers at the cost of her sanity.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: It started off as simple revenge, killing the men who killed Okoi and her brother. Then she found out that news of their deaths drove their father to suicide. She goes on to attempt to kill everyone even remotely related to the attack until Jinkuro shows up to kill her.
  • Sanity Slippage: As a result of drinking the magic sake, Miike becomes so obsessed with revenge that she starts attacking anyone even tangentially related to Wakamiya.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: For Danzaburo, who was going to teach her how to improve her disguise. After going on for a while about the various ways testicles can be used for transformation she finally gets over the embarrassment just enough to let him know she doesn't have any. He just assumed that since that's how tanukis do it that Miike was male and that's how she was doing it, and lets her know he has no methods for girls to transform.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: She has four forms. "Miike", her actual form, "Okoi" a Cat Girl version of Okoi and the form she is most often in, "Monster Cat" a massive demonic cat that is the special transformation from her Okoi form, and "Avatar" a massive cat head composed of cats which is the special transformation from her Miike form.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: She drinks Danzaburo's magic sake to amplify her powers, knowing full well that it will drive her insane.
  • Youkai: Becomes a nekomata at the beginning of her storyline.

Wizened Cat

  • Brought Down to Normal: Had her tails cut off by Shigematsu.
  • Handicapped Badass: Was a powerful nekomata before her tails were amputated. She's also blind in one eye.
  • Older and Wiser: Is the first of many to warn Miike that her bloodlust will only bring her suffering, having had her tails amputated by a demon-slaying samurai. Miike ignores her and suffers the same fate in her default ending.
  • Retired Monster: Was once a legendary nekomata who terrorized a city in Japan before her tails were cut off. Now she's just an old one-eyed cat.
  • Youkai: Was a nekomata. She still has supernatural powers, but lacks the ability to use them.

Danzaburo

  • Big Fun: Danzaburo is taken aback by how obsessed with revenge Miike is and urges her to let go of her hatred, drink some sake, and party under the moon. After losing her powers, she takes his message to heart and does exactly that.
  • Groin Attack: His entire boss fight consists of Miike using his crotch as a scratching post. He even complains about the number her claws did on his scrotum.
  • Haunted House: Turns his scrotum into a haunted mansion and uses it to scare travellers.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: While he is a tanuki... he's also 100% uncensored.
  • Older and Wiser: Like the Wizened Cat, Danzaburo warns Miike that her lust for vengeance will get her killed.
  • Psycho Serum: After failing to dissuade Miike from pursuing revenge, he offers her a sip of some magic sake that, if the drinker is of a philosophical state of mind, will help them attain enlightenment. If not... they will gain god-like power at the cost of their sanity.
  • Secret Test of Character: Challenges Miike to a duel to determine whether she is worthy of learning his shapeshifting techniques... which it turns out she can't anyways due to being female.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Beat him up enough during his boss fight and he'll revert to his true form.
  • Shapeshifting Squick: Uses his testicles to cast illusions and transform. In addition, some of the forms he takes during his boss fight are nasty.
  • Teeny Weenie: While Danzaburo definitely has balls... he doesn't have much in the way of the other part of male reproductive anatomy.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Assumed that Miike was male and using her testicles to appear female. He's very much taken aback when he learns this isn't the case.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Uses his scrotum to change his shape and cast powerful illusions.
  • Youkai: Is a tanuki.

Netsuzo Wakamiya

  • Dirty Old Man: When "Okoi" comes to him for "comfort", he responds by trying to get into her kimono. She promptly eats him.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: For "The Fishy Tales of the Nekomata". All he does is order the theft and assassinations that drive the plot. And get eaten without a fight.
  • Out with a Bang: After trying to sleep with "Okoi" she reveals her true nature and kills him.
  • The Unfought: Miike never fights him. Instead, she seduces him and then eats him when he lets his guard down.
  • Too Dumb to Live: So "Okoi" has miraculously survived all assassination attempts that he ordered, and comes to him for support over her family's deaths, which he caused. Even if she wasn't a vengeful nekomata, trying to have sex with her was a really stupid idea. Shigematsu even warned him against it.

Shinzaemon Shigematsu

  • Anti-Villain: He sat out on the murders of Okoi and her brother, and only works for Wakamiya in the hopes of regaining his family's honor.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He only works for Wakamiya, but he's the true threat, having experience fighting nekomata as well as a weapon specifically crafted to deal with them.
  • The Dreaded: Nekomatas know to fear him and his sword, leaving the first half of "The Fishy Tales of the Nekomata" as Miike's quest to find a way around him to get to Wakamiya.
  • Fallen Hero: A legendary samurai who stopped a rampaging nekomata, reduced to thuggery.
  • Noble Demon: He's hesitant to take part in jobs that require him to attack the defenseless, but still does them as they're the only jobs remaining for a samurai by the time the story begins.
  • Not so Above It All: Despite warning Wakamiya about the dangers of bedding a girl who traversed Japan by herself while slaying assassins and demons, he doesn't seem to be too averse to the idea of sleeping with her himself when she propositions him.

     "Genroku Legends - A Cause to Daikon For" Characters 

Gonbe

  • Berserk Button: Don't pick on the elderly around him and don't ruin food. Being an inhumane monster to your people is also rather a no-no.
  • It Was All Just A Dream: The alternate ending. First, Gonbe wakes up from a nap where he dreamed that he, Tagosaku and Moheji completed their mission, on the night before said mission. Then the mission starts and he wonders why it seems like his dream. Then a female ascetic, an aged up Sayo (a boss from Kisuke's walkthrough), reveals to him what really happened. Nineteen years had passed since the rebellion, which had been utterly crushed, and that all his and his friends' regrets streamed into him to cause him to attack innocents indiscriminately. Oh, and that he's Dead All Along. This would be a Downer Ending, but the gods absolved Gonbe of all his sins to let him and Otae to finally ascend to Heaven, turning this into a Bittersweet Ending.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Fights with a bamboo spear, hoe, and sickle intended for harvesting rice.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: He calls out for Tagosaku and Moheji to help out. The shout alone works like the "Quick Draw" attack other characters use.
  • My Greatest Failure: Gonbe considers taking the time to stop Akugoro Fugaku left Umekichi to carry out the plan of talking to the shogun directly alone. Needless to say, Umekichi died for it. However, Tagosaku informs Gonbe that Umekichi had already planned to go alone, that he had sent them to the wrong area anyway, so Gonbe's actions were not to blame.
  • Only Mostly Dead: In the preview for "A Cause to Daikon For" he's seen falling to his death, only for Otae to grab his soul and force it back into his body and heal him a little bit. In the game itself it's a skill usable once per battle.
  • Punny Name: He's a country bumpkin, with a name that pretty much means just that.
  • Reality Ensues: He's just an ordinary farmer rebelling against the government. He's captured and executed to be made an example of after killing Hatono.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: The demons of Hell can't keep up and do their jobs right after so many of them got killed by Jinkuro, and they're all too afraid to go talk to Lord Enma to hire more. Gonbe and his friends volunteer to get it done. Enma kicks them out of Hell and back to the living world over it, he also ensured their harvests were bountiful and their leaders wise and benevolent so he wouldn't have to deal with them again.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Gonbe is rather plain, unshaven, and has the nose of a Gonk, but Otae is rather gorgeous.
  • Unlikely Hero: Gonbe is just a simple farmer, and the main character of "A Cause to Daikon For"
  • Widower Hero: His wife is dead, but still around to help.
  • Working Class Hero: A poor farmer fighting his way across the land to save his village from starvation.

Otae

  • Assist Character: She can carry Gonbe around and help attack his enemies.
  • Babies Ever After: After being brought back to life, she's seen carrying around a baby.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: She's Gonbe's wife, who died a year prior to the story.
  • Mercy Kill: She originally came back to the world of the living so that she could take her husband back to the afterlife with her, sensing that he'd be happier there at her side than suffering and working hard as a farmer. But Gonbe is stubborn, and she agrees to help him keep his promise to save his village.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Her hot spring encounters reveal that bathing in the sacred waters can restore her to flesh for a little while. She teases her husband over the obvious implications.
  • Undeath Always Ends: In the ending she's returned to life along with Gonbe and the others.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even in death she refuses to leave Gonbe, which is why she's a ghost. She requests to be sent to Hell alongside Gonbe after his execution, and is thus reunited with him in life once King Enma restores them.
  • Unishment: She was going to be tortured in a cauldron of boiling water. However Hell's gone to hell since Jinkuro killed all the staff. The demons that are left just can't keep up, so she basically just got a heavenly bath.

Tagosaku

Moheji

  • Assist Character: He's the second character that helps Gonbe fight when you change weapons while the battle gauges are shining.
  • The Big Guy: He's the strongest man in the village.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Fights with a large log or shovel.
  • The Pollyanna: He ends up stuck in Hell walking the path of needles? You get a pretty good look at Heaven, so there's that going for you.

Umekichi

  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: His virtuous sacrifice allows him to enter Heaven after death. While in Hell, his friends note that things aren't so bad since they can see him up there every once in a while.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He knew the plan of addressing the shogun would likely fail and end in death. He sent Gonbe and the others to the wrong area to spare them.
  • Mauve Shirt: He's part of the team, not just another random farmer. His wife and child are brought up repeatedly, Gonbe often urging him to leave the group to go be with them instead. He refuses, and ends up dying trying to talk to the shogun.
  • Non-Action Guy: He doesn't assist Gonbe in battle, he merely hangs around the save points.
  • The Smart Guy: He plans out how Gonbe and the others will try to solve their problems.

Akugoro Fugaku

  • Acrofatic: He sprints and jumps around constantly. Later in the fight he'll actually slide backwards just to thwart your attempts at getting behind him.
  • Fat Bastard: His introduction has him tormenting an old man.
  • Stout Strength: He's a sumo wrestler, and though he's very fat, his arms and legs are ripped.

Mamedayu Hatono

  • Big Bad: For most of "A Cause to Daikon For."
  • Dirty Coward: When Gonbe and the others got near he requested a gun so he could deal with them himself. And then promptly called in a small army of kunoichi as well.
  • Feudal Overlord: As the governor of Daikon, he is literally taxing the people to death while occasionally complaining that upholding his "face" and "honor" is much more important than their lives.
  • Get Back Here Boss: The entire fight against him is spent chasing him around while his kunoichi get in the way, or lift him with wires.
  • More Dakka: While his usual attacks involve a simple handgun, he'll occasionally pull out a minigun and fire it wildly about the room for awhile.
  • Sore Loser: As far as he's concerned, it's Gonbe's fault he's in Hell. Judging by Gonbe's response, he's been complaining like that for quite some time.
  • Wire Fu: If he's not running from you, he's "flying" around the room on wires operated by multiple kunoichi.

    "Genroku Legends - The Tale of the Seven Night Ghostly Curse" 

Arashimaru

  • Expy: Of Orochimaru (from Japanese folklore, not Naruto), being a ninja taken over by snake magic.
  • Knife Nut: Fights using a kunai.
  • Ninja: One of the few known details about him at this point.
  • Multicolored Hair: While most of his hair is black, he has a couple of white-tipped bangs.
  • Sinister Scythe: Coupled with Chain Pain, as one of his weapons is a kusarigama.
  • Summon Magic: He can summon an enormous white snake called Shirohebi.

Shirohebi

  • Breath Weapon: She can spit blasts of supernatural green fire.
  • Godiva Hair: In her hot springs encounters uses her hair to cover herself.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes, and while not evil is certainly dangerous to her enemies.
  • Scaled Up: She can transform into an enormous white snake.
  • Snakes Are Sexy: In her human form she's very attractive.
  • Snake People: She has an intermediary form where she has the upper body of a human, but below her waist is a snake.

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