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"No longer human. Not angel, not demon. He is...my puppet."
Nanashi (lit. "Nameless") is a hunter cadet still learning the ropes about battling demons and gathering relics who borrows the powers of the god Dagda.
- 1 Appearances
- 2 Design
- 3 Personality
- 4 Profile
- 5 Skills
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
- Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse: Protagonist
Nanashi is a youthful teenager with medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. His standard outfit is a dark green jumpsuit adorned with embroidery, along with grey boots and orange socks. The finer writing on his jumpsuit is the lyrics to John Lennon's song, "Imagine", which reads: "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."
His design features a number of asymmetrical elements, with a portion of the left side of his head being shaved, a shorter right sleeve and a pulled-up left pant leg on his jumpsuit, one glove on his right hand, and a single red earring in his left ear.
After forming a contract with Dagda, the scar he receives on the right side of his face from his initial fight against Adramelech will fill in green and a series of green markings, including a four-leaf clover symbol, get imprinted on his left arm from his fingertips to just above his elbow. He loses these green elements in either Neutral ending, once Dagda is no longer keeping him alive. In the Massacre ending, Nanashi develops bright yellow eyes. In the Bonds ending, his appearance simply returns to normal.
Through the tradition of the Shin Megami Tensei series, he is a silent protagonist, where his personality is mostly based upon the players' actions and decisions.
His two defining characteristics in Apocalypse are his fearlessness and his penchant for sleeping (even at inappropriate times).
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
The History of Tokyo and Mikado note states that in 2023/346, Akira reincarnated and thus Nanashi was born. He was found by Hunters as a baby at Sky Tower, and was then adopted by the Hunter Boss. Boss raised Nanashi and his biological daughter Asahi as a single father after the death of Asahi’s mother. In the year 2037/1474, Nanashi became a Hunter Cadet right around the time Flynn was born. In 2038/1492, the year Apocalypse begins, Nanashi graduates to a full Hunter while Flynn becomes a Samurai.
Apocalypse begins with a dream Nanashi has of his past life, in which the boy who reincarnated as Flynn is speaking to Akira. Nanashi continues to have dreams, as well as visions while he is awake, of his past life as Akira throughout the course of Apocalypse.
While gathering relics in Ginza, Nanashi picks up the broken smartphone that later becomes his. During a foraging mission in Kinshi Park, Nanashi and Asahi, along with the novice Hunter Manabu and his mentor Nikkari, get attacked by a Horde of Lucifer’s Minions led by Adramelech, who kill Manabu, Nikkari, and Nanashi.
After dying, Nanashi arrives in Yomotsu Hirasaka, where he encounters a lost soul who is presumably Navarre. He then meets Dagda, who offers to form a contract with Nanashi, saying he can return Nanashi to life. If Nanashi agrees and gives Dagda his name, Nanashi is revived with some additional power in time to save Asahi from the Horde. Only after forming this contract does Dagda reveal that Nanashi is thus Dagda’s own personal Godslayer. Declining Dagda's offer results in a Game Over.
It is later revealed that Nanashi's role as Dagda's Godslayer involves him being tasked with killing every god and demon, as Dagda wishes to create a new universe. Being revived as Dagda's Godslayer also effectively changes Nanashi's race from "human" to "Godslayer", and Dagda later explains that Nanashi is no longer considered dead nor alive.
Following the events in Kinshi Park, Asahi insists that her and Nanashi should become full-fledged Hunters, but Boss refuses, as he doesn’t want that life for his kids. Boss refers to both Nanashi and Asahi as his kids throughout the game, although it is unclear if Nanashi considers Boss his father. Following Boss' death later on, Boss' successor at the Kinshicho Hunter Association becomes Asahi's legal guardian, but not Nanashi's. However, it is implied that Dagda is a father figure to Nanashi, and Odin later addresses Nanashi as Dagda's scion during the events at Kanda-no-yashiro.
In an effort to prove themselves as real Hunters, Nanashi and Asahi recruit demons of their own and accept low-level missions. Their first unofficial mission is at Sky Tower, where they defeat Angel on their own and defeat Aniel with the aid of Flynn and Isabeau who come to their rescue. Flynn and Isabeau give a glowing recommendation to Boss as a result of this battle, leading to Nanashi and Asahi becoming official hunters. After exiting the Hunter Association, Nanashi properly meets Navarre who appears as a small green ghost to him and joins Nanashi's party as a partner.
Their first official mission is from Napaea posing as Nozomi, who leads them to the Fairy Forest. Once there, they meet the real Nozomi, the Fairy Queen who is similarly sharing her body with the deity Danu, mother of Dagda. Danu appears from within Nozomi both times that Nanashi visits the Fairy Forest to confront her son about his plans involving Nanashi.
Nozomi joins Nanashi's party as a partner to defeat King Frost and later joins his party more permanently when he returns to the Fairy Forest to retrieve Ame-no-habakiri. The DDS titles associated with her imply that their relationship becomes something akin to siblings.
Asahi hugs Nanashi in celebration of their victory against King Frost, and Nozomi comments on their relationship. Asahi insists that the two of them are just friends, but she continues to hint at her feelings towards Nanashi throughout the game, later getting jealous over Toki's crush on Nanashi and even slipping up and mentioning the two of them getting married. Like his relationship with Boss, it is unclear how Nanashi perceives Asahi, although the DDS titles associated with her designate her as his friend, as opposed to a love interest or sibling.
Nanashi's involvement with the Divine Powers properly begins when he and Asahi take on a mysterious mission from Odin, who tells them of a great power sealed away in Kanda-no-yashiro, although he does not tell them specifics. Wanting to aid Flynn, Nanashi and Asahi disregard the warnings of the various demons throughout Kanda-no-yashiro and defeat Sukuna-hikona, the guardian of the seal of the Ark. If Nanashi does not willingly release Krishna from within the Ark, Dagda will force him to.
Despite being Dagda's puppet, Dagda will only force Nanashi to do certain things, such as unsealing Krishna, if they are necessary for his plan. Otherwise, Dagda remains relatively lenient when it comes to Nanashi's actions, and even lets Nanashi do things he doesn't like or agree with, such as letting Hallelujah join his party.
Despite being unaware of what was sealed within the Ark, and even in the case that Dagda forced Nanashi to do it, Nanashi is largely blamed for Krishna's release and much of the havoc that is wrought as a result. Asahi receives some of the blame, but the Hunters hold Nanashi mostly responsible as they view him as Dagda's pawn, even going so far as to want Nanashi to be killed. Skins and Fujiwara later give Nanashi the chance to redeem himself after he is suspected of treason.
Nanashi is known for his fearlessness throughout Apocalypse, and many characters, especially Hallelujah, remark this quality about him. One of the very few times that Nanashi is shown to express any level of fear is when he first encounters Shesha in Ginza, who is summoned by Krishna. One of the only other instances of Nanashi expressing fear is when he battles Stephen in the Messiahs in the Diamond Realm DLC Challenge Quest.
Nanashi remains unaware of his importance for a large portion of the early-game and is hardly regarded by anyone other than Dagda. The first time that Nanashi receives any real indication of his role is in Shinjuku during a mission to deliver supplies. A girl pushing a wheel followed by Stephen appear to Nanashi, and Stephen informs him that the girl has taken interest in Nanashi because she believes the fate of the world is in Nanashi's hands. Stephen offers to lend Nanashi a hand in the future should Nanashi choose a Neutral path.
Stephen and the girl reappear over the course of the game to give similar hints to Nanashi about his role. Should Nanashi choose the Massacre route, the girl will stop visiting Nanashi and seak out another messiah, but Stephen will still continue to aid him. Dagda, in particular, does not take well to Stephen and his interferences in Nanashi's life. Even if Nanashi chooses the Massacre route, Dagda remains somewhat hostile towards Stephen. Part of this may be due to Dagda's incredible possessiveness over Nanashi, similar to Krishna's relationship to Flynn. However, whereas Krishna looks down on humans, Dagda actually takes pride in Nanashi.
The final four partners that join Nanashi's party are Hallelujah, whom he meets during a mission to retrieve parts for constructing the Shesha Radar at Sky Tower, Gaston, whom he meets when he is tasked with escorting Gaston and his fellow Samurai to Kasumigasaki, Toki, whom he meets when his party has to sneak into Tsukiji Konganji, and Isabeau.
Nanashi's relationship with Gaston is particularly strained for a long time, mainly as a result of Gaston's ego. As one of Merkabah's chosen people and a Luxerer, Gaston spends a good portion of the game looking down on Nanashi, disliking him for being a Hunter and gathering relics, as well as hating him for delivering the final blow to Shesha in the second fight against him. Even still, Gaston remarks Nanashi's leadership skills early on, and the first DDS title associated with Gaston reveals that Nanashi thinks Gaston is a great fighter, albeit an annoying one. Gaston eventually grows to care for Nanashi and his party, and his additional dialogue in the battle against him in the Massacre route reveals that he didn't want things to end as they did and had truly come to trust Nanashi.
In stark contrast, Nanashi and Hallelujah become openly good friends over the course of Apocalypse, and Hallelujah very quickly takes a shine to Nanashi after watching him battle a Rukh at Sky Tower, impressed by both Nanashi's power and Nanashi's ability to remain calm when his partners are frightened off. Despite many being off-put to learn of Nanashi's involvement with Dagda, Hallelujah is much more sympathetic to his situation. Hallelujah even goes so far as to go against and kill Abe, his father, in order to side with Nanashi. His associated DDS titles and additional dialogue in the Massacre route reveal that there was a strong sense of trust between Nanashi and Hallelujah, and that Hallelujah came to idolize Nanashi.
Toki initially pays little mind to Nanashi, and even openly hates him after Krishna reveals to Nanashi's party that Nanashi was the one who unsealed the Ark and is Dagda's puppet. She later on expresses an intense infatuation for him, but it is unclear how much of that, if any, is a result of her own will and how much is from Inanna who resides within her.
A lot of the hatred that is held by various people throughout Tokyo towards Nanashi dissipates after Nanashi aids in dispelling the Tokugawa Mandala and defeating the demons that have invaded the Underground, and Skins informs Nanashi that people have even begun calling him their Champion.
An infiltration mission in Mikado provides Nanashi with the second instance of proof that his dreams of his past life may actually be real memories, as opposed to fabricated dreams. While at the statue of King Aquila, Isabeau mentions that Akira is the namesake of King Aquila. While gathering intel at the Monastery, Nozomi will ask if Nanashi wants to read the historical records she is looking at. Although much of the information is illegible, the details that can be gathered from it outline the events of the second dream Nanashi has in Apocalypse, in which the boy who reincarnated as Flynn kills himself to bring forth Masakado to protect Tokyo. In addition, the Gauntlet in the Monastery that once belonged to King Aquila responds to Nanashi's touch, much to the distress of the people in the Monastery. While optional, Nanashi can visit and take a nap at Lake Mikado, where he will dream of a man telling him to give a fishing hook to Flynn. When Nanashi wakes up, he is holding the fishing hook in his hand, although he will only be able to give it to Flynn and get proof that this dream was actually a visitation from Flynn's dead friend Issacar if Nanashi chooses the Bonds route.
The Hunter missions surrounding the Divine Powers and the defeat of Lucifer and Merkabah are mostly not specifically assigned to Nanashi and his party, although they are the ones who end up completing these missions, or at least playing a major role in their completion. Nanashi and his party obtain Ame-no-habakiri, later Ame-no-murakumo, and the parts for the Shesha Radar, repel Shesha on three separate occasions, attempt to save Flynn on two separate occasions (one of which is failed due to losing to Odin), dispel the Divine Powers twice (although the first instance is revealed to be a ruse), and defeat Lucifer and Merkabah during the Armageddon mission at Camp Ichigaya. However, the second mission to defeat the Divine Powers is assigned specifically to Nanashi and his party, as they are the only ones left conscious after Shesha’s final return.
During the Armageddon mission, Nanashi can choose the Law route by siding with Merkabah, which will lead to the activation of the Yamato Perpetual Reactor and kill the people of Tokyo. Alternatively, after defeating Merkabah, Nanashi can choose the Chaos route and side with Lucifer. Both of these endings hint at Nanashi not feeling fulfilled by his choice. Also, the fights against Lucifer and Merkabah, in addition to the Samyaza fight, reveal to Nanashi that most gods and demons do not care who they use as a pawn, as they quickly shift to trying to win Nanahsi's favour when they are rejected by both Flynn and Hallelujah. The notable exception to this is Dagda, who specifically states that he does not care about Flynn or any of the others, and wants only Nanashi as his Godslayer.
One of the few entities that continues to hold a hatred towards Nanashi throughout the entirety of the game is Shesha. During the third battle against Shesha, Shesha has grown strong enough through each of his reincarnations that he is capable of speaking. He expresses his anger towards Nanashi and his party for killing him previously, and is intent on killing Nanashi in particular. On the final day before the Full Moon, Shesha attempts to kill and eat Nanashi’s body and soul, who is only saved because Asahi sacrifices herself for him.
During the events in the Cosmic Egg, should Nanashi have chosen to not side with Merkabah or Lucifer, Nanashi and his party will finally defeat the remaining members of the Divine Powers, which include Odin, Seth, Apsu, Baal, Inanna, and Mitra-Buddha. Prior to the battle against Mitra-Buddha, Mitra-Buddha will enlighten Nanashi's party and confirm Nanashi's dreams that Flynn and Nanashi are indeed the reincarnations of the boy who merged wth Masakado to protect Tokyo, and Akira, who later became King Aquila of Mikado, respectively.
Upon nearing the end of the Sixth of the Cosmic Egg, Dagda will stand before Nanashi's party, and inform them that the Full Moon is nearly upon them, and that he needs to know what Nanashi will choose to do with the Cosmic Egg. Should Nanashi side with Dagda and create his new universe, the events will follow that of the Massacre route. Alternatively, Nanashi can side with his friends and proceed with the events of the Bonds route. Both are considered Neutral routes, and both have parallels to what would have become of Infernal Akira and Blasted Akira, should Nanashi have chosen not to form a contract with Dagda in the beginning.
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 Inanna. As a result, the new Dagda supplies Nanashi with his energy, and allows him to retain his free will. Old Dagda is then defeated and has his ideals crushed as he vanishes, seeing Nanashi and his friends triumphing over him.
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, and then they proceed to meet with Krishna in the core of the cosmic egg.
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 Vishnu-Flynn. During the battle, Nanashi calls out to Flynn, causing the fusion to begin to unravel as Flynn remembers his identity. With the defeat of Vishnu-Flynn, 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's 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.
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.
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. He also obtains Masakado's Katana off Isabeau's body. They then head to the Heart of the Cosmic Egg, where Krishna awaits.
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.
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.
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.
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's 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
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.
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.
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.
- 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 that 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." Oddly, this title carries over to "New Life" New Game Plus cycles.
- 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 and third being the Demi-fiend and the protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei V respectively.
- 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. Its description implies Nanashi's body temperature is at 35.3 °C, below normal ranges and barely above the threshold for hypothermia. 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.
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
- Lore DLC, https://atlus.com/smt4a/dlc.html