|“||Even if it DID open, I'd be staying right where I am! You think I'm just going to abandon Ms. Yui and all our friends, and run away?!||”|
—Ayumi Shinozaki, Corpse Party (CHAPTER 2)
Ayumi Shinozaki (篠崎 あゆみ Shinozaki Ayumi ) is a character introduced in CORPSE-PARTY. She is the main protagonist of Corpse Party: Blood Drive, and a major recurring character in the Corpse Party series. She is a survivor of Heavenly Host Elementary School.
During Heavenly Host Elementary School saga, she is a student from Kisaragi Academy Senior High's classroom 2-9, and the class representative.
Ayumi returns in Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient as a minor character.
In CORPSE-PARTY and CORPSE PARTY -Rebuilt-, Ayumi has black hair styled into two big pigtails, held with pink head ties. Her eyes are orange. She also wears a blue short-sleeved uniform, the collar tied with a red bow, a blue skirt, crew length white socks and red shoes.
In Corpse Party (PC), Ayumi is a teenage girl of shorter height and below average build with blue eyes and long brown hair styled into two pigtails, held with red hair ties. Like all other female students at Kisaragi Academy, she wears a tan-colored sailor outfit with a blue collar and lighter blue cuffs. Her uniform also consists of a yellow bow held by a blue brooch to the top, and a blue pleated skirt. Her student ID is pinned to the left of her chest. Ayumi also wears white mid-calf socks and white uwabaki slippers with blue stripes near the soles.
In Corpse Party (PSP, iOS), Ayumi's hair color is changed to dark blue in her character portraits. However, her sprite still has brown hair, using the sprites from the PC version.
In Corpse Party (3DS), new sprites are used, and Ayumi's hair color is fixed to dark blue.
In the Corpse Party: Blood Covered manga, Ayumi is shown to wear a pair of glasses when she reads or draws on the computer. Her casual attire consists of a long-sleeved shirt with laces at the end of the sleeve, a sleeveless dress with lace hem skirt on top of the shirt. She ties her hair ponytail with a scrunchie.
In Corpse Party: Missing Footage, Ayumi is seen wearing an orange hoodie.
In Corpse Party: Blood Drive, Ayumi is seen wearing Kisaragi's winter uniform, with the difference being a light brown cardigan on top. She wears a spring green T-shirt as her casual attire.
In Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient, Ayumi wears a brown cardigan, hot pink skirt, and a wide-sleeved white jacket.
In Corpse Party (Live Action Movie), Ayumi's hair is longer, brown and cut horizontally in front. She also has a mole under her left eye.
In CORPSE-PARTY and CORPSE PARTY -Rebuilt-, Ayumi is the class representative who loves to scare people. She loves to tell ghost stories and it's rumored that's why she carries around a bunch of candles. In actuality, she tells those stories to hide her own fear.
In Corpse Party, Ayumi is a tough girl with great interest about the occult, and likes to scare her friends with ghost stories. However, this is her way to hide her easily frightened personality, even rivaling that of her classmate, Satoshi Mochida. However, she can be brave when it's needed, as demonstrated when she returned to Heavenly Host to rescue the survivors, despite the possible consequences. She is also insecure about her ambitions to become an illustrator, having been discouraged by more experienced ones. As a result, she often goes to her sister, Hinoe Shinozaki, or sometimes her teacher, Yui Shishido, for advice. She was a fan of Naho Saenoki and her works until the recent events in Heavenly Host.
But despite her occasional selfish or jealous actions, Ayumi really does care about her friends, even more than herself, and hates it when people go out of their way to her.
In the Corpse Party: Blood Covered manga, Ayumi has a much stronger personality. She lashes out at Yoshiki less and does grow to understand him better.
In Corpse Party: Blood Drive, after spending over two months of trying to swallow all her guilt and self-pity of losing her friends from Heavenly Host in vain, Ayumi's character had a drastic change. Her desire to save her friends turns into an obsession, making her doing it to ease her guilt more than her genuine care for them. She grows to be more self-centered, caring less and less over time about how her death could impact her friends, preferring to walk the extra miles by herself and not wanting anyone else involved in her own problems. In addition, Ayumi begins to be more gullible and naive, as she trusts people too easily due to her desperation in saving her friends.
Over the course of the game, she manages to conquer her guilt, self-pity and fear at the end. Ayumi is no longer a dependent and weak girl who needs to be protected by others, but a strong girl who resolves to save everyone at all costs.
After consuming the Nirvana, Ayumi's personality is all but wiped clean, leaving her in a seemingly vegetative state, possessing no thoughts, emotions, or awareness of any kind.
Ayumi is shown on the outside to be one that can make friends and fit in, this suits for a way to hide her real feelings of being one who doubts herself and never going forward, making sure everyone else is happy and not let her hold them back.
Ayumi Shinozaki has a crush on Satoshi, believing him to be the only boy who would remain faithful (this due to her distrust of men and, to a lesser extent, Yoshiki Kishinuma). Because of this, Satoshi is her greatest weakness. She is insecure about how she appears to Satoshi, and in the Corpse Party: Blood Covered manga she falls asleep in class and has a nightmare when she realizes Satoshi doesn't like flat-chested girls. Also in the manga, while possessed she was shown to imagine being with Satoshi and attempting to kiss him. In an extra manga chapter, Ayumi is shown to want to be with Satoshi even if it meant putting him in a maid outfit during the Cultural Festival, although it's interrupted when a bunch of guys hit on Satoshi while Ayumi watches from afar. In another extra chapter, we see Ayumi telling the class to exchange emails for the upcoming Cultural Festival, but in the end it was revealed to be a ploy for Ayumi to get Satoshi's email to be in contact with him.
During the series, Ayumi is shown to look at Yoshiki as the delinquent most others see him as she has shown time and time again that she would prefer Satoshi over him any day. Ayumi is also shown to be very oblivious to the feelings Yoshiki has for her, always with Satoshi on her mind, even when others like Azusa Takai notice and she always sees his actions as self-gains and not always as savings or sacrifices he makes for her. She only saved him from the gym teacher for she was just doing a kind action, while Yoshiki saw it as a sign that kept him on the right path. Throughout the series, Yoshiki is also shown not to act on opportunities that can show that he cares for Ayumi and she just moves on from when he does little things. In Corpse Party: Blood Drive, Ayumi finally got around to seeing that Yoshiki really cared for her.
- Ayumi has anemia and as a result she hyperventilates easily when frightened.
- Ayumi is much like Naho when it comes to being able to sense and feel ghosts. In Corpse Party, she is possessed in chapters 2 and 4. In Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, she is possessed in the second episode.
- In the Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Character Contest, Ayumi ranked 1st place with 92 votes.
- Ayame Itou was to dress up as Ayumi in her school uniform if you own the Corpse Party 2: DEAD PATIENT Trial Version with Limited C83 Costume. However this, sadly, was a broken feature, with the model not loading and the texture unfinished.
- In the Corpse Party: Blood Covered manga, Ayumi seems to possess glasses that she uses for reading, as the only time it is seen is when Ayumi and Yoshiki are writing a message to their friends in Classroom 1-A and in two chapter covers, one of which she is digitally drawing.
- In the Blood Covered manga, Yoshie mistook Ayumi for Chizuru Shinozaki, Ayumi's great grandmother.
- In Wrong End 4★5, for the 3DS version, there seems to be a mistake. Ayumi's sprite's hair is fixed to blue in the 3DS version but Ayumi's cannibalized body has the old sprite with brown hair.