Music of the Week #195

Boredom begins


Jojo has finally ended which begs the question of what other series I will make myself cover for the seasons to come. I guess I’ll be waiting for the next Part to eventually fall upon us after the Part 3 blurays drop for the final episode. Oregairu is all riding on Yukinoshita for me and DxD was a laughable failure with that finale. Might do a short series review for both, hell scratch the “might” it’s going to happen pretty soon.

Ornstein and Smough are THE boss battles that fans have come to associate Dark Souls with. While players were given a small taste of the dual-boss fight feeling early in the game with the Gargoyles, Ornstein and Smough however show a completely separate dynamic with two different enemies are up against you. From appearances alone, this dynamic duo embody the familiar RPG boss fight of “small guy is fast but deals less damage, heavy dude moves slow but does the most”. While I won’t blame people for thinking like that, this is Dark Souls, both of them do big damage and they cover eachother’s attacks so finding an opening is tough. Plus one dies, the other absorbs their soul and gains back all their health. Ornstein has interesting lore as he is the captain of the knights in Gwyn’s army and the leader of the 4 knights, a central part of the lore. Smough on the other hand apparently is a cannibal and was denied the prestige of a knight and judging from how he reacts to Ornstein’s death, he doesn’t seem too attached to him while Ornstein at least gives a moment of silence to him. So here you go, the theme that divided the men from the boys, the theme of the illustrious Dragonslayer and the grisly Executioner. While it isn’t actually the hardest, it sure as hell made a lasting impression.

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