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
  • JP July 24, 2014[1]
  • NA October 13, 2015
  • EU October 2015[2]
Live action film
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[3][4] and developed by Team GrisGris.[5] 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.[6] Marvelous USA will release a localized version Corpse Party BloodCovered for PC in North America in 2015.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11][12] XSeed Games will be releasing this to North America on October 13, 2015 [13]

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.[14] It is released episodically, with the first chapter released on May 29, 2013.

The series has spanned several manga works, an anime series,[citation needed] OVAs, drama CDs, theme park attractions, and an upcoming live action film.

Gameplay[edit]

Corpse Party is a linear horror monster 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 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 and her mother's 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.

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.

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.[15]

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.[15]

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).[16]

Famitsu gave Corpse Party: Blood Drive a review score of 29/40.[17]

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?, "July University Patriarchal Hospital") 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.

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.[10] 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.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2014-03-19, Corpse Party: Blood Drive Will Be Released This July For PlayStation Vita, Siliconera
  2. ^ http://gematsu.com/2015/07/corpse-party-blood-drive-coming-europe-october
  3. ^ http://www.memoriesoffear.com/games_corpsepartypc98/index.html
  4. ^ ja:祁答院慎
  5. ^ Gris Gris Official Website : http://www.gris2.com/ (Japanese)
  6. ^ "Marvelous USA Licenses Corpse Party Horror PSP Game". Anime News Network. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2014/06/05/xseed-bringing-corpse-party-pc-2014/
  8. ^ http://gematsu.com/2015/04/corpse-party-3ds-dated-in-japan
  9. ^ "Corpse Party: Book of Shadows 2nd N. American Trailer Posted". Anime News Network. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  10. ^ a b "Corpse Party Anthology PSP Game to Bundle Video Anime". Anime News Network. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Ishaan (22 April 2013). "Corpse Party Continues On PS Vita With Corpse Party: Blood Drive". Siliconera.com. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  12. ^ 2013-10-04, Corpse Party: Blood Drive pushed to 2014 in Japan, Gematsu
  13. ^ http://nichegamer.net/2015/01/xseed-is-localizing-corpse-party-blood-drive/
  14. ^ "Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient PC Game Announced". Anime News Network. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  15. ^ a b 2014-03-20, More Details On Corpse Party: Blood Drive's Story And New Characters, Siliconera
  16. ^ 2014-03-28, Corpse Party: Blood Drive dated in Japan, new details, Gematsu
  17. ^ 2014-07-15, Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1336, Gematsu
  18. ^ "Corpse Party Games Get New Tortured Souls Video Anime". Anime News Network. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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