Friday, July 2, 2010


All right I've been doing some research and I've found this great man named Shigeru Mizuki. A Japanese author and cartoonist. He was born in 1924 and lost his left arm in WWII. From what I've read he is largely responsible for keeping the yokai tradition alive in japan.
What are YOKAI?

Yōkai (妖怪 literally demon, spirit, or monster?) are a class of preternatural creatures in Japanese folklore ranging from the evil oni (ogre) to the mischievous kitsune (fox) or snow woman Yuki-onna. Some possess part animal and part human features (e.g. Kappa and Tengu). Yōkai generally have a sort of spiritual or supernatural power. Yōkai that have the ability to shape-shift are called obake.

Japanese folklorists and historians use yōkai as "supernatural or unaccountable phenomena to their informants". In the Edo period, many artists, such as Toriyama Sekien, created a lot of yōkai inspired by folklore or their own ideas, and in the present, not a few yōkai created by them (e.g. Kameosa and Amikiri) are wrongly considered as being of legendary origin.

Once again Wikipedia !!!!!!!!!!!

All these creatures including the yurei and obakemono are grouped together.
So dose this mean I have to change the name of the game? Don't know I have to do more research.


Obake (お化け?) and bakemono (化け物?) (sometimes obakemono) are a class of yokai in Japanese folklore. Literally, the terms mean a thing that changes, referring to a state of transformation or shapeshifting.

These words are often translated as ghost, but primarily they refer to living things or supernatural beings who have taken on a temporary transformation, and these bakemono are distinct from the spirits of the dead. However, as a secondary usage, the term obake can be a synonym for yūrei, the ghost of a deceased human being.

A bakemono's true form may be an animal such as a fox (kitsune), a raccoon dog (tanuki), a badger (mujina), a transforming cat (bakeneko), the spirit of a plant — such as a kodama, or an inanimate object which may possess a soul in Shinto and other animistic traditions. Obake derived from household objects are often called tsukumogami.

A bakemono usually either disguises itself as a human or appears in a strange or terrifying form such as a hitotsume-kozō, an ōnyūdō, or a noppera-. In common usage, any bizarre apparition can be referred to as a bakemono or an obake whether or not it is believed to have some other form, making the terms roughly synonymous with yōkai. (Got to love Wiki)

While not what I was looking for it's and idea worth exploring. Maybe I'll come back to it another day.


Some weapon concepts, I have a funny feeling this is the first of many model sheets.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

What is Kwaidan

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (怪談 Kaidan, also Kwaidan (archaic)), often shortened to Kwaidan, is a book by Lafcadio Hearn that features several Japanese ghost stories and a brief study on insects. It was later used as the basis for a movie called Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi in 1965.

Kaidan is Japanese for "ghost story". (Good old Wikipedia.)

So with this in mind I'm setting out to make a horror type video game. I don't want it to be to scary, my son is only three and I would like for him to be able to enjoy it without having nightmares. I'm thinking Walt Disney's Haunted House scary, not Silent Hill scary. My 3d models are coming along (did my first walk animation yesterday) now I have to figure out away to post it on my blog. I've begun to draw some of the strange ghosts for the game. Japanese ghost are called Yurei they come in two types, the Gaki and Jikininki both come from the Buddhist faith and I'd like to make Buddhism a under lying theme through out the game. The only thing that concerns me is I don't want to offend anyone who is Japanese so I must do some more research on the subject of Japanese folklore.


Here's the latest I love this stuff. I feel like a kid in a toy store sometimes. I guess some men just never grow up.

The Beginning of the Model Process.

These are the beginning of the model process and a shot of the wire frame.

The First Model !!!!!!!!!

Here they are the first of the 3d models! This is my yari spear man type 00 the prototype for all the samurai models I will be doing. Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed making them.