A residual spirit found in the library of a certain school...

Aware of her spectral nature, she is typically quiet, yet unusually excited when confronted with unfamiliar books and other things that are new to her.1


  • Name: Kataribe Tsumugu / 語部紡
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 165 cm
  • Gender: female
  • Birthday: 15 August
  • Debut: 30 January 2019
  • Image color: #07A4E3
  • Illustrator: 巻羊


"In certain cases of hauntings and apparitions, some kind of local imprint, on material structures or places, has been left by some past events occurring to certain persons, who when on Earth, lived or were closely connected with that particular locality; an echo or phantom of these events becoming perceptible to those now living."
- Sir William F. Barrett, Pyschical Research, 1911.

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Kataribe is a jibakurei - 地縛霊 - an earthbound spirit, tied to a specific location (in this case, a library). Interestingly, 地縛霊 is translated as "stone tape" by Google Translate. Most people would simply dismiss this as Translate misreading the kanji, but in actuality "stone tape" is a real term in parapsychology. Named after a 1972 British TV drama that featured the phenomenon, the stone tape theory posits that living beings can leave a sort of extrasensory impression or recordng of themselves on their surroundings, and under the right conditions these recordings can play back, so to speak. According to proponents of the theory, these recordings are at the heart of most or all ghost sightings and related phenomena. That being said, Kataribe clearly does not fit into this category of spectre. Stone tape ghosts lack any form of sentience. They are merely recordings being played back through time. Ghosts like Kataribe are clearly something different due to their ability to take new actions.