During the Square Enix E3 2019 conference this Monday, we saw a trailer for the next RPG by developer Tokyo RPG Factory, called Oninaki. The E3 trailer highlights some of the mysteries that Kagachi will encounter during his epic adventure between the world of the Living and the realm of the Beyond. It looks like a highly ornate and stylish JRPG that should appeal to fans of more traditional Japanese Action-RPGs. It tells the story of one Watcher on a journey to “protect Life, after Death.”

The theme at the core of Oninaki seems to be reincarnation as the foundation of our way of life. As we celebrate the lives we have been given, we also offer up prayers for the next. And it is grief of death that shackles the living, causing the dead to stray. As such, there is no greater affront to reincarnation. Therefore, we turn our grief to joy as we send off the dead to their afterlives, but the souls of those who held back their tears in life still need salvation in death. A duty that falls to the Watchers.

The task of the Watchers is to guide the wandering souls, also known as the Lost, and serve as keepers of the Living World as well as the Beyond. The Watchers sever the bonds that tie the Lost to this world, and send them on to the next. They are the ones responsible for navigating the emotions of the living and the dead. And they prize life above all else. Oninaki is is the story of one Watcher, called Kagachi. He’s a young Watcher who embodies the tenets of reincarnation, considering it his sacred duty to usher souls into the next world, even if that means taking lives. However, when he meets a mysterious girl named Linne, his fate becomes entwined with blood and death.

Oninaki will release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on August 22 this year. You can see more information about the game on the official website.

If you want to know more about this and other announcements happening at E3 then be sure to check out our E3 2019 Coverage Hub.


Richard Costa

Staff Writer

Hack for hire, indentured egghead, maverick thoughtcriminal. Mainly interested in Western RPGs, first-person immersion, turn-based tactics, point-and-clickers, and card jousting.



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