AppearenceEditThe Oni is a lavender-skinned humanoid creature with a large distorted head that vaguely resembles a human. He sports large, glassy eyes, a bent nose, and a tiny, featureless body. He always has the same bemused expression on his face. In Version 5.2 , the Oni takes a more threatening appearance in Takeshi's nightmare, should you get the best ending. In the nightmare, the Oni's eyes are more similar in appearance and is bearing its teeth. With its mouth open, the player can see that the Oni has sharp teeth as well as a pair of tusks. However in the ending of version six, the Oni is shown with no teeth.
The back of the oni's head is black, suggesting dim lighting or hair.
One of the main elements of the game is the chase sequences. At certain times, the oni will appear and head for Hiroshi, following him from room to room. The oni moves only slightly slower than Hiroshi, making him somewhat easy to outrun. After the player evades the oni for long enough, the oni will cease chasing and disappear - only to reappear in an entirely different and unpredictable location in the mansion.
The main fright to these chases is the random and unexpected pattern of appearances the oni will make over the course of the game, and the bizarreness of his appearance.
Certain chase sequences are scripted chases, meaning they are part of the story, cannot be avoided, and will happen during every playthrough of the game. An example of this is when the oni appears in the library after Hiroshi takes the kid's bedroom key.
All other chase sequences are random chases, meaning they are unpredictable and happen in a different order during every playthrough of the game. There are a large number of open doors and closets in the mansion that the oni has the ability to enter from, and the player must constantly be aware of these.
In Version 6 , most chases last somewhere between eight and ten seconds. To outrun the oni, you must evade him until the timer runs out, and then leave the room. In earlier versions, when the timer runs out, the oni will instantly disappear.
Ao (青) is the Japanese word for "blue" and oni (鬼) means "demon."
Oni (鬼?) are a kind of yōkai from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres or trolls. They are popular characters in Japanese art, literature and theatre.Depictions of oni vary widely but usually portray them as hideous, gigantic ogre-like creatures with sharp claws, wild hair, and two long horns growing from their heads. They are humanoid for the most part, but occasionally, they are shown with unnatural features such as odd numbers of eyes or extra fingers and toes. Their skin may be any number of colors, but red and blue are particularly common.They are often depicted wearing tiger-skin loincloths and carrying iron clubs, called kanabō (金棒?). This image leads to the expression "oni with an iron club" (鬼に金棒 oni-ni-kanabō?), that is, to be invincible or undefeatable. It can also be used in the sense of "strong beyond strong", or having one's natural quality enhanced or supplemented by the use of some tool. These descriptions barely match the oni seen in-game.