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Death Mark (死印 Shiin); titled Spirit Hunter: Death Mark in the US, is a supernatural horror adventure game developed by Experience, Inc. on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Play Station Vita, Xbox One, and Steam.

Set in H City of Tokyo, Death Mark revolves around people who bear the eponymous Mark, who are fated to die after having it for too long, and suffer memory loss in the meantime (which affects their ability to live normally). Marks are the doing of malevolent spirits, born of grudges and resentful of the living. And those who are Marked tend to meet impossibly horrific ends.

The Player Character is Kazuo Yashiki, a man who dismisses the rumors about disappearing people as stupid Urban Legends. Cut ahead to him in front of the manor of Saya Kujou, where he discovers A.) a scar on his right arm in the shape of a fanged mouth, B.) Saya Kujou herself dead, with flowers growing out of her body, C.) Kujou's life-sized doll that can talk, and D.) the unsettled man has forgotten his own memories. The doll, named Mary, helps Kazuo come to grips with his predicament of identity, before presenting him with a nasty revelation: he indeed possesses the Mark, and he will die by dawn. And Saya Kujou was on the verge of breaking her own Mark... but perished before she could pass that information onto Mary.

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Faced with the prospect of death, Kazuo chooses to fight his Mark, with Mary's assistance; but it will not be easy, for the one responsible for the Mark does not want Kazuo to live without a fight, and sends various vengeful ghosts to hinder his progress.

The official Japanese site and English site is available.

The game is followed up by a sequel known as Spirit Hunter: NG.


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  • The '90s: The dates line up with the last great war (World War II) taking place 50 years ago and Seiko Hasegawa's death was five years ago from the start of the story. Chapter 4 treats cell phones as more of a new invention that'll soon be everywhere.
  • Abusive Parents: Adopted parent, but the principal of H Elementary adopted a young boy and every night in a secret room under his school "tutored" the boy, slowly killing him.
  • Adults Are Useless: The boy that would become Hanahiko asked for help from the teachers at H Elementary, but they all refused out of fear of the principal. Likewise, in Chapter 6 DLC, S-ko went to her teacher to get help reporting illicit activities at Masquerade, only to be betrayed by him and tortured at the hotel.
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    • Tsukasa believes in this, revealing it when he shows his sympathy for what Hanahiko went through. He does, however, soften up when he considers the player to be an actual reliable adult.
  • Adult Fear: Your son being abused by the principal of his elementary school, and no one believing that the principal could be capable of doing that.
    • A high school girl gets tricked by a teacher she trusts deeply and ends up being forced to take part in his twisted sexual fantasy, leading to her deciding to commit suicide.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • Mary's origins and identity are left largely a mystery in the main game. However, the artbook included in the limited edition details her history. A small town, which would eventually become H City, was plagued by a curse. To suppress this, people were ritually sacrificed every fifty years, the first being a foreign girl with strong spiritual energy. Eventually, the Kujous created elaborate living dolls infused with spiritual energy to contain the curse, but the knowledge behind the dolls was lost in the war. One particular doll, resembling the foreign girl, was particularly powerful. When Mary awoke, she was fueled by the power of the curse she contained and the grudges of countless human sacrifices.
    • Red Riding Hood's true name: Sayoko Shiina, known as S-ko in-game.
  • Alternate Character Reading/Meaningful Name: The default name given to the protagonist, Kazuo Yashiki. The surname "Yashiki" here uses the kanji 八敷, but an alternative "yashiki" would be the kanji 屋敷, meaning "mansion", and Kazuo using the kanji 一男 means "eldest son". Mary was both saying his assigned name — "Yashiki-sama"/"Lord Yashiki" — and "Eldest Son who is Lord of the Mansion" since he's really Masamune Kujou, the previous head of the Kujou family prior to his younger sister Saya taking over. For an additional spin, there's the kanji 八 for the number eight and the kanji 一 for the number one — the Kujou's kanji is 九条, 九 being the number nine.
  • Amateur Sleuth: The protagonist, as well as some of his Marked companions. Not with Mashita; he's a former police detective.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: By the end of the game, Kazuo Yakishi feels this way about his true self, Masamune Kujo. Kujo played a dangerous game to purify the nenjibutsu sealing Mary, which unleashed cursed ghosts upon H City that has left victims in its wake.
  • Amnesiac Hero: The protagonist.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Yashiki's final line is that he's sure that the door to the mansion will swing open again one day.
  • Animal Motif: Bees for Shimi-O and spiders for Red Riding Hood.
  • Apologetic Attacker: If the ghost of Seiko Hasegawa is successfully appeased instead of destroyed, the last words they leave behind is their apology to the mark bearers for their actions before they pass on.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: You can only bring one partner with you to investigate, because too many mark bearers in the same place will draw the attention of spirits. But that's a lie Mary told in a deliberate attempt to make the adventure as miserable as possible.
  • Asshole Victim: Half of the chapters contained at least one, with Yakishi even lampshading that it's hard to feel bad for some of them.
    • Hanayome didn't kill anyone herself, but her fiancé killed all of the gang members who participated in her rape before killing himself.
    • Kannon Soldier got her revenge on the military doctors who experimented on her and sadistically mocked her during the whole ordeal.
    • Red Riding Hood killed people who were involved in the Masquerade love hotel, which was operating mainly on high school prostitution and torturous fetishes.
  • Back for the Finale/Continuity Cavalcade: All surviving Mark Bearers appear in Chapter 6 in one way or another.
  • Batter Up!: Shou offers his bat during Chapter 3, which can be used as a weapon. By either the player or Shimi-O.
    • Provided he survives, he returns with a bat in Chapter 6. Unfortunately, he's possessed by Red Riding Hood and attempts to kill the protagonist and Mashita.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Moe is a big occult fan and has always wanted to meet a ghost. She found meeting Hanahiko terrifying.
  • Berserk Button: Madoka Hiroo flies off the handle whenever someone mentions anything occult-related. Hanayome also murders anyone who says they saw "it".
  • Big Bad: The one responsible for giving Kazuo Yashiki his Mark and creating all the Vengeful Ghosts that he must fight for his life against is Mary, the doll who pretended to be his ally throughout his investigations but is actually a sadist who thrives on the pain and suffering that comes from inflicting people with a Death Mark.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Banshee gets a major one. When the protagonist and Hiroo face off against the Kannon Soldier, Banshee comes running at the last moment (having run all the way from the mansion, on top of that) to give them the tool they need to appease/defeat the spirit: one of Masamune's chisels. Sometimes, it is Daimon who saves the day, which is a more impressive feat considering his usual sickly conditions.
    • Mashita gets one in the Chapter 6 DLC when he stops the protagonist from being dragged out the window to his death by Red Riding Hood.
  • Big Good: Saya Kujou helps the protagonist either as the black bunny or a voice in his head. Towako Yasuoka seems to take up the role in the Chapter 6 DLC.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The good ending of the game. The Mark is finally cleansed from the protagonist and Mary is defeated. However, the seal will eventually wear down on Mary again and the protagonist remembers he's Masamune Kujou. Not only did he knowingly allow the risk of Mary wreaking havoc for a month so he could re-seal her, but he also lost his sister Saya Kujou as a result.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Hanayome operates on this. While she'll help you find something missing if you didn't see "it", she'll also brutally murder you and eat your eyes if you say you saw "it".
  • Bondage Is Bad: Due to the compromising positions that Hanahiko tends to place his victims in, it's implied that the principal would restrain him in a similar manner while assaulting him.
    • Red Riding Hood was also restrained and blindfolded before being force-fed a spider as an experimental fetish.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The death mark leaves its victims dazed and confused in its later stages. Also, Madoka Hiroo can be possessed by failing to pacify the Kannon Soldier, which will result in Hiroo allowing the Kannon Soldier to cut her head off.
    • In the DLC Chapter, if Hiroo survived the Kannon Soldier encounter, she will join you on your primary investigation into the Red Riding Hood ghost. She chases after Red Riding Hood, and when you catch up to her, she's suddenly taking her clothes off and trying to seduce you...
  • Bungled Suicide: Shimi-O's change into a ghost was because of his bungled suicide, so he was left alone while the rest of his cult died successfully.
  • Cat Scare: If you get a chapter's good ending, it gives you one where your partner would have died if you got the bad ending. At the end of chapter 1, your partner dropped something of theirs and goes back into the school by themself to find it. But a cold wind blows and they're taking an awfully long time to come back... If you got the good ending, they couldn't find their wallet/house key because it was too dark. But if it's the bad ending... You go back into the school to search for them, but what you find instead is their accessory in a pool of blood.
  • Character Select Forcing: Partners who play an important story role in later chapters will always be among those that cannot be used to defeat that chapter's vengeful spirit, and therefore cannot be killed in the event that you destroy the spirit instead of pacifying it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A big example is your choice of partners in Chapter 4. Ai Kashiwagi may be The Ditz, but the character profiles make it a point to tell you that even though fortune teller Tomoko Yasuoka and researcher Madoka Hiroo are both very well-learned, neither of them have any ability to play music. Yasuoka and Hiroo are very helpful while investigating, but only Ai can play the piano required to defeat Miss Zoo.
  • Cool Big Sis: By chapter 6, Christie's taken this role to Suzu.
  • Convenient Coma: Masamune Kujou was in one for half a year while abroad. During this time Saya was made the head of the household.
  • Creepy Doll: Mary, the late Saya Kujou's doll. Luckily, she's also an ally to the Mark Bearers. Or not...
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Hanahiko's biological mother doted on him and happily played along with her son's interest in makeup and dressing as a girl.
  • Depraved Homosexual: It's strongly implied that the principal of H Elementary regularly raped the boy that would become Hanahiko till he died.
  • The Ditz: Let's just say Ai isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.
  • Does Not Like Men: Hanayome because of being raped.
  • Downer Ending: The bad ending of the game, where at least one Mark Bearer dies. The protagonist fails to properly seal Mary and she comes for him at the end.
  • Down the Drain: In Chapter 4, you end up going down a sewer in Manhole Street. You come back in Chapter 5 to find and explore a hidden military research lab housing many questionable experiments, most notably the Kannon Soldier.
  • Driven to Suicide: Hanayome (Seiko Hasegawa) and Red Riding Hood (S-ko), resulting in them becoming ghosts.
    • Hanayome's fiancé followed her after killing all those responsible for her rape.
    • Red Riding Hood does it again as a ghost while she's being saved or destroyed, trying to bring Yashiki, whom she believes is her teacher, with her.
    • Unbeknownst to her ghost, N-mura, the one responsible for Red Riding Hood's tragedy, hung himself while in jail.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Each of the spirits' appearances are beyond deformed once they reveal themselves.
  • Emotion Eater: Vengeful spirits feed off of fear and despair and draw out their victims' suffering before finishing them off, which sometimes leads to Bond Villain Stupidity. A notable example from Chapter 4: The protagonist and his current partner find Madoka Hiroo naked and covered in snakes, and yet they are able to get her out with minimal injuries.
  • Epic Fail: If anyone tries to play the piano besides Ai Kashiwagi, all they can do is slam their hands on the keys and make a Scare Chord.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Banshee Itou states that despite being homeless, he would never steal. Which he proves when he returns the protagonist's forgotten wallet when they met 10 days ago.
  • Extra Eyes: Red Riding Hood in her true form.
  • Eye Scream: Hanayome will eat the eyes of anyone that says they saw her blackmail photos.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Mary is a beautiful doll, but she's actually incredibly sadistic and kept the protagonist alive just to feast on his fear and despair.
  • Fan Disservice: There are plenty of attractive women in various levels of stages of nudity in this game... as the ghosts are slowly killing them...
  • Fat Bastard: Shimi-O is an obese ghost that kills his victims with a drill and uses their corpses as bee hives. In life, he was a cult leader that urged his followers into ritual suicide.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The Art Collection says as much, regarding Mary's true self. Even as she talks about how much she loves making Yashiki suffer and how she can't resist the urge to slaughter him anymore, she never drops her polite and respectful way of speaking.
    "The doll passed down for generations as a Kujou family heirloom transformed into a monster by the wrath and hatred residing inside her. The goals revealed by her true nature is to carry out unprecedented, indiscriminate slaughter, but over time her various machinations have warped into an abominable game meant to lessen her boredom. Incredibly perverse, she still somehow holds the loving heart of a maiden."
  • Fire-Forged Friends: In chapter 6, Daimon outright says that he considers the protagonist as a "comrade-in-arms" after they went through the events of chapter 5 together, and that's the main reason he decided to help out with the investigation.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Even with all the supernatural events she's personally exposed to, Madoka Hiroo completely refuses to believe in anything "unscientific" at first. Though, it's clear that she's mostly doing it because she's spooked by the curse and what it entails.
  • Flower Motif: Hanahiko has this motif with making his victims sprout flowers out of their bodies.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Mary states that coming face to face to the spirit that gave a person their mark tends to accelerate the amnesia caused by the mark. The protagonist seems to forget his name just as he met Mary.
    • When Moe and Tsukasa first arrive at the mansion, they ask about the protagonist's relationship to Saya. He can say boyfriend, relative, or disciple. If relative is chosen, Moe guesses that he must be her older brother, considering their appearances and resemblance. This turns out to be absolutely correct.
    • In chapter 1, the second floor of H Elementary School is blocked by snakes, which don't really fit Hanahiko's motif. The school returns as the main setting of chapter 4, where Ms. Zoo turns out to have been residing.
    • An one-off line by Ai has her joking that the bunker under North Street in chapter 4 is a lab. Chapter 5 reveals she was very much right.
  • Genki Girl: Moe and Ai are usually very cheerful and hyperactive.
  • The Ghost: Towako Yasuoka in the Chapter 6 DLC. Every other Mark bearer either appears or at least has a line of dialogue, but she is mentioned a lot.
  • Healing Factor: Mary is revealed to have one, recovering from her "death" after one day. Even though she crumbles to dust after defeating her in the good ending, she is still able to gradually pull herself back together and repair herself.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The default name for the protagonist is "Kazuo Yashiki", but players can give him a new name at the start.
  • Heroic Dog: Seiko Hasegawa's dog Genta chased after the truck of the gang that kidnapped her and was killed in its chase.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite Eita's appearance and personality, he cares deeply about Suzu to the point he's more afraid for her than himself and admits he wouldn't be able to forgive himself if something happened to her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mary is defeated by several death marks being carved into her body, with the protagonist guessing it was from her victims.
  • Hot for Teacher: S-ko was this for N-mura, which unfortunately lead to her death.
  • How Unscientific!: The trope name gets quoted in Chapter 5 by Madoka.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Christie, as her journalism knowledge provide clues.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Christie went to the forest to commit suicide, but seeing Shimi-O scared her too much to go through with it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Satoru Mashita. His lines are filled with derision and sarcasm. But he cares greatly for human life and is very protective of everyone around him.
  • Leitmotif: Downplayed. Every Chapter introduction screen has a sound effect that relates to each spirit.
    • Hanahiko's is a child's laugh.
    • Shimi-O's is bees buzzing.
    • Hanayome's is a telephone ring.
    • Miss Zoo's is a piano Scare Chord.
    • The Kannon Soldier's is a Japanese war cry.
  • Long Neck: One of Hanayome's distorted features.
  • Love Hotels: The hotel Masquerade in chapter 6 DLC is an abandoned one.
  • Marked to Die: Every person who bears the Mark as a result of interaction with a haunted Spirit.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Manabi Zukawa has always hated humanity, even wondering as a child why she was human. She jumped at the chance to become something else.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Christie didn't react well when she saw Eita Nakamatsu with Suzu Morimiya at the dead of night in chapter 3. Though Eita only sees Suzu as a little sister.
  • Monster Delay: You don't know what Haneyome, Miss Zoo, or the Kannon Soldier look like until you face them directly at the end of their respective chapters. You see Red Riding Hood as a "human" early on, but you don't get to see how she looks as a vengeful spirit until the finale of her chapter.
  • Multiple Endings: Each chapter has alternative endings depending on who you partner with and what item you use to either appease or defeat the spirit. Generally, appeasement results in a "good" ending. Defeat, on the other hand...
  • My Car Hates Me: In true horror genre fashion, this occurs while fleeing from Shimi-O in chapter 2.
  • Nervous Wreck: Christie Arimura. She becomes a Deer in the Headlights when Shimi-O appears and has to be physically dragged back to the car to escape. She later mutters about how everyone is going to die and flat-out refuses to help fight him (fighting Shimi-O with Christie is an unwinnable situation), but will continue helping the investigation if you choose her as a partner. She shows up again in Chapter 6 to tell you about how those that tried investigating the Masquerade love hotel have all mysteriously gone missing. But when she learns that yet another vengeful spirit is the cause, along with everything that happened during last night's investigation there, her very next move is to take Suzu Morimiya and go back home.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The protagonist, or Masamune Kujou. The protagonist is the one who intentionally removed the expiring seal on Mary in order to extend it for a few more decades, allowing her to awaken, and who removed the nenjibutsu suppressing her powers, allowing her to run wild for a month. Even without his memories, he unknowingly helped Mary's agenda through helping her expose Mark Bearers to spirits, giving her fear to feed off of.
  • No Body Left Behind: All partners that die. Hanahiko reduces them to a puddle of blood, Shimi-O abducts them, Hanayome leaves behind a single eyeball, Miss Zoo reduces to Ludicrous Gibs, and the Kannon Soldier decapitates and vanishes with the corpse.
  • Old School Building: Chapter 1 revolves around H Elementary, where the spirit of Hanahiko dwells. Chapter 4 returns to that same building, where Miss Zoo dwells on the second floor.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: If a character is behaving out of sorts, it means that their Mark's effects are progressing further.
  • Plot Armor: Downplayed as some characters need to survive till the next chapter, thus they can't be used in the climax of the current chapter where they could potentially die.
  • Point Build System: Each character has a number of points in four stats: Power, Intelligence, Spirit Power, and Dexterity. They're mainly just for looks, but sometimes they allude to which partner will be the most helpful in a specific situation.
    • Christie has the highest Spirit Power of everyone in Chapter 2, and only she can deal with the spirits that block your path by offering prayers to them.
    • In Chapter 4, Yasuoka has a higher Intelligence than Yashiki and Ai. If you take her on your first investigation into the 2nd floor of H Elementary, she offers additional insights that Ai doesn't. She can read words that were wiped off the surface they were written on, and she knows enough about chemistry to tell you that you can use acid to destroy a piece of metal being used to jam a door shut.
    • Banshee Itou of Chapter 5 has a much higher Spirit Power than everyone else, and he straight-up tells you that he has special powers. If you take him as your partner, he can tell you what was on the posters that used to be on the walls. Which is important because they're Japanese war slogans, and you have to repeat them to the spirit of a general that mistakes you for a new recruit or else you die.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The military surgeon in chapter 5 who worked on the Kannon Soldier says he hates working on women because they squeal like pigs.
  • Posthumous Character: Saya Kujou, the spirit healer who owns both the Kujou manor and Mary the doll. The protagonist discovers her dead body in one of the rooms, where it soon vanishes. The Reveal confirms that Saya is the protagonist's younger sister in the Kujou clan, who possessed a black rabbit that has helped the protagonist until Chapter 4.
  • Pragmatic Hero: The protagonist, or more accurately, his true self Masamune Kujou, is this. He purposefully took out the nenjibutsu that was sealing Mary's powers as he knew it was reaching its limit. He took it to be cleansed so it could seal Mary's powers again, but that would take time. When faced with a month of letting Mary run wild to an eternity, he chose the month despite knowing that lives could be lost.
  • Promiscuity After Rape: Implied with Hanahiko, who's suggested to have been a victim of rape at the hands of his principal, and in death has a habit of leaving his female victims scantily clad and in sexually charged positions.
  • Puzzle Boss: Facing off each vengeful spirit plays like a turn-based RPG. Usually, you first have to do something to protect yourself from the spirit's long range attack, stun it at melee range when it approaches, and then do something to pacify or destroy the spirit while it's vulnerable.
    • Chapter 1: To defeat Hanahiko, you must avoid bringing Detective Satoru Mashida, or else Hanahiko will go berserk and kill both of you immediately. With Tsukasa or Moe as your partner instead, Hanahiko will aim to only kill Yashiki by shooting thorns at him. Drape the blood-stained sheet over the umbrella and use it to deflect Hanahiko's rose thorns, because the blood of his victims "denies" him. When he approaches, pour salt water on him to poison his roses and weaken him. Then, put the lipstick on him and hold the compact mirror in front of him to let him see himself finally be "pretty". Alternatively, burn him with the flare to destroy him.
    • Chapter 2: Shimi-O. Pour the stinky liquid over the sports balls and throw them to distract Shimi-O's bees. When Shimi-O gets close, spray him with the "Good Morning" drug and have your partner use their respective Weapon of Choice on him until he becomes weakened ("If the betrayer comes... Wake them up and hit them. Do it until they calm down."), and then coat the fresh root with honey and shove it in his mouth. He will happily swallow the poisonous root and successfully perform his cult's suicide ritual that he previously botched, and go to rejoin his family. You destroy him by pouring the Sweat Dreams and Nite Nite medicines over him at the same time, creating toxic gas that chokes him to death.
    • Chapter 3: Hanayome. Repel her with the camera flash to escape the phone booth. Then, as she approaches, use Eita's casette player to play all three tapes that Hanayome's fiance left behind. Then, when she asks you to play the newest one, play "My ....". If you confronted her at the mountain phone booth, then her dog will reunite with her and they will both pass on, together. If she isn't confronted at the mountain, then her dog doesn't join her and she isn't purified.
    • Chapter 4: Miss Zoo. Take Ai Kashiwagi as your partner, and hide in the Music Room. Use the garbage bag filled with trash to cushion her ostrich kick. Then, ignite the clear liquid with the matches to ward off her snake arms. Have the protagonist attack her with the hatchet to distract her, and have Ai play Carp Streamer on the piano to paralyze her. Finish Miss Zoo off by either burning the Aizen Asura charm in front of her, or screaming into the megaphone while she's right in front of you. If you burn the charm, she will tackle you and try to finish you off, but your sweat gets on her torso and her snake arms bite that instead, to Miss Zoo's... glee? Her snake arms devour the last of her that is human, she successfully "discards her stench of corrupted humanity and becomes one with nature", and she passes on peacefully.
    • Chapter 5: The Kannon Soldier. Take Madoka Hiroo as your partner, because she is the only female in your group that can fill the role of "priestess". Fire the blank pistol to deafen yourselves so the Kannon Soldier's Brown Note sutras have no effect. Then, alternate between striking it with physical weapons like guns and swords, and having Hiroo use the Kagura Suzu Bell when it becomes intangible. When it becomes weak enough, Banshee will come out of nowhere and give you the bloodstained chisel. Swing it down on her right ear, the same ear that the spirit whispered to you while you were having a vision of her last moments alive. Targeting anywhere else won't pacify the spirit.
    • DLC Chapter 6: Red Riding Hood. This one is an In-Universe example, too. Kazuo Yashiki eventually realizes that Red Hiding Hood is plaguing him with headaches every time he tries to stick together with his allies because she wants to face him, and him alone. When the confrontation begins, use the vibrating massager to repel her spiders and the wooden horse head to block her spider silk. She will then approach you and ask you a few questions, still believing that you are the teacher that betrayed her in life. When she asks if she was right or wrong to try and rat everyone out, don't talk to her about hell or divine punishment. When she declares that she wants your life, don't insinuate that she's evil if she wants to kill. Her next question is what you think about her. Don't tell her that she's like a little sister to you. And when she asks what you find attractive about her, choose "Your honesty." Then she will leap out the window and commit suicide like she did in life, but also try to drag you out the window with her. If you previously told her she was extremely attractive, it's an attempt at revenge. If you told her "We met too late" instead, it's because she wants to become Together in Death with you.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: It's disturbingly common for the ghosts.
    • It's strongly implied the boy that would become Hanahiko was adopted and then raped daily by the principal till he died.
    • Seiko Hasegawa was kidnapped, gang-raped, and then had photographs of the aftermath taken by the gang as blackmail just before her wedding. She committed suicide from grief.
    • S-ko tried to report her classmates' prostitution ring to the police, but she was lured into a trap by a teacher she looked up to and was kidnapped and tortured as part of a fetishistic roleplay by her teacher and his friends. She was drugged, possibly with an aphrodisiac, her mouth was forced open with a speculum, and a large living spider was dropped into her mouth. Assuming that she didn't actually swallow the thing, she would've been deemed "guilty" and subjected to other depraved punishments. She was found and hospitalized, but later committed suicide.
  • Recurring Character: At least one character from one chapter will resurface in the next, whether they are/were Marked or not.
  • Red Herring: The game strongly hinted since Chapter 3 that the cause of the protagonist's mark is the grudge of the Buddha statues that were stolen from the H Shrine, only for chapter 5 to reveal it's false and Mary is the actual cause of everyone's misfortune.
  • Red String of Fate: Red Riding Hood uses this as one of her motifs.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Seiko Hasegawa's fiancé found and murdered every member of the gang that raped her in revenge for her suicide.
    • It's implied that the Kannon Soldier's rampage against the army was fueled by the grudges of the Buddha statues that were beheaded and the victims of the Imperial Japanese Army scientists' insane experiments.
  • Scary Stinging Swarm: Shimi-O in Chapter 2 kills his victims with a drill and turns them into human beehives. He's also covered in hundreds of bees.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: It's implied that Hiroo and Daimon got their Marks because they're the grandchildren of the survivors of the Kannon Soldier's first attack and their Marks were passed down when the soldier reactivated.
  • Slut-Shaming: Red Riding Hood has tendencies of doing this, with most of her Live or Die tests for the protagonist making it so he has to pick the least suggestive options.
  • Starter Villain: Hanahiko is the first ghost and the only one of the five ghosts that doesn't hint at Mary's role as the Big Bad.
  • The Stoic: Shuuji Daimon's character sprites always have a very emotionally neutral face.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Seiko's fiancé killed all of the ones responsible for raping her and driving her to suicide before killing himself.
  • Taking You with Me: If you destroy the spirit instead of pacifying it, your current partner will be killed by the vengeful spirit's grudge before it fully fades away.
    • Red Riding Hood attempts this with Yashiki, believing him to be her teacher.
  • Undying Loyalty: Seiko Hasegawa's dog Genta is this towards his owner and her fiance. After it died trying to save Seiko, it willingly became a spirit to guide Hanayome to the afterlife where her fiancé was waiting.
  • Vengeful Ghost: What the protagonist and the others have to overcome over the course of the game.
    • Chapter 1 has Hanahiko, the spirit of a cross-dressing boy who largely despises adults. He'll also kill you if you tell him he's pretty... and fail to give him that "red stuff" he's been looking for. It's his mom's red lipstick, a memento of the one person who never judged him. Hanahiko has cursed Saya Kujou (who died when her Mark remained unsolved before running out of time), Moe Watanabe, Tsukasa Yoshida, and ex-detective Satoru Mashita.
    • Chapter 2 has Shimi-O, a figure in the forest who kills people with a power drill. He used to be a member of a cult, the Honey Bee Family, near H Shrine and had botched his suicide to a degree. One of Mashita's fellow officers had tried to infiltrate the cult, but was outed. Shimi-O's victims would be turned into new "beehives". His cursed victim is high school student Shou Nagashima as well as Satoru Mashita, who intentionally got in an encounter with Shimi-O out of his own curiosity.
    • Chapter 3 has Hanayome, who has a thing about people "seeing it" and eats the eyeballs of her victims. She was Seiko Hasegawa, a bride who was gang-raped before committing suicide out of shame and the fear of photographic blackmail when her rapists pulled out a camera. Her cursed victims are Otaku Eita Nakamatsu, journalist Christie Arimura, and young Suzu Morimiya.
    • Chapter 4 has Miss Zoo, a former teacher at H Elementary that loves animals. She was also a former misanthropic researcher named Manabi Zukawa who willingly turned herself into a vengeful spirit so she could continue her experiments with animals. Her cursed victims are idol/actress Ai Kashiwagi and fortune teller Towako Yasuoka.
    • Chapter 5 has the Kannon Soldier, an experiment gone wrong that killed the IJA scientists that performed on it back towards the end of World War II. Its cursed victims are science researcher Madoka Hiroo, Dr. Shuuji Daimon, and vagabond Banshee Itou. It's later revealed that Manabi Zukawa was tricked or brainwashed by the Kannon Soldier into dying by its hands and becoming Miss Zoo, and that the Kannon Soldier itself was personally brought to life by Mary and maintained with her power.
    • Chapter 6 DLC has Red Riding Hood, who drives people crazy to the point of them committing suicide if they go into the abandoned love hotel with her where she haunts when it rains. She was a high school student known as S-ko who had threatened to tell on her fellow students of their highly questionable "part-time job" at the love hotel Masquerade, but was tricked into a BDSM "game" by the very teacher she had respected because he was also one of the "clients" of Masquerade. She later committed suicide from the sixth floor of the hospital where she had been sent to, the very same floor where the "special clients" went to at Masquerade and where she was tortured. Her cursed victims were Madoka, Banshee, and Shou.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: This is how Red Riding Hood kills you if you fail her first two Live or Die events, where she evaluates your character by asking you personal questions and then has a Brainwashed and Crazy Hiroo try to seduce you.
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: Some partners politely bail after surviving their respective chapter.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye:
    • Chapter 1: The security guard that you meet outside H Elementary. He goes inside and is Eaten Alive by Hanahiko's roses. His corpse shows up again in Chapter 4, claimed by Miss Zoo.
    • Chapter 2: During the first night's investigation in Shimi-O's forest, you encounter a man intending to commit suicide and have to talk him down in a Live or Die event. He works himself "to the bone" at a job he hates to provide for his wife, and then he caught her cheating on him with another man. Afterwards, he introduces himself as Masao Kimura and offers to buy you a drink if you ever meet again. His dead body is later seen at the enterance to the forest, having a drink with Shimi-O.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Madoka Hiroo was this with Manabi Zukawa, who would become Miss Zoo.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The ending in Chapter 5 tells what happened to each of the surviving Mark bearers.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The artbook mentions that H City is located in Western Tokyo (Tama area).
  • Would Hurt a Child: Mary warns you that the cursed mark doesn't discriminate and has no problems killing children.

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