The funny thing about this all is that O-Kagachi didn't get a card beyond a depiction on Final Judgment in the original Kamigawa block because he was deemed to powerful to print.Quote from Yatsufusa »Quote from Tiro of Meletis »Well, I'm not any less happy to see O-Kagachi on a card. It's a card I will purchase and treasure in my Kamigawa themed EDH deck for sure. That said, I feel like with booster sets designed for Standard and Draft as a priority, that's generally the place (and rightfully so) that Legendaries are scaled back and more efficient/mid-range. In these supplemental products designed for casual formats populated by Vorthos I just feel they really should let it rip. Playing it too safe with these designs robs the lore and the spirit of EDH. I'm concerned it's the same mistake as with Ludevic, where he lacked lore related flavor and any synergy because the card was designed Bottom-Up and later dressed as Ludevic for the sake of getting a card for him out there. I'm sure he wasn't any less cherished by fans, but having a wholesome card would have been ideal.
My headcanon now is that this O-Kagachi was his 6-headed form when he chased after Toshiro at Minamo Academy and not the 8-headed form that nullified non-Kyodai Magic, the same way I've always taken Final Judgment to be his 3-headed form that steamrolled Konda's army and tore Yosei up.
If you think about it, his ability implies the All-Consuming attacking him and getting torn into two (which gameplay translates to exile), which well, was the same thing that happened to Yosei and Final Judgment (Judgment exiling all was an additional reference to Konda's Army).
Regrettably, the art shows 8 heads. And frankly, if 3 heads are capable of an effect like Final Judgment, which is certainly in line with the lore, then I am still disappointed that even 6 heads would be THIS.
But you know, I am just happy to have a 5 color O-Kagachi card, and I know there's simply nothing to do but accept this and see the good in it, which is that he is finally printed, at least. I only voice this displeasure to emphasize to WOTC, if they're reading, that they really need to design these character cards Top-Down, and if not, at least ensure they end up like Taigam or Kydele where the Bottom-Up effect is actually suitable. Or better yet, ensure that the design puts Vorthos and the Lore as the priority, and not absurd rules for a casual Vorthos product as if a mana curve or power level need to be a concern in EDH.