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- "No longer human. Not angel, not demon. He is...my puppet."
- —Dagda, Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
Nanashi (lit. "Nameless") is the protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse.
- Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse: Protagonist
Nanashi is a youthful teenager with half-shaved medium length greenish brown hair and green eyes. He wears a dark green jumpsuit with the right sleeves halved and half of his left leg exposed, one grayish green glove on his right hand, and grayish green boots with orange socks, with a red stud earring on one ear.
In addition, he has a green scar on the right side of his face, and green markings on his left hand.
Before making a contract with Dagda, he had brown eyes and no scar or markings on his left hand. He regains these features at the end of the Peace route after YHVH's defeat, having fulfilled his role as Dagda's Godslayer.
In the Anarchy Ending, as the new Creator God, Nanashi develops bright yellow eyes, and loses the green scar on his cheek, and presumably the markings on his left hand.
Through the tradition of Shin Megami Tensei series, he is a silent protagonist, where his personality is based upon the players' actions and decisions.
Shin Megami Tensei IV ApocalypseEdit
Place of BirthEdit
Death and Rebirth Edit
Nanashi spends his days as an apprentice Hunter under senior Hunters Manabu and Nikkari. During a mission to retrieve some food, he and his friends and teachers are attacked by a demon, Adramelech, who is investigating the area per Lucifer's orders for possible angel activity. Opting to devour them, Adramelech attacks the group. Despite their efforts, nothing even remotely harms the horde of demons, as Manabu protects Asahi from being killed, being reduced to ashes in the process, and Nikkari is killed while trying in vain to leave behind a scar. Nanashi dies shortly afterward in front of Asahi. Afterwards, he awakens in an unknown location with spectral figures wandering round, and a void calling out to him. Not long after, he meets Dagda, a demon who informs him that he is in the underworld. Dagda states that Nanashi has accomplished nothing in his short span of life, and that his friend will die, but they (Dagda and him) can change that if Nanashi agrees to work for Dagda. In exchange for agreeing to working for him, Dagda will revive him. Nanashi agrees to the deal, and Dagda informs him that he is now his own personal "Godslayer" and his puppet.
After awakening, with Dagda inside of his smartphone in order to observe him, Nanashi protects Asahi from Adramelech, and with the aid of a Centaur demon, he forces the demons back. Asahi and Nanashi then return to the Hunter's Association, where they inform the master about the incident. When they return, Asahi asks her father to make them official Hunters, though he is heavily against this decision. The Master then demands that Asahi return Nikkari's phone, believing that she isn't ready, but she storms off. Nanashi chases after her shortly afterwards. Asahi is furious that her father isn't happy that she wants to follow in his footsteps, but then comes to the idea that if they obtain their own demons, he would have to recognize their worth. To that end, Asahi and Nanashi go out and recruit some demons, though the girl soon receives a message on Nikkari's smartphone that there is Angel activity at the Sky Tower, and one of their Hunters is in danger.
Asahi and Nanashi then rush to the Sky Tower, hoping to rescue the Hunter. When they arrive, the find two Hunters arguing with the Angels. The Angels are under strict orders from Merkabah to guard the Sky Tower, and eliminate any humans who dare enter. One of the Hunters tries to placate them, saying that the captured Hunter was only curious and stuck his head inside, but they Angels are persistent. Nanashi and Asahi then decide to intervene, and fight the Angels. They manage to successfully defeat Angel, and the Hunters push back the Power, though their victory becomes short-lived with the appearance Aniel. The Hunters instantly recognize the archangel, and state that they cannot defeat him. The Power then explains the situation to Aniel, who then attacks the group, proclaiming that he shall slay them. He easily dispatches the two Hunters, and then sets his sights on Nanashi and Asahi. Aniel easily overwhelms the two children as he destroys Nanashi's demons with ease. Asahi asks Nanashi what they should do. Isabeau and Flynn arrive just in time to save them. With their help, Nanashi and Asahi manage to defeat Aniel. Asahi wonders who Isabeau is, remarking how cool she is. They then carry the wounded Hunters back to their home in Kinschicho.
After being healed, Asahi and Nanashi speak with the Master, though he is absolutely furious that the two went off to try and collect demons, and later tried to fight the Angels at the Sky Tower. Asahi tries to justify their actions, but the Master states that being a Hunter is a serious matter. Flynn, who overhears them, says that the two are already accomplished Hunters. Isabeau also backs them up, noting how they came to the Hunter's aid without a second thought. Flynn says that it's people like them (Nanashi and Asahi) that give him hope for humanity. Isabeau also remarks that, if it weren't for the two, then they would have never arrived in time to save them, noting how many lives they saved as a result. The Master is surprised to hear this, as Flynn says he should feel proud of them. The Master then asks if they had recruited their own demons, which Asahi confirms, saying that they're not kids anymore. Albeit reluctantly, the Master then decides to make the two official Hunters, though he says that it was only because of the two Samurai's recommendations. Asahi's father also asks Nanashi to continue keeping an eye out for his daughter, much to Asahi's chagrin.
Nanashi also notices a green specter hanging around Flynn, as it makes faces at him. The Master then registered the two, asking if Nanashi if he wants to keep the name he registered before asking Asahi what her registration name would be. Among the names of Asahi's choosing are Valkyrie, Black Rose, Jeanne Ten-ryu, D, and Pascal. However, Asahi doesn't seem to like any of the choices, despite coming up with them herself. The Master notes that it will be a while, and tells Nanashi to get something to eat while he waits. Eventually, fed up with how long she was taking, the Master decides to register her under her real name.
The Boss then explains the new settings to the two newly-made Hunters, and tells them to be careful. Flynn notes that they're actual Hunters now instead of cadets, and the two make their leave. Asahi thanks the two, especially Isabeau, who she refers to as "miss." The Boss then says he wishes the people of Tokyo could do for him, though he says that when the time comes, they'll rush to his side. Flynn thanks him, mentioning that they are going to Ginza to go see Masakado. A request then reaches their smartphones, though two of them are for high-ranking Hunters. The third request is from a client listed as "Nozomi?" The wording is garbled up like gibberish, though it asks for help, with the client waiting at Ueno. Asahi notes the state of the message, but accepts it, as it is the only one they can accept.
After leaving, Nanashi finds the green specter wandering around, asking for attention and why nobody seems to notice it before it encounters Nanashi, being the only one to see him. It then introduces itself as Navarre, referring to himself as the "pride of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado," or at least he was. Navarre also claims that he fought alongside with Flynn (though this was in truth a lie, as Navarre was originally hostile towards him due to his status as a Casualry, or a commoner by Mikado's standards, coupled with his incredible skills). Navarre states that he had died, and has no place to call home...until he had found Nanashi. He says that while he is a child he should appreciate this honor, as he decides to travel with Nanashi, leaving no room for argument. Asahi, unable to see him, asks Nanashi if he talking to himself. Navarre notes how blind she is to his majesty, though says nothing more. Asahi then says that they should head to Ueno, where the client is.
The Fairy Forest Edit
Upon arrival, they make way to the Underground Residential Area, though they are stopped by a woman clad in red. Asahi asks if she is the client, which she confirms, introducing herself as "Questgiver Nozomi." Nanashi immediately notices there is something off about their client, but Asahi plays it cool, and asks her about the details, as all that was made clear in the request was that there was a fight that needed to be stopped. Nozomi(?) informs them that it is in the Fairy Forest, much to Asahi's confusion, having never heard of such a location. Nozomi (?) explains that they can reach it by the use of a Terminal. However, Asahi points out that it is impossible to reach a location that is not registered to a smartphone via Terminal, though Nozomi(?) says that she can take them their using a smartphone she borrowed from Nozomi. However, Nozomi(?) realizes her mistake, and quickly states that she is "Nozomi." Asahi is quite suspicious about the woman's behavior, but continues to play along at Nanashi's suggestion to help her out. After reaching the Terminal, Asahi begins to register the Ueno Terminal to her phone, though Dagda complains that it's taking too long, and registers the Terminal to Nanashi's smarphone automatically. Nozomi(?) then hands her smartphone to Nanashi, saying that they can reach the Fairy Forest with it.
After transporting to the Shinjuku Region, the group enters the Fairy Forest. Asahi is amazed by how large the cherry blossom tree is, and wonders how tall it is. Shortly afterward, the group meets a woman also wearing red. Upon seeing her, Nozomi(?) turns into her original form, and fawns on the woman, much to her chagrin. Asahi is immediately left on edge by Napaea's sudden appearance, and is ready to attack before the woman, Nozomi, realizes they are Hunters and tells them to stand down. Nozomi explains that Napaea is harmless, and that the denizens of the Fairy Forest want to seek a peaceful life away from the war between the angels and demons. Asahi asks who the woman is, which she introduces herself as Nozomi, and the leader of the Fairy Folk, much to Asahi's surprise. Nozomi explains that she inherited the queen's powers, though she was once a Hunter like them as well, on top of being a photographer on the side. Navarre comments on the ludicrousy of her words, though much to his surprise, Nozomi rebukes him, meaning she was able to see him. She asks what the deal is with the "strange green pompadour," much to Navarre's annoyance. Asahi is confused, as she cannot see Navarre. Depending on the player's decision, Nozomi can inform Asahi that Navarre is haunting him. He quickly panics, due to Asahi's anxiety over the matter, and asks if Nanashi is okay. Navarre claims that he is simply mentoring him. Nozomi decides that he is simply harmless.
Napaea asks if that "frosty fatty" is still hogging the spring. Nozomi says that she had wanted to handle the matter, but lost her phone. Nanashi then returns it to her, causing Nozomi to thank him and then scolds Napaea for taking it without asking. Napaea defends herself by saying that she had asked for help, and because of how serious she looked then, she went to find someone who could lend a hand. Nozomi forgives her, letting it slide, and thanks her for finding help. Napaea is happy, and then runs off to the cherry tree's roots. Danu then appears behind Nozomi, and introduces herself to the group as the source of Nozomi's powers, as well as the mother of Dagda. Asahi is confused, being unaware of the circumstances behind her childhood friend's revival. Danu says that Navarre is not the only one who has taken a liking to Nanashi, noting that he's been caught him in his schemes. Asahi suggests that she should have him get exorcised by her father, much to Navarre's horror, exclaiming that he doesn't wish to die again. Nozomi cuts in, saying that there are other problems to deal with.
Nozomi then properly explains the request Napaea sent out. One of the fussier fairies, King Frost, has taken over the spring. Normally, all fairies should have equal access to it, but King Frost has been hogging it. Asahi asks about the importance of the spring, but Nozomi says that she has no idea either. Asahi suggests that they ask King Frost about it directly. Nozomi, agreeing with them, decides to come along, in case things become rowdy. While traversing the Fairy Forest, the group finds two fairies, Titania and Oberon, arguing. Asahi is left confused while Nozomi remarks that the "loverbirds" are at it again. Upon noticing her, Oberon asks Nozomi to talk some sense into his wife, only for Titania to rebuke him and demands he explain the item he was carrying.
Oberon, in a panic, claims the item in question, the Jade Dagger, is a miraculous invention, explaining that it allows lost souls to wield power in the physical world, and stated that he crafted it due to the number of people that have been dying in the war between Lucifer and Merkabah. To that end, he crafted the dagger, as a means to help them in some manner. Titania mocks him, asking if he's trying to force them into falling in love, referring to the legend between she and Oberon. Oberon, realizing what she was getting at, complains that it was four hundred years ago. Nozomi grows impatient, and tries to take the dagger, but is unable to. Oberon says that the dagger was designed specifically for the dead. Asahi says that she is unable to see it, since it doesn't exist in the physical world.
Upon noticing Navarre, Oberon practically goads him into taking it, saying that it was perfect for "heroes with unfinished business." Navarre is initially surprised, but takes the blade, immediately noting the power flowing through his body. However, after swinging it, he suddenly notes how heavy it has become. Oberon says that the blade needs to be charged again at a Power Spot for Navarre to use it again. Afterwards, he leaves with TItania, who seems glad that whatever scheme he had in mind failed. Seeing the issue resolved, Asahi says that they should postpone the exorcism if Navarre was going to prove useful, again to Navarre's horror.
The group then arrives at the spring, where they find King Frost, true to the fairies' claims, hogging it. The demon introduces itself as "the boss," and demands Nozomi to explain why she brought strangers before him. Nozomi protects Asahi as she tries to ask King Frost why he's been hogging up the water. King Frost explains that the spring has the best drinking water in the entire forest, and by ruling over it, he in turn rules over the other fairies. Nozomi asks why he would want everyone to obey him, which he responds is that he needs help finding the treasure in the forest. Nozomi expresses confusion, having never heard of treasure being in the forest, and asks what it is. Unfortunately, King Frost replies that the one who told him about the treasure never told him exactly what it was. King Frost then decides to take over the entire forest, thus making his job of finding it easier. As a result, a battle occurs between them.
After the battle, King Frost begins to melt down into a Jack Frost, expressing his immense displeasure. Nozomi asks him if he's done trying to take over the spring, which he confirms, admitting his loss. Nozomi asks him about the person who told him about the treasure hidden in the forest, and quickly catches a demon spying on the group, shooting at it. The demon, fearing for his life, tells Nozomi that he was spreading a rumor about the treasure in order to trick the fairies into finding it. Nozomi asks who told him about it, though the demon says that he knows nothing, being merely an underling. Nozomi then threatens to kill him. The demon says that while he doesn't know the name of the one who told him, it was a god from a group called the Divine Powers. Afterwards, he makes his escape.
Asahi asks Nozomi if it was a good idea letting him go, which the leader of the fairy folk responds that the demon was too scared to be hiding anything. She then congratulates them, noting that Nanashi is natural when it comes to combat. However, the moment is cut short when Danu manifests, who notes that his power comes directly from Dagda, and asks the being what he has planned for Nanashi. Dagda then manifests in front of the group, much to Asahi's surprise, this being the first time she has seen him. Dagda corrects her, saying that he is a god, not some mere "guy," and he isn't too keen on revealing himself unnecessarily, though he made an exception, due to Danu calling for him. Danu then asks her son what he is up to, which he responds "what must be done," even if she doesn't understand. Danu states that their family is one with nature, and by extension, with the universe itself, saying that they should be working together to protect the fairies and spirits, which are slowly dying out.
Dagda, however, mocks her, saying that she can't tell the forest from her trees, saying she'll understand soon enough with her fairies. Afterwards, he returns to Nanashi's smartphone. Danu does the same with Nozomi. Asahi notes the obvious tension between the two, as Nozomi jokingly asks how long the rebellious phase lasts with gods. She then suggests that they should keep Dagda's presence to themselves, though she doesn't say the exact reason. She then thanks the two for their help. Asahi hugs Nanashi, overjoyed that they finished their first mission as Hunters. Nozomi mentions that they look cute, causing Asahi to be flustered, and offers to walk them back to the entrance.
After arriving, Asahi comments on how beautiful the Fairy Forest looks, mentioning that she wished she could stay here forever. Nozomi says that they can come back anytime, and then returns to the forest. Asahi then asks if Nanashi is alright, due to having a demon and spirit around him, much to Navarre's chagrin, saying that she doesn't want to experience losing someone close to her again. Dagda mockingly calls her concern for his life touching, but calls it useless. He then tells Nanashi that, as he is his Godslayer, he will resurrect him, no matter how many times he falls. Afterwards, Asahi and Nanashi return to the Association to report back to Asahi's father.
The Ark Edit
After returning to the Association in Kinshicho, Asahi asks her father if there is any new jobs for them to tackle, though much to her disappointment, he brushes her off, saying that there is no easy way to become experienced other than handling the small jobs they can handle for now. After leaving, however, they are encountered by an old man, who notices their desire for glory, and says he has a quest in mind for them. Upon arriving to the man's apparent place of residence near the train platform, the old man reveals himself to be the Norse God Odin. Asahi is initially skeptical about him, though Odin claims that he is merely an ally to humans, and says that it's possible for them to gain the strength they seek by accepting a request of his. Odin says that there is a powerful demon slumbering inside of a place called the Ark, and informs the two that if they were to control this demon, it would be possible for them to fight alongside Flynn, whom they admire.
Enticed by the prospect, the two accept the request. However, when the group seeks out the Ark, they find that the area is heavily guarded by both angels and demons, much to Asahi's curiosity, as it would suggest that the demon sealed away in the Ark is quite powerful. However, when they discover the Ark, they find that it is guarded by Sukuna-Hikona. Sukuna warns the two not to progress any further, as they do not know of what truly sleeps inside of the Ark. He also states that it is a great evil that will threaten this world. However, when he sees that Nanashi and Asahi have no intention of backing down, he engages the two. During the battle, he asks them why they would seek to release such a catastrophic evil upon the world, as it would only serve to bring about a greater conflict in the battle against gods, demons and angels. Nanashi can choose to answer that he is either doing this for humanity, or that the world does not need any deities. Choosing the latter will please Dagda, saying that is exactly what a Godslayer should say.
Eventually, the team defeats Sukuna-Hikona, leaving them free to open the Ark. However, Odin arrives, noting that they have managed to defeat the guardian, saying he would have expected nothing less of someone serving under "Lord Dagda," much to Asahi's confusion. Odin urges them to release the seal, despite Asahi quickly realizing that something is wrong. Nanashi can choose to destroy the seal on the Ark and release the demon inside of it, or refuse to, though Dagda will simply force your body into complying into breaking the seal. As a result, the god known as Krishna is freed, who thanks both Odin and Dagda for releasing him, and shortly afterwards, declares to all in the Divine Powers that "salvation is at hand." Asahi quickly becomes worried when the entities mention that they need Flynn in order to accomplish their goals, even if they must make him submit to their ideals. They then leave shortly afterwards, with Dagda remarking that things are quickly becoming more interesting. Asahi and Nanashi then leave to search for Flynn, who is at Ginza to summon Masakado.
The Divine Powers: Monotheism vs Polytheism Edit
Asahi and Nanashi arrive at Ginza just in time to see Flynn drawing Masakado's Sword from it's sheathe, though before he can, a group of demons emerge and stop him. The group is led by Krishna and Odin, who ask him to join them in order to bring forth "salvation," and defeat the "Creator," whom they hold in disdain. Flynn refuses this at first, though he later submits when Asahi is captured by Maitreya, who threatens Nanashi and Flynn not to do anything unless they want her to die. Flynn reluctantly surrenders, and is rendered unconscious by Odin, and is then taken by Krishna, who claims they now have their "Kalki." A group of Hunters then arrive in an attempt to take back Flynn, though Krishna says that they are doing this for the sake of humanity. Afterwards, much to everyone's shock, a flaming serpent, Shesha, appears seemingly from within the Ceiling, easily destroying a portion of it and leaving behind a hole in the process, much to the shock of everyone. Krishna claims that Shesha is the one who will bring death to them in order for them to obtain "salvation," and then leaves with Flynn in tow.
Sometime afterwards, Nanashi and Asahi are asked to deliver supplies to Shinjuku. On their way there, they encounter a girl pushing a wheel, followed by the appearance of Stephen. Stephen states that he is aware of the current situation, but he also says that Nanashi will have to choose a "neutral" path in the future. Later, the group learns that Shesha is attacking, leading to them attacking the monster, only to find their attacks virtually ineffective. The group later receives aid from the appearance of angels and, to Asahi's immense rage, Adramelech, who states that they have much bigger concerns at the moment. Shesha is unaffected by their assault, and retreats. Adramelech and the angels also retreat, leaving Asahi furious that they were unable to avenge the deaths of their comrades.
Later, Fujiwara and Skins hold a conference meeting to discuss the emergence of the Divine Powers, who have now managed to turn the tide of the war into their favor. In order to find a way to defeat the new faction, the Association called for a meeting with Lucifer and Merkabah, who, much to the surprise of many, have taken on the forms of Flynn and Isabeau's former compatriots, Walter and Jonathan. The two are quick to reveal their true forms however. Lucifer calls for a ceasefire, in order to deal with the Divine Powers, which Merkabah agrees with, saying that they are too much of a threat at present. To this end, Merkabah and Lucifer bring forward their own soldiers; Merkabah gathering the best of his Samurai, and Lucifer commanding the Hunters Association, much to Skins and Fujiwara's anger. Lucifer claims that it was his purpose to lead humanity, in order for them to obtain greater heights, but he also goes on to say that "only a human can kill gods and demons." This shocks everyone, though Lucifer clears up this confusion, stating that angels, demons and gods are only capable of sealing each other away, whereas humans can permanently slay them. Humans who accomplish this feat are granted the title of "Godslayer." Thus, without humans, the war shall never end. Skins and Fujiwara note that they barely had any say at all during the meeting, much to their anger.
Dagda, however, scoffs at the whole thing, saying that while everyone is focusing on the Divine Powers, he already has Nanashi as his Godslayer. Asahi then speaks up, saying that they have new requests.
Return to the Fairy Forest Edit
One of the two requests is the task of retrieving a powerful sword from the Fairy Forest. This seems to excite Asahi, as it means they will be able to see Nozomi again. However, when they arrive, they find the Forest in the process of being set ablaze, much to their horror. Nozomi, who meets them, says that when she returned from photographing, she discovered the forest in this state. After hearing Asahi's details on their request, she realizes that the sword they're speaking of is the holy blade Excalibur, which is held deep in the Forest. She manages to direct them to their destination, electing to staying behind in order to help the other fairies escape from the Divine Powers' assault. When the group arrives, they find Titan trying to take the sword, as per his orders from the Divine Powers. Asahi demands to learn why he set the forest ablaze, and much to her anger, Titan replies that he did this because "it was in his way."
After defeating Titan, Nanashi takes Excalibur, and then returns to the entrance with Nozomi. As they are leaving, Danu inquires about the current status of the war. She also claims to know of the Divine Powers' true goal: when the Creator took control of the Universe, he defeated the old deities (i.e. Danu and the other gods, possibly including Krishna and many others), thus in order to take back control, the Divine Powers intend to defy the Creator by creating a new universe. Dagda claims that they can accomplish this by killing a vast majority of humans and taking their souls, as human bodies would wither away and die without their souls. Danu asks him if he is also apart of the Divine Powers, though her son denies these claims, saying that they are merely pieces on the bigger game he is playing that. Dagda also says that his goal is to take control of Krishna's attempts to establish a new universe, though this appears to anger Danu for dragging Nanashi into his schemings. Dagda claims that Nanashi had either two chooses: accept death, or be resurrected.
Asahi, much to her horror, also learns from Dagda's conversation with Danu that Nanashi had indeed died by Adramelech's hands. He says that Nanashi is not human, but he is not angel or demon either. Instead, he is his puppet. He also asks Nanashi to forgo all notion of bonds to this world, in favor for "true freedom" from the world. Danu claims that they should work to protect the "freedom" that exists currently, thus leaving the two at an impasse, leaving them with obvious hostilities. Asahi is left upset by Nanashi's death, clearly unable to believe it, but is consoled by Nozomi, who says that if Nanashi had really changed, she would have noticed it, being the one closest to him. Nozomi also decides to tag along with the group, in order to defeat the Divine Powers and protect the Fairies.
Ashura-kai's Comeback Edit
One of the two requests is to retrieve parts to make a detector that will locate Shesha. Nanashi and the group head to Kasumigaseki, where the inventor behind the device says that the parts can be found in the Sky Tower. However, when they arrive, the angels bar entry, having not heard any of this. Thankfully, a man called Abe intervenes, along with a young boy named Hallelujah. Abe is the new leader of the Ashura-kai, and is very influential. Much to Navarre's glee, Hallelujah is also capable of seeing him. The man manages to allow them access into the Sky Tower, allowing them to retrieve the parts they needed. However, they are soon attacked by a demon, taking them by surprise. Hallelujah immediately notes how calm Nanashi is, and sees that he is very powerful. After they have retrieved the parts they needed to build the Shesha Radar, Abe tells Hallelujah to keep an eye on them, in case things go south because of them. He also says that he gets a "bad vibe" from Nanashi.
The group is then attacked by Medusa, who was revived by Divine Powers, and has much to her own glee, she says that she has obtained greater "beauty." Abe takes his leave as the battle commences. After Medusa's death, Hallelujah says that he wants to continue following them, though Dagda says that it isn't a good idea, saying that he is spying on them for the Ashura-kai. Asahi is angered by this, feeling that they do not trust them, especially after Hallelujah is forced to tell them the truth. Regardless, Nanashi agrees to take him with them, much to Hallelujah's relief. The group then returns to the Association, delivering the parts needed for the Shesha Radar.
Gaston and the Crusaders Edit
Not long after the completion of both quests, the group receives a request to escort a group of Samurai in Ueno to Kasumigaseki. Upon meeting the Samurai in question, Navarre is in shock, as the leader of the group is his younger brother, Gaston. Gaston, alongside others, were elected to become the Crusaders, a group of elite Samurai chosen by Merkabah. As proof of his status as the leader of the Crusaders, Gaston was given Michael's Spear, which he claims to be effective against Shesha, and proclaims that he will slay the serpent. Unfortunately, much to the group's dismay, Gaston appears to be highly arrogant and conceited. Hallelujah remarks that he is definitely Navarre's brother, though Gaston reacts rather harshly to this, saying that he is no brother to someone who had stained their good name. This appears to sadden Navarre, though he says nothing more. Shortly after escorting Gaston and the Crusaders to Kasumigaseki, Nanashi sees Dr. Matsuda, who says that he has finished the Shesha Radar.
As Nanashi leaves, the radar goes off, revealing that Shesha has appeared in Shibuya's Miyashita Park. Before the group leaves, Gaston finds them, and requests to go with them, saying that the other Crusaders had chosen to separate in order to complete their goals faster. Hallelujah, however, says that Gaston was likely ditched, as it was obvious the other Crusaders did not quite agree with him, nor could they tolerate his arrogant behavior. Regardless, Gaston joins them as they make their way to Shibuya. They find Shesha, and combat it. True to Gaston's words, Michael's spear is quite effective, alongside the Excalibur. Gaston tries to kill the beast, but fails to do so. Thus, Nanashi strikes the finishing blow, much to Gaston's anger, believing that Shesha was his prey. He also lashes out at Asahi, who tells him that it is pointless to get angry over such a stupid fact. Nozomi suggests that they work together, but Gaston scoffs at the notion, saying that people die if they expect mercy.
After returning to the Association in Kinshicho, Nanashi experiences another dream. In it, he finds Akira speaking with a man who's face is covered with scars, whom Akira refers to as "Skins," much to the man's chagrin, as everyone has come to call him now. They had reached the Firmament, but immediately came under attack by the angels, forcing them to retreat into Naraku. However, the group is then approached by Gabriel, who says that, while they are Unclean, some of them may be granted the privilege of living in their new kingdom, they were made in the Lord's image, thus some of them should be granted salvation. However, as Gabriel is about to continue, the dream ends abruptly.
Toki and the Ring of Gaea Edit
Nanashi and the group, having accomplished defeating Shesha, now work to try and save Flynn by infiltrating Tsukiji Honganji, which is now under the control of the Divine Powers. Isabeau also joins them in this endeavor, much to Asahi's pleasure. Seeing that entering through the main gate is futile, they try to search for an alternate route, and come across two Gaeans. They inform the Hunters and Samurai that many of their numbers have converted to joining Maitreya, much to their own displeasure, but say that the leaders of the Ring of Gaea, Kei and Kii, know a way inside. The group meets with the old women, who agree to show them a way inside the temple, though in the condition that they take someone with them. They then introduce Toki, a young girl wearing a feral mask, who they claim is one of their best. Toki is quick to the point, telling the group that they are to take her to Tsukiji Hoganji. Kei and Kii explain that, in exchange for their cooperation, Toki is to eliminate two specific individuals. Toki says that her targets are Maitreya and Flynn, much to Isabeau's horror. Kei and Kii explain that they cannot forgive Flynn for killing Yuriko, their original leader, despite some of the Ring of Gaea believing that Yuriko's death was proof that the strong can shape the world, as Flynn had prevailed over her. Isabeau agrees, but she states that she will not allow Toki to kill Flynn. Afterwards, the group heads back to the Temple.
After infiltrating the temple, they manage to find Flynn pinned to a cross. Toki tries to kill him right then and there, but Isabeau stops him. Seeing her attempt has failed, she turns on the party and attacks them, only to be defeated. Maetreya then appears, and knocks her away. Odin and Krishna later appear. Krishna states that Dagda has betrayed them, though Dagda refutes this by saying he had never truly sided with them, as their ideals were different. Odin challenges the party, wondering if they are worthy to enter Valhalla, though he easily defeats them. Krishna also reveals to the group that Nanashi and Asahi were also the ones who unsealed him, as well as Nanashi being a corpse that was revived as a mere puppet of Dagda. This causes conflicting views amongst the group, which Dagda mocks at, saying that bonds are useless and fleeting, and that Nanashi should embrace the freedom he seeks.
Toki assists the party in escaping, though she leaves immediately afterwards. Gaston is enraged by the fact that Nanashi was a servant of Dagda, despite not knowing about the circumstances behind his revival, as well as his role in unsealing Krishna. Nozomi also begrudgingly states that she must report this to the Association, as to not raise the possibility of a traitor amongst them. Sadly, the next day, Nanashi is called by Fujiwara and Skins. The Hunters with them are furious and demand that Nanashi be punished, some of the more extreme ones even asking for his death. Fujiwara does bring up that Nanashi had done a great deal of good, such as defeating Shesha, but the weight of his role in Krishna's presence is far too much to ignore. However, before they can decide what to do with Nanashi, Tokyo is suddenly covered by a powerful spell that does not allow anyone to utilize the Demon Summoning Application. Recognizing this as the work of the Divine Powers, Fujiwara and Skins ask about Nanashi's loyalty, and entrust the task of eliminating the spell to him.
Tragedy soon strikes, however, as when Nanashi returns to Kinshicho, worried about the Master and everyone else, he discovers that many Hunters have been slain, due to being helpless without their demons. Worse, when he arrives at the Association, the Master was fatally injured, protecting Asahi from an attack. Nanashi dispatches Quetzalcoatl, and checks up on the Master. In his final moments, he asks Nanashi to look after Asahi for him, even telling her his usual line "Come on, now" before he passes away, much to Asahi's grief. As Asahi is being taken care of by another Hunter, Abe appears the group, saying that they have found a clue as to how to destroy the spell. He hands them the Miyoko Disk, which would allow them to seek council from Tenkai, who has knowledge of the spell.
Destroying the MandalaEdit
On arriving at the Hills Building, where Tenkai rests, Nanashi uses the artefact to restore the demon to his original form, due to having been defeated by Flynn and his companions previously during their adventures in Tokyo. Tenkai states that a Mandala has been placed over Tokyo, one which forbids the use of demon summoning, and the Mandala is being fueled by five jars, which absorb Magnetite, or Aether, to keep the Mandala running. In order to dispell the Mandala, the jars have to be sealed, though the task is difficult, as the high concentration of Aether could potentially damage and scar the mentality of anyone who gets too close, unless that individual is highly virtuous. Toki appears, and offers to try and seal them away, despite her earlier attempts to end Flynn's life. As she was raised to keep her emotions separate, she would possibly be able to seal the jars. Seeing no other option, the group agrees to this plan, and heads to to seal the jars.
Each jar is located in a small shrine, and each appears to represent a powerful sin. Each jar is also guarded by the Four Heavenly Kings and Marici, who attempt to stop the party. Whenever Toki attempts to seal the jars, she briefly succumbs to the affects of the Aether. She becomes furious about the state of the world, feels reluctance to do anything, feels immense hunger for sweets, becomes flustered and aroused, and grows angry that no one recognizes her for loyal service to the Ring of Gaea. She manages to return to her original self shortly afterwards, and seals the jars. After the fifth jar has been sealed, Maetreya appears before the party with the intention of killing them where they stand. However, even after the party defeats them, they are soon encountered by a being calling itself Inanna, the Mother of All. She is unable to fully manifest, having only just manages to gather her sense of self due to the abundance of Aether, and tries to reclaim her powers from Danu, referring to her as her "daughter." The party fends her off, thus leading her to try and possess Toki, who is unconscious from Maetreya's attack. Gaston saves her in the nick of time, destroying the fragment of Inanna before she could do anything.
With the jars sealed, the Mandala is now gone. After Toki regains consciousness, she thanks Gaston, much to the group's surprise, due to her initial cold nature towards them. She even displays a flustered face from being in close contact with Nanashi, parting with him rather awkwardly. Fujiwara later contacts them, congratulating them. Dagda scoffs when Nanashi learns that some Hunters have taken to calling him their "Chamption," despite them wanting him dead earlier. He then returns to Kinshicho, checking up on Asahi. She appears to now understand why her father treated her like a child, as it was his way of protecting her, and tearfully asks Nanashi to let her come with her again. Gaston tries to tell her off, but is punched in the face by Hallelujah, who angrily tells him to shut up and that he has no right to say such things, as all he had done since joining them was "complain and bitch." As a fight is about to break out between the two, Asahi tells them to stop.
Nanashi agrees to let her come with them, much to her pleasure. After resting, however, Nanashi learns that Shesha has mysterious revived, true to Krishna's words of him being a Serpent of Death and Life. However, to the group's surprise, when they arrive at Ikebukuro, they find Shesha's appearance to have changed considerably, as he now resembles a green snake-like monster with a human torso. Shesha appears to have also developed human speech as well, recognizing Nanashi as the one who killed him, and attacks. Nanashi and the group manage to defeat Shesha once again, though Shesha claims that one day, he will resurrect and come back to kill him before dying once again. Hallelujah, feeling apologetic for slugging Gaston earlier, tries to apologize, though Gaston doesn't seem to hold any grudges.
Defeat the Divine PowersEdit
With Shesha now gone, all attention now shifts to the Divine Powers. All three sides attack Tsukiji Honganji, in order to destroy Krishna and his faction, and rescue Flynn. Nanashi and his group infiltrate the temple, and try to locate Flynn. As they do so, they notice that the temple, which should have been under the control of Maetreya's faction, is devoid of a single devoter. A Hunter claims that they have all committed suicide by throwing themselves into the belly of Shesha prior to it's death for the second time. The group finally encounters Flynn, who is locked in blades with Odin. He manages to slay the Norse God, though he suffers serious injuries as a result. Krishna arrives, though he has no intention of retrieving Flynn, seeing that he has no intention of becoming his Godslayer. Flynn claims that he will kill Krishna, though the deity mocks Flynn because of his poor state. The party then engages him in battle. The party eliminates him, though despite his defeat, he says that he will simply sit back and watch the drama between Lucifer and Merkabah play out.
Sadly, even after Krishna has been defeated, the group becomes hounded by both demons and angels, who try to either kill or take Flynn. When they are about to escape, they are attacked by the Ring of Gaea, led by Kii and Kei. Surprisingly, Toki refuses to follow them any further when they order her to kill Flynn, stating that the Ring of Gaea's sole belief was "strength in a world of chaos," and sides with Nanashi, staying true to her goal. She aids them in repelling the Ring of Gaea, who then tell her to die with her friends. Much to Asahi's chagrin, Toki has become attacked to Nanashi, having begun to refer to him as her "master." However, when they leave the temple, Adramelech appears with the intention to kill them. He tries to use Asahi against Nanashi, due to how he tried to protect her before, which led to his death by Adramelech's hands. Nanashi and Asahi finally claim vengeance when they slay Adramelech, thus avenging Nikkari and Manabu.
Infiltrating the Eastern Kingdom of MikadoEdit
After Flynn is taken back to Kasumigaseki, in order to be treated for his wounds, the group returns to the Association, where a video conference is being held. With the threat of the Divine Powers now gone, Merkabah calls of the ceasefire, thus resuming his war with Lucifer. He offers salvation to the people of Tokyo, however, offering them a place at his side in exchange for peace. Skins and Fujiwara state that they have already made their decision, and oppose both sides. After the conference is over, Gaston and the Crusaders receive orders to return to the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado, and much to his shock, the Crusaders have been dissolved, and he stripped of his rank of captain. He then reluctantly returns to Mikado, much to the group's sadness.
After Gaston leaves, Nanashi receives a summons from Fujiwara, asking him to infiltrate the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado in order to gather information for the upcoming battle. In order to pass through the Purgatorium Domain set up by the angels, Dr. Matsuda makes Gauntlet mock-ups, which allow them to bypass angel security. However, a problem arises when Navarre brings up a fact upon Asahi realizing Isabeau and Flynn's age: at the age of 18, citizens must undergo the Gauntlet Rite. If they manage to activate the Gauntlet, they are welcomed into the Samurai Order. With the exception of Nozomi, everyone in Nanashi's group is 15, though they think up the idea of using disguises. Navarre tries to peek on the girls while they are changing, but threatens to shoot him if he does. Asahi and Toki put on make-up, Hallelujah wears a fake mustache, and Nanashi finds and puts on a samurai jacket.
They manage to slip through, and enter the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado. The Hunters of Tokyo are immediately left in awe by the site of the city, as Isabeau explains that the ruined statue was once the statue of King Aquila, though some legends referred to him by the namesake of Akira, which Asahi recognizes as the name that Hunters despise. Later, a Samurai passes through, informing them that a meeting will be held soon. The group then takes the time to explore Mikado. As they do so, they learn from the Luxurors that Gaston was not exactly viewed with respect, despite some admiring his drive to honor his family name after Navarre's escapades in the previous game. Navarre also laments that his father now acts like he is dead, and is glad for it. The party does manage cheer him up by saying that he isn't really acting, given Navarre is actually dead now. While optional, Nanashi can visit and take a nap at Lake Mikado. Doing so will cause a dream, where Nanashi hears a man speaking to someone. Asahi wakes him up, and finds a fishing hook in his hand, where the man's voice asks him to give it to Flynn. While visiting the Monastary, Nanashi actives an old gauntlet, which shocks one of the monks, as the gauntlet has not been made active in years.
The party then heads to the meeting ground, where they find Hugo about to address the populace, though Merkabah in the form of Jonathan takes over, much to his obvious displeasure. Merkabah informs those who have gathered that it is nearly time to defeat Lucifer and activate the Yamato Perpetual Reactor, thus setting off a black hole that will consume all of Tokyo. Unfortunately, Merkabah also reveals Nanashi and his party, already aware of them, and has them arrested. While imprisoned, Nanashi has a dream about Akira once again. In the dream, Akira tells Skins and Fujiwara that he intends to stay behind with everyone who have chosen to live above the Firmament. According to the angels, those who choose to live above ground, while privileged to live there, will virtually be left to revert back to the stone age, as per the angels' conditions. Fujiwara and Skins are shocked that Akira would attempt this, but he explains that he intends to use the Angels, and find a way to unite the people who would live above the ceiling, and the people in Tokyo. The three then agree on the plan, with Fujiwara and Skins using the demons to help their own lives. They agree to meet back at some point in the future, and the they embark on their new mission.
Upon awakening, Nanashi and the others are locked inside of a cell, stripped of their equipment. However, they notice that Isabeau is not among them. Gaston arrives and informs them that Isabeau was taken for questioning, while the rest of them are to be executed. The group notices that Gaston is different, and he informs them that their equipment is in the Monastery. He also points out that while they all require smartphones, Nanashi can summon demons without them, and takes his leave. Nanashi then summons a demon and destroys the prison gate, and they take their leave. Unfortunately they're set up by angels as soon as they escape. Nanashi quickly destroys them, and the group heads to reclaim their gear. However, when they arrive, Azrael reveals himself, stating that they had been anticipating them. He proves to be quite powerful, as he easily forces Nanashi back into a corner, and is backed up by several angels. Hallelujah notes the situation is dire, and asks everyone to please not hate him for what is about to happen. To their surprise, Hallelujah's form changes, with his eyes turning red and his hair turning brink pink. He reveals to them that he is actually a half-breed; part demon, and part human. This angers Azrael, calling Hallelujah worse Filth than the Unclean Ones, and tries to eliminate him.
Nanashi and Hallelujah eliminate Azrael, and to the latter's surprise, everyone welcomes him all the same, since their group isn't exactly full of normal people, with Nanashi being a Godslayer, Nozomi as the Fairy Queen, and Navarre a ghost. Toki arrives with their equipment and smartphones in tow, as well as the gauntlet that Nanashi had activated earlier. The group then heads to the Terminal in Aquila Plaza, as it would allow them to return to Tokyo. Unfortunately, none of their smartphones connect to it, as the angels had rewired it to not recognize the Hunters' smartphones, or the mock-up gauntlets. However, Gaston arrives, using his gauntlet to transport them to Kasumigaseki, intending on journeying with the party. Upon arrival, the group then reports to Fujiawara and Skins.
The next day at a video conference, Merkabah declares the ceasefire, and continues to wage war against Lucifer, who responds in kind. The Hunters Association chooses to rally behind Flynn for the final battle, while some have chosen to side with either Merkabah or Lucifer. Hallelujah learns that the Ashura-kai have chosen to side with Lucifer, much to his dismay, but resolves to stay with the group. Afterwards, the party heads to Camp Ichigaya, which is surrounded by demons and angels. When they arrive at their destination, the group is surprised to find Isabeau, who was released by Hope on his behalf, and was put on probation. Isabeau intends to fight with Flynn and the others. Flynn then rallies everyone to his side, and the Hunters begin their assault. Unfortunately, the path to the Reactor is blocked by a barrier, which requires two seals to progress further in, and said seals are guarded by Lucifer's generals, Belial and Lucifuge. After both are defeated, Nanashi and the others press on, though they are forced to enter another domain, this one set up by Abe. Abe is displeased by Hallelujah's decision to stay with the group, but tells him to give him his reasons when they meet. When they arrive, Abe reveals himself as the demon Shemyaza, a name Hallelujah recognizes as the name his mother often mentioned. Shemyaza states that he wasn't able to lead Lucifer's army and raise a child at the same time, and asks Hallelujah to side with him, given his potential as a half-breed.
Hallejuah rejects Abe, however, in favor of his bonds with his friends. Shemyaza is defeated, noting that he's been surpassed by his son, and the group heads to the Reactor. Upon arrival, they find that the battle has already begun, with the sides engaging one another. Flynn calls out Merkabah on his views as he slaughters several Hunters, stating that Filth must be cleansed, but those who believe will be saved. Merkabah also offers salvation to Nanashi, referring to him as a poor child stripped of his humanity. Nanashi can choose to either accept Merkabah's salvation, or reject it and fight him. Choosing the former will cause Flynn to leave out of disgust, with everyone too tired to fight back, and Nanashi fighting Lucifer. Afterwards, the Yamato Reactor activates and swallows up Tokyo. Choosing to reject Merkabah's salvation will encourage the Hunters to fight back. Merkabah orders Gaston to kill Nanashi, though he informs the chariot of God that, before, when he was given Michael's Spear, he was elated, but he eventually came to the idea that a true Samurai gains honor and recognition from the beliefs of the people, and destroys Michael's Spear.
After Merkabah is defeated, Lucifer congratulates them, and asks of them to join his side, specifically Dagda and Danu. Dagda rejects Lucifer, stating that his Godslayer will kill every last god and demon, with Lucifer being no exception. Lucifer then tries to persuade Nanashi, stating that he could free him of Dagda's influence and grant him new life. Like before, Nanashi can choose to accept Lucifer's offer, or deny him. The former option will have the same result as accepting Merkabah's offer. The latter option will opt a fight between Lucifer and Nanashi. However, the Ashura-kai are against the idea, asking what would happen to their group if Lucifer is defeated. Hallelujah informs them that the Ashura-kai will be led by him, having defeated Abe, the original leader, and tells them that if they have any problems with the arrangement, they can take it up with him after he defeats Lucifer. When Lucifer is defeated, he laments that he will always be used as a tool by the Creator God, and then dies.
With the death of Merkabah and Lucifer, the Hunters celebrate their victory, now free of the demons and angels. Those who sided with them are still welcomed, and are healed, despite their allegiances previously. Nanashi and Asahi then return him to Kinshicho.
The Cosmic Egg Edit
A day after the battle at Camp Ichigaya, a celebration is held at Kasumigaseki. Asahi informs them of it, delighted at the prospect of good food. Hallelujah states that drinks are on him, which causes Nozomi to question him regarding his age, since they're not legally allowed to consume alcohol. Gaston jokingly states that they would be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn't give Hallelujah a drink, now that he's the leader of the Ashura-kai. The others then question Gaston's newfound behavior, stating that he now wants to become a magnificent Samurai who responds to the hopes and wills of the people. This causes Navarre to complain, stating that he needs to stop growing up, as he is the older brother. To the party's shock, Gaston replies to him. Since his resolve yesterday, he has been able to see Navarre, though he admits that he was quite off-put by his appearance.
The group then arrives at Kasumigaseki, and receives a warm welcome, with everyone calling them the heroes, alongside Flynn. Flynn also appears, giving a grand speech, though Asahi notes that it's scary how excited everyone becomes at his words. Dagda then tells Nanashi that the fun is about to begin. Not long after, everyone suddenly collapses, unconscious but still breathing. The group is left shocked by what has happened, though Flynn claims responability, noting that he didn't even have to bite into their flesh to take their souls. His form then changes, and reveals himself to be Shesha, who was reborn once again. Shesha reveals that Divine Powers were in fact alive, hiding in wait for the war to come to an end. He also states that, every time he is killed and revived, he "evolves," soon learning to adopt a human form and mimic their mannerisms. He had been impersonating Flynn ever since the "death" of the Divine Powers at Tsukiji Koganji, and proclaims that now he has devoured enouh souls, he can become the Cosmic Egg, and create a new universe. He then tries to kill Nanashi, as he said he would the next time they met, but Asahi protects him, and is devoured by Shesha.
The group then gives chase to Shesha, going outside of the base just in time to see him become the Cosmic Egg. Krisha and Odin then reveal themselves, along with the real Flynn in tow. He states that salvation is almost at hand, and with the Full Moon close at hand, there is nothing that can stop their plans now. Afterwards, they retreat into the Cosmic Egg. Not long afterwards, the group encounters several demons who belong to the Divine Powers, who attack the Underground Districts in order to harvest their souls. When the group reaches the Egg, Odin halts their advance. He then reveals that he and Dagda were once one of the same, but split and become their own entities, as Dagda calls Odin an "echo of him," and seeks to destroy him, despite their goals having similar ideas. Odin also calls Dagda a danger to them, as he could revive all the souls in the Egg, as he was able to revive Nanashi. He then engages them. Odin notes that Gaston has lost Michael's Spear, and questions him. Gaston says he left it with his ego, and seeks to defeat him. Odin, impressed by Gaston's determination, offers up his Gungnir as a prize if he can defeat him. As he is nearing defeat, he realizes that he is severely outmatched, even cursing Dagda's name in anger as he is destroyed.
With Odin gone, Gaston claims his spear as his own, noting how fitting it is for him. Dagda also tells Nanashi that it is almost time for him to hold up his end of the bargain, saying that he is counting on him. The group then enters the Egg, noting the lack of security. Krishna then emerges, informing them that he is better than greeting them with hostilty. Nanashi and the others are about to engage him, but Krishna says he has no intention of fighting them, as Toki is the "star of the show." It is revealed that Toki was still plagued by the Aether she was exposed to from when they tried to destroy the Mandala, and transforms into Inanna, who was reborn through her. Krishna then uses her to revive Maitreya as Mitra-Buddha, who places a seal over the Egg to prevent him from reviving the souls in the Egg, as well as Nanashi.
As the group begins their climb through the Egg, they encounter several demons who were revived by Inanna, such as Apis, Seth, and Beelzebub, who seek revenge against the Creator God for their defeats. Hallelujah is bitter that they attack them despite them not aligned with YHVH, but Nozomi says that to the Divine Powers, anyone who is not aligned with them is aligned with YHVH. Soon, they encounter Inanna, who demands that Danu return her power to her so that she may give birth to new souls in Krishna's new universe. Danu refuses, claiming her position as the Queen of the Fairies is more important. Inanna then tries to take her power back by force, and attacks them. Toki struggles for control during the battle, even admitting to Nanashi that she was jealous of how close he and Asahi were, thinking that she could replace her, but grew angry that he kept waiting for her. She then confesses her love several times to him, stating that she will save him, though she attacks him, causing her to grow unstable, which weakens Inanna's control over her. After she is defeated, Danu takes the remaining power from within Toki as she turns back to normal, and the absorbs it into herself. Nozomi notes how Inanna, while twisted, wasn't so different in them in that she cared about everyone she birthed.
The group then encounters Mitra-Buddha, who greets them casually. Having been revived into his true form, he states that his role is to grant enlightenment, and reveals that Flynn and Nanashi are the reincarnations of the boy who merged wth Masakado to protect Tokyo, and Akira, who later became King Aquila of Mikado, respectivelly. This shocks Isabeau, but Mitra-Buddha says that the cycle of reincarnation is a curse, and he will free them from it. He then attacks the party. Mitra-Buddha then questions Nanashi's own ideologies, asking him what he intends to do with the power he has. He soon becomes agitated and frustrated when he sees that Nanashi has grown strong because of his friends, claiming that it is not true strength. He is, however, defeated.
Upon reaching the Sixth Floor of the Cosmic Egg, and at the entrance to the Heart, Dagda stands before the group, saying that Krishna and Flynn are nearby, and that the Full Moon is nearly upon them. He then asks Nanashi what he intends to do about the Cosmic Egg, either destroying it to maintain the status quo or use it to make a new universe founded upon true freedom. Danu claims that the Egg must be destroyed, though Dagda rebukes by referring to it as her solution. She states that the world is home to countless deities and views, and that they should embrace it, allowing humans to search for their own answers. Dagda agrees with her on the idea of humans finding their own answers, but calls the rest of it nonsense. He calls the world views of deities toxin that must be eradicated, claiming that human evolution can only be made possible casting aside their imperfect selves. He goes on to say that humans to become more than human, and that the answer they would seek lies within themselves, and find a future governed by their own will, thus being one with the universe. Dagda claims that this "true evolution" of humanity is his gift to them. Before he can do this, however, he must erase all of the gods and demons in the world, and tear down the current universe.
Danu disagrees with him, saying his new world would change the meaning of being human. She claims that the bonds between others is what makes them human. Hallelujah agrees with this, as while he is half-demon, he never stopped embracing his humanity. Gaston also agrees, stating that Samurai exist for the sake of others, and cannot understand how bonds could ruin someone. Nozomi asks what Nanashi thinks about them after being with them so much. She asks him if it was rewarding to have them watching each other's backs. Nozomi continues on by saying that Dagda's ideals ignore the importance and meanings behind bonds, and how it devalues everything they've accomplished together as friends. Nozomi then asks Nanashi to help them stop Dagda, if he treasures any of their bonds. Isabeau agrees that there is some truth to Dagda's words of humans not being perfect, but they had come this far because of their bonds. Toki states that she will side with Nanashi no matter what he chooses, as she wants to become stronger with him. Danu then notes that they cannot truly see eye to eye, and that they must end it, helping the group destroy the Cosmic Egg at all costs.
Dagda, however, asks her if she has forgotten what existence once meant for them, once being apart of nature itself as the rain that fell to the earth and the winds that blew across it before the understanding granted to them by YHVH trapped them into the shells that were "Dagda" and "Danu." Danu asks if it was really a bad thing, though Dagda angrily states that isn't the point, rather from how far they've wandered to what they once were, and that they longer they stay like this, the further away they get from the essence they once wore, wanting to become one with nature once again. Danu says she understands this, but she cannot allow Dagda to do this, and that she will stop him if she must. Dagda then turns to Nanashi, asking if he really can't live without others or fend for himself. He then tells his Godslayer that he has a hidden strength that allows him to find the path where none exists, telling him not let sentiments blind him and that his friends are merely holding him back. He then asks Nanashi to join him, and his new universe.
Bonds Route Edit
By choosing to retain what little humanity he has left, and choosing to side with his friends, Nanashi chooses to destroy the Cosmic Egg. Everyone sides with him, but Dagda, disappointed with him, tries to take back the life he gave to Nanashi, stating that he can regret his decision while returning to the brink of death. During the battle, Nanashi constantly loses health, and his demons do not obey him. Danu manages to save Nanashi by creating a new Dagda using the power she gained from Innana. As a result, the new Dagda supplies Nanashi with his energy, and allows him to retain his free will. Dagda is both horrified and disgusted at the being that's supposed to be him relying on others, and continues to attack them in a rage. After being defeated, however, he sees that Nanashi had gained true strength with the bonds of his friends and admits that he is proud of Nanashi for his progress as well as proving him wrong, and that he found it suiting that he was to fall at the hands of his own Godslayer while ultimately finding what he truly desired. Ultimately, he disappears into the light the new Dagda emirged from, and the new Dagda assumes his place.
With the old Dagda gone, and embracing his humanity, Nanashi obtains the "Awakened Power" passive skill. Dagda then revives all of the souls inside the Egg, including Asahi, who apologizes to Nanashi for being so useless. Navarre chastises her, saying that she has done more than enough, despite his words being unheard to her. To his surprise, Asahi says that she can now see and hear him now. Afterwards, his friends head to the Heart of the Cosmic Egg, where Krishna awaits.
Krishna is aware that without the souls to power the Egg, even the full moon will not result in the creation of the new universe. He still vows that he will never give up his salvation, and since the party refuses to cooperate, he battles them, merging with Flynn to form Vishnuflynn. During the battle, Nanashi calls out to Flynn, causing the fusion to begin to unravel as Flynn remembers his identity. With the defeat of Vishnuflynn, Flynn takes up Masakado's Katana and erases Krishna's existence, while Nanashi destroys the heart of the Cosmic Egg using Ame-no-Murakumo.
Flynn returns to Ginza crosswalk to finish what he had intended to do - revive Masakado in order to lift the Firmament from Tokyo. However, Masakado had decided that, between Flynn and Nanashi, both Mikado and Tokyo are capable of coexisting in harmony. Masakado deduces that Tokyo is no longer in need of his protection, and leaves it to both messiahs to coordinate the new alliance with Mikado and Tokyo. With the Divine Powers, Merkabah, and Lucifer defeated, the party returns home to contemplate their future of freedom.
Massacre Route Edit
By choosing to throw away his humanity, and sever his bonds with his friends, Nanashi chooses to create a new universe with Dagda. This causes everyone to turn on him, stating that their goals and motivations cannot allow Nanashi to succeed. They then attack Nanashi. Dagda tells his Godslayer to slaughter them all, so that he can take their souls.
Each member gives a piece of dialogue after they're defeated. Nozomi questions Nanashi's actions, asking if this is what Asahi would have wanted, and if choosing to not deal the fatal blow, she states that there is some a part of him that is human left, though this is a ruse to attack him, as Dagda reveals. Navarre says that he was lonely and wallowing his despair up until he found Nanashi, saying that he had found happiness with being at his side. Isabeau recalls the time they met back at the Sky Tower. Her opinions of Nanashi depend on his choice to help the Hunters that were injured by Aniel back then, stating that she thought he was either like Flynn, or confessing that she hated him. If choosing not to kill Isabeau, she claims that she is not afraid to die, and is willing to take her own if she must. Gaston says that he has nothing to say to Nanashi, and even mocks him when he hesitates, but becomes angry and frustrated when Nanashi thanks him before he is killed. Toki says that she had wanted to stay by Nanashi's side, even if it meant replacing Asahi, and was content with it, and if Nanashi hesitates to kill her, she calls him kind and confesses her love to him.
With everyone dead, Nanashi has cast aside his bonds with them, and embraces his role as a Godslayer, leading to him obtaining the Awakened Power passive skill. Dagda says that he has now taken the first steps in his new life, and destroys Akira's gauntlet, thus destroying any ties he had to his old life. He also obtains Masakado's Katana off Isabeau's body. They then head to the Heart of the Cosmic Egg, where Krishna awaits.
There, Krishna offers for Nanashi and Dagda to join him and his plan for Salvation, but Dagda retorts that they never had any intention of going with Krishna's plan in the first place. Krishna merges with Flynn and proceeds to do battle with Nanashi, is defeated, and is killed with the power of Masakado's Katana. The full moon arrives as the heart of the Cosmic Egg transforms into a new Creator's throne, while Dagda tells Nanashi to rest and prepare for the next day as the Cosmic Egg prepares to hatch into the new universe.
The Creator Edit
Regardless of route, Nanashi has a dream where he is visited by Stephen in the Monochrome Forest, telling him of the nature of gods. The Axiom had given humans the power to derive faith, and the ability to turn this faith into truth, thus giving the gods the ability to exist. Denial of this faith, in turn, can completely destroy a god, thus gifting humans with the ability to completely kill gods and become Godslayers. He also informs Nanashi of the presence of YHVH, and tells him to head to the stone in Ginza, where he will show Nanashi the way towards YHVH.
Bonds Route Edit
Nanashi awakens from his slumber in his room, greeted by his companions as they all agree to take on YHVH and win true freedom for humanity. They head to Ginza crosswalk where they also meet with Flynn and the other Hunters, who had also received the same dream from Stephen. Stephen arrives, and tells the player to place the nine columns he had gathered from the Cosmic Egg on the giant stone. The stone absorbs each column and transforms into a giant obsidian monolith, and Stephen tells Nanashi that touching the monolith will transport him into YHVH's Universe. Flynn joins Nanashi's party in YHVH's Universe, acting as a separate unit who can help engage nearby enemy units.
Massacre Route Edit
Dagda wakes Nanashi from his slumber, and has him choose between one of the souls of his companions to serve as the Goddess of their new universe, while the rest of his companions' souls will become the foundation of the universe. He also notes that as long as YHVH exists, the Cosmic Egg will never hatch and their plans cannot reach fruition. He suggests to go along with what Stephen suggests, and also revives Flynn as Nanashi's secondary Godslayer and brainwashed servant.
Nanashi arrives at Ginza crosswalk, and is stopped by a group of Hunters led by Fujiwara and Skins. They had also received the same dream from Stephen, who had informed them of Nanashi's decision. Furious that they had misplaced their trust in him, and the fact that the Flynn who stands with him is no longer the Hopebringer of Tokyo, the Hunter group mounts a last stand in an attempt to kill Nanashi, who effortlessly slaughters them all. Stephen arrives after the battle, and Dagda is a little apprehensive given that Stephen had a hand in starting this fight. Stephen defends his actions, saying he only told them the truth, and what happened afterwards was not under his control. He then instructs Nanashi to place the nine columns he had gathered from the Cosmic Egg on the giant stone. The stone absorbs each column and transforms into a giant obsidian monolith, and Stephen tells Nanashi that touching the monolith will transport him into YHVH's Universe.
To Defeat YHVH Edit
While traversing YHVH's Universe, Nanashi and his party encounter the lingering spirits of Walter and Jonathan, who wander due to the "hearts" of Lucifer and Merkabah. They also encounter enemies they have defeated in the past, such as Lucifer's general Lucifuge and the Morning Star himself, as well as Merkabah, Azrael, and Aniel. According to Stephen, these are actually copies based on YHVH's perception of what transpired in the past through the eyes of others, and thus recreated it. Eventually, upon reaching the Fourth Brane, Nanashi finds Walter and Jonathan again, who claim that they realize their purpose, which is to return Lucifer and Merkabah into their original form. The two assume their demonic forms, and fuse together, creating Satan. Satan states that his role is to abide by the ever-changing laws that are formed as time progresses, recognizing Nanashi's desire to defeat YHVH as part of the cycle, offering to lead him to YHVH's Throne, but only if he defeats him.
After a difficult battle, Satan grants Nanashi his blessing, and leads him to YHVH's Throne. Upon reaching the doors leading to the Throne, YHVH warns Nanashi to turn back, lest he face eternal suffering. Regardless, he pushes on, and eventually comes to face him. YHVH's presence seemingly encompasses everything, as several golden heads occupy the space around them. YHVH calls Nanashi a poor son of man who has been led astray by demonkind, and does not fully understand what this transgression shall mean for them.
Bonds Route Edit
Satan judges YHVH, in order to see him worthy of his place, and then splits himself apart, granting life to both Jonathan and Walter, who form a separate party with Flynn and Isabeau. At first, YHVH proves difficult to defeat, but the party uses their experiences to form a new understanding of YHVH, undermining his divinity and transforming him from a divine being into a demonic one. YHVH is outraged by this, and informs them that all that awaits them now is eternal suffering.
After his defeat, YHVH is still unable to believe that his order is wrong. He even condemns Nanashi and his friends for trampling over his ideals, believing that humans cannot live without his order, and that he is slipping away from the minds of humans. YHVH claims that they will regret this, and then dies.
Massacre Route Edit
Satan judges YHVH, in order to see him worthy of his place, causing YHVH to grow angry that Satan would reject even Him, proclaiming that he is now beyond his protection. Flynn then forms a separate party with Satan. At first, YHVH proves difficult to defeat, though by denying certain aspects of him, Nanashi slowly degrades him from a divine being to a demonic one. YHVH is outraged by this, and informs him that all that awaits him now is eternal suffering.
After his defeat, YHVH laments that Nanashi continues to reject him, reducing him to his current state and trampling over his plans and ideals, even as he slips away from the minds of humans. However, he states that this is not the end, and that humans are weak, always yearning for his law and order. He tells Nanashi that he will regret this, and then dies.
After YHVH's defeat, Nanashi and his allies are returned to the monolith in Ginza. Isabeau notices that Jonathan and Walter have not appeared with them. The disembodied voices of Jonathan and Walter respond and explain that Satan, being a part of YHVH, will vanish, and that by extension, the pair will also vanish as they return to the Axiom. They go on to state that they have no regrets for the choices that they made, and that they hope to reunite as friends and rivals upon reincarnation. Isabeau tearfully bids them goodbye as their voices fade.
Immediately after, Stephen - with the Goddess of Tokyo - appears to congratulate the group, telling them that their power of observation should no longer be affected by YHVH. The Goddess then proceeds to regain her lost form. She implores the two messiahs sent by the Axiom - Flynn and Nanashi - to continue leading humanity. She and Stephen then depart, but not before Stephen warns the group not to let their eyes deceive them, as their power of observation is what drives the existence of gods and demons.
After Stephen leaves, the group reflects on humanity's new place in the Universe with optimism. They each decide to go their separate ways as they work to rebuild Tokyo and Mikado. Dagda, in preparing to return to the Fairy Forest with Nozomi and Danu, releases Nanashi from service as his Godslayer; in doing so, he completely restores Nanashi's humanity, removing the green markings and eye color while deeming Nanashi's life his own. The group notes that, though they may be parting ways, this truly isn't goodbye for them, as their paths will inevitably cross each others' time and again.
As a montage of the restoration efforts plays, Dagda thanks Nanashi for carving a new path for both humans and gods alike while expressing pure admiration for carving his own path. He reflects that, though he does not entirely disagree with the views of his old self, his new self exists because of Nanashi's actions and has achieved new understanding. He states that his new goal is to help Nozomi and Danu rebuild fairykind and work to coexistence with mankind. As Nanashi and his friends reunite in Mikado Castle to witness the unveiling of a new statue in Flynn and Nanashi's honor, Dagda remarks that he was glad that he wound up stuck with Nanashi.
After YHVH's defeat, Nanashi finds himself drifting among clouds as Satan speaks to him. Satan says that he, being a part of YHVH, will vanish, and congratulates Nanashi for defeating YHVH. Nanashi returns to the Creator's Throne in the Cosmic Egg, and is greeted by Stephen and the Goddess of Tokyo. Stephen, too, congratulates Nanashi for his achievements, and the Goddess of Tokyo vanishes, seeking another messiah to dethrone Nanashi and restore her to her true form. Stephen warns Nanashi not to befall the same fate as the gods before him. Flynn vows to defeat all other messiahs and gods who oppose Nanashi, and his chosen Goddess swears to create more followers to replace them.
Nanashi sits upon the Creator's Throne, and uses the souls of his other former companions to add the finishing touches to the new universe. The Cosmic Egg hatches, and as the old world gives way to the new one, Dagda thanks Nanashi as he can now return to being one with nature has he was before. As Dagda fades away, so does the green scar on Nanashi's cheek, before Nanashi opens his eyes to reveal that they are now gold, symbolizing his status as the new Creator God.
Like Flynn in SMTIV, Nanashi can learn skills from his demons via Whisper events, and use it to power his existing skills up. Unlike Flynn, who has no passives due to the mechanics of Demon Whisper, Nanashi gains an "Awakened Power" passive after his choice between either Neutral route. This passive greatly powers up his attacks and lets them bypass resistance.
While the Awakened Power passive can be overwritten, Nanashi will also gain a Stone of Destiny that will allow him to re-learn it at any time outside of battle. It also has infinite uses.
- On his jumpsuit, one can read: "Imagine there's no Heaven, it's easy if you try, no Hell below us, above us only sky. Imagine all the people, living for today." These are the lyrics to 's signature song, " ".
- His jumpsuit is reminiscent of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey's Demonica suit in color and style, albeit the unarmed version.
- Similar to Flynn who is the reincarnation of the man who fused with Masakado, Nanashi is the reincarnation of the Akira of the neutral route.
- The character design provides a contrast between Flynn and Nanashi, due to their respective roles in their stories. Whereas Flynn was born in a more peaceful world, and later accepted into nobility, bearing a dignified and mature air to him, Nanashi lives in a chaotic, war-torn world while having the look of a delinquent.
- Nanashi also mirrors Flynn in some ways, as his first demon partner is a Centaur, which is also the first demon Flynn negotiates with in Shin Megami Tensei IV.
- Prior to his death, Nanashi was listed as being a part of the Human Race. However, after making a deal with Dagda, his race is changed to "Godslayer". This is similar to the circumstances of the protagonist of Devil Survivor, where in two of the 3DS remake's endings, specifically in the Messiah and Overlord 8th Day Routes, his race is changed from human to "Bel."
- Curiously, Danu says that Nanashi is not quite human. Additionally, Dagda says that, after being revived as a Godslayer, Nanashi is no longer human, but he is neither angel nor demon.
- After the boss battle following the choice to side with Dagda or to destroy the Cosmic Egg, Nanashi's Race changes to "Awakened".
- The original designs for Nanashi have him resemble Asahi's father, Boss, a great deal. Furthermore, rather than having green markings, he had a possible prosthetic or a black demonic arm with white markings.
- If the player has chosen to follow the Anarchy route, then Nanashi's voice will become darker and more malicious while opening up the menu.
- As shown during his imprisonment in Mikado, Nanashi is capable of summoning demons without the aid of an external device. He is the second character to be able to accomplish this, the first being the Demi-fiend.
- In one of the three lore DLC Hunter Notes, in one world, Nanashi had chosen to refuse Dagda's offer, and died permanently, thus setting the events of what would transpire in Shin Megami Tensei IV.
- Nanashi is the second youngest protagonist of the mainline Shin Megami Tensei franchise, the first being Aleph.
- One of the Relics that can be found is a thermometer. It's description implies Nanashi's body temperature is at 35.3 °C, a little below human average. This may be a side-effect of his revival.
- Another relic's description, a manometer, states his blood pressure is at an average 118 over 59.
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Nanashi and Dagda.
Illustration of Nanashi and the main characters by Masayuki Doi
Illustration of Nanashi for TGS 2016 by Doi
Initial older design depicted in Famitsu.
Nanashi killed by a demon
Nanashi after being revived
Nanashi's DLC Costume HMV Exclusive
Best Buy DLC costume
Nanashi in an animated image video, "Tokyo Collapse"
Last Chronicle’ Card Illustrations of Nanashi