- Iron Woobie: Yamato Takeru. He willingly takes the blame for something he didn't do, and is sent on the exhausting task of killing the brothers Kumaso. Before he has time to rest, the poor prince is sent on a mission to the East to get rid of more evil men. He hardly catches a break and his aunt feels so bad for him that she pretends that his father gave him Susano-o's sword, to lift his spirits. His wife first breaks up with him, then kills herself after she angers the gods by losing her virginity, and the moment he reaches home he's betrayed by his own brothers.
- Jerkass Woobie: Susano-o, meanwhile, is actually guilty of his actions: he spites his sister Amaterasu openly, spoils a ceremony by killing a pony and throwing it into a circle where her maids are weaving, and causes darkness by sending Amaterasu into hiding. As a result of that, it starts a big chaos from which a maid dies trying to escape, and he almost destroys the whole world. He also sends a storm when Ototachibana breaks her promise. However he has a lot of emotional issues. His mother, whom he loves, had died and gone to the underworld, and he wants affection from his father, who doesn't even talk face to face with him.
- Special Effects Failure: The lava and tidal waves at the end don't look all that convincing.
YMMV / The Three Treasures