'Forbidden SIREN' Plot Guide Copyright 2004 Lesley Smith This guide may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal and private use. It must not be placed on any website or otherwise distributed without prior written permission. Use of this guide on any other website or as part of any public display is strictly prohibited and a violation of copyright. 'SIREN' and 'Forbidden SIREN' are copyright of Sony SCEJ and SCEE. This guide is 100% unauthorised and any opinions and speculations made within are my own. version 0.35 This guide uses Japanese and English text. To view Japanese, ensure your browser is set to Japanese-JIS. To do this, go to VIEW and click on ENCODING to select your desired language. The most recent version of this guide can be found at: - www.gamefaqs.com - www.ign.com - www.gamespot.com ********* Contents ********* 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 ******** Updates ******** 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. ************* Introduction ************* 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 email@example.com. ********************** Part One - Characters ********************** 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 . . . . ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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). ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. _______________________________________________________________________________ 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). ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 . . . . ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ ****************************** Part Two - Timeline of Events ****************************** 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 683/4 AD* ************************************* 11:59:55 - Mana Stone (Bonus Movie). ************************************* *The date seems to change. The LN uses 684 whilst the movie screen cites 683. ______________________________________________________________________________ 1976 ************************************************** 23:59:54 - Arato, The Takeuchi Household (Movie). ************************************************** 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ SOME DAYS BEFORE ***************************************************** 16:45:21 - Karuwari, chapel of Irazu Valley (Movie). ***************************************************** 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ THE DAY BEFORE/YESTERDAY ************************************************ 09:28:57 - Upper Arato, the Mana Stone (Movie). ************************************************ 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. ********************************************************* 23:11:03 - Upper Arato, the Mana Stone (Playable Level). ********************************************************* 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. *************************************************** 23:59:24 - Upper Arato, Construction Site (Movie). *************************************************** 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ DAY ONE ********************************************************** 02:18:13 - Harayadori, Yabay Settlement (Playable Level). ********************************************************** 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. ****************************************************************************** 02:18:34 - Hanyuda Elementary School, Library, Oribe Campus (Playable Level). ****************************************************************************** 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. ************************************************************ 02:28:34 - Arato, Banks of the Mana River (Playable Level). ************************************************************ 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. ************************************************************** 03:31:17 - Janokubi Valley, Orifushi Forest (Playable Level). ************************************************************** 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. ***************************************************** 04:00:04 - Tabori, Abandoned House (Playable Level). ***************************************************** 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. ************************************************************ 05:03:07 - Arato, Banks of the Mana River (Playable Level). ************************************************************ 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! ______________________________________________________________________________ ************************************* Part Three - Hanyuda and its History ************************************* 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 . . . . ****************************************** Part Four - Mana: The Religion of Hanyuda ****************************************** 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 . . . . ***************************************************** Part Five - Datatsushi (だたつし) and the Kajiro Clan ***************************************************** 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 . . . . ***************************** Part Six - The Shibito (屍人) ***************************** 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. ********************** Part Seven - Archives ********************** 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'. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 5 - Tetsuo Ishida Police Identification Police Department Identification Card Name: Tetsuo Ishida Rank: Patrol Officer ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 8 - Photo Taken on School Trip to Gojaku Point 'Memories of our field trip with our principal.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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'. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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!!' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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'. ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 16 - Torn Out Page From Sketchbook A drawing depicting a medallion engraved with a red flower and the Mana Cross. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 24 - Parish Directory A book containing a list of church members. Someone has scribbled strange- looking grafitti on it. Grafitti translation: 'AWAKE' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 ______________________________________________________________________________ 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'. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 40 - Akira Shimura's Hunting License 'Licence Type: Class 2 Holder: Akira Shimura Issued by XXX Prefecture' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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). ______________________________________________________________________________ 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!' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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?' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 . . . . ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 51 - Sculptural Relief of Angels A relief of twin angels armed with a sword and a shield. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 54 - Hymn Book A collection of songs extolling the mightiness of the alien god. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 .... ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 63 - Devotional Painting 'Advent of Angels' Shows angels descending to earth to announce the good news of the ressurection of the alien god. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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? ______________________________________________________________________________ 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!' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 70 - Faded Photos of Akira Shimura Two very faded photographs. ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 71 - Marks on Railing A child has scratched marks into the old stone pillar. The marks read: 'TAMON TAKEUCHI, AGE 7'. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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'. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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'. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ No. 77 - Photo from Old Album Visit to Miyata Clinic. Taken April 4th 1967, with Guide Hisako. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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'.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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).' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 ....' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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! ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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'.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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'. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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!' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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.' ______________________________________________________________________________ ******************************* Part Eight - Other Information ******************************* '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. ************************************** Part Ten - Frequently Asked Questions ************************************** - 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. ********* Websites ********* 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'. ******************** Miscellaneous Items ******************** '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'. ******** Credits ******** - 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!