The official Japanese Zelda Portal website received a blog update, with a new developers diary for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This new dev diary was written by Manabu Takehara, the CG Designer at Nintendo who worked on the design of towns, buildings and interiors. So today, let’s take a look at the different styles given to characters and where they live.
In this dev diary, Takehara says that a particular attention has been given to the design of characters depending on where they live, but also to the interior of their homes and shops depending on their history and habits. He gives examples with these three characters.
- Paya’s Room – Its design is quite homogeneous, with plum trees decorations to remind us of Kakariko Village. There’s also a Japanese style hand mirror. It’s a pretty feminine yet rather simple room.
- Riju’s Room – The room is filled with plushed animals similar to those you find in crane game machines. Pretty cute, isn’t it? At the back of the room, you can find a statue related to her ancestors.
- Purah’s Room – There’s a blackboard covered in writing, showing she’s a genius that simply cannot see what’s around her when she’s focused in concentration.
Those who’ve played the game can’t miss the several diaries found in houses of some inhabitants of Hyrule. Reading them is really important (even though it might seem intrusive), as they contain useful informations and tips. Sometimes, you’ll even discover signs of relationships between characters.
Take Cado and Rola in the Kakariko Village for example. They lived together before the events of Breath of the Wild, but now they’re separated. But if you take a look at their respective rooms, you’ll find something still binding them together.
Also, Cado loves Cuccos. This is why there’s plenty of pictures of them in his house. And since he’s skilled with bows, there are his favourites on the wall too. But take a closer look, you can find something rather interesting… That’s right, an Higanbana (known as “Red spider lily” in English) in his house. This flower is also in Rola’s house. In fact, these are the only two houses in the game with those flowers!
By the way, in flower language, the Higanbana is associated with the feeling of “never to meet again” or “lost memory”, “abandonment”. Those two characters are pretty clumsy, which makes Takehara wonder in this dev diary if the day will ever come when they finally make up and start seeing each other again…