Attachment The character Minoru Minorikawa was introduced in 2004 with the release of 3-Nen B-Gumi Kinpachi Sensei: Densetsu no Kyoudan ni Tate!. Debuting in Episode 8, he appears as a reporter for a newspaper, who is looking into the unresolved suicide of a middle school girl named Chiharu Fuyutsuki from 5 years ago (6 by the end of the game). He works alongside the protagonist, who was Chiharu's teacher back then, to uncover the truth behind her suicide.

In 428: Shibuya Scramble, Minorikawa appears once again, but instead of being a minor late-game character, he became one of the leading protagonists of the game. In this game, he is now a freelance journalist who is attempting to help his old friend Toyama (who used to work at the same newspaper company) in gathering enough stories for Toyama's next magazine issue. During the course of 428, Minorikawa begins reminiscing to his investigation of Chiharu's suicide, with the game making a handful of references to the events of Kinpachi Sensei.

However, the English localization for 428 contains a mistranslation within the reference to Kinpachi Sensei, likely because the latter has never been released in the West. The in-game TIPS for Chiharu Fuyutsuki states that "6 years from now", Minorikawa would solve the mystery behind Chiharu's suicide, while the original Japanese makes it clear that it should be "6 years after this incident." The mistranslation would suggest that Kinpachi Sensei is set years after 428, even though this contradicts Minorikawa's journey from working at a newspaper to working freelance.
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Minorikawa in Kinpachi Sensei:

Chiharu in 428:

428 TIP in Japanese:
Attachment The game contains several references to the 1990's American TV show Twin Peaks. These references include:

• A rundown hostess club called Log Lady, which references the character Margaret Lanterman, nicknamed the Log Lady by the residents of Twin Peaks.
• The Black Lodge bar, which is a reference to the mysterious Black Lodge that the characters search for near the end of Season 2 of Twin Peaks.
• A restaurant called LL Diner, which is a reference to the Railroad Diner (commonly known as the Double R Diner and labeled as the RR Diner) in the town of Twin Peaks. The restaurant in 428 swaps the R's for L's, as a nod to the Japanese language sharing the same phoneme for both letters.
• The character of Leland Palmer, introduced at the LL Diner, which is a reference to the Twin Peaks character of the same name. While wildly different characters, both of them share the same trait of Spoiler:being secret antagonists puppeteered by the main villains of the story, Alphard and BOB respectively.
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The Log Lady hostess club:

Log Lady character page on the Twin Peaks Wiki (be careful of spoilers):

Black Lodge bar:

The Black Lodge page on the Twin Peaks Wiki (be careful of spoilers):

The LL Diner:

The Double R Diner page on the Twin Peaks Wiki:

Leland Palmer (428) introduction:

Leland Palmer (TP) character page on the Twin Peaks Wiki (be careful with spoilers):

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