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Enkidu
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Name:

Enkidu (エンキドゥ)
Gaien Enkidou (円鬼堂 凱庵)

Gender:

Male

Birthday:

August 24th

Height:

214 cm (7'¼")

Weight:

94 kg (207 lbs)

Bloodtype:

A

Affiliations

Alias:

The Sin-slaying Beast
(罪斬りの獣)
The Maneater (羅刹)

Organization:

Amnesia

Battle Style

Ability:

The EXS of Calamity: Maelstrom

Weapon:

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Voice Acting

Japanese Voice:

Shunsuke Takeuchi

"The power manifested within my body is weak.
Yes, no different from a mere mortal. Let us see
if you can smite me with that power of yours."

Gaien Enkidou (円鬼堂 凱庵)[1], or last name spelled as his code name Enkidu (エンキドゥ) is a member of Amnesia who was scouted by Hilda. An infamously skilled martial artist who prefers to use his regular abilities over EXS, Enkidu fights to discover further strength through battles.

Enkidu was first alluded to in the original version of UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH and made his first physical appearance in Exe:Late. He eventually made his playable debut in the console version of Exe:Late[st].

Background

Bringer of Calamity, the "Sin-slaying Beast"

An unnamed fighter of ancient martial arts. So feared was he for his ferocity and strength that soon many erased his very existence from their minds. With no one left to face, he sought to test his mettle against those holding powers beyond mortals, the In-Births. He offers his arm to a Void, but his well-trained muscles prevent the fangs of the Void to penetrate fully, thereby leading to only a vague manifestation of power. Despite this, he continues to seek challengers under the Hollow Night, until one day, a woman appears in front of him and promises him the opponents he seeks. With those words, Enkidu's battle begins.[2]

Information

Enkidu is a muscular old man who only speaks when it's absolutely necessary. He hails from a family that has practiced martial arts for centuries.

Appearance

Enkidu is an incredibly large, muscular man with dark skin and white hair. He is most often seen with his eyes closed, but his match start animation has him opening one of them, revealing that he has purple eyes.

Enkidu is shirtless, the only thing covering up his upper half is a navy blue, long-sleeved kimono with grey, gold-studded lapels and similarly colored tassels. He wears a white juban underneath. In battle, Enkidu discards the kimono and juban, but outside of combat, he only partially wears it, leaving his right arm covered, but leaving his left arm bare, showing off the purple tattoo that travels from his breast down to his forearm - the Calamity Crest. He also wears a dark blue hakama that reaches down to his ankles, and dark grey boots that reach just below his knees. The kimono and hakama are held together with two dark grey belts with gold studs and gold buckles shaped like arrows. Enkidu also wears large, worn-down shackles on his wrists, with chains loosely hanging off of them. These shackles act as a limiter to his EXS power, and will vanish when he unleashes his full power for a limited time before reverting back to his wrist.

Personality

Most of the time, Enkidu tends to keep to himself and won't speak unless he feels like it is necessary. He is a stoic, calm individual who is completely and utterly diligent when it comes to fighting, if at times stubborn. Despite that, Enkidu can be very humble and gets along well with his fellow comrades, especially Roger, Gordeau and Chaos, the latter being a good friend of his. Enkidu can also be somewhat witty and likes to poke fun at both Hilda and apparently Gordeau from time to time. Despite his calm and reserved exterior, Enkidu's inner thoughts have shown that even he has his limits when it comes to dealing with Hilda, especially mourning Roger’s tragic death affecting him like other Amnesia members as well.

Enkidu has also stated to be uncomfortable with social gatherings, believing that he stands out too much. He compares it to "Inviting a clown to a funeral".

In terms of combat, Enkidu becomes a lot louder and excited sounding during a fight and he treats the art of combat incredibly seriously. He has nothing but the utmost respect to those who show resolve in combat and will react gracefully even when losing. He keeps his eyes closed as a sign of his confidence in battle, and rarely opens them, usually as a sign of him going all out, or as a sign of respect towards a worthy opponent.

Story

Pre-Story:
Enkidu comes from a family which practices the ancient martial arts. In his youth, Enkidu taught under the guidance of a well respected master. One day however, Enkidu's master fell sick and eventually died. Consumed by grief, Enkidu resolved to become as strong as possible and discover further knowledge through combat in honour of his late master.

During this, Enkidu sought out and fought as many others as he could. Soon, many feared him as the infamous Maneater (羅刹). Enkidu became so infamous that people actively avoided him out of fear. With no-one else left to fight, Enkidu gained a desire to fight those who went beyond even humanity, a desire that made him discover the Hollow Night and everything it entails.

From then, Enkidu immediately sought out the supposed "strongest In-Birth" in Kanzakai. In order to fight this person, Enkidu actively searched for a Void in the hopes to obtain the powers needed to fight this In-Birth. Enkidu soon found a Void and offered his arm to it. However, his battle hardened body keeps the Void from biting deep, leaving Enkidu with only a small amount of EXS at his disposal. Despite that, Enkidu kept fighting under the Night using nothing but the martial arts he has practised his whole life. Upon hearing of an In-Birth who fought without EXS, a woman by the name of Hilda sought out Enkidu and offered him to join her organization, Amnesia, under the promise that he would be able to fight as many strong opponents as he desires.

Episode: Festival Flames (祭りの後火)
Enkidu participates in Amnesia's operations for the first time during their conflict with the Demon Society, about a six months before the actual story. Afterwards, during their victory party however, Roger’s downfall into a fallen Void and beheaded by Litch Kreis’ Crimson knight in that battle impacts the all core members of Amnesia, even its strongest In-Birth Gordeau ended up leaving the organization because of his self-guilt behind his friend’s downfall. After every Amnesia members agrees with Chaos’s new rules to avoid Roger’s incident, Chaos takes time with Enkidu and asks him to tell about himself.

Enkidu tells that he once had a Master which he really respected. However, that master passed away because of an sudden illness. Enkidu describes that he felt powerless against it all, and that inspired him to train even harder.

Chaos asks where does his name "Enkidu" come from. There are different interpretations about what the Enkidu in myth was... Some say he was a man who cut away the sinners, while the others think he was trying to cut away his own sins... Enkidu answers that he chose that name because of the both meanings. He says that it's difficult to put into words why exactly he fights, but he still intends to continue pursuing the strong ones to further increase his own strength.

Arcade Mode (アーケードモード)
In his arcade path, Enkidu challenges various In-Birth, but sees doubt in their eyes and cannot find a true challenge. He heads to where Hilda is and finds Waldstein there. The two of them battle, but Enkidu is once again disappointed. He says that Waldstein has lingering feelings towards Linne, which is why Wald cannot go all-out and fight to the death. Enkidu let's Waldstein leave the place alive hoping that one day, they can have a real battle.

At the end, Enkidu decides that he has helped around Amnesia for long enough. He thinks it's best for him to go solo. He is already looking forward to fighting the members of Amnesia as enemies.

Abilities

Enkidu's EXS ability is the EXS of Calamity (罪渦のEXS): Maelstrom (メイルストルム). This ability binds Enkidu to an incredibly powerful vortex that he can channel throughout his body to empower his strikes or to harm his opponent through negative status effects. However, due to the small Void bite he received, Enkidu is only able to use a fraction of this power The best he can do with his abilities is create small balls of energy of about the same size of his own fists. Despite that, Enkidu has been shown to unleash devastating bursts of power by breaking his shackles for limited time, at the cost of leaving him weak for a brief moment, reverting the shackles back to his wrist afterwards.

Enkidu doesn't use any weapons, but instead fights using his own body and the martial arts he has learned throughout his lifetime. His skill in these martial arts has been shown to be extraordinary and with them, he is able to fight the likes of Waldstein without the use of his EXS.

Musical Theme

Title Description
Extreme Stream Enkidu's theme
The Fierce Darkness Enkidu's ending theme

Title Description
Stream Extreme Enkidu's theme

Composer Commentary

Extreme Stream (Enkidu)

Extreme Stream (Enkidu)

Extreme Stream
I worried over about whether to drop the tempo and use lower sounds to express his aura of "stoic" and "fighting artisan", or going with moderate tempo and guitar riffs to express the technical nature of his fighting style. In the end, I went with the latter.

Simply put, I think it gives of a better feeling when the number of notes in the musical composition is around same amount as the number of hits the character deals. On that note, Enkidu can do quite many hits, but the guitar riffs express that while the bamboo flute brings out the "fighting artisan"-likeness.

I think I managed to express his "stoic" nature quite nicely with the way second verse calms down before the refrain. Special thanks to sho-san for his ad-libbed guitar solo at the ends. It was great.[3]

Extreme Stream
「ストイック」「格闘の匠」みたいな雰囲気を表現するのにテンポを落として重みを出すか、テンポは程よくリフでテクニカルさを出すかで結構悩みましたが、最終的に後者に落ち着きました。

シンプルな話、楽曲の音符の数とキャラクターの攻撃の手数って合わせたほうがしっくり来ると思うのです。その点でいうとエンキドゥは手数もあるから、そこはギターリフで表現しつつも「格闘の匠」らしさは尺八に任せました。

Bメロで一旦落としてからのサビは、うまくストイックさも出せたかなと思います。特にサビ終わりのshoさんのギターアドリブは最高ですね。

Introduction Text

He suffers. Both what he seeks and the path he takes are born of desperation. His body
shows no change as he searches for worthy adversaries, treading the path to creatures
of far greater power. His well-trained fists smite darkness and in his name resounds
calamity. All for the sake of fulfilling his promise to a long-lost driend.

He is tortured. The path he takes. What he wants. All because of his desperation.
Seeking for a strong opponent with his imperishable body.
His refined fist. Where it's heading. The hammer to defeat darkness.
Earns a reputation as a disaster. To redeem a pledge with his lost friend.

Movelists

UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH

Name Command
Unique Attacks
Unique Attack
特殊技
→ + C
Unique Attack
特殊技
↘ + C
Unique Attack
特殊技
← + C
Unique Attack
特殊技
Midair C > C
Unique Attack
特殊技
B > B > B > C > C > C
Unique Attack
特殊技
C > C > C
Unique Attack
特殊技
↓+C > ↓+C > ↓+C
Force Function
Tidal Spin
回天旋
Simultaneously B + C
Special Attacks
First Prohibition
三戒衝
↓↘→ + A or B or C
*EX Able
→ Second Prohibition: Crush
弐之戒:砕
→ + A during First Prohibition
→→ Third Prohibition: Pierce
参之戒:穿
→ + A during Second Prohibition
→ Second Prohibition (Secret): Sever
弐之戒(裏):断
→ + B or C during First Prohibition
→→ Third Prohibition (Secret): Fierce
参之戒(裏):烈
→ + B or C during Second Prohibition
Chained Limbs
連環腿
→↓↘ + A or B or C
*EX Able
Counter Pose
転律之構
↓↙← + A or B or C
*EX Able
Stomp
踏鳴
↓↓ + A or B or C
*EX Able
Wind Blade
斬空尖
Midair ↓↙← + A or B or C
*EX Able
Infinite Worth (Consumes 200% EXS)
Spiral Palm Strike
螺旋双掌打
←↙↓↘→ + D
Infinite Worth EXS (Consumes 200% EXS)
Demon Seal: Abyssal Force
狩魔之紋:冥獄破顕衝
A · B · C · D simultaneously
Usable when below 30% health

Check the details about Enkidu's gameplay from here!

Gallery

Official Art
 
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Character Select
 
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Victory Portrait
 
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SD Character
 
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Arcade Mode Ending
 
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Normal (通常)
 
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Happy (喜)
 
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Angry (怒)
 
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Sad (哀)
 
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Comfort (楽)
Official Illustrations
 
Hb-enk2017
Happy Birthday by Seiichi Yoshihara (2017)
 
Enkidu 2018
Happy Birthday by Shiratori (2018)
 
Enkidu 2019
Happy Birthday by Seiichi Yoshihara (2019)
Guest Illustrations
 
St guest01
By Mayumi Tsuzaki (UNIst)
 
St guest04
By Kagekawara (UNIst)
Concept Art
 
Enkidu
Concept sprites from French Bread's Ustream
 
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Sprites shown in Game★Maniacs[4] program
 
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Initial concept art from Exe:Late[cl-r] gallery
 
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Concept art from Exe:Late[cl-r] gallery
 
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Concept art from Exe:Late[cl-r] gallery
Store Icons
 
Character colors 4
Additional colors (Playstation Store)
 
Character colors 8
Additional colors 2 (Playstation Store)
 
Enkidu system voice
System Voice (Playstation Store)

Creation & Development

Visual art of Enkidu was first shown during the "NPC Showcase" livestream back in early 2013. The producer Narita pondered about how to make Enkidu visually more appealing and whether drawing muscles all day was too much a struggle for the sprite artists.

Enkidu was then seen next time in the console version of Exe:Late where he made an appearance in Hilda's alternative Arcade Mode ending. Enkidu's outfit had gone through some redesigning and his appearance was finalized.

In the concept art from Exe:Late[cl-r], we can see that at some point FRENCH-BREAD were thinking of making Enkidu even more of an old man with beard an everything. However, those were scrapped in the end. Here's a transcripted text from the concept art:

Enkidu
The EXS of Helix
Adds "twist" into his martial arts.
Effect is spinning helix-shape

"Original Idea"
Since his young days, he's frequented the Hollow Night enough to be called the "Landlord" of Hollow Night. But since then, he has returned to spending his retirement days in the real world. Lately, he has sensed restless movements from the Hollow Night and heads to check it out. Has competed with Yuzuriha's father about which of them is stronger

"Cursed Crest"
He has scars left from his younger days when he was reckless, got his EXS go berserk and nearly had his body devoured. At the time, he was "Quell down, my right hand!" type of a person.

エンキドゥ
螺旋のEXS
体術に「捻れ」を付与
エフェクトは螺子巻き状に

設定原案
若いころは虚ろの夜の主人とも呼べるほど入り浸っていたが、
今は隠居気味で現実での生活に戻っている
最近、何か不穏な動きを察知し、虚ろの夜に出向く
ユズリハの父とは腕を競い合った仲

呪紋
若いころに無茶をして、EXSが暴走し体を食らわれそうになった時の跡
当時は「静まれ俺の右腕!」的な人だった

His Calamity Crest was originally Cursed Crest. His ability of "dark whirlpool" has remained the same, although it has changed its name somewhat. Enkidu was also supposed to have been "chuunibyou" who had grown old, but the final character is much more serious. His connection with Yuzuriha's family was also removed.

Trivia

  • Enkidu is a figure in the "Epic of Gilgamesh". He was a person which the goddess of creation Aruru created from saliva and clay. Enkidu was Gilgamesh's companion who inspired him to pursue immortality.

References

  1. Real name confirmed on French-Bread Twitch broadcast on August 31st 2017
  2. Introduction on the official site
  3. Raito's Youtube Channel
  4. Game★Maniacs archive (Originally broadcasted July 27th 2017)

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