Let's play Baten Kaitos: Origins!
This game was released in 2006 as a prequel to Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, and like its older sibling it is a Gamecube exclusive RPG, making it a rarity in itself. It has many famed companies behind its creation, such as Namco, Monolith, and the good people of Tri-Crescendo.
The Baten Kaitos world stands out as being a particularly beautiful place, having some of the strongest graphics you'll ever see from the Gamecube and fantastic art direction and creativity in general. In this setting, there are several islands which float in the sky, over the poisonous Taintclouds that cover the Earth. Each island has its own culture and style, and overall I feel that the game does a great job of establish a fascinating and wonderful world. Both games also have excellent soundtracks which are an integral part of the experience, and I will be posting songs through the updates for your listening pleasure.
The games are also famous for having card-based battle systems or, more specifically, for having card-based battle systems that are actually good. These cards, called magnus, are even ingratiated quite well into the plot proper and function as an inventory system as well.
But enough about the series, let's talk about this game specifically. Origins stands out form Eternal Wings in a few key areas. First of all, Eternal Wings had famously bad voice work, while Origins has perhaps the best voice acting I've encountered in a video game. I will be posting supplemental videos so you can hear the voice acting if you like, some of it really is worth hearing.
Another key difference is that, while Eternal Wings was generally laid back with only a few particularly difficult fights, Origins can and will crush you if you give it even the slightest opportunity even the random mobs can be alarmingly difficult. The good news is that the game fully heals you after every fight and lets you Retry when you fail boss battles a function I will be using quite regularly, I imagine.
The Guardian Spirit
The main character has a Guardian Spirit that accompanies him, with the idea being that this spirit is you/us, the player. The game handles this surprisingly well, and the characters treat you as a part of their group but still act on their own accord. One thing worth noting is that we can name the Spirit, but unlike Eternal Wings we cannot pick the gender this spirit is automatically assumed to be male, presumably because that allows the voice actors to more easily substitute pronouns for the name.
Sagi (voiced by Crawford Wilson) is the hero of our story, and he's a typical nice guy; slow to anger, friendly and compassionate. He's fifteen years old, but was selected as a member of a lord's private guard due to his powers as a Spiriter. He is a major Momma's boy, and often thinks about how he can help her out.
Guillo is a...something...that has been Sagi's best friend for years. Sagi found it buried in the forest outside his hometown. It is a curious creature, having both male and female mannerisms while clearly being neither; in fact, it has a voice actor (Terrence Carson) and a voice actress (Maura Gale) who speak at the same time, giving a creepy but awesome effect. Guillo is sarcastic and occasionally seems amoral, but is absolutely devoted to Sagi.
The daughter of a wealthy Imperial family, Milly (voiced by Shanelle Workman) is sociable and elegant, but also energetic and a surprisingly compotent fighter. She pops up out of nowhere to save Sagi and Guillo from some soldiers, and ends up forcing her way into the party. Her cheerful demeanor occasionally slips, indicating that she harbors some sadness and guilt about something.
Questions and Answers
What's a Baten Kaitos?
Baten Kaitos is an alternate name for the star Zeta Ceti, which is located in the Cetus constellation, also called The Whale. In this series, The Whale is the rough equivelant of a god, giving it some plot tie in. Constellations also constituted a major sidequest in the previous game, but aren't really as important in Origins.
Is this a completionist run?
Nope! I will be doing some of the major sidequests,
What kind of input will we have as viewers?
I will be handing control of the Guardian Spirit choices over to you all. Sadly, I can't do the same with battle parties as there are only three main characters, so this will be more oriented around your role as the spirit. You can also choose what order I undertake sidequests and sidequest-like events in when applicable.
What's the policy on spoilers?
I'd prefer for spoiler talk to be avoided entirely, but if you absolutely must bring them up, please do use those tags. Also, please avoid spoiling anything in regards to Eternal Wings.
Do I need to have played Eternal Wings to understand this?
Honestly, I think Eternal Wings is the one to play first, but this game's plot does stand on its own (I mean, it IS a prequel, it kind of has to). Some things may have less impact on you if you have not played Eternal Wings first, but I don't recall there being anything that simply won't make sense without a working knowledge of Eternal Wings' plot.
Table of Contents
- Update 1: The Dark Servicemen
- Update 2: Quest Magnus Central
- Update 3: Magnetic Sand
- Update 4: The Imperial Capital
- Update 5: Jackie
- Update 6: Yesterbeans
- Update 7: Errands for Orphans
- Update 8: Strange New Feelings
- Update 9: Mini-Update: The Travel Log
- Update 10: The Razer and the Worm
- Update 11: The Funeral
- Update 12: Heat
- Update 13: Class 7
- Update 14: The Azha Genre Switcharoo
- Update 15: Stinkbugs
- Update 16: Gone Fishin'
- Update 17: The Other Woman
- Update 18: Land of the Clouds, Kingdom of Knights
- Update 19: Mini-Update: Coliseum Rank 2
- Update 20: Magna Mixing
- Update 21: Barrels of Fun
- Update 22: Hostage
- Update 23: Leap of Faith
- Update 24: History and Myth
- Update 25: Wanted
- Update 26: Mini-Update: Writings of Sadal Suud
- Update 27: The Boonies
- Update 28: Rodolfo's Manor
- Update 29: Forest Fire
- Update 30: Welcome to Hell
- Update 31: Four Seasons of Peace II
- Update 32: That Fucking Bird
- Update 33: Jungle Fun
- Update 34: Jungle Fun, Part Two
- Update 35: Sagi Goes to School
- Update 36: Woodfellah
- Update 37: Hail Satan
- Update 38: Sagi's Running out of Patience
- Update 39: Quadrangle
- Update 40: The Best Wings in the World
- Update 41: Heart to Heart
- Update 42: Apotheosis
- Update 43: Where the Arcs Split
- Update 44: Heart Breaking Rainfall
- Update 45: Unsafe Playground
- Update 46: Intermission: Bouldergeist
- Update 47: Under the Taintclouds
- Update 48: Winnable Boss Battles
- Update 49: Nature Versus Machinery
- Update 50: Ultimatum
- Update 51: Feast of Hearts
- Update 52: Champion
- Update 53: The Cutest Sidequest
- Update 54: City of Clay
- Update 55: Mini-Update: Omnivore
- Update 56: Tarazed is Horrible
- Update 57: The True Mirror
- Update 58: The Core
- Update 59: The End
- Update 60: Baten Kaitos: Where Are They Now?
- Update 61: The Stinger
- Update 1: Le Ali del Principio
- Update 2: Pieces of a Millennium
- Update 3: War Cries
- Update 4: The Valedictory Elegy
- Update 5: Poacher
- Update 6: Chaotic Dance 2
- Update 7: Iconoclasm
- Update 8: The Valedictory Elegy (for guitar)
- Update 9: Evidential Material
- Update 10: The True Mirror (for Orchestra)
- Update 11: Ruinous Commander
- Update 12: Crystal Abyss
- Update 13: Relieve
- Update 14: Lord of Pawns
- Update 15: Two Coffins
- Update 16: The Knights' Cairn
- Update 17: Ruins
- Update 18: Tripartite Talks and the Secret Soul
- Update 19 Ancient Homeland
- Update 20: The Borders of Wind and Earth
- Update 21: Happenstance
- Update 22: Mossblossom Pillars
- Update 23: Nettlsesome Barrens and Arms
- Update 24: Parity of Light and Dark
- Update 25: Sanguine Grasses
- Update 26: Morningless Night
- Update 27: The Broken Manas and My One and Only
- Update 28: Contradiction
- Update 29: Nimbus Gardens
- Update 30: Rolling Rivers, Rolling Clouds
- Update 31: The Edging Away
- Update 32: Minatory Master
- Update 33: Purging Light of the Sun
- Update 34: The Autumn Night's Breeze Knows no Dearth
- Update 35: Cornucopian Village
- Update 36: Emotional Blackmail
- Update 37: Holoholobird
- Update 38: Temple of Celestial Flowers
- Update 39: Ancient Slaughter
- Update 40: The Egret's Heart and the Road to Hereafter
- Update 41: Somai Malletza
- Update 42: Sinmouna Foussoun
- Update 43: Bequeathed Puppet
- Update 44: The Pebble Cast
- Update 45: Azure Canopy
- Update 46: An Archaic Soul's Wordcraft
- Update 47: Terrible Technology
- Update 48: Keen Moon, Night Rain
- Update 49: Into the Spiral Tension
- Update 50: Shogyo-Mujo
- Update 51: The Dead-End Creatures
- Update 52: Tears of Compassion
- Update 53: A Road to the Dignified Future
- Update 54: Four Seasons of Peace I
- Update 55: Four Seasons of Peace II
- Update 56: Four Seasons of Peace III
- Update 57: Strange Bedfellows
- Update 58: The Semblance of a Horizon
- Update 59: As the Moon Meanders on the Water
- Update 60: Two Lights, Watching On
- Update 61: Evil's Origins - A Prelude to Treachery