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I hate and fear Yojimbo, with a pure, irrational, completely inexplicable hate, the sort we're supposed to reserve for villains like Seymour and Sephiroth (except Yojimbo isn't really sexy).

#1 reason: he looks like several things in my nightmares. Also:

He's arrogant (but so are many other characters). Something about his demanding ungodly amounts of gil to help Summoners sacrifice themselves for the good of all Spira and his own glory bugged me.

His Aeon has no face.

The bird mask reminds me of Tash or something. It's predatory. It wants to PECK OUT MY EYES.

His Summoning music is creepy weird.

Lady Ginnem died trying to get him, and Lulu obviously had not much fun at all in that cave, so my overprotective streak pops out.

I got him too near the end of FFX to use him for anything, so I only ever wound up fighting him.


I just spent a good half hour fighting Even More Evil Yojimbo for the first time ever, and we held our own for a long time, using potions and phoenixes and hanging on by every toenail, but that Zanmato coupled with the nasssssssty little doggie finally took down everyone at once, including Paine. That's the first time I've died in X-2.

Sorry, Lu and Auron, we'll have to try and avenge you again on another pass. YIKES.

I probably tackled it too soon. I just started Chapter 3, went to Besaid to help Lulu and Wakka (of course) and then made a beeline for the Cavern of the Stolen Fayth, because I had a strong hunch that Icky Icky Creepy Aeon would be lurking in there somewhere.

I was right.


*crawls off in a corner to shiver appreciatively*

That's actually the first bit of this game I really enjoyed with all my heart -- it was just the right mix of adrenalin, fear, anger, weirdness, beauty, and angst. I felt like a wee little beastie bravely defending myself and my nest-mates against the Evil Whatsit.

My reaction makes no sense whatseover, but then, it makes no sense for people to enjoy horror movies that genuinely freak them out.

I wonder if there is any way to beat the thing with the stats I've got right now. I'll have to ponder strategy. Also a good thing. I so much prefer fights that require a bit of strategy, and so far, I haven't been in anything in X-2 besides Sphere Break that required anything more than quick reflexes.



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May. 8th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Mmmm. I haven't attempted to fight his dark aeon. I should try that.

I must admit though, being a big listener of "world" music, I love his summon music, but I've mentioned that before. It comes from the Kabuki/koto traditional Japanese music, something I really, really enjoy. Pacific rim folk music is some of my favorite. If you ever get over your chills, I could share some amazing music from that genre with you.

May. 8th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
I hope that's not it, though it might be.... I've heard other music in that idiom that doesn't make me go "meep". But you may be right, possibly it's my silly western mind unaccustomed to a few of the tones being used. Though actually it's not even the tone; there's one particular "wonggggg" noise that makes me shiver.

His looks intrigue me. Something about the colors, the stance, the everything on this one reminds me of a feathered serpent that used to haunt my fever-dreams when I was sick, and that snake thing had nothing to do with Japan at all; it looked like a head in Mayan art. The odd thing being that I don't know how I could've been exposed to Quetzacoatl at the age when I was dreaming it hovering over me. Anyway.

I'd love to hear more music and get my horizons broadened! It reminds me a tiny bit of didgereedoos, and I adore them, so there's hope.
May. 9th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
As soon as I receive my new laptop(!), I'll be sure to post some traditional Japanese music. :)
May. 8th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
There are some *hard* battles in Chapter 3. I remember feeling like the difficultly level ratcheted up quite a bit at that point (there was one that I never did win the first time through). Dark Yojimbo was definitely one of the toughies. Strategy is good; it's true, you are getting to the point where you can't just power through everything anymore.

Your reaction makes a lot of sense, I think, especially if you've been finding the game too easy up to now. The adrenalin rush, almost winning but not quite pulling it out, combining now with the questions of strategy now preying on your mind... that's a heady mix. And fun.

It sounds like the game is growing on you, which I'm happy to hear.
May. 8th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
Hee. I think the music is pretty and Dagoro is cute. Yojimbo is indeed one of the more difficult bosses to kill in that game though. I am also with you on how ridiculoud it is that he needs money to fight. Ridiculous but interesting I suppose. I never used him because I couldn't be bothered to work out the right transactions to make him effective when Anima was so powerful. Speaking of creepy aeons . . . . :)
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