Out of all of the Zelda-like games on the market, Okami is my favorite. A wonderful blend of traditional Japanese mythology with very solid gameplay and a unique brush mechanic, Okami is an exceptional experience. The soundtrack for the game is no slouch either; I’ve spent many a day listening to it just to relax or calm myself down.
Of all the tracks on the soundtrack though, “Reset (Thank You)” is undoubtedly my favorite. Both the instrumental and vocal versions of the song are great, but I think I like the instrumental version just a bit more. I was reminded of my love of this song once again when I heard ocarinist David Erick Ramos play a cover of “Thank You” on, big surprise, an ocarina. I’ll admit to being a bit skeptical when I read that it was on an ocarina, but not even five seconds into the video I fell in love immediately.
It’s clear from the start that David is certainly a professional. I’ll admit, I haven’t listened to ocarinas very much outside of video games, but his playing here is a great example of how beautiful the ocarina can sound. This cover has just as much heart and soul as the original song which is conveyed through just an ocarina and a guitar as a simple backup instrument. If I’m being perfectly honest, by the halfway point I became a little emotional at just how powerful the playing was. All of my memories of playing Okami came rushing right on back, and I envisioned scenes in the game with this cover playing, and if a cover makes me think about the game in this way, then it’s a very powerful song indeed.
Okami is a game unlike any other, and it’s brimming with a lot of heart and humor. I feel as though it doesn’t get talked about nearly as much as it deserves, and to have wonderful folks like David here celebrating the game and showing their love of the game through music really brings me much joy.
If you have any interest in Okami at all, it very recently released on the Switch and is very much worth your time, as is David’s YouTube channel where he not only does covers and songs but also has ocarina tutorials, reviews, and more.