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I've been standing at this precipice... thinking about whether I should take that final step.

—Yuri Kozukata


Yuri Kozukata
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Japanese name 不来方夕莉
Romaji name Kozukata Yūri
Age 19
Hair color Auburn Brown
Eye color Brown
Occupation Assistant to Hisoka Kurosawa
Status Spirited away (Embrace ending)
Alive (Bride from Black Water ending)
Family Unnamed Father (deceased)
Unnamed Mother (deceased)
Appearances Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Voice actor (JPN) Risa Taneda
Voice actor (ENG) Tressa Brooks

Yuri Kozukata (不来方 夕莉 Kozukata Yūri) is one of the main protagonists of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water.

Biography[]

Past[]

When Yuri was younger, her family all died in a traffic accident, leaving her the only survivor. As a result of the accident, she was left with the ability to see ghosts, or often referred to as the "Sixth Sense" in the series. She visited a doctor, and they stated she was cured, but shortly after, she started to have the visions again. Yuri went to Mount Hikami and attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff, but was stopped at the last minute by Hisoka Kurosawa. The two became close, and Yuri eventually ended up living with Hisoka in her antiques store, Kurosawa Antiques.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water[]

In the first chapter, Yuri and Hisoka Kurosawa go to Mikomori Onsen to search for a photo album Ren Hojo is interested in where Hisoka instructs Yuri on how to use the Camera Obscura and her Shadow Reading to find the album. They retrieve the photo album, but on their way out of the house, Yuri is attacked by a ghost that it has to fend it off with the camera and Hisoka apologizes for bringing Yuri with her on the mission.

Soon after, Hisoka herself disappears on Hikami-yama.

In Hisoka's absence, Fuyuhi Himino comes to Kurosawa Antiques, requesting help in finding her friend, Haruka Momose, who has gone missing on the mountain. Yuri says Hisoka is away, and Fuyuhi decides to go to the mountain herself. Deciding she had no choice but to follow her, Yuri sets out to the mountain as well.

Yuri at the entrance to the Shrine of Dolls.

She finds Hisoka's Camera Obscura floating in the water of the river, using it to fend off hostile ghosts while looking for Fuyuhi. She eventually finds her near Katashiro Shrine, claiming that Haruka is on this mountain. 

As the two are leaving the mountain together, Yuri spots Hisoka's glass bead washed up of the river's shore. When she tries to pick it up, she sees a vision of Hisoka walking in a lake shrouded by fog. When Hisoka looks into the water, a ghost lunges at her and pulls her under, and her Camera Obscura floats downstream. While Yuri is distracted, Fuyuhi wanders off and, under the influence of a ghost, commits suicide.

A ghost attacks Yuri

 Yuri is attacked by her mangled spirit and she has to fend it off with the camera. On her way trip through the forest, Yuri encounters many bodies of shrine maidens falling from the small waterfall into the Pool of Purification. She flees the mountain.

Despite her failed effort to save Fuyuhi, Yuri continues to look for Haruka. Looking into Hisoka's missing person files, she finds a token for Haruka. She returns to Unfathomable Forest, to the Katashiro Shrine, and finds her in the Womb Cave. This time, they both return to the shop safely. Haruka thanks Yuri for saving her on the mountain, but claims she can still hear Fuyuhi singing somewhere nearby. Haruka sneaks out at night, lured back to Mt. Hikami by Fuyuhi's hostile spirit.

Meanwhile, Yuri is still determined to find Hisoka and any others she can find. Next, she goes to look for Miu Hinasaki, and finds her in a reliquary in the Shrine of the Ephemeral. Both return to the shop, and Yuri attempts to learn more about Miu while she's sleeping by using her Shadow Reading skills, but Miu quickly realizes what she's doing, and turns back the ability on Yuri. Miu views Yuri's memories about the traffic accident, and her supernatural experiences that frightened her so badly.

Yuri continues to search for Hisoka. She makes it as far as the Lake of the Departed, but as she walks out into the water, a thick fog covers the area, as Ose Kurosawa, a powerful cursed spirit, appears and forces Yuri to abandon the search.

Yuri at the Lake of the Departed.

That night, the mountain "rumbles" and strange phenomena manifest inside the shop. Now, Yuri herself is spirited away, and it's up to Miu to find her. She finds Yuri waking out into the waters of the Lake of the Departed once more, and Miu chases after her, snapping Yuri out of her trance. The incident prompts strong memories in both of them: Miu is reminded of when her mother, Miku Hinasaki, left her, and Yuri of how Hisoka saved her from her suicide attempt. Once again, Ose manifests and pursues them, hindering their progress. Yuri realizes she must look for another way to save Hisoka. On their way back out of the mountain in the Mt. Hikami Cable Car, Miu and Yuri start to talk. Miu explains why she has been able to see "things other people can't see", and Yuri remarks, though she's not afraid of ghosts, she's afraid of being left alone.

Eventually Yuri ventures to the Shrine on the Water, accessible only via boat in the Shrine of the Ephemeral, and there she finally finds Hisoka, entombed in a strange black box. Hisoka, possessed by the spirit of a shrine maiden, tries to convince Yuri to leave without her, as she wants to stay and be a sacrificial pillar. Yuri saves her, and by using her Shadow Reading abilities, learns about Hisoka's guilt about being unable to rescue a girl from suicide years before. Both return to Kurosawa Antiques, and Yuri makes Hisoka a cup of tea; a gesture similar to the aftermath of Yuri's own suicide attempt.

Even though Hisoka has been rescued, Yuri feels uneasy, as she still has some unfinished business on Mt. Hikami. The next day, she returns to the Shrine on the Water and inspects a door she couldn't the day before with Hisoka, and finds herself standing in the Shadowspring, the border between the world of the living and the world of the dead. There, Ose Kurosawa is waiting for her, and the final boss battle begins.

Fate[]

Bride from Black Water Ending[]

Yuri with Ose.

Yuri uses her Shadow Reading to glimpse at Ose's memory. Watching how Ose's final moments played, Yuri hugs her, crying in sympathy for the shrine maiden's pain as Ose herself releases her own tears. With the curse lifted from her, Ose regains her beautiful form and disappears into the dark waters of the Other World. The black water is then sucked into a waterhole, the curse on the mountain finally lifting. Yuri then finds herself on the shore of the Lake of the Departed with the sun shining above her and hears Hisoka, who is standing behind her, call her name. Yuri turns her head to look at Hisoka, with a tear streaking down her face before wearing a smile. If player obtain this ending, a post-credit scene is played after staff roll.

Embrace Ending[]

Yuri uses her Shadow Reading to glimpse into Ose's memories. Seeing how Ose's final moments were, Ose begs her to join her as they both share the same pain. Hisoka tries to stop Yuri, but before she can, Yuri embraces Ose close as they both fall off the cliff, and Hisoka is left in tears at the cliff edge. With Yuri's sacrifice, the curse is lifted. The post-credits scene does not appear.

Etymology[]

  • The name Yuri means "evening" (夕) () and "white jasmine" (莉) (ri).
  • Yuri's surname Kozukata means "under, below" (不) (ko), "coming, next" (来) (zu) and "one, person, side" (方) (kata).It is an ancient name of Morioka city in Iwate prefecture. It originates from the legend of a demon who was there long before man, and was banished by leaving a handprint on a rock at the shrine to swear that he would never come back.

Trivia[]

  • According to Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water's memo, Yuri's hobby is cycling.
  • Yuri makes an appearance as an Assist Trophy and a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • It is theorized that Yuri Kozukata is possibly a descendant of Ose Kurosawa, like in the ending scene where both of them hugged and cried together as they lift the curse.
    • While it was not yet confirmed, this could also additionally explain the first word of her surname "ko" had a similar pronunciation to the first word in Ose's surname "ku", which reflects Ose's additional cause of death resulting from the failed ritual: "drowning". This hints that her late mother is presumed to be Ose's sister, but this would also mean that Yuri is a half-Kurosawa. Despite this, there is yet no clear evidence for their connection.

Gallery[]

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

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