Corpse Party

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Corpse Party
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Promotional artwork for Corpse Party: Blood Covered ...Repeated Fear
コープスパーティー
(Kōpusu Pātī)
Game
Developer Team GrisGris
Publisher Kenix Soft
Genre Survival horror, Adventure
Platform NEC PC-9801
Released
Game
Corpse Party BloodCovered
Developer Team GrisGris
Publisher
Genre Horror, Adventure
Platform Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Released
  • JP March 8, 2008
  • NA TBA 2015
Game
Corpse Party BloodCovered: ...Repeated Fear
Developer Team GrisGris, 5pb.
Publisher
Genre Horror, Adventure
Platform PlayStation Portable
iOS
Nintendo 3DS
Released PlayStation Portable
Universal Media Disc
  • JP August 12, 2010
PlayStation Network
  • JP January 19, 2012
  • NA November 22, 2011
  • EU December 14, 2011
iOS
  • JP February 9, 2012
3DS
  • JP July 30, 2015
Manga
Corpse Party: Blood Covered
Written by Makoto Kedōin
Illustrated by Toshimi Shinomiya
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Gangan Powered
Gangan Joker
Original run 22 August 200822 October 2012
Volumes 10 (47 chapters)
Manga
Corpse Party; Musume
Written by Makoto Kedōin
Illustrated by Mika Orii
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run 27 August 201027 July 2012
Volumes 3 (20 chapters)
Game
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows
Developer Team GrisGris, 5pb.
Publisher
Genre Horror, Adventure
Platform PlayStation Portable
iOS
Released PlayStation Portable
  • JP September 1, 2011
  • NA January 15, 2013
  • EU January 23, 2013
iOS
  • JP December 17, 2013
Manga
Corpse Party: Another Child
Written by Team GrisGris
Illustrated by Shunsuke Ogata
Published by Mag Garden
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Comic Blade
Original run 30 August 201128 February 2013
Volumes 3 (17 chapters)
Manga
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows
Written by Makoto Kedōin
Illustrated by Mika Orii
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run 23 August 201222 March 2014
Volumes 3 (24 chapters)
Game
Corpse Party The Anthology: Sachiko no Ren’ai Yūki ♥ Hysteric Birthday 2U
Developer Team GrisGris, 5pb.
Genre Romantic comedy
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP August 2, 2012
Original video animation
Corpse Party: Missing Footage
Directed by Akira Iwanaga
Studio Asread
Released August 2, 2012
Runtime 11 minutes
Game
Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient
Developer GrindHouse
Publisher
  • JP GrindHouse
Genre Horror, Adventure
Platform PC
Released
  • JP May 29, 2013
Original video animation
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls -The Curse of Tortured Souls-
Directed by Akira Iwanaga
Studio Asread
Released July 24, 2013
Episodes 4
Game
Corpse Party: Blood Drive
Developer Team GrisGris, 5pb.
Publisher
Genre Horror, Adventure
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released
Anime and Manga portal

Corpse Party (コープスパーティー Kōpusu Pātī?) is a survival horror adventure dōjin soft video game series originally created by Makoto Kedōin[2][3] and developed by Team GrisGris.[4] The first game in the series was developed using the RPG Maker software and released in 1996 for the PC-9801. It was followed by two remakes: Corpse Party BloodCovered, which was released for Microsoft Windows on March 8, 2008; and Corpse Party BloodCovered: ...Repeated Fear, which was released for the PlayStation Portable on August 12, 2010, and iOS on February 9, 2012. The game was released in North America and Europe by Marvelous USA under the title Corpse Party.[5] Marvelous USA will release a localized version Corpse Party BloodCovered for PC in North America in 2015.[6] A 3DS version of the game, titled "Corpse Party: Blood Covered ...Repeated Fear." will be released in Japan on July 30, 2015, which contains new extra chapter not present in the PSP and iOS version.[7]

The PSP game was followed by a sequel, Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, which was released for the PSP on September 1, 2011 in Japan, and on January 15, 2013 in North America.[8] A spin-off game, Corpse Party the Anthology: Sachiko no Ren’ai Yūki ♥ Hysteric Birthday 2U (コープスパーティー -THE ANTHOLOGY- サチコの恋愛遊戯♥Hysteric Birthday 2U?, lit. "Corpse Party the Anthology: Sachiko's Game of Love ♥ Hysteric Birthday 2U"), was released on the PSP in Japan on August 2, 2012.[9] A direct sequel of Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, called Corpse Party: Blood Drive, was released in Japan on July 24, 2014 on PlayStation Vita.[10][11] XSeed Games will be releasing this to North America.[12]

Another sequel titled Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient was created for the PC by GrindHouse, a dōjin circle founded by members affiliated with Team GrisGris.[13] It is released episodically, with the first chapter released on May 29, 2013.

The series has spanned several manga works, OVAs, drama CDs, theme park attractions, and a live action movie.

Gameplay[edit]

Corpse Party is a linear horror adventure game with some role-playing elements. It is played in a third-person view, top-down perspective. Players are tasked with exploring the haunted school grounds for a means of escape. To fulfill this task, characters must interact with the environment and surroundings such as picking up objects, talking to other characters, and inspecting documents while avoiding enemy-like entities.

The game's story is split into five chapters, each focusing on different characters and featuring multiple endings that are achieved based on the player's in-game decisions: a "True Ending" required for the game's progression; and several "Wrong Endings" that are unlocked when the player performs events irrelevant to the main storyline. Characters also possess hit points (HP), which measure how much damage they can take before dying, in some instances leading to a wrong ending. As players progress through the game, they will unlock ten optional "Extra Chapters", vignettes that focus on the game's side characters and expand the storyline.

Setting and plot[edit]

Corpse Party is set in Heavenly Host Elementary School (天神小学校 Tenjin Shōgakkō?), an elementary school that was torn down following the murders and disappearances of several of its staff and students. In modern day, a high school called Kisaragi Academy (如月学園 Kisaragi Gakuen?) has been built over the elementary school site. One rainy night, after celebrating their school's culture festival, a group of students are telling ghost stories when their class representative decides to perform a charm called "Sachiko Ever After", which would allow them to remain friends for eternity. A sudden earthquake transports them to an alternate dimension where Heavenly Host still exists and is haunted by the ghosts of the school's murdered children. The students try to figure out the truth and mystery of the cursed school, in order to find their way home and try to survive the other shadowy forces that haunt the school, but unfortunately some don't make it, causing them to have a gruesome death.

The main character is Satoshi Mochida, a timid yet kindhearted high school student who is teased by his classmates for his cowardly nature. Three of the other characters are students from Satoshi's class: Naomi Nakashima, Satoshi's childhood friend; Yoshiki Kishinuma, an intimidating yet good-natured student; and Ayumi Shinozaki, the class representative. Rounding out the group is Yuka Mochida, Satoshi's younger sister. The game's antagonist is Sachiko Shinozaki, the red ghost of a young girl who kills the students in Heavenly Host in anger over her own death.

The Blood Covered remake introduces four protagonists into the original cast: Seiko Shinohara, Naomi's best friend; Mayu Suzumoto, a popular student due to transfer out of Kisaragi; Sakutaro Morishige, Mayu's best friend; and Yui Shishido, the class's assistant homeroom teacher. Blood Covered also introduces several characters from other schools who are also trapped inside Heavenly Host and affect the story, include Yuuya Kizami, a sadistic student from Byakudan Senior High School (白壇高等学校 Byakudan Kōtōgakkō?) who accompanies Yuka as she is separated from her brother; Naho Saenoki, a paranormalist from Paulownia Academy (桐章学園 Kirishō Gakuen?) who designed the Sachiko Ever After charm and investigates Heavenly Host, and repeatedly encounters the player character to guide them.

Characters[edit]

Kisaragi Academy[edit]

Satoshi Mochida (持田 哲志 Mochida Satoshi?)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
Satoshi is the male protagonist of the series. He's fairly average, but also popular. He's known for being both kind and cowardly in equal measure. Despite his timidness, he's very personable and warm-hearted, which complements his general sensitivity toward others to make him a natural leader. The only one person ever to challenge his leadership is Naomi, who is, consequently, the only person whom Satoshi regularly defers judgment. He also really dotes on his younger sister, Yuka.
In a "what if" scenario, where Sachiko sends the Kisaragi students back in time, erasing their memories except for Satoshi, he tries to prevent his classmates from performing the ritual, but failed, he joins them anyway since he doesn't want to let them go alone; which lead to the alternative events in Corpse Party: Book of Shadows.
Ayumi Shinozaki (篠崎 あゆみ Shinozaki Ayumi?)
Voiced by: Asami Imai
Ayumi is the primary protagonist of the series. She is the class representative of Kisaragi Academy Senior High class 2-9. She enjoys telling her classmates ghost stories and revels in hearing them scream. It's rumored that she carries candles and other supernatural goods with her at all times just in case an opportunity presents itself to use them. In truth, however, she's the most easily frightened of them all, wearing her ghost stories as a mask to hide her true nature. She is a fan of Naho Saenoki and her blog. Her tendency toward terror makes her the prime target of malevolent spirits and possession during her time in Heavenly Host Elementary School. She is also the one who suggests her classmates to perform "Sachiko Ever After" charm together, believing it will allow everyone to remain friends forever.
The Shinozaki Family are made up of female individuals with gifted black magic from famous clairvoyants, since the Meiji era. Ayumi is Sachiko's distant cousin.
Naomi Nakashima (中嶋 直美 Nakashima Naomi?)
Voiced by: Rina Satō
Naomi is a classmate of Satoshi since junior high. She's generally competitive and tomboyish, but also lets her gentler sides of her shine through from time to time with her considerable piano skills and her cooking skill. Having lost her father a few years back, Naomi and her mother now depend on one another for moral support. Despite that, she remains optimistic and cheerful. Her home life has given her an interest in nursing, which she's intent on pursuing. She spends her time studying, aiming for acceptance to medical school. Seiko Shinohara is her best friend whom she spends a lot of time with.
Yoshiki Kishinuma (岸沼 良樹 Kishinuma Yoshiki?)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura
Yoshiki is often regarded as sarcastic and cynical, but as far as he's concerned, he's just being honest. Although he's generally not one to participate in events, his fondness for Satoshi and feelings for Ayumi means he'll make an exception now and again if either is involved. His parents are well-off to the point of snobbery, and have thus disowned him for his "improper" attitude. Yoshiki works part-time after school to afford rent on a small apartment, where he lives alone, though he's visited by his sister from time to time, who fully understands and sympathizes with his situation.
Yuka Mochida (持田 由香 Mochida Yuka?)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
Yuka is Satoshi's 14-year old younger sister. She is an eight grader at Kisaragi Academy Junior High School. Yuka looks and acts in a much younger manner than others around her age. In her house, she is pampered by her parents and her brother, thus she never really sheds her childlike behavior. Despite this, she yearns to grow up, often attempting to act older or braver than she is, which sometimes get her into trouble. She has a but unhealthy obsession with her big brother. She got caught up with the Heavenly Host incident when she comes to bring Satoshi his umbrella after school.
Seiko Shinohara (篠原 世以子 Shinohara Seiko?)
Voiced by: Satomi Arai
Seiko is Naomi's closest friend. Her home is very close to Naomi's that she generally accompanies her to and from school each day. She is free-spirited, often says or does things that take others by surprise, though she's also easily forgiven due to her good nature and amiability. Her mother disappeared years ago, leaving her with three younger siblings and a working father. Consequently, she has to take care of the household as well. Seiko seems to regard Naomi as a kindred spirit, and the two of them frequently has long conversations about their many dreams for the future. She keeps her feelings for Naomi a secret, understanding and even supporting her feelings for Satoshi.
Mayu Suzumoto (鈴本 繭 Suzumoto Mayu?)
Voiced by: Yuka Nanri
Mayu is a popular student in Kisaragi Academy Senior High class 2-9. She looks much tinier than she actually is, but she possesses a big heart and a bright personality. She accepts anyone and everyone with open arms, an never playing favorites, which has earned her nearly universal regard amongst her fellow students. Unfortunately, due to familial circumstances, Mayu has to move and transfer to a new school. Her classmates perform Sachiko Ever After charm so they remain friends despite being separated.
Sakutaro Morishige (森繁 朔太郎 Morishige Sakutarō?)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara
Sakutaro has been a member in theater club with Mayu since middle school, and developed a real closeness with her. He finds socializing with anyone else to be more trouble than it's worth, however, so he typically regards his other classmates with indifference. He takes great pride in his family heritage and recats violently if anyone makes fun of his name. The only exception is the nickname Mayu's given him: "Shig-nii."
Ms. Yui Shishido (宍戸 結衣 Shishido Yui?)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Yui is a 23-year-old eleventh grade English teacher. She just passed her teaching exam, and is eager to make an impression among her students. Although she's not a perfect instructor by any means, her unjaded zeal and enthusiasm are infectious, and her students seem generally responsive to her teaching methods. She also serves as a teacher's assistant during homeroom for class 2-9, and really seems to have bonded with the students there.

Supporting characters[edit]

Naho Saenoki (冴之木 七星 Saenoki Naho?)
Voiced by: Ayano Yamamoto
A wise ghost paranormalist from Paulownia Academy, who investigates Heavenly Host, and repeatedly encounters many people that are trapped within the cursed school to guide them. Naho adores Kou Kibiki, while seen as a mentor and assistant relationship; she would see them as lovers. When Naho explored the Shinozaki estate and researched their black magic inheritance, she uncover the method on the "Sachiko Ever After" charm, however, she had tainted by Sachiko where things haven't been the same to her. Using the charm to discover Heavenly Host, Kou left Naho behind since Kou was concerned for her safety yet she followed him.
Before Naho arrived in Heavenly Host to find Kou, under Sachiko's influence, she submitted a final update on her blog regarding the charm, but deliberately posted the wrong procedures to lured victims into the school. Naho is willing to sacrifice anything for Kou, but she couldn't recall that she killed Kou in a Custodian's Closet when she had succumbed to the "darkening" in her final moments as a human being.
Yuki Kanno (管乃 雪 Kanno Yuki?)
Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi
One of the three children spirits who roams Heavenly Host. After being appeased (her tongue is returned to her), Yuki became a loyal friend of Ayumi and Yoshiki, at first letting them return home and then helping the two to appease Sachiko in order to bring the others back. At the end, she becomes the "new Sachiko" once Sachiko is appeased.
Yuuya Kizami (刻命 裕也 Kizami Yūya?)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
A student from Byakudan Senior High School, who accompanies Yuka when she was separated from Satoshi. He initially seemed like a philosophical and strong ally. Most of his hapless peers had regarded him as a good friend. However, deep down, Yuuya has a morbid manner, with a sadistic nature. Due to his lack of understanding of morality during childhood, he harbors hatred towards his older siblings. Consequently, many students at Byakudan were oblivious to his real personality.

Byakudan High School[edit]

  • Kensuke Kurosaki (黒崎 健介 Kurosaki Kensuke?) is a classmate and childhood friend of Yuuya. Kensuke often gets bossed around by Mitsuki whom he finds interest in. He is known as the class's moodmaker and is also a member of the basketball club. He briefly accompanies Yuka Mochida. He is voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga.
  • Mitsuki Yamamoto (山本 美月 Yamamoto Mitsuki?) is a classmate of Yuuya and Kensuke and the secretary of Byakudan's student council. She has a strong-mind, and a somewhat naïve personality. Mitsuki is nicknamed "Hell Mitsuki" by the first-years due to her merciless attitude against men. She ran into the Mochida siblings but flees. She is voiced by Haruka Tomatsu.
  • Tohko Kirisaki (霧崎 凍孤 Kirisaki Tōko?) is a classmate of Mitsuki's and loves fortune-telling, a passion she shares with her best friends Emi and Mitsuki. She's the one who suggested making the "Sachiko Ever After" charm. She has a crush on the "cool and strong" Yuuya. She can be met by Satoshi Mochida in the infirmary. She is voiced by Seiko Yoshida.
  • Emi Urabe (卜部 恵美 Urabe Emi?) is a naturally charming, plump glasses-wearing girl who radiates of cheerfulness. Mitsuki, Tohko and her have been best friends since first grade. She likes fortune-telling, and was the one who found and told her friends about the "Sachiko Ever After" charm. She is voiced by Satomi Moriya.
  • Masato Fukuroi (袋井 雅人 Fukuroi Masato?) is the student council president of Byakudan High School. Masato has a stiff and serious personality, but is also surprisingly caring. He complains when Kensuke, Ryosuke and Tomohiro loaf around the student council room, but also forgives them. He is voiced by Taira Kikumoto.
  • Ryosuke Katayama (片山 良介 Katayama Ryōsuke?) is Tomohiro's best friend, and they always go to school together. His usual routine is stop at a game and anime store on his way back home. He is currently obsessed with playing dating simulation games. He is also a member of student council. He is voiced by Daisuke Endou.
  • Tomohiro Ohkawa (大川 智寛 Ōkawa Tomohiro?) is a small boy who has a weak and meek personality, and is often teased by the girls at his school. Kai often runs him on errands. He likes to play games on the PSP and DS along with his long-time friend Ryosuke and hang out with him, Kensuke and Masato in the student council room. He is voiced by Shohei Yamaguchi.
  • Kai Shimada (島田 快 Shimada Kai?) is a red-haired student, who goes around intimidating people and doing random acts of vandalism. There are a lot of bad rumors about his love life. He is a model for a popular men's magazine. Kai holds a deep one-sided rivalry against Yuuya. He is voiced by Manabu Sakamaki.

Other characters[edit]

Kou Kibiki (鬼碑忌 コウ Kibiki Kō?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Endō
Kou is an adult paranormal and horror novelist who explores Heavenly Host to solve and break down the curse. He wears a dark turquoise yukata. He is the guardian and mentor of Naho Saenoki with a calm personality. Hoping to publish the cursed phenomenon to earn recognition, Kou took action inside Heavenly Host with his cameraman, Shougo Taguchi (田久地 将五 Taguchi Shōgo?), filming every detail, and writing instructions. His amazement does not last long, because soon, the duo finds many dead bodies, making them realize how dangerous the place is.
Sayaka Ooue (大上 さやか Ōue Sayaka?)
Voiced by: MAKO
A student from Paulownia Academy. Sayaka is a sweet and caring girl, albeit leads a busy life, especially about her job at a studio. Her friendship with Naho is strong, forgiving her if she did anything wrong. Naho requests her to go with her to Heavenly Host to rescue Kou.
Nana Ogasawara (小笠原 奈那 Ogasawara Nana?)
Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi
A cute student from Musashigawa Girls' Middle School. Nana is cheerful and optimistic but also very kind. In an Extra Chapter, she helps out a gentleman spirit, Takaomi Shimoda, without any fear and feels that he is different. She is supportive to both classmates Nari and Chihaya, and continues their search for their fellow friends, their confidence bolstered over their good deed.

Musashigawa Girls' School[edit]

  • Nari Amatoya (天戸屋 成 Amatoya Nari?) is a childhood friend of Nana and easily loses patience and is quickly annoyed. However, she keeps a cool head and doesn't whine or cry. Despite seeming cold, she cares about her friends and doesn't want to deal with dangerous situations. She is voiced by Satomi Moriya.
  • Chihaya Yamase (山瀬 千早 Yamase Chihaya?) is Nana's classmate who is a quiet, friendly and a clingy girl. Easily scared, she often lets her emotions take control of her. Due to being spoiled, she often expects people to act and treat her similarly, and thus doesn't get along with Nari. Like Nana and Nari, Chihaya performed the charm for fun with other six friends, ending up in Heavenly Host and after waking up, the only members with her were Nana and Nari. She is voiced by Rei Matsuzaki.

Corpse Party: 2U[edit]

Azusa Takai (高井 梓紗 Takai Azusa?)
Voiced by: Yukana
A student at St. Cruz Girls' High School, a preparatory school for missionaries. She is also a member of the Wiccan Institute acquainted with Magali. Azusa has straight blonde hair and with divine powers. She ended up in Heavenly Host after performing the "Sachiko Ever After" charm with Ran. She has a mature personality, and lightly shrugs off Ran's advances. Azusa and Ran both appear while walking through the hallways, looking for Sachiko. They finally find Sachiko playing with the others, and Azusa questions Sachiko's motives.
Ran Kobayashi (古林 蘭 Kobayashi Ran?)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka
Another student at St. Cruz Girls' High School. She's in love with her childhood friend, Azusa Takai, and calls herself "Azusa's wife."

Sachiko[edit]

Sachiko Shinozaki (篠崎 サチコ Shinozaki Sachiko?)
Voiced by: Ikue Ōtani
Sachiko is the ghost of a young girl in a red dress who was a student of Heavenly Host Elementary School in the 1950s. She's the game's antagonist until being appeased. On the day of her 7th birthday, she went to see her mother, Yoshie Shinozaki (篠崎 ヨシヱ Shinozaki Yoshie?), who is a nurse there, she witnessed the principal, Takamine Yanagihori, push her mother down the stairs after his attempt to rape her, thus breaking her neck and killing her. Afraid of Sachiko telling someone about what he did, Takamine strangled her to death. Unable to find peace after being killed in such a heartless manner, Sachiko's spirit remained in the school. At some point, she began infiltrating Takamine's thoughts, driving him to madness to the point he commits suicide by jumping off the school's rooftop. In 1973, Sachiko gained a corporeal form. She used Yoshikazu Yanagihori, Takamine's son and teacher at the school; who like his father suffered from mental illness, to kidnap children for her to kill and send to her mother to endure her loneliness. She eventually stopped killing for her mother's sake, and simply did it because she enjoyed it.
After the demolition of the elementary school, an alternate dimension kept together by the vengeful souls of Ryou Yoshizawa, Tokiko Tsuji, and Yuki Kanno exists where the school is still standing. Sachiko and the other ghosts, along with Yoshikazu, kill whoever enters after performing the 'Sachiko Ever After' charm incorrectly.

Corpse Party: Another Child[edit]

A spin-off manga that takes place during the events of Corpse Party. With their school, Satsukiyama Academy (皐月山学園 Satsukiyama Gakuen?), shutting down for good, the students of a small town were heading for different directions in life, not until they decide to perform the "Sachiko Ever After" charm swallowing the entire class to Heavenly Host Elementary, along with a mysterious girl's spirit.

Tamaki Minase (水瀬 環 Minase Tamaki?)
The protagonist of Corpse Party: Another Child. Tamaki is a student with psychic abilities. She gets trapped inside Heavenly Host after performing Naho's spell "Sachiko Ever After" with her childhood friend Yuuma (and others who participated), whom she has a crush on. She is born shy and timid, hence the frequent abuse from her classmate and love rival, Erina Yuzuki. Tamaki briefly meets Yui Shishido. She is also able to see spirits.
Yuuma Shindou (新堂 勇馬 Shindō Yūma?)
Yuuma is a calm and rather friendly boy, who goes to the same school as his two childhood friends Tamaki and Shinichi Yanagihara. When Satsukiyama Academy was going to merge, he decides to move to another school. After escaping Heavenly Host, Yuuma walks with Tamaki to the train station, saying his last goodbyes to her.
Saki Akagiri (赤桐 サキ Akagiri Saki?)
Saki is the ghost of a girl in a black gothic lolita dress that has been around Tamaki for a while, and followed her to Heavenly Host when sent by Mayuri Yoshimura. Saki and her mother were threaten to death, due to being ostracized as the "daughter of the Devil", similar to Sachiko's case. She asks Tamaki to join her, saying that the two of them are alike, because the two are lonely and bullied, and she possesses a psychokinetic ability to break things. When Saki is purified, Sachiko tries to kill the remaining survivors but Saki protects them. Saki is so far the only ghost in the series who doesn't have any connection to Heavenly Host.
The other following trapped Satsukiyama students: Kana, Minoru Hasegawa, Miyako Hayakawa, Noriko, Yamazaki, and Yuma Okita.

Corpse Party: Blood Drive[edit]

Corpse Party: Blood Drive is the direct sequel to Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, and is the first game featuring settings and characters rendered in 3D. Platform is PlayStation Vita, released in Japan in July 2014 by 5pb.. The characters are depicted in 3D chibi style, however traditional CG artwork appears during cutscenes, illustrated by Sakuya Kamishiro.[14]

Two months after the events of Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, Ayumi Shinozaki had been severely ill for her use of the Book of Shadows' black magic. In the prologue, after escaping Heavenly Host, Ayumi and Naomi Nakashima went to investigate the Shinozaki estate, Sachiko Shinozaki's birthplace, believing there's hope to revive their dead friends since Naho Saenoki and Kou Kibiki's existence weren't erased like the other victims. At the estate, Ayumi discovered that she is of the same lineage as Sachiko. Hearing an eerie voice, Ayumi uncovers a magical tome known as the Book of Shadows. Ayumi and Naomi performed a resurrection spell for Mayu Suzumoto (Seiko Shinohara in the manga), but failed. As a result, the book unleashed its rage upon Ayumi until her older sister Hinoe Shinozaki (篠崎 ひのえ Shinozaki Hinoe?) rushed in and presumably saved Ayumi, at the cost of her own safety. Hinoe is shown to have lost a large amount of blood, leaving Ayumi screaming in terror. Naomi managed to save Ayumi and took her to a hospital. However, the Shinozaki estate and tome have vanished.

In the hospital, a girl (Mirai Yamamura) claiming to be a spiritual associate of Hinoe's visits Ayumi. This girl belongs to the Wiccan Institute, an organization that worships spirits. She tells Ayumi, Hinoe's last wish, to regain the Book of Shadows or the world will fall into the abyss.

After being discharged from the hospital, Ayumi returns to Kisaragi Academy where Satoshi Mochida and friends give her a warm welcome. However, the absence of their dead friends is a constant reminder of their inevitable reality. Now a new teacher's assistant, Kuon Niwa, supervises their homeroom. Later, on her way home, a hooded boy approaches Ayumi and tells her, "If you reclaim the Book of Shadows and use it at Heavenly Host, those who have died there will be revived." Ayumi pledges that she will once more take back the Book of Shadows. The trail now leads into the previous residence of Makina Shinozaki. To make matters worse, Heavenly Host's curse seems to have expand by the "new Sachiko". For Ayumi, it is the responsibility of Shinozaki's bloodline.[14]

The player takes control over the character during exploration events, and the Dummy Head Mic from previous games will return, allowing the player to perceive directional sounds by listening through headphones. The opening song is performed by Asami Imai (Ayumi Shinozaki) and Yumi Hara (Satsuki Mizuhara).[15]

Famitsu gave Corpse Party: Blood Drive a review score of 29/40.[16]

Protagonists[edit]

Ayumi Shinozaki
Satsuki Mizuhara (水原 さつき Mizuhara Satsuki?)
Voiced by: Yumi Hara
Yuka Mochida's classmate and best friend. She always carries around a bag of potato chips. It's possible that Satsuki is not human.
Kuon Niwa
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
The "new" assistant teacher of Ayumi's class. She is revealed to be Aiko's older sister. She speaks with a calm tone and cares for her students, but there seems to be something mysterious about her.

Paulownia Academy[edit]

Magali Mizuki (十三月 愛狩 Mizuki Magari?)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida
A transfer student to Paulownia Academy that wields a scythe. She's a member of a black magic cult (Maltuva's Grave) who seems to be deeply involved with the Book of Shadows. Magali also knows how to manipulate people. It may be possible that Magali is not human.
Aiko Niwa (丹羽亜衣子 Niwa Aiko?)
Voiced by: Rikako Yamaguchi
She is first introduced in Corpse Party: Book of Shadows novel. Aiko is an informer with an interest in spiritual items and money. She's often in rivalry with Naho Saenoki. As described by her, Aiko is a gossip interested in other people's private lives, using her spiritual powers to find out more about them. Aiko is the one who originally discovered Heavenly Host before passing the idea to Naho.
Haruyuki Inumaru (犬丸 晴行 Inumaru Haruyuki?)
Voiced by: Tomohiro Yamaguchi
He makes his first appearance in Corpse Party 2U. Haruyuki is a childhood friend of Sayaka Ooue, and is infatuated with her. She harshly rejects him however and refers to him as a dog, which he doesn't seem to mind.

Revenants[edit]

Makina Shinozaki (篠崎 護月 Shinozaki Makina?)
Voiced by: Mika Kanda
She is actually Ayumi Shinozaki's great-great-aunt. Makina is a stubborn old woman who is full aware of her Shinozaki bloodline's curse. They said that she had died but remains as a spirit. In her apartment holds Sachi's teeth, "Death Meet Stones", and a protective charm discovered by Ayumi.

Antagonist[edit]

Misuto Kiriya
Voiced by: Jun Oosuka
The mysterious young man who suddenly appears in front of Ayumi. He was part of a clan similar to the Shinozaki and his grandfather was a Shinto Priest. However, his family was ostracized by society which eventually led to their deaths. This has caused him to hate the world, then Hinoe Shinozaki took him in as her apprentice, and has grown to like her. Learning about how Hinoe died for her sister Ayumi, Misuto lost hope and plans to rule the world by using a new and replica Book of Shadows. He forcefully summons Ayumi to the cursed school during a brief encounter with Yoshiki. Deceiving her that she can bring her friends back to life if she retrieves the Book of Shadows. Misuto concocts a scheme to throw the world into the abyss by manipulating Ayumi and Yuka, due to Ayumi's bloodline and Yuka's strong spiritual essence.
Sachi
She is Sachiko's unborn twin sister. Sachi's spirit is unseen, but with Naomi's cursed eye she is able to see her. Sachi had died in Yoshie's womb and Sachiko absorbed her. However, her teeth remained somewhere next to her sister's heart and were then surgically removed after Sachiko's birth. Sachi envied her sister for being able to live and tried to possess other people to "live" as well. She disguises herself as Yuki Kanno who leads an army of masked henchman with axes.

Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient[edit]

The series takes place five years after the events of Corpse Party. The Amare Patriarcha Crucis Hospital (文月大付属・慈愛十字(パトリアーカル)病院 Fumizuki Daifuzoku Patoriākaru Byōin?) has fallen into a dark abyss. Patient records and clinical charts were scattered all over the place, with zombies and the bizarre SWAT team roaming through the hallways.

Patients[edit]

Ayame Ito (伊藤 あやめ Itō Ayame?)
The female protagonist or heroine introduced in Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient. Ayame is a student of Minazuki Academy High School's class 1-5. Having lost her memories, Ayame does not know her own name or the faces of her friends. One rainy night, Ayame woke up lying down on an operating table, as if she just awoken from presurgical anesthesia, in the unknown hospital of Amare Patriarcha Crucis with not a soul around, but soon finds it haunted with zombies, and the SWAT team. Whenever she gets scared, she will let out an odd, squeaky scream. She has no idea of who she is or why she's there, yet she sets out to escape from the hospital.
Masato Hiyami (氷海 真里 Hiyami Masato?)
The male protagonist. A student of Tsukinoka High School. Born with a weak body, Masato was forced to change schools repeatedly due to his illness and frequent hospital visits. Originally, he is a cheerful and never-say-die type, who was well liked by his peers. Masato attended his third year in elementary school in the same class as Ayame and Chiyomi where they got along well.
Ritsuko Satomi (里見 律子 Satomi Ritsuko?)
A press photographer who has a dominating personality. She was the first survivor to meet Ayame. Ritsuko exchanges text messages with her fiancé, Masami, who works at the hospital, while dreaming of being reunited. She persuades the others survivors to gather and defend themselves at the nurse's station.

Minazuki Academy[edit]

Chiyomi Homura (穂村 千代美 Homura Chiyomi?)
Ayame's childhood friend. A boisterous, energetic girl with a strange vocabulary, Chiyomi's classmates all unanimously nicknamed her "No Filter." When Chiyomi went to visit Ayame in the Amare Patriarcha Crucis hospital, she invited her classmates to come along with her; therefore the escapade throughout the hospital eventually began.
Kurara Teshimazu (手清水 くらら Teshimazu Kurara?)
The class 1-5 representative. As the gifted child of an upper-class family, Kurara has taken a special classical ballet class from a very young age. Though she has an easy-going personality, she has a surprisingly firm foundation.
Ryuji Shimazaki (島崎 竜司 Shimazaki Ryūji?)
Ryuji wishes to become an actor in the special effects association. He is Kurara's childhood friend. Because he demands so much from himself, he requires the same from others; Ryuji is especially tough on his classmates. Despite this, Ryuji's not a bad guy overall. He's had some interaction with the theater club at Kisaragi Academy; through this he has met Sakutaro Morishige. Sakutaro is one of the few people whom he considers a friend.

Staff[edit]

Masami Yoshinaka (芳仲 雅巳 Yoshinaka Masami?)
A registered doctor who works at the Amare Patriarcha Crucis hospital. Masami is also Ritsuko's fiancé. From his soft demeanor and his refined features, Masami is a huge hit amongst the female staff; naturally, he's also extremely popular with the female patients as well. He took three years in medical school and then followed it with two years of university training. He passed the medical licensing examination on his first try.
At the final segments of the game, it turns out the attack on Ayame's group is revealed to be perpetrated by Masami. He lifts Ayame's shirt, revealing an empty hole in her chest while laughing maniacally.

Music[edit]

The opening for Corpse Party: Blood Covered Repeated Fear is "Shangri-La" by Asami Imai, and the ending for Blood Covered is "Confutatis no Inori", by ARTERY VEIN (Asami Imai & Eri Kitamura). An insert song, "Yami ni Nureta Catastrophe", also sung by ARTERY VEIN, plays at Naomi's flashback in the final scene where she realised she was the one who killed Seiko, and darkens; however, Seiko's spirit reliefs her.

The opening theme for Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is "Hana no Saku Basho" by Asami Imai, and the ending is "Pandora no Yoru", by ARTERY VEIN.

The opening theme for Corpse Party: 2U is called "Limited Love" by Asami Imai, and the ending theme is "Tsukigen" by ARTERY VEIN. An insert song, "Hanabi", sung by Yumi Hara, plays at the final scene where Sachiko's birthday has ended and she seemed to have only a brief memory of it, before screaming in agony and reverting to her malicious self.

In Corpse Party: BloodDrive, there are two openings; the first one being "In the Rain", by Yumi Hara, and the second being "Keshin" by Asami Imai, which plays at Chapter 7 after Ayumi's retrieval of the Book of Shadows. The ending is "Translucent Days" by ARTERY VEIN.

Adaptations[edit]

The video game has been adapted into four manga series: Corpse Party: Blood Covered, published by Square Enix; Corpse Party: Musume and Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, published by Media Factory; and Corpse Party: Another Child, published by Mag Garden. One original video animation (OVA), Corpse Party: Missing Footage, was released on August 2, 2012.[9] Another OVA consisting of four episodes titled Corpse Party: Tortured Souls (コープスパーティー Tortured Souls ―暴虐された魂の呪叫― Kōpusu Pātī Tortured Souls: Bōgyaku Sareta Tamashii no Jukyō?), was released July 24, 2013.[17]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ ja:祁答院慎
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  9. ^ a b "Corpse Party Anthology PSP Game to Bundle Video Anime". Anime News Network. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Ishaan (22 April 2013). "Corpse Party Continues On PS Vita With Corpse Party: Blood Drive". Siliconera.com. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  11. ^ 2013-10-04, Corpse Party: Blood Drive pushed to 2014 in Japan, Gematsu
  12. ^ http://nichegamer.net/2015/01/xseed-is-localizing-corpse-party-blood-drive/
  13. ^ "Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient PC Game Announced". Anime News Network. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  14. ^ a b 2014-03-20, More Details On Corpse Party: Blood Drive's Story And New Characters, Siliconera
  15. ^ 2014-03-28, Corpse Party: Blood Drive dated in Japan, new details, Gematsu
  16. ^ 2014-07-15, Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1336, Gematsu
  17. ^ "Corpse Party Games Get New Tortured Souls Video Anime". Anime News Network. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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