'Forbidden SIREN' Plot Guide

Copyright 2004 Lesley Smith

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version 0.35

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Contents
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Updates

Introduction

Part One - Characters
   - SUDA Kyoya
   - YAO Hisako
   - KAJIRO Miyako
   - KAJIRO Jun
   - KAJIRO Ayako
   - TAKEUCHI Tamon
   - ANNO Yoriko
   - MAKINO Kei
   - MIYATA Shiro
   - ONDA Risa
   - ONDA Mina
   - SHIMURA Akira
   - MIHAMA Naoko
   - TAKATO Reiko
   - YOMODA Harumi
   - MAEDA Tomoko
   - MAEDA Mayumi
   - MAEDA Takenobu

Part Two - Timeline of Events

Part Three - Hanyuda and its History

Part Four - Mana: The Religon of Hanyuda

Part Five - Datatsushi (だたつし) and Hisako

Part Six - The Shibito (屍人)

Part Seven - Archives

Part Eight - Other Information
   - Famitsu Interview with Toyama Keiichiro (Part One)

Part Nine - Frequently Asked Questions
   - Is Yaobikuni a real myth?
   - What is the 'tsuchinoko'?
   - The note in Kyoya-kun's wallet mentions a site (www.occultland.com).
     Is it real and who is SDK?
   - What about www.shibito.com? Who created it?
   - Who does the house in Tabori belong to? The Maedas or the Takeuchis?
   - What was Miyako hitting with that stone when Kyoya-kun first meets her?
   - How come the policeman, Ishida Tetsuo, is acting so strangely BEFORE the
     siren and the earthquake?
   - Who are the three people Toyama-san refers to in Q. 26?
   - What about the continual recurrance of the number '333'? What is its
     significance?
   - Why did Miyata Shiro kill Onda Mina?

Websites

Miscellaneous

Credits

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Updates
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16th March 2004 - First version (0.10) of the Guide produced.

19th March 2004 - Second version (0.16) posted. Corrections made to website
error (Sorry Felix!), entries added to 'In-game information' section and the
section on 'Mana' re-written. Minor mistakes corrected.

28th March 2004 - Third Version (0.25) posted. Character section reworked,
and spelling errors corrected. Archive Section 1-100 finally completed!
Transcribing is such a pain, sigh. Decided to include a timeline section but
please be patient as it might take a while to complete. I'm playing for a few
hours every day then typing for another three. Am also working on tidying the
translation of the FAMITSU interview.

30th March 2004 - Completed 'Forbidden SIREN' with all 100 Archives.

3rd April 2004 - Fourth version (0.27) posted. Character section completed with
each person's fate explained. FAQs section begun and continued working on the
section discussing 'Mana'.

25th April 2004 - Fifth Version (0.35) posted. FAQ section updated, began
timeline - please be patient with this one - and added details about the new
SIREN book coming out in Japan.

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Introduction
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In 2003, Sony Japan released 'SIREN' (サイレン) and the world was introduced to
a rural Japanese town called Hanyuda (sometimes spelled 'Hanuda') where life
has become a nightmare. One night Hanyuda is devastated by an earthquake,
the eerie sound of an air-raid siren and swamped by water the colour of blood
which is turning its inhabitants into 'Shibito' (屍人), which - in kanji -
literally means 'dead person'. Unfortunately, these dead people, well, you
wouldn't know they were dead. They walk, do repetative tasks and they don't
like you. Some have guns, others just stalk but they WILL kill you given the
opportunity.

Ten survivors have to escape the town before they join the ranks of the
Shibito and the red water transforms them. They have three days and only
'Sight-jacking' - the strange ability to see through others' eyes -  gives
them any chance of escape.

Note: All information about plot is taken from the English language (PAL)
version, officially titled 'Forbidden SIREN'. However because of the
uniquely 'Japaneseness' of the game, names are given in the Japanese fashion
of family name first and honourifics are used where appropriate. This in an
attempt to preserve the ethos of the game.

All other information - such as kanji - is taken from the official Japanese
'SIREN' website, the official English 'Forbidden SIREN' site, the two Japanese
'SIREN' strategy guides and the Official Japanese and English game manuals
(see siren.felixmcli.org for scans of the Japanese manuals).

It's needless to say, this guide contains - or will when completed - MASSIVE,
UNMARKED SPOILERS!! You have been warned!

Comments are welcome, this is my first guide so please email me on
lesleyannsmith23@hotmail.com.

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Part One - Characters
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Characters fall into two catagories: Playable and NPC (non-playable
characters). The latter means that you do not directly control the character,
instead the playable character takes the role of guiding or protecting them
in specific senarios or simply interacting with them.

I have added 'Actor' as the Japanese characters were modeled on their
'seiyuu' (声優), the actors who did the voices. Strangely, the English manual
doesn't credit the English language actors, only the Japanese ones.

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Name: SUDA Kyoya (須田恭也)
Age: 16
Sex: Male
Occupation: Student
From: Tokyo
Japanese Actor: SHINODA Mitsuyoshi
English Dub: ????

Kyoya-kun is the 'main' character of the game in that he has the most senarios,
He's your normal, everyday high school student who discovers a messageboard
www.occultland.com, a website discussing a mysterious town called Hanyuda where
a massacre took place. Fascinated, Kyoya-kun decides to take a look and, after
signing on to the messageboard to register his interest, leaves on July 31st
2003. He accidentally runs into a ceremony being held in the woods just before
the earthquake hits and the siren sounds. After being shot by a crazed Shibito
cop, he falls into the Mana River and into unconsciousness, waking up to a
nightmare.

Fate: Despite her physical demise, Miyako guides Kyoya through the Mirror Pool
and into the Inferno, the dimension which the Hanyudan scriptures call
Paradise. There he fights Kajiro Jun for possession of the mystical Homeranagi
sword and, using the combined power of the Uryen statuette given to him by
Makino Kei, Kyoya defeats and beheads Datatsushi. Days later, Kyoya-kun
returns to the timeless dimension of post-Siren Hanyuda and invokes the power
of the sword and the Uryen to erase all trace of the Shibito. He goes down in
legend as the murderer of the 33 people who disappeared in 1976 and then walks
off into the fog of Hanyuda.

Note: Want to chat to Kyoya-kun? Go to his section of the European site (first
plaque from the left) and click on the computer screen, after clicking on the
weblink, a Yahoo-style PM (private message) will pop up, allowing you to chat
with him. This is basically a way to sign up to the mailing list but it's fun!
Kyoya-kun will offer you information on his trip to Hanyuda and photographs.
If you fail to give your email, he'll go off in a huff but it's scary the
first time and the responses are amazingly convincing. Also, while in his
room, look at the desk itself and click on the sight-jacked floppy disk next
to the JR Pass to download a cool screensaver featuring everyone's favourite
model, Mihama Naoko! There's a clock, too and don't forget the sound
effects . . . .

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Name: YAO Hisako (八尾比沙子)
Age: Unknown but looks in mid-twenties.
Sex: Female
Occupation: Kyudoume (きゅどうめ), a priestess of Mana, the town's religion.
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: MINAMI Risako
English Dub: ???? but sounds like Lara Croft from LCTR:AOD.

Hisako-san is one of the first people Kyoya meets after arriving in Hanyuda
and being shot by a crazed cop. She is calm and seems well aware of what's
going on. As a priestess and Guide of Mana, the towns religion, Hisako seems
much wiser than he age and wears the red habit of a nun but who exactly is she?
Shimura Akira, the oldest survivor, seems to know her and he calls her
Yaobikuni, the name of an immortal nun. Is Hisako really human or is she
something else?

Fate: After invoking flames to kill both Miyako and Ayako inside the Mana
Stone, Hisako summons Datatsushi and when it goes on a rampage before having
its non-corporeal form weaken by sunlight, she retreats to the Inferno and
gives her god enough strength to return to battle Suda Kyoya-kun. When it is
decapitates and the dimension begins to collapse. Hisako's hair goes white
and, grabbing the head, she falls onto a plate and is sucked into somekind of
wormhole which transports to many different times. As long as Hanyuda and the
curse exists, so she is doomed to exist also.
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Name: KAJIRO Miyako (神代美耶子)
Age: 14
Sex: Female
Occupation: Unknown.
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: OKAMOTO Natsuki
English Dub: ????

Miyako-chan is the blind daughter of the cursed Kajiro family, the oldest clan
in Hanyuda. She is a strange girl who is ostracised by the townsfolk and her
only friends before Kyoya arrived, were her white dog, Kereb and Yomoda
Harumi-chan. In fact, so hated is she by the people of Hanyuda that Miyako
doesn't even appear of her family's register. As the game progresses, it
becomes clear that she really is quite sweet and opens up to Kyoya-kun. She is
in reality, a nice person who wants to escape her destiny as the 'bride of
God'.

Fate: Miyako is killed in order to raise Datatsushi but because of her
attachment to Kyoya-kun and the fact her blood runs in his veins, she remains
to guide him in the final battle against the god.

Note: After completing the four sections of the European 'Forbidden SIREN'
site, Miyako-san's section is automatically unlocked . . . . prepare to be
scared.
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Name: KAJIRO Jun (神代淳)
Age: 19, born on November 29th 1984
Sex: Male
Occupation:
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: TOKURA Yuki
English Dub: ????

The adopted son of the Kajiro family, Jun is at the midnight ceremony and
Kyoya-kun later meets up with him whilst escorting Miyako-chan to the church.
Jun makes a reference that Kyoya is going to visit the 'Other Side' before
Miyako-chan hits him over the head. He later reappears in Janobaku Valley,
trying to drag her away. As the adopted son, Jun is Ayako's fiance and it is
they who must bring the next 'sacrifical lamb' for the next ceremony into the
world.

Fate: After watching his betrothed die, Jun sides with Hisako and goes with
her to the Inferno but because Jun isn't of the Kajiro clan by blood, he too
begins to turn and Kyoya eventually defeats him with the power of the Uryen
and gains from him the holy sword, Homeranagi.
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Name: KAJIRO Ayako (神代亜矢子)
Age: 17, born on August 24th 1986
Sex: Female
Occupation:
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: MATSUI Aya
English Dub: ????

The natural daughter of the Kajiro family, Ayako isn't introduced until half-
way into the game. She is the betrothed of Jun and hates Miyako-chan so much
that she slams a scythe into the wall next to her sister's head. Ayako-san
blames Miyako for the chaos which has taken over the town and yet also seems
terrified of her own fate.

Fate: Ayako was to be the mother of the next generation of Kajiro daughters
but because Hisako knew the god would be reawakened, she destroyed Ayako as
well using the same flames which killed her sleeping sister.
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Name: TAKEUCHI Tamon (竹内多聞)
Age: 34, born on February 14th 1969
Sex: Male
Occupation: Professor of Folklore, Josei University
From: Tokyo but born in Hanyuda
Japanese Actor (Adult): TACHI Masaki
               (Child): TOYAMA Sakumi
English Dub: ????

Tamon-sensei was born in Hanyuda and I speculate it was the strange happenings
there which led him to become a Professor in Folklore in the Cultural
Anthropology Department of Josei University. He's returned to Hanyuda to do
research, accompanied by one of his students, Anno Yoriko. He seems a little
bad tempered and snaps at Yoriko, suggesting he is not happy that she
accompanied him. Tamon-sensei was a child when the first earthquake struck in
1976 and his parents were among the 33 who disappeared.

Fate: In a way Tamon survives. He begins to turn during the last stages of the
game and, hearing the voices of his missing parents, makes his way to his
childhood home and collapses in their arms. Days later, Anno Yoriko - armed
with a baseball bat - rescues him from his rotting Shibito parents and they
escape however, after reading an interview with Toyama-san, it's hard to say
whether Tamon returned to the real world or whether he stayed in the other-
world of the game with Yoriko.
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Name: ANNO Yoriko (安野依子)
Age: 22
Sex: Female
Occupation: College Student, Josei University
From: Tokyo
Japanese Actor: MIZUNO Masami
English Dub: ????

Yoriko-san has a huge crush on her tutor, Tamon-sensei - this conclusion is
driven to by the portraits of him which litter her notes. So, she has decided
to accompany him on his research trip to Hanyuda. She can be pushy and whiny
but her heart is in the right place. After losing Tamon-sensei, she arrives in
Harayadori only to be rescued by Shimura Akira-san who leads her to Janokubi
Valley where she is reunited with her teacher. However, Akira-san kills
himself and begins to turn, shooting Yoriko and thus beginning her
transformation into one of the Shibito.

Fate: Saved from transforming by being given blood from Kyoya-kun, Yoriko
eventually finds Tamon-sensei in the nest and when again separated, she finds
him in his family home, rescuing him from his parents by kicking arse with a
baseball bat!!! It is presumed she stays with Tamon-sensei in the otherworld.
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Name: MAKINO Kei (牧野慶)
Age: 27
Sex: Male
Occupation: Kyudoushi (きゅどうし), a priest and spiritual leader of Mana, the
town's religion.
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: MITSUDA Nobuaki
English Dub: ????

Separated at birth from his twin brother, Kei is the leader of the Hanyuda's
religious community. He seems cold and nowhere near as friendly as Hisako-san
but also the impression is given that he is inexperienced when it comes to
conducting certain religious rites and looks to Hisako for support.

Fate: He is shot by his twin, Miyata Shiro, and we assume he dies at the
scene. His brother then takes on his appearence for the rest of the game.
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Name: MIYATA Shiro (宮田司郎)
Age: 27
Sex: Male
From: Hanyuda
Occupation: Physician
Japanese Actor: MITSUDA Nobuaki
English Dub: ????

Miyato Shiro is the identical twin of Makino Kei but the two lead opposite
lives. Both seem aware of their relationship but are not close, this is purely
because of their vocations. He was in love with Mina but killed and buried her
in the woods Janokubi Valley prior to the start of the game. When he awakens,
the burial site is empty as if someone clawed their way out of the earth.

Fate: After murdering his twin and adopting his identity, Shiro-sensei takes
it upon himself to do all he can to fix the mess in Hanyuda. After flooding
the nest, he sees Shibito rising from the riverbed and, in exchange for his
own life, he invokes the power of the Uryen to free the souls of the wandering
Shibito. Released, Mina and Risa call to him from a sphere of light and he
falls in the hole the Uryen created.
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Name: ONDA Risa (恩田理沙)
Age: 21
Sex: Female
Occupation: None
From: Tokyo but was born and raised in Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: KODAMO Kei
English Dub: ????

Risa-san went to Tokyo to experience city life but has now returned home to
live with her parents and help out around the house. After the siren sounds,
she begins to search for her sister and runs into Miyata Shiro. Eventually she
discovers Mina has become one of the Shibito and because they are twins, Mina
uses their close psychic connection to turn Risa. Dressed in her sister's
uniform, Risa then stalks Shiro-san before he knocks her unconscious and
begins to dissect her to see if the Shibito can actually be killed. He later
impales her on a stake at Gojaku Peak.

Fate: Her soul is freed by the sacrifice of Miyata Shiro.
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Name: ONDA Mina (恩田実奈)
Age:
Sex: Female
Occupation: Nurse
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: KODAMO Kei
English Dub: ????

The twin sister of Onda Risa, Mina is one of the perfected Shibito. She was
murdered by Miyata Shiro but came back when the siren sounded and now stalks
the hospital, calling to her sister. Mina eventually turns Risa and the two
go after Miyata for revenge. Shiro finally Incapacitates Mina by impaling her
with a stake.

Fate: Her soul is freed by the sacrifice of Miyata Shiro.
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Name: SHIMURA Akira (志村晃)
Age: 70
Sex: Male
Occupation: Hunter
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: KATO Tadao
English Dub: ????

A native of Hanyuda, Akira-san lost his wife and son in the original 'quake
in 1976. He blames the Kajira family for the mysterious things going on and as
the reason for his families' disappearence. The other townsfolk call him an
'old fool' and the authorities ignore any of his complaints that something is
going on in Hanyuda. He is out hunting when the events of the game begins and
crosses paths with both Mihama Naoko and rescues Anno Yoriko but, after seeing
his fellow villagers heading towards the Mana River, now an ocean, he takes his
gun and his own life.

Fate: After attempting to kill himself and returning briefly as a crazed,
sniper before Takeuchi Tamon shoots him. Moments later, he awakens to realise
he is truly damned and begins to laugh, his voice becoming like the Shibito
and he descends into eternal madness, eventually transforming into one of the
winged Shibito.

Note: Visit Akira-san's home via the European site (second plaque from the
left) to learn more about his family and Hanyuda's strange past.
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Name: MIHAMA Naoko (美浜奈保子)
Age: 28
Sex: Female
Occupation: Ex-model turned TV Reporter.
From: Tokyo
Japanese Actor: KOSHIRO Keiko
English Dub: ????

Naoko-san is the host of a new paranormal TV show produced by 333 TV called
'Darkness Japan' -'Occult JAPAN' in Europe - and their next show will be on
the mysteries of Hanyuda and the tsuchinoko. At the age of 20 she landed a role
in a popular Japanese TV show called 'Eat your Heart Out' but as an ex-model,
Naoko-san is somewhat vain and narcissistic. She seems to be worried her
experiences in Hanyuda will lead to grey hair. She does appear genuinely
scared of her assignment but is eager to make her mark on television.

Fate: Led by her own vanity, she eventually chooses to become a Shibito by
drinking the water at Mizuhiruko Spring and, after spending Tomoko-chan's last
level pracing around in ecstasy at her eternal beauty, transforms into a
cute-but-deadly dog Shibito.

Note: Anyone who wants to see Naoko-san modelling should go to the European
site and check out the Y800 August edition of 'Psy' magazine in her section of
the site (fourth plaque from the left).
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Name: TAKATO Reiko (高遠玲子)
Age: 29
Sex: Female
Occupation: Teacher at the Hanyuda School.
Japanese Actor: HOSOKAWA Seika
From: Hanyuda
English Dub: ????

Reiko-sensei is a teacher at Hanyuda Elementary School and teaches Yomoda
Harumi-chan's class. Reiko was married, with a daughter called Megumi who died
at two years old. During a freak tsunami, Reiko was able two children but was
too late to save her beloved daughter. Because of her loss, Reiko-sensei has
developed a fondness for Harumi-chan, whom she sees as a replacement for her
deceased daughter.

Fate: After leading Harumi to Kuriwari, Reiko sacrifices herself so the girl
can escape and becomes one of the Shibito fans of the game have christened
'burger heads'! Her final act is to save Harumi from the Shibitofied principal,
Eiji Nagoshi.
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Name: YOMODA Harumi (四方田春海)
Age: 10
Sex: Female
Occupation: Student in Reiko-sensei's class.
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: KOMINAMI Chiaki
English Dub: ????

Harumi-chan lost her parents on 3/3/2002 in a car accident, her only other
relative is her aunt Momoko. She is a lonely child who likes her teacher,
Reiko-sensei. She recently befriended a blind girl, Kajira Miyuko-san, who is
nice to her so Harumi-chan told Miyako-san her secrets. Harumi-chan has
strange, scary dreams about the stars and she seems to find a kindred spirit
in Miyako-san. Despite being only ten, Harumi-chan doesn't trust the other
inhabitants of Hanyuda but doesn't say why.

Fate: Harumi is the only true survivor the terrible events of Hanyuda.

Note: You can read Harumi-chan's diary and learn more about her childhood by
going through her drawers using the European site (her plaque is third from
the left).
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Name: MAEDA Tomoko (前田知子)
Age: 14
Sex: Female
Occupation: 2nd year student.
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: IDE Anna
English Dub: ????

Because she ran away, Tomoko-chan got separated from her parents when the
siren sounded and found aid in the form of Makino Kei. He leads her towards
the Mizuhiroku shrine where she is dragged away by raging Shibito. Lost, alone
and scared, Tomoko-chan makes her way back towards the church in Karuwari. But
they don't attack her for one horrifying reason: She is becoming a Shibito . . .
.

Tomoko-chan is the poor kid from the banned 'SIREN' commercial that was pulled
from Japanese TV for being too scary. Tomoko-chan hammers on the window of the
church begging her parents to let her in but to them she looks like a Shibito
and her eyes are bleeding . . . .

Fate: Eventually her parents become Shibito and the three take over the house
in Tabori, leading 'normal' lives as a Shibito family forever . . . .
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Name: MAEDA Mayumi (前田真由美)
Age: 40
Sex: Female
Occupation: Housewife
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: SUMIYOSHI Rie
English Dub: ????

Tomoko-chan's mother, an NPC who becomes Shibito.
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Name: MAEDA Takenobu (前田健信)
Age: 45
Sex: Male
Occupation: Officer worker
From: Hanyuda
Japanese Actor: TOYA Katsuyoshi
English Dub: ????

Tomoko-chan's father, an NPC who become Shibito.
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Part Two - Timeline of Events
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This timeline is written using the Link Navigator as a basis. The text is not
taken directly from the notes in the LN but written by me after playing the
levels and watching the demo movies. Each note will include what the
characters are up to at a particular time and the missions they compelete but
it is not a  walkthrough, just a means for players to understand the game
better due to the fact that 'Forbidden SIREN' isn't always a linear experience.

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683/4 AD*

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11:59:55 - Mana Stone (Bonus Movie).
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*The date seems to change. The LN uses 684 whilst the movie screen cites 683.
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1976

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23:59:54 - Arato, The Takeuchi Household (Movie).
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The Takeuchi family sit watching TV and eating dinner when an earthquake hits.
As dawn rises, a young, scared Tamon-kun stumbles out of the rubble, calling
for his lost parents.
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SOME DAYS BEFORE

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16:45:21 - Karuwari, chapel of Irazu Valley (Movie).
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Miyata Shiro-sensei visits Leader Makino Kei at the Church in Tabori to give
him a letter from the Kajiros informing him it is time to begin to prepare for
the ceremony to summon the God. Fearful at the prospect, the young and
seemingly in-experienced priest weeps in the arms of Yao Hisako. She calms his
fears by telling him she knows the ceremony and has been watching for a very,
very long time.
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THE DAY BEFORE/YESTERDAY

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09:28:57 - Upper Arato, the Mana Stone (Movie).
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Suda Kyoya arrives in Hanyuda and chains his bike to a tree. He then follows
the path through to a clearing and sees a girl and a white dog below him. The
girl, Kajiro Miyako, is hitting something with a rock and she flees as soon as
she realises someone is there.

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23:11:03 - Upper Arato, the Mana Stone (Playable Level).
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Kyoya-kun is hidden in the trees when a strange ceremony begins at the same
clearing where he earlier saw Miyako. He watches as a group of villagers chant
an ominous hymn and two figures walk down an aisle. One of the figures is
Miyako-san and the realisation makes Kyoya-kun stumble. The noise attracts the
attention of Kajiro Jun and Kyoya-kun flees the scene.

As he does so, he experiences a moment of duality, seeing through another's
eyes for a split second and it is then he realises he is being followed by
a crazed policeman, Ishida Tetsuo. The cop blunders after him and fires a
shot, Kyoya-kun slips down an embankment and finds himself in a construction
site. Discovering the cop's ID, he runs towards the site office and gets the
keys to a truck and a copy of the town's newsletter. After evading Ishida,
Kyoya-kun unlocks the truck door, grabs a magazine and starts the engine.

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23:59:24 - Upper Arato, Construction Site (Movie).
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As he lets go of the handbrake, the truck is sent hurtling forward and
Kyoya-kun hits the cop full on. Wracked with guilt, he goes to see if
Ishida is still alive and it is at that moment the earth-quake hits and the
siren sounds. When it subsides, he doesn't see Ishida rise until it is too
late. The cop takes aim and fires, the impact sending Kyoya-kun over the side
of the riverbank and into the river.
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DAY ONE

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02:18:13 - Harayadori, Yabay Settlement (Playable Level).
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Takeuchi Tamon and his student Anno Yoriko awaken to discover something
strange is happening. Yoriko followers her teacher when he leaves the car and
Tamon senses something odd going on. Afte instructing Yoriko-san to stay put,
Tamon-sensei moves through the settlement eventually guides Yoriko to the road
to Karuwari before climbing the fire tower, shooting out the sniper and he
hears a small child crying for her teacher over a radio system. He then
follows Yoriko to Karuwari.

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02:18:34 - Hanyuda Elementary School, Library, Oribe Campus (Playable Level).
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After spending the evening viewing a legendary comet, Takato Reiko-sensei and
her young student, Yomoda Harumi-chan huddle in the library, hoping the
school's principal, Eiji Nagoshi will rescue them. But when no help comes,
Reiko-sensei guides Harumi-chan through the Shibito-filled hallways and hides
her in a storage closet where the girl finds four candles. Reiko-sensei finds
one of Harumi-chan's drawings of a girl and a dog and a photograph from one of
the school's field trips as she moves towards the Faculty Lounge. Harumi-chan
appears and the teacher instructs her to hid there while she goes to find
something which can remove the boards from the windows.

Descending to the basement, Reiko-sensei finds a crowbar and uses its to knock
out the Shibito, only to be confronted by a transformed Eiji Nagoshi.
Reiko-sensei hears Harumi-chan calling for her over the P.A. system and hits
Nagoshi-sensei over the head and quickly climbs onto the balcony to unlock a
door. She then returns to the Faculty Lounge and the two escape through one of
the boarded up windows.

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02:28:34 - Arato, Banks of the Mana River (Playable Level).
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Kyoya awakes to find himself in the Mana River and gets to his feet only to
discover the river has turned to blood. Terrified, Kyoya-kun flees and runs
into Yao Hisako. The priestess removes her veil and tells him there isn't
much time. She teaches him to sight-jack and tells him the other creatures he
sees in his mind's eyes are no longer human and then instructs Kyoya to follow
her. Moving through the town, Kyoya finds a letter addressed to a woman named
Onda Risa, a key to a storeroom in Tabori and, finally, a plaque with strange
letters carved into it. After helping Hisako-san onto the Bus Shelter, the two
head for Karuwari.

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03:31:17 - Janokubi Valley, Orifushi Forest (Playable Level).
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Miyata Shiro wakes to discover he is lying in the forest by a grave which has
been dug up. His memory is hazy and he heads for his car after finding a torch
on the ground. He discovers a wrench in the boot along with a flare and makes
his way across the bridge. As he passes the steps on the far side, he discovers
a pair of nurses' shoes that belonged to someone he knew. Resolute, he goes
through the Ore Processing Plant and escapes the valley, heading for Arato.

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04:00:04 - Tabori, Abandoned House (Playable Level).
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Onda Risa finds herself in a strange house with no memory of how she got
there. Surrounded by Shibito she tries to hide and stumbles upon a strange
marker stone under the kitchen floor. After using items in the kitchen to
create a distraction and turning on the electricity, Risa finds a picture of
a Mana Cross medallion and a strange flower in the cottage and then discovers
a trowel on the first floor which leads her to discover a buried medallion in
the garden which bears a name on the back - 'TAKEUCHI'. Taking this she
escapes through the main gate and begin her search for her twin sister.

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05:03:07 - Arato, Banks of the Mana River (Playable Level).
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Lost, alone and scared, Makino Kei roams the banks of the Mana River, calling
to Guide Hisako. Knowing he must find her he heads through the town towards
the road to Karuwari and the church. On the way, he discovers the priestess'
veil on the roof of one of the houses and seems reassured to know she was
there recently.

Much more coming!
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Part Three - Hanyuda and its History
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Before I begin, a quick note on the spelling of Hanyuda. The official English
language website doesn't seem to have made up its mind about the spelling of
our favourite Japanese town as it alternates between calling it 'Hanyuda' and
'Hanuda' while the official manual uses the latter. I've also seen the
'Hanyuda' spelling on the official advertising. But, as always the game itself
provides the answer.

In Japanese, Hanyuda appears in Kanji - the complex characters that Japan
adopted from China - as 羽生蛇 with the final kanji 村 meaning 'village'(this
can be seen in the Archive, under item No. 19 ) but it isn't until you take a
look at another item in the Archive, that the precise spelling in hiragana -
the simple, cursive syllabary becomes clear. No. 4, the Hanyuda Community
Newsletter uses the hiragana to turn 羽生蛇村 into はにゅだ. It is the kana,
'にゅ' or 'nyu' which show that Hanyuda is indeed spelt with a 'y'.

And so to begin . . . .

A small town in rural Japan surrounded by mountains on three sides and the
River Mana on the fourth, Hanyuda is the mysterious place to which many of the
characters are drawn. On 2nd August 1976 a terrible earthquake almost
destroyed the town and many lives were lost but not through by means of the
natural disaster. Many of the townsfolk simply vanished, including the family
of Shimura Akira-san.

More to come . . . .

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Part Four - Mana: The Religion of Hanyuda
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First, a word about religion in Japan. Basically, there are two big religious
faiths, Shinto - Japan's native religion - and Buddhism. Essentially the two
co-exist quite nicely and it is the general belief that Shinto covers all the
festivals concerning life (eg, the festivals in the Japanese calender, births,
marriages and what-have-you) and Buddhism covers death as, according to
Shinto belief, death is unclean. There are, of course, Japanese Christians,
Jews and Muslims but they are a tiny minority. Also, even those who do not
profess a religious faith will still mark all the important parts of life with
either Shinto or Buddhist ceremonies, so deeply engrained are the religions in
their culture.

Buddhism follows the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, aka the Buddha (in
reality, Siddhartha was but one of many to attain Buddahood so he is often
known as the Sakyamuni Buddha). Shinto is a more natural religion and is
unique to Japan. It venerates beings known as 'kami' - Shinto literally means
'the Way of the Kami' - and this includes everyone from Gods of the many
mountains to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu. Shinto shrines are traditionally
recognised by their wooden 'torii' or temple gates and by the wooden plaques
or 'ema' on which people write their prayers (for an example, see the European
'Forbidden SIREN' site).

So, what about Hanyuda? Well their religion isn't that strange. Indeed, in
horror games such as Fatal Frame and Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly, rural
towns and obscure religious practises seem to go hand in hand.

The people of Hanyuda are members of a religious (and for the purposes of this
game, fictional) sect indigenous to Hanyuda known as 'Mana'(マナ). Yet Hanyuda,
like many Japanese cities, also has an ancient, abandoned Shinto shrine,
showing that their faith once existed side-by-side with Shinto and Buddhism.

The religion is headed by Makino Kei, the young kyudoushi (きゅどうし) or
village priest. He has been instructed by Hisako but seems somewhat
inexperienced in performing the rituals required of his position. Also, the
Kajiro family appear to be on a par with Hanyuda's spiritual leader as, in a
flashback, they instruct him to begin preparations for the up-coming ceremony
to summon their god.

Second to Makino is Yao Hisako, an seemingly-ageless kyudoume (きゅどうめ) or
priestess. Despite being below Makino in the religious hierarchy of Hanyuda,
she provides him with much needed spiritual support but was also his teacher.
Shimura Akira-san also comments that 'she' hasn't aged and, through reading
the archives we discover that the 'she' he refers to is Yaobikuni, also known
as Yao Hisako (see Archive No. 30). Later on, we also discover a faded
photograph of Hisako dated in 1967, taken in the Miyata Clinic. Thus he claims
Hisako is hundreds of years old and it is later revealed that she is indeed an
immortal and the ancestor of the Kajiro clan itself.

Mana worships an unnamed deity (eventually identified as Datatsushi) but there
is another deity of who plays an important role in the area: Hiruko (蛭子), a
genuine Shinto deity of the sea and the area around the Shinto shrine to the
south-east of Hanyuda is named in his honour; 'Hirukotsuka' (literally 'mound
of Hiruko'). However, it has been deserted and is now a mere shadow of its
former self but it is the spring, which gives the shrine its name
'Mizuhirukojinja' (水蛭子神社).

Hiruko is a real deity venerated by the Shinto faith but the story has been
tinkered with to suit the precepts of the game. According to Hanyudan legend,
Hiruko appeared as a merman in the spring and instructed a child to take water
with which to make offerings, the child did as he was instructed and the god
blessed the village. However, one interesting note which does mention is that
he was put in a reed boat and then put afloat on the ocean because he was born
with a deformity. A search of legends associated with Hiruko also reveals that
his 'nick-name' is 'leech-child' and the elusive tsuchinoko appears in the
form of a coloured flatworm or leech. While not connected to Datatsushi,
perhaps it is simply a multi-dimensional creature attracted to the strange
things going in Hanyuda or it could be a manifestation of Hiruko himself.

But more important is Hiruko's connection with water and the sea, there is
also evidence of recent worship when Takeuchi Tamon finds a small cavern with
relics inside which were found in the Mana River; a holy place to the
believer's and the centre of their worship. Fish are also important, being a
symbol of the hidden faith that was forced underground during the Meiji period
and 'skyfish', a strange flying creature found in the mountains which are
sacred to the Shinto gods. Like much else, Hiruko's worship and connenction
with the sea has been blended into the belief system of the people of the town.

The shrine itself has been left almost untouched, the smaller shrines still
stand, as does the sacred fertility stone and the stump of an ancient tree.
The only thing that has been disturbed is the sacred spring that has been
turned blood red. Yet it is the over all condition of the shrine which
suggests that while Shinto may have once co-existed with the faith of Hanyuda,
it has not been a part of life there for some time. Despite this, the torii
gates still stand and small Shinto altars are still being discovered as
faraway as Gojaku Peak.

Yet littered across the Kurawari valley and Harayadori, almost a contant
reminder of Hanyuda's indigenous faith, are strange wooden formations known as
'Mana Crosses'. They serve as grave markers, are found on burial momuments and
one even has an animal's head drapped across it. The impression is given that
Harayadori might be seen as a massive cemetery, commemorating the
disappearence of the rest of Hanyuda's inhabitants while the undead Shibito
roam freely indicating that the post-Siren Hanyuda is a step closer to the
world of the dead than it is to our reality. Both Tamon and Kyoyda recognise
the crosses' religious significant and Tamon comments that they are only found
in the area. The symbolism of these strange crosses are unknown but upon
viewing the hidden movie in Datatsushi's column, their origin becomes clear.
While the villagers are feasting upon the dying 'god', the viewer can see it
is lying on a pile of wood in the shape of the Mana Cross. So, in an almost
twisted parody, the dying alien lies helpless on a cross while it is eaten,
it's life being taken so the townsfolk might live, albeit cursed.

Tamon finds a minature version of one of Hanyuda's sacred religious relics,
the 'Mana Stone' in a small, wooden shrine in the Harayadori cemetery,
surrounded by the crosses and graves of the dead. A strange place to put such
a special item, don't you think? But what is the relic symbolises death?
According to the Archive, the Mana Stone is also known as 'The Sacred Stone
from Above' and this suggest it was once a piece of a meteorite, Datatsushi's
wrecked ship. Its presence in the cemetery suggests an association with death
and meteorites along with comets and other space debris are well known for
being protents of death, as demonstrated by the Bayeaux Tapestry.

The Mana Stone is also the origins of the mystical Homeranagi sword, an
heirloom passed down through the Kajiro family which possesses mystical powers
and is the tool Kyoya uses to eventually decapitate the reborn god. It is also
the one tool which can destroy the Shibito when combined with the power of the
mysterious Uryen statuettes.

As with many religions, Mana has its own scriptures dealing with its belief
system and theirs just happens to involve red water, earthquakes and the dead
rising. The main religious festivals themselves, the Umi-okuri and the
Umi-gaeri are based around the Mana River (Note: while 'Umi' means 'sea' it
can also apply to a very large river). So the River Mana is essentially the
life-blood of their religion and this becomes clear near the end of the game
when the exact reason for why all the water has turned to blood becomes clear.
Just as the siren is the vocalised screams of Datatsushi, so the red water is
its blood and, just as eating its flesh gives eternal life, so drinking its
blood causes transmutation into the everliving dead - the Shibito.

Yet the scriptures themselves seem to borrow imagery from other religions.
Certainly, the text of the 'Book of Deliverance' contains text with strong
Christian imagery and many sections included in the archives read almost
identically to passages in the Bible. Take Archive No. 55, the text concerning
'Kiruden':

      'On guard and armed with flaming sword, sits a heavenly
      creature at Paradise's gate.  Part lion, part bull, part human,
      part eagle, it's a four-winged beast.'

This strange creature is identical to the Cherubim, one of the angelic
hierarchies, featured in the Book of Ezekiel (Ex. 10:14). The online
Encyclopedia Mythica says: 'They were usually depicted as angels with four
wings and four faces (human, lion, bull and eagle)'. Other sections of the
'Book of Deliverance' mirror passages from Genesis ('The Fruit of Vieda') and
the Gospels ('The Glad Tidings'). But you're probably asking 'What is
Christian theology doing in a Japanese horror game?' Well, Christianity is a
foreign religion which holds some fascination to the Japanese and so often
features in anime, manga and computer games. However there is also Christian
imagery at the Mizuhiruko Shrine and so it is safe to say that Mana has
assimilated the belief systems of Shinto, Buddhism and Christianity into
itself.

More to come . . . .

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Part Five - Datatsushi (だたつし) and the Kajiro Clan
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In the summer of 683C.E. (Common Era) a drought left the people of the rural
Japanese village of Hanyuda desperate and, in dispair, they begged the gods
for aid. As if to answer their prayers, a comet was seen in the heavens and
shortly afterwards three of the townsfolk came across a pyramid-shaped rock
and a strange being - a 'datatsushi' (だたつし) which translates as 'fallen
angel' or 'one fallen from the heavens' - dying beside it. Driven by starvation
and thinking their prayers have been answered the villagers eat and it is at
that moment that the creature screams, a sound so horrendous that it causes
them to cover their ears as the being pronounces its 'curse' upon them.

To the villagers, this being is a gift from the gods - literally - to ease
their hunger but Datatsushi is something more than their primitive minds can
comprehend, it is a trans-dimensional alien who has the ability to warp
reality, distort dimensions and consumption of its flesh alters humans at the
molecular level; thus giving Hisako eternal life. Datatsushi only curses her
directly because, as we see via Miyako's vision, Hisako is the only one
Datatsushi actually sees properly. At the moment it screams, her two
companions cover their ears in pain but it is Hisako who convulses as if being
electrocuted. After the being expires, the flesh is presumably distributed
around the village and eventually a legend arises about a god who gave his
flesh so they might live and, to appease it and show they are grateful, Hisako
devises the ceremony.

Director, Toyama-san explains that Hisako is the forerunner of the Kajiro clan
and so her children are tainted with her curse, albeit in weakened form. They
live long lives and one in each generation - the Bride of God - sees visions.

More to come . . . .

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Part Six - The Shibito (屍人)
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The Shibito are the token zombies of 'Forbidden SIREN' and yet they are not
the mindless creatures, flesh-hungry of Resident Evil or bad American horror
movies. There are the Japanese walking dead and so in a class of their own.
The Shibito retain a tiny fraction of their intelligence enabling them to do
repetative tasks. Most have a weapon of some sort, be it a knife, a sickle or
a hoe, the REALLY dangerous ones have guns or rifles and I can only offer one
piece of advice when it comes to these guys - cue a classic Monty Python
quote - 'Run Away! Run away!'. Generally two shots from a rifle will kill your
poor characters while it may take three or four from a pistol.

But I digress, this isn't a walkthrough.

When the siren sounded and the red water appeared, the villagers were drawn to
the red sea and one by one they walked into the water and drank, then they
began to change . . . . They didn't but but mutated becoming single-minded,
repetative in their individual tasks unless disturbed - only then do they
feel the urge to kill (but not eat) - but, as creatures of habit, they are
predictable which means Sight-jacking gives a profound advantage.

The Japanese site lists and 'Perfect Navigation' strategy guide different
Shibito:

The 'Han-Shibito'(半屍人) - literally, 'half-Shibito', also known as the
Hanyuda villagers. These poor souls wander the town with weapons in hand and
concentrate solely on their tasks whilst on the prowl for human to kill. In
Shibito terms, they're pretty stupid, just watch out for the ones with rifles!

The 'Inu-Shibito' (犬屍人) - literally, 'Dog Shibito'. This is what happens to
women further along the process. They are rabid hunters who will tear humans
to pieces, their ears are kind of cute though. Inu-Shibito heal faster than
the Han-Shibito and they have excellent visual acuity.

The 'Kumo-Shibito' (蜘蛛屍人) - literally, 'Spider Shibito', these are male and
there heads are turned 180 degrees meaning they can spot you almost
everywhere, making it hard to hide. Can't quite picture them? Think the
spiderwalk scene cut from 'The Exorcist'. They also heal fast and you know
they're coming because of the hideous screeching as they scamper towards you.

The 'Hane-Shibito'(羽根屍人) - literally, 'Winged Shibito'. These Shibito used
to
be policeman, Ishida Tetsuo, and Shimura Akira and they now hover ten feet in
the air with a pistol, aiming for the head of any humans they see wandering
around. They are somewhat difficult to spot but are very easy to avoid, just
find something with a roof!

The 'Brain Shibito' - the coward of the Shibito, this guy has a horrendous
case of acne with huge pustules growing on his face. Unfortunately, he's fast
on his feet but only has a torch so he's no real threat. You just have to
corner him . . . . One he is hit, all the Shibito in the area succumb as well,
buying you precious time.

The 'Fulliso' (フレイン屍人) - This Shibito - previously known as Onda Mina -
is the end product and we first meet her in the trailer for 'SIREN' menacing
her twin sister, Risa. She has hideous growths hanging over her face and is
the perfection of an abomination. UK gamers can see her on the postcard
included with PAL release of the game. She's fast on her feet and once she's
gotten her hands on you, she doesn't let go.

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Part Seven - Archives
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This section contains all in game information contained within the Archives
that helps solve the mysteries of Hanyuda.

Readers should note that two of the archives involving the Mana alphabet have
been altered for the PAL version. I have included the Japanese version of the
applicable text and translations and errors are my own. Information on the
Mana alphabet can be found on Gamefaqs in a guide by Sigil Sun. The Japanese
translations are taken from scans included in the 'Archives List' section of
the Japanese 'Official Perfect Navigation Guide'.

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No. 1 - Irazu Valley Mural

Irazu Valley Mural

Estimated date: Late 7th century

Discovered during the Meiji Era when Irazu Valley was reopened after being
forbidden territory for many years.

'Nihon Shoki (日本のしょき)
- Chronicle of Japan -

Scroll No. 29

June - Drought
       Performed rites for the calling of rain
July - Comet seen to north-east, 7 cubits long'
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No. 2 - Misumi Daily Gazette

'Misumi Daily Gazette
August 3rd 1976

Torrent and Land-slide Bring Disaster to Misumi District

48 homes have been flooded with a number of other buildings damaged in
land-slides.

33 people have been reported missing but the chances of finding survivors
looks bleak.'
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No. 3 - Letter from the Kajiro Family

'To: Leader Makino

The time has come to carry out the ceremony. Please begin to prepare to summon
the god.

Kajiro'
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No. 4 - Hanyuda Community Newsletter

Hanyuda Community Newsletter
July 2003 Edition

'On July 3rd, the Hanyuda Brewer's Association held the 33rd 'Hanyuda Sake
Tasting Contest' at the Hanyuda Community Centre. Police Officer, Tetsuo
Ishida, won the contest.

Inset - The crowned champion was resident police officer, Tetsuo Ishida, who
seemed more than happy to recieve his prize.'
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No. 5 - Tetsuo Ishida Police Identification

Police Department
Identification Card

Name: Tetsuo Ishida
Rank: Patrol Officer
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No. 6 - BANG!! Magazine

BANG!! Issue No. 33
Published Huly 1st 1996

'A very special issue featuring Naoko Mihama up close and personal. Get the
scoop on Naoko at the very delectable age of 20!

Readers eat your heart out!

Naoko Mihama: Special Feature.

Now busy shooting the popular drama 'Eat Your Heart Out', Bang managed to
secure an interview with Naoko Mihama, including a very personal Question and
Answer session. With an angel's smile and suprising answers, Miss Mihama will
get your heart beating.'
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No. 7 - Harumi Yomoda's Drawing

This picture is drawn with a dark brooding palette, showing whatlooks like a
raven-haired girl with white dog to the right. This picture evokes a feeling
of solitude and anxiety.
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No. 8 - Photo Taken on School Trip to Gojaku Point

'Memories of our field trip with our principal.'
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No. 9 - Tamon Takeuchi's Facilty Identification

'Josei University Facilty Identification

Employee No: 010803
Professor of Folklore, Cultural Anthropology Department,
School of Humanities.
Tamon Takeuchi
Date of Birth: February 14th 1969

I hereby certify that the above is an employee of this institution.

- President, Josei University.'
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No. 10 - Fragment of Megalith

'The Mana Stone'

A large pyramid-shaped boulder worshipped by the villagers of Hanyuda.
Enshrined in the centre of the village, the Mana Stone is also known as the
'Sacred Stone from Above'.
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No. 11 - Idol Found at the Bottom of Well

' - The Story of the Infant on Chopping Block -

Once upon a time, an old man found a turtle caught in his net while fishing in
the river. Seeing its struggles, he took pity and decided to set it free. In
gratitude, the turtle invited the old man to a feast at his palace at the
bottom of the river. Among the many delicacies there was a baby on a kitchen
chopping block. The old man could not bring himself to eat it, instead he hid
the baby's body, brought it hom and disposed of it in the well.'
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No. 12 - Drawing with Cryptic Symbols

There is a particular pattern to the layout of the symbols. Participants lay a
finger on a marker and ask a question; it is said the spirits cause the marker
to move in response. Usually the board is marked with the letters of the
alphabet but instead 26 cryptic symbols have been inscribed here.
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No. 13 - Letter Addressed to Risa Onda

'Dearest Risa,

How are you? I'm doing pretty well. You sounded kind of down the last time we
talked on ther phone but are you feeling better now? Mom and Dad are both
worried about you. I haven't told them you are quitting your job yet but
they'll probably hear about it sooner or later.

All the other kids working in Tokyo are going to come home for summer
vacation, you know. You should come home too. Actually, there's someone I'd
like to introduce you to .... Hope to hear from you soon!

Love, Mina.'
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No. 14 - Phone Card

'BANG!! Reader Give-away:
Limited-edition phone card!!

Two very lucky readers will recieve a limited-edition phone card featuring
Naoko Mihama - the rising star of TV's 'Eat Your Heart Out!' We can't wait to
see what's next from our fave gal!!'
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No. 15 - Proposal for TV Programme

'Occult JAPAN: Episode #8

Legendary tsuchinoko found at the scene of mass-murder spree!

Producer: Takafumi Fujisawa
Director: Kenji Terasawa
Reporter: Naoko Mihama

No budget!!
Need sponser tie-in!!
Minimum turn-around time!!
No hotels - sleep in cars!!
Keep celebrity fees to a minimum!!'

Note: 'Occult JAPAN' is the European name for 'Darkness JAPAN'.
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No. 16 - Torn Out Page From Sketchbook

A drawing depicting a medallion engraved with a red flower and the Mana Cross.
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No. 17 - Mana Cross Medallion

An Old Medallion Made of Oxidised Silver

An elaborate engraving of the Mana Cross adorns its centre. Although almost
worn smooth, the name 'TAKEUCHI' is faintly visible.
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No. 18 - Hanging Scroll

Hanging Scroll21:25 21/03/2004

Artist: Unknown
Date: Unknown

A painting of the Midnight Pimpernel and figures gathered around a body of red
water.
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No. 19 - Hanyuda Town Hall News

'Hanyuda Town Hall News
Issued July 1976

- Land Re-zoning Ordinance -

From August 1978, the Arato and Harayadori areas will be renamed as follows:

Arato: Upper Arato 1 - 4
Harayadori: Lower Arato 1 -3'
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No. 20 - 'Book of Deliverance - Chaos at the End of the World'

A set of scriptures native to the Hanyuda region. This volume describes a
unique vision of the apocalypse:

'- Chaos at the End of the World -

The Earth shall shake, the winds shall roar, the skies shall weep and pests
rise. The souls of men shall be tainted with rot and the waters shall be dyed
red with the blood of the king of gods. The souls of those who touch the red
waters shall return to their original body and rise from the grave.'
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No. 21 - Kyoya Suda's Student Identification Holder

'Nakano Sakaue High School Student Identification
Student No: 66-1501
Kyoya Suda'

There is a memo tucked inside the ID holder:

'www.occultland.com'

Note: This is a real site created to promote the mystery surrounding the game.
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No. 22 - Recipe for Hanyuda Noodles

'Hanyuda Noodles: A Local Speciality

Mention Hanyuda and these noodles instantly come to mind. The chewy strands
are unsurpassed in firmness and texture. The broth a delicate melange of
sweetness and spicyness acts as the perfect complement to the noodles.

How to prepare Hanyuda Noodles:

1. Boil noodles for 3 minutes in a large pot of boiling water.

2. Drain water and rinse noodles in cold water.

3. Place noodles in brother made of soup stock, chilli, vinegar, sake and
   sugar. Top with organic strawberry jam.

Serve with traditional fruits if desired.'

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No. 23 - Hanyuda Town Hall News

Hanyuda Town Hall News
Issued: June 1976

'Notification of repairs to Hanyuda floodgates

In response to fears that future flooding of the Mana River may lead to
extensive water damage. Plans have been put in place to repair the Hanyuda
sluice gates. Work will start in September of 1976.'
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No. 24 - Parish Directory

A book containing a list of church members. Someone has scribbled strange-
looking grafitti on it.

Grafitti translation: 'AWAKE'
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No. 25 - Jun Kajiro's Family Register

'Issued at Hanyuda Town Hall.

Father - Mastaro Kajiro
Mother - Sayako Kajiro
Daughter - Ayako Kajiro, born August 24th 1986
Son (adopted) - Jun Kajiro, born November 29th 1984'
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No. 26 - The Takeuchi Monographs

- The Takeuchi Monographs: Notes on the Kajiro Family -

A Series of Self-Published Writings by a Local Historian

This volume recounts the history of the Kajiros, a prominent family in
Hanyuda.

Author: Omihito Takeuchi of Hanyuda, Misumi District.
Published: 1971

'Until post-World War II agricultural land reforms lowered their status, the
Kajiros were the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the village of
Hanyuda. A study of ancient text reveals accounts of their ancestors settling
in this area during the reign of Emperor Temmu, circa late 7th century AD.

There are several accounts as to how the Kajiros came to prosper, some say
their acceptance of a god from distant shores granting them its blessings
while others maintain that, cursed by the new god, they gained its good graces
through dutiful worship.

Those of the Kajiro clan are all long-lived and periodically, one with the
ability to see visions is born. This is considered a holy sigh, and the member
receives special treatment.'
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No. 27 - Commemorative Group Photo

Opening of Shaft No. 3 - East
Sept. 13th 1958

Taken in front of Shaft 3 - East.

Inset: This photo has also captured an inexplicable light source.
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No. 28 - Kamoshika Diary

A diary-formatted notebook of a brand which has been a favourite among
children since 1970.

On the cover is a picture of an antelope, the brand logo.

'July 5th. Weather: Sunny.

Right at dusk, I saw a small glowing light flying above Gojaku Peak. It's
strange, I saw it really clearly but my friend didn't seem to notice it at
all. I'm planning to go to Gojaku Peak tomorrow after school to investigate.'
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No. 29 - Medical Records Dated 27 Years Ago

Diagnostic Records from the Miyata Clinic

Only the year '1976' can be made out.

The rest is illegible.
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No. 30 - Legend of Yaobikuni

'This is the legend of a woman who lived for 800 years because she ate the
flesh of a merman said to give everlasting life. The woman remained forever
young, never losing her beauty and wandered the land dressed as a nun. Records
recounting similar legends have been found in various parts of Japan.'
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No. 31 - Umi-okuri (海ー送り - literally 'to send into the sea')

A traditional ceremony in Hanyuda dating back to ancient times. Participants
clothe themselves in black and submerge themselves in the waters of the Mana
River on the last day of the lunar calender.

It is a purification ceremony symbolising the cleansing of sin. The ceremony
following the umi-okuri is the umi-gaeri. The river was viewed as the border
between the human world and the other world.
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No. 32 - Tomoko Maeda's Student Identification

'Hanuda Junior High School, Student Identification.

Name:  Tomoko Maeda
Grade:  8A
Date of Birth:  May 11th, 1989

The holder of this booklet is a student of this institution.

-Principal, Hanuda Junior High School.'
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No. 33 - Yoriko Anno's Class Notes

'Notes from Folklore Lecture

Yomotsuhegai (よもつへぐい)

- To eat food cooked in the underworld.
- Concept that one who eats the food of the dead cannot return to the world of
the living.
- Similar mythology found in other countries.
- I'm too sleepy for this ....'

.... The rest is illegible.
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No. 34 - Villager's Diary

'June 2nd 1966.

No one's caught onto that woman's true nature. She is a monster. She's been
watching over the town for years and years, never aging. She's going to bring
disaster upon this village, I'm sure of it.'

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No. 35 - Postcard Written by Yoriko Anno

'Dear Mom and Dad,

Hi. It's me, Sorry I left in the middle of the night. I'm here in the village
assisting one of my professors with his research. It's a very sensitive study
so I can't tell you much about it but there's no need to worry about me, I do
have one thing to say though, it's a very strange place. Hardly anyone around.
Maybe that's just because it's out in the middle of nowhere.

Yoriko
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No. 36 - Umi-gaeri (海還り literally 'to return from the sea')

In a traditional ceremony dating back to ancient times, participants who had
submerged themselves in the water of the Mana River on the last day of the
lunar year come back to land as the New Year dawns. They are considered to
have recieved the blessings of the gods and been cleansed of sin in the other
world and are feted by the villagers on their return.

Note: 'Gaeri' is a translation error, the festival should be 'umi-kaeri', from
'kaeru' meaning 'to return'.
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No. 37 - Origins of Mizuhiroku Shrine

'Origins of Mizuhiroku Shrine

Enshrined deity: Hiroku

Origins: Once, a boy was sent to fetch water from the spring when a merman
appeared before him. When the child asked his name, the merman replied: "I am
the god Hiroku. Take this water and make from it wine and food then bring it
before me". The child relayed this to the villagers and they did as the deity
asked, building a shrine and providing him with many offerings.

Hiroku was the first-born child of the gods Izanami and Izanagi but because he
was born with a deformity, they built a boat of reeds and set him afloat on
the ocean.

Legends telling of Hiroku's arrival with the tide exist in many parts of the
country but stories of this deity arriving via a spring are only told in
Hanyuda.'
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No. 38 - Misumi Daily Gazette

Misumi Daily Gazette
July 31st 1976 - Evening Edition

'Light Pillars Observed in Hanyuda

Early in the morning of the 30th, mysterious pillars of light were spotted in
the skies around the Mana River floodgates. This is thought to be an example
of the meterological phenomonen known as "light pillars" or "sun pillars"
caused by light reflecting off ice crystals in the atmosphere.'
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No. 39 - Dousojin Stone

A statue carved in relief with a male and female figure. Dousojin statues are
usually placed at the borders of towns because they are believed to ward off
sickness and evil spirits. The Mana Cross has been carved onto this statue,
again reflecting Hanyuda's unique blend of religious beliefs.
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No. 40 - Akira Shimura's Hunting License

'Licence Type: Class 2
Holder: Akira Shimura

Issued by XXX Prefecture'
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No. 41 - Library Card

'Library Check-out Card
Hanyuda Elementary School Library

Shelf No.: 386
'Book of Hanyuda Folk Tales'

Last Borrowed by: Namiko Yoshikawa
Hanyuda Elementary School Librar ....' the rest is illegible.
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No. 42 - Triangle

Hanyuda Triangle

A local speciality product made from rare Misumi Tin found in the mines of
Hanyuda. The triangle's tone changes every time it is struck, making it a
unique instrument unlike any other triangle in the world. However its
uniqueness is also its drawback; the tonal inconsistancies make the triangle
difficult to use during performances.
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No. 43 - Yoriko Anno's Student Identification

'Josei University Student Identification

Yoriko Anno
Student No.: 310705
Major: Folklore, Cultural Anthropology Department
       School of Humanities
Date of Birth: June 25th 1981

I hereby certify that the above is a student of this institution.

- President, Josei University.'

Inset: Inside the ID holder is part of a photo (of Takeuchi Tamon).
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No. 44 - Premiere Issue of Atlantis Magazine

Premiere Issue of Atlantis Magazine

July 1976 Edition

'- Crossing the Boundaries of Reality -

The doors are open: Mysteries of the fourth dimension explained!! Don't Miss
It!!

... We can only conclude that it is the energy from exploding molecules in
parallel dimensions that is creating the perfect geometric circle in ours.
Similarly the fact that powerful residual thoughts manifest in our dimension
as oracles and prophecies is already well-established ... furthermore we have
obtained top-secret files which confirm that contact has alreadt been made
(through channeling) on three separate occasions, although a major cover-up
has kept this truth from the public. These messages from another dimension are
surely ultimatums from a super-human, pan-dimensional being. The time is ripe
for the doors of truth to be thrown wide open!'

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No. 45 - Fortune Paper from Mizhiruko Shrine

'Overall luck: Atrocious

The leaves of winter turn to rot without seeing the light of spring.
That which you desire is never to be had.
He whom you await heeds not your call.
Ask a woman for that which was lost.
Journeys will end where they begin.
Trade is destined never to succeed.
All scholarly pursuits are futile.
Beg for pardon in feuds and quarrels.
Affairs of love will change to war.
Illness is sure to lead to death
Marriage will not take place in this life.

Mizuhiroku Shrine'

or

'Overall luck: Excellent

The warm rays of the spring sun are the gods smiling down on you.
That which you desire will be yours.
He whom you await shall appear in time.
That which was lost shall be found.
Accept your journey without fuss.
To profit in trade, be sure to sell.
Be confident in scholarly pursuits.
Victory is found in feuds and quarrels.
Haste is waste in affairs of the heart.
Illness will heal slowly but surely.
Marriage will be blessed with a child.

Mizuhiruko Shrine'

Note: You can only ever get one of these fortunes, it seems to be a random
quirk of the game as to which you receive.
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No. 46 - Tamon Takeuchi's Research Notes

'The fact that the people of this village in the mountains should worship
Hiroku, the sea-faring god, is extremely interesting.

How did the worship of a god usually favoured by peoples of the sea take root
here, I wonder?'
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No. 47 - Note Left by Tomoko Maeda

'To: Mom and Dad

I HATE you both!!! I can't believe you read my diary! I'll never forgive you!!
Just because I didn't do so well on my last exams doesn't mean you can
do something like that! I NEVER want to see you again!

Tomoko'
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No. 48 - 'Stargazers Circle' Flyer

'Stargazers Circle
Hanyuda Elementary School

A comet that visits Earth only once every 333 years is almost here! Come
experience the wonders of the night sky and unravel the mysteries of the
heavens!

Date: August 2nd 2003
Time: 8 - 11:30pm
Place: Hanyuda Elementary School
       Oribe Campus, schoolyard
Bring: Binoculars, pencil, flashlight
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No. 49 - Book of Hanyuda Folk Tales

'Book of Hanyuda Folk Tales

Compiled by: Hanuda Folklore Society.

This is a collection of folk tales that have been handed down in the village
of Hanuda.

'Fish From The Sky'

Once upon a time, the village suffered a long drought, causing great famine.
Unexpectedly some peculiar fish fell out of the sky and landed in front of one
of the starving village girls. Unable to resist, she ate one of the fish.  As
soon as the meat touched her lips, however, the sky darkened and thunder rang
out. To appease the gods, the girl prayed, promising to return the fish one by
one and thus she was granted their forgiveness.'
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No. 50 - Historical Chronology of the Miyata Clinic

'Miyata Clinic Historical Timeline

1926: Practice established in Hirasakai. 15 beds.
1941: Appointed Official Hospital of the Japanese Imperial Army.
1942: First expansion of facilities. Beds increased to 66.'

The rest is illegible . . . .
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No. 51 - Sculptural Relief of Angels

A relief of twin angels armed with a sword and a shield.
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No. 52 - Legend of Princess Konohama

'Legend of Konohana

A version of a traditional myth as told in Hanyuda. Of great interest is the
storyline, which varies greatly from versions in other ancient records.

When the god Ninigi descended from heaven, he fell in love with Princess
Konohana and asked her father, the god of Ohyamatsumi, for her hand in
marriage. Delighted, he sent with Konohana her sister, the Princess Iwanaga,
whose name be tokened with the permenance of the mountains, in the hope that
the marriage would yield long-lived offspring. Seduced by the promise of
everlasting life, Ninigi turned Konohana away and took Iwanaga as his bride
instead. But because he rejected Konohana, whose name promised the plentiful
bounty of a flower's bloom, Ninigi's offspring were sealed in darkness, never
to see the light of day.'
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No. 53 - Weekly Magazine 'Shintokumaru'

Shintokumaru
September 7th 2001 Edition.

Panic by the Seashore! Summer Break Ends in Tragedy!!

'... Suddenly an unusually large swell hit the coastline unleashing mayhem
upon the beach. Many, particularly young children, were swept away by the
waters, never to be seen again.

... The two children of Shoichi Matori (42) were floating unconscious and
would have drowned if it was not for a dramatic rescue attempt by school-
teacher Reiko Suzuki (27, nee Takato). Tragically, Reiko Suzuki's own 2 year-
old daughter, Megumi, was not found until it was too late.'
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No. 54 - Hymn Book

A collection of songs extolling the mightiness of the alien god.

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No. 55 - 'Book of Deliverance - Kiruden'

A set of scriptures native to Hanyuda. This volume describes the holy beast
that guards paradise.

'- Kiruden -

On guard and armed with a flaming sword, sits a heavenly creature at
Paradise's gate. Part-lion, part-bull, part-human, part-eagle, it's a four-
winged beast.'
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No. 56 - Patient's Letter

'Akira,

I'm not the only who's crazy. It's these people here in the hospital. No, the
whole village has gone insane. If I stay here any longer, I really will go out
of my mind. Help me! You're the only one I can count on. I'm begging you to get
me out of here . . . .'

The rest is illegible.

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No. 57 - Uryen (宇理炎 literally the 'Flame of Uri')

Misumi Museum. Designed Cultural Artifact

Cross-shapped clay figurines with armaments.
Length: Approx. 20cm
Origin: Unknown
Date: Unknown

Estimated to have been made sometime during the early to middle Jomon periods
(5000-1500BCE), the figurines are engraved with sword/shield designs, probably
in the image of a war god. They are thought to have been intended as offerings
used in rituals to ensure success in battle.
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No. 58 - Idol Found in Buddhist Altar

The idol, made out of a doll and fish bones, is surrounded by junk on the
altar.

It is said, in the past, the villagers of Hanyuda used the symbol of the fish
for worship to avoid persecution.
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No. 59 - Misumi Daily Gazette

Misumi Daily Gazette
July 7th, 1975 - Morning Edition.

'Ground Near Former Air Defense Facilities Damaged By Rain

The heavy rainfall that has continued since early June has caused ground
sinkage around the former air defense facilities in Harayadori. Fears have
been expressed that the weakened ground structure may result in further damage
in the area.'
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No. 60 - Midnight Pimpernel

Midnight Pimpernel

Latin Name: Epiphylum noxypetalum

A succulent plant belonging to the cactus family.
Origin: Central and S. America
Known for its distinctive blood-red petals, the Midnight Pimpernel blooms only
once, flowering at night and wilting before dawn.

Symbolises: hidden faith
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No. 61 - Naoko Mihama's Junior High Yearbook

Ishiguro Junior High School Anthology
Issued in 1989.

'Naoko Tanaka, Third Grade, Class 6.

My ambition is to be on TV and became famous. I'd like to sing, act and try
lots of different things. I want to be the kind of star who's always beautiful
and always adored by her fans.'
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No. 62 - Medical Notes Written by Shiro Miyata

A medical chart containing notes from a lab experiment:

'- Femoral vein severed
- Anterior region dissected
- Abdomen opened
- Head detatched'

The rest is illegible ....

'Remarks:

- No red blood cells in red liquid found inside body
- New crystalline structure
- Tissue heals itself and body regenerates'

The rest is illegible ....
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No. 63 - Devotional Painting 'Advent of Angels'

Shows angels descending to earth to announce the good news of the ressurection
of the alien god.
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No. 64 - Tsuchinoko Reward Poster

'Wanted alive: Tsuchinoko
1 Million Yen Reward!

Length: 30-80cm
Colour: Ranges from muddy black to dark brown to grey-yellow stomach and
        spotted back.
Features: Beer bottle-shaped body and triangular head
Characteristics: Solitary animal.
                 Can stand upright, roll and jump.
                 Always travels in straight lines.
                 Active between spring and autumn.

Hanyuda Tsuchinoko Association'
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No. 65 - 'Book of Deliverance - The Great Serpent'

A set of scriptures native to Hanyuda. This volume describes the story of the
gigantic sea serpent.

'- The Great Serpent -

O ye that resides in the deep, dark depths of the sea! The embodiment of chaos
and strife! A fell swoop of thy large and mighty tail shall release a
brilliance to cloud even the heavens.'
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No. 66 - Boat of Utsubo (うつぼ舟)

'One day, the villagers saw what looked like a boat floating down the river.
Suspicious, they dragged it onto the back and saw that it was shaped like a
bowl, with a glass cover. Peering inside, they found a strange woman. The
woman's hair and eyebrows were completely white but her eyes were tinged with
red.

Since she did not speak their language, they could not figure out where she
was from. She cradled in her arms a box which appeared to be ver important to
her, because she never let it go. It was said the inside of the craft that
bore her was decorated with strange and barbaric symbols.'

Note: There is a word written in Mana on the engraving, it says 'KUBI' (くび)
which means 'head' in Japanese. Can you guess what was in the box?
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No. 67 - The Kasutori Inquirer

The Kasutori Inquirer
Volume 66, July 24th 2000.

'The bizarre and macabre XXX village massacre!! Find out what really happened
during the wee hours of May 21st, 1938, when 33 innocent villagers were
brutally murdered in the largest killing spree on record!

How did one man wipe out an entire village overnight? What drove him to kill?
This in-depth investigation reveals all!'
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No. 68 - Shiro Miyata's Driver's License

'Non-commerical Driver's License

Name: Shiro Miyata
Date of Birth: June 13 1976
Address: 4392 Hirasakai,
         Hanyuda
         Misumi District
         XXX Prefecture
Issued:  June 9th 2002
Valid Until: June 13th 2007'
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No. 69 - Naoko Mihama's Resume

'Naoko Mihama

Born: August 23rd 1976 in Tokyo
Height: 158cm
Bust: 82cm
Waist: 57cm
Hips: 86cm
Interests: Mongolian cuisine
Skills: Playing the bagpipes

Filmography

TV Series:

'Eat Your Heart Out!' - '94
'Hasta La Vista, Mariko' - '94
'Tough Copy' - '96
'Murder, She Cooked' - '02

Commercials:

'Gumshoe Ramen Noodles' - '95

Video Releases:

'Party Pandemonium' - '98
'Hot Pot Ninja Master' - '99
'The Lioness's Hitman' - '99

Cable:

'Occult JAPAN' - '03'
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No. 70 - Faded Photos of Akira Shimura

Two very faded photographs.
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No. 71 - Marks on Railing

A child has scratched marks into the old stone pillar.
The marks read: 'TAMON TAKEUCHI, AGE 7'.
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No. 72 - Graffiti Engraved into Table

A table has been marked with strange-looking graffiti.

Note: It reads 'TOGETHER FOREVER' (PAL Version)
      The Japanese version reads 'ZUTTO ZUTTO ISSHO' - 'Forever forever
      together'
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No. 73 - Kamishika Notebook

Strange doodles are written inside this notebook; a popular brand favoured by
children.

Note: It reads 'GOD IS COMING' (PAL Version)
      The Japanese version reads: 'KAMIYAMA GA KURUYO' - 'The vehicle of the
      Mountain God'.
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No. 74 - Beaded Doll

The doll is made in the image of a girl with black hair.

Note: It is clear from this image that is doll is Kajiro Miyako.
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No. 75 - 'Book of Deliverence - Fruit of Vieda'

A set of scriptures native to Hanyuda. This volume describes the Fruit of
Vieda, which is said to grant eternal life.

'- Fruit of Vieda -

In paradise grow two holy trees, of which the Lord doth say: 'Do not eat the
fruit they bear, as I have decreed it forbidden'.'

Note: Again there is a translation error as Japanese doesn't have a sound for
the letter 'v'. According to Olivier Hague, the kanji for this entry reads
'Hieden no Ki no Mi'. He continues that Hieden an 'Engrish' pronounciation of
'Eden'.
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No. 76 - Grafitti Found on Hospital Wall

Thought to be scribbled by one of the patients. Showing countless eyes that
have been crossed out, the picture exudes an unmistakable aura of insanity and
also a paralysing terror.
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No. 77 - Photo from Old Album

Visit to Miyata Clinic.
Taken April 4th 1967, with Guide Hisako.
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No. 78 - 'Book of Deliverance - The Good Tidings'

A set of scriptures native to Hanyuda. This volume describes the angels
heralding the Saviour's arrival on Earth.

- The Good Tidings -

Heralds from on high appeared before a village girl. Announce did they these
glad tidings: 'Rejoice in the coming of the Son of the Lord'.'
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No. 79 - Signpost Containing the Map of Arato

A hand-drawn map of the Arato area. A tiny district serviced by a few local
shops.
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No. 80 - The Takeuchi Monographs

The Takeuchi Monographs: Sacred Beliefs of Hanyuda

A Series of Self-Published Writings by a Local Historian

This volume examines the syncretism that shaped the village's unique religious
beliefs.

Author: Omihito Takeuchi of Hanyuda, Misumi District.
Published: 1973

'This village has traditionally worshipped gods from worlds unknown, and it
did not take long before the new religion merged with existing beliefs, with
the combination taking root in Hanyuda as a new belief. Fusing the two faiths
was not difficult, particularly because the villagers were already familiar
with the doctrine of sacrificing self for the good of all.

The worship of gods from afar can be traced back through the ages. It is told
that the inhabitants of this area have long considered the vicinity of the
Mana Stone to be a holy place, using the stone as an altar for various
offerings. However, religious persecution and fusion with other beliefs has
led to the gradual disappearance of most of these beliefs from the public eye.'
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No. 81 - An Introduction to Hanyuda

Published by Hanyuda Town Hall.

A Short Book About the History, Legends and Customs of Hanyuda.

'- The Beginnings of Hanyuda -

Village artifacts dating from the Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun periods have been
discovered in Hanyuda and evidence indicates that the first settlers arrived
here during the Jomon period (7500-4000BCE).'
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No. 82 - Bag O' Laughs

A toy that rnjoyed huge popularity in Japan in the 1970's.

How to play with this toy: - Remove the device from inside this bag.
                           - Insert two AA batteries into the battery
                             compartment, ensuring they are aligned properly.
                           - Replace the device in the bag.
                           - When the button is pressed merry laughter will
                             emanate from the bag for one minute.
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No. 83 - Diary Written by Kajiro Maid

'- July 27th 1976 -

Miss Kajiro's bridal gown was delivered this morning. I know it is supposed to
be a great honour to be chosen, but when I remember that in just a few days
she will leave this world ... I cannot look her in the eye. She has been
preparing for this since birth but still ....'
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No. 84 - Tamon Takeuchi's Organiser

A leather-bound organiser with notes jotted in it:

'This village teeters on the edge of two worlds. It remembers the events that
led to the borders being bent; like a broken record repeating the same melody,
the same recurs without end. This delicate balancing act resembles the action
of a pendulum ... A woman who has eaten the Fruit of Life, and a visitor
from another realm.'
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No. 85 - Ellie Azuma's Vinyl Record

Ellie Azuma (1955-1976).

Her first single, 'A Paw in my Boyfriend's Left Hand' became an instant hit,
catapulting her to stardom. Unfortunately, the singer was killed in a tragic
accident when she was hit by a truck on the way to a music award show. Many
still lament her untimely death.
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No. 86 - Aerial Photo of Hanyuda Village

Panoramic photo of Hanyuda.
A bird's-eye view of the village, taken circa 1975.
Photographed by Hoshikawa Airways.
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No. 87 - 'Brain Cell Revival'

A Gift from Outer Space!
Mental stimulation for all the family!
Work out all 72,185,303,100,705 different combinations!
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No. 88 - Will Left by Kei Makino's Stepfather

'- June 3rd 1988 -

... The failure of the ceremony lies heavily upon me. My life is drawing to an
end and though I cast aside all earthly pleasures and dedicated my entire
existence to the search for eternal truth, I was unable to achieve a single
thing. Kei, I must ask you to look after everything from now on.'
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No. 89 - Photo of Twins

A photograph of two newborn infants, dated June 30th 1976.

The foreheads are marked in ink with the sign of the Mana Cross. This is a
custom in Hanyuda village, believed to ward off malevolent spirits.
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No. 90 - Letter Addressed to Tamon Takeuchi

'Dear Mr Takeuchi,

Thank you for you inquiry. Unfortunately we have been unable to find any
evidence of such a ceremony being held in Hanyuda twenty seven years ago.

Community Affairs Section,
Hanyuda Town Hall.
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No. 91 - Missing Persons' Poster

'- MISSING -

Name: Namiko Yoshikawa
Age: 11 (5th grade, Oribe Campus)
Sex: Female
Height: 145cm
Missing from: Arato, Hanyuda.

Last seen wearing a white shirt and red skirt with white shoes and a red
rucksack.

PLEASE CONTACT THE POLICE STATION WITH ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CHILD!

- Hanyuda Village Police Station'
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No. 92 - Skyfish

'In the land of Misumi, there stood a mountain called Gojaku. It is said that
all who trod its paths emerged bearing mysterious scratch marks.

One day a man from Hanyuda village trapped one of the dragonflies that darted
about the skies of Gojaku. Upon closer inspection, he discovered that it was
no dragonfly but a strange, stick-like creature covered with fish-like fins.

The village elders proclaimed: 'This must be what they call the 'skyfish'.
This flying creature must surely be the cause of the hikers' mysterious
wounds'.'
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No. 93 - Burnt Scrap of White Coat

A burnt scrap of what looks like a white coat, found amongs the bonfire
remains. Bears a faint imprint that reads 'Miyata'.
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No. 94 - Special Issue of Atlantis Magazine

July 2003 Edition

'- Breaking the Boundaries of Reality -

Paranormal archeology special!!! Discover who was behind the genesis of man
and the birth of civilisation! Trace the footsteps of the gods!

The theory that millions of years ago, super-intelligent alien beings
descended to Earth bringing knowledge and technology that altered the course
of human evolution and cultural development is well known. For the first time,
we can exclusively reveal the key to unlock the secrets of these alien
visitors!'
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No. 95 - Devotional Painting - 'Paradise'

A painting expressing yearning for paradise and the desire for ever-lasting
life. The vision of paradise depicted here is distinctive to Hanyuda.
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No. 96 - The Homeranagi

Kajiro Family Heirloom
Category: Ancient sword

Made of refined siderite extracted from the Mana Stonem it's guard is
decorated with an engraving of the Mana Cross. The Homurangi is said to
harbour the strength of the heavens ....

Inset: Scroll of Homeranagi
Kajiro Family Heirloom

A picture scroll chronicling the religious inquisition of the Edo period. The
Homeranagi is shown driving back a fire set by the Shogunate in an attempt to
burn down the village.
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No. 97 - Tamon Takeuchi's Childhood Diary

'- August 25th 1977 -

Weather: Sunny

I see Mommy and Daddy when I close my eyes. I can hear them calling me.
Grandpa and Grandma say its only a dream but that's not true, I want to go
home, I want to see them.'
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No. 98 - Misumi Daily Gazette

Misumi Daily Gazette

March 3rd 2002 - Morning Edition

'Car Struck By Lightening, Bursts into Flames!

A car driving down route 333 was hit by lightening and set on fire yesterday.
The driver, Haruo Yomoda (40) and his wife Hidemi (34) were killed in the
accident.'
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No. 99 - The Truth Behind the Hanyuda Incident

Inscribed with a row of strange characters.

Note: This reads 'www.shibito.com'. This is a real site created to promote the
mystery surrounding the game. It is available in both Japanese and English.
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No. 100 - Misumi Daily Gazette

Mizumi Daily Gazette

August 6th 2003 - Special Edition

'Landslide Survivor Found in Hanyuda - 10 Year-old Girl Rescued.

Late at night on August 2nd, Harumi Yomoda (10) was miraculously rescued after
being buried in the landslide that occurred three days earlier.'
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Part Eight - Other Information
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'Famitsu PS2' - SIREN Question and Answer' with TOYAMA Keiichiro, Part 1
(Translated by and posted with the permission of Felix M.C. Li).

Brackets indicate comments added by me.

Q1. Where does the siren come from and what kind of sound is it?
A1. It is from the other side of the crimson sea. The siren is a kind of chant
    itself - it is also the scream of the god of Mana (Datatsushi, a Japanese
    word roughly translated as 'fallen angel'. Datatsushi is the final boss in
    'Forbidden SIREN') - the same god to whom Hisako prayed to during the last
    battle.

Q2. Where does the crimson water comes from?
A2. The village of Hanyuda is like a gateway to both the real world and the
    alternate world, the crimson water doesn't come from anywhere else.

Q3. What exactly is the crimson water?
A3. You can take it as the visualised form of the curse on the village,
    or you can take it as the blood of 'Datatsushi'.

Q4. What sort of creatures are the Shibito?
A4. Drinking the crimson water is a ceremony to get closer to the god of
    Hanyuda. To get even closer to god, one have to drink the blood of god
    and forsake their own human blood (through an open wound). Shibito are
    the transition form of humans forsakng their human identity.

Q5. What does the evolution of the Shibito represent?
A5. It represents the state changes during the course of getting closer
    to god.

Q6. Why do some of the Shibito turn into 'Brain' Shibito and some cannot?
A6. This has nothing to do with being closer to god, it depends more on the
    quality of the human.

Q7. What will the Shibito finally become?
A7. When they become complete Shibito, they will disappear on the other
    end of the crimson sea, if they are still not in the complete form, they
    will be rejected and trapped in Hanyuda village (as with Takeuchi Tamon's
    parents). Indeed there are Shibito in the game that cannot get into the
    crimson sea.

Q8. The Shibito see something that looks like an Angel, what kind of thing
    is that?
A8. Overall, they are not seeing anything special, only that the world they
    see is perfect after being turned into one of the Shibito.

Q9. Why do they know how to write the Mana language when they turn into
    Shibito?
A9. The Mana language is the language of the god. Turning into a Shibito means
    becoming closer to god and that's why they know the Mana language.

Q10. How to pronounce 'Datatsushi' (fallen angel)?
A10. "Da-ta-tsu-shi"

Q11. Where does 'Datatsushi' come from?
A11. It's a fallen creature from another dimension (essential an alien who
     crashed to earth but can exist in different dimensions).

Q12. Is 'Tsuchinoko' the lava form of 'Datatsushi'?
A12. They have no relationship. (Tsuchinoko is the werid creature Kyoya-kun
     and Miyako-chan encounter in the sink of the Abandoned House in Tabori.
     Within the game it seems to have the same status as the Bigfoot and the
     Loch Ness Monster. Personally, I think it's just another side-effect of
     Hanyuda being the gateway between dimensions and so all sorts of weird
     stuff turns up)

Q13. What kind of realm is the 'Inferno' in the final stage ?
A13. It's one of the realms where the god exists (and the paradise featured in
     one of the paintings of the Hanyudan religion). Suda can go there because
     he was transfused with Miyako's blood.

Q14. Who creates the 'flame of Uri' ('Uryen' in the English version)?
A14. It's origins lie in the same dimension as 'Datatsushi', it'S a weapon
     from the same dimension as the god.

Q15. What power does the blood of the Kajiro family possess?
A15. They are long-lived, but cannot be turned into shibito. This is the curse
     of their family, their punishment as they can never be as close to their
     deity despite their devotion. However, it does provide humans with an
     immunity to the crimson water and the siren.

Q16. Why did Hisako help Suda in the beginning?
A16. This is explained on the the official site, the body and soul of Hisako
     are not quite stable. Simply put, she is so old that she temporarily
     forgot who she was. That's why during the first levels, she was simply a
     priestess and helped Suda because he needed it.

Q17. Are there two Hisako's?
A17. No, there's only one but her existence had detached from the track of
     time. That's why you will there are two Hisako's standing face to face.
     You can take it as the future Hisako has gone back in time to aid her
     past self.

Q18. Are the Kajiro family descendents of Hisako?
A18. For direct descendents, the Kajiro family has inherited the most from
     her.

Q19. Has Miyata killed Mina ?
A19. Yes.

Q20. Why? What was the reason?
A20. If you have looked at the archives that you will know what happened and it
     has something to do with love. (Mina was in love with him but pregnant.
     Shiro murdered her and buried her just as the siren sounded - this is why
     his first level takes place in the woods.)

Q21. Has Miyata and Makino exchanged role sometime in the game?
A21. Yes, Miyata became intensely jealous of his brother's position in the
     town and resented him because of it.

Q22. Has Miyata attacked Makino?
A22. He shot him but the story is not as straight-forward as that.

Q23. Are Takeuchi's parents Shibito?
A23. They are the ones who couldn't return to the sea twenty-seven years ago,
     they are half-Shibito, and as such, their body are rotten and their
     behaviour is very strange.

Q24. Who had killed the thirty-three people in the legend?
A24. The flow of time in Hanyuda is blurred and so the shooting may not have
     happened in the past but it has only happened once.

Q25. Who saved Harumi?
A25. In the story, that person has the power of a super human, but cannot
     return to their own dimension. You will feel that the person will save
     Harumi. Are you able to deduce who that person is?

Q26. Where are the people besides Harumi?
A26. They are staying in the other dimension, the blurred Hanyuda of the game.
     Of the three remaining, two of them have the power of the special blood.
     The other only experienced a small amount.

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Part Ten - Frequently Asked Questions
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- Is Yaobikuni a real myth?

Actually, yes. Yaobikuni is a real Japanese myth about a nun who ate the flesh
of a Japanese mermaid or 'Ningyo' (人魚). The ningyo is said to cry pearls
and is nothing like Ariel. Ningyo are savage creatures who hunger for human
flesh. Eating a mermaid is said to either bistow eternal life or damn the eater
into becoming an undead, mindless monster. Yaobikuni has featured in many
anime and manga such as 'Blade of the Immortal' and 'Vampire Princess Miyu'.
For a good ningyo anime, try the TV and OAV series 'Ningyo no Mori' (人魚の森) -
also known as 'Mermaid's Forest' - by TAKAHASHI Rumiko.

- What is the 'tsuchinoko'?

The tsuchinoko (つちのこ) is an actual Japanese legend, along the lines of
Nessie and the Bigfoot. There are actual tsuchinoko hunters and it is believed
to be a creature of snake-like appearence that chirps or has some human
features. There's even a twenty million yen bounty from the Japanese
government for the capture of a tsuchinoko! In 'Forbidden SIREN', Archive No.
64 is a reward poster offering a one million yen reward for a live tsuchinoko.
Do you recognise the picture? The tsuchinoko is that small leech-like creature
that Kyoya-kun and Miyako-chan discover after draining the water from the sink
in the Abandoned House in Tabori.

- The note in Kyoya-kun's wallet mentions a site (www.occultland.com). Is it
  real and who is SDK?

Yes it is real, it's presumably a site created by Sony Japan in conjunction
with th game. Its purpose is to provide a background for why Kyoya went there
in the first place - it even provides the dates for the game. Notice the
references to 'Darkness Japan', the 'Skyfish', the comet that vits earth every
333 years and the Mihama Naoko banner? All are present in the game. As for
'SDK', think about it - it's Kyoya! In Japanese, his name is SuDa Kyoya, so
there you have it 'SDK'.

- What about www.shibito.com? Who created it?

As above, it's a site created to give a little more depth to 'Forbidden
SIREN'. There's a magazine which appears in the Archives and it mentions how
Hanyuda has assimilated other faiths into it's own unique blend. The wording
suggests someone knowledgable and I believe it was written by Takeuchi Tamon.
Also is the mention that the author of said site contacted Hanyuda Town Hall
to enquire about what happened and one of the Archives is a letter to Tamon
from the Town Hall Association denying any ceremonies have taken place in the
town.

- Who does the house in Tabori belong to? The Maedas or the Takeuchis?

Ah,that's an interesting one! Japanese houses do tend to look the same and
almost all follow the same pattern of paper doors and tatami matting but just
because the Shibito Maeda family move in, it doesn't mean it was their house
before the earthquake. Yes, it does look like the Takeuchi's living room in
the intro movie and Tamon does go up a hill to reach, along with that there's
also the medallion enscribed with the family name that Risa finds in the
garden. But there isn't a name plate to identify the house's occupants and this
suggests to me it was abandoned for some prior to the beginning of 'Forbidden
SIREN'. Also, the PAL version locates the Takeuchi home in Arato, not Tabori.

- What was Miyako hitting with that stone when Kyoya-kun first meets her?

It's never revealed but I'm assuming, since it was a ceremony to bind her to
Datatsushi as its bride (and then kill her to placate its anger at being eaten
centuries previously) that she was smashing the head to bits as the head is the
only tangible thing of the god that can represent him in the ceremony.

- How come the policeman, Ishida Tetsuo, is acting so strangely BEFORE the
  siren and the earthquake.

He was known for liking sake, maybe he was drunk. He certainly looked human
but Kyoya-kun began experiencing flashes so perhaps the ceremony or the close
proximity to the head of Datatsushi affected Ishida in some way, just as Kyoya
saw through the policeman's eyes for a moment. He is certainly dead when Kyoya
hits him with the car and, as the siren sounds, Ishida begins his
transformation that will end with him becoming a winged sniper Shibito.

- Who are the three people Toyama-san refers to in Q. 26?

Well, this is subject to debate and conjecture.  I personally feel the three
mentioned were Kyoya, Yoriko and Miyako. Yes I know Miyako died but she still
existed on some level to guide Kyoya and she does possess the 'special blood'
Toyama-san mentioned. Kyoya is a given and as for Yoriko, she makes up the
third because she has a small amount of the blood in her veins, from Miyako,
via Kyoya. However Tamon could easily be the third as he began to change into
a Shibito at the end of the game and so cannot return to the human world as is
explained in Yoriko's lecture notes on Yomotsuhegai (Archive No. 33). While he
did not eat the 'food of the dead', the red water did eventually affect him
- he 'drowned' in it when Makino Kei opened the floodgates - and so Tamon
is now between worlds.

- What about the continual recurrance of the number '333'? What is its
  significance?

So what do we have? the website www.hanuda-incident.com (viewable only through
the European site,) list the TV company producing 'Darkness/Occult JAPAN' as
333 TV, the main road out of Hanyuda is Route 333 and the comet featured in
the 'Stargazers Circle' flyer (Archive No. 48) and on the Occultland message
board returns to earth ever 333 years. There is no official comment on the
significance of the number, it's just there to make us think there might be a
connection.

- Why did Miyata Shiro kill Onda Mina?

In archive No. 13, Mina hints to her sister that she is in love with someone
who we presume to be Shiro. He later admits to killing her when he attempts to
strangle her sister Risa and he awakens in the vicinity of a grave at the
beginning of the game. But what was the reason? Well, she is in fact pregnant
and while I'm not yet sure on the precise reasons WHY he killed her, it is
related to the pregnancy. How do I know she was pregnant? Take a close look at
the demo movie where Makino Kei finds Miyata experimenting on the Shibito-fied
Onda sisters. You can see something squirming on the floor which Miyata then
stamps on - this is/was Mina-san's Shibito-fied baby.

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Websites
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www.playstation.jp/scej/title/siren - the official Japanese website for
'SIREN'. While almost unintelligable to people with no knowledge of Japanese
and kanji, it does have some good movies and other bits and pieces but is not
for the novice.

www.forbidden-siren.com - the official European 'Forbidden SIREN' website.
This site is an adventure in point and click. Confronted with a shrine and four
ema, each bearing a character's name, you must enter each section to discover
more about them and, once done, you will automatically unlock a fifth
section covering Kajira Miyako. There are photos to look at, films to view,
daries to read and books to explore. All the voiceovers are in Japanese but
there are subtitles. Suda Kyoya's section is the most interesting as there is
a free screensaver (on the desk, click on the floppy with the sight-jack mark)
and the option to sign up for the mailing list is ingeneous.

http://www.hanudagreetings.com - I found this on Google whilst researching
whether Hanyuda actually exists. The site is a 'postcard' advertising the
official site. It's short but creepy. Check it out!

www.hanuda-incident.com - a FAKE website ONLY reachable through the European
site. In 'Blair Witch' style it seeks to explain the so-called 'Hanyada
Incident'. This page is available in both English and Japanese and promotes a
TV show called 'Darkness Japan'which is hosted by Naoko Mihama, one
of the characters in Forbidden SIREN.

www.shibito.com - A site mentioned in the game that gives reference to the
'Hanyuda Incident'. Its a advertising ploy (see above) relating to the
Japanese release of 'SIREN' and provides information in both English and
Japanese on the 'XX village' and the 'XX Incident'. This is a genuine site
used to make players question whether or not Hanyuda does or did exist.

www.occultland.com - A site mentioned in the game. The address is written on a
piece of paper in Kyoya-kun's wallet. It's a closed message board all about
the 'Hanyuda Incident'. As with the previous site, it's in English but is also
available in Japanese and appears to be Sony Japan's way of making people
question whether Hanyuda actually existed. Interestingly enough, one of the
handles used is 'SDK'. Anyone we know? There are several references to the
'Darkness Japan' programmes. Also, check out the Mihama Naoko-san banner at
the top . . . .

www1.cnc.jp/kajiro/game/siren/siren.htm - A Japanese-only fansite dedicated to
'SIREN', this site has everything you could ever want from a list of the
Archives and senarios to a brilliant Question and Answer page and a transcript
of the dialogue between Makino and Miyata. Unfortunately it's all in Japanese
but it sure is fun with Babelfish!

www.siren.playstation.co.kr/ - the official Korean site for 'SIREN'. I can't
understand a word of it but it looks interesting enough.

siren.felixmcli.org - an amazing SIREN site with lots scans and info.

www.db.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/file/siren_making_of.txt - My FAQ for the
Forbidden SIREN 'making of' featurette.

www.japan-guide.com/e/e2056.html - A basic introduction to Shinto.

www.japan-guide.com/e/e2059.html - A basic introduction to Shinto shrines with
pictures.

www.japan-guide.com/e/e2055.html - A basic introduction to Buddhism.

www.onmarkproductions.com/html/dosojin-stone-markers.shtml - An article on
dosojin stones (Archive No. 39). The site itself is also a good introduction to
Shinto and Zen
Buddhism.

www.pantheon.org - the 'Encyclopedia Mythica', one of the best online sources
for information of mythology and religion.

www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20010616b1.htm - An article from
the 'Japan Times' on the 'tsuchinoko'.

www.mainichi.co.jp/english/news/archive/200008/27/news04.html - An article from
the 'Mainichi Daily News' on the 'tsuchinoko'.

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Miscellaneous Items
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'The Making of Forbidden SIREN'- included on Demo disc 44 of the UK Official
Playstation Magazine, March 2004. This is a UK-only thing but you can download
the featuette at Felix M.C. Li's site (siren.felixmcli.org). The 'Making of'
featurette is actually quite short and comprises of recent interviews with the
creative team and insight into how the game was filmed - yes, filmed, they
actually shot images of the characters which is why they look so scarily real!
See my Transcript FAQ for more information.

'Official SIREN Navigation Guide' (サイレン 公式ナビゲーションガイド) - Y1200,
Japanese text, ISBN: 4797325674, 128 colour pages. A short guide to completing
'SIREN', it also contains limited biographical data and suggestions on how to
avoid the Shibito. Can be ordered from www.amazon.co.jp.

'Official SIREN Perfect Guide' (サイレン 公式パーフェクトガイド) - Y1200,
Japanese text, ISBN: 4757717326, 254 colour pages. This is THE book for 'SIREN'
enthusiasts,it contains maps, a list of all one hundred Archive items,
detailed information on the plot, bonus stories 3 and 4 from the Japanese
'SIREN' website and information on the various types of Shibito and detailed
character biographies. Can be ordered from  www.amazon.co.jp

'SIREN Maniacs'(サイレンマニアックス) - Y2310, 256 pages, Japanese
text, ISBN: 4797327200, THE book for 'SIREN' fans, it is said to contain all
four stories, details on the mysteries of the game and a bonus fifth story
not included on the official SIREN site. Can be pre-ordered from
www.amazon.co.jp.

'FAMITSU' PS2 Magazine, vol 9, #160, issue 3 (Japanese text) - Contains part
one of an interview with the director TOYAMA Keiichiro about the mysteries of
'SIREN'

'FAMITSU' PS2 Magazine, vol 9, #161, issue 4 (Japanese text) - Contains part
two of an interview with the director TOYAMA Keiichiro about the mysteries of
'SIREN'.

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Credits
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- Sony Japan and Project SIREN for creating one of the most amazing games
  EVER!
- Official Playstation 2 Magazine (UK) for including gems like 'Making of'
  featurettes and trailers on their DVDs!
- My grandmother for getting me 'Forbidden SIREN' in the first place.
- Felix M.C. Li for having such a great site and providing me with
  translations of interviews from the Chinese FAMITSU (and scans from the
  original Japanese editions) and generously granting permission to include
  them in this guide.
- My tomodachi, Namikawa Kaori-san and Kiuchi Daisuke-kun, for help with
  translations.
- Olivier Hague for identifying some of the translation errors in the game.
- President Evil (aka Dan Birlew) for writing his plot guides to 'Silent Hill'
  and 'Silent Hill 2'! Until then I had no idea what a plot guide was or how
  wonderfully complicated games could be!
- Everyone at Gamefaqs.com for answering queries, be they mine or others.
- Everyone whose read this far!!! This is my first guide and, while nowhere
  near complete, I appreciate you taking the time to read this! Arigato
  gozaimasu!