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Izanami (イザナミ, Izanami) is a recurring important character revolving the Megami Tensei series. In later adaptions, she is more often portrayed alongside with Izanagi. Izanami later plays an important role in Persona 4.

History

Izanami-no-Mikoto is the primordial Shinto Mother Goddess and sister/wife to Izanagi-no-Mikoto. She helped stir the oceans on the Bridge of the Heavens, and settled down with Izanagi on Earth on their island Onogoro. On their first marriage ceremony she made the mistake of speaking to Izanagi first, so the ritual had to be repeated. After the second ceremony she gave birth to various deities. But then she gave birth to Hi-no-Kagutsuchi the Deity of Fire, and died from the severe burns of the flames. When she perished, she went to Yomi, the Land of the Dead. Izanami ate from the furnace of Hell, and went to petition the deities of the Netherworld to let her go. She made her husband promise not to look at her, but Izanagi did anyway and was greeted by the sight of a rotting corpse with the Eight Thunders protruding from her body. Ashamed by Izanagi's indescretion, she sent the Hags of Hell, the Thunders and an army of demonic warriors after him. Izanagi sealed the entrance to Yomi with a boulder, and Izanami cried, "Why did you do such a thing to me?! You betrayed me!! Remove this boulder this instant or I'll kill 1000 of your subjects everyday!" Izanagi countered, "For every 1000 you kill, 1500 shall be born in their place!" and thus their marriage was over. She became the Yomotsugami, the Goddess of the Land of the Dead.

Appearances

Biography

Megami Tensei

Izanami is the reincarnation of Yumiko Shirasagi, a friend of the protagonist, Akemi Nakajima. After witnessing Akemi's secret activities to using computer programmings to summon out Digital Devil Loki, Yumiko was assaulted by Loki, despite Akemi's plead for her to stop meddling in his business. During Akemi's final showdown with Loki, Akemi, who is revealed to be a reincarnation of Izanagi teams up with Yumiko, who now remembers her past memories as Izanami to defeat Loki.

Persona 4

  • Music: "霧" (kiri, lit. fog) and "The Genesis"

Izanami plays an important role in Persona 4. Intrigued by humanities' true desire, Izanami takes the form of a human, and bestowed various people their latent powers of invoking Personae. Izanami believed, that by observing the ones who have awakened would carry out humanities' true desire.

Disguising as an Attendant working in the Moel Gas Station of Yasoinaba, Izanami awakened Tohru Adachi, Taro Namatame, and finally, the Protagonist' potential of invoking Personae. It is unknown exactly how many humans Izanami awakened, however, she implies that many have been awakened by her.

Using her identity as an attendant of the gas station, Izanami spread rumors regarding the urban legend of the Midnight Channel. As the Midnight Channel reflects the images of the viewers' desires, Izanami believed that this would, make her understand better about humanity's wishes.However, Adachi, one of the awakened ones, uses his powers for murder, and carries out the belief of humanities' insecurities, leading Izanami to believe that what humanity actually wishes is a world of oblivion and stillness, and thus Izanami subjects to overrun the world with Shadows. Acknowledging Adachi's plans, Izanami created the god of fog, Ameno-sagiri, and later, the Midnight Channel.

Izanami later begins to set her plans in motion; Upon the Protagonist' first meeting with Izanami, taking the identity of the Moel Gas Station Attendant, Izanami takes an interest within the Protagonist's potential, and decides to give his latent talent of invoking Personae a little push via a handshake. In actuality, Izanami plans to use the Protagonist as a catalyst to awaken the potential of invoking Personae of those close to him, so they could carry out her plans.

After the Protagonist' first interaction with the Gas Attendant, Izanami visits the Protagonist in his dream. In there, Izanami taunts the Protagonist' wish to reach the truth, but asks him to follow her if he truly wishes to seek the truth. Izanami's plans of using the Protagonist' eventually was a success. In the events of Normal Ending however, the Protagonist' Wild Card ability and his determination is something she did not foresee, ignoring the urges of killing Taro Namatame, the wrong suspect of the murders allows the Investigation Team to eventually find out the true culprit: Tohru Adachi.

In the events of the True Ending, after defeating Tohru Adachi and defying Ameno-sagiri's plans to overrun the world with Shadows, the Protagonist manages to find out the Attendant's true identity as Izanami, and upon realizing the Protagonist' determination of seeking the truth and to stop her from carrying out her plans again, Izanami chastises the Protagonist' persistence to seek the truth, and tells him that she shall await the Protagonist's defeat in the "other world". Izanami's reality within the Midnight Channel, Yomotsu Hirasaka, derives from a place taken from the Japanese mythology of Izanagi and Izanami. It also takes the appearance of traditional Japanese Shinto Shrines.

In the Protagonist' final confrontation with Izanami, she faces the party with her goddess form, but was eventually revealed to a fabricated appearance when the Protagonist uses the Orb of Sight, an item given by Igor to shone upon the truth. Having her facade taken away, Izanami reveals her true form as Izanami-no-Okami, a rotting, death-ridden being. Izanami-no-Okami later sends the Protagonist' comrades to the underworld, and finally, the Protagonist himself. As the Protagonist is about to give up, he hears the voices of his friends, encouraging him.

Accumulating the bonds and powers of the Social Links he has thus far forged, the Protagonist channels the powers to his initial Persona, Izanagi, transmogrifying Izanagi to his true form, Izanagi-no-Okami. Bemused by the Protagonist' powers, Izanami-no-Okami repeatedly attacks the Protagonist, but is surprised to see the Protagonist enduring all her attacks. Angrily asking how could the will of so few defies a divine will, the Protagonist ultimately summons Izanagi-no-Okami, ending Izanami with one powerful strike, known as "Myriad Truths"

Upon Izanami's defeat, Izanami exclaims that she will not interfere with humanity anymore. She encourages them to live and face with their own decisions, but cannot guarantee their happiness, and fades away.

Despite Izanami's antagonistic nature, she truly wishes for humanity's happiness, as evident that she later congratulates the Investigation Team for discovering the truth, as well as defeating her.

Stats

Persona 4

Izanami

Level Arcana HP SP St Ma En Ag Lu
90 n/a 3500  ? 86 87 92 80 70
Phys Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty EXP Yen
- - - - - Block Block n/a - ¥-
List of Skills
Skill Effect

Izanami-no-okami

Level Arcana HP SP St Ma En Ag Lu
90 n/a 8000  ? 50 50 50 56 50
Phys Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty EXP Yen
- - - Absorb - Block Block n/a - ¥-
List of Skills
Skill Effect


Attacks

Izanami

Skill Effect
Maragidyne Large Fire damage to all enemies
Mabufudyne Large Ice damage to all enemies
Maziodyne Large Eletric damage to all enemies
Magarudyne Large Wind damage to all enemies
Megidolaon Huge Almighty damage to all enemies


Izanami-no-okami

Skill Effect
Fury of Yasogami Large Almighty damage to all enemies (physical)
Large Almighty damage to all enemies (magical)
Debilitate Lowers Attack/Defense/Hit&Evasion of one enemy
Hell's Judgement Halves one enemy's HP (Dark-type)
Stagnant Air Increases all enemy's susceptibility to status ailments
Mind Charge Boosts next magical attack's damage
End of the World Large Almighty damage & random status ailments to all enemies
Invitation to Yomi Kills any enemies with any status ailment
Oho Ikazuchi Always deals 999 damage
Thousand Curses Removes one enemy from battle (story-based, cannot block/evade)

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