Oreshika 2’s Touching Commercial Connects To Its Original Ad From 1999

By Sato . April 17, 2014 . 2:01pm

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In Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, you’ll be playing through generations of characters as the family bloodline has been tainted with a curse that causes them to die in two years. The game’s latest commercial tells a touching tale that connects back to the original commercial for the first game in 1999.

 

Before checking out the commercials, here’s a quick Japanese lesson on the meaning behind “Oreshika,” which is short for the game’s Japanese title of Ore no Shikabane wo Koete Yuke, roughly translated as “go forth over my dead body”. Here’s an example of a scenario in which the Japanese term could be used:

 

You find yourself in the middle of a battlefield during war and you’ve just received the order to attack enemies. Once you go out there, you and your allies are being showered with bullets and your comrade gets shot and hits the ground.

 

When you try to help or save him, he would say “ore no shikabane wo koete yuke!” meaning don’t worry about saving me or yourself, believe in the victory of our allies and continue attacking. It can also be used as a way to say “If I were to die, don’t stop or hesitate, and go beyond my dead body, and further than I could have. I’m determined to be a sacrifice.”

 

Now that we know the meaning behind the game’s title, here’s a look at the commercials, starting with the ones from the first game:

 

 

The first part of the video shows the original commercial for the first Oreshika for PlayStation in 1999. It starts out with a young man asking his father what were the last words of his grandfather.

 

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The father replies, “He said ‘go forth over my dead body.’ Isn’t that funny?” as he walks off, saying that it means to live your life.

 

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The second half of the video was for a commercial that aired in 2011 for the PSP version of the game. It starts out with the father saying “remember grandpa’s last words of ‘go forth over my dead body’? I think I know what he meant now.”

 

As he walks towards his grandson, the father tells his son, “you’ll also come to understand it one day.”

 

Next, is the recent commercial made for Oreshika 2, or Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines.

 

 

The commercial starts out with the same father, who appears much older than he did in the original ad.

 

“We don’t have any treasures left behind from our ancestors of past generations; however, I’ve been entrusted with something I’ll be handing over to you guys,” says the father, as he faces the ocean and yells, “GO FORTH OVER MY DEAD BODY!”

 

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“Let’s just say that it’s a passionate feeling,” he tells his baffled son, as he symbolically passes on the torch with a high-five, adding “I love you.”

 

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines will be released in Japan on July 17, 2014 for PlayStation Vita. The game will also be coming to North America and Europe.


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  • Jungo

    That’s really cool, actually! Thanks for the lesson and history.

  • OrangeArmy

    That is pretty cool, that level of continuity is impressive, much more so that is a commercial.

  • Jesse

    I think my interest in this game has just risen.

  • klkAlexar

    Does this mean that the dad is sick and dying and that’s why he’s so old in the last video?

  • DragKudo

    Need more video game commercials like this.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I’d like more commercials like this period. This is good stuff.

  • JustThisOne

    Really adorable.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 禍津水樹 (MagatsuMizuki)

    Jesus, if they do a third game the son will be talking to his kid there

    The high five was pretty symbolic and awesome

    • harmonyworld

      Like a super sentai hand-off! :3

    • DragKudo

      Fourth one should be sad, Grandfather saying go forth over my dead body while giving his son a high five and then dies.

  • D. Changstein

    Wow, it’s amazing that they got the same actors.

    • Aoshi00

      Yeah, the continuity is very cool. It’s kinda like Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight trilogy, with Ethan Hawke and Julie delpy, each movie was nine years apart. It felt sad and real. I think I remember this actor from some Jpn dramas before..wow he really put passion in saying those words :) I think he was Yotsuya in the live action Maison Ikkoku special a few years back if I remember correctly.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Great Ad

  • Solomon_Kano

    It’s really cool that they got the same actor back, 12 years on, to do the PSP commercial. It’s cool that they got him again for the latest one, but imagine having seen that back in 1999 and seeing that guy return over a decade later. I dunno, I’d be pretty awed by that.

    An advertisement that tells a little story isn’t so uncommon, and certainly not with Sony, but a story told over time… I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. I appreciate thoughtful marketing.

    • beemoh

      Depending on exactly how you want to define ‘story’, “The Oxo Family” ran as a campaign in the UK using the same actors as the same family for eighteen years.

      Then, eight years later, they managed it again with another ‘family’ for another sixteen.

      http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/news/1100698/

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    …well uh….I barely held back laughter. I just could not take it seriously. I apologize to everyone, but….It just seemed so random and abrupt. I wonder if anyone else out there feels the same? Neat that they’re connecting the commercials I guess though.

    • God

      Still a better love story than Twilight.

    • Aoshi00

      I think it’s cooler if you have watched the commercials in real time. Like you grew up with the characters like real people. I watched Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight, and thought it was amazing, just to experience the passage of time.. I’m not sure if there’d be a fourth one a decade later.

    • shuyai

      maybe is the advert dialogue itself or acting is just bad but it just come off as fake and trying to hard to me, but the message of Life cycle always gets me

      • CirnoTheStrongest

        Yeah, that’s pretty much how I felt. It’s neat that they did things like that, but all the same it just didn’t feel all that genuine.

  • shuyai

    how is the first game? very intriguing premise but i dont want to see my char die over and over again without some sort of final destination like meet in afterlife or undo the curse or something

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    That’s a really well-made commercial. I wonder how closely the designers were involved with the advertising because, as bizarre as this is, it works, and it does reach out to people who may have played the first game and its remake.

  • z_merquise

    Thanks for all of the translation. The commercial is pretty nice. The game itself look so good too.

  • KnifeAndFork

    I still can’t believe this game is being localized (good thing) , while God Eater 2, Phantasy Star 2, Monster Hunter Vita, Final Fantasy Type Zero, Dragon Quest VII, and Yokai Watch are in limbo…

    Get it together AAA Japanese 3rd party publishers!

    • Solomon_Kano

      > Monster Hunter Vita

      Frontier? I’d imagine Capcom’s never bringing that over on any platform.

  • Göran Isacson

    Man, that is some effort to go to for a relatively obscure video game franchise. Still, gotta admit it makes them stand out from the crowd, so plus points for that.

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com Kurisu Makise

    This was AWESOME. Seeing the way the commercials progressed between PS1, PSP, to PS Vita, wonderful. I’m surprised they were able to get the same actors even. SCEA and SCEE won’t do anything this cool for the title sadly.

  • chroma816

    Really neat, actually. You don’t much see commercials with such a sense of continuity.

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