- "I am thou, thou art I. The time has come. Open thy eyes and call forth what is within."
- —Izanagi to the protagonist, Persona 4
Izanagi (イザナギ?) is a demon in the series.
Izanagi (伊弉諾) is a Japanese creation deity born of the seven divine generations in Japanese mythology. He is also referred to in various chronicles such as the Kojiki and Nihon Shiki as Izanagi-no-mikoto (伊弉諾尊), the "male-who-invites". He and Izanami created many of the islands and deities of Japan. When Izanami died, Izanagi tried to retrieve her from the underworld, but failed. He mistakenly looks at her while she's in a rotting, monstrous state in the underworld, which shames her. She attempts to kill him, and swears to kill a thousand of his men a day. Izanagi claims that he will make sure that a thousand and five hundred will be born each day.
- Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
- Megami Tensei II: Minor Character
- Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei: Minor Character
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne: Secret Cameo
- Persona 4 / Golden: Fool Arcana
- Persona 4 Arena / Ultimax: Fool Arcana
- Persona 4: Dancing All Night
- Persona 5: Deluxe package content and paid DLC
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth: Fool Arcana
- Devil Children Black Book/Red Book (PS)
- Lord of Vermillion Re: 2: Cameo
Digital Devil Story: Megami TenseiEdit
The protagonist, Akemi Nakajima, is the reincarnation of Izanagi. After being tricked into summoning Loki, he begins to experience visions of his previous life as Izanagi. He later teams up with Yumiko Shirasagi, who is the reincarnation of Izanami, to defeat Loki.
Megami Tensei IIEdit
Izanagi first appears in Asmodeus' Cave after the hero defeats the demon lord. Later, after Izanami is revived and the Palace Ring is obtained, Izanagi will teleport him from Frontier Island to Lucifer's Temple.
Shin Megami Tensei III: NocturneEdit
If the Demi-fiend manages to achieve a qualifying Press Turn count on all the Burial Chambers in the Labyrinth of Amala, then he will be awarded an extra Turn Press by Izanagi and Izanami during a second playthrough. This is accomplished by meeting with Cerberus in the first Burial Chamber of the First Kalpa and following him to the secret Tomb of Yomi in the 666th basement of the Labyrinth.
They will mention how they had waited for a strong person such as the Demi-fiend to appear so that they could entrust them with their power. Before leaving, they ask him to pursue the path of creation and mention how their powers were lost due to the destruction of the old world. They mention that both Izanami and himself were the creators of the old world.
- "One of the ancient gods who existed before Japan was formed. He created the Ouyashima from chaos, then gave birth to countless children and laid the foundation of soil and nature."
- —Persona 4 Compendium
In Persona 4, Izanagi is the protagonist's initial Persona. When the protagonist first encounters the Shadows, Izanagi's voice prompts him to awaken to the power within. The protagonist then mutters the word "Persona" and summons forth Izanagi.
In the events of the Normal Ending, Tohru Adachi is capable of invoking a bloodied, more malevolent form of Izanagi, called Magatsu-Izanagi. While the Investigation Team is surprised at the similarity of Adachi's Persona to that of the protagonist, the events of the True Ending reveals that the protagonist, Adachi and Namatame actually "received" their Personas from the Moel Gas Station Attendant, whose true identity is revealed to be Izanami. According to Izanami herself, she gave the Persona of Izanagi to three outsiders who represent Hope, Despair, and Emptiness.
The protagonist represented Hope and thus his Izanagi is 'pure'. Adachi represented Emptiness, and as he refused to see the truth and gave into murderous corruption his version of Izanagi became tainted and malevolent as well. Namatame, presumably, would also receive another version of Izanagi, which represented Despair, reflecting his desperate idea of "saving" people from the murders by throwing them in the Midnight Channel, although his Izanagi is never shown in the game.
During the True Ending's final sequences, in the protagonist's final confrontation with Izanami-no-Okami, he gathers the strength of the heart accumulated by his Social Links and forms The World Arcana, transforming Izanagi into his true, standalone form and most likely the protagonist's true Persona — Izanagi-no-Okami. The Persona easily dispatched Izanami-no-Okami with his 'Myriad Truths' skill.
Persona 4 ArenaEdit
Izanagi returns as Yu Narukami's Persona. He, along with Caesar and Thanatos, are the only Personas who can use Zio spells; though Take-Mikazuchi can also use Electricity skills, none of them are Zio spells.
Persona 4: Dancing All NightEdit
Izanagi can use a bass guitar as his instrument during dances.
Devil Children Black Book/Red Book (PS)Edit
Lord of Vermilion Re: 2Edit
Izanagi appears alongside Pallas Athena, Thanatos and Messiah as one of the Personas featured in Lord of Vermillion Re: 2, once again serving as Yu's Persona, using Ziodyne as his skill.
Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit
|Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei|
Izanagi fleeing from Izanami in Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
Izanagi as he appears in Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei's OVA
Izanagi using his powers in Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei's OVA
|Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne|
Izanagi as seen in the Tomb of Yomi in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
The protagonist with Izanagi
Izanagi's Persona 4 concept artwork
Izanagi in battle
Izanagi in the Persona 4 Manga
Izanagi's Persona 4 the Animation concept design
Izanagi in Persona 4 The Animation
Izanagi in the first episode of Persona 4 The Animation
Izanagi after being summoned
Izanagi as he appears Persona 4 The Golden Animation
Izanagi in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side P3
Izanagi in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side P4
|Persona 4 Arena/Ultimax|
Persona 4 Arena concept artwork
Izanagi in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Manga
|Persona 4: Dancing All Night|
Izanagi playing the bass guitar
Izanagi as he appears in Persona 5