Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou Episode 14
|Nekodamashi-hen, Part 1|
|Released||January 7, 2021|
|Opening theme||I believe what you said|
|Ending theme||God Syndrome|
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou Chronology|
The beginning of the episode depicts the events Rena described at the end of the preceding episode; an enraged Kuraudo Ooishi crashes the Watanagashi Festival, shooting two villagers, subsequently shooting Mion Sonozaki and Shion Sonozaki, and beating Rika Furude to death with a bat.
Rika awakens in the Sea of Fragments. A lingering piece of Hanyuu explains that she used some of her remaining power to give Rika the ability to remember who killed her. Rika despairs at the possibility that, even she manages to escape this loop yet again, she may be suddenly returned to the Hinamizawa of 1983 at some point in the future. Hanyuu tells her of the existence of a sacred sword imbued with her spirit that can kill beings that live in endless loops. Immediately afterwards, the lingering piece of Hanyuu vanishes into the Sea of Fragments, leaving Rika alone.
Rika awakens in her bedroom, once again in Hinamizawa. At school, the club notices that Rika is downtrodden and attempts to lift her spirit by letting her pick the after-school game they play. Rika proposes a village-wide hide-and-seek game, with her as the only one hiding. Despite their best efforts, none of the club members are able to find her before sundown. A suicidal Rika breaks into the Saiguden in search of the sword that Hanyuu told her about. She realizes the sword is missing and instead attempts to kill herself with a broken fragment of the sword she manages to find. Before she can do so, she hears the voices of her friends outside. Rika gives herself "five more loops" to escape June 1983 before she will give up for good.
- Rika Furude
- Kuraudo Ooishi
- Mion Sonozaki
- Shion Sonozaki
- Keiichi Maebara
- Satoko Houjou
- Rena Ryuuguu
- It is noteworthy that Rena described Satoko as being killed when telling Keiichi about Ooishi's actions in the previous episode. However, Satoko does not die in the opening of this episode, which ostensibly shows the events Rena is describing.