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YMMV: Corpse Party
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Ayumi took first place in the Japanese poll. As for the western audience, well... see below.
  • Base Breaker: Naomi rubs some players the wrong way for her excessive Tsundere tendencies.
  • Breather Level: In Book of Shadows, the incredibly long "Shangri-La" and short but viciously difficult "Mire" are followed by "Tooth", a short, straightforward episode with only one, very obvious Wrong End and no real risk of succumbing to Darkening.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole soundtrack. Nicely ambient in all the right places too.
    • Corpse Party: Blood Covered: Repeated Fear's opening, Shangri-La. The ending theme is pretty sweet, too.
    • Massacre, which serves as Sachiko's theme is awesome for being equally mysterious and threatening, setting the mood for the finale.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The main criticism for Book of Shadows is that none of the characters were sympathetic or likable and that all of the gore and killing felt it lacked any good meaning or taste.
    • The OVA Tortured Souls is beginning to get the same reaction, mostly because nearly everyone dies, and mostly in very gory and meaningless ways that serve little purpose other than shock value. Especially the ending.
  • Fan Nickname: X Seed's forum has taken to calling Tokiko Tsuji (one of the murdered ghost children) "Gurgles".
  • Fridge Brilliance: Out of all of the ghost children, why is Yuki Kanno the one to show Ayumi and Yoshiki what really happened? It makes sense that Tokiko Tsuji couldn't, since she's still unintelligible even after getting her tongue back since the top half of her head is missing, but why not Ryou Yoshizawa, who only lost his tongue? Because Yuki is the only one who saw the face of the real killer!
  • Fridge Horror: Plenty of in-universe moments as the plot is pieced together, but one of the biggest involves a splattered corpse used for a bit of dark humour early on... mainly, who it turns out to be.
    • This is essentially the niche appeal of the game. You're given enough detail to comprehend the situation, but the rest is left to a horrifying imagination.
  • Fridge Logic: If you die in Tenjin, the outside world completely forgets about your existence. However, Naho's blog instructions survive despite her dying in Tenjin.
    • This is eventually addressed in the Blood Drive chapter of Book of Shadows.
      • There is also the question of what would happen should a person escape Tenjin while possessed by one of the spirits residing within Tenjin. Specially given Book of Shadows has Ayumi possessed by multiple spirits.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The various Cruel And Unusual Deaths are accompanied by the corresponding sounds when people's eye sockets are stabbed with scissors or their tongues are cut out. While they're still conscious but unable to fight back!!! Sweet dreams...
    • This game is also heavily commended for the amazing voice-acting that gives a disturbing level of realism to the script, whether this means sobs in terror or screams of anguish as they're being brutually murdered or just saw their friends die.
  • Ho Yay: Seiko likes to tease Naomi with this, along with baiting her about her crush on Satoshi. The splash images for their chapters love playing this up as well by posing the two girls in various embraces. The first promotional images for Book of Shadows follow the same motif. In the drama CD based on a Wrong End where Yoshiki ends up Buried Alive, Yoshiki has a hallucination where everyone is in love with him. Including Satoshi and Sakutarou. Including Kizami, who he never meets in-game (except as the "Anatomical Model" in the Science Room). In Extra Chapter 9, after accidentally breaking Sakutarou's glasses, Yoshiki has to walk him home. Sakutarou links arms with Yoshiki, who accuses him of feeling him up. It should also be noted that Satoshi and Yoshiki are on a First Name Basis, which is a bit unusual for teenage boys in Japan, plus Yoshiki's profile states that the reason Yoshiki goes along with school events is because of Ayumi and Satoshi. In Chapter 4, Satoshi hears a conversation between Naomi and Seiko just before finding Naomi hanging in the toilet stall about a Noodle Incident where Yoshiki actually touched Satoshi's crotch.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Naomi, a snappish, petty girl who embodies some of the worst stereotypes of a Tsundere... and pays dearly for them.
    • The ghost children (you know, the ones who cut out your tongue and stab out your eye if they catch you and kill Mayu by ramming her repeatedly into a wall) become this once you find out how they died. It turns out they aren't so bad once they get their respective body parts back.
    • Sachiko, herself might count. She witnessed the principal killing her mother and was killed as a result (plus, the principal later went back and cut out her tongue). On her birthday! To keep her mother from getting lonely, she started killing children to send to her. Eventually, she went crazy and started killing because she enjoyed it.
  • Nausea Fuel: see Hell Is That Noise and the Nightmare Fuel page for details. I dare you...
  • Nightmare Fuel: The game's title should clue you in.
  • Retroactive Recognition: This game was one of the first big roles for MANY popular voice actors of this generation. Some of them (like Tetsuya Kakihara and Tomokazu Sugita) have achieved MEGA stardom since this game.
  • Squick: Most of the game...
  • The Scrappy: Ayumi, for being The Load for most of the game due to being possessed so often, which leads to the player having to tread very carefully or get a Wrong End. Even Yuka can keep it together more. For those who see her as such, she gets a very satisfying comeuppance after she kills Naomi for her paper scrap in one of the final Wrong Ends. Ayumi is also heavily disliked by the Fan Dumb for 'friendzoning' Yoshiki and being 'ungrateful' for his efforts at protecting her, and for liking Satoshi instead of him.
    • Yuka is not very popular because of her childish personality and the fact that she's in love with her brother. That, and the fact that the girl just can't pee in the damn corner when she needs to go instead of starting an epic quest for a toilet.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: One particularly ridiculous sub-plot was Satoshi's and Yuka's quest to find her a bathroom so she could go potty. This takes up far too much time, with some toilets having no stalls, others with big holes in the way, or the stalls are full of hanged girls, to the point that so much time and trouble would have been saved if she had just peed in a corner somewhere. They even pass an empty bucket several times!
  • Unfortunate Implications: In Corpse Party: Musume, the Wholesome Crossdresser Miyu Shinohara is basically tentacle raped to death. Beyond that, the focus on panty shots and rape (especially regarding underaged characters) is... unsettling.
  • That One Level: Surprisingly, the first chapter can be this. There is one wrong end that happens at the very end of the chapter that can only be avoided by reading a specific newspaper that the game specifically warn you NOT to read in a room the game warns you NOT to enter. Worse still, the ending itself has no logical connection with the newspaper at all, so there's nothing cluing you in where you went wrong. And on top of that, every other time the game warns you not to read something, you have to heed the advice to avoid a wrong ending.
    • Also, the chase sequence inside the infirmary is perhaps one of the most difficult in the game as it takes place in a small room with parts of the floor that gives in when approached, causing you to easily get cornered. It is the only such sequence where running into your assailant only chips away at your HP rather than cause an instant dead end, but still.
    • The fifth chapter can be this for the same reasons as the first. At one point you find Naho's notebook and the rest of her notes can be found over the floors. If you go to the incinerator without finding all five notes you'll end up in a Wrong End. The game doesn't hint at any moment that you need all 5 notes to progress and Naho's notebook is also pretty easy to miss. And then there's the Kizami chase. You have to run through the Second Wing to lose Kizami and find a key to unlock the entrance. Only the key is on the same spot Sachiko is seen. This can screw over players because the game constantly tells you to avoid Sachiko as soon as she's sighted.
  • The Woobie: Yoshikazu. He might be a shambling, murderous horror now, but in life he was a kind teacher who loved children right up to the moment he died. Being cursed into regressing to a child-like state and being under the control of a murderous rage-spirit who forces you to obtain victims for her is a fate he most definitely did not deserve.
    • And all because he was the principal's son.
  • World Of Woobie: With the exceptions of Kai Shimada, Kizami and the principal, who are pretty much irredeemable, virtually every victim is a Woobie of some sort. It's that kind of series.

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