The official Japanese Atlus Twitter account shared a drawing of the youkai Amabie, drawn by Shin Megami Tensei V character designer Masayuki Doi. The unusual creature isn’t a brand new character for the upcoming Nintendo Switch title, however slightly a solution to pray for an finish to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The put up reads as follows.

The youkai Amabie initially appeared throughout the Edo interval and was mentioned to push back plagues and illness. This picture was drawn by SMT V character designer Masayuki Doi. May everybody’s lives return to regular quickly.

Amabie was first documented in 1846 and is portrayed in unique woodblock prints as a mermaid-like being with scales, lengthy hair, fin-like legs and a beak. According to legend, a person approached the creature and was instructed {that a} pandemic would quickly ravage Japan. In order to maintain this from taking place, the person would wish to attract an image of the Amabie and share it with as many individuals as doable.

In March 2020, the hashtag #AMABIEchallenge appeared on social media, bringing the legend again to the mainstream. Face masks and hand sanitizers with the youkai’s likeness printed on them have additionally been standard all through Japan.

Shin Megami Tensei V shall be launched for the Nintendo Switch on November 11, 2021 in Japan and on November 12, 2021 worldwide.