Tomboy sister of the hero, deplorable cook

ナナミ, Nanami
108 Stars Tenjyu Star
Gender Female
Race Human
Age 16 (S2)
Birth Year SY 445
From Kyaro Town
Family Genkaku (adoptive grandfather)
Hero (Suikoden II) (adoptive brother)
Voice Matsuoka Yuki
(Drama CD Genso Suikoden II)
Appears in

Nanami (ナナミ, Nanami) is a major character in Suikoden II and Genso Suikoden Card Stories who also appears in Genso Suikogaiden Vol.1 and Genso Suikogaiden Vol.2.

She was adopted by Genkaku and raised together with the hero. Often rash and impulsive, although she is close to her brother, she is troubled by the fact that the only family she has has thrown itself into the middle of an escalating war. She wants only one thing, a peaceful life with her brother and Jowy.



Nanami has short brown hair, pulled back with a pink headband, and brown eyes. Her torso clothing is pink, with cream-colored shoulders. She wears pale blue pants and brown shoes, as well as white gloves. She also has a white sash around her waist, accented with pale blue.

A soldier at Muse City once described her, rather unkindly, as a pug-nosed, whiny, frog-faced tomboy. Still, Sheena held something of an interest in her, indicating that perhaps the soldier was not critiquing her appearance in good faith.


A flawless 28-year-old woman.

A bubbly young tomboy, Nanami believed herself capable of acting ladylike, but was more frequently considered a child. She expressed her emotions with her whole body, making her very easy to read. Nanami was also a terrible liar and actress, completely unable to charm or fool the guards of North Sparrow Pass and Muse City when attempting to pass through their checkpoints.

Trained by Genkaku, Nanami was a talented martial artist with a strong work ethic, training during the Dunan Unification War through the night. Nanami boasted such skill that even the hero himself had never won a practice round with his adopted sister (Though it seems likely that Nanami dismisses 'unlucky' losses).

Nanami used her skills to try to protect her brother, escorting him on missions to keep him safe even with professional soldiers and mercenaries such as Viktor and Flik by his side.

How was she to know Nash was allergic to garbage food?

Nanami was a great fan of cooking, despite her own mediocre talent. She attempted to make a meal for Nash Latkje while in Muse City, to thank him for finding a lost Pilika. The ensuing meal knocked Nash out instantly, forcing him to retire to bed. To the amazement of many, the hero was a fan of Nanami's meals, having grown up eating them.

As schooling and formal education were normally reserved for the wealthy and privileged in both Highland and Jowston, she admired schooling to an extent and was very excited to attend the New Leaf Academy during the infiltration of Greenhill City.

Nanami got along well with Apple, both due to her educated nature and their shared experience of being outsiders within the City-State of Jowston. She was also very protective of Pilika, treating her as family, partly due to Pilika's bond with Jowy. She held a certain apathy towards Shu and other leaders, for what she saw as their pressuring her brother into fighting.


You know you need your big sister to protect you!

—  Nanami
We were just talking to our demonic squirrel friend

Nanami is a boisterous war orphan who was adopted and trained in martial arts by Genkaku, along with the hero. Although they are not related by blood, the bond between the orphans was said to be even stronger than that of family. She always considered herself the older sister, despite neither sibling knowing their true age.

Despite the distance of the townsfolk, Nanami and the hero enjoyed a happy childhood, becoming close friends to Jowy Atreides. At the same fair where the hero got his signature circlet, Genkaku had bought Nanami a straw hat. However, she promptly ate it due to hunger. Her chosen weapon, a three-piece staff with each segment connected by metal rings, was also a gift from Genkaku.

When Jowy and the hero signed up for the Unicorn Brigade, Nanami remained in Kyaro Town, taking over the upkeep of the family dojo. She had hopes of one day reopening the dojo with herself as the instructor, taking after Genkaku.

That hokey old 'bury your elderly grandparents' trope.

She was worried when she heard that the Unicorn Brigade had been wiped out, but never doubted that her brother would be okay. When the hero returned, now accused of having been a spy in the massacre of the unit, Nanami immediately fled without hesitation with him to the City-State of Jowston.

Nanami joined Viktor's mercenaries along with the hero. When Jowy was captured during a reconnaissance mission in the Highland camp on behalf of Muse City, Nanami decided to be the first to greet him when he returned. As the sun set on Muse, Nanami and the hero reminisced with each other about Jowy and growing up together. She would be overjoyed by Jowy's return.

It's okay, Nanami. Maybe next time he won't come back

After having witnessed the atrocities of Luca Blight in Toto Village and the death of Anabelle, Nanami began to long to run away from war and live a quiet life, rebuilding the dojo in Kyaro Town. Nanami took Jowy's betrayal and murder of Anabelle particularly hard, at first believing her friend incapable of doing such an act. She dismissed thoughts of running away as she was unwilling to leave the hero or Jowy behind.

However, Nanami instead became more embroiled in the war when the hero became the leader of the New State Army. At first unwilling to accept that her brother was the one to take this role on, Nanami remained protective of him and accompanied him on missions in Greenhill City, the Matilda Knightdom, Muse City, and Tinto Principality.

Tear his eyebrows off, Nanami!

In Tinto City, she and her brother would be confronted by Jess, who accused them of murdering Anabelle and continuing to conspire against the City-State. Knowing everything the hero has sacrifice and fought for, Nanami was deeply upset by these accusations and his lack of reward for everything he had done. In the aftermath, she finally directly asked him to run away with her, forsaking the war to live in peace.

Nanami's dilemma would come to a head in Greenhill Forest during the New State Army liberation of the city. Meeting Jowy, she would ask him to stop fighting, knowing that her brother could not. Jowy rejected her plea, stating that he had people and beliefs he was fighting on behalf of also. Nanami begged to go back to the way things were, but her pleas only echoed in the forest.


During the capture of the Matilda Knightdom, Nanami once more tried to convince Jowy and the hero to stop fighting one another. As she pled her case, she was seriously injured in an attack by Gorudo's archers. As the hero attempted to shield her, Nanami realized that she was putting him at risk because he was willing to die to protect her.

Knowing that he would need a home after the war, Nanami decided to return to Kyaro and wait for him, trusting Shu to tell him when the time was right. Following this, Shu and Huan would announce Nanami's death to the army, allowing her to return to Kyaro in peace.

After the Dunan Unification War, Nanami reunited with her brother and Jowy, her one wish and hope during the war, and happily set off on a journey with them.



Nanami joins automatically following plot events in Kyaro Town.
Level Gender Size Range Anger Panic Fly
5 Young female M M N 4

Battle bonds

Good Will
Protects Hero, Jowy
Protected By Jowy, Sheena
Unite Attack
1 Family Attack w/ Hero II
2 Leisure Attack w/ Hero II
12.5% chance of activating when you select Family Attack


Starting Equipment
Head Cap
Body Kenpo
Shield --
Other --
Rune No rune attached
Equipment Type
Head Wind Feather Ornament
Body Tunic
Shield Can't equip
Other Medicine 4
Wooden Shoes


Elemental Affinities
Fire Water Earth
Lightning Wind Holy
Darkness Gate ???
C E -
Rune Slots
Head Never available
Right Hand Level 1
Left Hand Level 16
Weapon Never available


Stat Grades
Stat Growth Rate
1 16 12 12 12 13 13 14 13
20 150 60 51 60 68 75 86 68
60 260 94 80 94 107 119 134 107
90 370 128 108 128 146 163 182 146


War Stats
ATK DEF ATK+ DEF+ Skill 1 Skill 2
-- -- +1 +1 Heal Self x1 --


LV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
ATK 7 9 11 12 17 22 37 44 51 59 69 78 91 125 145 165
Name Flower Rod Blossom Rod Eden Rod
W Type W Level Range
Nanami N/A M

Genso Suikoden Card Stories TCG

Card # Name Type Release
055 Nanami Booster Pack Vol.1
308 Nanami Premium Pack
CS2-180 Nanami CS2 Booster Pack Vol.2
CS2-280 Hero & Jowy & Nanami CS2 Booster Pack Vol.3
CS2-445/R055 Nanami Remake Booster
Non-character cards depicting this character
150 Cook-off Booster Pack Vol.1
154 New Leaf Enrollment Booster Pack Vol.1
158 Escape Muse Booster Pack Vol.1
159 Sindar Treasure Booster Pack Vol.1
163 North Window Booster Pack Vol.1
170 Matilda Campaign Booster Pack Vol.1
395 Childhood Friends Other Premium Pack
CS2-371 Nanami's Wish CS2 Booster Pack Vol.3
CS2-591/R150 Cook-off Remake Booster
CS2-595/R154 New Leaf Enrollment Remake Booster
CS2-599/R158 Escape Muse Remake Booster
CS2-600/R159 Sindar Treasure Remake Booster
CS2-604/R163 North Window Remake Booster
CS2-611/R170 Matilda Campaign Remake Booster

Concept and Design

Nanami concept art by Ishikawa Fumi

The name Nanami is a popular feminine Japanese name which can have different meanings depending on the kanji used. Early in development, a long-haired design for Nanami was considered. Her design was intended to make her instantly relatable as an older sister.

Nanami's weapon is a three-sectioned staff. It was decided that it should be a Chinese-style bludgeoning weapon to match those of the hero and Jowy. Her three-section staff consists of three evenly sized poles connected by chain. The three-sectioned staff uses the principle of leverage, which means that even someone physically weaker, like Nanami, can cause great damage.

Nanami's battle stance, which involves her standing on one leg, allows her to move quickly towards her opponent at a moment's notice. Her outfit was also designed to allow her to move easily.


Beautiful Morning (Suikoden II)
Main article: Beautiful Morning

Nanami's theme is the song "Beautiful Morning". The song is first heard when the player reunites with Nanami in Kyaro Town near the beginning of the game and will frequently play during light-hearted scenes involving Nanami, especially in the early portions of the game. It is song 19 on disc 1 of box 1 of the Genso Suikoden II Original Game Soundtrack.

In Genso Suikogaiden Vol.1, the song appears in a remixed form during Nanami's scenes with Nash Latkje in Muse City. This version is track 11 on disc 1 of the Genso Suikogaiden Vol.1 Harmonia no Kenshi Original Soundtrack.

While not related to Nanami, the song ends up being reprised as part of the song "At the Inn", a Middleport inn event track used in Suikoden Tactics. This song is track 24 on disc 1 of the Rhapsodia Original Soundtrack.





  1. Genso Suikoden Genso Shinsho Vol.2 (ISBN 4-88317-825-0), pages 60-5
  2. Genso Suikoden Genso Shinsho Vol.3 (ISBN 4-88317-840-4), page 138
  3. Genso Suikoden II 108 Stars Character Guide (ISBN 4-88317-769-6), pages 44, 88-9
  4. Genso Suikoden Encyclopaedia (ISBN 4-575-16297-3), pages 198-9, 238
  5. Genso Suikoden Genso Shinsho Vol.9 (ISBN 4-7753-0088-1), page 89
  6. Marugoto! Genso Suikoden Book (ISBN 978-4-7577-3673-3), page 75, Character Archive pages 39-40
  7. Genso Suikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, pages 135, 188-9, 261
Suikoden II
Characters - Enemies - Equipment - Items - Locations - Runes
108 Stars (Battle) Hero IIAbizboahAmadaAnitaAydaBadeauxBobBolganCamusChacoCliveEilieFeatherFlikFreed YamamotoFutchGabochaGadgetGantetsuGengenGenshuGeorg PrimeGijimuHai YoHannaHauserHixHoiHumphrey MintzKahn MarleyKarenKasumiKilleyKinnisonKoyuLo WenLong Chan-ChanLorelaiLucMazusMegMiklotovMillieMondoMukumukuNanamiNinaOulanPesmergaRikimaruRinaSasukeSheenaShiloShinShiroSidSierra MikainSigfriedSimone VerdricciStallionTai HoTengaarTomoTsaiTutaValeriaVikiViktorVincent de BouleWakabaYoshino YamamotoZamza
108 Stars (Support) AdlaiAlbertoAlexAnnalleeAppleBarbaraBoris WizenConnellEmiliaFitcherGilbertGordonHansHildaHuanJeaneJessJudeKiba WindamierKlaus WindamierLebranteLeonaMarlowe CodyMaximillianPicoRauraRichmondRidley WizenShuTakiTempletonTenkouTeresa WisemailTessaiTetsuTonyYam KooYuzu
Other playable characters Hero IChucharaJowy AtreidesMakumakuMekumekuMikumikuMokumokuRulodia
City-State characters AnabelleDarellGorudoGranmeyerGustav PendragonLilly PendragonMakaiRevier
Highland characters Agares BlightBeechumCulganHan CunninghamJillia BlightLeon SilverbergLuca BlightLuciaRobert BlightRowdSara BlightSasaraiSeedSolon JheeYuber
Other non-playable characters BonaparteDaisyEllieElzaFu Tan ChenGoetsuGremioGyokuranJinkaiKageKelleyKentKoLeknaatLepantMei MiMillianMina (cat)PilikaPohlRetsoRyukiShikiShun MinSusuYuriZenith
City-State of JowstonHighland KingdomToran Republic
Greenhill Principality Erud ForestForest Village (Deep Forest) • Greenhill City (New Leaf Academy) • Greenhill Forest
Matilda Knightdom Highway VillageMt. RakuteiRockaxe (Rockaxe Castle)
Muse Principality Coronet TownMercenary FortressMuse City (Jowston Hill) • North Sparrow PassRyube VillageSindar RuinsToto VillageWhite Deer Inn
South Window Principality Cave of the WindKuskus TownNew State Army HeadquartersNorth WindowRadat TownSouth Window City
Tinto Principality Crom VillageLampdragon MountainTigermouth VillageTinto CityTinto Mines
Two River Principality Drakemouth VillageKobold VillageLakewestLana RiverTwo River City
Highland Kingdom Kyaro TownL'Renouille (L'Renouille Palace) • Sajah VillageTenzan Pass
Toran Republic Banner ForestBanner MountainsBanner PassBanner VillageGregminster (Gregminster PalaceScarlet Moon Inn) • Rokkaku Hamlet
Events Dragon PlanDunan Unification War (Battle of RockaxeBattle of L'RenouilleThe Last Battle)
Races HumanElfFlying squirrelGriffinKoboldWinged HordeUnicorn
True Runes Beast RuneBlack Sword RuneBright Shield RuneEight Section RuneMoon RuneNight RuneRune of BeginningRune of Life and Death
Terms Black Dragon GroupBlue Drop RuneBlue Moon VillageBorder GuardCircle RuneDunan (region)Dunan MonarchyDunan RepublicDunan RiverFire SpearFree Knights of CamaroGolden Bird Holy Flower Dragon Tooth Glory PunchGordon's MercentileGreenhill PrincipalityGuardian Deity statueHigheastHighland ArmyHikusaakHoly Kingdom of HarmoniaKage (group)KanakanKarakas DesertKaraya ClanKeepers of the FlameLake DunanListening OrbMatilda KnightdomMatilda KnightsMoon Bird RecipeMuse PrincipalityNameless LandsNerekNew State ArmyQueendom of FalenaRoundia HaiaScarlet Moon EmpireSindarinSouth Window PrincipalityTinto PrincipalityTwo River PrincipalityUnicorn BrigadeZexen Federation
Genso Suikogaiden Vol.1 Harmonia no Kenshi
Key characters Nash LatkjeHero IICulganDominguezElzaJillia BlightJowy AtreidesJulie LatkjeLuca BlightNanamiSeedSierra MikainTeresa Wisemail
Other characters AdlaiAnnalleeAyanaAydaBadeauxBobCliveConnellEmiliaFlikGasparGeorg PrimeHannaHauserHixHoiJeaneJudeKahn MarleyKelleyKinnisonLeonaMaximillianMazusNinaPilikaRauraRein PenenbergRowdShiloShinStallionTempletonTengaarViktorWakabaYuriZaj Quiroz
City-State of JowstonHighland Kingdom
Locations Blue Moon VillageGreenhill City (New Leaf Academy) • Greenhill ForestMuse City
Events Dunan Unification War
Races HumanElfKoboldVampire
True Runes Black Sword RuneBright Shield RuneMoon RuneRune of Beginning
Terms Highland ArmyHowling Voice GuildTwin Snake Sword Großer Fluss
Genso Suikogaiden Vol.2 Crystal Valley no Kettō
Key characters Nash LatkjeCamusDominguezEilieFutchJowy AtreidesJulie LatkjeLena SuphinaMegMiklotovMillieRinaVikiZaj Quiroz
Other characters Hero IHero IIAbizboahAishaAnitaAppleBargeBolganBrightButzChucharaCladClantEsmeraldaGadgetGijimuGilbertHikusaakHumphrey MintzJonahJowy AtreidesKasumiKilleyKoyuLo WenLorelaiMakiMilich OppenheimerNanamiOulanRulodiaSasaraiSheenaSimone VerdricciStellaTedTonyValeriaVandamViki (child)Vincent de BouleWangYuzu
GrasslandHoly Kingdom of Harmonia
Locations Caleria (Caleria Fortress) • Crystal Valley (Klotzeo ChurchOne Temple) • Marid VillageMilit Village
Events Dunan Unification WarFeast of Hooves and Reed Pipes
Races HumanElfKobold
True Runes Black Sword RuneBright Shield RuneRune of BeginningRune of Life and Death
Terms Howling Voice GuildKronia PowderSanadiaSouthern Frontier Defense ForceTal GrundTwin Snake Sword Großer FlussZodiac Tower
Genso Suikoden Card Stories
Genso Suikoden Card Stories (Game Boy Advance)Genso Suikoden Card Stories (Trading Card Game)
Card Stories Starter BoxBooster Pack Vol.1Booster Pack Vol.2Premium PackBooster Pack Vol.3Booster Pack Vol.4
Card Stories II CS2 Starter DeckCS2 Booster Pack Vol.1CS2 Booster Pack Vol.2CS2 Booster Pack Vol.3Remake BoosterCS2 Booster Pack Vol.4
Genso Suikoden Card Stories (Game Boy Advance)
Characters HeroAnabelleAppleCamusCulganFlikGorudoHan CunninghamJillia BlightJowy AtreidesKiba WindamierKlaus WindamierLeknaatLorelaiLuca BlightLuciaMiklotovNanamiNeclordRowdSeedShuSierra MikainSolon JheeTeresa WisemailViktor
Locations Cave of the WindCoronet TownForest Village (Nearby Forest) • Greenhill CityKuskus TownLakewestL'RenouilleMatilda KnightdomMercenary FortressMt. RakuteiMuse CityPath to MatildaRadat TownRyube Village (North Sparrow Pass) • Sajah Village (Shinen Forest) • South Window CityTenzan PassTinto City (Tinto Mines) • Toto VillageTwo River City
Basic Deck rulesGame fieldLink rulesUnique Rule
Card types CharacterMissionFacilities
Order of play Preparation PhaseMain PhaseDeployment StepClear Decision StepGarrison StepReplenishment PhaseTurn Shift Phase