I must honestly say that is game is not only ridiculously fun and addictive, but also a beautiful work of art. The strong stylization and resemblance to Japanese ink paintings gives the game a unique appearance, and still remains easy on the eyes with a warm and vivid colour palette. Making trees bloom and flowers grow behind your every step as you speed up is strangely rewarding. The game is very much Japanese, steeped in its mythologies and quirks, but not so inaccessible that a North American player could not connect with it.
The voices need no re-dubbing because all of the speech is in a strange, scrambled dialogue that mimics human speech. While it COULD have become annoying, the voices were very well handled and remain amusing. Another point for the creativity of Clover Studios.
The game presents a good balance between serious storyline and humor, never letting the darker points of the story overwhelm its lighthearted nature. And that the wolf is, in fact, female is refreshing from all the boy-centered video games out there. Although, Amaterasu is hilariously canine to the Holy Bone.
The celestial brush technique used for the fighting is very simple to master, and remains entertaining with every new brushstroke learned. As you go into the drawing screen, pay attention to how the entire scene turns into an ink painting. It is awe-inspiring how they could authentically recreate that for every single fight scene.
The game play is unique, the characters likeable and amusing, and every nook and cranny of the game world is filled with so much love and attention to detail that it warms my heart.
All in all? I would buy this game. I would even buy the strategy guide for this game. New. Clover Studios deserves every penny they get for this work of genius.