This papercraft is a chibi Amaterasu, based on the video game Ōkami, nicknamed Ammy by Issun and later Ishaku, the main protagonist of Ōkami. The paper model is created by Lyrin-83. Amaterasu is also known by villagers of Kamiki in her past life as the dreaded Shiranui. Amaterasu is the Sun Goddess to all of Nippon and mother to Chibiterasu.
In the game, Amaterasu takes the shape of a white wolf with crimson markings across her body, a tail shaped like a calligraphy brush and a Divine Instrument floating above her back. Only particular beings, such as Issun, all other Gods and spirits, and presumably most animals and demons can see her true form. Also, humans with a strong belief in the gods can see her markings and instrument. When Amaterasu’s ink pots are empty, she will temporarily revert to a plain white wolf. This is how most people see Amaterasu.
As Shiranui, her red markings were more pronounced and she had a long mane of white fur. These features are absent for the duration of the game due to Amaterasu’s weakened state, but are restored for the final battle against Yami after Issun creates a swell of faith in the people of Nippon with his painting.
Strangely, whenever Amaterasu absorbs a new Celestial Brush Technique the mane of fur briefly appears around her. It also appears briefly when she gains new Divine Instruments except with a gold-orange coloration. This could represent Amaterasu’s powers returning to their former strength.
In Ōkamiden, Amaterasu is confirmed to be female, as multiple characters, such as Issun, refer to Amaterasu as Chibiterasu’s “mother”. In the multiple history scrolls located throughout the game, Issun, who primarily wrote them, also refers to Amaterasu as a she. It also confirms that she uses her tail to wield Celestial Brush powers.
Amaterasu is known for being quiet, mature, kind, and gentle always aiding those in need, but also unafraid to show her opinion. For example, when Mr. Orange talks to her after drinking his sake, Amaterasu looks away and breathes, implying he has bad breath. She is also very intelligent, as when she encounters Rao at Queen Himiko’s throne room, she figures out she is the demon lord Ninetails. Amaterasu is apparently offended quite easily, shown when Mr. Orange says she doesn’t look very smart, as well as Issun saying that “Ammy gets kinda sensitive about her flaws!”. According to Mrs. Orange, Amaterasu is quite fond of cherry cakes. She also has a low attention span, which results in her falling asleep if someone explains something for too long or she already knows what is being explained.
Ōkami (literally “great god”, “great spirit” or “wolf”) is an action-adventure video game developed by Clover Studio and published by Capcom. It was released for Sony’s PlayStation 2 video game console in 2006 in Japan and North America, and 2007 in Europe and Australia. Despite the closure of Clover Studio a few months after the game’s initial release, a version for Nintendo’s Wii console was developed and produced by Ready at Dawn, Tose and Capcom, which was released in North America in April 2008, in Europe in June 2008, and in Japan in October 2009.
Set sometime in classical Japanese history, Ōkami combines several Japanese myths, legends and folklore to tell the story of how the land was saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess, named Amaterasu, who took the form of a white wolf. It features a distinct sumi-e-inspired cel-shaded visual style and the Celestial Brush, a gesture-system to perform miracles.
Ōkami was one of the last PlayStation 2 games selected for release prior to the release of the PlayStation 3. Although it suffered from poor sales, Ōkami received critical acclaim, even earning the title of IGN’s 2006 Game of the Year. The Wii version has earned similar praise though the motion control scheme has received mixed reviews. A high-definition port of the game was released on the PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network in October 2012 and for retail in Japan on November 1, 2012, supporting the use of the PlayStation Move motion controller. A sequel for the Nintendo DS titled Ōkamiden was released in Japan on 30 September 2010 and in North America and Europe in March 2011.
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