I've moved on to Okami, and decided to start over from the beginning, rather than picking off where I'd left off all those months ago. This proved to be a wise decision, as I breezed through the parts I'd played already at lightning speed and got to the point I'd been at as a much richer and more powerful wolf.
I just fought the 8-headed dragon that everybody was blabbing about throughout the entire game. When I first realized I was gearing up to fight him, I was pretty bummed out, because I assumed he'd be the final boss. I guess he's not? Or maybe I'll have to fight him again? I'm not sure, but the point is: the game is, thankfully, far from over. The boss battle was pretty creative and fun. I had to get each of his eight heads drunk on some kind of mystical super-sake, and then beat the shit out of the individual head. Good times. I look forward to seeing what this game offers up next, and from now on I will try my best to blog about my progress as it's happening.