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**Mentioning areas and interactions with characters.**
As I’m playing through Okami, I was surprised I actually got to talk to monster minions. I always love to see “the people who work for the bad guy” to see if they’re made to be evil and obnoxious like the villain or if they have their own personalities and lives not surrounding being drones and pawns.
I loved the Chef in the Moon Cave. I was surprised and confused when his title came up, and he was nice (I guess I should factor in that he didn’t know I was going to kill his boss) and was passionate about cooking. He acted like he wanted nothing more than to have Orochi enjoy his food. (Examining it later, Issun said it smelled disgusting but different strokes for different folks.) He was happy, loved his job, and he didn’t seem evil at all.
Currently I’m at Oni Island. The areas seem like it’s all supposed to be fun for the creatures that live there. The signs imply that it’s supposed to be a fun obstacle course (there’s lava and poison everywhere but what the hell). And I met Tobi. I wtf, but we race and he’s the most cheerful scrap of paper I’ve ever met. I beat him and he’s having FUN even though he said he’s supposed to stop me. He’s so polite even though he’s supposed to be evil, or working for the freaking Dark Lord. And before he (spoiler) dies, he isn’t sad, or remorseful- he’s content and wishes me luck on my journey. He isn’t evil though he was made from evil. He was the nicest person I’ve met in this game, jfc. I almost cried when he had to go. I’m tearing up now actually, fuck.
I love when games or movies show villain lackeys as people, not just dumb, brainless, violent beings.