The Let's Play Archive

Corpse Party

by DarkHamsterlord

Part 1: Chapter 1, Part 1

Video: Chapter 1 Intro

Music: Chapter 1 Intro

...You've all heard the stories, no? Before Kisaragi Academy was built here, there was another school on the property. Heavenly Host Elementary School, it was called.

Such a horrible thing to happen... The principal was completely devastated. He cared for the school almost as if it were his own child, you see. But one thing led to another after the incident...and ultimately, a decision was reached. The school was to be shut down.

The principal was so stricken with grief over losing his precious child that on the day of its closure...he climbed up to its roof and threw himself to his death. Or so the story goes...

Music: None


However! They say the teacher who fell down the stairs still has no idea she's dead, even to this very day... And on rainy evenings like this, after our school day's come to an end...

In fact, it's almost time for her to make her rounds! Just after seven o'clock... That's when she appears, always accompanied by a sudden blackout that leaves the entire building dark as night... *Knock knock,* you'll hear from the blackness...followed by the sound of the classroom door ssslowly sssliding open... As her pale white face cuts through the stillness, her soft voice always echoes the same question: "I s   a n y o n e   s t i l l   h e r e ?" And then...

Lightning strikes, and...!

The lights go out!


The girls: Eeeeeeeeeek!!

Naomi and Seiko jump back, and Satoshi falls on his ass.

It's...a blackout!
Satoshi! Pull yourself together! Don't scare us like that!
But, it was scary!

Not bad, Shinozaki. You had me going there for a minute.
It wasn't me! I've been standing right here the whole time! This is a real blackout!

Sound Effect: Noise

Sounds like it's coming from the music room...

*Knock knock*

No way...
(First the blackout...and now the door...)

Satoshi makes a terrified sort of whining sound and grabs onto Naomi.

What the hell is wrong with you, Satoshi?! Get ahold of yourself! ...And get off of me! That's my chest!
Ack! Sorry, sorry! I couldn't see where I was grabbing!

*Knock knock*

I told you it was a bad idea to stay here so late and tell ghost stories!
Hey, Satoshi. Aren't you gonna get the door?
The girls are all trembling in fear. Doesn't it break your heart to see them like that?
So why don't YOU get the door?!

...That's cold, man.

Video: Chapter 1 Intro ends here

We're given control of Satoshi, and head to the door. We can talk to the others, but all they say is "..."

???: G o   h o m e ,   c h i l d r e n . . .

The door flies open, and Satoshi jumps back with a scream.

And he trips over his own feet, falling backwards onto the floor.

A young woman who appears to be alive enters the room.


The lights cut back on.


Ayumi runs over and gives Ms. Shishido a high five.

I'd call that a rousing success!

Music: Everyday Life

Your timing couldn't have been more perfect.
Heheh. I wasn't a student here too long ago myself, so when it comes to the "seven wonders of Kisaragi High" ...I'm pretty well-versed!

So does every Japanese school have a set of seven wonders, or what? I swear, it gets brought up sooner or later in every piece of Japanese media that involves a school.

Hahaha. I thought Shig's reaction was priceless, but yours was on a whole different level altogether, Mochida!
It was pretty impressive. I could never hope to compete with that.
Hmm-hmm! Mochida's always got the best reactions.
I just LOVE it when my scares are so thoroughly effective! It's simply...delicious...

Satoshi finally stands up at this point.

Sorry about that, Mochida! But I can't deny, your reaction WAS pretty amusing.
All pranking aside, though. I ran into a rather adorable individual in the hall who's come to see you.

Ms. Shishido turns to face the door.

What are you standing around out there for? Come on in! He's right here!

Yuka! What are you doing here?!
Big brother!

Yuka runs across the room and gives Satoshi a hug.

Seems Mochida forgot his umbrella this morning, so little Yuka here has come all this way to deliver it.
Oh, yeah, I guess I did. Sorry about that, Yuka. Thanks!
Is she from the junior high?
Nice to meet you. My brother's always like this.

Ayumi & Mayu: Awwww!

I had no idea you had such a cute little sister, Satoshi.
...Really? I never told you?
You never said a word!

Heehee, I sure do!
Hmm? Seems like she's met Kishinuma before...

Seiko climbs up onto a desk and takes a seat.

Hey Naomi... Looks like you've got yourself a rival, eh?
Uhh... I'm sure I don't know WHAT you're talking about...

Yes, Seiko just casually mentioned a potential incestuous relationship between a friend and his sister while they're standing five feet away.

I swear, this mouth of yours says the craziest things!

Aww, do we have to? Shouldn't we clean up all the red bean cafe stuff first? It'd be a shame to leave so soon!
Yeah, with the classroom like this, it almost feels like we could have another culture festival tomorrow.
Isn't that what you were supposed to be doing here in the first place? You promised me this room would be ready to go by the time I got here, as I recall!
Heh. Well, it's getting late. How about you leave it for now, and come in early tomorrow?
Yes, ma'am!

Music: None

...but I wish you the best of luck at your new school. I know you'll do just fine.

Naomi, Seiko & Ayumi: ...

Won't be the same around here without you, Suzume...
I know you, Suzumoto. You'll make new friends in no time flat. I'm sure of it!
And it's not like you're moving THAT far away. Come winter break, we'll all make sure we come visit!
Yeah, totally! Don't look so glum. We'll see you again real soon. We're friends forever, after all!
You guys...

Music: Friends

(Yeah. Today's culture festival was her last day.)

I really hate when games are inconsistent with their text formatting. Parentheses in Corpse Party represent both thoughts and whispering, depending on the context.

I'm so have you as friends... You all have a special place in my heart...and you always will!
Heh... *sniffle*

*bawl* ...I'll always be watching over you from above!
...Uh, Seiko? Earth to Seiko?
My spirit will guide your path!

Morishige, ignoring Seiko and Naomi, pulls out his cell phone.

...O-okay. But how about we get everybody in the shot?
Ooh, yeah! I totally want in!
Me too!
Hahaha. Me three.
Me four!

Naomi & Seiko: Heehee!

Everyone poses in front of Morishige.

Big brother?
Your friends are really great, you know?
...They sure are.

Morishige snaps the photo.

Send it to my phone, would you, Morishige?
Of course. I'll send it to all of you right now.
...Hey, Teach... Before we head back, there's something I'd like to do with everyone...

Video: Sachiko Ever After
This video covers the rest of the update

Music: None
Background Sound: Rain

Since we're losing one of our own, do you mind...if we try it? It's called "Sachiko Ever After."
Who's Sachiko? And what's with the paper doll? Is this another one of your occult things?
Yeah, kind of. This is... Well, it's a charm that I found on the internet. If we do it right, then all of us will be together forever! ...Or we'll always be friends, anyway. That's the gist of it.
Ooh, it's a charm?
Yep! A mystical charm!

(I think Shinozaki had her at "charm." That girl is totally bonkers for that kind of stuff! ...Guess it can't hurt.)
Is everybody okay with this?

Naomi, Seiko & Yuka: Yeah!
Satoshi & Yoshiki: You bet!

Morishige? You, too?
Ah, yes.

Everyone gathers around in a circle, with a paper doll in the middle.

All right, we're ready to go. Everybody, gather in a circle around this paper Sachiko doll. And in your head, repeat the words, "Sachiko, we beg of you", eight...nine! Yeah, repeat it nine times! Don't worry if you flub it a little, just make sure you don't stop partway through.

Uhh, Shinozaki?
What, uh, happens if it fails, exactly?
This whole paper doll thing seems a little sketchy to me...
Failure is not an option. Just give it all you've got!
Hehh?! ...Uh, okay...

All right, let's get started. Everybody remember the charm? "Sachiko, we beg of you." Nine times. ...Ready? Begin!

Sachiko, we beg of you...
Sachiko, we beg of you...
Sachiko, we beg of you...
Sachiko, we beg of you...
Sachiko, we beg of you...
Sachiko, we beg of you...
Sachiko, we beg of you...
Sachiko, we beg of you...
Sachiko, we beg of you...

If we don't get on with it, I'm afraid I'll wind up saying it again...
Okay. Now, everybody, reach toward the paper doll and grab hold of it, anywhere you can.

Everyone gathers around the Sachiko doll.

Got it, I think...

Like this?
Exactly. Now, hold on reeeeally tightly. Dig your nails into it if you have to -- just don't let go. We're going to pull on it until it rips apart into nine pieces, okay? On the count of three. One...two...three!


The screen flashes red as they tear it apart.

Background Sound: None

And then lightning strikes.

Nicely done, everyone! Now, just make sure you keep that scrap of paper safe. Slide it in your student ID holder, or your wallet. Basically, anywhere it won't get lost.
Hmm... So the paper doll scrap has some sort of meaning to it, then?
Yep. As long as we all still have a little piece of Sachiko with us...we'll always be connected with one another as friends. That's the purpose of this charm.
Wow. That's actually pretty cool!
PRETTY cool? Try SUPER cool! I'll have to be extra careful not to lose my piece!

No problem. Consider it our promise that we'll all definitely hang out together again.

Naomi, Seiko & Ayumi: Heheh...

Ms. Shishido moves around and stands behind the podium.

Well, I hate to say it, but I think it's about time we all get packed up and start heading home.

Everyone: Yes, ma'am!

Suddenly, the building starts to shake!

Gah! An earthquake?!

The quake knocks Morishige off balance and he falls to the floor.

Naomi, Seiko, Mayu & Ayumi: Eeeeeeeeeeek!!

Music: Panic

What the hell?! This is like, holy crap big!


Lightbulbs start to fall from the ceiling.

Big brother!
Yuka! Take my hand!


Another lightbulb drops.

Everyone, stay calm! Get under your desks until it passes!


A large fixture falls from the ceiling, barely missing Mayu.

Under the desks! Now!


A huge crack appears down the center of the floor.

Naomi, Seiko & Ayumi: Aaaaahh!!



What the...?!
No... This can't be happening!
Is this for real?!

The floor continues to crumble away, until...

Oh God, I'm falling!
Big brooootheeeer!

There's another big shake, and...

...the rest of the floor completely gives.