Hisoka and Ren. Hisoka is obvious - it's Hisoka. Mysterious and kind lady who wears strange clothes and accessories and runs an antique cafe shop who also has mystical powers and is very much the lovely big sister person, interesting decor choices, quirks and hiding a dark past? Why isn't there more of her!? Ren was good and had a lot of potential that, naturally, they decided to waste on playing Ghost Security Team and hide and seek with possessed (?) Rui... and then you get to the final chapter and all of a sudden wow guys. All kinds of crazy memories, Asou ones at that. Plus I like his conversations with Rui. And he's not totally useless! And he SURVIVES! Plus I love his study, and all of the things Rui reveals about his hopelessness. All we need now is a proper book from him.
I didn't either like or dislike Yuuri, leaning towards liking her but still not quite there. Needs another little shove. I actually liked her a bit more from the previews. For some reason when I actually played the game I felt this complete disconnect towards her (most characters, in fact - the characters didn't do much for me in this game overall, even the ones I DO like felt flatter than I was expecting, I guess because no one really got proper time, and most of the info on everybody was what you already read in Famitsu anyway), which may well indeed be the fact that you spend so much time playing as her, with comparatively little time to interact with her yourself and get more info the way you do when you read about her. In the other games, 3 in particular, you have ample time for little comments or events that tell you what their lives are/were like, what they think etc., and in some cases a notebook with their actual thoughts in. Yuuri doesn't really have much of this at all. If you think about 3, when you play as Miku you experience things through her eyes, and then when you wake up you go back to being Rei and you can actually interact with Miku and not just observe things about her but get to know her better as a person, seeing the kind of front she puts on all the while knowing how hard it really is for her. When you aren't playing as Yuuri, she spends the entire time asleep, doing absolutely nothing, so the only real, incredibly short opportunity you get to spend any time with her outside of playing as her, when she's entirely focused on other people and therefore not commenting on herself, is when you have to actually rescue her. Remember when Rei would make comments about objects lying about the house and manage some actual character background just by looking at a table? None of that here. I felt like that was yet another missed opportunity. I would have much preferred to be able to talk to her and see how she reacts to it, what she says, what she thinks about everything... Does she stay quiet and prefer to be alone, does she try to offer encouragement and be positive despite her own outlook, or help out and talk to people despite being so averse to human contact... what? I don't know. She's just sleeping. Why is everyone always asleep!?
Something about her just felt sort of blank to me, even after the jump reveal and reading her notebooks. I never felt remotely connected to it. The main issue for me was that... I guess the other characters around me felt more like people I could talk to and find more about, whereas to me Yuuri felt... more like an avatar for getting around in the game map than actually someone I was actually playing as with her own person? This is... hard to explain. I think I tend to get to actually like characters based more on their own little quirks and personalities, and just finding out weird things about them like they take two sugars in their tea and are allergic to cats like any average person, than from their overall stories and how terribly sad everything is. Which probably has a lot to do with it. Sure, Miku had these awful things that happened to her, but what made me actually properly take to her was how she was always happy to help, liked handicrafts and made good onigiri. Yuuri's notebooks were interesting, but it didn't feel like enough. Not only is there not much of it, but I also would rather have seen it through the way she interacts with people and the environment and there isn't enough of that for me. Her comments when you use Voice on her is more like it - you can hear her saying things like how hesitant she is, how everyone is alone at the end, and how she thought she was cured - but it's too little too late, especially considering there are only two comments total, and you have to 100% the file list just to get them, not to mention that we've heard them already before. If Miu has mitori as well, why can't she use it on Yuuri to give me more info? (While I'm on the subject, do they even explain how/why she thought she was cured, and why/when it came back? I can't even remember if they did.) tl;dr less of the sad cutscene! More of the mundane person! Sure, she's traumatised for life by seeing dead people, but does she make little scented cushions!? (perhaps another way to expand Hisoka's business, you never know)
I can't even comment on whether or not I like Miu because she's... just forever tainted after the ridiculous bother they did with Miku and Mafuyu, not to mention how she's basically the unspoken perv magnet of the game. I can't look past any of that, and I don't think I ever will. She spends so much of the game either missing or asleep, and then when she finally shows up it turns out she's Mafuyu's goddamn daughter and she wants to steal my camera and wear no clothes and have flashbacks of a questionable nature and... I... sort of just want to forget about her and her entire family at this point. God. That storyline was painful in all the wrong ways.
Ouse (alive) is my favourite dead one, though (alive... dead one). I don't know why. There's nothing particular about her that really stands out, aside from being damn pretty and almost dead-marrying Asou, and they don't actually spend all that much time on her, but I like her a lot. I wish there were more notes about her.
Also, secondary vote for Asou, because have you seen the sobbing? The outfit? The everything? Asou.