Izanagi and Izanami
|"He Who Invites, She Who Invites"|
The creators of the world, Izanagi and Izanami weren't the first of the gods to be born, nor were they the last. However, legend says they were the first to make land appear from the oily sea, and the first to shape mortal life. See, when Izanami died giving birth to the god of fire, Izanagi pursued her to the land of the dead. But she no longer looked like she had, and she grew furious with her husband for gazing upon her new, sickly form. In anger, she promised to destroy the humans they'd created; Izanagi, in turn, promised to create more than she could destroy. Thus it was that they invented life and death.
They eventually reconciled, and they now live together in Cherry Blossom, an Arcadian realm of constant springtime. Their children occasionally stop by to pay their respects, but for the most part the two powers are left to their own devices. It's said that, working together, the pair can create anything in the multiverse. On those rare occasions when they take a hand in mortal affairs, they send their only proxy, Yamamoto Date, a skilled and loyal warrior who's also a master of disguise.