I’m pretty excited about Oninaki, listing it as one of my five favourite reveals from the February Nintendo Direct. Information has been a little sparse since the reveal though, meaning that I actually forgot about the game. Last week, however Tokyo RPG Factory released some introductions to the Oninaki characters!
For those who, like me, forgot about Oninaki, it’s an action RPG where players journey as Kagachi, a young Watcher who helps usher Lost Souls into the next world for reincarnation. Upon meeting the mysterious amnesiac girl Linne, his fate becomes entwined with blood and death, especially thanks to the Night Devil from a forgotten age who is after Linne. Thanks to this reveal, we have now seen all three of these characters, along with the new reveals of Kushi and Mayura.
Kagachi (CV: Tomohisa Hashizume)
“In the eyes of the realm, reincarnation is sacred and death must be willing.”
A young Watcher who embodies the tenets of reincarnation. Kagachi considers it his sacred duty to usher souls into the next world—even if it means taking lives. But when he meets a mysterious girl named Linne, his fate becomes entwined with blood and death.
Linne (CV: Shiori Mikami)
“Our laws were not created to restrain life.”
A mysterious girl who appeared to Kagachi in his youth. Years later, they meet again…though she has not aged a day. She has no memory of who she is, or even her name, so Kagachi calls her Linne, after the linnaea flower.
The Night Devil (CV: Unrevealed)
“Hatred incarnate… A ghost from the past…”
A swordsman from a forgotten time, cloaked in the ink-black flames of damnation. No one knows the true face of this wretched creature, a man forever bound by his own malice. The Night Devil wanders in darkness, hunting Linne in his attempt to unleash his hatred upon the world.
Kushi (CV: Tsuyoshi Koyama)
“Watchers are who we are, because we are human above all else.”
Though he usually comes across as enigmatic and elusive, Kushi is nevertheless an exemplary Watcher and trusted leader. He is also the man who raised Kagachi. Kushi seldom talks about himself, so few know his inner thoughts, but he makes no attempt to hide his deep affection for his daughter, Mayura.
Mayura (CV: Lynn)
“We’re here to help you pass into the next world.”
A young Watcher with a kind heart, Mayura is Kushi’s daughter and Kagachi’s childhood friend. She places profound importance on her relationships with others, whether with the souls of the Lost, or the Daemons she manifests. Yet this is also the source of her greatest strife. Standing as she does between the living and the dead, the tensions created by the precepts of reincarnation are a constant struggle for her.
So, we’re excited about this title, but what do you think? Are you looking forward to this new JRPG from Tokyo RPG Factory? What do you think of the character designs? Let us know in the comments, or on Facebook and Twitter, and check back for more coverage of Oninaki and other Japanese RPGs.
Oninaki is due for release for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam this Summer.
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