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Genshin Impact Why Itto, Ayato Fight with Beetles, Voice Lines Explained

New Itto and Ayato lore revealed through voice lines.

November 22, 2021

Genshin Impact version 2.3 Shadows Amidst Snowstorms, releasing on November 24, will add new voice lines from Arataki Itto talking about Ayato, Ayaka’s brother and an upcoming character of Genshin Impact.

Kamisato Ayato is one of the most awaited characters in Genshin Impact. However, it’s still uncertain when he will ever release. It’s safe to assume miHoYo will make Ayato playable one day seeing nearly all characters with specific “About” voice lines became playable at some point.

The voice line most notably revealed Itto regularly fights against Ayato with trading card games (TCG) and with beetles. Which might seem surprising, but it’s definitely something I expected from miHoYo.

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Genshin Impact – Why are Itto and Ayato fighting with beetles

This is actually a pretty normal thing among kids in Japan. Well, at least it was. I mean, most Japanese children nowadays would rather watch YouTubers and play Minecraft. Capturing Rhinoceros Beetles (Kabutomushi) and making them fight is just another Japanese thing Genshin Impact is including in Inazuma’s culture.

In fact there are whole franchises inspired from Kabutomushi fighting. Like Sega’s arcade franchise Mushiking in early 2000s. Together with Mushiking and Oshare Majo Love And Berry, Sega popularized arcade games for kids using cards or collectibles. Many others followed, such as the Pretty Series from TakaraTomy and Aikatsu from Bandai Namco.

Imagineer’s Medarots (Medabots) is literally based on beetles fighting too. With its Kabuto (Rhinoceros Beetle) and Kuwagata (Stag Beetle) iconic mecha. And unlike what a certain NFT game wants you to think, Medarot is very much alive. With the new Classics Collection on Switch. And the Medarot S gacha game.

Genshin Impact – Analyzing the new Ayato lore crumbs

Plus, in the Japanese dub, Itto calls Ayato “aniki / big bro”, that’s how delinquents, yakuza, etc call their boss or people they respect.

I’m personally not surprised Ayato is playing children card games with Itto. For now, the only thing we know about Ayato is that he’s an extremely talented and busy person as the head of the Kamisato clan and the Yashiro Commission. Organizing festival,managing temples and all the cultural aspect of the land ruled by the Shogun.

Overall, Itto’s “About Ayato” voiced lines show there’s another side to Ayato. And it’s a standard thing in Japanese media for characters to have at least one unexpected side to them. That’s “gap moe”.

Keep in mind there is still not a single real leak nor official art of Ayato. Genshin Impact 2.3 will be launching on November 24. Arataki Itto and Gorou will launch on December 14. And you can always ask me more questions about otaku stuff or Japanese culture in Genshin Impact @A_iyane07.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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