* AcclaimedFlop: It's hard to believe that the most beloved work of Clover Studios is also the one that led to their dissolution… ([[Creator/PlatinumGames for a little while]]).
* ApprovalOfGod: Despite not working on it, Hideki Kamiya has given his approval to [[PolishedPort the PS3 remastered version]], going as far as to tell someone to play that instead when a fan told him he bought the Wii version. He seems to have similar feelings towards the [=PS4=], Xbox One and PC remasters as well.
* CreatorBacklash: Creator/HidekiKamiya [[https://twitter.com/PG_kamiya/status/603823178494775296 doesn't look back on the Wii remake too fondly.]]
* DevelopmentGag: The idea of a more realistic setting was scrapped relatively early in development, but the realistic Ammy nonetheless appears as a PaletteSwap that can be won upon finishing the game and starting a NewGamePlus.
* FollowTheLeader: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Come on, you don't see it?]] Silent protagonist, [[ExpositionFairy occasionally annoying sidekick]], fish catching game, BarrierMaiden, [[HeartContainer fragments of extra life]], [[spoiler:TimeTravel]]. If it wasn't for the importance of sake and [[GagBoobs Rao]], people would mistake this for a Nintendo game. Amaterasu even has the same repertoire of equipment as Link. (WordOfGod is that the game was directly inspired by the ''Legend of Zelda'' series.).
* NamesTheSame:
** Kuni (''Kuninushi'' in the Japanese version) appears to be named after Okuninushi, one of the lesser known kami.
** The name "Ōkami" was first used by Capcom in [[{{VideoGame/Commando}} Senjou no Okami]] shoot'em up series.
* NoExportForYou: A variation; the [=PS3=] version has been released worldwide as a download title, but a physical version was only released in Japan. That said, if the disc is inserted into a console set to English, the game will automatically run the translation, with only the intro being untranslated.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Initially, the game would have been [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWlNUIH-KRA much more realistic looking.]] However, this was changed early on, since the watercolor look helped convey the concept of restoration.
*** Another reason, more pragmatic, is that the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 simply could not handle a more detailed version of the game (without cutting out objects or making the levels smaller).
** Ammy could fire laser beams from mirrors and had to fight monkeys and panthers. These can be seen in the videos, if you have more than 30 hours of playtime.
** According to the art book for the game, Ammy could have transformed into a dolphin upon diving into a deep body of water, and into an eagle upon launching herself off a high cliff.
** Sakuya would have had a third, more powerful form where she is completely naked except for strategically placed smoke. It was vetoed, but concept art of it exists.
* WordOfDante: LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}'s statement of the meaning of the various forms of Yami has taken hold in the fandom, even though it hasn't been officially corroborated. It's gotten to the point that the moderators of the [[TheWikiRule Okami Wiki]] will instantly ban anyone who tries to add that information to Yami's page, as they're so sick of reverting it.
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