Welcome to the Ending Explained for Oni: Thunder God’s Tale, the latest Netflix animated show that uses a mix of techniques to achieve something pretty unique. The short series consists of only 4 episodes, but they display a wonderful level of craft that is not often seen in TV series. The show mixes stop-motion animation with fantastic and more modern CGI animation techniques. The result is fabulous, and even though the narrative is very much aimed at a younger audience, adults will be able to enjoy it as well.
The series offers a cool narrative with a very nice message for the younger audience. It is a tale about love and about being able to be yourself even when others try to shoot you down. Onari, our main character, gets caught in a situation that is beyond her understanding. And yet, she manages to be the perfect hero protagonist as she overcomes the obstacle thanks to the lessons she has learned on her journey and the strength that her friends give to her. It is a wonderful short series that you should give a chance to.
The following paragraphs contain spoilers for Oni: Thunder God’s Tale. Read at your own risk.
What Is Onari’s Power In Oni: Thunder God’s Tale?
The series begins by introducing the character of Naridon who one day appears in a village inhabited by yokai from ancient Japanese lore. We find the usual suspects, the phantom umbrellas, the tengu, the kappa, and more. Naridon is welcome in the village. He doesn’t seem to speak, but there is something else. He appears with a baby. This baby will grow up to be Onari, our main character. Naridon comes to the village by walking from beyond the forbidden line that divides the forest.
Onari grows up in the village and attends school with the other children, and everything seems very normal. However, it is very clear that Naridon is not Onari’s father. They don’t look anything alike, and as Onari starts growing up, she doesn’t develop any sort of power like the other kids do. She starts to suspect that, yes, she isn’t Naridon’s daughter. Things get worse when, after meeting a young boy named Calvin, Onari realizes that she is not a yokai, but what the yokai call, an Oni, a being of pure evil. She is a human.
When this truth is revealed to the rest of the village, they reject her and ask her to leave the village forever. Her uncle Putaro takes her outside the village and leaves her there. She is alone now. She has no way to survive. She doesn’t have any powers the way Naridon or the other kids do, so she just walks away without any plan at all. The village hates the Oni/Humans because they destroy the forest, and many years ago, many members of their families were killed in a big fire.
Naridon realizes that Onari has been thrown out of the town and tries to follow her, but Putaro stops him, and they have a fight. Putaro blames Onari for Naridon’s behavior. He used to be a great warrior, but now he is nothing like that. Putaro traps Naridon under a bunch of rubble, but at that moment strange dark shadows that look like fire start appearing in his hands.
What Does It Mean To Be An Oni?
The show presents the concept of an Oni a creature of pure evil. Midway through the season, we discover that those evil beings are humans. They destroy the forest where the yokai live and because of it, they are not only angry but also fearful. When Putaro begins to be fearful of what is going to happen to his brother and what is going to happen to the village, strange flame-like shadows start appearing on his hands. This means Putaro is full of fear at that moment.
Putaro goes back to the village and begins to gather the crows and convinces them that it is time to attack the humans. He says the yokai have been afraid for too long, and now it is their time to attack first. Everybody gives up to fear, and they also display the flaming shadows. Naridon hears the mob walking inside the forest to look for Onari and kill her, and so he also succumbs to fear. He gets engulfed by the dark shadows and becomes a huge monster. He faces the villagers, who can do nothing to stop him.
Kappa escapes the village and goes to find Onari in the forest. Meanwhile, Onari has found Calvin once again. She is angry and mad, but Calvin tries to make her happy and makes her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This makes Onari a bit happier. Kappa finds them, but Onari is not sure if she can help the village. Calvin tells Onari that he is a “gaijin” which means “outside people”. He is black, so he doesn’t look Japanese at all, but he has learned to love the country he lives in, he feels like Japan is his home completely.
Onari takes Calvin’s words to heart and goes back to the village, her home. There she faces the Oni Naridon, and she begins to dance to appease him. The other kids join her, and together they vanish the fear from Naridon who comes back to his usual loving self. The series ends with Calvin receiving a letter from Onari telling him that everything is well, and that she and the other kids will visit him soon to eat more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.