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Time for some discussion on end-game plot mechanics! Because why not. Spoilers, ofc. Ready:
Aside from 'because she has to be, it's a Fatal Frame game' why was Ouse aggressive as a ghost?
We know the Yomi water is pretty much liquefied human malice and symbolic as much as literally black water in bad need of some hair-eating Drain-o. Pain and negative emotions so strong it's corrosive, so overwhelming you can drown in it, etc. The parallel was drawn a half-dozen times over the course of the game, so obviously being surrounded by it has to mess with your mind a little bit but, I was just looking over the ending again and I sort of frowned at the lack of cohesion here. She spends most of the final chapter calling out to both Ren and Yuuri to come to her before she finally melts away, which gives you this sense her losing her spiritual resistance to the pain is imminent. She speaks directly to Yuuri in her notes, and I guess also technically to Ren in his endings - which should settle her spirit - and tells them to come to her. All she wants is someone to Mitori her; to hold on to her last emotions before she falls apart. Okay, all fair, but none of that requires aggression, and while the black water might amplify the lonely feeling, you see her a good few times where she isn't aggressive at all. There's no reason to chase people all the way back down the mountain because of it, either, geez. Yuuri gets into the Shadowspring and the first thing Ouse tells her is, "There's no need to be scared." after reiterating that she wants someone to WITNESS HER
ride shiny and chrome Ouse. None of her pre-final boss battle dialogue indicates any kind of aggression either. It's just 'come here, HUG ME, PLEASE'.
She never seems to be possessed by any malignant spirits - she's surprisingly coherent and able to speak to and interact with amazing clarity with the protags, and she does so with a consistency, even in her corrupted form - something none of the other antaghostnists managed up to that point. So you get this idea she really just wants a hug, and then she turns around (or I guess floats up into the water-sky when they were NOT underwater before) and attacks Yuuri for
Like if turning to yomigoo is an imminent thing, why delay it for a final boss fight? Ain't nobody got time for that, she kept telling them to hurry. You don't need to fight her into a state of weakness to Mitori her - Ren proves that in his good Ouse ending. So, aside from 'because we had to' what are all your thoughts as to why that final boss fight even needed to exist in the first place? Was it just Yuuri refusing to give a hug like a jerk? I open the floor to the rest of you.
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