The Fatal Frame (a.k.a. Project Zero) survival horror video game franchise features a cast of interconnected characters, both alive and dead. Most of the series' deceased characters appear as ghosts; the common causes for them are failed dark Shinto rituals, which all lead to disastrous events. These spirits include those who died at the time of disaster (e.g. Ryozo Munakata); or those who become cursed, trapped and killed in the same place at a later time (e.g. Junsei Takamine). Some characters, such as Miku Hinasaki and the Amakura twins, have subsequent roles in latter installments of the series.
- Main article: Fatal Frame (video game)
- Voiced by: Rika Wakusawa (Japanese), Rumiko Varnes (English—Fatal Frame), Kim Mai Guest (English—Fatal Frame III)
- Miku Hinasaki is a 17-year-old high school/college student, and a direct desendant of Yae Munakata (formerly Kurosawa). In Fatal Frame, she sets out to find her older brother, Mafuyu, who has gone missing at the Himuro Mansion. Like her brother, Miku has a sixth sense, enabling her to see ghosts.
- In the canonical ending, she manages to reassemble the Holy Mirror, finally freeing Kirie of the darkness and rescuing Mafuyu. However, Mafuyu chooses to stay with Kirie to prevent another unleashing of Malice. After Miku escapes, she narrates that this event was how she lost her ability to see spirits.
- In Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, Miku, now 19, is taken in by Yuu Asou and works as Rei Kurosawa's photography assistant. However, her lingering guilt over her brother's death allows the Manor of Sleep to torment her in her dreams. She falls into a coma after following Mafuyu in her dreams, but wakes up after Rei breaks the curse.
Mafuyu Hinasaki (雛咲 真冬 Hinasaki Mafuyu )
- Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru (Japanese), Dominic Allen (English)
- Mafuyu is a 21-year-old journalist with a strong sixth sense, and Miku's older brother. He was best friends with Yuu Asou. Despite Miku's bad feelings about it, Mafuyu visits the Himuro Mansion in the first Fatal Frame to search for his mentor, Junsei Takamine. In the mansion, he encounters Kirie, who mistakes him as her unnamed lover, and captures him. As a result, he goes missing for two weeks, leading Miku to search for him. In the canonical ending, Miku manages to save Mafuyu, but he chooses to stay with Kirie to prevent the Hell Gate from unleashing its Malice again.
- Mafuyu appears in Fatal Frame III: The Tormented as a spirit in the Manor of Sleep. Miku's guilt of surviving the mansion and wish to see her brother again lead her to follow him and subsequencially fall into a coma.
Kirie Himuro (氷室 霧絵 Himuro Kirie )
- Voiced by: Yoko Yamamoto (Japanese), Lenne Hardt (English)
- Kirie was chosen to be the next Rope Shrine Maiden through the Demon Tag Ritual, where she was determined to have the strongest spiritual power when she was found last by the demon. During her seclusion period, she fell in love with a man who was later killed under the orders of Lord Himuro, who believed him to be deterring Kirie from her duties. Due to Kirie's doubts about her obligations, her ropes from the Strangling Ritual failed to bind the Hell Gate and unleashed the Malice.
Ryozo Munakata (宗方 良蔵 Munakata Ryōzō )
- A folklorist, and Seijiro Makabe's assistant. He is childhood friends with Itsuki and Mutsuki Tachibana. He was sent away from All God's village before its disappearance, but he returned on the day of the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual to fulfill his promise to Itsuki to take care of Yae and Sae after their escape. He only found Yae, however, crying where the village should have been, and they later married. They had a daughter named Mikoto, who is Miku and Mafuyu's grandmother. When Mikoto leaves the village unannounced, Yae believed her to be dead, soon committing suicide. Ryozo found Yae's hanging body, wondering why she died. Soon after he opened the Demon Mouth gate with the blinding mask, Kirie pulled him through the gate doors which slamed shut behind him. After fighting him several times, Miku found his robed skeleton just through the Demon Mouth gate, he was still clutching a piece of the Holy Mirror. He is Miku and Mafuyu's great-grandfather.
Yae Munakata (宗方 八重 Munakata Yae )
- Miku and Mafuyu's great-grandmother. Yae was born as Yae Kurosawa (黑澤 八重 Kurosawa Yae ), and twin sister of Sae Kurosawa. Both sisters were to be part of the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual that took place in their village, but made plans under Itsuki Tachibana's suggestion to escape with her twin sister Sae. However, on the night of the ritual, only Yae escaped. After running away, Yae married Ryozo Munakata and has a daughter named Mikoto. The family moved to the Himuro Mansion, but after Mikoto disappeared, Yae believed that the ghosts had taken her away, and hanged herself from a tree. Her granddaughter—Miku and Mafuyu's mother—would commit suicide in similar fashion.
Junsei Takamine (高峰 準星 Takamine Junsei )
- Born in 1944, Junsei Takamine is a famous novelist who wrote about Japanese folklore. Mafuyu was a fan of his work, and Junsei took him on as a student.
- In September 1986, nearly a month before Fatal Frame, Junsei entered the Himuro Mansion with his assistants Tomoe Hirasaka and Koji Ogata. During their research, Koji goes missing; when Junsei and Tomoe finally find him, his body has been torn apart. Later, Kirie strangles Tomoe to death, then gives a watching Junsei a dark look, as if to tell him he was next. Junsei finds out how to break the curse, but runs out of time: Kirie catches up with him at the Narukami Shrine, crucifies him to the ceiling, then rips his body to shreds.
Koji Ogata (浩二 緒方 Ogata Koji )
- An editor on Junsei Takamine's team, and one of the three people who entered the mansion. After wandering around the mansion, Kirie caught up with him. He tried to hide in a cupboard near the Kimono Room, but Kirie found him and tore him apart. Junsei and Tomoe later found his mutilated body.
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
- Main article: Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
Mio Amakura (天倉 澪 Amakura Mio )
- Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren, Daphne Alexander (English)
- A 15-year-old girl and Mayu's younger twin sister (though in Minakami Village, she is considered the elder of the two). While the two are visiting their mother Shizu's hometown, Mio becomes trapped in the Lost Village after following Mayu, resulting in both getting lost in the forest. Her sixth sense is weaker (and her will stronger) than her twin sister, making her less vulnerable to ghosts' influence. She feels responsible for Mayu injuring her leg during their childhood, and is very protective of her—in fact, she promised Mayu that she will never leave her behind like before.
- In the canonical ending of Fatal Frame II, "Crimson Butterfly", Mio and Mayu go through with the ritual, with Mio—considered the elder twin by Minakami tradition—strangling her elder sister to death, ending the village's curse. Nonetheless, Mio's actions leave her both shocked and distraught, and she sobs as she chases Mayu's spirit, now a crimson butterfly, to the surface. Mayu briefly makes one last contact with her before vanishing with the other crimson butterflies into the breaking sunrise. In the epilogue, Mio is shown sitting on a bench at the newly-constructed Minakami Dam. As she recalls her promise to Mayu, the camera focuses on her neck, showing a crimson, butterfly-shaped bruise—a sign that the twins have become one.
- In Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, she falls victim to the Manor of Sleep, as she is not over the guilt of killing and leaving Mayu. As Kei, her uncle, tries to follow her, she can be seen following a crimson butterfly, echoing Mayu's situation in Fatal Frame II.
- Mio and Mayu were given a redesign in Project Zero 2: Wii Edition, with their ages changed to 17 years old.
Mayu Amakura (天倉 繭 Amakura Mayu )
- Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Kim Mai Guest, Patricia Gannon (English)
- Mio's elder twin sister, being born first (though in Minakami Village, she is considered the younger of the twins). She has a strong spiritual sense, but this leaves her vulnerable to being influenced and possessed by ghosts. While visiting their childhood playspot at their mother Shizu's hometown, the twins become trapped in the Lost Village after a crimson butterfly lures Mayu into the forest. She walks with a permanent limp after a childhood accident, and depends heavily on Mio. After the accident, the two promised each other that they "would always be together". At certain points in the Lost Village, she becomes possessed by Sae's ghost, who uses her to try and complete the ritual, going so far as to pursue Mio.
- In the canonical ending of Fatal Frame II, "Crimson Butterfly", Mio and Mayu go through with the ritual, with Mayu—considered the younger twin by Minakami tradition—being strangled to death, ending the village's curse. After the rejoicing spirits toss her body into the Hellish Abyss, Mayu emerges as a crimson butterfly, and thanks the shocked Mio, who follows her outside. Before departing with the other butterflies, Mayu makes one last contact with Mio before vanishing with the other crimson butterflies into the breaking sunrise. In the epilogue, the camera focuses on Mio's neck, showing a crimson, butterfly-shaped bruise—a sign that their ritual was a success, that Mayu has become one with her sister.
- Mayu makes a cameo appearance in Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, in the forms of a crimson butterfly and a photograph. In the official Zero Fanbook, Mayu admits to have injured her leg on purpose, as she didn't want Mio to leave her behind.
- Mayu and Mio were redesigned for Project Zero 2: Wii Edition, with their ages changed to 17 years old.
Sae Kurosawa (黑澤 紗重 Kurosawa Sae )
- Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Kim Mai Guest, Patricia Gannon (English)
- Yae's younger twin sister, by Minakami tradition. She was less determined to escape from the ritual than her sister Yae, and was content with them being together. They were separated during their escape attempt, in an accident eerily similar to the time Mayu injured her leg. Sae was brought back to the village, where the priests hanged her above the Hellish Abyss in a desperate attempt to appease it. The attempt failed, and the Repentance occurred. Sae's spirit, now overcome by the Darkness, and that of the Kusabi, returned from the Hellish Abyss to slaughter the villagers.
- During the main events of Fatal Frame II, she begins to influence and lure Mayu around the village, even possessing her at certain points. In the canonical ending, Sae's spirit is laid to rest when the Amakura twins proceed with the ritual.
Itsuki Tachibana (立花 樹月 Tachibana Itsuki )
- Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi (Japanese), Sam Paul Salleta, Cameron Stewart (English)
- Itsuki is the older twin brother of Mutsuki (睦月), though the former was born second; and Chitose's older brother. As Mutsuki was too sickly for any attempt to escape, they performed the ritual hoping their success would spare the Kurosawa twins from the same fate. Their ritual failed, however, and Itsuki tried to help the Kurosawa twins escape. When the villagers discovered what he had done, they imprisoned him in the Tsuchihara storehouse, which was used as the village's prison. He then hanged himself after Sae was recaptured, in hopes of meeting her, Yae, and Mutsuki in the next life.
- In the main events of Fatal Frame II, Mio discovers Itsuki's spirit in the storehouse. Mistaking Mio for Yae Kurosawa, he tries to help Mio rescue Mayu (whom he believes is Sae) and escape from the village, giving various hints and directions to help her reach her sister and secure an escape route. The twins later enter the storehouse to see him, instead discovering a memory of Itsuki's body hanging from the window.
Ryokan Kurosawa (黒澤 良寛 Kurosawa Ryōkan )
- Voiced by: Nigel Carrington
- The ceremony master of the village, and father of Yae and Sae. He was himself a Remaining twin from a ritual, and though he was miserable that his daughters were being forced through the same, he was still determined to use them to save the village. He was killed in the Repentance.
Chitose Tachibana (立花 千歳 Tachibana Chitose )
- Voiced by: Chizu Yonemoto (Japanese), Kim Mai Guest, Julie-Ann Dean (English)
- Younger sister of Itsuki and Mutsuki. She was a shy child with poor vision, and often hid when there were strangers in the house. She was deeply attached to her brothers, and while she never knew what happened to Mutsuki, she blamed Yae for running away and getting Itsuki locked up. When the Repentance came, she hid in a closet, hoping Itsuki would find her. There, she witnessed the souls of Sae and the Kusabi killing several of those in her home. Unable to leave the closet, she died shortly thereafter.
- When Mio explores the Tachibana house thoroughly, she encounters Chitose's spirit, who mistakes her for Yae and demanding that she give Itsuki back to her. The player often finds her in various closets in the house. During battle, she weeps from her final moments in life, sometimes calling for help. Chitose's spirit can actually obscure Mio's (and the player's) field of vision for a brief period of time, making it almost impossible to see Chitose before she attacks.
Seijiro Makabe (真壁 清次郎 Makabe Seijirō )
- Voiced by: Nigel Carrigton
- A traveling folklorist who visited the village, just before its disappearance. He was initially welcomed by the villagers; however, this was merely a ruse, as they wanted to use him as a human sacrifice called a Kusabi (楔). He was captured and tortured, and finally thrown alive into the Abyss. He returned during the Repentance, his soul take over by the Darkness, and began killing the villagers with Sae.
- Makabe's Camera Obscura is the one Mio discovers and uses throughout the game. Up until the last chapter of the game, he cannot be defeated using the Camera Obscura.
Akane Kiryu (桐生 茜 Kiryū Akane )
- Voiced by: Cameron Stewart
- A Twin Shrine Maiden who performed the ceremony before the Tachibana twins. Akane strangled her sister Azami (薊) for the Crimson Butterfly Ritual, but the ritual left her depressed and guilty. To comfort her, her father made her a doll in Azami's image, and they became inseparable. The doll was possessed by an evil spirit, who brainwashed Akane into killing her father when he realized that the doll was evil, and tried to destroy it. Some time after this, the doll sucked out Akane's soul, killing her.
- When Mio explores the Kiryu house, she often encounters Akane's spirit, along with that of her "twin", the possessed Azami doll. The Azami doll takes no damage from the Camera Obscura, which makes defeating both spirits difficult, as they are almost indistinguishable in appearance and movement.
Yoshitatsu Kiryu (桐生 善達 Kiryū Yoshitatsu )
- Voiced by: Tom Shepherd
- A dollmaker, and father to Akane and Azami. He made a doll in Azami's image to comfort his Remaining daughter Akane. When he learned the doll had become possessed, he tried to destroy it, but was killed by Akane, who was controlled by an evil spirit within the doll.
Masumi Makimura (槙村 真澄 Makimura Masumi )
- Voiced by: Charlie Hayes
- A land surveyor sent to investigate the site area of the Minakami Dam. He wandered into the village where he was trapped, and was soon joined by his girlfriend Miyako Sudo, who came looking for him. He was killed by the ghost of the Kusabi whilst trying to find a way out of the village. His spirit, overcome by darkness, returned to Miyako and strangled her to death.
Miyako Sudou (須堂 美也子 Sudō Miyako )
- Voiced by: Leigh-Allyn Baker
- Girlfriend of Masumi Makimura. After Masumi's disappearance, Miyako went looking for him, only to become trapped in the village with him. She was strangled to death by Masumi's ghost after the Kusabi killed him.
- Miyako's spirit is the first hostile ghost that Mio and Mayu encounter in the game. While exploring the Osaka house, they piece together Miyako's written account of her time in the Lost Village (before finally meeting with Masumi). Shortly after, Mayu discovers Miyako's spirit reading over Mio's shoulder, moments before Mio herself does.
Dr. Kunihiko Asou
- Dr. Kunihiko Asou (麻生 邦彦 Asou Kunihiko )
- A Japanese "Occultist" who lived during the late 19th Century, and a key character in the Fatal Frame series. Using Western technology, he developed inventions that would allow him and others to make contact with spirits in the "other world." His inventions include the Camera Obscura, the primary weapon used to photograph (and, throughout the series, mainly defend against) ghosts; the Spirit Stone Radio, introduced in Fatal Frame II as a means to listen to the thoughts and memories of spirits that had been stored in special crystals; a projector capable of displaying ghostly images captured on film that motion picture cameras could not see; and the spirit stone flashlight, a weapon used in Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen.
- According to files in Fatal Frame III, Asou's various inventions were eventually scattered about Japan, and are now heavily sought after by collectors. Some of these inventions somehow make their way into the protagonists' hands.
- A new character who appears in Project Zero 2: Wii Edition's Haunted House mode. A shrine maiden of Minakami Village's Kureha Shrine, she strangled her twin when she was born, becoming a Remaining at birth. Due to this, Kureha's hair has become white, and she has lost touch with her emotions, though sensing the fear of a lost person gives her a faint feeling of happiness. She has given up on life, and waits to rot.
- Kureha acts as the player's guide in the Haunted House, providing the player with a report on how they fared at the end of each level and informing them of the strength of their sixth sense relative to their performance.
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
- Main article: Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
Rei Kurosawa (黒澤 怜 Kurosawa Rei )
- Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Kimberly Brooks (English)
- A 23-year-old freelance photographer who captures a mysterious photo of her deceased fiancé Yuu, whom she had indirectly killed in a car accident she'd caused. Overwhelmed with guilt and desiring to see Yuu again, Rei falls victim to the Manor of Sleep.
Kei Amakura (天倉 螢 Amakura Kei )
- Voiced by: Yusei Oda (Japanese), Josh Keaton (English)
- A 26-year-old nonfiction writer. He is the brother of Shizu Amakura, the mother of Mio and Mayu Amakura from Fatal Frame II, thus making him their uncle. While researching Mayu's disappearance, he finds a Camera Obscura in a lost village that was not marked on maps, which frightens Mio. When Mio begins to sleep more and complain of nightmares, Kei realizes that her symptoms are similar to those described in the Manor of Sleep urban legend, and starts sending his investigations to his friend Yuu Asou, who, unbeknowst to him, died in a car accident. However, Kei's strong connection to Mio draws him into the Manor of Sleep as well.
Reika Kuze (久世 零華 Kuze Reika )
- Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Kimberly Brooks (English)
- Born Reika Yukishiro (雪代 零華 Yukishiro Reika ), Reika was voluntarily adopted by the Kuze family to become the next Tattooed Priestess when an earthquake struck her village and killed her family. Prior to that, she fell in love with Kaname, and despite having to perform the ritual, she hoped to see him again. When they reunite in the Chamber of Thorns and Kaname is killed by Yashuu Kuze in front of her, Reika's pain caused the tattoos on her body to enter her eyes, causing the Unleashing and corrupting her spirit.
- At the end of Fatal Frame III, Rei manages to lay Reika's spirit to rest.
Kyouka Kuze (久世 鏡華 Kuze Kyōka )
- The ceremony matron at the time of the Unleashing. Despite her loyalties to the Kuze family tradition, she was in love with Akito and yearns for him to come back to her, unaware that he was killed by Yashuu. She takes pride in her beautiful, long hair. Kei Amakura's strong resemblance to Akito makes her mistake him for her lost love and attacks him (see below).
Akito Kashiwagi (柏木 秋人 Kashiwagi Akito )
- A traveling folklorist who was allowed into the Kuze household with the sole purpose of producing heirs with Kyouka. However, he fell in love with her and gave her earrings made out of echo stone. Although he planned on escaping the household with Kyouka, Yashuu killed him before he was able to carry those plans out. He bears a strong resemblance to Kei Amakura, which causes Kyouka to mistake Kei for Akito in the Manor of Sleep.
Yashuu Kuze (久世 夜舟 Kuze Yashū )
- The matriarch of the Kuze family and strictly upheld the Kuze family tradition. She murdered both Akito Kashiwagi and his son Kaname Otosuki to uphold the Kuze Code. She was corrupted by the Rift when it was Unleashed by Reika.
Kaname Ototsuki (乙月 要 Ototsuki Kaname )
- Also referred to as "Kaname Kuze" (久世 要 Kuze Kaname ) in Rei's notebook, he was the biological son of Kyouka Kuze and Akito Kashiwagi. However, as males were forbidden in the Kuze household, he was to be a victim of infanticide by being thrown down a well. Instead, Kyouka chose to smuggle him into a nearby village and gave him the echo stone earrings Akito had given her, hoping that Akito would find him one day to adopt him. As Kaname grew up, he fell in love with Reika, but left their village before the earthquake struck. He later began to dream about Reika, with which he spoke to Dr. Kunihiko Asou about. Shortly after, he returned to the mansion to see Reika, but was murdered by Yashuu shortly after their reunion.
Amane Kuze (久世 雨音 Kuze Amane )
- Handmaiden of the South, one of the Handmaidens who were appointed to attend to the Tattooed Priestess. She was the biological daughter of Kyouka Kuze and an unknown man. When she first saw Kaname, she immediately recognized him as her half-brother by the echo stone earring he wore and helped him reunite with Reika in the Chamber of Thorns. However, as she had violated the traditions, she was punished to die by being staked to the ground by the other handmaidens. As a ghost, Amane tries to help Miku reunite with her brother Mafuyu. Amane is the only non-violent Handmaiden in the game, though the player can battle her in Mission Mode.
Hisame Kuze (久世 冰雨 Kuze Hisame )
- Handmaiden of the North, eldest of the Handmaidens who were appointed to attend to the Tattooed Priestess.
Shigure Kuze (久世 時雨 Kuze Shigure )
- Handmaiden of the West, one of the Handmaidens who were appointed to attend to the Tattooed Priestess. In the game texts, she is the only handmaiden who regrets her actions.
Minamo Kuze (久世 水面 Kuze Minamo )
- Handmaiden of the East, one of the Handmaidens who were appointed to attend to the Tattooed Priestess. According to in-game texts, Minamo took pleasure in inflicting pain on others, especially in staking priestesses.
Tengai Narumi (鳴海 天涯 Narumi Tengai )
- The Head Carpenter at the time of the Unleashing. He was in charge of making the physical enclosure for the Kuze Shrine where the tattoo priestess was engraved. He also murdered all the Shrine Carpenters (and committed suicide) to create Pillar sacrifices for the hidden shrine that enclosed the "miasma".
Yoshino Takigawa (瀧川 吉乃 Takigawa Yoshino )
- The survivor of a plane crash that took the lives of her family and her fiancé, Naoya (直哉). While hospitalized, she was led into the Manor of Sleep as she dreamed about Naoya, leading to her affliction of the Tattooed Curse. She is the first victim Rei Kurosawa runs into, but she is spirited away when the tattoo takes over her body.
Kiriko Asanuma (淺沼 切子 Asanuma Kiriko )
- The survivor of a burglary of which led her parents and brother to be murdered. After hiding in her house and becoming reclusive, she falls victim to the Manor of Sleep and is spirited away. Her fate gives rise to an urban legend about "a woman on all fours."
Yuu Asou (麻生 優雨 Asō Yū )
- Voiced by: Takuya Kuroda (Japanese), JD Cullum (English)
- A 24-year-old folklorist and editor, and a direct decendant of Dr. Asou. He is friends with Kei Amakura and Mafuyu Hinasaki, the latter from the original Fatal Frame. Yuu was engaged to Rei, but was killed in a car accident when she lost control of the wheel. Prior to his death, he and Kei had been exchanging letters about the rumored Manor of Sleep. In the end of Fatal Frame III, his spirit appears in front of Rei, absorbs her tattoos, and tells her to live on as he passes onto the other side.
- Ruri (ルリ, lit. Lapis lazuli) is Miku's black and white cat. The player can find her in different places in Rei's house. Ruri sometimes acts as a kind of ghost detector, as she notices things that aren't quite right with the house before Rei or Miku do.
Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen
- Main article: Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen
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Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
- Main article: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
The game's protagonist is the player, who received a package containing a purple diary—the rumored "Diary of Faces". The player never speaks, instead using the Camera Obscura (their Nintendo 3DS) to interact with their surroundings.
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- Maya is an amnesiac girl whom the player encounters in the house, and accompanys the player throughout the game.
Kaito Hasebe (長谷部 海斗 Hasebe Kaito )
- Kaito was a journalist who was looking for his sister Shiori, who had vanished due to the Diary of Faces. Caught in the same curse that killed Shiori, he has been driven insane, and attacks the player as a faceless ghost.
Koji, The Masked Boy
- Koji (Akira (アキラ) in the Japanese version), also known as "the Masked Boy", is a boy the player encounters while investigating the diary. He challenges the player to a "game" of hide-and-seek; to win, the player must photograph the page in the Diary that corresponds with the clue he gives them. After the player wins, Koji tries to help the player and Maya, but the Woman in Black catches him and takes his face before he can. After solving another Diary puzzle, Koji attacks the player as a vengeful spirit; after defeating him, Koji leaves behind Maya's brooch.
The Woman in Black
Woman in Black (黒い服の女 Kuroifuku no On'na )
- The Woman in Black is the primary antagonist of Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. According to Maya, she lures people into the diary, and "takes their faces" by stitching their eyes and mouths closed. In reality, this woman is also named Maya (魔夜), the original Maya's "sister" from within the Diary. Although this Maya was never actually alive, she became overcome by the evil spirit during the Tokoyomi Ritual, during which the real Maya, whom she shared a forbidden bond with, was knocked unconscious.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 雛咲真冬 (March 2002) (in Japanese) 『零～zero～』小説版 [Zero Novelization] (Novelization) Dengeki Bunko p. 257 ISBN 978-4840220651 "雛咲真冬は、駆け出しのジャーナリスト。そんな彼の元に、ある日奇妙な依頼があった。打ち合わせに向かう真冬を、妹の深紅が止める。「お願いだから、行かないで」と。妹が霊感が強いことを知っている真冬は不吉な予感を覚えるが、仕事を断るわけにはいかず出掛けた。かくして、深紅の予言は的中する。平凡な日常は崩壊し、真冬は何かに導かれるように一軒の古い屋敷を訪れていた...。2001年12月に発売されて以来、日本中を恐怖に陥れている和風ホラーの傑作、「零~zero~」を独自の視点から描いた本格ホラーノベル、ここに登場。"
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (4 March 2002)
- ↑ "零〜刺青の聲〜 シュジンコウ 雛咲 深紅". Tecmo.co.jp. http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero3/z022.htm. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (2005-07-28) "Miku: Now I understand. These tattoos...are my punishment for living. For living on...for surviving...that day... Ever since I was a child I've been able to see things other people can't. My brother was the only one who understood me... That's how...I know...we're going to die."
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Notes: Miku Hinasaki (in-game file). (2005-07-28) "Miku has gone. Has she gone to the one she longs for, her brother? Is her decision...the right one?"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Miku Hinasaki (in-game file). (28 July 2005) "Rei: Miku Hinasaki, younger sister of Yuu's best friend. She lives with me now and works as my assistant. I haven't met her brother. Yuu told me she had lost a relative in an accident. She helps me out in all kinds of ways - not just with work. She's cheerful and hard-working. If not for her I don't know how I would have made it through after Yuu passed away..."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Mafuyu Notes 1 (in-game file). (4 March 2002) "Mafuyu Hinasaki: Himuro Mansion was once that home of a large landowner that controlled vast areas of land. They also say that the site held some special significance that had to do with Shinto rituals of the region. (I couldn't find any detailed books about these Shinto rituals, though.) The last master of the Himuro family line massacred his entire household. Later, another family that tried to live there disappeared. Because of incidents like these, nobody visits the mansion today, and it lies in ruins. Maybe that's why there aren't any accounts of the Shinto rituals, and why the exact location of the place isn't recorded anywhere.
I've had a bad feeling ever since I came to this mansion. I'm leaving notes in this notebook just in case anything happens to me. I've got to find Mr. Takamine and the others fast...I hope it's not too late!"
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Green Diary 1 (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Ryozo Munakata: It's been at least 10 years since I last came here with my father. The village still looks exactly the same. Coming here when I was a boy was what made me want to become a folklorist. I wonder how Itsuki and Mutsuki are doing? The letter Itsuki sent worries me... I asked around, and was told that Itsuki and Mutsuki died of an illness. There was no mention of anything like this in the letters we exchanged. I looked through Itsuki's writings. His family were covering it up, but I found that he was looking for a way out of the village. Since he was a little boy, he was always afraid of some sort of "ceremony". I wonder if he ran away from the village? If not, then he has to be here somewhere."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Green Diary 5 (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Ryozo Munakata: Itsuki, I pray that you read this. I can't stay in this village any longer. I told Yae and Sae that I would come for them on the day of the ceremony. After they make it out of the village, I'll take care of them. Don't worry. When I get them out, I'll come back for you next.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Mio's Memo: One Girl (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "They say only one young girl escaped the lost village before it disappeared. That girl was Yae, the older sister of the last of the Twin Shrine Maidens. Yae loved Sae too much to perform the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual, so she and Sae ran from the village on the day of the ritual. But Sae fell from the mountain path, and the two got separated. Yae looked for Sae, but got lost in the mountain. When she got back, the village was gone. Ryozo Munakata found Yae crying where the village used to be. He had left the village once after getting a note from Makabe, but he came back on the day of the ceremony to fulfill his promise to Itsuki. He took care of Yae, who had lost her memory, and the two eventually got married."
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Mio's Memo: Twin Order (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Misao Asou: Nowadays, when twins are born, we think of the one born first as being the older brother or sister. But All God's Village thought the "superior", or "older", twin would let the "lesser", or "younger", twin born first. In the same way, throughout ancient Japan, the twin born first was considered to be (the) younger brother or sister, and the one born second the older twin. But on December 13th, 1874, an edict proclaimed the one born first was the older twin. From that day, that became the accepted rule."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (4 March 2002)
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Black Notebook Scrap 1 (in-game file). (4 March 2002) "Junsei Takamine: A series of murders in a country village. Dead bodies turn up one after another. Murders that resemble cruel Shinto rituals of legend in the area. The acts of a man sworn to revenge, and the strange correlation between those acts and the folklore. The man is gradually more and more influenced by the legends. The work will be the story of this man, proceeding in parallel with the tales of the local lore. Records of the past discovered after an earthquake. The story gradually blurs the boundary between the present and the past.
About Himuro Mansion
Himuro Mansion is known as the home of a large landowner who controlled this region. But they say it was originally the place a shrine was built for performing a certain Shinto ritual, passed down through the generations. But the people of that time kept the ritual a deep, dark secret. They were even forbidden to speak its name aloud. Today, almost no accounts of the ritual exist, aside from a smattering of folklore legends."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Black Notebook Scrap 6 (in-game file). (4 March 2002) "I'm about to go to the shrine deep within Himuro Mansion, where they say a piece of the true holy mirror is kept. The curse has already left its mark on my four limbs. There's no escaping it. About the only thing left now that I can do is try to reseal the Hell Gate. It's my last hope. I've already found four of the Buddha statues I need to get a piece of the mirror. And I've managed to find an old document that tells of the location of the fifth statue.
"Make observance to the Buddha,If all goes well, no one will ever have to read these notes, and I can use them towards the content of my next book. In closing, I would like to thank my assistant and my partner, Tomoe Hirasaka. If it weren't for the words she left with me, I wouldn't have been able to complete this, my final work. If I don't return, please give her a decent burial.
At the base of the large gate,
So that the souls of the piteous maidens,
Can reach up to the heavens."
Signed: Junsei Takamine, September 15th"
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Introduction. (27 November 2003) "Mio: Mayu, about that time back then... […] Mayu! Where are you going?!"
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 "零 〜眞紅の蝶〜 : 澪と繭". Nintendo.co.jp. Nintendo. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/sl2j/#/character. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Dunham, Jeremy (19 November 2003). "Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Review". IGN. https://www.ign.com/articles/2003/11/19/fatal-frame-ii-crimson-butterfly. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 18.9 "零 〜眞紅の蝶〜". Nintendo.co.jp. Nintendo. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/sl2j/#/village. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (28 July 2005) "Kei: This picture... Mio and Mayu were always close, even for twin sisters. When Mayu was little, she fell from a cliff and crippled her leg. Mio, who was with her, felt that it was her fault. So, Mio stayed close by Mayu ever since. Mayu also depended on Mio for everything... About two months ago, they both went back to my sister's hometown, where they used to play when they were younger... It was there that... Mio must have thought that that was her fault as well... All the life just seemed to go right out of her. It must have been about... a month later than Mio started... dreaming of Mayu... And then... At this rate, Mio will disappear, too... If that happens... I've got to save Mio. I can't give up yet!"
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Ending: Crimson Butterfly. (2003-11-27) "Mayu: We can't be together forever...but, with this...we can become one. Kill me..."
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Notes: Mio Amakura (in-game file). (2005-07-28) "Mio Amakura went missing about two months ago with her sister Mayu. Only Mio was rescued."
- ↑ "Iwata Asks | 1. The Worst Happy Ending Imaginable". Iwata Asks: Project Zero 2: Wii Edition. Nintendo. 2013-03-24. http://www.nintendo.co.uk/Iwata-Asks/Iwata-Asks-Project-Zero-2-Wii-Edition/Iwata-Asks-Project-Zero-2-Wii-Edition/1-The-Worst-Happy-Ending-Imaginable/1-The-Worst-Happy-Ending-Imaginable-218277.html. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
- ↑ "Iwata Asks | 2. "I've Seen Ghosts!"". Iwata Asks: Project Zero 2: Wii Edition. Nintendo. 2013-03-24. http://www.nintendo.co.uk/Iwata-Asks/Iwata-Asks-Project-Zero-2-Wii-Edition/Iwata-Asks-Project-Zero-2-Wii-Edition/2-I-ve-Seen-Ghosts-/2-I-ve-Seen-Ghosts--218325.html. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
- ↑ ファミ通書籍編集部 (2004). 零~紅い蝶~ 公式完全攻略本魂鎮ノ書. エンターブレイン. p. 175. ISBN 9784757717596.
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 コーエーテクモゲームス出版部, ed. (September 2012) (in Japanese) 零~眞紅の蝶~ 攻略&設定資料集くれなゐの杜 [Zero ~Shinku no Chou~ Walkthrough & Data Collection Book] (Game guidebook) Koei ISBN 978-4775808528
- ↑ コーエーテクモゲームス出版部, ed. (September 2012) (in Japanese) 零~眞紅の蝶~ 攻略&設定資料集くれなゐの杜 [Zero ~Shinku no Chou~ Walkthrough & Data Collection Book] (Game guidebook) Koei pp. 4–11 ISBN 978-4775808528 "[The basis for Mio's design in Akai Chou was, "Conscious of her predisposition to gaining weight easily, she joined a local ballet class. She came to like the maker of the tutu she bought to use for practise there, and bought clothes from a brand that was in the same keiretsu." Her design in Shinku no Chou, too, follows this, with additions to her back and shoulders to catch the eye.]
[Mayu's design was based on the idea that she chose clothes from the same brand as Mio's, but ones that would give her a different silhouette. Since in the game you so often see her from the front, we concentrated on giving her distinguishing features from this angle. The slits were put into the shoulders so that when she moves her arms it looks like the way the wings of a butterfly move. Mayu also always observed the ballet class, doing sitting gymnastics in the corner, watching Mio the whole time.]"
- ↑ (in Japanese) 零(zero) 零~紅い蝶~恐怖ファンブック怨霊の刻 [Fatal Frame Fanbook] (Information/art collection book) Junichi Nakamura (illustrator) Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd. 17 June 2004 pp. 1–95 ISBN 9784408616230
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Folklorist's Note 10 (in-game file). (2003-11-27) "Seijiro Makabe: Twin Shrine Maidens are sacrificed in the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual. Boys are sometimes used as well. In this case, they are called Altar Twins. The people of this region believe that twins were once a single being, which was split into two at birth. The ceremony is based on the belief that when the two bodies reunited as one, the Shrine Maiden will gain the power of a deity. The text says "the older sister must ** the younger and throw her into the *". The ** part must refer to the most horrible part of the ritual, probably some kind of "sacrifice"."
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Folklorist's Note 12 (in-game file). (2003-11-27) "Seijiro Makabe: Twins play an important part in the ritual. In recent years, the government issued a decree that the first twin to come out is the eldest. Each region used to have its own rules until that decree was made. When I asked the Ceremony Master about the village's rules, he grinned and said that tradition is tradition. This village still practices the old way. The twin that is born second is considered the elder."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (27 November 2003) "Sae: [laughter] Go ahead! Everyone, die..."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Bound Diary 1 (in-game file). (2003-11-27) "Itsuki Tachibana: If we perform the Crimson Sacrifice, then Yae and Sae will not need to go through with the ritual. But if our ritual fails, they will be the only ones left for the next sacrifice. I have to get Yae and Sae out of this village. The horror has to stop. There has to be another way. I cannot let Yae and Sae suffer like this..."
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 32.2 http://gamesites.nintendo.com.au/project-zero-2-wii-edition/
- ↑ "零〜紅い蝶〜・世界・怨霊紹介". Tecmo.co.jp. http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero2/onryo.htm. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Red Speckled Crystal (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Chitose Tachibana: Somebody... help me... help me... It's dark... I'm scared... Itsuki... Help me... Help me... It's dark... They're... everywhere... I can't get out..."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Crimson Diary 1 (in-game file). (2003-11-27) "Chitose Tachibana: Both inside and outside are pitch black. Nobody is in the house, but I feel a presence. Itsuki! Help me! I'm so scared. I can't get out of the closet. Help me Itsuki!"
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Mio's Memo: Chitose Tachibana (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Chitose Tachibana was Itsuki and Mutsuki's younger sister. Deeply attached to her brothers, she hated Yae and Sae for getting Itsuki locked up when he helped them escape. She now thinks Mio is Yae, and attacks her. A delicate child, she always hid in the closet whenever outsiders came to the house to visit. When The Repentance came, she hid in the closet to get away from the darkness. Too afraid to come out, she witnessed the entire massacre from inside. Chitose died in that closet..."
- ↑ Tecmo Koei. Project Zero 2: Wii Edition. (Nintendo). Wii. (29 June 2012) "Chitose: [weeping] It's so dark, Mutsuki... I don't like it... Help me..."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (27 November 2003) "Seijiro Makabe (flashback): So this is... All God's Village. The ritual that cannot be spoken about... and the place that cannot be seen. If I take a picture of that place..."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Folklorist's Note 1 (in-game file). (2003-11-27) "Seijiro Makabe: The Ceremony Master, Mr. Kurosawa, gave me a very warm welcome. The village has no "chief". The Ceremony Master presides over the village. I wonder if this village was founded by people who wanted to preserve their sacred rituals and festivals? Most notable among All God's folklore is the "gate to hell" legend that has been passed down for years. It is an archetypal tale of a gate or hole that marks the border to the world of the dead, also called Hades, the underworld, or the netherworld. It is a forbidden place that is feared and hated, but it is also worshipped as well. The idea of hell has been a core belief of humans since ancient times. This village supports the theory that the belief is universal. The Forbidden Ritual regarding this "gate to hell" that takes place here is something no one is allowed to see or speak of. This strict taboo is probably the result of a ceremony concerning the border with hell coming closer to the living world. Villagers lead a simple life. Deep in the mountains, they struggled to forage food for their daily meals. The village has little contact with the outside world. They continue to practice the ways of old frozen in time."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Folklorist's Note 9 (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Seijiro Makabe: Activity outside the cell is bustling. It seems that the Hidden Ceremony is very near. I hope Munakata made it out of this village. If the "gate to hell" known as Hellish Abyss really does exist, I will be able to see it with my own eyes tomorrow. Even if I am to be thrown into it as sacrifice, I am at least happy that I can see this forbidden place at last."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (27 November 2003) "Seijiro Makabe: The time has come to see the Hellish Abyss... to become a Kusabi."
- ↑ 42.0 42.1 42.2 Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (2003-11-27) "Seijiro Makabe (flashback): So this is the Camera Obscura… It takes pictures of impossible things… […] What was that?! … I can't believe… So it's true… This thing is too dangerous… […] / Mio: [as the vision ends] The Camera Obscura…"
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Doll Maker Note 4 (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Yoshitatsu Kiryu: I saw Azami, even though she should be in the ✻ now... She was asking me to kill the Azami Doll. I have made a grave mistake. The twins had at last become one again... I was wrong to make that doll. I think Azami was trying to tell me where the head and hands of the doll are hidden. They're hidden in a box, somewhere in the house..."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: News Clipping (in-game file). (2003-11-27) "Geological Surveyor Missing With the start of construction for All God's Dam approaching, Masumi Makimura (26), a geological surveyor dispatched to the area, has gone missing. Mr. Makimura went to the area to investigate the site that would be submerged once the dam was built, but hasn't been heard from for five days."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Village Report 2 (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Masumi Makimura: According to the records, this house used to belong to the powerful Tsuchihara family. In this village, the Osaka, Kiryu, and Tachibana families were also influential. Each house had its own crest, and held power in the village. As a group they were also in charge of a special ritual. Each was a branch of the Kurosawa family, who administered to the ceremony. They performed the role of priests. The Kurosawa name is scattered throughout the literature, but no concrete information was written. I have no doubt that they held absolute power though. Where in the world did the villagers go? And how do you get out of this village? The answers to these questions lie within the Kurosawa house. I'm not sure how I know, but I have a strong feeling about this."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Village Report 5 (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Masumi Makimura: How many days have I been in the village? 2? Maybe 3? It feels as if I've been here for years. In this village of endless night, it's easy to lose all sense of time. Miyako is utterly exhausted. Sometimes she manages to give me a weak smile, but it only makes me more uncomfortable. Physically and mentally, she's at the end of her strength. I haven't found a way out yet, but sifting through the material I gathered in the village again, I found a clue. A gigantic underground tunnel, called a passageway, connects all the important locations in the village. It is used for travel between the houses during the ceremony, and also to store important items. It's difficult to estimate the scale of the passages from the map, but there is sure to be a way out through there. I didn't find any information about the entrance to a passageway. However, there must be a clue somewhere in the Kurosawa house, as they presided over the ceremony. I've decided to leave Miyako here and search the Kurosawa house alone. I'll find a way out of the village and then come back for her."
- ↑ 47.0 47.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Mio's Memo: Miyako's End (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "Masumi and Miyako, who had come looking for him, finally ran into each other in the lost village. Together, they looked for a way out, but Miyako got hurt and had to be left in the Osaka House. Masumi went into the Kurosawa House looking for clues, but got killed by the "Kusabi" there. Miyako, waiting alone in the Osaka House for Masumi, was attacked by his dead spirit. All she could do was beg to know why as Masumi's ghost began strangling her..."
- ↑ 48.0 48.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Level/area: Chapter One: The Lost Village/Osaka House. (27 November 2003) "Mio: She also became trapped here... She came into this house looking for her boyfriend, and then...where did she go? / Mayu: This place…must be… / Miyako: Why…? / Mayu: Huh? [turns to see Miyako's spirit reading over Mio's shoulder] Ah—! Mio! / Mio: [turns to look at Mayu] Mayu? / Miyako: Why? / Mio: [slowly turns to look over her other shoulder] Ah!"
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Mio's Memo: Spirit Stone Radio (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "The Spirit Stone Radio was a modified crystal radio set that used crystals as part of its circuitry. It picked up voices from the spirit world. It was created by Dr. Aso, who also designed the Camera Obscura. Dr. Aso, after giving Makabe the Camera Obscura prototype and the Spirit Stone Radio, travelled Japan seeking ways to complete his Camera Obscura, but died unexpectedly. His death meant the principles behind how the devices captured the spirit would remain a mystery."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Mio's Memo: The Camera Obscura (in-game file). (27 November 2003) "The "Camera Obscura" is a special camera created by Dr. Aso to capture supernatural phenomenon that couldn't be seen with the naked eye. It was designed to photograph visions of the past and spirit entities, but it was a prototype and its functions hadn't been fully tested. Photographing "things that ordinary people can't see" with this camera had an exorcismal effect. Seijiro Makabe, a folklorist who had come to investigate All God's Village, borrowed this camera from Dr. Aso to photograph the village's rumoured Forbidden Ritual. Dr. Kunihiko Aso was a folklorist who studied the spirit world. He modified the latest gadgets of his time, the camera, radio and projector, trying to create a machine that could capture supernatural phenomenon. He was shunned by the academic world but became friends with Makabe."
- ↑ Tecmo Koei. Project Zero 2: Wii Edition. (Nintendo). Wii. (29 June 2012)
- ↑ "零〜刺青の聲〜 シュジンコウ 黒澤 怜". Tecmo.co.jp. http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero3/z021.htm. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- ↑ 53.0 53.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Notes: Yuu Asou (in-game file). (2005-07-28) "Rei: He passed away two months ago in an accident caused by my careless driving."
- ↑ "零〜刺青の聲〜 イントロダクション". Tecmo.co.jp. http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero3/z040.htm. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
- ↑ Various (20 December 2005) (in Japanese) 零~刺青ノ聲~コミックアンソロジー [Zero ~Shisei no Koe~ Comic Anthology] (Comic collection) Kobunsha p. 162 ISBN 978-4334806293
- ↑ "零〜刺青の聲〜 シュジンコウ 天倉 螢". Tecmo.co.jp. http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero3/z023.htm. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Letter from Kei 6 (in-game file). (2005-07-28) "Kei: In the dream I had the other day, I saw Mio deep in the Manor. It looked like she was after her missing sister Mayu. I guess it has weighed on me. When I wake, the pain and tattoo spread, just like the story says. If I don't hurry, I may also go missing, like the urban legend says."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Level/area: Rei's House. (28 July 2005) "Reika Kuze (Spirit Stone Radio): I want to see you again. I know I can't see you again, but still, if I could just see you once more... once more... just one more time..."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (28 July 2005) "Reika Kuze: [to Rei] Please... Let me sleep…"
- ↑ 60.0 60.1 Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (2005-07-28) "Kyouka: You said you would come back!"
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (2005-07-28) "Kei Lookalike: A photo left on the mirror stand in the room where the woman was combing her hair. It looks like Kei."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Old Tape "Ototsuki" (in-game file). (28 July 2005) "Yes, I'm Kaname. Kaname Ototsuki. …Snow was falling, there was a big manor, and inside it there was an old shrine... I could hear singing... She's in there... Reika is in there. No, further in. It was much deeper... darker... like somewhere under water. … N-No. I'm talking about my dream. But it was a very vivid dream. It was lifelike. I've heard that there was a place like this in the village where I was found. A place... where you can meet the dead. Like a rift... to the other side.. There... is a shrine there. Where you can offer up your pain... … Huh? Yes. Tha-That's right, Kuze. The Kuze Shrine. There Reika... accepted... the tattoos. The pain... and in the end... I must go back... to the Manor, I've got to see Reika. If I see her I don't know what I'll do. But if I don't go, she'll..."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: "The Other World" (in-game file). (28 July 2005) "Kunihiko Asou: I'm soliciting test subjects for my research on dreams as the border between life and death. It was difficult to find someone who could speak clearly about their dreams, but I found someone who seemed to know of the "Other World." The man has had the same dream for several months in a row. The dream is how I describe below.
1. He first notices he is standing before a small, snow-covered shrine.
2. He has seen the shrine before, but only vaguely remembers it. He has, however, heard of a shrine like it in his hometown.
3. From deep in the shrine he hears the voice of the girl he left behind.
4. Beckoned by the voice, each day he goes a little further into his dream shrine.
Up to this point, this is a plausible dream generated from the desire for home and love. Next is where his statement becomes interesting.
5. An ancient ceremony is held there and one can meet the deceased.
6. There is a huge cave deep in the shrine and a huge river flows there. There is a large pit and the base of it is the sea.
This statement is clearly about the "Other World", particularly the "Underworld". According to his story, there is a legend in his hometown about the Other World and dreams and much of his dream congrues with it. I recorded his talk on his dreams for four days, compiled below. He is from the Mutsu region, where they have an ancient legend about a sea called the "Sea of Endless Night" that exists in the mountains. There they have many legends related to dreams. For example, dreams are called "the Rift" and traverse "the border between the Other world and the real world." If you continue to have nightmares, the deceased apparently return from the underworld. The shrine exists in order to prevent the nightmares. There resides a priestess who sleeps in the Rift and will take on the nightmare. The voice he hears may be that of the priestess that sleeps in the shrine of the Other World, communicating the existence of "the Rift". The morning after the day I recorded his testimonial on the gramophone, he suddenly disappeared, leaving behind all his luggage. Did he go to see the woman from his hometown? The earring he left is made of "Echo Stone" and since ancient times has been said to communicate thought. Perhaps I can use it to modify the Crystal Receiver."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Green Diary (in-game file). (28 July 2005) "Shigure Kuze: Amane led a man into the shrine. The head of the family is so angry. If the priestess wakes up, the commandment will be broken and the Rift will spread. The family head teaches all the handmaidens so hard so that they won't forget their duties. The head of the family ordered that Amane be impaled and that her brother be cast out of the manor. Because of the duties of the handmaidens and the duties of the Kuze Shrine, there was no other choice. Amane, I'm sorry."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Gray Diary (in-game file). (28 July 2005) "Minamo Kuze: I wonder if being impaled hurts. I wonder which hurts worse, having the stake go in a little bit at a time, or having it stabbed through all at once. I wonder if they die if the stake goes all the way through. I wonder if it matters if they die. I want to impale a real priestess soon."
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Rei's Notes. (28 July 2005) "Yoshino Takigawa. The only survivor of a plane crash. The photo she left shows her with a man who seems to be her boyfriend. The photo is creased where she has clutched it tight. In another photo, I caught a glimpse of him lurking in the shadows around her. Surrounded by her boyfriend and family she is trapped in her dreams, tortured by her feelings of guilt about what happened… Guilty of the sin of having survived…"
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. Scene: Notes: Woman On All Fours (in-game file). (2005-07-28) "The woman on all fours who attacked me inside the dream manor. Miku used her photo to track down a newspaper report about her. The story concerned a woman who disappeared after getting caught up in a murder and being locked away. Kiriko Asanuma. Could that be her?"
- ↑ Tecmo. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. (Tecmo). PlayStation 2. (2005-07-28) "Yuu: When you... When you die, then I will be gone forever. As long as you go on living, a part of me will live on. … That's why, I need you to live."
- ↑ "零〜刺青の聲〜 コラム". Tecmo.co.jp. http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero3/z060.htm. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
- ↑ "零 〜月蝕の仮面〜". Nintendo.co.jp. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/r4zj/index.html. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- ↑ 71.0 71.1 71.2 71.3 "零 〜月蝕の仮面〜". Nintendo.co.jp. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/r4zj/cast.html. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- ↑ "零 〜月蝕の仮面〜（つきはみのかめん）". Tecmo.co.jp. http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero4/. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- ↑ 小学館, ed (17 October 2008) (in Japanese). 零~月蝕の仮面~: 任天堂公式ガイドブック (Game guidebook). 任天堂, Tecmo. 小学館. p. 128. ISBN 9784091064288. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/r4zj/book/index.html.
- ↑ Tecmo Koei. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. (Nintendo). Nintendo 3DS. Level/area: Old House. (2012-04-13) "? (Woman in Black): I've been waiting... / Narrative: Who is that? Who's there? [looks to the right, at the door] / ? (Maya): Don't open it! She's in there! / Narrative: That voice was so close. Like someone was right here... [turns around. A girl in white walks toward the player.]"
- ↑ Tecmo Koei. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. (Nintendo). Nintendo 3DS. (2012-04-13)
- ↑ Tecmo Koei. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. (Nintendo). Nintendo 3DS. Scene: The Lost Boy's Invitation (in-game file). (2012-04-13) "Koji: Come play with me
If you win, you get
If you lose, you have
You can't escape. I'm waiting for you..."
- ↑ Tecmo Koei. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. (Nintendo). Nintendo 3DS. (2012-04-13) "Woman in Black: I've been waiting…"
- ↑ Tecmo Koei. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. (Nintendo). Nintendo 3DS. Level/area: Reality. (2012-04-13) "Narrative: I'm...back. What was that? Did this camera...view the supernatural? / ? (Maya): Where...am I? Are you... Were you in the house? Can you hear me? If you can, look this way. [The player uses the Camera Obscura (Nintendo 3DS) to find the girl from earlier.] / ? (Maya): ... Did you look? Did you open the door? You didn't? [sighs] That's...good. But why were you there? [...] My name is...Maya. I've been trapped in that house for so long. So long... Then you appeared, and...now I'm here. Behind that door is...the woman in black. She brings people into that house, imprisons them...and takes their faces."
- ↑ "Another Story". 心霊カメラ 〜憑いてる手帳〜：プロダクションノート. Nintendo. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/alcj/productionnote/anotherstory.html. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- ↑ "Report". 心霊カメラ 〜憑いてる手帳〜：プロダクションノート. Nintendo. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/alcj/productionnote/report.html. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
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