Over the last few months gamers have gotten their hands on the alpha and beta tests of #Nioh, the new Samurai action by Team Ninja that's set to scratch our #DarkSouls itch. Aside from the awesome and brutally difficult combat system, one of the most interesting things about the game has been the Yokai—Non-human enemies taken straight from Japanese mythology. Their unique designs and odd attacks are a welcome departure from the standard Orcs and Goblins.
In the early reveals, we saw some of the more 'conventional' creatures from Japanese myth such as Oni and Tengu, but the latest video from the Tokyo Game Show has given us a glimpse at some more bizarre additions.
These include the Gashadokuro, a giant skeleton made up of smaller skeletons that loves to bite the heads off its victims, and the Nurikabe, a giant living wall.
The Terrifyingly Strange Yokai Of Nioh
Personally, I'm hoping the weirdness just keeps mounting, which is why I've compiled a list of my five favorite bizarre Yokai that might show up in the game:
1. Kasa Obake
Objects have feelings too, apparently. In Japanese folklore, objects that survived for long enough, usually a century or so, would become a Tsukumogami, a living object. The most well known among them is the Kasa-Obake, which is literally an evil umbrella. These nasty little critters hop around on one foot and love to lick unsuspecting victims with their long, monstrous tongues—sounds charming.
These faceless humanoids resemble a normal person at a distance, but when an unsuspecting traveller gets close, they drop trou, spread their cheeks and give you a good old look into their brown eye, literally! Shirime have a giant eye between their butt cheeks, and seem to exist for no reason other than to spook people at night by showing it off. I'm not sure how they'd be a threat to the badass protagonist of Nioh though, maybe they can shoot a laser from it?
The Wanyudo is a giant flaming oxcart with the head of a tormented man in the centre of it. Because why not? They roll around the streets at night, moaning and generally causing a fuss while they look for opportune victims. Once they have someone in their clutches, they drag them down to hell. When they're not rolling around and generally making a nuisance of themselves, they're usually said to be guarding the gates of hell. As you do.
Of all the weird creatures on the list, these guys seem the most likely to show up— they're threatening, dangerous and have a pretty cool design. Plus, imagine how awesome a boss fight with a giant burning wheel demon that careens around the arena would be?
What is up with the medieval Japanese and licking? The Aka-Name, also known as the 'filth licker', is a grubby little dude that hangs around in dirty bathrooms slurping up filth with his long, toad-like tongue. In some stories he also likes to hide in the toilet at night, where he waits for an unsuspecting person to squat down then... then... well you figure out the rest.
5. Ittan Momen
Looking like a long sheet of cloth floating in the wind, the Ittan Momen is another Tsukumogami, a living object. The Ittan Momen doesn't seem all that dangerous at first. But this textile terror is actually one of the more deadly Yokai in folklore. When the Ittan Momen spies a lone victim, it swoops down from the sky and wraps itself around their neck, mouth and body, binding the poor soul up before choking the life out of them like a fabric based boa constrictor.
What weird creatures would you like to see in Nioh?
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