This cube craft paper toy is Waka, shrouded in mystery right until the end of the game even though he appears many times in the video game Okami, the papercraft created by scarykurt. Waka confronts Amaterasu and Issun many times giving them confusing and cryptic hints about future events, however in hindsight these hints are quite helpful. He interferers with many of Amaterasu plans and often appears at very awkward moments. He considers himself to be the Guardian of Moon Cave as well as being a self proclaimed prophet.
Waka is based on the historical character “Minamoto no Yoshitsune”, who in his childhood was called Ushiwakamaru. Minamoto no Yoshitsune was depicted as a sort of Robin Hood who was excellently trained in the way of the sword. His main companion was “Saitō Musashibō Benkei”, who’s character also appears in Okami as Benkei the Warrior Monk.
He carries a Katana Sword and a flute which he can transform into a blinding fast sword called Pillowtalk. He can teleport and use the giant wings on his helmet to fly. Along with this he appears to be able to perform extreme feats of martial arts, the kind of which a human could only imagine doing and he can sustain lots of damage. He uses all this to pick fights with Amaterasu as he is testing her power. His choice of footwear makes him appear quite easy to knock over however this is not the case.
Waka appears to be somewhat flashy. He wears a bright pink kimono and purple Sashinuki-hakama, which along with his headdress, consisting of a hawk-head with a long flowing cloak. Beneath his headdress is the long golden hair of the Moon Tribe. He also wears tabi socks and tall “platform” geta with single tooth; this would appear to make him easy to knock down, but Waka moves more skillfully than he lets on. He constantly carries a flute with him that is actually the disguised form of his sword Pillow Talk. He also has a second sword in a scabbard at his side, which he uses in conjunction with Pillow Talk.
His appearance echoes that of the Japanese Tengu-bird like mythical beasts that were said to be very skilled in swordplay. His headgear is the shape of a tengu, and also features the typical tengu cap. The geta sandals are actually called “tengu-geta”, as tengu were believed to wear geta with one “tooth” in the middle. Waka’s clothes are that of a yamabushi, the mountain ascetics followers of the syncrethic Shugendō creed. In reference to this, tengu are often depicted dressing yamabushi dress.
No matter the situation, Waka never shows any signs of being upset or fearful, a habit that annoys Issun constantly. Also annoying to Amaterasu’s companion is Waka’s habit of rarely being direct; he prefers vague hints that he calls “prophecies” over straight information. His advice is always helpful, though it is sometimes observed to be so only in hindsight.
Waka also has a great deal of playfulness to his personality; even when he is taking things seriously, he refers to it in a light-hearted manner. This is evident in his prophecies, which usually contain some humorous action or phrase. He often peppers his speech with French expressions of affection, such as “mon amie” and “ma chérie“. In the original Japanese version, Waka uses English expressions.
Even though Waka mocks Amaterasu many times throughout the course of the game, it is quite clear that he has a great amount of respect and trust for her. It can be said that there is a certain bond between the two, as Waka mentioned that they “fought Orochi side by side”.
Waka does not reappear in Okamiden however, sometime between the events of Okami and Okamiden, Waka created Kurow. Kurow was created by Waka to be a vessel that Akuro could not possess and control. It can be assumed that Waka’s powers of prophecy enabled him to see what was going to happen and this compelled him to create Kurow. Kurow who is modelled heavily off himself both in physical appearance and personality-wise. He entrusted Kurow with a Moon Tribe pendant and sent him in a meteor from the Celestial Plain. By instilling Kurow with independent thoughts and feelings, Waka ensured that Kurow was not simply following his fate blindly upon sacrificing himself to destroy Akuro.
He is seen briefly in a vision experienced by Nanami and Chibiterasu when they touch the Knowing Orb in Sage Shrine. He is also mentioned in Journals Manifest in the Moon Tribe Ruins. They note that his pendant is similar to Sugawara’s crest. [Source: neoseeker]
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