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Has Makoto Kedouin ever cited his inspirations?; for Corpse Party
Topic Started: October 22, 2013, 11:57 pm (838 Views)
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Just curious. This question came to mind when I decided to take a look at a little multi-media work called Sweet Home (Resident Evil's inspiration), which apparently requires you to both watch the movie version and play the video game to get the whole story. So I've also started wondering, what were Kedouin's inspirations for Corpse Party? In fact, I'd also like to know what inspired him to make the changes that he did from PC-98 to the present version of the game's story and mechanics. I'm asking because I always have a hell of a time uncovering any behind-the-scenes information about this series.
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I remember there were interviews about some of his inspirations, I remember one being Sweet Home itself. I might have to take a look at this later.
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Ah. Playing through the game and watching the movie (but especially playing the game), I'm seeing it.
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I know this is an older topic, but while talking with Epic, I came across an interview that Makoto Kedouin had with 4Gamer back in December 28th, 2011. This happened just months after the release of Corpse Party: Book of Shadows in Japan.

Some things to note:

  • In 1995 when he was 22 years old, the Great Hanshin earthquake struck Japan. Since he couldn't attend school, he decided to create a game called CORPSE-PARTY for the PC-98.
  • He was influenced to create a High School Horror genre due to Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir for the Famicom Disk System. Since it was a game that was "cute, but scary".
  • When the topic about Darkening was brought up and how similar it is to a Sanity Meter, Kedouin mentioned that he is still learning about Cthulhu mythology.
  • He was excited by seeing horror movie brochures when he was in elementary school.
  • He was influenced by films such as The Return of the Living Dead and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
  • He also liked reading manga by Kazuo Umezu, most popularly known for writing The Drifting Classroom.
  • When 4Gamer noted that Corpse Party is very similar to The Drifting Classroom, Kedouin noted that he has never read it himself. He owns it on paperback and states, "When I think about just how similar it might end up being, I'm scared of reading it, but not because of the material itself, haha."
  • Also when he was in elementary school, he also watched Genma Wars and Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld.
  • When questioned about Doraemon, Kedouin mentioned that Corpse Party was inspired by Doraemon because he liked the concept of cute designs with a horrific story.
  • He has also enjoyed games such as Sweet Home, Clock Tower, Twilight Syndrome, and Resident Evil.
  • He also mentioned he liked stylized horror films like Dolls.
  • He was always fascinated with horror movies since he was a child because it was forbidden for children to watch them.
  • So he would go out and purchase brochures with synopses of horror films, such as The Evil Dead, and tell his friends, "This is awesome!"
  • Since he cannot show his parents that he owned these brochures, he will hide them under his bed. 4Gamer joked it's like he's hiding a porno magazine and Kedouin mentioned that if your parents were to throw away anything precious to you, it only makes you want to go out and buy them again. Due to that, his love for horror only grow.
  • He recalls the horrible blunder for the The Hills Have Eyes because it was advertised in Japan that it had a jagged butcher's knife that was never actually in the film.
  • He also talks about replaying a scene from Fist of the North Star frame-by-frame of the infamous "You are already dead!" scene with his friends and go, "So cool!"
  • Kedouin also talks how important it is to get people who aren't familiar with horror to be interested in your works, he claims that the film Paranormal Activity was popular among female high school students, even though they usually have no interest in horror.
Also according to the Nico Nico Pedia for Makoto Kedouin:

  • He is infamous for his merciless actions against characters (especially female characters) in his works. According to colleagues and fans, they state, "This is clearly the sexual preferences of Kedouin himself."
  • Due to his regular guest appearances on the podcast, Tomokazu Sugita's Anigera Didooon!!!, it is noted that he reacts excessively to keywords such as "elementary school", "little girls", and "urine".
Also there is an interview by Sakura Doujin at the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention 2014:
Makoto Kedouin was invited to this year’s STGCC 2014 for the first time. We managed to sit down with the rest of the media group for a group interview on his game creation Corpse Party series. Do note that some question are asked by other media group.

Q: What is your inspiration for all aspect of Corpse Party?
A: I get my inspiration from movies and horror comic. When I see these kind of things, I will make a horror theme of my own.

Q: How did Corpse Party came about and why did you want to make Corpse Party game?
A: It started of 18 years ago, there was this amateur game contest and I took part in it. Recently, I had created a new game called “Corpse Party: Blood Drive”. It was a remake of the first series and I wanted to do that is make the first one more modern.

Q: Have you ever consider that Corpse Party can make into an TV anime series instead of an Original Video Animation(OVA)?
A: I want to come up with an TV anime series of Corpse Party. However, due to censorship issue, I am unable to do so. That being said, it isn’t impossible, just that it is a bit hard and I will take on that challenge.

Q: Corpse Party is a unique game where every chapter has a bad ending or a different ending. So how do you keep track on all the routes when you write the story?

A: There will be a flow chart that I will made. So that I can keep track on one route, like how the person dies and how this person is alive. By using this chart that I had made, I don’t really get lost. So I can take time to think how to kill off the characters.

Q: What is your favorite character in Corpse Party and which story you like the most?
A: I love all my characters equally, but there is one character I am rooting right now which is Ayumi Shinozaki because she has pigtails hair. As for the second question, I would say it is the first one. As the first one ended, the rest of the series, I’m able to expand the whole view of the story.

Q: Have you ever been emotional about the death of the characters?
A: Of course. Whenever I think of torturous death of the characters, I will feel the pain experience in my brain.

Q: Are there any upcoming project that you will be planning on?
A: I will be trying to expand more on Corpse Party and Dolls Fall. I have a lot of ideas right now that I am trying to work on. Unfortunately, I am unable to reveal the details right now. So please stay tune for announcement.

Q: When you create a chapter, do you think of the next one or you have already planned out on every chapter from the start?
A: Most of the story have already been forehand. But due to time and money, the game can’t be released in one go. However, if there are some characters that fans like the most, usually I would like them live for a while more. So the original story that I intended might be different.

Q: Corpse Party have a lot of characters. so how did you get your ideas or inspiration to develop each and every characters?
A: I draw my inspiration from friends around me, maybe my colleagues and bosses too. So I will used them had model.

Q: Is there a reason why you enjoy horror genre so much?
A: I like movies a lot. But in the past, I watch variety of genres without consciously know much. Only when I was 13, I watch an English movie called “Return of the living dead”. Because of that movie, I was influence by it and start to like horror genre.
Edited by enigmaopoeia, January 1, 2018, 11:18 pm.
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I dont sure if this was really the case but i recall the cameraman is called Taguchi (although its Ryo in Famicom). I think this is one of sweethomes influence?.
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Most likely it is, I remember covering this a bit way back:
Did you know that cameraman, Shougo Taguchi, shares his name with another popular fictional cameraman? In the horror adventure game for the FamiCom, Sweet Home, one of the characters in your party is a cameraman named Ryou Taguchi. [In the American fan translation provided by Gaijin Productions, due to character spacing limits, Taguchi was renamed to Taro.] Even though they share the same surname, it is spelled differently, Shougo’s surname is spelled as 田久地, while Ryou’s is spelled as 田口.

Not only that, one of the previous people who explored the Mamiya manor in Sweet Home is named Shougo! [In the American fan translation, he was named Shogo.] Their names are also spelled differently, Corpse Party’s Shougo’s personal name is spelled 将五, while Sweet Home’s Shougo’s is spelled as しょうご.

Interesting to note, Makoto Kedouin, the creator of Corpse Party, said in an interview that he was inspired by Sweet Home. Knowing this, it could be said that Mr. Kedouin could have more names inspired from Sweet Home: Another Child’s Miyako Hayakawa’s surname may be inspired by Akiko Hayakawa. Byakudan High’s Emi Urabe’s personal name may be inspired by Emi Hoshino. And Ryou Yoshizawa’s, one of the children spirits, personal name may be inspired by Ryou Taguchi.
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