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Floral Finisher
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Appearances Ōkami
Ōkamiden
User(s) Amaterasu
Chibiterasu
Power(s) Produces Demon Fangs or remains from fallen demons.
A Floral Finisher is a special attack used immediately after killing a demon, when its body turns grey and falls through the air as time warps and slows. If a specific Celestial Brush technique is used as a finishing attack on the demon in mid-air, it drops Demon Fangs or other remnants before the body disintegrates into a large patch of flowers on the ground.

Overview

Applying the right Finisher to each enemy is an excellent way to farm, and the first method available before Amaterasu acquires a secondary weapon (allowing her to use the Sub-Reflector Counterattack) or the Golden Fury/Brown Rage Dojo Techniques.

Floral Finishers do not work if Amaterasu has already struck the enemy with something else during its dying state (a different brushstroke, a Divine Instrument, or the Thief's Glove), or if she has just killed the enemy in certain ways. Cherry Bomb disintegrates the enemy's body upon death, eliminating the chance to use Floral Finisher. If an enemy's Floral Finisher is normally Power Slash, actually killing it with Power Slash will prevent the finisher from working properly-instead, deliver the final blow with a different attack and slash the body in mid-air afterward.

Most bosses and sub bosses do not have Floral Finishers, except for the individual Tube Foxes.

Finishers

Demon type Floral Finisher Demon Fangs earned
Green Imp Power Slash 1
Red Imp Power Slash 1
Yellow Imp Power Slash 1
Blue Imp Galestorm 1
Black Imp Power Slash 3
Headless Guardian Cherry Bomb 2
Bell Guardian Power Slash 2
Halo Guardian Cherry Bomb 2
Executioner Guardian Cherry Bomb 2
Namahage Galestorm 1
Blade Namahage Galestorm 2
Bucket Namahage Cherry Bomb 3
Umbrella Namahage Galestorm 2
Cannon Namahage Galestorm 3
Clay Soldier Veil of Mist 1
Clay Samurai Veil of Mist 2
Clay Drummer Veil of Mist 2
Clay Flyer Power Slash 2
Clay Shogun Veil of Mist 3
Bud Ogre Bloom 1
Chimera Power Slash 2
Igloo Turtle Inferno 2
Dead Fish Power Slash 1
Crow Tengu Galestorm 1
Ubume Veil of Mist 2
Fire Eye Galestorm 2
Ice Mouth Inferno 2
Thunder Ear Power Slash 1
Earth Nose Veil of Mist 3
Fire Doom Mirror Galestorm 2
Ice Doom Mirror Inferno 2
Thunder Doom Mirror Power Slash 2
Wind Doom Mirror Veil of Mist 3
Poltergeist Galestorm 5
Ichiro Thunderstorm 2
Jiro Thunderstorm 5
Saburo Thunderstorm 2
Blue Cyclops Deluge 5
Great Tengu Blizzard 5
Red Ogre Thunderstorm 5
Blue Ogre Thunderstorm 5
Bull Charger Inferno 5
Dogu Power Slash 4
Tube Fox Power Slash 2

Ōkamiden

The Floral Finisher concept reappears in Ōkamiden, although modified. Instead of dropping Demon Fangs which can be directly used to buy items, the correct finishing technique now drops different demon remnants such as bones or skin. The right combinations of remnants can be taken to a blacksmith to produce or enhance items.

Trivia

According to some demon's lore, their attributed weaknesses and most effective methods of exorcism help imply that Floral Finishers are the result of the penultimate method of ensuring their purification and annihilation.

  • Amanojaku within Japanese lore are said to be akin to that of the "evil side" of the consciousness as well as a sort of demon. Within Shinto and Buddhist thought, one such way to deny such dark impulses is to consciously halt and envision their destruction before ignoring them, allowing them no way to tempt or corrupt their listener.
  • The living corrupted statues that make up the Headless group ultimately represent something akin to a wraith or a ghoul, but of a spiritual kind with longing and physical attachment to the living world. Within Shinto thought, one matter of importance is of how all souls and that which they inhabit have an ultimate resting place and need for closure, and within Buddhist thought, one such base creed is of how the physical world is always changing, with nothing lasting forever; the use of bombs to rid of their physical form may highlight this.
  • Namahage come to provide a contrast to their real world benevolent counterparts, being the embodiment of loneliness turned into madness within the harsh environment of Kamui, and possibly representing the examples of those who give into despair, turn to perverse practices and crime, or are exiled and banished due to being bad individuals. In an interesting twist, so does defeating these demons and sending their way on the wind come in line with the real life practices of the Namahage New Years tradition in heralding change and disciplining the wicked in the face of a new beginning.
  • The Clay Army represents the restless dead and of those of warriors whose conquests were cut short upon their gruesome defeat. Driven to obsession, and living in times before the coming of introspective religions such as Buddhism, such state of theirs allows for greater evil like Orochi to possess them into their ranks. The use of the Veil of Mist to give them reflection and penance helps them break free from this curse and allows them eternal rest with closure.