|Japanese Voice Actor||Takahiro Sakurai|
|English Voice Actor||Robbie Daymond|
|Final Fantasy Type-0 Character|
I expect great things of you—don't disappoint me. May the Crystal guide you.
Kurasame Susaya is a guest character from Final Fantasy Type-0. He is the commanding officer of Class Zero. He is also known by his nickname, the "Ice Reaper" (氷剣の死神, Hitsurugi no Shinigami?). He wields a sword and is frequently accompanied by a Tonberry that carries an enormous knife and also wears the Class Zero uniform.
Kurasame is a man in his mid-twenties with grey-blue hair and blue eyes. He wears Rubrum military gear, a long dark coat with golden outlines fastened with numerous red belts, a long cape, and a mask that covers the lower portion of his face.
An Akademeia tribune and Class Zero's commanding officer, Kurasame is a no-nonsense straight-shooter of a man. Also known as the Ice Reaper, he literally sends chills down his enemies' spines, frost emanating from his boreal blade. Once celebrated as one of the Four Champions of Rubrum, Kurasame chose to remain at Akademeia to help educate and assist fledgeling cadets. He takes a very stern attitude toward all students regardless of class, a tendency that has earned him the scorn of less understanding cadets. Nevertheless, he remains quite popular among the female portion if the student body—doubtless because of his dashing good looks.
Due to his cool demeanor students occasionally view him as a person hard to approach, but deep down he cares greatly for them. He is stern and doesn't tolerate disobedience. He sees himself in the cadets of Class Zero from his "young and foolish" days.
Kurasame can be found in what used to be Class Zero's classroom during the morning, afternoon and evening.
Kurasame is a commanding officer at Akademeia magic academy, and is in charge of instruction of Class Zero.
Kurasame graduated Class First from the same academy, and was a friend and classmate of Kazusa and Emina. He was once feared on the battlefield, from where he received his nickname, the "Ice Reaper". Kurasame once belonged in a group known as the Four Champions the four strongest soldiers in Rubrum's forces. When one of their number betrayed and attempted to murder the other three, they were defeated with grievous injuries. Though she was near death, the female cadet leader in the group cast a spell of revival to save Kurasame. To ensure he would remember what had occurred as the Vermilion Bird Crystal would erase his memories of his fallen comrades, Kurasame wrote the incident down on the ground with his own blood while watching her die.
Afterwards, he stubbornly refused to get his wounded face treated, leaving a scar under his mask, and never fully recovered from the wounds he received from the traitor, resulting in his retirement from the battlefield. Kurasame was the only survivor among the four and it is said that the traitor's Cactuar still lurks within Akademeia.
Kurasame being made the commanding officer of Class Zero comes as a surprise to the cadets, who were expecting Arecia Al-Rashia in that role. As Nine protests Kurasame hurls him into the wall, intolerant of dissent, and Ace steps in to calm him down. As the class is sent to help in the war effort Kurasame briefs the cadets of their various missions and can even provide support by arriving to help himself, or by deploying his trusted Tonberry companion, if the cadets request support at the beginning of a mission. During free time between missions Kurasame gives lectures at the classroom.
When the cadets are sent to sabotage the imperial magitek armor program they get orders to cease fire due to a newly wrought armistice mid-mission. Kurasame travels to the imperial capital as Chancellor Khalia Chival VI's aide and bodyguard and negotiates for the cadets' safety, and afterward explains the situation to them: the empire had proposed peace before the cadets' mission was underway, but they could not contact them in time to halt the mission. The cadets disagree with the treaty, especially Machina, positing that the empire has no right to ask for peace for being the initial aggressor, but Kurasame says that cadets are dismissed and can visit the imperial capital if they so wish before their next mission.
When the students in Class Zero are forced to escape under the accusation of murdering Queen Andoria, they are unable to make contact with anyone else due to COMM's disability. The commandant considers this a great chance to weaken Arecia's political power, and intended to leave Class Zero in the wild and assign no rescue operation after returning to Rubrum.
However, Kurasame cares about his students and sends an airship to rescue Class Zero from the Jubanla Region, which Tokito Oginaga mentions. The cadets are greeted by Kurasame on their return, who tells them there will likely be an investigation, and implies the cadets switched off their COMM so they could not be contacted. The cadets find the accusations ridiculous. The commandant is angered Kurasame sent help to Class Zero, and assigns him a mission requiring him to return to the battlefield in what is considered a suicide mission. Though the commandant states that good results would mean clearing Class Zero's name, it is suggested that Kurasame is aware the Akademeia officials regard both him and Class Zero as expendable in the war effort. Regardless, he accepts the mission.
After the cadets return from the mission to reclaim Eibon, Kurasame explains the upcoming battle plan against the joint Militesi-Concordian forces. Class Zero is to be sent with the Vermilion Bird Primus l'Cie Lord Zhuyu to fight off the Concordian dragons with an airship fleet, while Kurasame himself will accompany the rest of Rubrum's legionaries, as well as Akademeia cadets and trainees, to the Militesi border for Lady Caetuna to summon a Verboten Eidolon. Two l'Cie taking part in Rubrum's military operations simultaneously is unheard of, and many see it as a sign of the dominion's, and thus the Vermilion Bird Crystal's, desperation, as by now all the other Crystals of Orience have been subjugated by the empire that has devised a machine to enslave them.
Kurasame is confronted by Nine and Cater, the former asking if Kurasame is being sent to the front lines as punishment for Class Zero's failings. Kurasame denies this and explains that while his body is frail, he can still use magic. He is bemused his cadets would worry over him as even if he did die the Crystal would remove all memories of him from the living. Nine doubts they could forget someone as annoying as Kurasame, and the latter takes it as a compliment. While visiting the Akademeia cemetery Kurasame is accosted by Ace and Deuce. Kurasame explains the consortium is pinning Queen Andoria's assassination on Class Zero, and when the two question his battle-readiness Kurasame says that the day the cadets need to worry about him will be his last. Kurasame implores the cadets to do their best in the upcoming battle, as if the cadets' deaths would reflect poorly on him as a commander.
Kurasame is deployed to the western front to support Lady Caetuna alongside Agito Cadets from Akademeia. The dominion forces are being beaten back by the more numerous imperials and when Class Zero arrives as backup, Kurasame sends them to destroy the empire's crystal jammer. When the jammer is active, dominion forces are cut off from the Vermilion Bird Crystal, leaving Class Zero, who, thanks to Arecia, can wield magic independent of the Crystal, as the dominion's only functional unit. After the cadets destroy the jammer Caetuna begins to summon Alexander, but the ritual to call forth a Verboten Eidolon takes time and energy. Kurasame and the cadets contribute their phantoma to complete summon. The students fall one by one, until Kurasame is the last one standing, alongside Caetuna. Alexander annihilates the imperial forces, securing victory for Rubrum, but at a heavy cost. As Caetuna crystallizes, Kurasame dies.
A memorial ground is built to honor those who perished in the war, including Kurasame, Caetuna, and the other students. Class Zero visits his grave and Rem laments over being unable to cry because she doesn't remember him.
Kazusa later creates a device which lets one relive the memories of the dead. Naghi's intel group recovers Kurasame's eyeballs from the battlefield and Class Zero recover his Knowing Tag. With the eyeballs Kazusa becomes able to display grainy visions Kurasame had once witnessed. When Emina brings him the Knowing Tag, the two reminiscence about Kurasame but cannot remember him even if they have a portrait of the three of them together. Kazusa comments that his body remembers him even if his mind does not.
In the alternate ending, caused by Arecia removing the crystals from Orience's history, Kurasame never died and still served as Class Zero's instructor. It is implied that the instructor is apparently very famous among the female students, as a pair of female students were seen talking in a girlish manner about him.
Sice also has a hidden affection for Kurasame and tries to give him a love confession letter. However, Sice accidentally gives the letter to Seven, who appeared out of nowhere; Kurasame, thinking a flustered Sice has feelings for Seven, decides to leave the duo alone.
Should the tide of battle turn against you, call for backup immediately. I'll provide assistance if no other units are available.
If the player accepted Support Personnel at the beginning of a mission, Kurasame can be randomly chosen to fight as a guest. If he cannot go, his Tonberry will be deployed instead. In the PSP version, Kurasame is deployed if there are no people available for multiplayer. Unlike the normal multiplayer mode or the voice actors' "projections" in the "Support Personnel", Kurasame does not take form in shadow.
Kurasame appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. His cards are ice-elemental.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Rise of ManaEdit
Kurasame appears in Rise of Mana, alongside his Tonberry.
- Kazusa often comments on how "great" and "fascinating" Kurasame's body is.
- Kurasame was wearing a light blue cape in the picture with Kazusa and Emina, suggesting that he was a member of Class First, the "Elite Class", when he was an Akademeia student.
- If the mission is after Kurasame's death in the storyline, his Tonberry will be chosen instead in the "Support Personnel" function.
- The eyes which Kazusa used to see the memories of the dead belonged to Kurasame.