Fatal Frame/Zero/Project Zero | A Line Through Time (ft. CuteLittleAngel)
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Fatal Frame/Zero/Project Zero | A Line Through Time (ft. CuteLittleAngel)

August 25, 2019


Welcome to A LINE THROUGH T⌛ME, where we
take the time to look through your favourite franchises and work out how it all lines up. Yes, we. This one’s another collab. This time,
I’d like you all to welcome my good friend, CuteLittleAngel, an artist and all-around
cool girl, who just so happens to love the franchise we’re covering today. Angel
Hello, everyone. My name is CuteLittleAngel, and just like Snake said, Fatal Frame is one
of my favourite video game series of all time. It’s a big inspiration for some of the art
I make today. But, it can be kinda hard of it, thanks to not living in Japan. I’m still
glad for this chance to be able to talk about it in a video. So thank you, Snake, for this
opportunity. But, let’s get right on to the meat of the video. Snake
The franchise began in December 2001 with Zero for the Playstation 2. It released the
following March in North America as Fatal Frame, while the European release, Project
Zero, came out in August. “Zero” refers to the ghostly enemies being “beings of nothingness”,
but I think we can all agree (for once) that this is the one time America got the better
title over everyone else. This is kinda let down, however, by the terrible box art and
claims of the game being based on a true story, when it just isn’t. Each game follows a character or group of
characters with a sixth sense, typically female due to a presumed greater connection and susceptibility
to the spirit world, utilising a specialised camera called the Camera Obscura that can
exorcise spirits. This draws on old superstitions that a camera could capture a person’s soul.
Which seems weird, since I’m pretty sure that kind of fetish art didn’t exist back then. Angel
Bad jokes aside, the first game takes place in 1986. The story follows Miku Hinasaki as
she searches for her brother, Mafuyu, who disappeared in the haunted Himuro Mansion.
Miku learns that the mansion was the site of the Strangling Ritual, which was used to
keep a gateway to Hell closed. The previous sacrifice, Kirie Himuro, refused to take part
in the ritual following the murder of her lover, allowing the dark power to spread through
the mansion, which lead to the deaths of all its inhabitants. Her spirit captured Mafuyu
due to his resemblance to her lover. In the normal ending, Mafuyu stays with Kirie to
keep her spirit company while she acts as the the barrier for the gateway. In the hard
mode ending, Kirie convinces Mafuyu to leave with his sister. The later Xbox port made
a few improvements and additions, including a new ending, where Kirie’s lover returns
to her as the siblings leave, so that everyone can be happy. Snake
We’re going to do things a little differently here. Normally, I’d cover each piece of media
in release order, but Fatal Frame has quite a lot of supplemental material that’s really
ambiguous in its placement, so I think it’ll be easier to establish the core timeline first,
then go back and try to insert the non-game material afterwards. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly released
in November 2003. There are only a handful of connections to the first game: Yae Munakata,
one of the first game’s backstory characters and great-grandmother of the Hinasaki siblings
is a major part of II’s backstory, and the new sibling duo are descended from the creator
of the Camera Obscura, Kunihiko Asou. The year of the story is a little vague, so we’ll
discuss that later. Angel
The game follows Mio and Mayu Amakura, a pair of twins, who are visiting the abandoned Minakami
Village. The older sister, Mayu, follows a crimson butterfly into the village and Mio
follows. It turns out there’s another sinister ritual to keep a great darkness at bay, the
Crimson Sacrifice Ritual, in which a person must sacrifice their younger twin via strangulation.
Twins Yae and Sae Kurosawa attempted to flee the village. Yae managed to escape, forcing
the villagers to hang Sae in an attempt to complete the ritual. It failed, leading to
the dead escaping the Hellish Abyss. Sae possesses Mayu so Mio can fulfil Yae’s role by strangling
Mayu. The player can just leave the village alone, leading to the Lingering Scent ending.
The Crimson Butterfly ending sees Mio perform the ritual and leave the village alone. In
the Hellish Abyss ending, Mio saves Mayu, but accidentally looks into the Abyss, becoming
permanently blinded. The Promise Ending from the Xbox port allows Mio to save Mayu and
escape unharmed, while the Kurosawa twins enter the Abyss together. Snake
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented (or Zero: Voice of the Tattoo) released on the PS2 in 2005,
and wouldn’t see an Xbox release. The game follows Rei Kurosawa (possibly related to
the Kurosawa twins from 2) and features Miku as a secondary protagonist, along with Mio
and Mayu’s uncle, Kei Amakura. Supposedly, Mio was intended as the third protagonist,
but the team felt her inclusion was unnecessary as her story was already complete; though
she does cameo and serve as Kei’s motivation. Miku is two years older in this game, setting
it in 1988. I’ve never seen Mio’s FF3 age listed, but it’s generally accepted that III
occurs only a few months after II. If this is the case, then it too is set in ’88. Angel
Following the death of her fiance, Rei is having a reoccurring dream of entering the
haunted Manor of Sleep. Each time she enters the manor, a tattoo spreads further across
her body. Her assistant, Miku, is suffering the same symptoms, as are Kei and Mio. The
curse is caused by Reika Kuze, the last Tattooed Priestess, who was supposed to contain the
emotional pain of others in the tattoos on her body. The murder of her lover (shockingly!)
caused Reika to lose control and allow a dark power to engulf the Kuze Shrine and create
the dream world in which the Manor resides. Those who are consumed by the loss of a loved
one find themselves in the Manor in their dreams, which is how Miku and Mio become involved
in the game’s story. This confirms that both Mafuyu and Mayu are dead, making the Normal
and Crimson Butterfly endings respectively canon. The game ends with either Kei being killed
in the Manor by Reika, or surviving and introducing Mio to Miku and Rei, bringing all three protagonists
of the original trilogy together at last. Series director, Makoto Shibata, apparently
confirmed on Twitter that he and the staff consider the latter ending canonical, giving
these girls some much-needed closure. Snake
This seems like this was intended to be the endpoint for the storyline, as 2008’s Zero:
Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is instead an unrelated prequel set in 1980. The game was co-developed
by Koei-Tecmo, Grasshopper Manufacture and Nintendo SPD for the Wii. And as you may have
guessed from my use of the Japanese title, this entry was never localised. No reason
was ever given; Nintendo and Tecmo just pointed the finger at each other and left it at that. Angel
While pursuing suspected serial killer Yō Haibara in 1970, detective Chōshirō Kirishima
discovers five girls Haibara had abducted, all of whom have lost their memories. The
island they were taken to is hit by a catastrophe that wipes out the inhabitants two years later.
Eight years after that, two of the girls die mysteriously, prompting the other three to
return to the island to discover what happened to them, where one of them is killed almost
immediately. Ruka Minazuki learns that it was yet another failed ritual that wiped out
the inhabitants of the island. Chōshirō is actually a spirit, having tackled Haibara
off a roof to their deaths around the time of the catastrophe caused by the failed ritual
performed by Haibara’s sister, Sakuya. Ruka helps Sakuya complete the ritual, laying the
spirits of the dead to rest, making this the first time a human sacrifice is not the solution
to the problem. The two endings only determine the fate of the final girl, Misaki – either
disappearing offscreen, or being confirmed to survive. There is no canonical outcome
to the game. Snake
2012 saw two entries release. The major one was Project Zero II: Deep Crimson Butterfly,
a Wii remake of the second game, using the gameplay and Koei-standard artstyle of the
fourth. While localised and released in Australia and Europe, there was never a release in America.
The story is largely unchanged, aside from ageing the twins up by two years, and adding
two new endings: Shadow Festival sees the twins stay together as darkness envelops the
village, and Frozen Butterfly has Mayu strangle Mio instead. Neither one really feels like
it really fits in the original story, but this version of the game has replaced the
original in the canon, as we all know from the episode on game remakes. Also, Mio and
Mayu look absolutely fucking adorable now. Angel
The other was Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir on the 3DS. It’s is an AR game using the 3DS
itself as the Camera Obscura. It’s set in our reality, so it’s not likely considered
canon. Snake
And this brings us to the latest entry in the franchise: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black
Water from 2014. This entry released on the Wii U, using the gamepad as a Camera Obscura,
which is a fun gimmick for a couple hours, before getting kinda monotonous. The game
follows three protagonists: Yuri Kozukata, whose biggest contribution is ruining Rule
34 Google searches; Ren Hojo, a descendant of Dr. Asou, one of the few male members of
the cast, and the only member of the cast to not be influenced by the cursed mountain,
further supporting the idea of women being more in-tune with the spirits; and Miu Hinasaki,
Miku’s seventeen year old daughter. Miku herself makes an appearance, now aged thirty-seven,
as the game is set in 2006. In the name of brevity and good taste, and because this script
took longer to write than expected, I moved discussion of her father to Wasted Plotential,
so we can just move on. Sound good? Angel
Yeah, I’d rather not think about that whole… thing. Instead, let’s discuss the less unsettling
subject of failed rituals that lead to hundreds of deaths! The story is set on Hikami Mountain,
a mountain known for suicides and spiritual happenings. Yuri lives with Hisoka Kurosawa,
a relative of Rei’s, who goes missing on the mountain. Ren comes to investigate the failed
rituals and the dreams he’s been having surrounding them. And Miu is searching for her missing
mother. Rather than standard game endings, each character is given multiple endings to
their individual storylines. Miku either crosses into the spirit world to be with Mafuyu, or
is convinced to stay with Miu. Ren has four endings, depending on which of the two brides
he chooses to fulfil his ancestor’s prior commitments with, and how each situation is
handled. He lives, regardless. Yuri’s ending depends on whether she defeats the final boss
above or below water, leading to either her survival or her suicide. Snake
There’s also a side story in the game following Ayane from Dead or Alive. As I discussed in
the DOA/NG episode, there are no connections to the main FF plot, or even a Camera Obscura,
so I don’t consider it as part of the Fatal Frame universe. I see it as part of the DOA
world instead. Angel
O…kay… Well, with that all done, let’s try and delve into the supplementary material.
I say “try” because most of this stuff only exists in Japanese and in some cases, we can’t
even verify their existence beyond mention on fansites and wikis. Snake
The Himuro Investigation Record is a website that documents an unknown visitor’s journey
through the Himuro Mansion. It exists to fill in some details that weren’t included in the
game. Their description of the Narukami Shrine mentions that something is enshrined there,
which would be the Holy Mirror fragment Miku obtains there in the game. Likewise, there’s
no mention of the five Buddha Statues Miku uses to access the fragment. Despite the investigator
not encountering any ghosts, and getting further into the mansion than they probably should
be able to without completing the puzzles Miku does, the fact that everything lines
up with the layout at the start of the game, seems like a very intentional decision on
the part of the creators of the site. As such, we’ll place it prior to the game. Angel
In 2002, an audio drama named Zero Sound Horror released for DDI Pocket-brand phones. Yes,
those specifically. Information on the plot is scarce, but Shibata said on Twitter that
it follows some people who explore the Himuro Mansion after the events of the game. They
are attacked by very specific ghosts from the game, which we’re not sure should be possible,
given how the game ends. Snake
Word of God does place it after the game, and at least one of the characters has a mobile
phone. From my research, proper mobile phones came to Japan in 1988. This coincides with
the year Fatal Frame III takes place, in which Miku briefly encounters Mafuyu again in the
Manor of Sleep. What’s the relevance of this? This suggests, to me, that Zero Sound Horror
takes place after III, in which the mansion became re-haunted, because Kirie got pissed
that her eternal companion fucked his own sister. Angel
Ugh, I thought you said we weren’t going to talk about that! Snake
Yeah, but that was before I thought up this joke, and it really doesn’t work without the
bluntness of being open about it. Angel
Moving on before you ruin the series any more for me, Zero Novel is a short novel supposedly
inspired by a glitch during testing of the first game’s PAL version, where Mafuyu would
run around taking pictures, even when no one was touching the controller. It follows Mafuyu
as he is asked to write a novelisation of the game, only to discover that he shares
a name and likeness with one of the games’s characters. His real life sister Miku disappears,
prompting him to travel to the real Himuro Mansion with some of the game’s staff to find
her. Obviously, it isn’t canon. Snake
There was a mobile game called Real Zero: Another Edition, which doesn’t seem to have
a story, but we have to mention it. Then, there’s the Zero 3 Comic Anthology,
which I don’t count, as it was produced by fans. Angel
But Tecmo did apparently give the anthology support, whatever that means. It’s a series
of ten short stories, three being parodies. The seven serious ones focus on characters
from FFIII, ranging from a story about Miku waking up from a bad dream to an entire backstory
created for the Osaka twins. There are some continuity hiccups, like the name of the hospital
being different, but it mostly fits into the canon. Most of the stories take place during
the game, but the Crimson Dream chapter takes place prior to II’s backstory, and the Hesitation
chapter is set during III’s backstory. Snake
Fatal Frame: Shadow Priestess is a manga with a story developed by Koei-Tecmo and released
in Japanese and English on MangaBox in 2014. Unfortunately, neither version is available
anymore, and wiki summaries are mostly incomplete, making it difficult to say for sure when it’s
set. It began publication prior to the fifth game’s release, so we’ll place it there. If
anyone can verify anything about when the manga is set, please let us know. Angel
Zero The Movie also released in 2014, based off the novel Fatal Frame: A Curse Affecting
Only Girls, which released that same year. It centres on a curse at an all-girls Catholic
school that relates to a group of lesbian students that formed a suicide pact due to
societal disdain towards same-sex relationships. Again, there are no clear dates, so we’ll
place it between the manga and fifth game, since that’s how it released. Snake
And that’s the series up to now. We can place the years for the five games, but not for
the other media. It’s a shame, really. Angel
But we have the order, and that’s what matters most. So without further ado, the Fatal Frame/Zero/Project
Zero timeline goes a little something… like this. Fatal Frame Timeline by The4thSnake
Snake 13th December 1837 – The current Rope Shrine
Maiden, Kirie Himuro, refuses to take part in the Strangling Ritual, following the murder
of her lover. 1347 people are killed in the ensuing Calamity. Unknown Year – Kyozo Kururugi slaughters the
shrine maidens and priests on Mount Hikami. The current Maiden of Black Water, Ouse Kurosawa,
fails her ritual to become an Immortal Flower as a result. The Black Water floods the mountain,
cursing it. After losing her family in a disaster, Reika
Yukishiro is adopted into the Kuze family to become the next Tattooed Priestess. She
falls in love with Kaname Ototsuki, who later interrupts the ritual by awakening her from
her slumber. His grandmother, Yashuu, murders him as a result. Reika’s grief causes The
Unleashing, spreading the Rift and cursing the villagers. Yae and Sae Kurosawa attempt to flee Minakami
Village to avoid taking part in the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual. Yae escapes, while Sae is
captured and hanged to complete the ritual. The ritual fails, causing The Repentance.
The villagers are wiped out and the village disappears. 25th February 1936 – Suzume Umishima is murdered
by the principal of Karasawa Elementary and buried in the school’s foundations. 17th September 1970 – Suspected serial killer
Yō Haibara abducts five girls on Rougetsu Island to perform the forbidden form of the
Kagura Dance ritual with his sister, Sakuya. The ritual fails, causing Sakuya to fall into
a coma and the girls to lose their memories. Detective Chōshirō Kirishima saves the girls
and continues his pursuit of Haibara. 17th September 1972 – Kirishima tracks Haibara
to the Haibara Hospital, and both fall from the roof to their deaths. Sakuya awakens from
her coma, suffering from Luna Sedata Syndrome. She wanders the island, spreading the infection
until the entire population is wiped out. 17th September 1980 – Following the deaths
of two of the abducted girls, the remaining three return to the island to reclaim their
missing memories. Ruka Minazuki helps Sakuya’s spirit to complete the ritual, laying the
spirits of the dead to rest. 1986
24th September – Mafuyu Hinasaki disappears in the haunted Himuro Mansion while searching
for his missing mentor, Junsei Takamine. 3rd October – Miku Hinasaki travels to the
mansion to find her brother. 6th October – Mafuyu chooses to stay with
Kirie to keep her company, while Miku leaves alone. She is taken in by Mafuyu’s friend,
Yuu Asou, and his fiance, Rei Kurosawa. 1988
July – Mio and Mayu Amakura become lost in Minakami Village. The two are forced to complete
the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual to release the souls of the dead. Mio is found alone in the
woods a week later. She is taken in by her uncle, Kei. Yuu and Rei are involved in a
car crash in which Yuu is killed. September – Mio, Miku and Rei begin showing
symptoms of the Tattooed Curse. Miku and Mio fall into comas, during which Miku meets her
brother’s spirit, conceiving a child. Rei helps Reika and Kaname find peace, ending
the curse. Mio is introduced to Rei and Miku by her uncle, Kei. 1992 – Miku travels to Mount Hikami to take
part in a Ghost Wedding with Mafuyu, leaving their daughter, Miu, with an acquaintance. Unknown Year – Three people travel to the
Himuro Mansion and are attacked by ghosts. Sara Washizuki investigates Karasawa Elementary
with her Modern Architecture Group. She exorcises Suzume’s spirit, ending her curse and causing
the building to collapse. Students enrolled in a Catholic all-girls
school begin disappearing and turning up dead as the alleged result of a curse. Aya Tsukimori
and Michi Kazato uncover the involvement of the school nun, Mayumi Aso. Mayumi and her
brother commit suicide as the authorities close in. 2006 – Miu travels to Mount Hikami to find
her mother. She successfully does so, while Yuri Kozukata and Ren Hojo lay the spirit
of Ouse Kurosawa to rest. Well, that was… something. I honestly didn’t
expect this series to be quite so complicated. What about you, Angel? …Angel? Helloooo? Hmm… I have two theories: either she’s still
mad at me for talking about the incest thing, or she’s been spirited away to Mount Hikami
because REN DIDN’T THINK TO LOCK THE DOORS WHEN THERE’S CLEARLY A PATTERN OF WOMEN BEING
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  1. Finaly you'd think you would do the wasted potential bit before the timeline explanation so I know what the hell I going on

  2. So there is Ayane somewhere in Fatal Frame. Guess it’s either tropical islands or Dark scary places in between ninja business 😀

  3. I have a Mario timeline for you

    Yoshi island
    Yoshi new island
    Yoshi island ds
    Yoshi story and wooly world
    Mario bros
    Wrecking crew
    Donkey kong
    Donkey Kong jr
    Donkey Kong jr math
    Donkey Kong 3
    Donkey Kong (Gameboy because they find the mushroom kingdom at the end)
    Super Mario bros
    Super Mario Bros lost levels
    Doki Doki panic
    Smb 2
    Smb 2 usa (technically the USA version that was ported to Japan had an instruction booklet that said the game was a sequel to the one already in america)
    Smb 3 (I know it was a play but maybe Bowser invaded during it?)
    Sm rpg
    Mario kart
    Smbw
    Mario party 1 2 and 3 (because in 2 Mario land is discovered from super Mario land 2)
    Super Mario land
    Sml 2
    Mario paint ( this is a pocket dimension where the fighter fly enemies escaped to after they were defeated in super Mario land 2)
    Wario land 1and 2
    Dr Mario and Dr Mario 64 ( because Rama from wario land 3 is still alive so this has to happen before this)
    Dr Luigi
    Dr Mario miracle cure
    Wario land 3
    Wario world
    Sm 64 ds
    Mario tennis
    Kart 64 and super curcuit
    Paper Mario
    PM The thousand year door
    Super Paper Mario
    Super smash Bros 1 and melee
    Luigi's Mansion
    Sm sunshine
    Super Mario strikers
    Mario golf toadstool tour
    Kart double dash
    Party 4 5 and 6
    M and l superstar saga
    Mario kart ds
    M and l partners in time
    M and l Bowser's inside story
    Super princess peach
    M and l dream team
    M and l paper jam
    Wario land 4
    Wario land shake it
    Wario ware series
    Super smash Bros brawl
    Luigi's Mansion dark moon
    Mario kart wii
    Mario and Sonic at the Olympics 2012
    New super Mario Bros
    Nsmb 2Mario and sonic 2014
    Nsmb Wii
    Nsmb Wii u ( after this Mario goes on vacation)
    New super Luigi u
    Mario and Sonic 2016
    Mario party 7 8 and 9
    Mario plus rabbids
    Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 and kart 7
    Super Mario maker
    Super smash Bros wiiu 3ds
    Mario kart 8 deluxe
    Mario party island tour 10 and star rush
    Captain toad treasure tracker
    Paper Mario sticker star
    Paper Mario color splash
    Smb 3d world
    Puzzle and dragons super Mario edition
    Super Mario run
    Super Mario odessey
    Mario tennis aces
    Super Mario party
    Super smash ultimate

  4. Nice video, i'm glad fatal frame still gets some attention from the fans. I would like to see the movie, i heard it was going to be distributed in the us a couple of years ago, but apparently it is still a japanese exclusive :

  5. I dont think yuuris actually dead on the bad ending
    Heres my personal theory:
    1.Hisoka could actually had a bad dream where yuuri was at the clift then jump off.She totally scream the fuckuo and yelled yuuri and when she look round the antique shop yuuris was no where to b found.There would b a note from yuuri where hisoka finds in her room then she went back to the mount to go look 4 yuuri.There she started to hav lots and lots of visions of yuuris end

    2.bout the bonus chapter,their were lot of ghosts at the mount cuz my theory is that,that in the bonus chapter yuuri could stil b in the shop sleeping and while ayane uses the flashlight to fought off ghost and shit,my other theory is that miku could b out looking 4 her mom that time and that was bfore she found her mom and after that ayane could go to the mount to look for tsumugi.It somehow conected that tsumugi and ayane walk on a cherry blossom tree where ren meet this white hair girl too and the part was after yuuris showdown with ouse

    3.Yuuri stil lives and didn die cuz hisoka was only having a bad dream,then she ran thro the forest and got herself on higan lake and saw the fight.she starts listening to the cries of both of them crying in her mind,hisoka then smiles at the end means that shes happy that yuuri didn jump off the clift with the bride.She didn tell yuuri bout it too and stil lives in that antique together

    4.it was very very unknown that miku didn or was just mius imagination cuz the logical explanation is that miku could b the pillar and endup in the casket too.
    But i can agree that shes officially die in that casket or came back as a ghost to miu.Theirs no way miku would endup lik hisoka when hisoka was possesed.Miku only return back once as a spirit away.That the end

  6. I remember being so terrified playing the first one because I was such a sissy. This series became my favorite horror franchise, probably because I didn't have much exposure to Silent Hill and Resident Evil at the time. I loved looking up the lore with anything involving the games and was happy to watch an English playthrough of FFIV because Nintendo baffling never translated the game.

  7. Brutal than resident evil universe in whole diffrent level with Ghost and Gate of hell but i dont sure that dante can stop it too due too all evil monster still had flesh and blood not like Ghost

  8. Only Soul Edge and Soul Caliber or Dragonslayer from Berserk can kill Ghost due to soul absorb or spirit level weapon

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