Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo

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Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo
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Front cover of Disk 1.
Developer(s) Tose
Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Toru Osawa
Producer(s) Gunpei Yokoi
Artist(s) Tetsuji Tanaka
Writer(s) Nagihiro Asama
Yoshio Sakamoto
Composer(s) Kenji Yamamoto
Platform(s) Family Computer Disk System, Super Famicom, Game Boy Advance
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo (ファミコン探偵倶楽部PartII うしろに立つ少女?, "Famicom Detective Club Part II: The Girl who Stands Behind") is a text-based adventure game released by Nintendo in 1989 for the Family Computer Disk System. The original version was released in two discs in 1989, and the game was ported to the Super Famicom and the Game Boy Advance several years later. The Super Famicom version was released in Japan for the Wii's Virtual Console on April 30, 2008, and Wii U's Virtual Console on July 31, 2013.[1] The Famicom version was released for the Virtual Console on December 22, 2009. Neither version of the game was ever released outside of Japan, although an English translation patch has been released by the translation group Demiforce for the enhanced Super Famicom version.

History[edit]

Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo is the successor of and a prequel to Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha, and is the second game of the Famicom Tantei Club series. Its scenario was written by Nagihiro Asama, based on the concept by Yoshio Sakamoto.[2] Kenji Yamamoto composed the game music. The popularity of Part I: Kieta Kōkeisha prompted the release of this sequel, which employed the similar graphic-adventure gameplay. The game was re-released on the Nintendo Power cartridge rewriting service in 1998 with improved graphics and sound, and the Disk System version was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2004 as part of the Famicom Mini series. The murder and smoking scenes resulted in a CERO (ages 15+) rating for the GBA release, making it the first Nintendo title to receive a parental advisory rating.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

The objective is to solve two cases; the murder of a schoolgirl investigating her school's ghost story, and an older murder nearing legal expiration. Like the previous game in the series, the game progresses as the player chooses from a set of commands displayed on a menu. These commands are used to interact with other characters and the game's environment, examine clues, or review facts. The results of choosing each command are displayed in the text.

Story[edit]

Setting[edit]

The game's narrative presumably takes place in modern day Japan. Most of the story takes place in a suburban town, where Ushimitsu High School is located.[4] Nearby is a downtown galleria, housing a subway station,[5] a nightclub, and a bar; the player will also reach the "Sambora Bar & Saloon" at a nearby town, contactable in the game by the phone number "007-1234".[6][7] Ryoko's house is in this same town.[8] Yoko's house and Tazaki's[5] and Goro's apartments[9] are also visited as well. The past Kaneda residence and snack bar were in this same town as well.[10] When the protagonist needs to search for Ayumi, he will need to visit Tazaki's mother's small fishing village of Marufuku.[5]

Plot[edit]

Prologue[edit]

The prologue scene depicts an autumn night "3 years ago"[11] - a 15-year old boy (the protagonist of the game)[12] on the run from two police officers. A man, respected by the police,[13] decides to care of the situation by himself. The man takes the boy to a coffeehouse; the boy ran away from his orphanage to find his parents' whereabouts.[14] The man, a private detective named Shunsuke Utsugi, convinces him to become his assistant.[15]

Main plot[edit]

A cutscene tells that "a few months later", Utsugi and the protagonist receive a phone call to check over a crime scene;[16] this starts Chapter 1. The victim is a freshman schoolgirl named Yoko Kojima. Her time of death is estimated to be around 9-10 PM on October 10.[17] Throughout Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3, the protagonist will need to gather information from Ushimitsu High School to solve the Yoko case, and connect it with the Genjiro Kaneda case. Yoko was deep into an investigation of "The Tale of the Girl in Back"; this rumor involves a ghost of a blood-soaked girl that stands behind a student.[18]

The "Girl in Back" story originated 15 years ago, when a schoolgirl of Ushimitsu, Shinobu Asakawa went missing. This was around the same time of the murder of Genjiro Kaneda; that case's statute of limitations was going to expire soon.[19] In Chapter 4, the player will learn more background about the ghost story. Ms. Hayama, a teacher at the school, admits to the protagonist that she started the rumor. On the night of the Kaneda murder, the then sophomore went to the school to get some forgotten homework, but saw the "Girl in Back".[20][21]

In Chapter 5, Hayama confirms passing by the old school building during the night she saw the "Girl in Back", but the wall was unfinished.[22] During the conversation, the protagonist catches Tazaki eavesdropping. He tries to chase him down, but fails.[23] After he returns to the detective agency, Ayumi gives him a cup of coffee that makes him go unconscious.[24] As this happens, the game flashes back to the previous events.[25]

When he gains his consciousness in Chapter 6, he realizes Ayumi drugged his coffee; a letter from Ayumi says she went to track down Tazaki herself.[26] The game then depicts him searching through a town, and ending up in a downtown galleria. Eventually, he ends up from Tazaki's apartment, to his mother's village,[5] and finally down a cliff, where Ayumi is kept hostage by an unstable Tazaki. He threatens to kill her, but gives up afterward. He confesses about his false alibi and talks of his past.[27] In Chapter 7, the protagonist has the altruistic Urabe admit he lied about Tazaki's alibi, but he showed no regrets.[28] The protagonist will find that many students and teachers - particularly Mr. Hibino - respect Urabe as a fine educator.[29][30][31]

Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 provide background information for Shinobu, Urabe, and Goro. The protagonist notices a portrait of Shinobu in the school;[32] the painter, Ryoko Katsuragi, tells the protagonist about Shinobu's personality. Yoko and Shinobu were also cousins. When the protagonist arrives at Goro's apartment, the game presents a scene of Goro getting murdered. The protagonist realizes that Goro was the man Urabe hanged out with at the galleria. He was holding a pen with the initials "T.U.";[9] these match the initials of Teruhiko Uchida and Tadashi Urabe.[33]

Chapter 10 elaborates more on Shinobu's friend, whose last name was Uchida. Sayaka Ishibashi tells the protagonist that the Uchida boy was indeed Teruhiko's son, Tatsuya. This boy later turns out to be Tatsuya Hibino. Hibino tells the protagonist about how he developed his father-son relationship with Urabe.[34] He also shows his extreme resentment towards the Kanedas.[35][36][37][38] He has no alibi for the Goro murder, but throws a temper tantrum when the protagonist considers Urabe a suspect.[37][38][39][40]

Chapter 11 makes up the final chapter of the game's narrative. Conversing with Hayama, the protagonist realizes Urabe was never on any business trip, as he claimed before. When she went to school on the night of the Kaneda murder, through the window of the old school building did she see the bloody girl - this was likely Shinobu. Tazaki reveals that on that night he was indeed plastering the wall of the old school building, but he took a break. The next morning, it looked like someone had used his tools.[41]

Back at the detective agency, a resentful tipster calls to tell that the "lowlife" was at the school.[42] Ayumi was taking a make-up test for Hibino before they went outside to meet the protagonist.[43] The three break through the door into Urabe's office, and the player is shown a visual of the suicided Urabe. Urabe had left a suicide letter; on it, he shamefully[44] confesses as the serial killer.

The next scene reveals the shattered Hibino as the serial killer. During flashback cutscenes, Hibino makes detailed confessions of his murders. After confessing about Genjiro, Shinobu, Goro, and Yoko, he tries to slash the cornered[45] protagonist and Ayumi in the hallway with the giant mirror. Instead, he ends up shattering it into pieces. It reveals the corpse of Shinobu;[46] as police, Maruyama, and Utsugi arrive, Ayumi faints.

After the climactic revelations, the game cuts back to the agency; Utsugi and the protagonist discuss their findings. Afterwards, Utsugi introduces Ayumi as an official assistant of his.[47] When the protagonist asks Utsugi about the "T.U." pen, he does not answer why it didn't read "T.H." instead - but he and Ayumi go out to eat, leaving the protagonist behind.[48] The screen cuts to black, as he is left thinking about Urabe's covering up his friends' mistakes[49] and the true meaning behind "T.U."; he thinks it could mean Tatsuya Urabe,showing how Tadashi considered Tatsuya to be his son (hypothetically) .[50]

Epilogue[edit]

After the credits roll, the game goes into its epilogue, "two years later."[51] Zenzou Tanabe calls the Utsugi Detective Agency over to his Myojin Village.[52] The protagonist goes out to the village, while leaving behind Ayumi.[53] The game's plot would continue into Famicom Tantei Club: The Missing Heir; this game is chronologically a prequel to the first game in the series.[53]

"The Tale of the Girl in Back"[edit]

This ghost story circulates in Ushimitsu High School; it serves as the primary plot device in the game (along with the two cases investigated), and the game's subtitle derives from this. It originates "15 years ago", when the then schoolgirl Hayama saw a bloody girl - Shinobu Asakawa - through a window of the old schoolhouse. The Girl in Back haunts a student by calling him/her from behind, presenting herself to the haunting victim as a girl completely covered in blood.[54] A variation of this story tells that she first calls a student behind; after the victim searches, he/she will find the Girl in Back in front of him/her.[54] One version of the story says she appears in hallways; another version says she appears in bathrooms.[55]

Characters[edit]

The protagoinst is a 15-year old boy, whom Private Detective Shunsuke Utsugi takes in as his apprentice. The protagonist ends up handling a case of the murder of a 16-year old freshman, Yoko Kojima. This connects to the murder of Genjiro Kaneda, a swindler, and the disappareance of a schoolgirl Shinobu Asakawa at the same time. This girl's disappareance is the root of a rumor in Ushimitsu High School, the ghost story of the "Girl in Back"; it started by a then-sophomore Hisako Hayama, in-game a biology teacher in the school. Later on in the game, the son of Genjiro, Goro Kaneda, is murdered. With the help of local freshmen Ayumi Tachibana and Hitomi Kawai, the protagonist eventually discovers English teacher Tatsuya Hibino as the true serial killer. However, the school's janitor Toshio Tazaki, and principal Tadashi Urabe, are considered suspects of these killings beforehand.

The protagonist
The main character of the game is a 15-year old assistant detective for the Utsugi detective agency. The player controls him to solve the case.
Shunsuke Utsugi
The director of the private detective agency, who is highly regarded by the police force. He is working on the Genjiro Kaneda murder case, and leaves the protagonist in charge of investigating Yoko Kojima's murder. 36 years old.
Ayumi Tachibana
A first-year student at Ushimitsu high school, and a member of the school's detective club. She cooperates with the protagonist to solve the murder of her closest friend, Yoko Kojima. 15 years old.
Yoko Kojima
A first-year student at Ushimitsu high school, and also a member of the school's detective club, along with her best friend, Ayumi. She was investigating the school's horror mystery of the "Girl in the Rear" when she was murdered.
Tatsuya Hibino
An English teacher at Ushimitsu high school. He was Yoko Kojima's homeroom teacher, and seems greatly disturbed by her death. 31 years old.
Akie Kojima
Yoko's mother. She fell into a shock state after the death of her daughter, but gradually begins to cooperate with the player's investigation. 42 years old.
Tetsuharu Komada
An art teacher at Ushimitsu high school. He has worked at the school for 35 years; the longest of any of the teachers, and holds some information on the "Girl in the Rear" mystery. He is old friends with principal Urabe. 59 years old.
Tadashi Urabe
The principal of Ushimitsu high school. He is greatly respected by both teachers and students as a fair and committed educator. He remains calm in the wake of the murder, but feels guilty that he was unable to protect his students. 57 years old.
Hisako Hayama
A biology teacher at Ushimitsu high school. She is also a graduate of the school. 32 years old.
Toshio Tazaki
A janitor working at Ushimitsu high school. He is usually quite calm and normal, but is regarded as an oddball because of his quick temper. He has been working at the school for about 20 years, and used to work as a mortar mason. 58 years old.
Maruyama
A detective working for the police force who is a close friend of Utsugi. He is currently working on the final investigation of the Genjiro Kaneda murder, which occurred 15 years ago.
Shinobu Asakawa
A high school student of Ushimitsu high school who went missing 15 years ago. She was 15 years old at the time, and her whereabouts are still unknown.
Genjiro Kaneda
A local pub owner and swindler who lived near Ushimitsu high school. He tricked many locals out of their money, and was murdered 15 years ago just as the police began an investigation on his fraudulent activities.
Goro Kaneda
The adopted son of Genjiro Kaneda. He inherited his father's fortune after his death, and lives off the money instead of finding a job. 31 years old.
Hitomi Kawai
A first-year student at Ushimitsu high school, and was a close friend of Yoko Kojima. He is suspicious of the protagonist at first, but later cooperates with the investigation. 15 years old.
Mizuno
A local pub owner, and a friend of Goro Kaneda at the time of Genjiro Kaneda's death. 33 years old.
Fumi Tazaki
Toshio Tazaki's mother. She lives in a small fishing village in Northeastern Japan. 81 years old.
Kato
The bartender of the "Sanbola" pub. He appears cold and heartless, but was helped by Hitomi Kawai when he was a teenager. 25 years old.
Ryoko Katsuragi
An alumnus of Ushimitsu high school, who was friends with Shinobu Asakawa. 31 years old.
Sayaka Ishibashi
Katsuragi's friend. She was in the same class as Shinobu Asakawa in junior-high school. 31 years old.
Teruhiko Uchida
A local factor owner who was tricked into losing his factory to Genjiro Kaneda. He was originally the primary suspect in Kaneda's murder, but was found dead several days later after committing suicide.

Version differences[edit]

The original Disk System version was released in two separate Disk Cards, released separately from each other. Its music was composed by Kenji Yamamoto, who composed sound and music for Super Metroid[56] and for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.[57] It utilizes the FDS's extra sound channel for the music.

The SFC remake had improved graphics - directed by Tomoyoshi Yamane, object and Samus designer for Super Metroid[56] and designer for Wario Land 4[58] and Metroid II: Return of Samus;[59] the remake's music was yet again composed by Kenji Yamamoto. Since the SFC version is on a cartridge instead of a Disk Card, it avoids the load times when saving games and switching between scenes. The SFC version utilized the SFC's 8-channel Sony SPC700, which had more channels than the Famicom's 5-channel Ricoh 2A03 and the FDS's channel together. The SFC version generally had extended remixes all of the original version's songs, and a few extra songs. The game uses either waveforms or white noise to "voice" the characters. The FDS version's voice waveforms are all the same frequency square waves, but in the SFC version, each character is designated to one of a number of different voice waveforms. In the original FDS version, for the protagonist's search for Ayumi, the game required the player to manually go through the town as a pseudo-3D maze; the SFC version had this trimmed down to just text and visual descriptions.[60]

The SFC version adds a "memo" interface that the player can access throughout most of the game. It can be used to look up information on most of the characters (except the protagonist himself, Utsugi, Maruyama, Fumi Tazaki, and all unnamed characters). At some points, the memo's interface is used to fill in question blanks with the names of the correct characters. The memo is also utilized during most "Review" sessions, where the protagonist reviews on what new information he discovered so far. This version also has a "logbook" feature, which summarizes all story and information gathered so far in a save file.

The SFC remake adds an extra, final part to the ending - a personality assessment for the entertainment of the player, based on the player's actions and patterns.[61] For example, analyzing or touching Yoko's skirt[62][63] could have the game assume a flirtatious personality.[64] In addition, based on how the character treats Ayumi, the game will determine the protagonist's "compatibility" with Ayumi,[65] out of 20 hearts. Actions with Ayumi and other schoolgirl characters would be used to select who to match with the protagonist - this includes the art club member,[66] a flirtatious schoolgirl,[67] and Ayumi herself.[68]

Graphics[edit]

For the SFC version, all of the scenes were redrawn, and some were extended into multiple drawings. Unlike the FDS version's art, directed by Tetsuji Tanaka, the remake uses the SFC's graphical capabilities to execute cinematic techniques, including scrolling, transparency, stylistic, and fading effects. In addition, the SFC versions adds close-ups of characters during specific scenes; examples of this enhancement include Tazaki's holding Ayumi hostage and Hibino's temper tantrum. Flashback sequences are given more detail - for example, the cutscene of Hayama's account of the Girl in Back shows a younger Hayama and the background of the school behind her. Other stylistic changes in the artwork include a blue silhouette of the Girl in Back during a cutscene about the ghost and the sketched style of one of the ending screens. In the original FDS version, some of the anonymous characters cannot be seen; however, the SFC version provides visuals of nearly all anonymous characters the protagonist encounters.

Legacy[edit]

"Ayumi Tachibana" appears as a collectible trophy in the Nintendo GameCube title, Super Smash Brothers Melee. The game includes a short paragraph explaining that she first appeared in Famicom Tantei Club Part II, which her first appearance was actually in Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha. It also claims that she solved the murder of "one of her friends" (Yoko) in the first installment, but that was in the second installment, not the first. Contrary to what the description says, Ayumi never opened her own detective agency; at the most, her backstory tells that she opened a school detective club with Yoko, and she becomes an assistant of Utsugi's agency.[69]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wiiu/software/vc/ja6j/
  2. ^ Nintendo Co., Ltd. "Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo" (in Japanese). Family Computer Disk System. Nintendo Co., Ltd. 
  3. ^ "やればやるほどディスクシステムインタビュー(二編)". Nintendo Dream (in Japanese) (Mainichi Communications Inc.) (119). September 21, 2004. 
  4. ^ Protagonist's thoughts: "This is Ushimitsu Highschool [sic], where Ayumi attends. It's situated in a quiet suburb. Yoko Kojima was a student here as well." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  5. ^ a b c d Logbook (on Chapter 6): "[The protagonist] then decided to head for Mr. Tazaki's apartment. Upon learning Ayumi had followed Mr. Tazaki to his hometown, [the protagonist] immediately caught the next train to the small village." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  6. ^ Protagonist's thoughts: "It's Hitomi's pack of matches. There's some writing on the front, in gold ink...'The Sambora Bar & Saloon - 007-1234'". Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  7. ^ Hitomi: "The Sambora is this bar over in the next town." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  8. ^ Protagonist's thoughts: "This house [Ryoko's] is in the neighboring town as well...we must be just up the road from the Sambora." Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  9. ^ a b Logbook (on Chapter 9): "Goro seems to have fallen upon hard times, drinking himself into a stupor on a regular basis. He would often rant at the Sambora. From time to time he would even claim to know who murdered his father. Upon learning this, I decided to pay a visit to Goro. However, upon reaching his apartment, nothing but the body of the strange man was found. It then dawned upon me that the man Principal Urabe had been hanging out with was none other than Goro himself. Held tightly in Goro's lifeless hand was a fountain pen, with the initials "T U" engraved on its side." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  10. ^ Memo (on Genjiro Kaneda): "The victim of a murder, 15 years ago. He came to this town in February of that year, opening a snack bar." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  11. ^ Protagonist's thoughts: "It all started on that one night, three years ago..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  12. ^ Man [Utsugi:] "So...you're [the protagonist] fifteen years old, just out of junior high, and you're on your own...interesting..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  13. ^ Protagonist's thoughts: "The police seem to respect him [Utsugi]...he doesn't seem like a bad guy, either. I guess it wouldn't hurt, for the time being..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  14. ^ Man [Utsugi]: "So, you've [the protagonist] set out on a mission to find your long-lost parents. Very commendable of you." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  15. ^ Protagonist's narration: "Before long, he took me in and I started to train as his prostege." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  16. ^ Narration: "[Protagonist's name] has been staying with detective Utsugi for a few months now. During this time, he has faithfully worked by Utsugi's side, an ever-watchful trainee. However, one day, a phone call is taken at the Utsugi Detective Agency. Something dreadful has happened..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  17. ^ Memo (on Yoko Kojima): "[Yoko] was found at a local riverbank, strangled. The time of death is estimated to be between 9 and 10 PM on Oct. 10th." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  18. ^ Memo (on the "Girl in Back"): "She haunts students by standing behind them, covered from head to toe in blood." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  19. ^ Memo (on Shinobu Asakawa): "The disappearance of this schoolgirl long ago seems to be the origin of what is now the Tale of the Girl in Back. The Kaneda murder is somehow connected to her disappearance, but its statute of limitations is set to expire very soon." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  20. ^ Hayama: "It was November 10th, 15 years ago...I was just a sophomore back then. / "At around 10pm that evening, I suddenly remembered I left some homework in my locker. I snuck out of my house and quietly made my way to the highschool. When I got to there, it was as silent as the grave. Just as I was about to sneak in...Someone [the Girl in Back] called out in a soft, trembling voice, from far behind me." / "Scared out of my wits, I forgot all about my homework and ran straight home. My heart raced all night long..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  21. ^ Memo (on Hisako Hayama): "She started the age-old ghost story known as the Tale of the Girl in Back. She's a teacher at Ushimitsu High School. 15 years ago on Nov. 10th, the same day as the Kaneda murder, she came to the school at around 10PM to get some homework. There, she saw a girl covered in blood, standing inside one of the rooms...she seemed mortally afraid of it." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  22. ^ Logbook (on Chapter 5): "It was learned that Ms. Hayama did indeed pass by the building that night. When she did, she remembered seeing the wall still unrepaired." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  23. ^ Narration: "With that, Mr. Tazaki fled, right out from under [the protagonist]'s nose. Despite hours of relentless searching, he was nowhere to be found. Exhausted, [the protagonist] finally headed back to the office with his headhung low. There, he found Ayumi waiting for him." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  24. ^ Logbook (on Chapter 5): "As [the protagonist] sipped the coffee served to him by his fellow detective [Ayumi], he suddenly started to feel very, very sleepy..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  25. ^ Ayumi: "...I'm sorry, [protagonist]...please forgive me!" / Protagonist: "Wh, why...!" / Narration: "And so, detective [protagonist's full name], of The Utsugi Detective Agency...had come to open up an investigation of a murder case involving one of Ushimitsu Highschool's students...During the course of events, [the protagonist] stumbled onto an old ghost story, known as 'The Tale of the Girl in Back'. While investigating its origin, [the protagonist] raced against time to uncover the assailant's motive and identity...Before long, it was concluded that Yoko was the unfortunate victim of foul play. The trail seemed to lead to Ushimitsu Highschool's janitor, Mr. Tazaki. He was by far the most suspicious character encountered. But, before any conclusive evidence could be found...He fled, right out from under [the protagonist]'s nose. Pursuing after Mr. Tazaki, [the protagonist] soon discovered the situation was far more volatile than he'd ever imagined..." / Ayumi: "...I'm sorry, [protagonist]...please forgive me!" / Protagonist's thoughts: "Ayumi...No...!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  26. ^ Ayumi's letter: "[Protagonist]...I'm sorry, but...I can't let him get away. I need to find out for myself who did it...Whether it was really Tazaki, or not......[protagonist], there's a chance that I'll never see you again...But in any case...I want you to know that I'm sorry...goodbye. - Ayumi -" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  27. ^ Logbook (on Chapter 6): "Having lost all hope, Mr. Tazaki had been driven to the brink of suicide. He soon gave up, confessing everything in blind desperation. As it turned out, Mr. Tazaki had no explanation for his whereabouts during the Kaneda murder. Fearing suspicion, he fabricated the alibi of having plastered the wall...The next morning, he went to the principal, who told Tazaki he would vouch for the false alibi." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  28. ^ Urabe: "Yes, to aid in his standing, I did indeed supply false testimony. Technically I suppose it was wrong, but I did it only to protect the innocent. I do not regret my decision." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  29. ^ Teacher: "Principal Urabe has my utmost respect. However, Mr. Hibino is widely known to stand behind him more than anyone else at Ushimitsu. Of all the teachers, I have to say Hibino's the one who talks the most highly about Principal Urabe. Hibino seems wholly dedicated to the principal. It amazes me how much support the principal has been able to garner around this school." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  30. ^ Memo (on Tadashi Urabe): "He seems to have a great amount of respect from the faculty as well as the students." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  31. ^ Logbook (on Chapter 7): "Seeming to respect Urabe from the bottom of his heart, Hibino showed no sign of doubt in the principal's competency, either." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  32. ^ Logbook (on Chapter 8): "Upon going to the art room once more, [the protagonist] learned that Shinobu Asakawa modeled for one of the portraits hanging in the room." / "The portrait had been painted by a former student named Ryoko Katsuragi. [The protagonist] later learned that Yoko had already met and interviewed her. Ryoko mentioned Yoko's mannerisms and way of speaking seemed exactly like Shinobu's...'Shinobu is without a doubt still somewhere within Ushimitsu Highschool [sic]." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  33. ^ Logbook (on Chapter 11): "After all, who else could the initials on the pen belong to, if not Principal Urabe?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  34. ^ Hibino: "Principal Urabe was friends with my father, back in their childhood days. He stepped in after we lost dad, acting like a father would for a son. He was the only one there for me...I'm so thankful..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  35. ^ Hibino: "The Kanedas...they're a disgrace to this school and to this town!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  36. ^ Protagonist's thoughts: "Hibino's hatred of the Kanedas is certainly understandable, considering all that's happened to him and his family..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  37. ^ a b Hibino: "...I realize the situation looks, detective. To make matters worse, I don't really have any alibi. However...I don't care! They got what they deserved!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  38. ^ a b Logbook (on Chapter 10): "As Sayaka showed [the protagonist] a yearbook containing a picture of the Uchida boy, [the protagonist] realized he was actually none other than Mr. Hibino...Mr. Hibino and the Uchida boy were one and the same all along. Stricken with grief, he had nowhere to turn without a father. Luckily, Principal Urabe stepped in, and treated the boy as though he were his own. Hibino eventually graduated from college and landed a teaching career at Ushimitsu, all thanks to the principal." / "Confronted with the fact of how the Kanedas were essentially responsible for all that had happened, Mr. Hibino's hate seemed unfathomable." /" Upon hearing this [Urabe as a suspect], Mr. Hibino turned more violent than ever, insistent on proving his mentor's integrity..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  39. ^ Hibino: "...Well let me tell you something. You may question me and even doubt me, if you choose to...However!...I won't tolerate you insulting the principal like that! Not now, not ever!!"(Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  40. ^ Memo (on Tatsuya Hibino): "He's shown remarkable hatred towards Goro. He has no alibi for when Goro was killed. He throws tantrums if anyone doubts Urabe." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  41. ^ Tazaki: "It was me who plastered that wall. But...After I laid the plaster, I decided to take a walk and clear my head while it dried...I accidentally left my bucket of plaster there, so it's possible somebody coulda stuck her in there and resealed it while I was away..." / "Hey, there's somethin' else! The next morning, when I went to get my power drill, I noticed somethin'...It looked like someone had been usin' my tools...I was sure of it!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  42. ^ Anonymous Tipster: "Detective...I'm going to share with you something not many people know. Principal Urabe is far from what you think...a long time ago, this so-called good samaritan had a hand in Mr. Kaneda's shady affairs..." / Protagonist: "Wh, what? Who is this!?" / Anonymous Tipster: "Someone who hates that lowlife from the bottom of his heart. Let me tell you, he's at the school right now..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  43. ^ Ayumi: "I was in a classroom the whole time though, taking [Mr. Hibino's makeup] test, so I really couldn't be sure if anybody else was in there [the school] or not..." "Mr. Hibino was supervising me taking the test the whole time...I don't think he'd know either." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  44. ^ Urabe's suicide letter: "And so, I die in shame...please believe me, for I am but a shell of a man." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  45. ^ Narration: "Suddenly, [the protagonist] realizes they've [he and Ayumi] taken a wrong turn, as they come face to face with the huge mirror. There's nowhere left to run - they're trapped!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  46. ^ Narration: "From behind the mirror, a skeleton dressed in a schoolgirl uniform falls onto Hibino!" / Hibino: "Sh, Shinobu!?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  47. ^ Utsugi: "...Due to recent events, I've decided to take on another staff member." / Protagonist: "! Ayumi..." / Utsugi: "From this day forward, she will be a full-fledged employee of the Utsugi Detective Agency, same as you." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  48. ^ Protagonist: "Shouldn't the pen's engraving have read 'T H'?" / Utsugi: "That's a good question, [protagonist]. Having said that...Ayumi, what do you say we go grab something to eat?" / Ayumi: "Sure, let's go!" / Protagonist: "! Hey, what about me...!?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  49. ^ Protagonist's narration: "Principal Urabe turned out to be a decent man after all...His only fault was feeling pity for others, and helping to cover up their mistakes."(Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  50. ^ Protagonist's narration: "And about that pen...I realize the 'T U' engraving must have stood for Mr. Hibino's original name, Tatsuya Uchida. However...I can't help but think when the principal had it made, he really meant for it to be 'Tatsuya Urabe'...His son..."(Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  51. ^ Narration: "Two years later, on one particular day..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  52. ^ Zenzou: "Hello detective [the protagonist], my name is Zenzou Tanabe. I'm calling from Myojin Village. There is a matter I wish to speak with you about, in person..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  53. ^ a b Protagonist: "Ayumi, I'm going out!" / Ayumi: "[Protagonist]! Where are you going!?" / Narration: "...To be continued in Famicom Detective Club: 'The Missing Heir'!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  54. ^ a b Protagonist: "Do you think you could tell me what you heard [about the Girl in Back]?" / Student A: "...Yeah, I suppose. They say that sometimes, when you're all alone in school here, you'll hear someone calling to you from behind......And when you turn around, this girl will be there...she'll be just staring at you, covered with blood..." / Student B: "Whoa..." / Student A: "At other times you might be walking through the hallway, and you'll suddenly hear a faint voice behind you......but when you turn around, no one will be there. The voice seems to come from all directions...no one's been able to figure out where it comes from. You'll look all around, trying to find the voice...and then suddenly, she'll be right there, standing in front of you." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  55. ^ Student B: "I heard it another way...I heard she [the Girl in Back] only appears in restrooms." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  56. ^ a b Game Credits for Super Metroid at MobyGames
  57. ^ Game Credits for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption at MobyGames
  58. ^ Game Credits for Wario Land 4 at MobyGames
  59. ^ Game Credits for Metroid II: Return of Samus at MobyGames
  60. ^ Narration: "With the note in hand, [the protagonist] rushes out of the office! Frantically searching high and lo, [the protagonist] eventually finds himself deep in the heart of the city. After asking dozens upon dozens of people, no one seems to have noticed anyone matching Ayumi's description. Nevertheless, [the protagonist] continues to search, determined to catch Ayumi!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  61. ^ Narration: "And so, having been promoted to the rank of detective, it's now time for your personality assessment." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  62. ^ Coroner: "I know you're [the protagonist] a teenager, but please, try to keep those kinds of thoughts to yourself when you're on the job." / "You're being obstinate..." / "I want no part in this!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  63. ^ Coroner: "What are you [the protagonist] thinking!? This is a corpse [of Yoko]!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  64. ^ Narration: "Your [the protagonist's] sense of humor can get a bit lewd sometimes. But we bet the girls think of you as a flirt more than anything else." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  65. ^ Narration: "And finally, it's time to find how compatible you are with Ayumi..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  66. ^ Art Club Member: "You [the protagonist]! How dare you be afraid of me! You shouldn't say bad things, or my French father will get very angry! We should get together and study some time!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  67. ^ Student: "Hey, [protagonist], how are you and Ayumi doing?...I kinda dig you myself...I wonder if you noticed...?" / Protagonist: "?......" / Student: If Ayumi ever treats you bad, you know where to come." / Protagonist: "!?......" / Student: "I was just kidding! I'm sure Ayumi's very sweet." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  68. ^ Ayumi: "[Protagonist], thanks for all your help with everything. You were great! We've been through so much together, I was so worried at times...I'm sorry for putting you through all of it! However, if it wasn't for what happened, we never would have met." / "I'm sure you'll do fine, tackling many more cases in the upcoming years...but that doesn't mean I won't worry about you!" / "I had fun...see you around!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation, 10 Oct 2004.)
  69. ^ Trophy Description (Ayumi Tachibana, Famicom Detective Club Part II [Japan Only] ): "Ayumi's the heroine of the Detective Club games, which were made for the Disk System. In the first installment of the series, Ayumi solved the murder of one of her friends, and shortly thereafter, she opened her own investigative agency. Since those early days, she's proven to be a daring and peerless crime solver." (Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. Melee [NA version], 3 Dec 2001.)

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