Characters in Famicom Tantei Club Part II


Characters in Famicom Tantei Club Part II

is a text-based adventure game released by Nintendo in 1989 for the Famicom Disk System. The original version was released in two discs in 1989, and the game was ported to the Super Famicom and the Game Boy Advance several years later. The Super Famicom version was released for the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on April 30, 2008. The game was never released outside of Japan. The objective is to solve two sets of mysteries; the "Girl in the Back" ghost mystery of Ushimitsu High School, and a decade-old murder mystery nearing legal expiration. Like the previous game in the series, the game progresses as the player chooses from a set of commands displayed on a menu. These commands are used to interact with other characters and the game's environment, examine clues, or review facts. The results of choosing each command are displayed in text. While solving these mysteries, the player will encounter a variety of characters - both major and minor to the plot.

Investigators

The Protagonist

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] assistant detective for the Utsugi detective agency. The player controls him to solve the case. He is portrayed in-game as an orphan; the prologue shows him running away to find his parents. He is personally disturbed by the game's events. [Protagonist's narration: "...Something terrible happened. I never thought I'd ever encounter such a dreadful, terrifying event...It's something I'll never forget." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The protagonist claims to be a third-degree black belt in karate.Weird Kid [Hitomi] : "Hey! Where do ya think yer goin!? Yo momma put up more of a fight last night!" / Protagonist's thoughts: "Okay, now its on." / Weird Kid: "Oh, you gonna fight now, baby? Huh? Oh, I'm real scared! I'm a brown belt in karate, you know!!" / Protagonist: "Oh really...well, I'm a black belt." / Weird Kid: "Yeah, right...you couldn't fight yer way out of a..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Protagonist chooses: "Make her [Ayumi] laugh!" / Protagonist: "You've got nothing to worry about, with a third degree black belt on your side! Ayeeaaaaa! Ayayayayayayayayayaya!! How do ya like that!?" * Choosing to "Show -> Mojo" produces the same result. For the other choice, see the next note. (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Protagonist chooses: "Support and comfort her [Ayumi] ." / Protagonist: "...Ayumi, don't worry...after all, I'm a third degree black belt! I'll protect you..." * For the other choice, see the previous note. (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He condemns smoking, which he convinced Hitomi to quit from.Hitomi: "Hey, what are you doin'?" / Protagonist: "You talk so much about doing the right thing and all, but look at you! Smoking's against the law ["sic"] *, you know that!" / Hitomi: "?!......" / Protagonist: "What would Yoko say if she knew you were smoking?" / Hitomi: "......" / Protagonist: "At least Ayumi hasn't seen you. Don't you know girls hate being around smoke?" / Hitomi: "......"(Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.) * This statement is overtly broad - smoking is not entirely banned in Japan, but since Hitomi is younger than 18, it's illegal for him to smoke regardless.] Protagonist's thoughts: "Seems like I got through him. I just can't stand smokers..."(Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Hitomi: "Okay, I'm through with smoking..." / "...I'm sorry, I won't do it again...I'm sorry! Look, I'm throwing 'em away! Come on, Hitomi...Can't you do anything right!? Aaaahhhhh!" / Protagonist: "......" / Protagonist's thoughts: "Oh man...it's not like I was trying to make him cry or anything..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)]

hunsuke Utsugi

The director of the private detective agency in the game, shown to be highly regarded by the police force. He is shown to be working on the Genjiro Kaneda murder case, and leaves the protagonist in charge of investigating Yoko Kojima's murder. The game tells of him saying how he sees much of himself into the protagonist [Man [Utsugi] : "Seeing you [the protagonist] brings back memories of who I used to be...I can't just leave you like this." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The coroner for Yoko's corpse describes Utsugi as a "pushy guy". [Coroner: "I already spoke with Mr. Utsugi about everything. Kind of a pushy guy, wouldn't you say? Heh..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 36 years old.

Maruyama

The Chief Inspector [Detective: "Good day, I'm Chief Inspector Maruyama." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] of the police force who is a close friend of Utsugi. In the game, Maruyama is dressed like a stereotypical detective. He is shown to be currently working on the final investigation of the Genjiro Kaneda murder, which occurred 15 years ago. 48 years old.

Ushimitsu High School Students

Ayumi Tachibana

A freshman schoolgirl at Ushimitsu High School, and a member of the school's detective club with her friend, Yoko.Memo (on Ayumi Tachibana): "This girl had been running a detective club with the recent victim, Yoko." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The club investigates rumors and reports what is found to the police [Ayumi: Together, we would investigate rumors around town, and report what we discovered to the police." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] ; though initially, it wasn't too serious. [Ayumi: "We [she and Yoko] started the club almost as a joke, but now...all I have to show for it is..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] She is shown to cooperate with the protagonist to solve the murder of her closest friend, Yoko Kojima. When she considers Tazaki a possible suspect in killing Yoko [Ayumi: "Do you think Mr. Tazaki did it?" / Protagonist: "!!" / Ayumi: "If that's the case, then...I..." / Protagonist: "Ayumi, I don't know where you heard that...all I have are theories so far." / Ayumi: "But if that's the case..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] , the following scene has her drugging him to track down Tazaki herself. She says she did this to protect the protagonist as a friend. [Ayumi: "... [Protagonist] , I couldn't bear to think about what I'd do if anything happened to you...So I thought I should go alone." / Protagonist: "Thanks for thinking of me, but that was pretty reckless of you." / Ayumi: "I...I just couldn't bear to lose another friend..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] At one point, she considers spiritual transfer of Shinobu's ghost into Yoko in order to explain their behavioral similarities. [Ayumi: "It's odd, though...the common bloodline can only partially explain the resemblance. [Protagonist] , when I saw Yoko in the mirror, she was the spitting image of this portrait!...Could Shinobu's spirit have somehow transferred into Yoko...?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Protagonist's thoughts: "Did she [Ayumi] just mention spiritual transfer?" / Ayumi: "...I know, I know...I'm crazy. But that's just how it seems to me...Because you see, that's the only way all this seems to make sense..." / Protagonist: "?......" / Ayumi: "Like, maybe Yoko was trying to say that she herself was The Girl in Back...Shinobu..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] One of her fans say Ayumi is popular with the schoolboys of Ushimitsu.Student [has GF] : "Just about every guy here is a fan of hers [Ayumi] ..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 15 years old.

Yoko Kojima

A freshman schoolgirl at Ushimitsu High School, and a member of the school's detective club, along with one of her friends, Ayumi. Her corpse is found at a local riverside.Memo (on Yoko Kojima): " [Yoko] was found at a local riverbank, strangled. The time of death is estimated to be between 9 and 10 PM on Oct. 10th." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] In the game, the player will learn that she was investigating the school's mysterious rumor of the "Girl in the Back" - right before she was murdered. She believes that the "Girl in the Back" (Shinobu's corpse) is behind the mirror. [Logbook (on Chapter 2): "It was also learned that Yoko had approached Ayumi a while back, near the school's huge mirror. She left Ayumi with some puzzling words...'The Girl in Back ["sic"] now stands behind you...'" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] As Yoko was deep in her own investigation, her behaviors began to change. Later on in the game, Ayumi learns from Yoko's mother that Shinobu is Yoko's cousin - partially explaining their similarities. [Ayumi: "There's something I need to tell you about the sketch [of Shinobu] ...something happened when I went to see Yoko's mother yesterday. There, she told something that came as a total surprise...Yoko and Shinobu were cousins!" / Protagonist: "!!" / Ayumi: "The familial relation seemed to explain their similarities to some extent..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] In her last days, Yoko resembled Shinobu not only in looks, but in mannerisms as well.Ryoko: "As she [Yoko] interviewed me, I couldn't help but notice how much she reminded me of Shinobu...It wasn't just her looks, her mannerisms and style of speech seemed exactly like Shinobu's. As she got up to return home, she left me with these words...'I have reason to believe Shinobu is still somewhere within Ushimitsu Highschool. There's no doubt in my mind.'" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] It turns out, based on the climax, Hibino strangled her after being thoroughly questioned, feeling as if he was killing Shinobu once again. However, he didn't mean to kill her. [Hibino: "...Yoko once confronted me, right where you stand now, asking me this...'Sir, back in the old days, you killed someone, didn't you...'" / "As the forgotten feelings of guilt and animosity suddenly overwhelmed me, I suddenly cried out: 'Yes, that's right! I killed you! I killed you 15 years ago, and I kill you now! In a blind rage, I wrung her little neck right then and there until long after she stopped breathing..." / "I hadn't meant to kill her...in a fit of confusion, I just dropped her body there and ran home!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 16 years old at the time of her death.

Hitomi Kawai

A freshman schoolboy at Ushimitsu High School, and Yoko Kojima's best friend, who treated him respectfully. [Hitomi: "...Yoko was my best friend. We never let each other out of our sight, let me tell ya...She was always there, cheerin' me on..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The game shows how he portrays himself as the leader of all the "punks" at the school.Weird Kid: "Since you know Ayumi, I suppose you're in the cool. I'm the ringleader of all the punks here at Ushimitsu. The name's Hitomi Kawai!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] . He is shown to be suspicious of the protagonist at firstWeird Kid [Hitomi] : "You [the protagonist] ! You're him, ain'tcha! You're that weirdo who been hangin' round the school lately!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Weird Kid [Hitomi] : "I'm asking the questions here!" / Protagonist: "Listen, I don't mean you any harm..." / Weird Kid : "You're that!" / Protagonist: "......!?" / Weird Kid : "Don't mess with me, G-money!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] , harassing him [Protagonist: "I'm detective [protagonist's full name] ." / Weird Kid [Hitomi] : "Oh, please! You'se just one of those wannabe babies who watched too much Law and Order!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] , and even comes close to fighting with him.Protagonist's thoughts: "Looks like I've been caught by a real weirdo here [Hitomi] . Heh, he hasn't even got any eyebrows..." / Weird Kid [Hitomi] : "You better watch out or I'm gonna bust a nut, er, cap all over your face!" / Protagonist: "Uhhh...heh..." / Weird Kid: "Shut up! You know what I meant!! Yeah, laugh it up...you won't be laughin' in a minute or two!"] However, once he realizes he has good intentions and knows Ayumi, the game shows how the three decide to cooperate as a team of detectives. [Protagonist: "The more the merrier, I suppose...glad to have you on our team, Hitomi!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Hitomi: "Let's meet up here [old school building] as detectives [Hitomi, the protagonist, and Ayumi] every day after school, okay? Farewell, Lady Tachibana!" / Ayumi: "...I'm glad we're all on the same team." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] , He is portrayed to be notable for his lack of eyebrowsStudent A: "Hey, do you know somebody named Hitomi?" / Protagonist: "?......" / Student B: "Yeah, someone oughta teach that freshman about eyebrow plucking in moderation." / Student A: "Hehehehehe." / Protagonist: "!!" / Student A: "Kind of a fashion disaster, huh. / Student B:"Yeah, a total lost cause." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] , and strange fashion sense (i.e. his wig, glasses, and eyebrows disguise). Hitomi used to practice underage smoking, which the protagonist condemns and convinces him to quit from,, while doing so, he breaks down and cries, saying he can't "do anything right". The protagonist needs to remove his disguise before Kato can recognize Hitomi, so that he can talk to Katou and his customers in the bar.Bartender [Katou] : "Hey you [the protagonist and Hitomi] , don't bring your ruckus into here. Get any wise ideas, and you'll both be getting yourselves a few bruises from me." / Hitomi: "...Shut yer piehole!" / Bartender: "...is that you, Kawai?" / Hitomi: "Oh man...Katou! I haven't seen you in forever! You look way different now - you aren't shaving your eyebrows anymore, huh?" / Bartender: "No, heh, not anymore. Listen, sorry about before...I didn't recognize you." / Hitomi: "Ah, no problem Katou...I was just trying a new look, that's all." / Protagonist's thoughts: "I can't believe this..." / Hitomi: "Hey, what do ya know, [protagonist] ! I knew this guy from way back. He let me be in his gang back in the day!" / Bartender: "If you know Kawai here, then you're okay with me." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Hitomi claims he is a brown belt in karate. The player can find some students disliking Hitomi for his strange mannerisms. [Student [black-haired boy] : "Hitomi Kawai? What a freak!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Protagonist: "Do you know a student named Hitomi?" / Student [flirty girl] : "What a weirdo! None of us girls talk to him." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 15 years old.

Other Students

In Chapter 1, two specific schoolgirls introduce the "Girl in the Back" rumor to the player. [Protagonist: "Do you think you could tell me what you heard [about the Girl in the Back] ?" / Student A: "...Yeah, I suppose. They say that sometimes, when you're all alone in school here, you'll hear someone calling to you from behind......And when you turn around, this girl will be there...she'll be just staring at you, covered with blood..." / Student B: "Whoa..." / Student A: "At other times you might be walking through the hallway, and you'll suddenly hear a faint voice behind you......but when you turn around, no one will be there. The voice seems to come from all directions...no one's been able to figure out where it comes from. You'll look all around, trying to find the voice...and then suddenly, she'll be right there, standing in front of you." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] One of Mr. Komada's art club members is a half-French [Student [Art Club Member] : "15 years ago, I was stil a baby in Paris. I'm half French - can't you tell?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] schoolgirl, aspiring to be a famous artist. [Student [Art Club Member] : "You really like my art?" / Protagonist: "Uh, yeah..." / Student: "I'm gonna be a famous artist someday, with my works in all the renowned French galleries!" / Protagonist's thoughts: "Oh, brother..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The protagonist compliments her painting of a tigerProtagonist's thoughts: "It's an avant-garde tiger, painted in watercolors on a fancy pastel background." / "Not very skillfull, if you ask me..." / Student [Art Club Member] : "What are you talking about?" / "It's a nice picture! The best one I've ever done!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] to convince her to talk [Protagonist: "Wow, that's a really awesome painting! Did you do it all by yourself?" / Student [Art Club Member] : "Yeah, it took a really long time! What do you want?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] - though he can admit to himself it is "not so skillful". Another minor student character is a schoolgirl who flirts with the protagonist but tests him on his commitment to Ayumi. [Student: "I gotta go...would you walk me home, Mr. Detective?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Protagonist chooses: "Sure, no problem!" / Student: "Aw, I was just joking...I was only trying to see how loyal you are to Ayumi." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.) * To see the other choice, see the next note.] [Protagonist chooses: "Sorry, I've got things to do here..." / Student: "Heh, heh...very keen of you, Mr. Detective. Ayumi's a real catch. It's good you don't want to mess around on her." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.) * To see the other choice, see the previous note.] One is a schoolboy who has girlfriend whose name is also Yoko [Student [has GF] : "Listen, I have to get going - I have a date. It's weird though, my girlfriend's name is Yoko too..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] ; he is one of the apparent fans of Ayumi. Yet another student is a shy, male-to-female cross-dressing tennis player that introduces Ms. Hayama to the protagonist. [Student [MtF crossdresser] : "By the way, I kinda know who was the first person to ever see The Girl in Back..." / "You didn't hear it from me, but...It was Ms. Hayama." / "Yeah...people say she started the rumor a long time ago." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The game shows the protagonist deeply disturbed once realizing that the tennis player was a cross-dresser. [Protagonist: "Thanks. By the way, can I ask you something?" / Student [MtF crossdresser] : "What is it, Mr. Detective? *Giggle*" / Protagonist: "Why do you always stand so far away? I bet you're cute..." / Student: "Oh, I don't know, I'm just shy like that, I suppose! See you later, big boy!" / Protagonist's thoughts: "Oh my God..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] A schoolboy notes how he felt somebody's accent "struck a chord" with him [Student: "That southern twang he talks with really strikes a chord with me sometimes, you know?" / Protagonist: "?......" / Student: "I'm just speaking to myself." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] - based on the script, presumambly either Tazaki'sTazaki: "It was me who plastered that wall. But...After I laid the plaster, I decided to take a walk and clear my head while it dried...I accidentally left my bucket of plaster there, so it's possible somebody coulda stuck her in there and resealed it while I was away..." / "Hey, there's somethin' else! The next morning, when I went to get my power drill, I noticed somethin'...It looked like someone had been usin' my tools...I was sure of it!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Tazaki: "I was plasterin' that wall from 9 until midnight..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] or Hitomi's. [Tazaki and Hitomi are the only male characters from the school that use slang and accented words in the translation of the game's script.] A schoolgirl suffers an accident, falling down the stairs after being allegedly haunted by the Girl in the Back; Hibino and Hayama take her to the hospital afterwards.Logbook (on Chapter 9): "The latest staff rumor was that the principal has suddenly become very eager to sell his house. According to Mr. Komada, Principal Urabe's wife passed away when they were both still very young, resigning himself to a life of solitude thereafter. Ms. Hayama informed me [the protagonist] of an accident earlier that day, seeming to involve The Girl in Back ["sic"] ." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Hayama: "She [the schoolgirl in the accident] hit her head after falling down a set of stairs. She was rushed to the hospital, where she's currently undergoing an examination..." / "Apparently Mr. Hibino was the only behind her. ["sic"] However, she claims, behind him......was the Girl in Back..." / "She said she was so frightened, it caused her to lose her balance on the stairs..." / "Mr. Hibino rode in the ambulance with the student to the hospital." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)]

Ushimitsu High School Personnel

Tatsuya Hibino

An English teacher at Ushimitsu High School. He was Yoko Kojima's homeroom teacher, and appears to the player greatly disturbed by her death. [Veteran] Teacher: "This recent event seemed to have taken quite a toll on Mr. Hibino. He's been acting very restless lately." Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He also seems to be disturbed by what he knows about the Genjiro Kaneda murder [Hibino: "...Well, actually there is something I know about it [the Genjiro Kaneda incident] ." / Protagonist: "!?......" / Hibino: "But...I'd rather not talk about it. It brings up such awful memories, I don't think I could bear to mention it."] and doesn't want to discuss the "Girl in the Back" story. [Memo (on Tatsuya Hibino): "He avoids speaking of the Girl in Back ["sic"] ." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He is Teruhiko Uchida's son, Tatsuya Uchida. Near the end of the game, the player will discover that when his father died, he developed a close father-son relationship with Principal Urabe.Hibino: "Principal Urabe was friends with my father, back in their childhood days. He stepped in after we lost dad, acting like a father would for a son. He was the only one there for me...I'm so thankful..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] With Urabe, he was able to graduate from a university and gain a teaching career. He got a pen, engraved "T.U.", as a gift from Urabe when he entered college.Logbook (on Chapter 10): "As Sayaka showed [the protagonist] a yearbook containing a picture of the Uchida boy, [the protagonist] realized he was actually none other than Mr. Hibino...Mr. Hibino and the Uchida boy were one in the same all along. Stricken with grief, he had nowhere to turn without a father. Luckily, Principal Urabe stepped in, and treated the boy as though he were his own. Hibino eventually graduated from college and landed a teaching career at Ushimitsu, all thanks to the principal." / "Confronted with the fact of how the Kanedas were essentially responsible for all that had happened, Mr. Hibino's hate seemed unfathomable." /" Upon hearing this [Urabe as a suspect] , Mr. Hibino turned more violent than ever, insistent on proving his mentor's integrity..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Protagonist: "...And the pen?" / Utsugi: "Oh, that...apparently it was a gift from the Principal to Hibino, back when he entered college." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He changed his last name to his mother's to avoid the infamy of the Uchida name. [Hibino: "You see, Hibino was my mother's maiden name. I started using it when I changed schools, to get away from the stigma attached to the Uchida name..." / "I couldn't call myself that [Uchida] , not after my father was the main suspect in a murder case, and then...how they found him like that..." / "My mother, rest her soul, had always told me how important it was to keep your name unblemished. I'll always remember her words." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He is shown to have great hatred towards the Kanedas and felt that the two deserved to be murdered. [Hibino: "Because of Mr. Kaneda...my father...! If only those no-good Kanedas never existed!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Hibino: "The Kanedas...they're a disgrace to this school and to this town!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Protagonist's thoughts: "Hibino's hatred of the Kanedas is certainly understandable, considering all that's happened to him and his family..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Hibino: "...I realize the situation looks, detective. To make matters worse, I don't really have any alibi. However...I don't care! They got what they deserved!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] When the player has the protagonist to imply that Urabe is a suspect, the following cutscene shows him pulling off a temper tantrum and walking out from the principal's office.Hibino: "...Well let me tell you something. You may question me and even doubt me, if you choose to...However!...I won't tolerate you insulting the principal like that! Not now, not ever!!"(Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He similarly defends Urabe during a conversation back in Chapter 8. [Hibino: "Why do you keep talking about the principal as if he were some sort of criminal!?" / Protagonist: "!?......" / Hibino: "Er...pardon me." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] In the ending of the game, he turns out to be the serial killer. When his missing father phoned him about his suicide, he went to leave a message to Urabe's answering machine about going to kill Genjiro right before committing that murder.Hibino: "Ever since that day, 15 years ago, after my missing father phoned me to say he'd taken poison...I made up my mind that I had nothing left to life for except to see Genjiro Kaneda die by my own hands! I left my own last words on the principal's answering machine...then took a knife to Kaneda!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 31 years old.

Tetsushi Komada

An art teacher at Ushimitsu High School. He says that he had worked at the school for 35 years; the longest of any of the teachers. [Komada: "It's ben 35 years since I came to Ushimitsu." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He is shown to be an old friend of Principal Urabe. When the protagonist implies that Urabe could be a suspect, he is shown to play a prank on him and locks hims in his art room for a while. [Komada: "...So, [protagonist] ...you're convinced Urabe is the murderer..." / Protagonist: "?......" / Komada: "How little you know of what really goes on here at Ushimitsu...how every teacher here has a secret......" / Protagonist: "Mr. Komada...!?" / Komada: "I locked the door as I came in...You're trapped! Speaking of secrets, anything could happen to you right now, and no one would ever know..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Komada: "Ahahaha! Just kidding! I had you going there, didn't I? But please, I really do not appreciate all this ridiculous gossip about Principal Urabe. I don't know where you came up with such a silly idea, but...I do not wish to badmouth by colleagues, detective. Please, you'll have to excuse me." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] In their last conversation in the game, he angrily walks out on the protagonist after he again considers Urabe a suspect. [Komada: "But, seeing as how the principal was away on business at the time of the Goro murder...how could he be the killer!? Principal Urabe is NOT a murderer!! I will hold no more of these pointless conversations! Good day!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 59 years old.

Toshio Tazaki

A janitor working at Ushimitsu High School. He is shown to be usually quite calm and normal, but is portrayed as an oddball because of his quick temper in the game. [Urabe: "Indeed, Mr. Tazaki has been known to act somewhat erratically from time to time. However, as you have seen, he is a good man deep down." / "True, Mr. Tazaki can be somewhat dubious at times..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Tazaki's backstory tells that he has been working at the school for about 20 years, ["Tazaki: "I've been the school janitor here for more than 20 years now." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] and used to work as a plasterer. [Komada: "Back in the days before he [Tazaki] as a janitor here, he used to be a plasterer." / "He fixed it up in no time after it had collapsed one day. He's very good at what he does." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He has a TV in his janitor room. [Protagonist's thoughts: "There's a variety show on. I wonder how much TV he [Tazaki] watches during his work day..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Initially, he gets very panicky whenever he is questioned by the protagonist about his argument with Yoko [Logbook (on Chapter 2): "When asked about Yoko, he [Tazaki] seemed to lose his cool almost immediately." / "The janitor, Tazaki, seemed awfully suspicious when confronted about Yoko..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Logbook (on Chapter 4): "After interviewing Ms. Hayama, [the protagonist] went to talk to Mr. Tazaki once more about his disupte with Yoko. Mr. Tazaki once again acted suspicious. There was no doubt the man was hiding something." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] he neglects to give an alibi for the Yoko murder. [Protagonist: "Mr. Tazaki, can you remember what you were doing at around 9pm on the 10th of this month? / Tazaki: "I...I'm innocent! It's all a big misunderstanding!" / Protagonist: "Mr. Tazaki, please cooperate!" / Tazaki: "G, get out!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] When Ayumi tracks him down to a cliff, he threatens to kill her with a knife - resorting to murder and suicideLogbook (on Chapter 6): "Having lost all hope, Mr. Tazaki had been driven to the brink of suicide. He soon gave up, confessing everything in blind desperation. As it turned out, Mr. Tazaki had no explanation for his whereabouts during the Kaneda murder. Fearing suspicion, he fabricated the alibi of having plastered the wall...The next morning, he went to the principal, who told Tazaki he would vouch for the false alibi." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] . However, he stops himself and confesses about his false alibi. He says that to protect Urabe from the revealed-to-be-false alibi, he intended to kill himself - "end it all at the sea" - at his hometown, but was confronted by Ayumi. [Tazaki:"' "I was afraid that if my cover got blown, everybody would realise ["sic"] Urabe helped me cover up, and his career would be over...Back when I eavesdropped on you and Ms. Hayama, I decided something...I decided to protect Principal Urabe the only way I could, by ending it all in the sea, here in my home town...But when I got to my apartment, I found Ayumi waiting for me there...All she did was ask me to tell her the truth, but I snapped and said something really awful to her...I said, 'If people carry on pestering me like this, I'll...kill 'em! That detective, too!', I said..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)]

The backstory provided to the player shows that he used to be an avid gambler and went to jail; when he was employed by Urabe, he felt another chance in life but eventually went back into gambling.Tazaki: "See, I used to be in gambling big time...I got involved with some shady people and things got really outta hand...I did some time...and after I got out, nobody wanted to hire me! I didn't know where to go next, but somehow I met Principal Urabe...No matter what I said or did, he always had faith in me. And he gave me a job...I'd come so far since the old days...he gave me a whole new shot at life. But...I got comfortable at my new job. I slipped back into gambling a little, and before long, I needed a loan. That's where Kaneda came in." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He was a suspect of the Kaneda murder; he borrowed a large amount of money from Genjiro to regain money he lost from gambling. The next day, Genjiro demanded a repayment of the loan that Tazaki couldn't pay back.Tazaki: "...It went like this...the day before Mr. Kaneda was killed, I had an argument with him. He said he wanted me to repay this loan I'd taken out by the very next day, with no advance notice whatsoever. There was no way I could cough up that kinda cash so quick...So that night, I took a trip to his house to try and reason with him. But when I got there, I found the police and everybody! There were a bunch of people gathered around, who told me he'd been murdered!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] His (false) alibi was that he was plastering a crumbling wall of the old school building from 9 P.M. (the time of the Kaneda murder) until midnight, supervised by Principal Urabe [Logbook (on Chapter 4): "Long ago, Mr. Tazaki was a suspect in the Kaneda case. Back then he had borrowed a sum of money from Mr. Kaneda, but got into a jam when he couldn't pay it back. However, he provided a sound alibi. At the time of the Kaneda murder, he claimed to have been plastering a wall at Ushimitsu Highschool ["sic"] 's abandoned building. Mr. Tazaki's alibi was confirmed by Ushimitsu's principal, Tadashi Urabe." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Logbook (on Chapter 5): "Principal Urabe stood behind Tazaki, claiming he stayed late at the school that night, supervising the job until it was finished." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] . In actuality, he visited Kaneda's mansion to discuss Genjiro's unfair demand, but there were already onlookers for the murder. To provide a convincable alibi, Tazaki remembered an assignment of his to replaster the wall of the old schoolhouse, so he snuck into the school during midnight to plaster it. [Tazaki: "With all that debt on my hands, no one woulda believed I hadn't killed Kaneda, unless I had a solid alibi...So I got thinkin', and remembered the principal had asked me to fix that wall a few days before. So, in the middle of the night, I snuck out and plastered it up real quick. The next mornin', I went straight to the principal and told him everything. He looked a bit surprised, but you know what he said? 'I have faith in you, Mr. Tazaki. That is why I will help you. Do not worry about this trivial matter. If anyone were to ask me about it, I will simply say I supervised you plastering the wall while the murder took place.'" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] During this time, he took a break; the next morning, his tools appeared to have been used. 58 years old.

Tadashi Urabe

The principal of Ushimitsu High School. Throughout conversations with the characters, it can be found out that he is greatly respected by both teachers and students as a fair educator. He strives to be as close to his students as possibleUrabe: "Every student who walks through these doors is family to me. I was truly devastated when I heard the news." / "Mr. [last name of protagonist] , I want you to know that I will help in any way I can to ensure the success of this investigation. However, I regretfully admit that I am powerless to keep the students out of danger. If only there were more I could do to help these young people achieve their goals...no one should meet such a fate as Yoko's. If it would only spare their innocent souls, I would do anything...even sacrifice myself." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] , and Mr. Komada claims he even has a good memory of past students.Komada: "! If such a student [the Uchida boy] ever attended Ushimitsu Highschool, the principal would most definitely remember him! The principal knows everything about the students here. He has an excellent memory!" / Protagonist: "!!" / Komada: "...I would recommend you to go see him right away, but...Principal Urabe left this early morning on a business trip." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Komada: "Yes, it's already been more than 30 years since then...Back in those days, he wanted nothing more than to be blessed with a family of his own. But...his wife had a weak heart. She collapsed one day, six months into her pregnancy..." / Protagonist: "......" / "They couldnt'save the baby?" / Komada: "No...it was tragic. Principal Urabe focused on his career ever since...today, he cares about every one of his students here as though they were his own." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] However, he claims that he used to be one of Genjiro's henchmen. [Utsugi: "Urabe was apparently an old acquaintance of Kaneda's. However, I don't think there's any connection to the murder." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He shows to remain calm in the wake of the murder, but feels guilty that he was unable to protect his students. A conversation with Komada in the game tells that 30 years ago from the present, his wife and the son she was carrying died - after that, Urabe sought to live a life of solitude. The player learns that when Tazaki needed an alibi for the Genjiro case, he provided him one he would promise to vouch for. While he admitted lying about Tazaki, he has no regrets for doing so.Urabe: "Yes, to aid in his standing, I did indeed supply false testimony. Technically I suppose it was wrong, but I did it only to protect the innocent. I do not regret my decision." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] A recent staff rumor tells he had been hastily attempting to sell his house. During the last days of the investigation, the player learns that Urabe was away on a business trip, early during the morning of the 9th day of the investigation (Chapter 9). The trip is said to take around 2-3 days. [Veteran] Teacher: The principal went away on business this morning. He won't be back for a good two or three days, I heard." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] However, the game reveals he was never on any trip when Ms. Hayama tells that she disproved that he stayed at a specific hotel he said he would check at. [Hayama: I called the hotel he said he was going to be staying at, but they didn't have any record of him ever checking in..." / "After I got off the phone with the hotel, I called his house and spoke with him there about the injured student...why, what's wrong?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Urabe used to own a black Cadillac [Memo (on Tadashi Urabe): "He owned a black Cadillac 15 years ago." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] ; such a car was seen at the night of the Kaneda murder, speeding away from the Kaneda residenceMemo (on Goro Kaneda): "He saw a black car speed away from the crimescene ["sic"] , just after the murder." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] and being parked at the Ushimitsu school gate.Memo (on Hisako Hayama): "On the night of the Kaneda murder, she reported seeing a large black car parked in front of the school's gate. (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)]

In the climax of the game, an anonymous tipster tells the protagonist over the phone that he is still at the school.Anonymous Tipster: "Detective...I'm going to share with you something not many people know. Principal Urabe is far from what you think...a long time ago, this so-called good samaritan had a hand in Mr. Kaneda's shady affairs..." / Protagonist: "Wh, what? Who is this!?" / Anonymous Tipster: "Someone who hates that lowlife from the bottom of his heart. Let me tell you, he's at the school right now..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He, along with Hibino and Ayumi, find that Urabe killed himself, and that he made the call himself as a "last cry for help." [Narration: "And so, [the protagonist] now realizes...the phone call must have come from Urabe himself...a last minute cry for help." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] In his suicide letter, Urabe claims even though he was one of Genjiro's henchmen, he was in his way and resorted to murdering him.Urabe's suicide letter: "You see, I was once nothing more than a henchman in the late Mr. Kaneda's schemes. But before long, he started to get in my way...So, on the night of November 10th, 15 years ago, I murdered him in cold blood. It would have been the perfect crime, had it not been for the single eye witness, Shinobu Asakawa...To my astonishment, she had seen everything...so, as she tried to escape, I pursued her in my vehicle. It was then that I ran her down, and fled the scene with her body in my trunk as fast as I could..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Realizing that there was an eye-witness (Shinobu), he ran over her. Yoko became dangerously interrogative, and Urabe realized that Goro witnessed him flee; thus, he silenced the two. [Urabe's suicide letter: "But then, suddenly, two people appeared who knew of my dark past...One was a detective by the name of Yoko Kojima. I watched helplessly as she uncovered the facts, one by one, inexorably approaching the truth. The other was Goro Kaneda. It was then that I realized he must have seen me flee after I had murdered his father. This sudden shock was too much for me. Fearing my secret would be exposed, I took the matter into my own hands, once again...And silenced Yoko and Goro before either could reveal what they knew." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] In the ending, the protagonist concludes he dumped Yoko's corpse down the riverside. [Protagonist: "I bet it was the principal who dumped Yoko's body into the river, as well..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] It is also learned that he covered up his own accidental running over Shinobu with his black Cadillac; he used Tazaki's tools to hide Shinobu's corpse within the mirror.Protagonist: "Yep. And Shinobu's body wasn't in the old building after all. Urabe must have put her behind the mirror after she was murdered." Utsugi: "That's probably why Mr. Tazaki said his tools looked like as though they'd been used." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Utsugi: But he [Urabe] did have a secret of his own to hide - he killed Shinobu, even if it was an accident." Protagonist: "Huh? I thought Hibino killed her by smashing her head with a vase." Utsugi: "Yes, that's what he claimed in his confession. But forensics told me that while such a blow would have caused massive damage to her skull...No signs of any such fracture were found, not even delivered postmortem. In other words, they're telling me Shinobu died in the car accident." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Also, his claim of being an assistant of Genjiro was false; he only dealt with Goro after the Genjiro murder. [Utsugi: "He [Urabe] sure got in over his head when he agreed to help Hibino lie - I recently learned Urabe never event dealt with Kaneda until the murder happened." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 57 years old.

Hisako Hayama

A biology teacher at Ushimitsu High School. She is also a graduate of the school. The player learns that many accused her of starting the "Girl in the Back" rumor; she does admit this alone to the protagonist. Flashback cutscenes show that on the same night of the Kaneda murder, the then sophomore went to the high school to get some homework. She had to go to the old school building to bypass a black car parked by the gate. At the window, she saw a girl completely covered in blood. [Hayama: "It was November 10th, 15 years ago...I was just a sophomore back then. / "At around 10pm that evening, I suddenly remembered I left some homework in my locker. I snuck out of my house and quietly made my way to the highschool. When I got to there, it was as silent as the grave. Just as I was about to sneak in...Someone [the Girl in the Back] called out in a soft, trembling voice, from far behind me." / "Scared out of my wits, I forgot all about my homework and ran straight home. My heart raced all night long..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] She is convinced the girl is the real ghost of Shinobu Asakawa. [Hayama: "The Girl in Back is the ghost of Shinobu Asakawa...there's no doubt in my mind." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Later in the game, the player learns that Hayama had to send a schoolgirl to a hospital, along with Hibino. The schoolgirl fell down from a staircase; Hibino was the only one behind her, but she claimed that the "Girl in the Back" was behind her as well. 32 years old.

Other Teachers

A veteran teacher provides several clues for the player. With certain actions from the player, a gym teacher jokes with the protagonist - he pretends to have seen the "Girl in the Back" - but the person behind him was really his mother, nagging him about homework. [ [Gym] Teacher: "Ah, that old rumor [of the Girl in the Back] ...Everybody's got their own take on it. I saw her once, though...It was back when I was very young. I was alone one night, watching TV...Suddenly, I heard a voice call out to me from behind. As I turned around, I saw her...It was my mother, infuriated that I hadn't done my homework! Scary stuff, huh? Hahahahaha! I crack myself up sometimes..." / Protagonist: "Oh, man..." / Teacher: "Hahahahaha..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)]

Kaneda Case Characters

Genjiro Kaneda

A wealthy local snack bar owner and swindler who lived near Ushimitsu High School.Memo (on Genjiro Kaneda): "The victim of a murder, 15 years ago. He came to this town in February of that year, opening a snack bar." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He is shown to have tricked many locals out of their money by having them pay back debts based on unfair interest policies [Memo (on Genjiro Kaneda): "While an everyday clerk on the surface, he was very different underneath, forcing people to repay debts at high interest. (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] ; he was also an aggressive con-artist. [Maruyama: "To make matters worse, he [Genjiro] was a master con-artist. He cheated many people out of their well-being and livelihood." / "He was widely regarded as a vicious human being, working with cold-blooded precision." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He was murdered 15 years ago just as the police began an investigation on his activities. He suffered from multiple stab wounds and died from excessive bleeding. The player learns that he lent Tazaki a large sum of money, but Tazaki was unable to pay back. The player discovers that one of his scamming victims, Teruhiko Uchida, lost his factory.Memo (on Teruhiko Uchida): "This man was once swindled by Kaneda, forcing him to give up his factory. Because of this, he was the main suspect." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He was 49 years old at the time.

Goro Kaneda

The adopted son of Genjiro Kaneda. When his father was murdered, he came home right after it occurred. [Logbook (on Chapter 3): "The first person to discover Mr. Kaneda was his son, Goro. He apparently came home just after the murder had taken place." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The player learns that in his youth, he was a student of Ushimitsu High School, and that he was popular with the schoolgirls, including Shinobu; he and his girls would hang out at his father's snack bar. [Maruyama: "Back before the murder, Mr. Kaneda's snack bar was a local hangout. Many girls routinely stopped by there after school. Goro made a reputation for himself early on by picking up many of the local girls and taking them back to his father's mansion. He was very popular with the ladies. Back in those days, he was a bit more than friendly with a number of girls from Ushimitsu Highschool." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The game tells that after his father was killed, he dropped out of school and was still hanging around the snack bar for a while; [Maruyama: "After the incident, he [Goro] dropped out of school. He was seen coming and going from his late father's snack bar quite a bit thereafter." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] he inherited his father's fortune after his death and lives off the money instead of finding a job. A rumor the player encounters in the game speculates he was not of Genjiro's bloodline. The player learns that Goro had financial troubles. [Logbook (on Chapter 7): "According to local rumor, Goro inherited all of his late father's assets and wealth. However, an interesting point to note is that Goro is apparently not of Genjiro's bloodline. Nevertheless, ever since he inherited his father's wealth, he has been ejnoying ["sic"] a comfortable lifestyle, aimlessly drifting through life as a playboy. Lately however, he's been showing signs that he has squandered his entire fortune, and run into some hard times." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Goro is a regular at the Sambora bar, and a heavy drinker - he made drunken rants about his father's murder at the bar. The game implies that Urabe was hastily attempting to sell his house to pay off Goro. [Protagonist's thoughts: "Wait a sec! Could the principal have sold his house in order to pay off Goro!?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Backstory gathered through conversations with characters indicate that Goro knew who his father's murderer was and let the murder took place. The customers of the bar the protagonist can interview tell Goro was interested by Urabe's TV interview about the Yoko murder on 9 P.M., right after a ball game. [Bartender: "That night, he [Goro] he came in here and sat in the corner, staring at the TV. It was just after the ball game had ended. After sitting there glued to the TV for the longest time, he suddenly stood up, exclaiming...'Heh, heh heh...it all comes back to me...always! I always win! Hahahaha!'" / "From then on, he came here all the time in high spirits, throwing all kinds of money around." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Logbook (on Chapter 10): "While watching TV [at the Sambora] , he allegedly saw something that made him exclaim widely about finally being able to be rich once again." / " [The protagonist] later realized Goro must have been watching an evening news broadcast about the principal when he exclaimed at the bar a few days beforehand." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He was the stranger that kept hanging out (sometimes with Urabe) on school grounds often recentlyLogbook (on Chapter 9): "Goro seems to have fallen upon hard times, drinking himself into a stupor on a regular basis. He would often rant at the Sambora. From time to time he would even claim to know who murdered his father. Upon learning this, I decided to pay a visit to Goro. However, upon reaching his apartment, nothing but the body of the strange man was found. It then dawned upon me that the man Principal Urabe had been hanging out with was none other than Goro himself. Held tightly in Goro's lifeless hand was a fountain pen, with the initials "T U" engraved on its side." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] ; he even flirted with nearby schoolgirls. [Student: "Oh, that guy [strange man Goro] ? He's totally gross! He was here a while ago, trying to flirt with us!" / Tranny [MtF crossdresser] : "He flirted with me a whole bunch! Yes he did!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] When the protagonist arrives at his apartment, the following scene shows him getting murdered with a knife. Hibino's "T.U." pen was found to be in his hand when he was murdered. With Urabe as the (incorrect) suspect in mind, the protagonist thought that Goro, knowing that Urabe killed his father, would blackmail him for money in exchange for keeping Urabe's murder secret. [Protagonist: "I have reason to believe Goro was murdered because he tried to blackmail his father's murderer..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Protagonist: "I have reason to believe Goro was murdered because he tried to blackmail this man, who I believe is none other than...Principal Urabe..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] While the real killer was not Urabe, Hibino says that Goro knew Urabe assisted him in covering up his crimes. [Hibino: "The principal helped me...and Goro knew all along! That weasel...I only wish I'd killed him sooner!" Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 31 years old.

hinobu Asakawa

A schoolgirl of Ushimitsu High School who went missing 15 years ago. She was 16 years old at the time, and her whereabouts are unknown before the end of the game. Sayaka noted to the protagonist that as Tatsuya Uchida's friend since when they were young, Shinobu may had been infatuated with him. [Sayaka: "They'd [Shinobu and Tatsuya] supposedly been close friends ever since they were young. I think Shinobu might have even been interested in him..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] She portrayed to have used to be shy and meek, until she met Goro; then she became more wild than usual. [Ryoko: "In the final few months I knew her, she had really started to change quite drastically..." / "She seemed a lot more flashy and loud than she ever had before. It probably had something to do with Goro..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Hibino: "...After she [Shinobu] met Goro, she changed completely...During her last few days, the Shinobu I knew was already long gone." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] She, along with two other girls, were waiting for Goro at his home. The two girls lost their patience and left, but Shinobu stayed. [Maruyama: "On the night of the murder, three girls Goro had previously met were waiting at his mansion for him to come home. Since Goro never said when he would be back, two of the girls got tired of waiting and decided to walk home. Only one of the girls remained at the mansion, waiting there all by herself." / Protagonist: "Let me guess - Shinobu Asakawa." / Maruyama: "Bingo. From what we can tell, the Kaneda murder took place shortly after Shinobu was left there alone." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] In the end of the game, it is revealed that she was killed in a run-over accident by Urabe, who used Tazaki's tools to hide her within the mirror. In the ending cutscenes of the game, Hibino tells that he killed Shinobu by smashing her with a vase, but forensics disproved that statement.

Teruhiko Uchida

A local factory owner who is shown to have been tricked into losing his factory to Genjiro Kaneda. He is said to be generous and valuing honesty and helped Genjiro in generosity; however, as Uchida was being manipulated by GenjiroHibino: "...My father was an honorable man who trusted others to be the same. But then, Mr. Kaneda...he used him! Because of Mr. Kaneda, my father lost everything...It was too much for him...so...he took his own life." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] , borrowing a loan from him led to his losing his factory. [Maruyama: "Mr. Uchida used to own a smal factory here in town. But because of a loan he'd taken out from you-know-who [Genjiro] , he was forced to sell it. Uchida seemed to value honesty and integrity above all else. It was just bad luck that he got mixed up with a man like Kaneda. Uchida, a very generous man, came to Mr. Kaneda's aid when he was still new in town. It was all downhill from there, though..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He was an old friend of Urabe's. The game tells how he was originally the primary suspect in Kaneda's murder, but was found dead several days later after committing suicide. Losing his factory to Kaneda eventually led to this. The method of suicide was swallowing poison. The scenes showing Hibino's confessions tell that Teruhiko swallowed the poison shortly before the then Tatsuya Uchida went to murder Genjiro. He was 42 years old at the time.

Toshio Tazaki

Tatsuya Uchida

The son of Teruhiko Uchida. The game tells that he was 16 years old at the time of the Kaneda murder. He changed schools from Ushimitsu and moved away after that murder. [Logbook (on Chapter 8): "However, shortly after the Kaneda incident, he [the Uchida boy] changed schools, and moved far away..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Throughout conversations with characters, the player will learn that he used to be a close friend of Shinobu, and was nicknamed "Big T" by friends (including Sayaka).Sayaka: "Up until Mr. Uchida committed suicide, we used to go to school with his son. Our nickname for him was Big T." / "I'll always remember what a kind and gentle heart he had. He always seemed bright and cheerful for as long as I knew him." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] He is described as having a kind, cheerful personality. After the player finds his junior-high school picture, the game reveals him as Tatsuya Hibino.

Other Characters

Akiko Kojima

Yoko's mother. The player can see how she fell into a shocked state after the death of her daughter, but gradually in the game, she shows to begin to cooperate with the protagonist's investigation. Her daughter told her a dream about seeing the "Girl in the Back." [Logbook (on Chapter 1): "Some light was shed on this when it was discovered that Yoko had a frighteningly relevant dream, one week before her death. In her dream, she said she saw some kind of girl, soaked in blood. It was coincidentally very similar to an infamous rumor that had been circulating Ayumi's highschool ["sic"] for years..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] When the protagonist goes on a search for Ayumi, she gives him a picture of her to assist in his search. [Logbook (on Chapter 6): "Continuing to search around, [the protagonist] visited Yoko's house. There, her mother lent out a picture of Ayumi." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 40 years old.

Ryoko Katsuragi

An alumna of Ushimitsu High School, who is shown to have been a friends of Shinobu Asakawa. The player can discover a portrait of Shinobu in Komada's art room, painted by Ryoko when she was a student of the high school. She gave said portrait to the school when she graduated in Shinobu's memory. [Ryoko: "When I graduated, I gave the portrait to the school in her memory." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] She tried to convince Shinobu to stray away from Goro, but her warnings were ignored. [Ryoko: "If only she [Shinobu] hadn't got involved with him [Goro] , none of this might have ever happened...I tried to be a good friend to her, but she chose her own path..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] She was interviewed by Yoko, who told her that Shinobu's corpse was still in Ushimitsu High School. Apparently, she was so similar to Shinobu that at first, Ryoko thought she was the Shinobu 15 years ago. [Ryoko: "If I remember correctly, it happened two weeks ago. That night, I heard someone knocking at the door...Thinking it was my husband, I casually opened it, and...there Shinobu was, standing there in front of me! She hadn't changed a bit in 15 years..." / Protagonist: "?!......" / Ryoko: "I was so shocked, I couldn't manage to utter a single word. She then started to speak, which was the strangest part. She introduced herself as Yoko Kojima, a student at Ushimitsu Highschool." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Back when she was a schoolgirl, she sprained her ankle, and Urabe drove her to the hospital with his car. [Ryoko: "I remember one time, I sprained my ankle...he personally escorted me to the hopsital in his car. Everybody was talking about it." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 31 years old.

ayaka Ishibashi

Katsuragi's friend and Tatsuya Uchida's former friend. She was in the same class as Shinobu Asakawa in junior-high school. She remembers Tatsuya Uchida as the kind, cheerful "Big T".Sayaka: "Up until Mr. Uchida committed suicide, we used to go to school with his son. Our nickname for him was Big T." / "I'll always remember what a kind and gentle heart he had. He always seemed bright and cheerful for as long as I knew him." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 31 years old.

Mizuno

The owner of a strip club [Protagonist's thoughts:" "It's a gentlemen's club." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] /cabaret [Protagonist's thoughts: "The pimp is busy trying to lure pedestrians into the cabaret." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Protagonist's thoughts: "The pimp is inside." / Man: "Hey, hey! Kids can't come in here! Sorry about that, but rules are rules. I'm the owner of this place. Call me Mizuno." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] , and a friend of Goro Kaneda before Genjiro Kaneda's death. He lost contact with his old friend after the murder occurred, having not seen him for more than 10 years. [Mizuno:"' "We [Mizuno and Goro] lost touch soon after the murder. He's spent his life carousing ever since." / "I haven't seen him in more than ten years, and I don't have much intention of doing so now." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 33 years old.

Katou

The bartender of the "Sambora" bar. He can be irritable [Bartender [Katou] : "I'm a little tired of the two of you [protagonist and the disguised Hitomi] ." / Hitomi: "...B...but..." / Bartender: "Buh buh buh what? Get lost, bozo." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] - the game will show him threatening to beat up the protagonist and the (disguised) Hitomi. However, a scene tells that he was helped by Hitomi Kawai when he was a teenager, and that the two were in a same "gang", whose members shave their eyebrows. 25 years old.

Fumi Tazaki

Toshio Tazaki's mother. She is portrayed to live in the small fishing village of Marufuku in Northeastern Japan. She notes how her son had become a "burden" after his childhood. [Fumi: "He's [Tazaki] always been such a...burden...I don't know why he's always in trouble...he was such a pleasant boy." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] 81 years old.

Other Anonymous Characters

When the protagonist arrives in Marufuku, the game shows a "townie" telling about seeing Ayumi and Tazaki. [Townie [of Marufuku] : "Yeah, that was her. As soon as they locked eyes, she [Ayumi] took off after him [Tazaki] . Last I saw, they were headed toward the cliff." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] A pimp from Mizuno's cabaret can provide tips for the protagonist; he helps get a drunkard [Old Man [drunkard] : "Let's get Ayumi to come get a drink with us [he and the protagonist] !" / "I...I'm too drunk for this...! *Burp*! Oohhhh..." / "Another drink? Sounds good!" / "Why so serious? Come have a drink! *Burp*" / "Ayuh? I know everybody around here! So come on, have a drink with me!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Pimp: "He's [the old man] always drunk here." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] off of the protagonist by inviting him to the nightclub's girls. [Pimp: "A schoolgirl, you say? Sure, I saw her. Such a sweet little thing...!" / Old Man [drunkard] : "Where?" / Pimp: "Right inside, sir. Step this way." / Protagonist: "...Thanks, I think." / Pimp: "Don't mention it. So, what can I do for you...you're looking for a girl, yeah?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Notably to the protagonist, he advertises his nightclub to Urabe and Goro, hanging out with each other. [Logbook (on Chapter 6): "Then suddenly, out of the blue, [the protagonist] spotted Principal Urabe in the middle of all the commotion. He was with a man [the protagonist] had never seen before [Goro] ." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The game also shows a woman who flirts with the protagonist [Girl [bar hostess] : "Hey, you're pretty cute...my type of guy. ♥" Protagonist: "♥......" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] and tells he should visit her bar when he gets old enough. [Girl [bar hostess] : "Feel free to drop by my bar sometime, sugar...when you're old enough, of course!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] Throughout certain actions from the player, the game can show the protagonist wondering if the her breasts are real or not. [Protagonist's thoughts: "I wonder if those [the woman's breasts] are real or not..." / Girl [bar hostess] : "What're you lookin' at? See something you like?" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] The protagonist can also overanalyze a policewoman's breasts, irritating her. [Policewoman: "Hey! What do you think you're doing, eyeing me up like that!?" / Protagonist's thoughts: "Wow...she's something all right..." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] [Policewoman: "...Creep!" (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] If they are analzyed for a third time, the policewoman unleashes a (false) game over onto the player, breaking the fourth wall ["GAME OVER" / Policewoman: "Just kidding, sugar pie." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)] ; after that, the policewoman will degrade the protagonist when he introduces himself. [Policewoman: "Yes? What exactly do you need, stud?" / Protagonist: "......That's Mr. Stud to you. I'm from the Utsugi Detective Agency." / Policewoman: "Oh! Please excuse my behavior. I didn't know you were here on official business." (Neo Demiforce and Tomato, "Famicom Detective Club Part II Translation", 10 Oct 2004.)]

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