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North Ryoshima Coast
Kamui (and Devil gate trial cave)
They have several different attack modes: melee weapon strikes, a ranged elemental attack on the ground, a brute-force charge straight forward, or a crushing aerial plunge. To effectively attack them, their unprotected posteriors must be attacked; it is also possible to destroy their shields, leaving them vulnerable from all angles.
- Main article: Red Ogre
- Main article: Blue Ogre
- Main article: Bull Charger
Blue Ogre & Red Ogre"This design image has a touch of surrealism that I really like. I think the "feel" of the Red and Blue Ogres was brought out really well.
This is them in their weaker forms. The original designs were a little different from how they actually turned out, and I remember taking an instant liking to the 3D modeled faces submitted by Yoshimura." [Sawaki]
"A monster combining the forms of a bull, a spider, and a demon. The weaker form of the Bull Charger has a very scary face." [Sawaki]
"There were a whole lot of things that went into Ōkami's planning...for example, all of the game's enemies started out merely as a long list of names with some explanatory text scratched in, and this list was then handed to the designers. Armed with only this haphazard list, Takeyasu went through hours of research to flesh out each demon. This Bull Charger design is one product of his hard work." [Hideki Kamiya]
- Bovine demons, including Crimson Helm actually resemble more of Ox-demons (「牛鬼」?; Ushi-Oni/Gyūki). Legends of Ox-demons contain various different types, and some traits of each can be seen in Bovine demons. Bull Charger's arachnid-like appearance also resemble Earth-spiders(「土蜘蛛」?; Tsuchigumo), that are sometimes referred to Ox-demons.
- The Blue and Red Ogre are based on the oni of Japanese folklore.
- The shield-masks carried by Blue and Red Ogre are based on the onigawara, a type of gargoyle-like ornamentation found in Japanese architecture.
- The Bull Charger is based upon Gozu-ki, member of the famous couple of guardians of Hell in Japanese folklore.
- Those 'horse demons' such as Fire Beast seen in Okamiden may be counterparts to Bovine Demons which symbolize Gozu (牛頭), and Beast Demons are of Mezu (馬頭).