Satoko's Trap Lecture - Novice Level
Kei: "I give you my word. Should Satoko ever decide to hide out in these woods, she can take on an entire battalion."
...How did we get into a predicament as we are in now? What kind of traps can put us into this situation?
Mion has her head stuck out of the ground as she fell into a very tight traphole. Rena has a tinplate bucket stuck on her head and cannot get it off. They both look pretty stupid, but at least they have their feets on the ground unlike me.
Mion: "How about you Kei-chan? Can you wiggle yourself out? If you can, help pull ojisan outta here."
I am in sumaki (wrapped up in a bamboo rug) and pulled up 2 meters into the air by a snare trap. What kind of trap did she setup to put me into this mess? Huh?! Satoko!
It all started when we decided to go into the woods as I've never seen much of the wilderness, coming from the city and all.
Rena: "Umm... but Rena doesn't know the back woods? Rena's gonna get lost. Hau."
...Yes, Satoko and Rika-chan did know the way. Thanks to them, I was able to see a grand view of nature that I couldn't see in the village and breathe in fresh air of the wilderness. But something went wrong somewhere!!
Satoko: "Oh, yes. By the way everyone, you all should follow my footsteps exactly from here on."
PING ....biiing ....swish swish ...gwa!!
When Rena pulled on a what seemed to be a kite string, a rain of bamboo spears fell from the trees right next to Rena!!
Mion: "Waaa!!! Waaaa!! What the heck is this?! Ahh?! Wha?! Gyaaaa!!"
...According to Satoko and Rika-chan, Satoko seems to have gotten a huge interest in setting up traps in her early years in elementary school. As a result, she started setting up countless traps all around these back woods...
Rena: "...Keiichi-kun. I'm thinking that the real reason they told us not to go into these woods is not because we're gonna get lost, but because it is dangerous..."
I begin to agree with Rena's theory very much so.
Satoko: "So, c'mon. We'd better get hurrying or it's gonna get dark soon. I do believe that if it gets dark, it gets dangerous even for me."
Why the heck did you drag us into such a treacherous mountain!! Why should I, a normal healthy Japanese boy have to worry about his life by a bunch of booby-traps!!
...And just when we lost sight of Satoko and Rika-chan, us three became entangled in our respective traps...
Mion: "...Someone pull me outta here~! I need to go to the restroom~!!"
smack smack smack smaaaaaaack
Kei: "Hey you can see through it right...!! Even with that bucket over your head, you can see ri...ouch gaaa!! oof!!"
Mion starts crying out as I become a sandbag for Bucket Rena's punches.
Rika: "...Can't get out of the trap hole. Pity, pity."
I realize it now. ...The main reason why Satoko wanted to bring us into the woods was to showoff her booby traps that she set up. I would've preferred it to just see it, NOT EXPERIENCE IT!!
Rika-chan started patting all three of our heads in pity as she smiled with glee...
Satoko's Trap Lecture - Intermediate Level
I see Tomita-kun and Okamura-kun heading their way to the PE storage. I guess it's their turn today to bring out the limestone to mark the court lines for PE in the next period.
But little do they know that storage is booby trapped..!!
Kei: "I never knew setting up booby traps can be so exciting!"
They are know trying to open the lock on the door.
...Oh? What's this? Okamura-kun is pointing somewhere on the door and started to whisper into Tomita-kun's ear. It seems they realized it and immediately scooted away from the door.
Kei: "Yo....Satoko, it seems they found out?! Did it fail?!"
According to Satoko, after they found out about the trap, they are going to go around and try to enter through the back window.
And as Satoko proclaimed, they started going through the window on the back in the exact climbing method Satoko thought they would.
Kei: "...oooh...cool. They are doing exactly what Satoko said they would...!! .....Ah! There they got it!!!"
White smoke of the grounded limestone erupted through the window. ....After a few moments, the two started to crawl out in shock. ...They are all covered in white.
Satoko: "Hohoho! O~hohoho!!! I really love this moment! It's like tasting honey~!!"
...I recall that Mion highly praised Satoko that she has the innate ability to predict and forecast the last move in our games.
Kei: "So premeditation is the key for traps. ...Then are you saying that the previous traps that I fell for were all calculated according to your plan?" Satoko: "Yes. It was all done by observing your patterns and Keiichi-san fell for it as I expected. So if Keiichi-san suddenly started acting in a different pattern from a certain day, Keiichi-san probably won't fall for my traps anymore."
It's not funny to find that Satoko proudly proclaiming that she knows all of my moves....
Kei: "Alright, let's play a game. Let's see how well Satoko can predict my moves, shall we?"
We returned to our classroom and Satoko ripped a piece of paper from her notebook to make three cards. Of course, I have no idea what she wrote on the back of these cards.
Satoko: "Pick one out of these three. If Keiichi-san doesn't pick out the lose-card, you win."
Satoko snickered as she held out the three cards.
C'mon think calm, Maebara Keiichi! ...Stay COOL and win this match decisively!
...If I don't pick out the lose-card, I win. That means if I pick out the lose-card, the Satoko wins. ...Henceforth, Satoko will want to make me pick out the lose-card. What's the best way to make me pick out the lose-card?! Is there any calculated method for this?! Is there a statistical analysis that the middle, the left, or the right is chosen more often than the other?!
It's then that I had an enlightment on what Mion would do in this case!
Satoko: "So, did you decide which one to pick?"
I took all three from Satoko's hands. I re-calculated Satoko's plans and turned it around.
....Satoko wants to make me pick out the lose-card. Then that means all three are lose-cards!!
Kei: "That's what I concluded to!! So let me inspect these three cards!!!"
As I turned all three cards over, each of them had one katakana letter on them.
Kei: "...What's this? ....HA, ZU, RE. ....hazure."
Satoko laughed in high pride as I fell into despair. The classroom echoes with a high-tone chortle.
At that moment, grounded limestone fell on top of Satoko's head. The all-whitened Tomita-kun and Okamura-kun held a large pile of grounded limestone in their arms and came back to seek vengeance against Satoko.
Okamura-kun: "....Houjou~!! Only Houjou can set up a bait like that---!!!"
...The classroom turns into chaos as my younger classmates started becoming white as they threw each other with limestone.
...hey hey Satoko. ...Couldn't you foresee that this was gonna happen? As for me, I couldn't foresee that the teacher was gonna barge in after all of this and be scolded alongside with them...
Satoko's Trap Lecture - Advanced Level
It was a peaceful lunch break.
Bam, Crash, Kabla------m!!!
Keiichi: "Wawa! W, what the?!"
We dashed out into the hallway........., and there stands Kantoku with a water-filled bucket flipped over on his head!
Mion: "K, kantoku, are you alright?!"
Keiichi: "What's going on, Kantoku? It's rare for you to come to school."
Rena: "Ahahaha.... So you came at a time just when you were beginning to forget about Satoko-chan's traps.... Are your clothes alright?"
...That's true. If I was Kantoku, I would've immediately ran out searching for that brat with the bucket still over my head. I admire the matureness to not get angry at every little childish pranks.
Irie: "You see, Maebara-san. With one change in your way of thinking, even things like these can go from being frustrating to pleasant. The important thing is how you perceive them."
Irie: "For example, ...Let's say there's a traditional-style old house that existed since the Meiji-era."
......Come on...♪ A pink-colored dream maid dimension decorated with frills and hairbands is expanding out with the Kantoku at its center....
Irie: "The newbie maids get all the affection of their goshujinsama (master) with their spiritedness and innocence! However, the senpai maids won't allow that! They make harsh comments at every little thing, and bullys and bullys and bullys the newbie maids!! Look, there's still so much dust! Ahh... I'm sorry.... Do it again! Splash!! A bucket was flipped over the Maid-san, splashing her with water! The soaked Maid-san... almost breaking into tears, but still energetically..., Haa haa!! M・a・i・d♪♪♪!!"
Rena: "......Hau☆ I don't know why but it sounds fun~☆ Rena wants a maid-san too...♪"
Irie: "MU! I spot Houjou Satoko-san! ...Satoko-san, what's with this!? There's still dust left! P, p-p, punishment! It's punishment time!!"
Kantoku picks up Satoko lightly, and starts to spank Satoko's butt.
Rena: "Ahahahahahahaha! Satoko-chan, kaaii! A-hahahahahaha!"
Rena: "I wonder about that. I think this is the ending that Satoko wished for. I think!"
Rena: "If you play a prank like this on someone, the opponent will definitely get mad and chase after you, right? Don't you think this is a type of communication as well?"
Rena: "Eh, Keiichi-kun, haven't you heard? People who keep playing pranks on others are actually lonely people who want others to pay attention to them."
Rena: "That's why.... If you get caught in Satoko-chan's trap, it'd be great if you can properly get mad, laugh, and chase after Satoko-chan. This is kind of like a cat's playful bite... Don't you think that's cute...?"
Satoko: "Here, the person will be surprised and jump back for sure. That's why if we place the trap here, the person will definitely get caught in it!!"
If what Rena said is true, if Satoko's traps are her subconscious wish for people to pay attention to her-.
......Then that means all the countless traps placed in this back mountain, ...are the materialization of those wishes.
Alone with Rika-chan, ...placing tons and tons of traps in the mountain, .........There's no doubt she has always waited for someone to fall into her traps.
......However, there's no way anyone would come to a back mountain like this. ......There's no doubt she spent all these time together with Rika-chan, imagining the kind of reactions her victims would make when they fall into her traps.
Satoko, seperated for life from her beloved ni-ni-, Satoshi. ...The stubborn determination to not say a single word wishing for him to come back. However, the countless traps that sleep within this mountain has taught me Satoko's true feelings.
Satoko: "......Are you listening? Keiichi-san!"
Satoko: "Just by sticking a nail in the tree trunk like this, you can get an excellent trap, you know? If they trip around over there and hit their head against this.... it will hurt~!"
Satoko: "This trap will definitely become a powerful trap for punishing e~vil bad guys! I sure am looking forward to seeing what kind of villian would get caught in it!"
Satoko: "............Is that so? ...Well, certainly, traps without love are no good, aren't they? ......Very well, if the villian has properly reformed himself, then I'll move the position of the nail a little, so he doesn't get caught in it...,"
...Trap is love, huh. Maybe what Kantoku said is true. With one change in your perception, ...everything changes.
If I think about it that way, ....getting caught in Satoko's traps might actually carry a feeling of amusement and warmth with it as well.
Satoko: "It's complete!! It's perfect with this wonderful positioning! What do you think, Keiichi-san?"
......It looks a little painful, but maybe I'll go ahead and fall for this trap the next time I come here.
Dr. Irie: "Can you help us out a little, Shion-san?"
Shion: "You want a weak girl like me to carry that heavy thing? That's why you still can't find a girlfriend even at your age, kantoku."
Dr. Irie: "Uh, what was the word for that. Oh yes, 'that's none of your business.' "
Dr. Irie starts putting the equipments used for today's BBQ party into his van. All the men who helped out also started to leave.
Dr. Irie: "...So Shion-san, how did you come here? If you came here by bicycle, I can put that into the van and drive you home?"
Shion: "Thanks, but I came here with a motorbike so that's okay."
Dr. Irie: "...I thank you for coming here today. Having the manager-san here makes a big difference."
Shion: "I'm still the manager? I have been AWOL for the past year or so. You should fire such an irresponsible manager like me."
Dr. Irie: "Oh sure. If Shion-san can out right say she wants to quit, I will gladly fire you."
Shion: "...Shucks. That's not fair. ....Please fire me soon okay? I get irritated each and everytime you call me to come to the game."
Dr. Irie: "Shion-chan, if you could be a bit more gentle, you would be a very cute and loveable girl. Daddy is very sad, where did she go wrong! Oh, would my darling wake her eyes if daddy hugs you with all my love?! Then so be it!! Heeere you go~~"
...The kantoku chidded around playfully, but Shion just smiled quietly as she looked to the horizon.
Dr. Irie: "...Satoshi-kun isn't here. ...Is that what you want to say?"
Dr. Irie: "He'll be back. Definitely. He has a person who is waiting for him."
Shion: "......Hmph. ...Say whatever."
Dr. Irie: "I wonder where the heck he went. Such a sin, leaving behind a cute girlfriend like this."
Shion: "Huh?! G....Girlfriend!! Who! Wha! ....Huh?!"
Dr. Irie: "Pu....kukuku, hahahahaha!"
Shion: "....Oh come on! How long are you gonna keep on laughing ka~n~to~ku~!!"
Dr. Irie: "Hahaha! Wa~hahahahaha!!"
Shion: "Maybe when I feel like it. ...I really don't have any desire to be the manager anymore."
Dr. Irie: "...It's okay. If you really hate it, I can fire you. I don't want to put a person to assist us if that person is unwilling."
Shion: "................crap. Alright, alright! I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I lose. I'll go sooner or later. So is that okay for today?"
Dr. Irie: "Fufufu! Oh, look at the time! It's already past the time to return these! The next person must be waiting! Okay, I better get going! See you at the next game!"
Shion: "Yeah, yeah. Later kantoku."
Copy of Initial Autopsy Report
According to the autopy report, the victim was murdered in the following manner:
(1) Full body was strapped by a restraining device
Upon inspection of the bruises on the body, it seems that the entire body was put onto a specialized restraining device. The bruises on her fingers stand out so it is highly possible that this device was of a custom or home made device.
Due to the different types of bruises, it is surmised that there was one or more persons to hold her down on the victim's neck as the facial parts were cut off. It is possible that more than one object were used, and one of those objects have a high possibility of being a scissor.
Both of the victims hands had one nail driven through each of the finger joints; totalling 30 nails. The body was found with the nail-driven hands strapped to a wooden board about 20 square centimeters. This board has a high possibility of being a part of the restraining device. And it is a highly suspected that this device was built for this exact purpose.
It is possible that the stomach was cut open with a sharp object like a medical surgery. There is no doubt that the victim was still alive at this point. The intestines and internal organs were then pulled and torn out. This was the main cause of death of the victim.
Dumbbells were tied to the pet collar and were strapped to the victim's neck. The body was then abandoned into the third channel of Tamagokawa River. By taking into account of the weights of the dumbbells, three men would've been necessary to abandon the body.
This is the copy of the initial autopsy report that you requested for the Tamagokawa Corpse Mutilation case. Section Chief Shigeharu says that this could be related to Type-S cases. What do you think, Oishi-san?
East 3rd Round
Oishi: "Unfufufu! There it is, ron! Chun-dora 3, 15000."
Kuma: "Whaa...! What the heck is that... How do you get three doras!"
B: "You idiot. You're the one who brought it in by doing a kan-dora when Oishi's tenpai-ing!"
Oishi: "If you brought chun out, it's inevitable to put on more doras. The dora-side shouldn't cut if the your showing the yakuhais. Unfufufu!"
B: "What's this about. ...oh, you're talking about the mutilated corpse that was found in the river. Did you find any leads on it?"
Oishi: "A little bit. Can you do a follow up?"
A: "As always! So what's the details on the victim?"
Oishi: "She went by the name of Mamiya Rina. Real name was Ritsuko."
Kuma: "She worked at a club called Blue Mermaid in Shishibone Flower Road."
B: "Sigh, that's a tough one. That's the one that's owned by one of the lieutenants of the Sonozakis ain't it?"
A: "...Sonozaki...Damn! That's falls under Type-S. ...This case is gonna be rough."
Kuma: "According to rumors, she got into huge trouble by using their money and drugs. Obviously, it was on a scale that couldn't be taken as a joke."
B: "She poked her hand into their money huh. Seems like there's a guy behind her. A girl can't do all of this on her own."
Oishi: "Unfufu! He's probably dead too already. It's just that we haven't found his body yet."
Kuma: "Oh yes, Oishi-san. The girl's pimp-daddy still seems to be alive."
Oishi: "He is? Well then, I guess he'll die very soon. I love how this system works - the pests exterminates the pests."
Kuma: "This pimp-daddy of hers, it's that guy - Houjou Teppei"
[insert eerie music here]
B: "...Houjou? Who's he?"
A: "...Houjou Teppei. Remember the housewife that was brutally beaten to death last year at Hinamizawa? It's her husband. ....I heard he went into hiding after that incident. ....So he crawled under his bitch huh. "
B: "...This starts to smell more and more like Sonozaki involvement."
Oishi: "So where's this boyfriend of hers?"
Kuma: "He was living with her at her apartment. However, he seems to have thought that she left him so he's now going from one place to another for a new home to leech off of."
<Regarding the Houjou Family>
There are two victims each year with regards to the Oyashiro-sama's curse. This has continued for four years so far, and the toll is now at eight victims. It is interesting to note that half of the victims have the Houjou surname.
On the 2nd year's curse, the dam supporter Houjou himself died by falling off the cliff, and his wife's body is yet to be found. (Decalred legally deceased the following year on the basis of perilious disappearance).
On the 4th year of the curse, the foster mother/aunt of the two Houjou siblings died, and the son of Houjou went missing.
The Houjou family was rather poor, and it was hard to say that Houjou's job was going well. He had planned find a new job elsewhere with the help of his relatives and to move to his own mother's birthplace. Under their financial situation, the large compensation money offered by the government for eminent domain and relocation expenses for the Hinamizawa Dam Project would've been a very big help to Houjou.
Hence, Houjou dealt with the Ministry of Construction from the beginning, and lead the group that supported the dam construction proposal. It is rumored that he may received some backdoor funds from the Ministry of Construction for this, but this has yet to be proven.
However, the dam supporters made up only a small minority. When the Sonozaki family began to plant strong ground against the dam project, every dam supporter except for Houjou defected over to the anti-dam group. As a result, all of Hinamizawa was bounded strongly against the dam construction, and Houjou became an object of attack for supporting the dam. It is safe to say that he became a scapegoat in order to strengthen the anti-dam alliance.
In the end, the dam project came to an indefinite hiatus with the first Oyashiro-sama's curse; the Hacking-Mutilation Murder case.
However, the retaliation towards to the enemy of the village that supported the dam construction continues to this day... There is no one left today that supported the dam project, lest people which had a negative image upon the villagers. The remaining candidates would then be of the following:
Houjou Teppei, the husband of the victim that was beaten to death last year.
Houjou Satoko, the daughter of Houjou.
Strangely, the last remaining candidates is also two. Will this year's curse befall upon these two...?
It will be worthwhile to pay close attention and observe these two....
The Memo on Oishi's Desk
I received a call from Section Manager Shigeharu from Section Four. The mutilated corpse that was found at Tamagokawa was indeed an incident related to Type-S.
They have yet to prove it, but it seems that the deceased wired Type-S' money into dozens of pre-prepared accounts to the max. The total money taken out tallies to be over 100 million yen. The people behind this scheme seems to be 3~4 men formerly tied to Type-S. They've already withdrew several millions and have disappeared with the cash. It is believed that the deceased was tortured in order to get info on where those guys went. She was then brutally murdered in as a warning to them.
Several of Type-S' strongmen are hot on the trail of the men that disappeared. Also, a correspondence has been issued to allied yakuzas in the neighboring areas to refrain from hiding these guys.
There is still no hard evidence showing that Houjou Teppei was a member of this scheme. According to Section Manager Shigeharu, it seems he was left out of the loop. Basically, he was a pimp that wasn't trusted by his girl.
Houjou Teppei has since left his apartment at Okinomiya and has returned to his home in Hinamizawa.
December 1, 1981 XX Prefecture Child Protection Service data (Confidential / Do Not Copy)
Houjou Satoko (age X) Residence: Shishibone City, Hinamizawa Village XXX
(1) The Course of Request Anonymous call received to the Child Abuse Hotline.
(2) Circumstances of Abuse Reported that a young girl was being physically abused by her foster parents.
(3) Organization of Family (abusers marked with *)
Foster father, *Foster mother, elder brother, abused child
Child's parents died in an accident in June 1980 and was placed under foster care of their paternal uncle's (father's younger brother) house.
(4) Measures taken by the Child Protection Service
Information related to this case is available from your predecessor, Mr. W. See the record E2-3, Number 44 from 1977. Main Investigator F from the City Educational Services is knowledgeable about this; consider seeking assistance from him.
Article 2 (Definition of Child Abuse) Child Abuse is defined as the guardian (defined as: parents and other persons that holds the responsibility to look after children) who subject children (defined as: minors who have not reached the age of eighteen) in the following:
1. Subjecting children with physical abuse, including the act of potentially harming children. 2. Subjecting children with indecent acts, including forcing children to do indecent acts. 3. Acts of neglect, malnutrition, and other acts of forfeiting their responsibility as a guardian that inhibits the growth of the children's physical and mental state. 4. Acts of inflicting psychological suffering to children.
Statistics from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Year of Showa XX Statistics of Abusers (Using Reported Cases by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
2,943 cases (55.0%)
1,445 cases (27.0%)
488 cases (9.1%)
Year of Showa XX Conditions of Reported Abuse (Using Reported Cases by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
2,780 cases (51.9%)
1,728 cases (32.3%)
458 cases (8.6%)
Prohibiting Attending School
75 cases (1.4%)
311 cases (5.8%)
June 18, 1983
Regarding Houjou Satoko's Child Abuse (Emergency)
It is put to attention that Houjou Satoko in the said case requires emergency action for protective custody.
1. Family Situation
Her foster father returned to Hinamizawa recently, and their life has degraded rapidly. It is apparent that the both physical and psychological abuse cast upon by her foster father has reached a threshold.
2. Measures Taken by the Child Protection Service
A protective custody agent was dispatched from the Prefectural Welfare Department on the 23rd. However, due the case recorded in 1977, her current case was put into prudent discretion and was settled to continue the routine guidance. It is to my regret to say that the chief of the Service is not grasping the gravity of the situation.
3. The Condition of the Abused Child
It is visually apparent that the child is suffering from severe depression and signs of neurosis. Such stress can inhibit the growth of both physical and mental health of the child, especially at her pre-adolescent age. It is unexcusable and inhumane to leave her in this state.
4. Appeal to the Family Court
Due to the reasons stated above, I request immediate emergency action to place Houjou Satoko into protective custody. I firmly state to the court to instigate Article 28 of the Law to put her into temporary protection. I ask for urgent response to all responsible parties and departments with regards to this issue.
E2-3 Number 44
Child Welfare Record: E2-3 Number 44
Name of Child:
Resident of Shishibone City Hinamizawa Village XXX
(1) The Course of Request Child herself called the Child Abuse Hotline.
(2) Circumstances of Abuse Child reported that she was being physically abused by her stepfather.
(3) Organization of Family (abuser marked with *)
Stepfather, Biological mother, elder brother, abused child
Stepfather and biological mother married in Showa XX. The child is from the biological mother and her ex-husband.
(4) Measures taken by the Child Protection Service
Call received from child herself, called her school on the same day to investigate her condition. Agent visited the child's home the right away to investigate and interrogate. Stepfather agreed to receive guidance and to take child development workshop at city services. Will continue to observe his progress under assisted guidance.
(5) Other Upon counseling the child at the City Educational Services, it has been concluded that there is a high possibility that this case was a result of the child's disproportionate mistrust of her stepfather and a lack of family communication. There were no signs of physical abuse as initially reported, and it seems the child made the claim under false pretense to shun her stepfather.
It seems the main problem was in the child herself. Main Investigator F of the City Educational Services stated that the majority of her abuse claims are made up. The guidance will focus on the child henceforth. Use precaution in believing too much what the child claims to say.
Attn: Housewife Battery Murder Case Officer
July XX, 1982
Okinomiya Police Dept. Investigation Section
Shishibone Branch Manager XXXX
This document notifies that a deposition was received by our department which provides links to your Classified Investigaton Case (Okinomiya Police Dept. Case Number X, aka Hinamizawa Housewife Battery-Murder Case).
On X/X, we've arrested the suspect named XXXX on illegal drug possession charges. Upon further interrogation, he has stated certain facts and details of the above said incident that can only be known by the perpetrator.
Hence, we are prepared to provide your department with a copy of his statement. Should these depositions be reliable, it is highly possible that XXXX is the suspect for the said case.
Also, our department would like to affirm that our investigator to this case inquired about this to Okinomiya Police Department when this deposition was received. However, the officer at Okinomiya Department was not able to disclose the details of this case with regards to the confidentiality notice that was issued by the Prefectural Police HQ on July 1st (Memorandum I 1-12, 1982).
Due to such misunderstandings, our investigator did not deem this deposition to be an important issue at the time. Hence, due to our investigator's lack of responsibility to confirm the details of this matter, we offer our sincere apologies for retaining this information from your department until now.
The Flames of Hell
"Yes, hello? Are you calling for an ambulance? Or the fire-department?"
"U, m... fire-department!"
"Is it a fire? Or an accident? Please calm down and tell me."
"I, I think, it's probably a fire.... I'm at the XX service area on the XX highway, ...I can see some really thick fire and smoke coming from behind the hills. Nobody would go to a place like that, so I don't know why there would a fire there.... Anyway, I just thought it would be a good idea to report this...! This might turn into a mountain fire!"
"Understood. We will be sending someone to check the scene out immediately, please tell me your name and a phone number that we can use to contact you. Also, please tell me the exact location of the fire scene."
"We have a notification from the fire-department HQ. There has been a report of a suspicious fire on the west side of Mt.XX. Since it's located far off from the roads, it's possible that it's a couple's bonfire, or perhaps the result of someone setting fire to garbages from an illegal dump. The scene is located in a deep forest area. There are no residences in the vicinity, however, there's a possibility that the fire will spread. Head to the scene and confirm the situation at once."
"Fire-department? This is the XX area fire-fighting branch. We have arrived at the reported scene just now. We have discovered a drum can that was abandoned and left to burn in the mountain. The fire is being contained right now, there are no dangers of the fire spreading. .........And, ...... um, .......... inside the drum can, ....I think, there might be a person inside. It looked like... something human-like was burned with kerosene or something. ......Uh, ......I think it might be a good idea to call the police about this too...." "Wa ...Wah!! N-n, no doubt about it!! This, this is a person!! Hieeeee......!!"
The Victim for the Fifth Year
Kuma: "....So I guess this is this year's curse."
Oishi: "...I guess so. ....They all die in very peculiar ways each year, but this year's way too odd."
Kuma: "Scratching and clawing one's own throat... This is not normal..."
Oishi: "Let's leave the rest up to the old man at the coroner. I'm sure he'll find some kind of substance out of this."
Police officers: "Good evening sir! Evening, Sir!!"
Kuma: "Ah, Oishi-san! Komiyama-san and his team are here sir!"
Komiyama: "Oishi-san, good evening sir! It seems like this year's one got to be the most gruesome one yet."
Oishi: "Yeah. It looks like they got to someone else.... I thought that the person that was gonna die this year was gonna be Houjou Teppei..."
Komiyama: "So, who is the deceased?"
Oishi: "Tomitake Jirou. He's an amateur photographer who comes to Hinamizawa once in a while. ....damn, no one was marking him...."
Komiyama: "...Hmm, I don't know. Perhaps the culprits found out we were marking the Houjou house so they changed their target?"
Oishi: ".....Maybe..... ....fuck, we might've been looking at the wrong direction..."
Komiyama: "And what about Houjou Teppei himself?"
Oishi: "Yeah. His daughter went off to the festival around dusk, and he left for it as well just a little while after. ...His daughter came back home already and....? Hmm...? He hasn't come back yet? Maybe he's out drinking somewhere...?"
Police A: "Oishi-san, are you here?! There's a call for you from Section Chief Takasugi. He's on the radio in car one."
Background Check Request
Okinomiya Police Station Operator Monitor Log
June 20th, 20:08
Operator: "This is Okinomiya SP. I hear you well."
License Plate BG Check
Owner: XXXX (Resides in Shishibone City, Hinamizawa Village X-XXX)
Car type: XXXXXXX
Reported stolen: none
Additional info: none
Operator: "This is Okinomiya SP, to car Oishi. We've got the BG check on the license plate you requested. ...........car Oishi, do you respond? ..........................car Oishi, please respond, over. ...............Hm? .......Are they in a weak signal area? .....car Oishi, please res..."
Operator: "No response."
Note of Grudges?
I was yelled for being too stinky.
I was yelled at for the food being too stinky.
He said that it stinks because I'm stinky.
It is possessing this guy too. Because this was the same thing that the dead guy was saying as well. How does this person know what that guy said.
That's easy. It's because the thing that possessed that guy is now possessing this guy too.
I wish that an earthquake occur right now and open a big crack in front of my house. If it did, that guy would definitely look at the crack. And then, all I have to do is just push him into it. I'm not gonna give up until I get that chance.
I'm not gonna give up. I'm not gonna cry.
Aah, but still someone is saying sorry over and over again....
Research Note II
<About the Oyashiro-sama>
It is not known how the word Oyashiro-sama is spelled. However, this may also be the result of how the translation of its name had changed subtlely over the course of history. Hence, it is quite difficult to find whether or not this name is indeed correct to begin with.
In fact, the the only thing that is common in its history is that the readability of the four words O-YA-SHI-RO.
One theory states that the "社" (see footnote 1) that houses the Oyashiro-sama itself became a subject of worship, and that is why it became to be known as "御社さま" (see footnote 2). However, this theory is rather bland and boring.
While the following information may or may not be related to the above said matter, it is said that the noble Furude family has the bloodline of the Oyashiro-sama flowing within them. And according to the Furude family legend, it is said that if the first child that is born is a female after eight generations, that daughter in the eight generation will be the reincarnation of the Oyashiro-sama itself.
If one takes this legend into consideration, it seems the correct way to spell Oyashiro-sama is "御八代さま" (see footnote 3). (Of course, this spelling is just my own theory so there is no way of knowing for sure).
If such is the case, then the naming of the Oyashiro-sama is made under the premise of resurrection. Worshiping a deity under the pretense of its resurrection can be seen in many religions, so this is not rare. However, it is also interesting to note that several religions associate the resurrection of their deity with the "apocalypse."
Furude Rika, the cute little girl where all the village elders seem to take care of her with special treatment. ...There are rumors that she is the eighth generation "Oyashiro-sama." While I do not known the precise details of the Furude family tree, I do know that the first child of the past two generations were female.
Furude Rika, the little girl who looks over to protect Hinamizawa. What would happen if Hinamizawa loses her divine protection? What would happen if the tranquility between the humans and the demons were to wither away? Would all hell break loose once again as human-eating demons begin to engulf the village?
Weak and powerless humans cry and scream as the demons feast and remember what it was like to be their former selves.
...I wonder what a spectacle that would be. My heart pounds in excitement just imagining what it would be like.