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Lechku & Nechku
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Race/Species Demon (mechanical clockwork owls)
Appearance(s) Ōkami
Location(s) Wawku Shrine
Weakness(es) Various
Attack method Hat summons
Talon grab
Time control
Weapon(s) Talons
Giant Bud (summoned from hat)
Ninestrike (summoned from hat)
Bombs (summoned from hat)
Reward(s) Sun Fragment
Background music Twin Devils Moshirechik & Kotanechik's Extermination
The Twin Devils' Sorcery
Yes. I speak of the twin demons, Lechku and Nechku. They had been imprisoned at the twin summits of Ezofuji. But they suddenly broke free one day and began their deadly assault upon the land of Kamui.

Oki

The Gold Demon Lechku and its counterpart, Silver Demon Nechku (「モシレチクとコタネチク」?; Moshirechiku to Kotanechiku; lit. "Moshirechiku and Kotanechiku") are two powerful demons responsible for slaughtering the Oina tribe and bringing a blizzard on Kamui.

Description

Labeled 「双魔神」(「そうまじん」?; Sou-Majin; Twin Demon Gods) in Issun's scrolls, Lechku and Nechku are two demonic, menacing owls whose body are composed of mechanical clockworks, and other body parts based on the same theme. Lechku's body is an analog clock with Roman numbers, while Nechku's is a clock with flipping pieces bearing old numerical kanji (大字 daiji) from zero to nine on three slots, and above this clock is a decoration piece of a night sky with a crescent moon and stars, fitting for Nechku's description in its Bestiary entry[Citation needed]. Under the clocks are a mass of cogwheels and mechanisms, and hidden underneath these are the deadly talons with razor claws, usually pulled up behind the mechanisms. Atop the clocks, the arms of Lechku and Nechku are present, scrawny but also riddled with muscle, and are small and short compared to their bodies. On the side of their bodies, under their toga are owl wings, enabling them the ability of flight. Their heads are one of the most noticeable features, each demon with an eye of the demon's color, the other has a monocle over it. On the side of each demon's head is a turning gear used to externally control the mechanisms in the demon's body, and in the Ōkami Official Complete Works, Lechku and Nechku are shown to turn these gears at times. Nechku also has a mustache above its beak, and coupled with the top hat each demon has and the cane they hold, Lechku and Nechku are given a formal and Western gentleman-like appearance.

Story

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Strategy

Against Nechku

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Amaterasu fights Nechku with the aid of Shiranui.

The first battle with Nechku is simple enough, as all Amaterasu has to do is dodge any attacks aimed at her and watch Shiranui's superior powers deal with the demons. Amaterasu can also help out when Nechku has been knocked to the ground to end the fight more quickly.

Against Lechku & Nechku

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Amaterasu and Oki battle the twin demons.

The battle is straightforward: just dodge the demon's minor attacks and use specific Celestial Brush techniques when they summon objects out of their hats. The demons' attacks include swooping at Amaterasu and grabbing her before throwing her down, and a time-slowing attack in which they spin at devious speed. Oki is also attacking them, but he can only launch icicles at them, which bounce off their tough hides. Instead, Amaterasu must wait until one of the demons summons an object from their hat, which are a Giant Bud (use Bloom, provides Spirit Globes and Ink pots), the egg-like object the Spider Queen summons (Power Slash it like before to stun the owl which summons it), the cursed fruit Cursed Trees and Bud Ogres throw (Power Slash them back to stun the owl which summons it), Ninestrike (use Thunderstorm on it with the lightning in the sky above the battlefield to stun the owl which summons it) or a bomb (use Inferno on it to blow it up early and stun the owl which summons it). If the correct Celesstial Brush techniques are not used, the owls will be able to damage Amaterasu with the summoned objects. When one of the demons has been stunned, Oki will make a bow around himself. Pull him back and release him at the stunned demon, then use a Celestial Brush technique to draw it to the ground so that Amaterasu can attack it; otherwise they are invincible. Using any offensive Celestial Brush techniques on the demon that Oki is launched at will bring the demon completely to the ground immobilized, leaving them vulnerable to ground attacks. However, if Amaterasu uses a technique while the demon is knocked down, then its element must match that of the brushstroke she used to knock the demon down earlier (e.g if Icestorm/Blizzard is used to knock the demon down, then only the same techniques can be used to safely damage the demon), otherwise the demon will spring right up. Each demon has its own health bar, so both must be defeated to end the battle.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Although the spirits of Lechku and Nechku go into the Ark of Yamato, and concept art shows they were meant to be fought in it, they are not on board the ark.
    • They are not on board is possibly because Oki is a key element in the battle against them, but implementing an element like that would take too much time.
    • Or because the game developers realized that players did not want to redo such a recent fight.
  • Lechku and Nechku are based on the owl demons passed down through Ainu traditions, Mosirecik (「モシレチㇰ」?) and Kotanecik (「コタネチㇰ」?). They personify the passing of time and the inevitability of all things coming to an end, as shown by the two styles of clock in their chests. In the mythology that involves them, the demons trap Amaterasu, who is then rescued by an Ainu warrior.
    • The titles of Gold Demon and Silver Demon may be a reference to the two demon king brothers from the Chinese classic Journey to the West, also known as the Great King Kinkaku (「金角大王」?; Kinkaku-daiō) and the Great King Ginkaku (「銀角大王」?; Ginkaku-daiō). "Kin" (「金」?) and "gin" (「銀」?) mean "gold"[1] and "silver"[2], respectively.
  • These two are one of the bosses in Ōkami who do not speak besides Crimson Helm and Yami.
  • The cutscene that plays after Lechku and Nechku are defeated varies, depending on the order in which the twin demons are defeated. Whoever is defeated last will crash into the other one, who was defeated first.

References

Bosses
Ōkami Spider QueenCrimson HelmOrochiBlightNinetails
True OrochiLechku & NechkuYami
Ōkamiden Master AnuraWitch QueenBullheadRenjishi
King FuryAsteroideanMizuchiKurowAkuroDark Chibiterasu

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