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New details on Oninaki's Lobelia and Leo, as well as traveling between the Living World and Beyond

Other-worldly info

We shared a new batch of screens and art for Oninaki a few days back, and now we have some details to go with that. Check out info on characters Libelia and Leo, as well as the world-shifting mechanic below.

Lobelia (CV: Atsuko Tanaka)

- a sovereign who lives in isolation, only trusting herself
- apart from remaining at distance from others, she barely shows herself
- some of her subjects don’t recognize her appearance due to how little face-to-face interactions she has
- Lobelia will uphold the reincarnation cycle above all else, to the point of obsession

Leo (CV: Hiroshi Shirokuma)

- Lobelia’s loyal right-hand man, and true-born son
- the sovereign is the only one he trusts, and he has respected her as a leader rather than a mother since his childhood
- Leo does not have any friends, nor any other people he trusts, but he has never felt anguish over that
- with his blind faith in the sovereign, Leo takes upon an antagonistic position against the Watchers
- the Watchers heed the words of other beings

Shifting between two worlds

- the world in the game is split into two planes, the Living World and the Beyond
- Watchers can go into both worlds at their own will,
- the first time the Watchers visit certain parts of the Beyond, it will be masked in darkness, making it hard to fight
- by defeating certain enemies that are linked to the Beyond, they will be able to return the Beyond to an explorable state
- the two worlds have different rules
- the Living World objects are breakable and can be interacted with
- the Beyond’s versions are not
- you can go into the Beyond to use the unbreakable gravestones as cover
- some places will require you to pass over in the Living World, as things like levers don’t function in the Beyond
- the Beyond also has treasure chests that contain items left behind from an unknown era
- the Beyond also has "spacequakes" that warp Kagachi to places unreachable in the Living World
- the ‘Rules of the Beyond’ can affect battle by causing various conditions to impact both Kagachi and the enemies.
- one Rule makes every attack becomes a critical hit
- the Watchers have the ability to detect the presence of lost souls wandering around with lingering regrets
- their task is to guide them back towards reincarnation by helping solve the reasons for their lingering will
- there will be encounters with Daemons awaiting Kagachi, who will lend their power to turn the tide in his favor
- you are able to quick travel between areas in a world that you have been to

Oninaki's physical release in Japan will support English

Import-friendly!

As we mentioned a few weeks back, Oninaki is not going to get a retail release in the states. If you want a retail version, you'll have to import from Japan. Now there's even a better reason to import, as the Japanese version is confirmed to have an English option. If you're a physical game die-hard, this is the perfect option for you!

Oninaki Original Soundtrack sample released

Get an early sneak at the soundtrack

Earlier in the week, we detailed the upcoming Oninaki Original Soundtrack, which will hit Japan on Sept. 11th, 2019. Today we get a sample from that soundtrack, which you can check out above. The Oninaki Original Soundtrack will include 2 discs, but the final number of tracks hasn't been revealed.

Oninaki Original Soundtrack announced for Japan

2 CDs in this set

Square-Enix will be publishing an official soundtrack release for Oninaki in Japan. The Oninaki Original Soundtrack is set to launch on September 11th, 2019, and will include two CDs. Those who preorder the album will get a special slipcase.

Oninaki gets another batch of screens

Check out more screens here

Following the critically acclaimed I Am Setsuna™ and LOST SPHEAR™, Tokyo RPG Factory’s ONINAKI takes inspiration from classic Japanese role-playing games to create a brand-new experience for modern technology. With exciting new action-RPG gameplay, players will explore the world as a mysterious Watcher named Kagachi, duty-bound to sever the bonds that tie the Lost to this world. With Kagachi’s guidance, these wandering souls in the world of the Beyond can continue the cyclical process of reincarnation over again.

Oninaki devs discuss how they came to implement the game's life and death themes

Two lands, one game

Oninaki is the latest game from Tokyo RPG Factory, and this one has the player traveling between the world of the living and world of the dead. In an interview with Siliconera, Director Atsushi Hashimoto reveals how the team arrived at that idea.

“Going in order, we first had the idea of going between two worlds. It started off jokingly as going between the worlds of I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear, but swapping through worlds as the story progresses was genuinely interesting. And so when it came to the game theme, it sorted flowed into discussing, “Hey, wouldn’t the theme of life and death fit into this system? If we have to go back and forth, then how about a theme of reincarnation?”

Travel to the beyond in Oninaki, arriving this August

Inspired by JRPGs of the past

LOS ANGELES - (June 10, 2019) During Square Enix® Live E3 2019, the company announced that ONINAKI™, the latest action-RPG developed by the talented Tokyo RPG Factory™ team, will debut digitally on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM® on August 22.

ONINAKI is the third title from Tokyo RPG Factory and the studio’s first foray into the action RPG genre, sustaining the studio’s mission in taking inspiration from classic Japanese role-playing games to create a captivating experience on modern platforms. Following the release of I Am Setsuna™ in 2016 and LOST SPHEAR™ in 2018, ONINAKI encompasses an inspired art direction, deep character development and a captivating storyline contributing to a unique, yet familiar JRPG experience.



In ONINAKI, players will follow the story of Kagachi, a young watcher whose duty is to usher Lost Souls into the next world. After meeting a mysterious girl named Linne, his fate becomes entwined with blood and death. During the journey, players will also meet key characters like Kushi, an exemplary Watcher and trusted leader, Mayura, a Watcher with a kind heart, and the malicious Night Devil from a forgotten time.

Oninaki - Kushi character profile

Meet Kushi

Following the critically acclaimed I Am Setsuna™ and LOST SPHEAR™, Tokyo RPG Factory’s ONINAKI takes inspiration from classic Japanese role-playing games to create a brand-new experience for modern technology. With exciting new action-RPG gameplay, players will explore the world as a mysterious Watcher named Kagachi, duty-bound to sever the bonds that tie the Lost to this world. With Kagachi’s guidance, these wandering souls in the world of the Beyond can continue the cyclical process of reincarnation over again.

Oninaki - Mayura character profile

Meet Mayura


Following the critically acclaimed I Am Setsuna™ and LOST SPHEAR™, Tokyo RPG Factory’s ONINAKI takes inspiration from classic Japanese role-playing games to create a brand-new experience for modern technology. With exciting new action-RPG gameplay, players will explore the world as a mysterious Watcher named Kagachi, duty-bound to sever the bonds that tie the Lost to this world. With Kagachi’s guidance, these wandering souls in the world of the Beyond can continue the cyclical process of reincarnation over again.

Square-Enix shares new details, screens, and art for Oninaki's 5 daemons

Which one will you choose?

Check out more screens and art here

As mentioned earlier in the week, Oninaki will let the main character 'equip' five different Daemons to be used as weapons. Once again, those Daemons are as follows.

- Aisha (voiced by Naomi Oozora)
- Zaav (voiced by Kenji Hakabane)
- Wil (voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga)
- Dia (voiced by Satomi Satou)
- Izana (voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi)

The player can have up to 5 Daemons “equipped” at any time, and you can switch between them while battling. Each Daemon has their own skill tree, and you can unlock the various nodes using “Onitama,” which is dropped by defeated enemies. Onitama allows you to strengthen the Daemons by having teaching them new moves and improving their overall abilities.

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