Seijiro Makabe entered All God's Village as a traveling folklorist, looking forward to doing research on the secret family rituals there. Ryozo Munakata, his young assistant, had also joined him (he had old ties to the village since he visited there once as a boy). Seijiro brought along the Camera Obscura, the Projector, and the Spirit Stone Radio, all inventions of his friend, Dr. Kunihiko Asou.
Seijiro stayed with Ryokan Kurosawa and his family. The Kurosawa family had been preparing their twin daughters (Yae and Sae Kurosawa) for the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual at the time, as the previous ritual had failed. However, to satiate the Hellish Abyss long enough so the Repentance would not occur, Seijiro was chosen to go through the Hidden Ceremony. He would become a temporary sacrifice, known as a Kusabi.
At first, Seijiro did not know about his true fate, though he began to become suspicious of the grand hospitality of the villagers when he first arrived in All God's Village. After a while, he received a warning from Sae and Yae. Afraid for Ryozo, he sent him home ahead of him to be safe. Soon after Ryozo's escape, Seijiro was captured by the Veiled Priests and imprisoned in the Cell. Since this room was used as a store-house for old documents, Seijiro was able to continue his research and learn even more on the forbidden rituals. At first, no one would say what they intended to do with him. Later, when he learned more of his fate, he was not sorrowful or frightened, but happy that he would get a first-hand experience of the Gate of Hell.
Makabe was subjected to the Cutting Ritual and cast into the Hellish Abyss. The Ritual did calm the the Hellish Abyss a little, but in the end, it was not enough. When Sae's solo Crimson Sacrifice Ritual also failed, the Repentance was unleashed onto All God's Village. Seijiro and Sae's spirits returned, murdering the rest of the villagers that survived the Repentance.
Makabe was a prolific writer, writing more than 80 books in his lifetime. His final writings about Minakami Village, in the form of a notebook, were taken from the village by Ryozo Munakata when he left. After the Repentance they were edited by Ryozo and compiled into a book titled "Japanese Folklore Anthology 7: Tamashizume", which can be found in the official Zero: Akai Chou guidebook. The dedication reads: "If this book is ever completed, I would like to dedicate it to my friend, Kunihiko Asou. - Seijiro Makabe (1885 ~ 1946)".
- Until the final battle of the game, the Kusabi cannot be harmed.
- It is unknown if this Kusabi (Seijiro) is the same Kusabi in Fatal Frame III, though they don't look alike.
- Seijiro's spirit was called a wraith by the creators.(Citation Needed!) A wraith is a ghost that returns to avenge its own death, bringing misfortune or death to anyone who sees it. They are often considered omens of doom or coming destruction.
- Seijiro's returned spirit's body is covered with talismans (御札, ofuda).
- For quotes by Seijiro, see Quotes: Seijiro Makabe
- For other folklorists in the Fatal Frame Series, see Folklorist.
- For more information on kusabi, see Kusabi.
- For other rituals in Fatal Frame II, see Fatal Frame II Rituals.
- For articles related to Seijiro Makabe, see Related Articles:Seijiro Makabe.
- For images related to Seijiro Makabe, see Images of Seijiro Makabe.