Because my forging was assisted by a fox, I was named Kogitsunemaru. As an offering of gratitude to the Gods, I was bestowed with the names of both Kokaji and the little fox that assisted him. My body isn't small in the least.
Kokaji (小鍛冶/Little blacksmith) is the title of a
noh song about Sanjou Munechika receiving assistance from Inari, the Shinto god of fertility, who appeared to him as a fox. With Inari's help, he forged a sword to present to the emperor and named the sword Kogitsunemaru (kogitsune = little fox).
Kokaji was also Sanjou's alias. According to the above story, Kogitsunemaru had "Kokaji Munechika" carved on the front and "Kogitsunemaru" on the back.
Although I might be big, my name is Kogitsunemaru. No, I'm not joking. I'm certainly not a fake, either. I'm small! Even though I'm big!
Kogitsunemaru's name contains the kanji for small (小), as well as the kanji for fox (狐). In his first line, he says "I'm big, but my name is "small fox."
Touken Ranbu is starting.
Now then. Let's take our time getting started.
Do you want me to... princess carry you?
Master says my fur is beautiful.
Why am I called a "small fox," despite being so big? ... I'd rather not say.
Are you taking a break, Master?
My fur's all messed up...
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Right now... I'm brushing the fur on my tail.
Citadel (Kiwame sendoff)
He must have gone to the mountains to train with the foxes.
Since I'm a small fox, I guess that makes me a junior captain...
See notes on his introduction dialogue.
With this, I'm sure I can be more active now.
It seems my fur is shinier than before.
Expedition Completed (Leader of Expedition Party)
I have returned from my expedition.
Expedition Completed (Leader of Primary Party)
The expedition party has returned.
A new comrade has arrived.
By all means, please--take this.
Repairs (minor injury)
I'll go groom my fur for a bit.
Repairs (medium/severe injury)
Once I've taken my time recuperating, I'll return.
When you melt us down, we're all just metal.
Let's see what Master has achieved.
Money makes the world go round.
This is a saying. Literal translation is "Money is something that goes around the whole world."
Front Lines & Battles
We're leaving for the battlefield.
Ooh, I've found something!
Well now... would you like to dance?
Come... dance with this small fox!
It'll hurt if you get bitten... because I'm wild!
I'm the one who got hurt...?
Hmph... You certainly hit your mark today.
My fur's sheen is all messed up now...
To think you'd make me show my true strength...!
A duel is rather old fashioned... not that I hate it!
Well now, is this their star performer?
The small fox, even larger than before, has returned.
Well, death will befall us all one day... Please, do not let it bother you...
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Just because they're horses, they think they can look down on... Actually, let's give them something to look down on.
Horses nowadays have figured out how to ignore people, I see.
Are we raising crops for beans to make fried tofu?
Fried tofu (油揚げ) is said to be a fox's favorite food.
I'm sure they'll grow into great soybeans.
Citadel (Nendoroid Background)
Although I might be big, my name is Kogitsunemaru... supposedly. I've certainly become small now!
If I've become like this, then I can eat a big piece of fried tofu.
It's alright to pet me, you know? Here.
New Year's Greeting
Please have nice dreams, Master.
Touken Ranbu's First Year Anniversary (2016)
Ooh. Is it our first anniversary? If I had known then I would have fixed my fur a little.
Touken Ranbu's Second Year Anniversary (2017)
It is now our second anniversary. The battle is still ongoing; however at the time you wish to be soothed, please fluff up my fur.
Welcome Back Greeting (After Long Absence)
Oh! Welcome home! Please look at this fur. Without you here, it's become utterly unkempt.
Saniwa First Year Anniversary
Master, do you know what day it is today? It's the first anniversary of your inauguration.
Saniwa Second Year Anniversary
Master, it's your inauguration's second anniversary. My, how splendid!
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