This is a Character Sheet for Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water.
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Voiced By: Risa Taneda (Japanese), Tressa Brooks (English)
Yuri lost her family in a car accident and gained the ability to see and interact with ghosts. However, constantly being haunted by them began to take its toll on her and Yuri tried to commit suicide. Fortunately, Hisoka Kurosawa stopped her and gave her a new home and job. When Hisoka disappears on a missing person's case, Yuri heads to Mt. Hikami in order to find her.
- Apocalyptic Log: Yuri's Notes.
- Bath Tub Scene: Yuri's Shower of Awkward starts with this and gets creepier before flinging herself awake and realizing it's All Just a Dream.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: It's mentioned that Yuri is 'incapable of ignoring requests or people in trouble'.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Orange, a prominent color on her default attire.
- Driven to Suicide: She attempted suicide by jumping off a cliff in the past, but Hisoka prevented her from going through with it. In Yuri's Bad Ending, she repeats the previous attempt and succeeds, sinking with Ose.
- Finishing Move: She ends the final battle with Ose with a Glance. Where she Glances her determines the ending you get (Glancing Ose underwater will result in the Bad Ending, while Glancing her above the water will result in the Good Ending).
- Madness Mantra: "I'm not sick anymore... I'm not sick anymore..." As indicated in a flashback, Yuri said this in an attempt to cope with her newly-acquired sixth sense and all the spiritual presence she found herself bombarded with, before she was Driven to Suicide that Hisoka prevented in time.
- Psychic Powers: Yuri has been tormented by her powers until she met Hisoka, who began to teach her how to control them.
- Psychometry: She can perform 'Shadow Reading', which allows her to 'glance' at a ghost's past and see how they died.
- Series Mascot: Seems to have become this for the Nintendo era of Fatal Frame, as she inspired a costume in Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon on Switch, as well as becoming an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Sole Survivor: Of a car accident that killed her family.
- Sympathy for the Devil: In both of Yuri's endings, her sympathy for Ose and the pain she experienced are enough to calm her and lift the curse off of Mt Hikami.
- Together in Death: In her Bad Ending, she ends up this way with Ouse Kurosawa.
- Virgin Sacrifice: The Tadasume and Matchmaker attempt to make her one.
- You Are Not Alone: Yuri says these words to Ose Kurosawa in her Bad Ending. Said character also says it to Yuri, moments earlier.
Voiced By: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese), Joseph May (English)
Ren is an author who has known Yuri and Hisoka for some time, even asking for their powers to help him in his book research. He's quite mischievous and is often scolded by his assistant because of that. Ren is a descendant of Kunihiko Asou through a branch family.
After learning of a custom of post-mortem pictures, Ren asks Hisoka to find such a book. Seeing that one of those pictures includes a little, white-haired girl that he has been dreaming about for some time, Ren heads to Mt. Hikami to find out what's going on.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a writer and the only protagonist that doesn't get spirited away by ghosts at some point. Ren also joins Kei Amakura as a playable, male character to have survived the game. Unlike Kei, though, Ren's survival is assured.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Ren is very uneasy when interacting with women, often unable to look them into their eyes while talking to them. The only exception to this is Rui.
- Can't Catch Up: Averted. Unlike Kei, he's every bit as strong as Yuri and Miu, despite being a man.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Black.
- Identical Grandson: Ren looks practically identical to Kunihiko Asou.
- Men Can't Keep House: Ren is known to be a little disorganized sometimes, which is why Rui helps him out with housekeeping.
- Psychic Powers: As part of the Asou family, Ren has inherited a sixth sense.
- Psychometry: He also has the ability to view a ghost's past, like Yuri and Miu.
- Unwanted Harem: Ren finds himself desired by several women, both living and deceased. A vision at the House of Joining even includes all of the game's female characters dressed as brides and waiting for him.
Voiced By: Maaya Uchida
The third protagonist of Fatal Frame V, who is desperately searching for her mother, Miku Hinasaki, who left when she was a young child. She was raised by a friend of Miku's. Miu never really knew the love of a parent and feels empty.
Miu heads to Mt. Hikami, certain to have sensed her mother's presence.
- All There in the Manual: The released guidebook reveals that Mafuyu Hinasaki is her father, as was heavily implied in the game itself.
- Apocalyptic Log: Miu's Note.
- BrotherSister Incest: What she is the result of.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Maroon.
- Hair Decorations: A two-flower hairpin above her right ear.
- Half-Human Hybrid: As a Shadowborn, she is the daughter of a human mother and a ghost father.
- Ms. Fanservice: A flashback shows Miu modelling in a revealing, white bikini and scarf. note
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother disappeared when she was three years old.
- Psychic Powers: Inherited powers from her bloodline.
- Psychometry: Like Yuri and Ren, she can see a ghost's past.
- Teens Are Short: Despite being in her late teens, Miu is pretty short. Even next to her mother, who was the shortest of the protagonists.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She was placed inside a black box, prepared to become a Pillar, before Yuri found her.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Miu has a Grade A version of this due to her wearing thigh-high stockings.
Voiced By: Atsuko Tanaka
Hisoka is the owner of Kurosawa Antiques and Yuri's employer. While running the store, she also does minor fortune-telling or missing persons requests. Hisoka vanishes on Mt. Hikami while looking for Haruka Momose and Yuri heads off to find her.
- Apocalyptic Log: Hisoka's entries are titled Hisoka's Journal and Missing Person Files.
- Beauty Mark: Hisoka has a beauty mark to the right of her lip.
- Continuity Nod: Word of God states that she is related to Rei Kurosawa, though how they are related is unknown.
- Ironic Echo: When she prevented Yuri's suicide attempt, she told her that she is not alone. When Yuri tries to bring Hisoka back from Mt. Hikami and the latter refuses, Yuri tells her those same words.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: She goes missing early in the game. Inverted, as Hisoka always survives.
- My Greatest Failure: When she was looking for Ayumi and finally found her, Ayumi threw herself off a cliff. Hisoka feels like she failed her client, and the girl, and wonders if her search for Ayumi drove her to suicide.
- Only Mostly Dead: During the Twelfth Drop, Yuri finally finds Hisoka in a black box, but before they can escape, she manifests as the hostile ghost Boxed Hisoka. However, after defeating her, she turns back to normal.
- Psychic Powers: She makes a living using hers to help others find items or missing people.
- Psychometry: She calls it "Shadow Reading" and teaches Yuri how to do it.
- Take Me Instead: Hisoka willingly entered a black box to protect Yuri from being turned into a Pillar.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Yuri finds her in a black box in a shrine far off the lake. Hisoka survives.
Voiced By: Maaya Sakamoto
Rui is Ren's 17-year-old assistant who helps him stay organized. When Ren becomes invested in exploring Mt. Hikami, she joins him. Though exasperated by Ren sometimes, she soon finds herself falling in love with him, and, noticing the change in him, becomes worried about them becoming distant. Coupled with her vulnerability to ghosts, Rui is led into a black box by Haruka's ghost at the end of Eighth Drop, but is fortunately rescued by Ren before she is made into a Pillar.
- Ambiguous Gender: In the Japanese version, Rui's gender isn't confirmed in-game (although Rui is most commonly a feminine name). Word of God mentioned that not even the staff agreed and personally suggested that she is female, yet also fully supported of Rui being interpreted as either gender.
- Apocalyptic Log: Rui's entries are titled Rui's Journal.
- Bifauxnen: Shiragiku asks if Rui is a boy or a girl when she first sees her.
- Cannot Spit It Out: After Ren saves Rui in the Veiled House, she stops short of giving him a Love Confession in the Womb Cavern.
- Damsel in Distress: She's repeatedly taken away by the spirits and Ren needs to rescue her.
- In the Third Drop, Hanging Woman, one of the bosses influences Rui to hang herself. Ren has to stop her to prevent Rui from doing so.
- In the Fifth Drop, Shiragiku hides Rui away in the Shrine of Dolls and forces Ren to find her.
- In the Eighth Drop, Haruka's ghost leads Rui to Mt. Hikami, where she climbs into a black box at the Watarai Residence to be made into a Pillar. Ren goes to Mt. Hikami in the Tenth Drop to save her.
- In the Thirteenth Drop, she, along with everyone else in the shop, falls asleep, and Ren has to protect them all from ghosts.
- Driven to Suicide: During the Third Drop, while she and Ren investigate an abandoned inn on Mt. Hikami, a ghost influences her to hang herself. Thankfully, Ren saves her before it happens.
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: During the Eighth Drop, Rui's Journal 4, which Ren picks up during a vision where she mindlessly enters a black box in the Watarai Residence, mentions that she feels worried that she's losing her spot as being the person Ren is the most comfortable with after noticing that he begins to show interest in Ouse. Once you save her for real in the Tenth Drop, it's practically certain that she's realized that she loves him, especially with the ending shot of the chapter.
- The Load: Rui follows Ren around during the Third Drop, the Fifth Drop, and at the end of the Tenth Drop. She won't take any damage from ghosts, but she can get in the way of your shots. Also, in the Third Drop, the reason why you have to fight Hanging Woman is because she has taken control of Rui and is forcing her to hang herself.
- Please Don't Leave Me: During the Thirteenth Drop, Rui begs Ren not to leave her in her sleep. If you get Yuri's good ending, there's an extra post-credits scene where Rui wakes up and is alarmed when Ren tries to get up, only for Ren to assure her that he's not going anywhere.
- Satellite Love Interest: There's very little information about Rui and her whole purpose is to be a Damsel in Distress for Ren. The only things the game reveals about her is that she's Ren's assistant and she falls in love with him.
- She's a Man in Japan: To an extent, as Rui is never stated to be male or female in Japan, but the English translation opted for female.
- Subordinate Excuse: She clearly has feelings for Ren, but she doesn't realize it until the later on in the game.
- Virgin Sacrifice: During the Eighth Drop, after fending off ghosts away from Yuri and Miu, Rui disappears in the middle of the fiasco, having been led by Haruka's ghost back to Mt. Hikami, where she personally crawls into a black box at the Watarai Residence. Ren saves her in the Tenth Drop before she is fully made into a Pillar.
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
The key character to the Fatal Frame series. Asou was a brilliant occult philosopher and scientist, with primary fields of interest in Japanese folklore and the spirit world, in the second half of the 19th century.
Asou took the latest Western technologies and introduced them to Japan, modifying them in an attempt to create devices that could capture supernatural phenomena, such as the Camera Obscura and similar.
- Artifact of Doom: He created several of them, leaving them to his descendants or fellow researchers.
- Ascended Extra: While he was mentioned continuously throughout the previous four Fatal Frame games, he finally appeared as a major character in the fifth one.
- Famous Ancestor: He is one to Mio and Mayu Amakura, Yuu, and Misaki, Asou and Ren Hojou.
- Growing Up Sucks: Following his spirit at Mt Hikami, Kunihiko can be heard lamenting how he fully believed in a world that was beyond the natural and was filled with things that couldn't easily be seen, but stopped believing in it as he grew up. But since he devoted his life to researching the supernatural, he obtained his old view of the world again.
- Hot Scientist: Asou was quite handsome, as it turns out.
- Love at First Sight: With Ouse Kurosawa.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He never intended to hurt anyone, but most of his inventions are dangerous or even cursed.
- Renaissance Man: Asou was a brilliant inventor, skilled photographer and a gifted researcher that published numerous papers on his various works.
- Seeker Archetype: He devoted his life to exploring the supernatural, travelling across Japan and studying it, creating numerous devices as a result.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Asou or Aso. Some of the earlier games spelled him as Asou, while the English translation of the fifth game picked Aso.
Voiced By: Asaka Imai (Japanese), Katie Beudert (English)
Fuyuhi recently hired Hisoka to find her missing friend, Haruka. Since Hisoka disappears herself and Fuyuhi is worried about Haruka, she heads to Mt. Hikami on her own to look for her. Fortunately, Yuri finds her in the Unfathomable Forest on Mt. Hikami and attempts to take her home, but after the two get separated, Fuyuhi commits suicide under the influence of a hostile spirit. She later appears as the hostile ghost, Fuyuhi with Cut Throat, and later lures Haruka (Fourth Drop) and Yuri (Eighth Drop) to Mt. Hikami.
- AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: Her name is pronounced "FU-yuhi", but the English dub mispronounces it as "Fu-YU-hi."
- Apocalyptic Log: Fuyuhi's entries are titled Fuyuhi's Letter.
- Bungled Suicide: She and Haruka were part of a suicide pact with other girls and tried to drown themselves, but Fuyuhi and Haruka failed to die.
- Disposable Woman: The only purpose of Fuyuhi's death, narrative-wise, is to show what happens to people who wander Mt. Hikami without the help of a Camera Obscura and cannot resist a spirit's influence.
- Driven to Suicide: When she gets separated from Yuri at Mt. Hikami, Fuyuhi is forced to replicate a ghost's suicide when she finds her tantou. This time, she succeeds.
- Famous Last Words: "Haruka?"
- High-Pressure Blood: When Fuyuhi slits her throat, it's represented by showing a wave of blood splattering onto her shoes.
- Hope Spot: Yuri is able to catch up with Fuyuhi in the Unfathomable Forest, but the two end up getting separated. While Yuri does find Fuyuhi again, it's only seconds before she cuts her throat.
- Killed Off for Real: Fuyuhi dies at the end of Second Drop.
- Last-Name Basis: Yuri calls her as "Ms. Himino" in the Japanese version, but the English version had her call her by her first name.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Through Yuri's Glance, she finds out that a hostile spirit had taken control of the tantou Fuyuhi was holding, who in turn forced her to kill herself.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Fuyuhi has an intense connection to Haruka. They were already friends from school, but their Bungled Suicide brought them closer, and when Haruka disappears, she is desperate to bring her back. As a ghost, Fuyuhi is sometimes heard singing her kindergarten graduation song and is also the one who lures Haruka back to Mt. Hikami to her inevitable death. If you defeat her, she moans Haruka's name.
- Slashed Throat: Fuyuhi dies by slitting her own throat.
- Suicide Pact: Fuyuhi planned to commit suicide with Haruka and three other friends. They walked into a lake to drown themselves in, but she and Haruka survived.
- Survivor's Guilt: She feels guilty over having failed her previous suicide attempt.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The first Japanese teaser trailer basically revealed the whole plot of Second Drop, from Fuyuhi's introduction down to her eventual death.
- Weapon of Choice: Fuyuhi finds a tantou in the lake, and when she picks it up, a ghost takes control of it and forces her to kill herself. When Fuyuhi appears as a hostile ghost, she is seen holding the tantou and sometimes tries to stab you with it. If she takes enough damage, eventually the tantou disappears.
- Woman in White: Fuyuhi wears a simple, white dress.
Voiced By: Haruka Tomatsu
Haruka is a friend of Fuyuhi's who went missing at Mt. Hikami recently, causing Fuyuhi to ask Hisoka to find her. Yuri tracks Haruka down and manages to bring her back down the mountain. Unfortunately, at the end of the Fourth Drop, Haruka is lured back to Mt. Hikami by Fuyuhi's ghost and dies for real, appearing as the hostile ghost Boxed Haruka.
- AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: Her name is pronounced "HA-ruka", but the English dub mispronounces it as "Ha-RU-ka."
- Apocalyptic Log: Haruka's entries are titled Haruka's Notes and Drenched Note.
- Bait-and-Switch: Haruka appears during the Eighth Drop and one of the cameras catches her staring at Miu's sleeping body. However, nothing happens to her. The person she ends up targeting is Rui.
- Big "NO!": Her Famous Last Words are her screaming, "No!" as black water fills the black box she's trapped in.
- Bungled Suicide: Like Fuyuhi, she, too, survived the drowning attempt made between her friends.
- Damsel in Distress: Haruka goes missing at Mt. Hikami and has to be rescued. Shortly after Yuri rescues her, Haruka returns to the mountain and is Killed Off for Real.
- Driven to Suicide: When Haruka was younger, she, Fuyuhi, and three other friends made a Suicide Pact and tried to drown themselves at Mt. Hikami. However, only she and Fuyuhi survived. After saving her in Fourth Drop, she returns to Mt. Hikami and dies for real. During the Eighth Drop, when her ghost begins attacking Kurosawa Antiques, she first leaves her suicide note (Drenched Note) in the Storeroom, where she states that she wants to die with everyone before the "end is near."
- Extreme Doormat: She is described as having trouble refusing anyone.
- Killed Off for Real: Right after Yuri brings her to Kurosawa Antiques, she finds her missing. Upon checking the surveillance camera, she realizes that Haruka has been beckoned by Fuyuhi's ghost to go to Mt. Hikami, and she is nowhere to be seen again. Her subsequent appearance after that is during the Fifth Drop, where she is awakened from her black box as a hostile ghost and has an underwater form, signifying that she has officially become a Pillar.
- Mysterious Veil: Haruka's ghost wears a veil, a sign that she has now fully become a Pillar.
- Psychic Powers: Haruka possesses a sixth sense that leaves her vulnerable to manipulation by spirits, which is how she succumbs to the influence of Mt. Hikami and returns there, falling to her demise.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Fuyuhi is Haruka's best friend and they are close to one another. After Yuri rescues her, she immediately asks about her. As a ghost, she is sometimes heard singing their kindergarten graduation song and whispers Fuyuhi's name when she is defeated.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: When you first meet her as Yuri, you get to see a vision of her climbing Mt. Hikami, entering the Womb Cavern, and personally climbing into a black box herself before she finally gains consciousness just in time to see her drown. Yes, you save her from that fate, but she dies anyway through the same means when the mountain calls her back again.
- Suicide Pact: When she was young, she took part in an attempt to drown herself with her friends, but she and Fuyuhi survived.
- Survivor's Guilt: Haruka feels guilty over having survived the previous attempt.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She was placed into a black box and was supposed to become a Pillar, but Yuri managed to save her. Haruka ultimately becomes one after all when she goes back to the mountain.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Haruka doesn't have a lot of screentime before she dies and is, overall, mostly defined by her friendship with Fuyuhi.
- Wham Shot: As Ren, you're looking through the cameras... and suddenly you see Haruka seemingly alive and well in the Storeroom as though she's never left. It doesn't take long to realize something's wrong, especially since she's dead at that point in the story.
Kazuya is Ren's friend. He goes missing at Mt. Hikami, but he phones Ren about "getting married." When Ren enters the Watarai Residence again and learns about Ghost Marriages, he learns that Kazuya had been ushered into one and had died when it failed. He reappears as the hostile ghost Boxed Sakaki.
- Ankle Drag: One of his spirit photographs is called "Dragged Man", where you can see him being dragged down the hallway.
- Apocalyptic Log: Kazuya's entries are found in Sakaki's Notes.
- Body Horror: His neck and limbs are broken, causing his ghost to flail and stumble around. You can even hear his joints cracking when he appears.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Upon Ose's rejection, his body was broken and shoved into a black box.
- Dies Wide Open: After his body is contorted, the last you see before he is put into a reliquary is his shocked, open-eyed face.
- Evil Phone: During the Thirteenth Drop, checking the surveillance camera will reveal Kazuya's ghost next to the phone, which begins ringing. It's a literal Call-Back to when he first calls Ren in the Fifth Drop.
- Love at First Sight: He falls in love with Ose upon seeing her photograph and is obsessed with meeting her. However, as the wedding draws near, he begins to regret his decision and realizes he's not the one who Ose wants.
Voiced By: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese)
The main antagonist of Fatal Frame V.
After losing her family to a flood, she gained a strong sixth sense. Eventually, she was chosen to be a Great Pillar for the Black Lake, in order to appease the Shadowspring at Mt Hikami.
However, at the time of her ritual, she saw visions of her fellow shrine maidens being slaughtered and their final moments, along with her own desire to live alongside Asou instead of dying with him, weakened her resolve. Her black box opened, the ritual failed, and the Black Water was released, leaving Ouse to keep falling within the Lake and becoming a vengeful spirit.
- Apocalyptic Log: Water-Patterned Journal.
- Body Horror: The curse has left her looking like a drowned woman with blueish skin, disheveled hair, and red eyes.
- Death Seeker: Inverted. Ose secretly desired to live with Asou, and not die with him, which was one of the reasons her ritual failed.
- Dying Alone: In Yuri's Good Ending, Ose accepts it because Yuri sympathized with her pain and suffering. Ose manages to fulfill her duty and seal away the Black Water again.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even in her Cursed state, she shows Ren kindness and never attempts to harm him.
- Flunky Boss: During her actual battle.
- When fought underwater, she summons 5-6 Guardians around her, who disperse and attack separately if not defeated quickly. Fortunately, said Guardians go down in one hit or two.
- When fought above the water surface, she summons some Mook(s) you've encountered earlier in the story. And Guardian(s), if summoned, emerge out of the water to grab you by the ankle before disappearing.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: You have to escape when encountering her for the first and second time.
- Love at First Sight: With Kunihiko Asou.
- Love Hurts: Her feelings for Kunihiko Asou were so strong that they frightened her and it hurt when he left the mountain. She describes those feelings as being a curse on her. In one of Ren's endings, his taking a picture of her makes Ose think that he has rejected her a second time.
- One-Hit Kill: Played straight, if Ose manages to touch the player when she is chasing them. Averted during her actual battle.
- Psychic Powers: Had them as a shrine maiden, using them to ease the suffering of those committing suicide.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If you can actually see her red eyes, she's probably close enough to kill you.
- Schmuck Bait: Downplayed. Once you damage her enough, you get the opportunity to Glance her right there. However, doing so immediately leads you to the Bad Ending, which means you must fight her a second time if you want the Good Ending.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Whereas the PlayStation 2 era games used the JSL romanization, this game uses the Hepburn romanization and spells her name as "Ose." The fandom tends to use the JSL romanization, "Ouse", instead.
- Together in Death: Ose's spirit is repeatedly heard calling out for someone to die with her, to ease her suffering as a pillar. In Yuri's Bad Ending, she and Yuuri jump off the cliff, appeasing each other's loneliness.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She was chosen to become a Great Pillar. However, her ritual failed and caused the Black Water to overflow and curse the mountain.
- Woman in White: In the past, her attire as a shrine maiden. She reverts to this form in Yuri's Good Ending.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She wanders the mountain, desperate to ease her loneliness and pain... but ultimately killing almost everyone she encounters.
Voiced By: Natsumi Takamori
Shiragiku is a white-haired girl that appears around the Doll Shrine and likes to 'play' with visitors. She seems to have some form of connection to Kunihiko Asou in his childhood.
- Apocalyptic Log: Shiragiku's Notebooks.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Before her ritual, she gave Asou a braid of her hair as a form of promise to come back and become her Yuukon partner. He agreed, but her death traumatized him so badly that he repressed his memories of her.
- Creepy Child: Turns into this as a ghost.
- Creepy Doll: She summons these when battling you.
- Emotionless Girl: She doesn't show very strong emotions.
- Flower Motifs: Her kimono is adorned with a higanbana design.
- Flunky Boss: She summons Dolls to assist her in her battles.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: Of Kunihiko Asou's.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In both of her endings, she realizes that she doesn't want Asou to be burdened with the same fate as hers and sends Ren, thinking he is Asou, away to live his life.
- I Will Wait for You: She has been waiting for Asou all this time.
- Mystical White Hair: Caused by her albinism, but is seen as a sign of her strong, spiritual powers.
- Unperson: She was told that she was not really alive or a real person, until she turned 7 years old. At which time, she was going to be turned into a pillar.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She was turned into a pillar at a young age.
Watarai is a half-Japanese folklorist from England. He eventually moved to a house on Mt Hikami. After his sudden disappearance and death, his house became a legend in the village and is said to appear and disappear with the fog. He appears as the hostile ghost Boxed Man.
- Apocalyptic Log: Watarai's entries are found in the Folklorist's Notes.
- Body Horror: His neck and limbs are broken, and his joints crack with movement.
- But Not Too Foreign: He is Japanese and English, but with a fully Japanese name.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: As one of Ose's failed suitors, his body was broken and twisted to fit into a black box.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: His interest in Mt Hikami's rituals eventually led to his death.
- Love at First Sight: Upon seeing Ose Kurosawa's photograph, he fell in love with her beauty.
Kyozo once went to Mt Hikami in order to end his life, but he panicked when one of the shrine maiden's gaze seemed to look into his soul. He fled in fear, but became enraged of her trying to see his secrets and returned to the mountain, killing every shrine maiden.
After killing the shrine maidens, he committed suicide.
- Apocalyptic Log: Bloody Notes.
- Ax-Crazy: After reciprocating the shrine maiden's gaze, he went insane and killed every shrine maiden on the mountain. His spirit continues to kill anyone he encounters.
- Man on Fire: When defeated, he sets himself on fire and charges at the player. A well-timed shot can put the flames out and allow the player to Glance at him.
- Slashed Throat: How he eventually killed himself.
- Tattooed Crook: He covered himself in spells before heading up the mountain.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kyozo didn't know that killing the shrine maidens was one of the factors that caused Ose's ritual to fail, resulting in Mt Hikami being cursed. The fact that he killed the monks that were keeping the holy fire aflame which might at least have slowed down or locally restricted the curse certainly didn't help either.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: What he thought himself to be, when he killed his sister's lover in order to 'protect' her.
Emi, Inori and Honoka Mikomori
A group of shrine maidens that lived on Mt Hikami. Their duty was to use their powers to allow people to commit suicide without any of their past burdens and see all of their selves.
They were all slaughtered by Kururugi and their spirits now coax people to their deaths.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played straight for a long time, their ghost forms are unblemished and beautiful. Subverted in the final chapter, when they show the injuries and mutilation that Kururugi caused them.
- Driven to Suicide: In life, they used their powers to comfort people before they committed suicide. As cursed spirits, they simply drive them to suicide.
- Eye Scream: Kururugi slashed their eyes out after killing them.
- Miko: All of them are devoted to the shrine's faith.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Their deaths are part of what caused Ose's ritual to fail.
- Psychic Powers: They used their powers to observe the thoughts and secrets of people, before they committed suicide.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: All of them were classical Japanese beauties in life.
- Virgin Sacrifice: If they had lived long enough to use up their powers, they would have been turned into Pillars themselves.
A pair of old high priestesses that oversaw the rituals at Mt Hikami. One was in charge of performing the post-mortem marriages and the other oversaw the sinking of the boxes into the Shadowspring.
Their spirits continue to perform their duties, calling men to the mountain and marry them off to Ose or by summoning women to become new Pillars.
- Apocalyptic Log: Notebook with White Cover (Marriage Celebrant) and Notebook With Black Cover (Funeral Celebrant).
- Dual Boss: Their last battle is fought together in the penultimate area.
- Hypnotize the Princess: Both use mirrors that disorient and manipulate women into entering the black boxes as sacrifices.
- The Matchmaker: The Marriage Celebrant, of course, who takes her duty very seriously. It is her job to find men to call to the mountain and perform a post-mortem marriage to the shrine maidens to be sacrificed. Any man that doesn't make the cut, especially for Ose, is killed.
- Mind-Control Device: The sacred Dark Sun mirrors they hold can hypnotize victims.
- Never Mess with Granny: Both are very old and some of the most powerful spirits.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Both of their duties involve performing these on women.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their intentions are ultimately good, as the marriages can strengthen the Pillar and the sinking of the black box will ultimately purify the Black Lake. But how they get to that is... questionable.
- Woman in White: The Marriage Celebrant is dressed in white robes.
Voiced By: Wakana Yamazaki (Japanese), Janice Kawaye (English)
- A Day in the Limelight: First Thread is a side story played from Ayane's perspective.
- Badass Normal: Ironically, since Ayane has no proper way of fighting the spirits due to her martial arts not working on them and the lack of a Camera Obscura, she is forced to rely on her ninja skills to sneak around and a stun gun to render them helpless for a short while.
- Crossover: She originates from the Dead or Alive series.
- Hypocrite: She's glad that Tsumugi doesn't hate her sister, despite spending much of her time hating her own.
- In the Hood: Dons a black, short hoodie in her first chapter. Ditches it later.
- Ms. Fanservice: As expected, her figure and clothing are rather sexy.
- Pet the Dog: She's very kind to Tsumugi, and goes out of her way to save her.
- Power Tattoo: The Shadow Sigil. After failing her first attempt at finding Tsumugi, Ayane gets this so she can actually see the ghosts that grabbed her previously.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: The corset that she wears, which gives a glimpse of the spell written across her back.
- Stealth-Based Mission: Her chapters are mostly composed of this. Ayane merely has a flashlight that can temporarily stun spirits.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this on Tsumugi during an early cutscene.
- Stun Guns: What the Spirit Stone Flashlight essentially is.
Voiced By: Natsumi Takamori
A socially awkward girl, she had attempted suicide before heading to Mt. Hikami. She goes missing, which leads to Ayane being recruited to find her as part of a missing person's case.
- A Day in the Limelight: She's only seen in a photo in the actual game, but she becomes your designated Damsel in Distress in Ayane's side story.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Tried to commit suicide at least once since she wasn't loved by her family.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her disappearance at Mt. Hikami is what made Ayane go to the area and look for her.