- Acclaimed Flop: It's hard to believe that the most beloved work of Clover Studio is also the one that kicked off the events leading to their dissolution.
- Approval of God: Despite not working on it, Hideki Kamiya has given his approval to 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, Switch, and PC remasters as well.
- Big Name Fan: Hideo Kojima, and his enjoyment of the game was the main influence behind him asking PlatinumGames (which is made up of former Clover Studio members) to develop Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
- Creator Backlash: Hideki Kamiya doesn't look back on the Wii port too fondly. Much of this stems from the removal of the credits sequence due to legal issues regarding the use of Clover Studios' logo; according to Kamiya, the credits acted as a summation of the development team's final thoughts, emotions, and messages about Okami, and that its removal was immensely disappointing to him.
- Development Gag: The idea of a more realistic setting was scrapped relatively early in development, but the realistic Ammy nonetheless appears as a Palette Swap that can be won upon finishing the game and starting a New Game+.
- Follow the Leader: Silent protagonist? Occasionally annoying but ultimately lovable tiny sidekick? Fish catching game? Dangerous, maze like forest that humans will get lost in? Time trials? Barrier Maiden? Fragments of extra life? References to shinto myth? Time Travel? The resemblance to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is uncanny. Word of God is that the game was directly inspired by the Legend of Zelda series.
- Name's the Same:
- 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 Senjou no Okami shoot'em up series.
- No Export for You: 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.
- Screwed by the Lawyers: The game's FMV credits sequence was hit by this twice. The 2008 Wii port axes them entirely due to the inclusion of the Clover Studio logo, which was not within Capcom's legal rights to use but couldn't be removed in time due to Ready at Dawn not having access to the master assets for the video. While all versions of the 2012 HD remaster do add back in the credits (save for the removal of the Clover Studio logo), the insert song "Reset" is replaced outside of Japan by a remix of the Ryoshima Coast BGM due to international licensing issues.
- What Could Have Been:
- Initially, the game would have been 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 PlayStation 2 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.
- Word of Dante: 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 Okami Wiki will instantly ban anyone who tries to add that information to Yami's page, as they're so sick of reverting it. Chuggaaconroy himself deeply regrets his statement, as they were inspired by a random YouTube comment on a video of Okami's soundtrack, and he never got around to researching Japanese mythology to see if there was anything to support this, assuming that he had already confirmed it when the time came. He later offered a new interpretation of Yami that revolved around evil starting small and snowballing with time, but preempted it by openly stating that it was simply his personal theory and not based in any official statements.
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