|Japanese name||黒澤 逢世|
|Romaji name||Kurosawa Ouse|
|Other names||Waiting Bride|
|Cause of death||Yuukon Ritual (Ritual Failed)|
|Family||Yuri Kozukata (descendant, possibly)|
|Appearances||Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water|
|Voice actor (Jp)||Houko Kuwashima|
|Voice actor (Eng)|
|“||I wanted to live with him. . . However, the person I want to die with is you. . .||”|
—Ouse to Yuri Kozukata
Ouse was the only survivor of a flood that killed many while destroying her village, and her experience left her with the ability to see things other people can't see, often referred to as the Sixth Sense in the series. Despite her unwillingness, her new ability and lack of options forced her to take up a position as a shrine maiden.
When the time for her to enter the black box and become a Tokoshiebana came, it was decided she would become the next "Great Pillar" planted directly into the Shadow Spring to support the mountain and prevent Yomi from overflowing from the spring. The other maidens wept when they heard she was chosen, requiring her to comfort them. The surname Kurosawa, meaning "black swamp", was not Ouse's birth name, but one that was given to her as a sign of recognition for her role.
Ouse was reluctant, but eventually willing, to take on the role of a Great Pillar. The two deciding factors were reaching her limits at witnessing any more deaths, and the appeal of entering a ghost marriage. Ouse, who felt forever lonely and alone, and who would have liked a living marriage denied to priestesses, felt this ghost marriage was her one chance at gaining a companion and ending her solitude.
In preparation for Ouse's Yuukon ritual, a young man named Kunihiko Asou was invited to visit and take a photograph of the young girl, which they thought would reflect the maiden's beauty better than a traditional painting. Ouse and Kunihiko were together only for the time he took her picture. Kunihiko accidentally touched Ouse's finger when showing her his finished work, which allowed Ouse to read his feelings towards her. Though they never spoke of their true feelings, a silent vow passed between the pair. Kunihiko took Ouse's picture with him and treasured it, as a keepsake and piece of her soul.
Ouse performed the ritual, entering the black box with her own free will. Once the lid was closed, however, the ritual failed and Yomi spilled forth from the box Ouse was sealed in, contaminating the mountain, and she became a malicious spirit.
Her primary goal and desire is waiting for someone to die with, or put her to rest with mitori. Through the decades, several living men have been brought to her as potential ghost marriage candidates, only to result in rejection.
Ouse wears a wedding kimono and hood decorated with spider lilies, with the kimono folded right side over left, in the same manner the dead are dressed. Unlike other corrupted spirits on the mountain, Ouse appears black and rotting. Black water causes living flesh to necrotize, but those who are dying or have visited death can touch the water unharmed, becoming perfectly preserved. Ouse may be too close to life to withstand the black water, causing her to rot. Once she has fully embraced death, her beautiful appearance is restored.
Possible causes for the failure
Some fan and canon theories for why Ouse's sacrifice was a failure:
Rejection of the Role
Ouse's crippling fear was being alone, and becoming a pillar meant eternal solitude, unless a ghost marriage partner could be found. Her desire to remain alive with Kunihiko, who would not be remaining with her in the casket, may have lead to rejecting her role and longing for life. She had never shown desire to be a shrine maiden, and was reluctant and weary at best about performing the duties of one, which may also have been a factor as she clung to life.
Ghost encounters with broken/ twisted eternal flowers (which implies they were not willing, but had their limbs broken as they were forced into reliquaries) who have likewise become corrupt and escaped their boxes, implies some degree of willing acceptance is necessary for a successful pillar.
Massacre Final Glance
Whether this was experienced in real time during the killings, or simply the residual Fatal Glance of their spirits lingering on the mountain, at the moment of sacrifice, Ouse was able to Glance and absorb the residual feelings of all the Mikomori shrine maidens murdered by Kyozo Kururugi, as well as Kyozo himself as he killed them. Having agreed to become a pillar because she was already at her limit, the additional Glance may have been too much for her to bear, causing the overflow. The knowledge/ feeling of being completely alone, now that even her sister priestesses were gone, may have resulted in similar despair.
Ouse's wedding portrait contains a small piece of her soul. Literally, thanks to Kunihiko's special photography techniques. Her lack of completeness, or having a piece of her soul out in the living world, may have caused the failure.
Proximity to Life
Pillars must be between life and death in order to successfully form a bridge between the two and prevent death from overflowing. As indicated by her necrotized appearance, Ouse may be clinging too closely to life to endure the black water and create a successful bridge.
In the battle at the Night Spring, the player can unlock two endings:
If Ouse is defeated in the second time in water, an ending where Yuuri finally jumps off the cliff to console Ouse in her loneliness will be achieved, with Ouse telling her that she is not alone, leaving Hisoka on the cliff, forever puzzled as to why Yuuri had to kill herself despite the efforts she put into consoling Yuuri.
If Ouse is defeated in her black bride form above the water, an ending where Yuuri will see all the pain and suffering that Ouse had been shouldering all this time (Skill: Mitori) and ends with Yuuri hugging her while crying together will be achieved. For the first time in her life, Yuuri had been able to cry for all the pain that the deceased had entrusted to her, she understood the weight of responsibility that the Mikos of Mt. Hikami undergo and also understood the purpose of her life. Ouse then bids goodbye and all the black moisture is drawn back into the Night spring with Yuuri being left behind on the beach with Hisoka waiting for her.
In both the game's endings, Yuri Kozukata's sympathy for Ouse manages to console her and lift the curse, putting her spirit at rest.
When the player encounters her, her surroundings are covered by blue miasma. There is nothing that can hurt her and the camera doesn't seem to affect her. Although she moves rather slow, she is able to teleport directly beside or behind the player and a single touch from her will causes an instant death. All the player has to do is to avoid getting close to her.
At the end of the game, however, the player will have to fight her Yomi form, but will be allowed to hurt her with the camera this time. Ouse is fast, she can hover in the air and has a tendency to teleport directly beside or behind the player, where she can quickly attack. She sometimes can also summon up to 5 Isame (or even more), making her fight difficult if the player does not stay on the offensive.
Once she is defeated and the player doesn't use Glance (Mitori) on her before she is vanished, she will regenerate her health, and this time she appears in her black bride form. If she manages to grab the player, she'll summon Isames to attack them, unlike the other ghost, her grab doesn't triggers the shutter chance, and she'll only releases the player once all the Isames are defeated. Sometimes, she stops moving in order to summon a ghost (mostly Isame) to stall the player.
Once she is defeated a second time, the player must quickly get close to her and give her a Glance (Mitori) before she vanishes or she will regenerate her health again and appears as her Yomi form again.
- The name Ouse means "meet, greet" (逢) (ou) and "world" (世) (se).
- Shortly after the game's release, a few fandom sources claimed her name to be "Oose" (オオセ), a more common spelling of 逢世, but the official spelling, according to the title card of Chapter 7, is "Ouse." (オウセ).
- Ouse's surname Kurosawa means "black" (黒) (kuro) and "marsh" (澤) (sawa).