Once upon a time, a kind-hearted Red Ogre lived all by himself in the mountains. The Red Ogre wanted to make friends with people, but they were afraid of the ogre and kept their distance. It made the Red Ogre sad.
But his friend Blue Ogre tells him that the Blue Ogre will stir things up in the village, and the Red Ogre should beat him up. The Blue Ogre thought that’d change the people’s opinion about the Red Ogre, and make them willing to be friends with him.
The Blue Ogre went to the village and went on a rampage, although he was careful not to hurt anyone. The Red Ogre pretended to beat the Blue Ogre. The Blue Ogre pretended to be defeated and fled. Henceforth, the villagers trusted the Red Ogre and would come over to his place. Now that he had human friends, the Red Ogre led a happy life.
But one day, he became worried about the Blue Ogre, who’d stopped coming by, and he went to see him. The Red Ogre crossed entire mountains and valleys to reach the Blue Ogre’s home. But there, he found that the Blue Ogre had left on a journey, leaving behind a letter to the Red Ogre. The letter said, “You finally became friends with humans. If you’re friendly to me, they’ll just come to mistrust you.”
The Blue Ogre had left the Red Ogre without saying anything.
[This story is taken from the subtitles used in the anime “Ore Monogatari!!”]