Soranaki (Japanese: 空亡 Soranaki) is a Boss Yo-kai of the Shinma tribe. Soranaki is the main antagonist of Yo-kai Watch 4. He also has the initial final form in Yo-kai Watch Shadowside, called Haten Soranaki (Japanese: 破天・空亡 Haten Soranaki).
In Yo-kai Watch 4, Haten Soranaki does not appear. Instead, Soranaki has obtained his true form, Maten Soranaki (Japanese: 魔天•空亡 Maten Soranaki).
- Yo-kai Watch: Main game series
- Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Main Antagonist
- Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends: Main Antagonist
Soranaki is a massive Yo-kai that holds the appearance of a dark sun with a red eye in the centre and is surrounded by a mass of purple clouds. He is carrying a large spear-like weapon. Though often only seen with two arms, he appears to have three more, each of which carries a spear.
In his final form in Yo-kai Watch Shadowside, he has the appearance of a giant, hulking beast. He has a huge, gaping mouth and six, dark, spiritual arms. He has 7 eyes: 3 running down each cheek, and 1 floating above his head.
He mostly appears in the Shadowside anime as a single black mass with his eye, likely because of what happened in M05.
In the opening cutscene of Yo-kai Watch 4, Soranaki is shown to be able to freeze time and turn others to stone. He can also detach his arms from his body, and can use a red and black shield to negate the damage taken from attacks.
In his true form, Maten Soranaki is a Yo-kai oni humanoid of pale mauve color, it has 4 horns with black tips, its hair is of a pink/purple gradient. He wears black armor, filled with blue and pink patterns, an eye is located at his chest. Purple smoke envelops him from behind.
Yo-kai Watch 4
Soranaki is seen fighting and Lord Enma in the opening cutscene. Lord Enma appears to be winning, only to be turned to stone and seemingly be killed.
In the anime
Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends
Soranaki fully manifests himself at the time of the Enma Budokai, upon Shien being overwhelmed by and the combined efforts of Kenshin Amaterasu, Neko'ou Bastet, Kappa'ou Sangjou, and Tengu'ou Kurama. When Shien eventually gives into despair, Soranaki manifests himself from the Mikado Tribe Yo-kai and envelops his body, transforming him into Maou Shien, and easily turns the tables on Amaterasu and the Godside Yo-kai, forcing them to retreat and revert themselves respectively. Maou Shien's power sends a wave of terror upon the attendees of the tournament, who immediately flee in fear of being destroyed. Realizing the magnitude of the threat, Zazel suggests to awake Shien's inner conscience, but Ancient Enma states no Yo-kai could pass his barrier; however, Itsuki, being already in a state of death, could do so, and after a brief reluctance from his friends, he is sent to Maou Shien's body.
However, Maou Shien melts, and the liquid allows Soranaki to access a flesh form. He then attempts to absorb the hatred of the Yo-kai World. After Ancient Enma and Zazel teleport the remains of the arena to the human world in order to minimize the casualties, Soranaki states the hatred in the Yo-kai World was nothing compared to that of the human world, and makes true to his statement by inmediately growing stronger to the point of wielding infinite power. However, at this point, Itsuki has already found Shien's spirit and fused with it, becoming Yasha Enma, and after emerging from Soranaki's body, he engages the evil Yo-kai in combat by summoning Ryuutou Benibana. Soranaki answers to this by summoning Yamata no Orochi, and after the eight-headed serpentine Yo-kai is overpowered by Ryuutou Benibana and Ryuutou Rasetsu, he summons the Kenbumajin Ashura, who becomes a literal sword and quickly turns the tables of the battle by trapping Yasha Enma and nulifying both Benibana and Rasetsu by snatching the Enma Rod.
Shortly after, Soranaki notices Suu-san regaining his Kusanagi sword and promptly launches an attack to the heroes, only for his barrage to be cut short by the newly-resurfaced Gunshin Susanoo. Soranaki is then forced to let loose of his grasp of Yasha Enma by an attack from the newly-awakened Genbu, and then has the Enma Rod snatched by Byakko. Now engaging all these four opponents in combat, Soranaki is evenly matched by them, even though their combined attacks have no effect on him. Soranaki quickly recovers and dispatches Genbu and Byakko, and briefly regains the upper hand. However, he is eventually defeated by Yasha Enma through a single strike from the Amenomurakumo created by Susanoo being empowered by the Yo-kai in the human world, exploding in a huge light and releasing the souls collected by Shien.
However, a reduced and depowered Soranaki makes a last-ditch attempt to take the heroes with him by attacking Shin and Tae from behind, only to be purified by a single kick from the newly-manifested Gesshin Tsukuyomi.
Yo-kai Watch Shadowside anime
Soranaki returns later on in the far future of 2040.
According to Jaou Kaira, Soranaki is the Yo-kai responsible for spreading the "Soranaki" virus, a virus capable of turning Yo-kai hostile by turning the wickedness inside their heart into power. His first official debut was in SS014, being the voice that told Fukurou to keep fighting until his last breath, before turning him into Shinmagunjin Fukurou.
A Shinma, one of the Soranaki virus agent, appears in SS037, where it interrupts the confrontation between the Yo-kai Detective Agency, Shutendoji, and Douketsu. They easily defeat Douketsu and Shutendoji, but it's defeated by Natsume, who briefly awakens as Shuka to destroy it.
In SS048, it was revealed that he was once a loyal servant to Shuka named Kuuten, and the two then soon fell in love. Later, after finding out that Kuuten supposedly had plans to kill Shuka's father, Shuka had her guards lock him up in an underground dungeon where he grew full of hatred, thus becoming Soranaki.
- "Soranaki" could be translated as "Empty Sky" or "Sky Decease."
- "Haten Soranaki" literally means, "Sky destroyer Soranaki".
- "Maten Soranaki" literally means, "Demon Sky Soranaki".
Legends of Soranaki were first brought up based on an interpretation that the sun is a youkai, as the saying, "When the sun rises, the youkai vanish," could be interpreted as the sun is actually the most powerful youkai. Since this legend was created in the 21st century, there are no records of this youkai's folklore from ancient times.
- Soranaki is the third final Boss Yo-kai to be appear in an anime series. Maten Soranaki, however, is exclusive to the games.
- If counted his battle in Chapter 9 (right after Shien) and the interventions, Soranaki has the most phases out of all bosses in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, with a total of 7 phases, as opposed to Kanaendesu, who has 1 phase only.
- Hyper Micchy accidentally leaked that he was the final boss during his explanation.
- Despite Kuuten and Soranaki being different beings, Soranaki briefly morphs into Kuuten in the ending cutscene.
- As well as this, his final form, Maten Soranaki, has a striking resemblance to an Oni tribe member.
- According to the Kenbumajin, those who find out Soranaki exists have a habit of disappearing.