|“||SHUT THE GODDAMNED DOOR!!||”|
—Souichiro Shimoda, Corpse Party (CHAPTER 1)
Souichiro Shimoda (下田 宗一郎 Shimoda Sōichirō ), or Takaomi Shimoda (下田 鷹臣 Shimoda Takaomi ), also known as the Gentleman Spirit (謎の紳士 Nazo no Shinshi , lit. "Mysterious Gentleman"), is a ghost trapped inside Heavenly Host Elementary School. He resides in one of the stalls in the boys' lavatory on the third floor.
Shimoda is a handsome young man with slicked-back dark hair of mid-length. He wears a gray single-breasted tuxedo with a black bowtie and white undershirt, and has a pair of narrow glasses and a felt hat, both of which he treasures deeply. As a ghost, he has a glowing body that is colored with a bluish hue. He also has the ability to take the form of a blue flame, reflecting his overall benevolent nature.
Shimoda is, for the most part, a gentleman whose courteous behavior doesn't betray his refined appearance. He is also somewhat eccentric, spouting phrases such as, "I love you!" in English. He claims to have been very protective of his subordinates in life, which carries over in the afterlife as he shows genuine concern for the unfortunate humans trapped inside Heavenly Host.
The only occasion in which he ever breaks this personality is whenever someone opens the door to his residential toilet stall without his permission, to which he furiously roars at the person to shut the door. However, he claims this is so because he is actually easily frightened by his surroundings, and only feels secure inside the stall. Upon meeting him in person, students Nana Ogasawara, Nari Amatoya, and Chihaya Yamase note how friendly he is despite him clearly being a ghost.
When Shimoda was alive, he and his family lived on the land where Heavenly Host Elementary School would eventually be built. He had a lover who died of an illness while waiting for him to return from a voyage overseas. He died of unknown causes at the age of 28. His ghost came to haunt Heavenly Host, residing inside the boys' lavatory on the third floor of the building and rebuking anyone who would open the door to his residential stall, eventually becoming the basis of one of the school's "seven mysteries." He remained trapped in the school after it was demolished and recreated by Sachiko Shinozaki, leaving him unable to pass on to the afterlife.
CHAPTER 1 & 2
EXCHAP 1 / "A Gentleman's Errand"
Shimoda is first encountered by Chihaya who gets startled and runs away, dropping her pouch. Nana walks in to retrieve the pouch, and as she chose to ignore his stall, he decided to speak with her. Nana encourages Chihaya and Nari to speak to him, who explains that another spirit had stolen his prized glasses and hat. The three manage to return Shimoda's possessions and he thanks them, before going back into his stall.
Corpse Party -THE ANTHOLOGY- Sachiko no Ren'ai Yūgi ♥ Hysteric Birthday 2U
#1; The Shame on The River Kwai
Shimoda appears and yells at Nana, Nari and Chihaya after they knock on his stall. He does the same thing in Chapter #4 "The Phantom of Tenjin (Part One) of the manga.
- Shimoda is the only character in the series whose voice actor, Tomokazu Sugita, reprises his role from the PC version to the PlayStation Portable remake.
- Shimoda is the only character that has two different first names in the series.
- In his profile in Corpse Party for the PC his name is shown to be Takaomi (鷹臣 Takaomi ), but in the 3DS version his name was changed to Souichiro (宗一郎 Sōichirō ).
- Aya, Shimoda's lover, died of an illness while waiting for him to return while he was overseas.