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    Takayuki Nakamura 

Takayuki Nakamura aka Max

The penpal of Aya Fumino back in high school. He leaves Tokyo to go to Matsue when he uncovers a letter from her that mentions that she needs to cut off contact because she killed someone. He's a Japanese-American.
  • Big Eater: Able to eat all the local soba restaurant's dishes with ease. Kousuke uses this against him in the True Ending route.
  • But Not Too Foreign: According to Kadokawa Games, he's an American, but raised entirely in Japan.
  • Determinator: The source of his nickname, Max. He's absolutely determined to find Aya Fumino, regardless of the law, death threats, and the resistance of her friends. In some endings, this gets him killed or institutionalized.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Zig-zagged. While he's only ever represented as a silhouette, and you can choose what responses he gives in his letters, he has a fairly well-defined personality. His name can also be changed, but his default name is Takayuki.
  • Happily Ever After: With Shiori in the Golden Ending.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The player can give him a different name, but KG materials indicate that Takayuki Nakamura aka Max is his actual name.
  • I Will Wait for You: In the Last Answer Epilogue for the Princess of Himegamori Forest route, after Shiori frees herself from Aya's influence but still has to answer for killing three people.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not the nicest person in the world especially when interacting with Aya's friends (as in calling their nicknames and is on the edge of stalking them), but he still has a moral compass and does help Aya's friends to face their own demons.
  • Large Ham / No Indoor Voice: During MAX mode, where he yells out his answers to the person he's interrogating.
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    Aya 

Aya Fumino

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Originally from Tokyo, she enjoys history and mythology and was a high school senior at the time of your correspondence. Her disappearance and last contact sets off the game's plot as the protagonist tries to figure out what happened to her. As the protagonist investigates her disappearance, he begins to question everything he thought he knew about her.


  • The Ace: Consistently described as being smart, beautiful, athletic and artistic.
  • Character Development: Surprisingly, for the main heroine of a visual novel, she doesn't get much characterization apart from The Ace. That's because she's been dead for 25 years and "Aya" is actually Shiori.
  • Enfant Terrible: In "The Princess of Himegamori Forest" route - she wanted to kill her newborn sister, Shiori, so her father's attention would remain on her.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her disappearance/last contact with the protagonist starts the game's plot.

    Yukari 

Yukari Ishihara aka "Bestie"

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Adult Yukari
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Teenage Yukari

The curator of the Shimane Art Museum. Has an inferiority complex since her older sister went to a better university than her.


  • But Thou Must!: Yukari's story arc (Chapter 8) must be played through in subsequent playthroughs and cannot be skipped over.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Driven by Envy: Shota, who Yukari was in love with during high school, fell for Shiori instead, causing teenage Yukari to become envious. It got to the point where, during a class trip, Yukari wished that Shiori would fail her college entrance exams.
  • Gambit Roulette: Her initial plan was to make the protagonist fall in love with her so he would forget about trying to find Aya/Shiori.
  • Hot Museum Curator
  • My Greatest Failure: Two: Letting Yoko Fumino die and losing her friendship with Shiori.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: The protagonist's first encounter with her involves this. It's all part of her plan to make him fall in love with her so he doesn't find out about Aya/Shiori.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Was best friends with Shiori, until they were driven apart by Yukari's envy and paranoia.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Discussed regarding her plan to make Max smitten with her, since her in a game that learns towards mystery, and herself not being the first love interest.

    Kousuke 

Kousuke Tanaka aka "Four Eyes"

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Adult Kousuke
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Teenage Kousuke

Mild mannered and suffering from lack of confidence, Tanaka has a mild speech impediment. As a kid he was always the smartest boy in school and was destined for great things. Then his grades started to drop, and he ended up with a mediocre job at the city office.


  • Dirty Coward: Often the first to dip out whenever trouble is afoot.
  • Driven by Envy: Jealous of Shiori's improving grades and status at school, he publicly accused her of cheating.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the "Crossed Paths" and "Bond of Marriage" routes. He doesn't go through with it in either route, though.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: During his suicide attempt in the True Ending, his friends talk him out of it using this method.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he is a Dirty Coward, he was the only one of his friends to apologize to Shiori for the pain he had put her through, and may have stopped her from going through with a suicide attempt.
  • Momma's Boy: The protagonist calls him one during his interrogation.
  • Nerd Glasses: Along with being Prematurely Bald. However, he has taken to wearing a wig (and not wearing his glasses) in an attempt to hide both his lack of hair and bad eyesight.

    Masaya 

Masaya Watanabe aka "Monkey"

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Adult Masaya
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Teenage Masaya

Once a career athlete who would've been a promising baseball player, his hopes ended due to an injury. Nowadays, he teaches P.E. to students in hopes of keeping them from going down the wrong path.


  • The Atoner: He sees it as his duty to keep other kids (such as Mishima) from going wayward due to his own troubled past.
  • Big Eater: Has held the record for the soba restaurant's contest for the past 15 years and is the only one who can out-eat the Protagonist.
  • Career-Ending Injury: His injuries in high school forced him to give up his dream as a baseball player.
  • Delinquents: Had shades of this as a Matsue student. His getting into a fight with another student caused the team to be banned from the Nationals during his second year.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The protagonist has a bad first encounter with him, but he ends up being one of the more reliable ones out of the group, saving the PC from Nozu and giving him a clue to "Bestie's" identity.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Getting his team to Nationals is his goal and means of making up for being responsible for the team missing both of its chances when he played in high school.

    Jun 

Jun Omori aka "Fatty"

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Adult Jun
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Teenage Jun

Dedicated to the art of making exquisite pastries and sweets, Omori owns one of the best patisseries in Shimane. He has a kind and gentle demeanor, but he hides a dark secret.


  • Afraid of Blood: He was traumatized by Shiori's "suicide" (even though it was fake) and gets squeamish at the sight of even fake blood. He gets over it in the True Ending.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Carried a torch for Shiori during their high school days, but his feelings were never reciprocated.
  • Big Fun: Was very overweight as a high school student, but went on a diet afterwards and lost a significant amount of weight. Even so, he was always a Nice Guy and well-liked among his group of friends.
  • Bishounen
  • Happily Engaged
  • Nice Guy: A kind and gentle sweets shop owner.
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    Riko 

Riko Sasaki aka "Bitch"

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Adult Riko
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Teenage Riko

An average housewife married to an average guy – which is a long way from where she wanted to be. Pretty and talented, she always wanted to be an actress, so that she could become rich and famous and look after her parents.


  • Alpha Bitch: Presumably what she was during high school and how she got her nickname, though she was more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold...with the exception of one incident.
  • Children Raise You: One instance, her daughter makes her lose her fear of birds.
  • I Was Quite a Looker
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is vain and sometimes overbearing towards her daughter, but she just wants the best for her family. It's also revealed that part of the reason she wanted to get into show business was to provide for her handicapped father.
  • Stage Mom: A rare positive example. Despite being a little overbearing, Riko tries her best to support her daughter in her career as a child actress and is always seen giving her positive encouregement.
  • You Didn't See That: In the midst of Nozu's Attempted Rape of Shiori, she pretends she didn't see anything as she had become jealous of Shiori's newfound success and beauty.

    Misaki 

Misaki Murakami aka "Snappy"

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Adult Misaki
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Teenage Misaki

A television presenter for a local channel, Misaki’s family runs a sake brewery. She is sometimes a little blunt and rude and craves the life of a serious news reporter. She believes that she must be impartial and report the truth.


  • Ambiguously Bi: Admits to having been smitten with Shiori when they were in high school.
  • Boyish Short Hair: As a teenager.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Also as a teenager.
  • Mistaken Identity: The protagonist initially thinks that Misaki is "Bitch".
  • Nothing Is Scarier: In the "Cursed Letter" ending, she's the only one whose cause of death isn't shown directly, but everyone hears her scream. In the Last Answer epilogue, it's revealed she survived, but became possessed by Aya, leading to a The Bad Guy Wins ending.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Very tomboyish during her high school days, she has grown up to be a beautiful woman.

    Shota 

Shota Nozu aka "Shorty"

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Adult Shota
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Teenage Shota

Once a spoiled kid who had a life of wealth and privilege. When his father’s company brought shame on itself or being involved in fraud, Shota went from having it all to being on the brink of poverty. He now works as a bartender, which is hardly where thought his future would be.


  • Attempted Rape: To Shiori, when they were in high school. Thankfully, she escapes.
  • The Bartender: Had been working as a bartender since high school and is close to finally owning his own place as of the start of the game.
  • Height Angst: He wears elevator shoes to appear taller, especially while on the job.
  • Mama's Boy: Getting him to confess that he is "Shorty" involves telling him how disappointed her mother would be if he got arrested.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Tries to kill the protagonist to keep the group's secret.
  • Riches to Rags: Lived a life of privilege until his father was caught in a money laundering scam, and has been forced to work as a bartender to make ends meet ever since.

     Spoiler Character 

Shiori Yoshioka

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Shiori Yoshioka is the true identity of the 'Aya Fumino' the protagonist was corresponding with. The game revolves around the mysteries surrounding her identity. In high school she pretended to be Aya Fumino for Yoko Fumino's sake, but this backfires as Aya's personality begins to take over.
  • All-Loving Hero: Stated to have been beautiful and kind before being possessed by Aya, and is shown to be so during the True Ending.
  • The Atoner:
    • In the True Ending route, she becomes a nurse and Dr. Fumino's caretaker as she too feels responsible for the death of his wife.
    • In the Last Answer Epilogue for the Princess of Himegamori Forest route, she manages to purge Aya for good and decides to atone for killing three people while under Aya's influence.
  • Batman Gambit: In the True Ending route, she wrote the 11th letter in an un-postmarked envelope, placed that in an envelope with a letter to the Protagonist's parents, and asked them to leave it where he could find it (if he was still single), and knew that would get his attention to spur him into finding her.
  • Battleaxe Nurse: In one ending.
  • Determinator: In "The Cursed Letter" ending, she tries many things (becoming Aya & hiring an exorcist) to end Aya's curse. She fails in the end, but her attitude in becoming Aya lengthens Max's lifespan until the ending.
  • Grand Theft Me: In the "The Princess of Himegamori Forest" ending, Shiori's personality is fully overtaken by Aya.
  • Happily Ever After: With Max in the "Bond of Marriage" ending, naturally.
  • Hello, Nurse!: In the "Bond of Marriage" ending.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Was she Aya's sister? Was she a government agent? Is she even still alive? That is all determined by Max's responses to her letters.
  • Posthumous Character: In "The Cursed Letter" ending, she dies some time before the game and is implied to have become a ghost.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In some routes, as Aya's personality begins to take over her own.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that she was pretending to be Aya Fumino is the game's major twist in every route, though for different reasons each time.
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