Thursday, February 28, 2013

Okami Chapter 17: Yo Ho HoTHERE'S A SHARK IN THE SHIP

Hello, dear reader(s), and welcome to my latest post about Okami. Wow, I actually got another post done this week! Woohoo! Hopefully this doesn't mean I'm going to get lazy about posting for the next two weeks.

In today's post, our intrepid heroes explore a scary sunken ship with the help of the "busty babe" Rao and find a nifty hammer. So, without further ado, let's get this started.

Being the intrepid explorers we are, Issun and I threw ourselves into the Lunar Lagoon and headed for the sunken ship. Since nighttime lasts for all of five minutes in this game, we couldn't waste time wandering around the ship's exterior, or the sun would come up and the water would fill up the lagoon again. But here's a quick picture of the ship!

Our objective was to reach the glowy entrance on top of that giant rock the ship is sitting on. So, I'm wondering exactly how the ship sank - did the Water Dragon just, like, push it off-course so it would hit the rock, or what? You know, since they keep alternating between saying the Water Dragon sank the ship and saying it ran aground. I mean, how big could this Water Dragon possibly be?

I'm pretty sure there's a curse on the door in front of us. Oh noes! How will we ever get through!

No shit, Sherlock.

I doubt the ship's crew would have had time to do that depending on how big of a hole that giant rock put in the hull, but I suppose it's possible.

You and me both, pal. But this is a kids' game, right? So it can't be any worse than the Ghost Ship in Wind Waker.


Rao: *puff puff* "I heard someone say boobs and got here as fast as I could!"

Why are you so surprised? You both ogled her enough when we first met her...

Well, yeah. What did you think we were doing? Not staring at your cleavage, not staring at your cleavage...

Don't stare at her cleavage...Don't stare at her cleavage...


Can we stop staring at her cleavage now? I feel like Issun's probably getting uncomfortable in the pants.

Well, that's encouraging.

I'm glad you're so confident!

Famous last words...and don't we still have to deal with the cursed door?


Didn't we already have this conversation?

Oh, so you ARE going to aknowledge that people died. Okay then.

Don't worry; I'm sure it'll be easy enough to get rid of.

Yeah, that's pretty much what we just said.

Uh, yeah. Do you have any ideas?

Yeah, she just pulled the Prayer Slips out of her cleavage. She's definitely doing this on purpose.


Cool. What's your plan?

So, basically, I use the Celestial Brush on your Prayer Slips to vanquish evil. Got it.

Oh, she's going to ride me? This is going to end well, I can tell.

Okay, so I just draw a line like this and...

So it's basically the same as most of my other brush techniques. Got it.

I don't like the sound of that. Well, I guess we'll just go through the newly-decursed door. What's the worst that could happen?

Are those g-g-g-ghosts?

Curses! I didn't get a picture of what happens when I bring up the Celestial Brush screen. THE GHOSTS KEEP MOVING ON THE CELESTIAL BRUSH SCREEN. It's supposed to be on pause! This is already worse than the Ghost Ship!

Fortunately, the ghosts were easily dispatched with Prayer Slips. Moving on...

One of the ship's main rooms. Ooh, look at all those treasure chests on the floor!

Hmm, I guess you can only see one.

There. Look at all those treasure chests!

Oh, if only that were true. But some of the treasure chests weren't filled with treasure at all. They were filled with HORRORS.


Okay, this is a big room with a giant pile of bones in the middle. What are the chances we have to fight a monster in here?

Yep, called it.

I guess I didn't get any photos of the battle. Well, it was basically just me running around trying to figure out how to defeat the two crabs. For some reason they looked like a shark got cut in half and then two giant crabs moved into the two shark halves and they were both trying to fight me. I feel like this will probably be more relevant later. Oh well. I used the Prayer Slips on them and they eventually died.

In the next room, there was a hole in the ceiling, and the moonlight shining through the hole made everything all sparkly and pretty.

It was immediately obvious what we had to do, but Rao had to do some monologuing first.

Yeah, okay. I'm sure all those ghosts just love watching the starlight, wishing they hadn't died for no reason!

Shut up and let me do something here!

So we went over and examined the barrel-on-hooks at the other end of the room.

I wonder where the barrel that should go on the other side is...?

Well, I think I know what we need to do.

We will fill the ship with sunlight and then...

It's full of water again! Whee!

Better believe it, sister.


Either that or Issun did it. Hahahahaha! Okay, where was I?

Of course they can, doll. Now sit back and watch the magic happen!

Or, well...actually, filling the rest of the ship with water did nothing in this room. We'll have to go back through the crab room and...

Hey, those shark-crab hybrid things are back. How quaint.

They became more crab-like. Is this relevant, or...?





And then the shark was dead, because it turned out the shark was really easy to kill once I Ammy stoppped freaking out and just used the Prayer Slips on it.

Here we are back in the main room, which is now flooded. But now we can reach the upper level, thanks to the handy water!

There's a cannon on the ship? Why didn't they use it against the Water Dragon? Okay, they would have had to blow a hole in the side of the ship, but still...

Hmm. That looks like another Demon Eye Lock thing or whatever they're called. Interesting.

Unfortunately, the only place we could go was down a hallway, the entrance of which you can kind of see behind the muzzle of the cannon in the above picture. At the end of the hallway, we found this!

See that green thing on the floor of the ship? That's some kind of monster that's basically a big green hand made out of algae or some shit. There's a ramp that goes up from the water and connects to the ramp in the picture, and the algae hand comes up and tries to squish you, so you have to run really fast to avoid it. They moved too fast to get any good pictures, but I'm sure you can find some on the Internets somewhere.

Once we got to the top of the ramp in the above picture, the camera drew our attention to this:

Hmm, interesting. I decided to Power Slash the rope for funsies.

Hmm. I wonder what would happen if I jumped onto that barrel and rolled it into the water and over to those convenient hooks right over there?

Ooh! It's the other side of the balance scale! TO THE OTHER ROOM!

Hmm. I guess I didn't take any pictures of the rest of the ship. Well, I had to go back to the room with the hole in the ceiling so I could make it nighttime again, which made the water drain out of the ship so I could use the balance scale to get up to the hallway behind said room, which was the only way I could get to that side of the ship with the water drained. Then I had to go back to the cannon room and use Cherry Bombs to fire the cannon at the opposite wall, which blew a secret spot open and revealed an Exorcising Arrow Key I could use on the Demon Lock. Once that hallway was unlocked, I headed down it and...

Crimson Helm?! But I killed you! How is your ghost here? How scary.

Fortunately, Crimson Helm's ghost eventually went away, and I found THIS at the top of the stairs!

So we opened all the treasure chests, and this weird thing popped out of one of them.

A Lucky Mallet? Well, that's not really what I was looking for, but okay...

Shrink people? That's kind of random...

Eye of a needle, you say? That sounds familiar.

Didn't Waka say something about the eye of a needle? I feel like he did. Or maybe I just want to stab him in the eye with a needle.

That sounded violent. Oops.

Of course it doesn't, unless it can magically turn into the Fox Rods.

Oh. Well, that sucks.

Do you hear yourself when you talk, Issun? That's pretty much the definition of "looking for a needle in a haystack."

Why? Is the water getting too acidic for you?

Oh, right. Well, I'm sure we can handle the Water Dragon if he attacks us. It's not like he's a 40-foot-long dragon/snake/BAMF with a grudge or anything...

You said it, Issun!

And with that, I've arrived at my stopping point for today. Check back next time to see if Our Heroes survive the trip back to shore.

Until next time, heroes!