A love letter to Akira Kurosawa’s iconic films with a supernatural twist, Trek To Yomi is an atmospheric story about one man’s quest for retribution for the destruction of his village and redemption. The game takes aesthetic inspiration from legendary early horror games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil and blends it with Kurosawa’s cinematic style.
Much of the story remains hidden between items and NPC dialogue, so it’s understandable that there are things you missed in your first playthrough. Let’s think of this list as something to whet the appetite of curiosity and perhaps throw some of these terms into the search engine of your choice for more information.
10 Hiroki’s Fractured Past
Apparently taken in by his teacher, Sanjuro, Hiroki has been without his parents since before the start of the game. As he opens the trip, he discovers that his parents’ relationship was not approved of and they had to hide their love from him due to their differences in social status.
His mother was of imperial blood, meanwhile, Hiroki’s father was a man of the common people. Someone who was part of his family felt that they committed such a heinous crime that they both deserved to die. Her death was no accident or fluke, just someone who hated her love.
9 The story of Izanagi and Izanami
As told throughout Hiroki’s narrative, Izanagi and Izanami were the last primordial gods who created and shaped the world. The details of their relationship are tragic: Izanami died during childbirth and, in a fit of rage, killed the child she gave birth to. Izanagi decided to travel to Yomi, the underworld where the dead reside, and retrieve his wife from him.
Unfortunately, when he reached her, Izanami had eaten food cooked in the underground oven, trapping her in the underworld. Izanagi grew impatient once told this and lit a fire to see her wife, only to find her covered in maggots and rot. He ran and she chased. Izanagi barely managed to escape only for his ex-wife to become an enemy vowing to end a thousand lives a day. The story mirrors Hiroki’s journey to Yomi just as Izanagi did, but with possibly better results.
8 A story of forbidden love
Trek To Yomi is not a happy experience for anyone within the game. Aside from the first few minutes of chapter one, you’re essentially in a downward spiral of pain and death. The same can be said for its citizens as well.
On your journey to protect Kamikawamura, the town next door to Hiroki’s, you find a lost love letter detailing the grim story of a working-class young man in love with a girl whose father owns land, giving them status. Hiroki points out that perhaps the doomed couple were better off in Yomi, rather than his father marrying the woman to someone of higher status. This also gives a glimpse into Hiroki’s mindset as things fall apart around him.
7 Hiroki’s Lament
Hidden amongst the collectibles you find scattered throughout your journey, you can hear Hiroki’s thoughts on the situation around him. Each collectible that represents or speaks of a god, Hiroki tries to blame each one of them for not protecting the villages from the infernal torment that happens around them.
For example, the harmless fishing rod you find in chapter three tells the sad story of Ebisu, the first son of Izanami and Izanagi, who suffered abandonment at the hands of his parents. Hiroki feels a kinship with Ebisu in a way because he feels like his entire village has been similarly abandoned. Considering the horror you face as you move forward, you can’t really blame him.
6 Yokai Cards
Karuta cards, a game where you capture your opponent’s cards, can be found throughout chapter four, after your decision to leave your city unattended. Each yokai depicted on the card reflects a part (or a missing part) of Hiroki.
Onyudo, for example, is said to have extreme perseverance and help humans during the harvest season, something that Hiroki feels he himself has lost. Another example would be Hiroki comparing himself to the demon Ushi-Oni, who is famous for poisoning towns and causing them to rot. Little tokens like this serve to better develop Hiroki as a character within the confines of a simple narrative like this game.
5 Izanami’s revenge after death
Izanami’s story is tragic, but it doesn’t end with his death. Her corpse was cursed with deep rage and resentment, and she gave birth to eight angry spirits that were the embodiment of these feelings. Once her face was revealed to Izanagi, she sends them women from the underworld to finish him off.
Each of the thunder gods represents a different aspect of lightning and thunder, with the head representing the Master of Storms, while the right hand represents the rumble you can feel on the ground before lightning strikes. Izanami’s rage is powerful, swift, and deadly to anyone within its attack range. Despite that, each piece comes together to create Raijin, her final child and the embodiment of lightning.
4 The desire to rule had been within Hiroki the entire time.
At some point, glory took the place of duty in Hiroki’s mind. Not only was it due to his decision to help a neighboring people instead of protecting his own, but once he found out he was of royal blood, he got the idea that he could still become ruler, despite the utter carnage. that surrounded him.
It’s a small passing thought he has during his journey to the underworld, but there it is, slowly spreading its roots into Hiroki’s heart. At some point before the start of the game, he lost sight of what he promised Sensei about him.
3 Hiroki’s Mysterious Past
Some NPCs and enemies allude to Hiroki being less than honorable. One could chalk it up to Yomi causing mass confusion and hallucinations. However, there is a place in chapter four, when you are heading towards the torii gate, where Hiroki states that he recognizes all the faces in the specter and says that he has killed them all.
Throughout the story, we never get a sense of malice and ill intent from him, only honor, duty, or love. So it’s more than a little alarming to find out that what Hiroki says is at least partially true. At the end of the journey, we don’t get any answers or conclusions to that secret part of Hiroki’s past, and that’s fine.
two Kagerou’s Motivation
The warlord who returned from Yomi. His past is unknown, and his present is nothing but blood and pestilence. Is conquest his true goal or was it personal to him? He had planned a devastating attack on the town not once, but twice. Maybe the first time was a coincidence, but there was undeniable malice to that second attack, along with the way it specifically lured Hiroki and his men away from home just to catch the village at its most vulnerable. Kagerou also waited for Hiroki, almost as if he knew that he would return from his death to face him again. It was also Kagerou who went on a trip to Yomi, so it is possible that he knew that he would face Hiroki again.
1 It was (mostly) a dream
Probably one of the most important storylines you can miss is Hiroki’s journey. After all, you are the one who traveled with Hiroki to the depths of the underworld entirely to suit him, so of course you experienced his failures and ultimately his successes in order to achieve his goals.
This, however, is only part of his story. You see, the entire journey and fight to the torii gate was Hiroki’s battle between consciousness and death at the end of chapter three. A dream. This is best personified in his final battle in Yomi: a fight against himself. What we are witnessing is the personification of Hiroki’s conflicting wills in which the final decision will be based on his input. This isn’t exactly the ‘it was all a dream’ that some shows and movies do, but a balance between subtle and overt storytelling.
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