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Visual Novel / Corpse Party D2: Depths of Despair

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The wounds of the past still haven't healed.

A 2013 Fan Sequel to the original Corpse Party, designed by Jackkel Dragon and illustrated by Katagayri. Like its fellow fan game Corpse Party if..., Corpse Party D2: Depths of Despair expands upon one of the Multiple Endings to Corpse Party (PC-98). Specifically, Ending D-2, where Yoshiki and Yuka were killed in Heavenly Host. Unable to accept this, Ayumi convinced Satoshi that they should try to change their friends' fate...

Six years later, Ayumi is invited to join several of her old classmates at a reunion held in their old classroom. But the past comes roaring back to haunt them, as Ayumi once more finds herself stranded in the cursed halls of Heavenly Host.

Notably, while based off of the original version of the game, D2 brings in several of the additional classmates introduced in Blood Covered. It also more closely follows the graphical style of those games, with similar sprite work, larger Character Portraits, and event CGs.

Currently in its ninth version, which is three chapters long and can be found here. Followed by a sequel to one of its endings, Corpse Party D2: Fatal Operation, and an indirect sequel, Corpse Party D2: Zero Hope. A modified remake of the game is in production, which is currently in its first demo version.

This Fan Game contains instances of:

  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness:
    • Ayumi's plan to resurrect their fallen friends is conceived immediately after their return, and carried out that very same night, with a spell book that isn't even fully translated. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
    • Later, when Ayumi manages to find her resolve again, she refuses to heed any signs that her plan might not go as planned.
  • Action Prologue: D2 opens with Ayumi and Satoshi attempting to bring their lost friends back from the dead.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The Extra Chapters are small scenes starring an array of different characters.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Ayumi's become an illustrator, and was recently commissioned to work on the cover for Naho and Kibiki's next book.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: A Flashback in Chapter 2 shows how Ayumi and Yoshiki first met: she distracted a Jerkass teacher and gave Yoshiki a pep talk, encouraging him to stay in school despite his struggles.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ayumi played upon this to get Satoshi to agree to attempting the ritual.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Sachiko shows up in Chapter 3 just in time to prevent the ghostly trio from dragging Ayumi to her grave.
  • Black Comedy: Many of the notices pinned up around Heavenly Host have this flavor.
  • Black Magic: Ayumi hoped to use this to bring back their dead friends...
  • Blood from the Mouth: Appears in Extra Chapter 4, as part of the reveal that Sachiko's body was starting to break down.
  • Bloody Handprint: Seen on the Wrong End screen.
  • Book Ends: Seen in both endings:
    • In Treasured Memory, Ayumi successfully casts the spell she attempted at the start of the game.
    • In Mended Soul, she's recovered enough from her ordeal that she's willing to join the others in telling ghost stories.
  • Bloody Murder: The burning blood found in the shower.
  • Broad Strokes: While based off of Corpse Party (PC-98), the other classmates introduced in Blood Covered appear. Satoshi's fate also won't surprise players familiar with Book of Shadows...
  • Breaking Speech: The corrupted spirits love delivering these.
  • Broken Bird: Poor Ayumi...
  • But Thou Must!: In Chapter 2, you have to follow through with Ayumi's plan to exorcise Yuka and Yoshiki, despite every warning sign that this is NOT A GOOD IDEA.
  • The Can Kicked Him: The tradition continues; one of the first Wrong Ends involves taking a deadly shower.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Blue spirits are helpful, while red spirits... aren't.
    • Ms. Yui and the Kisaragi students who weren't involved in the first trip all wear brighter, more cheerful outfits. Ayumi, by contrast, wears a dark black top and brown jacket, with only a scruchie for color. Naomi, who seems to have coped better with what happened while still being affected, has a beige sweater on, that paired with her brown hair and eyes gives her a comparatively muted look.
  • Cool Key: Very few of the doors in Heavenly Host actually use traditional keys; instead, Ayumi must find other items based off of hints left by helpful notices.
  • Composite Character: Word of God confirms that while Sachiko was never explictedly named as such in PC-98, they merged the characters together.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: The first time she examines a corpse, Ayumi comments on this:
    Ayumi: I hardly feel anything when I see corpses now... I used to be so afraid of them... What has this place done to me?
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • Yoshiki couldn't tell Ayumi how he felt, with tragic consequences.
    • Sachiko can't seem to just tell Ayumi what she needs to hear; however, they state that this is because Ayumi isn't ready/willing to listen.
  • The Corruption: Being trapped in Heavenly Host isn't especially kind to your sanity. Spirits are especially vulnerable to this effect, growing so jealous and spiteful towards the living that they'll eagerly try to condemn them to the same hellish fate.
  • Creepy Shadowed Under Eyes: Those six years haven't treated Ayumi too well...
  • Death by Irony: Several of the Wrong Ends in Chapter 3 use this; if Ayumi fails to appease one or any of the spirits, they hijack her body and kill Sachiko in a way that either mimics the way she killed them before, or in a replay of her original demise.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Ayumi treads very close to this even before finding herself in Heavenly Host again; much of the plot revolves around her struggling not to cross this.
  • Determinator: Ayumi can get this way, as seen in the Prologue: unfortunately, we also see the consequences of this.
  • The Empath: Her sensitivity to spirits means that Ayumi can sense the negative emotions filling the cursed school all too well, to the point where she can sense what type of pain or agony is emenating from an area.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Ayumi and Satoshi found this out the hard way.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Played for Drama when a spirit starts shadowing Ayumi's footsteps and she completely fails to notice.
  • Grand Theft Me: If Ayumi isn't careful while appeasing the spirits in Chapter 3, this can be her fate. In several different ways, even.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: As in the original game, these are made and Deconstructed:
    • Yoshiki saving Ayumi at the cost of his own life turned him into an angry, resentful spirit.
    • Same thing happened to Satoshi, who upon seeing her again asks if she makes a habit of manipulating and discarding boys.
    • The Big Damn Heroes moment in Chapter 3 entails Sachiko binding her soul to the hellish dimension, which Ayumi points out effectively undoes almost everything they did the first time around.
    • Near the end of Chapter 3, it's revealed that the resurrection spell requires the life of the caster.
  • Her Own Worst Enemy: Ayumi seriously struggles with this throughout the game. Eventually, she learns that her own self-loathing fuels the spirits' hatred of her, and that the only way to calm them is by forgiving herself first.
  • Iconic Outfit: Sachiko invokes this by deliberately appearing to Ayumi in her tattered red dress so that she'll recognize her.
  • Ironic Echo: In Chapter 2, Ayumi comments to Yoshiki in a memory that they never seem to think before they talk. Later, Corrupted!Yoshiki turns that back around on her.
  • Irony: Extra Chapter 4 reveals that despite how Sachiko didn't want Ayumi to attempt her summoning ritual, that actually helped her survive getting attacked by Yuka, by pulling Yuka away in the nick of time.
  • It's All My Fault: Ayumi believes this, blaming herself for causing their first trip into Heavenly Host in the first place. The ghostly trio agree.
  • Last-Second Ending Choice: When Ayumi decides between burying the black book or using it for one last spell.
  • The Many Deaths of Ayumi: The Wrong Ends return. Take a wild guess what they are.
  • Monochrome Past: Whenever Ayumi flashes back to past events, the screen takes on a reddish-sepia hue.
  • More than Mind Control: Implied in Wrong End 7, where Ayumi reenacts Sachiko's original death as part of a Murder-Suicide.
  • Multiple Endings: The current build has two:
    • Treasured Memory Ending: Using the black book, Ayumi sacrifices her life to ressurrect Yoshiki, Yuka, Satoshi, and Sachiko, sending them back six years. Sachiko takes her place as class rep Shinozaki. While the spell was meant to erase everyone's memories of her, Sachiko manages to retain her memories, and sketches a picture of Ayumi while swearing to remember for everyone's sakes.
    • Mended Soul Ending: Ayumi bids farewell to the others, and they pass on to the afterlife. Naomi finds her passed out outside their classroom, and after reassuring her, they rejoin the others. They've already started telling ghost stories, and Ayumi decides to join them.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ayumi doesn't take Yoshiki's big reveal in Chapter 2 well at ALL.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Several of the posted notices contain references to ways you can die in the canon games. A particularly cruel one in Chapter 2 cautions readers to avoid using the stairwell, as they haven't finished cleaning up the piano wire and decapitated heads.
    • In the preview for Fatal Operation, Yuuya Kizami is mentioned as a patient, admitted for losing nearly half of his skin in an accident.
  • The Needs of the Many: The climax deals with this dilemma: Ayumi plans to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to revive her friends, but none of them want her to go through with it. It's your choice as to what Ayumi decides to do.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Ayumi's attempt to save Yoshiki and Yuka only left her even more broken and Satoshi with a bad case of dead.
    • Chapter 2 reveals that it's far worse than that. Her ritual DID bring them back; unfortunately, since Satoshi died during it and wasn't the caster, they were trapped in her head and spent the next six years giving her nightmares. Coming back to someplace like Heavenly Host set them free again....
    • On top of that, Ayumi's decision to exorcise them from Heavenly Host only leads to her summoning them right to her, leading to Yoshiki's Breaking Speech.
  • Oblivious to Love: In Chapter 2, Ayumi gets to watch Yoshiki's heart breaking in slow motion by reliving his memories of trying — and failing — to get her attention.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • The purified Sachiko appears to honestly want to help Ayumi; unfortunately, Ayumi tends to be rather bull-headed whenever they pop up, and they even note that she 'isn't ready to listen yet'. When they finally DO talk, they note how they "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot.
    • In Chapter 2, witnessing Yoshiki's memories gives Ayumi the resolve to try and free both him and Yuka from the school. Unfortunately, he mistakes this for trying to 'get rid of him for good'.
  • Press X to Die: Yes, Ayumi, CLEARLY the best way to gather the burning blood is to cup your hands under the faucet.
  • Pungeon Master: Evil!Satoshi is fond of this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Evil!Yuka gives Ayumi a blistering one after revealing their identity, calling her out for letting her brother die.
    • Seen in Flashback in Chapter 2, when a teacher catches Yoshiki smoking and takes the chance to insult not only him, but the way his parents raised him.
    • And again in Chapter 3 once Satoshi shows up.
  • Redemption Demotion: This is justified with Sachiko: not only is she no longer bound to the cursed school, but the form she takes was meant to be a temporary body. As a result, they're MUCH more vulnerable, and barely able to defend themselves should the need arise.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In one ending, Yoshiki ends up with the other Shinozaki. He doesn't realize that she's not the same girl, though, courtesy of Ret-Gone.
  • Ret-Gone: Ayumi inflicts this upon herself in one ending.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Referenced; one door requires you to "Honor the memory of the sacrifical lamb" by finding Kishimura's student ID.
  • Sequel Hook: One of the unlockable Extras is a teaser for Fatal Operation.
  • Screw Destiny: Ayumi declared this six years ago, and enlisted Satoshi's help to try and save their friends. It went poorly.
  • Shout-Out: The story Seiko's telling in the Mended Soul ending has the character Miyu- from the manga Corpse Party Musume.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: In Chapter 2, a cheerful, upbeat melody plays while Ayumi watches several of Yoshiki's memories get reenacted by shadowy figures.
  • Stepford Smiler: While Naomi appears to have dealt with the losses better than Ayumi, she states that her primary coping method is to just avoid thinking about it and throw herself into her work as a nurse.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Poor Satoshi's fate.
  • Survivor Guilt: Ayumi struggles with this, not simply because she managed to escape while the others didn't, but due to how both Yoshiki and Satoshi sacrificed themselves to save her.
    • Naomi also has this to a lesser degree.
  • Taking the Bullet: When the ritual went awry, Satoshi shoved Ayumi out of the summoning circle and wound up dying in her place.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Evil!Yuka playfully calls Ayumi 'Ayumy'. In one Bad Ending, they add another nickname: 'Sachi'.
  • Theme Music Power-Up:
    • The main theme of Corpse Party plays during Ayumi's She's Back moment, when she resolves to free her friends' spirits from the school.
    • This happens again in Chapter 3 when Sachiko joins Ayumi to find and apologize to the others, and again before the Last-Second Ending Choice when Ayumi declares she can still save them.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Evil!Yuka believes Naomi pulled this on Satoshi, screaming and acting distressed at exactly the wrong time, distracting him from saving his sister.
  • Yandere: Yuka always DID love her brother... and Yoshiki isn't much better.