so like. i really want arikado here for soma bc a) i ship them very hard wtf and b) just look at him he's beauty grace
kick me in the face
. anyway, arikado is an agent with the japanese goverment in aria of sorrow, but his true identity is alucard, dracula's dhampir son. arikado is pretty much alucard's 21st century persona (which, honestly the name is not even a good departure from alucard; it's literally just alucard said in japanese with a letter replaced. good one, bud, they'll never figure that one out). arikado himself is
sort of an enigmatic presence in soma's eyes, mostly bc he doesn't know much about him at all. arikado is also serious natured by default, so he's complimentary to soma imo. now as far as arikado's relationship with soma goes, it's relatively new, considering i took soma from AOS (and i haven't done much of anything with dawn of sorrow bc lord that talk sprite art kills
me) so there's lots of room to develop something here beyond what's portrayed. also, as a general note, since castlevania is kinda old and idk how many people know much about it now, you don't have to know anything about it to want to play arikado. there's scripts and videos for symphony of the night
and aria of sorrow
on the castlevania wiki so you literally don't have to watch or play anything if you don't want to you can just read the scripts and you're pretty much good. tho, i don't think it'd hurt to also watch the videos on the wiki anyway, but yeah. you'd have to look at both for arikado since his full history is not in AOS, nor do i believe that soma even knows arikado is alucard. there's also one or two other games you could
look into for more info on arikado, but i think SOTN and AOS should be enough. it's up to you. and like i can understand needing time to really think about arikado as a character and the games he's in themselves bc i had to think A Lot about soma and AOS to do my app for him. and, just saying, i am 100% open to talk about any of this with whoever is interested so hmu!!