BO2W: Photographic Evidence
In my first analysis, I pinpointed the sky isles' location as being above Thundra Plateau, then in my second, I tried to figure out what the exact direction Link was facing is. And that led me down a rabbit hole; where did everything else happen? And how much from the trailer can I compare to actual gameplay?
First off is this:
In the bottom right, you can see a bit of what we THINK is the Master Sword. It looks a little odd because of the corruption surrounding it, so in this post, I looked at it and thought it was a part of the broken blade, while a few of you guys thought it was the crossguard.
So I went and got screenshots and did some palette comparisons. To get as close to the coloration as possible, I put Link right up next to red lighting sources (malice, the castle columns) during a blood moon.
So we’ve got a very dark and washed out navy to a dark, low-saturation mulberry.
Then these are the colors shown in the trailer. It’s a little more red, but so is the corruption; I’m going to say that yes, this is definitely the hilt of the Master Sword.
Next is Zelda:
I took a shot from one of the Champion’s Ballad memories to compare it and see if there’s anything notably different with her outfit FOr the most part, no, but her cape interested me.
At first glance, it looks like the Hylian outfit’s cape:
However, the clasp and collar are different.
And, looking at the first trailer, so is the back.
So what’s this symbol?
To my knowledge, we’ve never seen it before. Is the flower in the middle a stylized Triforce?
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The next scene to analyze more critically is this one here:
Which I found with some serious help from @heda-kom-clexakru!
You can check the location out yourself here:
So, finding this location let me pinpoint a LOT of problems with this clip.
In the red, we have things that are missing from BO2W that are present in the original game. That’s Vah Ruta, every visible tower, and the branches of the Great Deku Tree, which we SHOULD be able to see at least a bit of from here.
In the blue, we have things that are in BO2W that aren’t present in BOTW, that being the weird geometric ruins, and a small clump of trees.
And then in yellow, we have an environmental change: in BOTW, Death Mountain is active, with visible lava. In BO2W, however, Death Mountain is dormant.
But what’s even weirder is the angle of the sun.
Here, we can see that the sun is BEHIND Link, and off to our right, towards the south. But I went up to this exact tree in the original game to try to figure out what time this was happening at.
As you can see, from 5 AM to 8 PM, the shadow of the tree NEVER falls into that position.
What does this mean, for us analyzing it?
Personally, I think it means that the section of the map they chose to film was a VERY limited instance, for show purposes. They put a light behind Link so he’d be visible for the audience. But that ALSO means that the lack of background shrines and towers might not be reliable intel; if they’re just using a specific part of the map for viewing, without using the proper in-game mechanics, then they might not have bothered loading in all the Sheikah structures to make it easier on the lighting engine.
Then there’s the clip I started this adventure for.
And our visible field is basically this:
I think I got about a third, maybe a quarter the height I needed to be, and this was taken using Revali’s Gale on top of the Rigeland Tower
I was going to leave it at that, but then I remembered something; I can glitch myself even higher.
It’s a little lower than I’d like, but this is the result of button mashing for about 30 minutes. But everything lines up perfectly; the mushroom trees, the landscape, everything. This is a little bit southwest of the Ridgeland Tower.
Then lastly, I got this shot
To parallel this one
It was taken just west of Crenel Peak, on a high platform, though I think the Zeldevs lowered their camera to about half its height. The time of this shot is 7:45 PM, so at least the sun is accurate here.
Again, we’re missing all our towers, beasts, and shrines, and the columns surrounding the castle. But I caught something interesting.
This right here.
I double checked in full daylight to see if I could find it, because I didn’t recognize it.
It doesn’t exist. It’s new.
What is it? A boss room? A conduit? A new sanctum? I don’t recognize the architecture or its purpose.
There’s one thing I wasn’t able to locate.
This area. It’s near Death Mountain, at least, and the blackened road means its closer to lava than not. But there’s a distinct lack of defining landmarks here (there are a LOT of spikes around Death Mountain), and the sun is unreliable, so I tried for about six hours before giving up. The lack of red sparks in the air and protective gear means it isn’t CLOSE-close to Death Mountain. If anyone can locate this, PLEASE tell me. I’d love to make comparisons.
You can find my blog here, my first analysis here, my second here, and my ask box here. I’d love to hear about any theories or thoughts you have about BO2W! Thanks for reading!
Edit: We found the pattern to Zelda’s cape! It’s the one on her royal dress, and we found it courtesy of @acaiis, @itcantbe, and @opheliasongs! You can see it here!
Fourth analysis! Mythbusting popular theories on Link’s and Gan’s appearance
i know chances are high that, with the limited time we have left, matchablossom won’t get any information confirming (or denying) if they’re canon or not. but when i look back, some of their scenes and what they say is incredibly unnecessary? like it doesn’t make any difference to the plot...? i’ll give you some examples..
okay so, we have this scene. joe says like 2 or 3 lines about how adam is alone but then the rest of the scene is a device to let the audience know they have traveled together since leaving school. now... unless they just wanted us to know how close they are, there wasn’t any need for the scene? like plot wise the show could’ve gone on without it.
don’t get me started on the renga x matchablossom parallels... since renga is practically canon at this point (given langas confession, the whole infinity scene and cindereki) the amount of parallels they have made between the “canon ship” and the “noncanon ship” seems kinda odd? like why are they trying to show us the similarities of the two duos?? it’s a similar case with tadashi and adam too - theres a few parallels with their relationship that can compare to renga and matchablossom too. considering the ‘zoom into tadashi’s face every time adam’s family mentions marriage’ it doesn’t exactly seem like their relationship has always been strictly platonic.
now the famous “An aggressive guy as always” and “Aggressiveness is the principle to seduction” line. what the fuck??? what else am i meant to take from that other than the fact he just deadpanned and said he is seductive with cherry? the producers KNOW that joe has absolutely never been aggressive with any of the girls he has stood with.. actually, just in general. the only person we’ve seen him aggressive with outside of skating is cherry. now i understand if they wanted us to know that joes skating technique is aggressive, but there was absolutely no need for the seduction part nor cherry’s comment. it’s also the fact, cherry said his line before joe had mentioned it was his principle - almost like they had to quickly tell us that information for joes line to make any sense whatsoever.
now this? like sure comedic purposes.. i get it. but come on??? you cant say the producers didn’t do this on purpose. obviously it was apart of the love hug but even then, tell me why the sexual tension was so high. no words... no words...
that’s all i can think about for now but i’m gonna proceed to go on about the CHERRY BLOSSOM surrounded by LOVE HEARTS on joes dish. it felt like foreshadowing but... who knows.
anyways sorry for my rambling... hope this gave you all something to think about!