Welcome to Sasuga Sugita no Corner! As promised, here’s the 2nd part of Sugita’s B’s Log interview, in which he mainly talks about a game and drama CD called Corpse Party (PC remake is titled Corpse Party Blood Covered). The other part of the interview tells us what kind of roles Sugita likes the most and what would he like to act as in an otome game (all I can say is: as expected of Sugita, lol). Oh, and we have an unexpected (no, not really) mention of a toilet, too. But first, I’ll talk a bit about the Corpse Party franchise (I’m mainly listing the games that came out so far); feel free to skip this and click “continue reading” if you’re here just for the interview xD
Corpse Party was originally a fan made game (by doujin circle Team GrisGris). It was mainly thanks to the audio, which was done exceptionally well and that managed to create a tense atmosphere fitting the game’s theme, that the game became quite popular among doujin game players. So popular that it was remade for cell phones (Corpse Party: New Chapter) and PC (Corpse Party Blood Covered), it got two drama CDs with a well-known seiyuu cast (which is very fitting, imo), an interest and support of Sugita Tomokazu, who narrated a promo video for the PC version and voiced one of the side characters, and finally, a very “upgraded” PSP remake (Corpse Party Blood Covered: Repeated Fear) by a known company 5pb., that uses the cast from the drama CDs and dummy head recording for all the dialogues (it can be quite scary at times xD). They also made a visual novel version (Corpse Party: Book of Shadows; also for PSP) that tells the original story from a different perspective, and gives insight into the past of some of the characters. A “love comedy” version of Corpse Party is being made (again, for PSP), which is a compilation of “lighter” stories written by various scenario writers. On top of it, the original creator of the game is making another Corpse Party game (Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient; as Team GrindHouse). It’s not only the games, there are also various novel and manga versions of the series (the only thing lacking in this line-up is an anime, lol). What was originally just a fan made game grew to amazing proportions and created a huge fanbase. I think it deserves it, and I’m not surprised Sugita likes it so much. I started from the PSP remake, and I fell in love with it xD However, I realize that it’s definitely not for everyone. It’s not only about the horror element, there’s also a lot of gore moments, especially in the bad ends (seriously, the way they are written is really descriptive, and voice effects+voice acting isn’t making things any better, lol). Also, in my ears, the music is BRILLIANT. I’d love to have a soundtrack, but it was released only as and extra for the limited edition of Repeated Fear. For those interested in playing the game but not knowing Japanese, there is an English version of the PSP remake (Repeated Fear, not Book of Shadows) done by XSeed. They translated the game’s text, but left the original audio intact, including voice acting.
On a side note, while we’re at doujin games, Sugita is involved with a circle called AGRS. They recently released a new 月英学園 (Getsuei Academy) game (visual novel style), 月英学園ergo. Sugita came up with the concept for both games. He actually showed up at the circle’s booth at Winter 2011 Comiket, cosplaying as the game’s heroine.
Ok, enough of my blabbering, let’s get to that interview! I’m sorry for any possible mistakes and awkward-sounding phrases m(__)m