Nakoruru in Samurai Shodown Sen
Nome InteiroNakoruru
Aniversario/IdadeOctober 11, 1771
Local de NascimentoAinu Moshiri Kamui Kotan, Japan
Altura154.5cm (5'1")
PesoNot telling
Tipo SanguíneoAB
Familia/RelacionadosRimururu (sister), Sanouku (grandfather), Monashiri (grandmother), Mamahaha & Shikuru (pets)
Trabalho/OcupaçãoAinu priestess
GostaThe natural surroundings of Kamui Kotan
Não gostaThose who cannot respect nature with the highest esteem; villains who pollute nature (SS)
HobbiesSpending time among trees
Comida favoritaSimmered dishes; boiled eggs (Samurai Shodown); shaved ice (especially the green tea flavor kind with syruped red beans, Days of Memories)
Esporte de Destaque"Sports? I like things that include running."
Habilidade especialHearing the voice of Nature; Making Lateshikepu and hearing everyone say that it's delicious (SS)
O que mais odeia"...I can't reveal that."
Música favoritaFolk tales sung by her grandmother
Medidas (busto, cintura, quadril)73,50,82cm
ArmaHer treasured sword, Chichi-ushi (Father Bull)
Estilo de lutaDancing Sword Arts of the Shikanna-Kamui

Nakoruru (ナコルル, Nakoruru) is a character in the Samurai Shodown series of fighting games. Although she has no particular model for her character, Hilda from Hols: Prince of the Sun and The Dagger of Kamui helped her conception process. Also developers admit that her famous "This is nature's punishment" quote is based on Sailor Moon's "In the name of moon, I punish you" line. Her character is based upon the Ainu people of Hokkaido, Japan, who are analogous in Japan to the Native Americans in the United States. As the Japanese perceive the Ainu as living closer to nature, Nakoruru's role in the game is of a defender of Mother Nature; in some material Nakoruru has been referred to as a priestess.

Aside from the main series, Nakoruru also has several figurines made in her image from various game appearances and is a featured character in several of the series's drama CDs. She stars in her own character image CD and is also a member in SNK's character image band, Band of Fighters. She is also a common mascot for SNK's social action programs for children and nature awareness campaigns, sometimes being paired with Terry Bogard for such events.

In the character popularity poll on Neo Geo Freak's website, she was voted as the seventh favorite character with a total of 1,252 votes.


Main SeriesEditar


At 15, she and Rimururu are playing in the forest when Mamahaha flies in holding her father's sword. Sensing her father was in danger, she apologized to Rimururu and leaves. Upon reaching Hinowa, Nakoruru tells Gaoh that his war is hurting the planet. Gaoh proclaims he will build a new country and will destroy any who would stand in his way. At his defeat, Kamui appears before her, asking Nakoruru to follow her father's footsteps as he was killed. Nakoruru asks what would happen if she declined and is told another maiden would be asked to be the successor. Not wanting Rimururu to be put at risk, Nakoruru accepts to become the new Kamui warrior of Kamui Kotan.

She continues to fulfill this role throughout the series protecting nature and defeating villains often alongside Haohmaru. However, after overthrowing Mizuki Rashojin, she sacrifices herself to restore nature's balance and becomes one with the spirit of Nature. In Samurai Shodown 64, her apparent death is retconned. Instead of sacrificing herself, she slept within Kamui Kotan's forests and was protected by the spirits of nature. At nature's beckoning, she awakens to fight the disturbing presence caused by Yuga the Destroyer. Sometime after Yuga's second defeat, she eventually returns to her slumber.

Later in Warriors Rage, she transcends even further and melds her soul with Gaia to become a Divine Spirit in nature's service. As one of the "Maidens of Light", she travels across space and time to prevent the disasters of the world from occurring. However, she is stopped in her quest by a magical spell cast by Jigen Taishi in Ritenkyo. This leaves Nakoruru unable to assume her original form, and she can only battle evil through the strength of her fellow forest sprits. Weakened, she knows she must stop Oboro's evil plan, but cannot without the Maiden of Light Rimururu, who has been sealed by Oboro. She sets out on a quest to free her sister and together combine their powers to defeat evil.

In Sen, she follows the runaway Rimururu, hoping to protect her younger sister from the danger that she sensed. She also left her home to tell Rimururu the reason why she is in her current predicament.

Nakoruru ADVEditar

In this game, Nakoruru is living peacefully at her home as the village's priestess. At the behest of the village's elder, she adopts a protege named Mikato and teaches the young girl about Kamui and her society's culture. However, Nakoruru remains distant due to her other half, Rera, who constantly warns her about an incoming evil. Wanting to continue her life of serenity, Nakoruru doesn't talk about this to anyone. She is also afraid of losing her own identity if she accepts Rera completely.

When Mikato discovers the truth about her reluctant nature, the priestess has already lost her powers due to her selfish nature. Despite this, she takes action once her home is attacked by demons and sets out alone to somehow deal with the threat peacefully. Eventually, Nakoruru accepts Rera and fights Mizuki. Unfortunately, while protecting Mikato from being hurt, she is badly injured. She succeeds in dealing a mighty blow against Mizuki but succumbs to her wounds and dies. Mikato, who was destined to carry out the priestess' prophecy, uses Nakoruru's sword to avenge her. It's implied that Nakoruru is happily reunited with Yantamu in the afterlife.


Nakoruru is calm and gentle. She seems to be shy toward people. Yet, to others, her mannerisms and appearance make her seem rather "doll-like", a term that she somewhat displeases. She is also maternal, chiding her sister as she would a child. She believes that Nature can be protected without killing others and often vies for non-violent solutions if she thinks it's possible and, thus, has a will to protect the weak, fearful, and innocent. She also knows that true power must not be misused. Although she is dedicated in her mission, she also desires to be a normal girl with selfish desires, which sometimes sets her apart from her friends and peers.


  • Listening to Nature: Nakoruru can hear and sense nature's voice. In other media, this power also includes sensing the spirits of people or nature.
  • Energy Slash: Nakoruru's weapon can be fueled with ki energy.
  • Reflector: With the power of her cloak, Nakoruru can reflect a projectile back to its sender.
  • Healing: With the power of nature, Nakoruru can heal wounds.

Fighting StyleEditar

She fights with the fighting arts of the Ainu people. She fights with a kodachi, and, depending on the form, a hawk named Mamahaha (in "Shura/Slash") or a wolf named Shikuru (in "Rasetsu/Bust" form and later Rera). To compensate for her short weapon range, players must rely on her speed to punish her opponents' mistakes. She can also recover from her moves a little quicker than other characters, making it easier for her to hit-and-run during fights. To balance her out with the rest of the cast, her attack strength is slightly weaker than most fighters. Her move set usually incorporates slightly longer ranged attacks that project her or her animal companions to her foes so her attack range isn't limited to her sword. She can also reflect projectiles with the move, Kamui Ryusei.

Her moves are written in the Ainu language.


  • Shizen no Utage (Nature Party) - Samurai Shodown, Warriors Rage, SNK Gals' Fighters, SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
  • Shizen no Utage -Haru- - Samurai Shodown II
  • Shizen no Ibuki - Samurai Shodown III
  • Shizen no Utage -So no ni - Samurai Shodown IV, V
  • Banquet Invitation - Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden
  • Four Seasons - Samurai Shodown 64
  • Wind - Samurai Shodown 64-2
  • Forest Spirit - Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage
  • Banquet of Nature - Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage
  • Purification - Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage
  • Shizen no Uta ~ Jiai no Kaze - Nakoruru ADV
  • Summer is Gone, Winter is Here - Samurai Remix VA
  • Nakoruru - Samurai Spirits 2: Asura-Zanmaden (OVA)
  • Shizen no Uta - 100 Mega Shock!

Image SongsEditar

  • Koko ni Oide - Brand-New Spirits song; performed by Reiko Chiba; also collected in Neo Geo Gals Vocal Collection
  • Koe o Kikasaete... - Neo Geo DJ Station Image Song
  • Kokoro wo Tsunaide - Neo Geo DJ Station Duet Image Song with Rimururu
  • Heavy Baby's 1, 2, 3 - Neo Geo DJ Station shared image song
  • Miko no Densho Uta - Nakoruru ADV song
  • Ashita no Hate - Nakoruru ADV Duet Image Song with Manari

Voice ActorsEditar

Live Action ActorsEditar

  • Reiko Chiba - Samurai Shodown II commercials
  • Harumi Ikoma - Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden commercials (image character)

Game AppearancesEditar

Mobile AppearancesEditar

  • Days of Memories (third, seventh, eighth and ninth titles) - unplayable
  • NeoGeo Tennis Coliseum
  • Samurai Spirits - Shimensouka
  • SNK Gals Fighters
  • SNK Dream Battle

Cameo ApppearancesEditar

Anime AppearancesEditar

Similar CharactersEditar

See alsoEditar


  • The dish that Nakoruru can cook best is Lateshikepu (okayu), a type of rice porridge.
  • Her ribbon is handmade by Rimururu.
  • From Samurai Shodown V Special and beyond, fatality-styled attacks can be done on Nakoruru, a feature that was previously not possible in earlier titles.


Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2 SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand Edition SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand Edition SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand Edition SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS


Samurai Shodown! 2 SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium (Sprite Edit) SNK Gals' Fighters Shinsetsu Samurai Supirittsu: Bushidō Retsuden

Samurai Shodown Samurai Shodown II Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge Samurai Shodown V The King of Fighters 2000 Neo Geo Battle Coliseum Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000

Samurai Shodown II (Doll Transformation) Samurai Shodown VI (Doll Transformation)


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