|Japanese name||天倉 繭|
|Romaji name||Amakura Mayu|
|Age||15 (Fatal Frame 2:Crimson Butterfly)
17 (Fatal Frame: Deep Crimson Butterfly)
|Hair color||Dark Brown (Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly)
Brown (Fatal Frame II: Deep Crimson Butterfly)
|Occupation||Crimson Sacrifice (possesed by Sae)|
|Status||Spirited away (Canon Ending)|
Alive (Promise Ending)
Alive (Hellish Abyss Ending)
|Family||Dr. Kunihiko Asou (ancestor)|
Misao Amakura (father)
Shizu Amakura (mother)
Kei Amakura (uncle)
Mio Amakura (twin sister)
|Appearances||Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly|
Fatal Frame : Deep Crimson Butterfly (Wii Edition)
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented (In a photo)
|Voice actor (Eng)||Kim Mai Guest|
|Voice actor (Jp)||Ayako Kawasumi|
|“|| Didn't we always promise each other...|
...that we would always be together?
—Mayu to her sister Mio
Mayu Amakura is one of the two main characters in Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. She is the older twin sister of Mio Amakura. The two share a very close bond, however, unlike her sister, Mayu is highly susceptible to the paranormal. When the two step foot in the mysterious Lost Village, the spirits of the dead soon prey upon Mayu, and she must endure the darkness so that she and her sister may survive.
Mayu and her twin sister spent their childhood in the Minakami region, where they spent much time playing in the surrounding forest. An accident occurred one day when the two were running through the forest, and Mayu was left with a broken knee after falling down to the bottom of a steep ravine. Mio blamed herself for leaving her sister behind and since then Mayu has walked with a slight limp and cannot run very easily. Some time later, after Mio and Mayu's father disappeared in the forest, the two sisters and their mother, Shizu Amakura, decide to move away.
Shizu fell gravely ill some years later, and asked her younger brother, Kei Amakura, to care of Mio and Mayu. Soon after, the two sisters heard news of the dam that was to be built in the Minakami region and both decide to visit their childhood home that they had always played in one last time before the dam would swallow it.
Fatal Frame II: Crimson ButterflyEdit
In the Crimson Butterfly ending, Mayu and Mio complete the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual. Mayu, having been possessed by Sae, now comes to understand that completing the ritual is their only hope of becoming one and saving the lost village. Mio is urged to wrap her hands around Mayu's neck and strangle her with her hands in the shape of a butterfly. After enough time, Mayu's lifeless body is thrown into the Hellish Abyss while her sister watches, horrified at what she has done. Mayu is thus transformed into a crimson butterfly and, before rising up to the sky above, she thanks her sister one final time. Mio is then shown chasing after her sister's spirit, crying out how sorry she is for killing her. The ending concludes with Mio falling to her knees in tears as the sun rises over the village.
Though not carried over into Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, these endings were available if the player chooses a harder difficulty setting or a different option during the final chapter. An additional ending is also available only on the Xbox release of Fatal Frame II.
Hellish Abyss ending
The Hellish Abyss ending can be achieved by playing the game on Hard difficulty or above. In this ending, Mayu is completely possessed by Sae, and instead of seeking to complete the ritual, Sae seeks to kill Mio. After being exorcised by the Camera Obscura, Sae is separated from Mayu's body and falls into the abyss. Mayu is saved by Mio, but in the process Mio glimpses the abyss's bottom and is permanently blinded. Later, the two sisters are shown overlooking the lake formed by the new dam, and Mayu comments on how it is now her turn to take care of Mio.
The Promise ending is exclusive to the Xbox version. In this ending, as Mayu prepares to jump into the abyss, Yae's spirit rushes out of Mio's body. Upon hearing her sister, Sae emerges from Mayu. The two finally meet, and after Yae apologizes, they promise never to be apart and jump into the abyss hand in hand. Afterwards, a flock of crimson butterflies fly out of the abyss to part the skies. The souls of the villagers are shown looking towards the sunrise and Mio and Mayu are seen leaving the village and talking about how they are always with each other even when apart.
The Lingering Scent Ending
The Lingering Scent ending occurs if Mio chooses not to follow her sister into the Kurosawa House and instead exits under Kureha Shrine. Unlike other endings, this one results in a Game Over screen. As she runs through the underground tunnel, she hears Sae call out to her and hesitates. Mio remembers Itsuki telling her not to look back, but after she hears Mayu's voice she finally turns around. Sae is seen moving quickly towards Mio and when she catches up, Mio blacks out. Eventually, she wakes up alone in the area of the woods where the game began. She calls out for Mayu, but she is nowhere to be seen. As the scene fades to black, Sae and Mayu are heard saying that they will wait forever for their sisters' return.
- Frozen Butterfly Ending
In this alternate ending Mayu, who realizes her sister can't perform the ritual, takes it upon herself to sacrifice Mio.
A flashback of Mayu's accident is shown, in which a young Mio finds her sister laughing crazily amidst her tears.
She asks her to stay in the village with her forever, as her hands gets closer to Mio's neck. Later, a red butterfly flying around to Mio's arm is shown. Her head lying on Mayu's leg as she calmly caresses her hair in the middle of a room full of dead bodies.
The ritual possibly didn't work, since she was the one meant to be sacrificed, not Mio. She and Mio's corpse end up trapped in the village forever.
At the end of the credits, it is shown Mayu in the doll room, making up Mio's lips. She looks at her sister, kisses her on the cheek, as Mio seems to be crying, then holds her head.
* Shadow Festival Ending Edit
Mio encounters one last time the Kusabi, but takes for her a while to defeat it (more than 5 minutes), from which this causes the events from All God's Village repeat itself. Mio seems tired from the Kusabi fight, stumbling in the effort to move forward, after a few steps she stops in the first shrine before the stairs, seeing the ghosts of the people that were doing the ritual fleeing upstairs, screaming that The Repeatance was coming.
She gets worried deeply, for what she tries to be quick on arriving where Mayu is, only to see her kneeling close to the abyss. Mayu, possesed by Sae, starts talking to Mio, that now sees herself as Yae, saying that The Repeteance was coming towards the surface, sounding happy on the fact Yae returned, but sad that it was too late, and that she preffered for her to had abandoned her so she was "at least saved".
Meanwhile, from the Abyss, The Repeantance starts to come out, about to shroud the village in darkness. Mio, surrending, kneels close to Mayu, saying that it would be hard for her to live without her, with all "the sadness and pain" she would have to endure, but that she was happy to be with her, even if it were in "such a short time".
While the scene quickly swaps to a flashback from both Mio and Mayu, where they are wearing kimonos that not only have a different color, but also a different pattern, seeming to be enjoying a Red Lantern festival, where they not only were happy to be together, but also let go each one their lantern, making them float up towards the sky. After that, the scene changes to the present, where Itsuki, which was still trapped inside the storehouse, after encountering a crimsom butterfly, he suddenly looked towards the window, seeing The Repeteance coming towards the village. Not after that, we can see the village being engulfed by it, just like it happened in the past.
After that, both Mio and Mayu are seen shrouded by deep darkness, apparently nude, but covered by some golden cloth, cuddled againist each other. Fun fact: They both are positioned just like the twins shown in the Twin Maiden stones not only in the game, but also the ones in real life
Fatal Frame III: The TormentedEdit
Mayu makes a small appearance in Fatal Frame III: The Tormented after a photo of Mio is taken inside the Manor of Sleep. Having endured the events in the village, Mio now suffers from guilt and longs to be with her sister. The photo reveals that Mayu is still watching over her sister.
Mayu is also mentioned in an article as one of many people who have gone missing in the Minakami region.
Mayu's appearance is very much like her twin sister's, with both of them favoring rust their primary color, but everything about Mayu is a little bit more modest and a little bit more withdrawn. Her hair isn't styled the way Mio's is, simply falling straight and limp; she wears a high-collared shirt black under her short dress, and boots to cover up what remains of her legs. Because of her past injury, Mayu has a bandage around her right knee.
Costumes unlocked by completing the game in Normal Difficulty:
- Butterfly Yukata: Mayu's butterfly yukata is black with white butterflies and a bright crimson obi.
- Blue Yukata: Mayu's yukata is light Costumblue with large white flowers on the lower half, and a bright yellow obi.
Costumes unlocked by completing the game on Hard/Nightmare Difficulty:
- Short Yukata: Mayu's short yukata is light pink with white, and a purple pastel obi. (Hard)
- Sae Kimono: Mayu's kimono is exactly that of Sae's. It is white, draped right over left, and is splattered with blood resembling half a butterfly. Her skin tone is also significantly paler, causing her to bear a striking resemblance to Sae. (Hard)
- Bondage Costume: Mayu's bondage costume is of red leather. The top cuts just beneath the bustline and is laced in the front. The skirt cuts at mid-thigh and she has black thigh-high socks that connect under the skirt, accomanied by shorter, bright red boots. (Nightmare)
Costumes unlocked through Mission Mode:
- Gothic Lolita: Mayu's gothic lolita costume is all black with red trim lace on the skirt, sleeves, and collar. The skirt puffs out slightly, and she has sheer black, thigh-high socks with black lace trim, and black heeled Mary Janes. She also has black lacy gloves and a matching headdress. Her hair is also of a lighter brown, almost auburn. The bandage on her knee is also either missing, or just unable to be seen. This costume is unlocked by clearing all missions.
- School Uniform: Mayu's school uniform costume is simply a white blouse with a red plaid skirt that cuts at mid-thigh, and a matching red plaid tie. She has white knee-high socks, and brown Mary Jane flats. This costume is unlocked by completing all missions with an S,SS or SE(Xbox PAL version) Rank.
- Zero 1 Heroine: In this costume, Mayu's jumper, which is orignally brown, is black and her blouse is white. She keeps her brown socks, black boots, bandage, and crimson butterfly bow. This costume is meant to be in a similar style to Miku Hanasaki's original costume in Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. This costume is unlocked by the same way as the school uniform.
- Mayu's Glasses: Just a pair of glasses for Mayu. These can be unlocked by completing mission mode with any rank.
Costumes unlocked by completing the game in Normal Difficulty:
- Blue Yukata
- Black Butterfly Yukata
- Blue/Pink Bikini
Costumes unlocked by completing the game in Hard/Nightmare/Fatal Difficulty:
- Short Pink Yukata: Hard Difficulty.
- Sae Kimono: Nightmare Difficulty.
- Deception Costume: Hard Difficulty. (Xbox Only)
- Flower Bikini: Nightmare Diffifulty. (Xbox Only)
- Bondage Costume: Fatal Difficulty.
- Silver/Gold Bikinis: Fatal Difficulty. (Xbox Only)
Costume unlocked through Mission Mode:
- School Uniform: Complete all missions with S Rank.
- DOA Costumes: Complete all missions. (Xbox Only)
Costumes unlocked by other means:
- Gothic Lolita: Complete Spirit List.
- Red/Blue Bikinis: Complete the game in Survival Mode. (Xbox Only)
- Zero 1 Heroine: Complete Survival Mode with S Rank. (Xbox Only)
- Mayu's Glasses: Unlocked after beating the game once.
- Pumpkin Head: Unlocked after beating the game once. (Xbox Only)
- Fox Mask: Unlocked after beating the game once. (Xbox Only)
- Mayu's Visor: Must be bought in Extras Mode. (Xbox Only)
- Mayu's Egyptian Headgear: Must be bought in Extras Mode. (Xbox Only)
- Mayu's Note
- Missing in Minakami (FFIII)
- Standing Girl (FFIII)
- Mayu, along with her sister Mio, make an appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a Trophy. Their Trophy's description reads:
|“||The twins Mayu and Mio are guided to a lost village in the woods by a red butterfly. They explore the village, fighting off the spirits that have been there since a tragic event took place. The unending night leads Mio closer and closer to the truth about the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual.||”|
—Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Trophy Description
- Mayu's Japanese given name means "cocoon," which alludes, though not directly, to the butterflies central to village folklore.
- Mayu shares the same voice actresses (Ayako Kawasumi and Kim Mai Guest) with Sae Kurosawa. Mayu also shares the same North American voice actress (Kim Mai Guest) with Chitose Tachibana as well as Miku Hinasaki from the first game.
- The main theme of Fatal Frame II is the Crimson Butterfly. The bow on the twins' outfits is shaped like a red butterfly.
- The theme song for Fatal Frame II, Chou, uses the word "cocoon" (繭) in its lyrics.
- Mayu can unlock Ayane's signature butterfly dress from the Dead Or Alive series, another one of Tecmo's famous titles. This costume has a red butterfly on it.
- According to the director's comment, Mayu did sitting gymnastic by observing the ballet class. In particular, she watched Mio the whole time.