|“||He'll grow so used to me there I'll become invisible to him. . . Like water. I will vanish. I will become transparent, colorless. . .||”|
|Japanese name||鏡宮 累|
|Romaji name||Kagamiya Rui|
|Appearances||Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water|
|Voice actor (JPN)||Maaya Sakamoto|
|Voice actor (ENG)||Jennifer Thompson|
Rui Kagamiya (鏡宮 累 Kagamiya Rui) is a character in Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. Kagamiya is Ren Hojo's assistant whom she respects, calling him "sensei"(Teacher). In addition to helping him out, she thinks of him as family.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Not much is known about Rui's life before the events of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, except that Rui and Ren Hojo were introduced a magazine company, and since she was good at managing data, Ren took her in as his assistant. Eventually, she ended up living at his house, also doing most of the housework, because Ren was not very good at it. Ren is grateful for her help, although he occasionally loses his temper when she tidies away a book he is looking for.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water[edit | edit source]
Rui accompanies Ren to Hikami-yama to gather information for Ren's new book. However, she is easily influenced by ghosts, making her vulnerable. In Mikomori Onsen, she almost succeeds at hanging herself at the influence of a ghost, and in Katashiro Shrine, she encounters Shiragiku and the other children playing tag, which causes her to wander off and hide as well. Rui is saved by Ren in both situations. After being saved by Ren twice, her feelings for him begin to change, as she begins to consider a romantic relationship.
After ghosts start manifesting at Kurosawa Antiques, Rui is spirited away, and Ren attempts to find her. He finds her in Watarai Mansion, in one of the black sacrificial boxes, but has an odd hallucination, in which Rui pulls him into the sacrificial box. In the hallucination, he meets her at the House of Joining, while she is dressed as a bride. Ren doesn't tell Rui about the strange hallucination.
On their way home on the Mt. Hikami Cable Car, Rui sits beside Ren, leaning on his shoulder, showing that she has made her decision. Ren, though still quite hesitant, can't help smiling.
Afterwards, Rui is exhausted and spends the rest of the game sleeping on the couch in the Kurosawa Antiques office. Before Ren leaves for Mt. Hikami once again, Rui sleepily asks him not to go. He goes regardless, but in a shot cutscene after the credits (which player must obtain Yuri good ending, regardless what the difficulty is), Rui wakes to find Ren sitting nearby, watching over her. When he tries to get up, Rui reacts with sudden distress at the prospect, but Ren reassures her he's not going anywhere.
Rui's Journals[edit | edit source]
Rui's Journal I - Rui notes that Ren is quite messy and cannot take care of any household chores, as well as misplaces a lot of his items. They call in the aid of Kurosawa to help search for a book he misplaced. Kurosawa finds the book and states that she pulled it out from somewhere. Rui notes that something peculiar also happened once with a box that disappeared shortly after finding it.
Rui's Journal II - Rui notes that Ren usually has recurring bad dreams about his visit to a festival when he was a child. She goes on and explains how Ren would mumble in his sleep, "don't look", whenever he had the same dream. She wonders if this has anything to do with how Ren avoids eye contact with women other than herself.
Rui's Journal III - Rui notes that Ren has started to act strangely after viewing the photo. She wonders if Ren would chase after her like he does with the photo. Though what "the photo" is will remain a mystery that cannot be solved.
Rui's Journal IV - Rui notes Ren's interest in the photo of the women. He normally would be disinterested in most women, but he's acting different with that one. She goes on and explains how she would be okay with their relationship as it is now, not friends nor lovers. She wonders what Ren is thinking. What photo of what woman Ren is looking at is unknown.
Rui's Journal V - Rui notes that Ren has saved her before, so he would come again.
Rui's Journal VI - Rui notes that she is starting to give up, her body is getting colder and her blood is starting to merge with the water. She wonders if Ren has given up looking for her and that he might have found someone else. Ren has a choice to make.
Rui's Journal VII - Rui notes that Ren might not chose her, that she would be fine with whatever decision Ren made. She saddens at the thought and felt like she was being cleansed of her selfishness and jealousy. She would be fine with whatever choice Ren made, as long as she could still be by his side. When he has to finally depart from her, she wouldn't want him to worry about her. She states that she has become like the water, colorless.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
- The name Rui means "Cumulative" (累).
- It can also mean "gem of life".
- Cumulative means "increasing or increased in quantity, degree, or force by successive additions".
- It can also mean "gem of life".
- Rui's surname Kagamiya means "mirror" (鏡) (kaga) and "temple, shrine, palace" (宮) (miya).
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- According to the guidebook, Rui and Ren Hojo are both from Toyama where their friendship began with them discussing stories from the area.
- There is a theory that Rui is the reincarnation of Ouse Kurosawa.
- Rui is voiced by Jennifer Thompson.