Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (anime)

When They Cry Solutions
The cover artwork for the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai anime
(Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai)
GenreMystery, Psychological horror, Supernatural
Anime television series
Directed byChiaki Kon
Produced by
  • Hiroyuki Oomori
  • Mika Nomura
  • Takeshi Okamura
Written by
  • Fumihiko Shimo (eps 2, 6, 8, 12, 19, 20)
  • Masashi Suzuki (eps 3, 7, 9, 13, 17, 21, 23)
  • Rika Nakase (eps 4, 10, 15, 16, 22)
  • Toshifumi Kawase (eps 1, 5, 11, 14, 18, 24)
Music by
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed bySentai Filmworks
NetworkUHF Stations
Original runJuly 6, 2007 – December 17, 2007

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (ひぐらしのなく頃に解, lit. When Cicadas Cry Solutions) is an anime adaptation of two of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai visual novel arcs and is a continuation of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni anime. The series contains twenty-four episodes, which aired between July 6 and December 17, 2007. The series begins with an epilogue to the previous anime and is then divided into three chapters, the first of which is an original story arc meant to add important plot details that were left out of the first anime. The latter two chapters are Minagoroshi-hen between episodes six and thirteen, followed by Matsuribayashi-hen between episodes fourteen and twenty-four.

The second season features slightly different character designs than the first season and better animation.[1] As the result of a murder case in September 2007 in Japan involving the murder of a police officer by his sixteen-year-old daughter with an axe,[2] as well as the Japanese media relating the case to anime such as Higurashi, the latest episode screenings of both Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai were canceled by a number of Japanese TV stations due to excessive violence; however, AT-X, TV Saitama and Sun TV announced that they would be airing the episodes as planned. Later, TV Saitama announced that they had ceased broadcasting of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai from episode thirteen onwards.[3] Additionally, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai had its opening altered when it re-aired. Originally, a bloody bill hook cleaver (as used by Rena) was shown halfway through the opening; it was replaced with an image of a van from the series' fictional junk yard.


Main characters

Keiichi Maebara (前原 圭一, Maebara Keiichi)
Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi (Japanese); Grant George (English)
Played by: Gōki Maeda (movie), Yu Inaba (TV series)
Keiichi is the main protagonist in the first three "question" arcs. The son of a famous artist, his family recently moved to Hinamizawa after a violent incident event involving him in their hometown. His charisma and remarkable talent for rhetoric, which earns him the nickname "Magician of Words," allow him to easily make new friends and become popular in the village, not to mention win some of the club activities. Early in the story, in the Onikakushi-hen arc, he is affected by paranoia and driven to commit murder; however, the inner strength and unshaken belief in his friends he acquires in the other arcs are one of the keys to solving the mystery. Eventually, he is even able to recall some of the events of the past repetitions. When he is in need of a weapon, he wields Satoshi's old baseball bat. It is later revealed in the story that before arriving at Hinamizawa, he grew weary of school, due to his ostracism from having a genius level intelligence, and was the perpetrator of a series of crimes involving shooting children with a BB gun. Keiichi has also demonstrated instances which suggest that he harbours certain romantic feelings for Mion Sonozaki.

Rena Ryugu (竜宮 レナ, Ryūgū Rena)[4]
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese); Mela Lee (English)
Played by: Airi Matsuyama (movie), Minami Kato (TV series)
Rena is a girl in the same grade level as Keiichi and the main female protagonist of the question arcs. She is very kind and takes care of Keiichi whenever possible, but is also naïve and is usually subject to light teasing by Keiichi. She is distinguished by her obsession with things she perceives as adorable, calling them kāii (かぁいい, a slurred form of kawaii (かわいい), meaning "cute"), which are usually moekko characters or items she finds while scouring the local dump. Whenever she sees something that grabs her attention, she proclaims "I'm gonna take it home!" (お持ち帰り〜, Omochikaerī) and proceeds to try and do so, becoming virtually unstoppable during these intervals. She also utters the phrase haū (はぅ〜) when excited or flustered, and has a habit of repeating phrases at the ends of her sentences, most famously kana? kana? (かな? かな?, lit. "I wonder, I wonder?"). This is also an onomatopoeia of the sound that higurashi cicadas make.
Rena's real name is Reina (礼奈), a name she used normally before she moved from Hinamizawa to Ibaraki with her parents one year prior to the events of the story. There she discovered her mother having an affair, causing Reina to smash all the windows in her new school and assault three male students with a metal bat under the influence of the Hinamizawa syndrome. Believing herself to be cursed by Oyashiro for leaving Hinamizawa, Reina returned to the village with her father shortly after the incident and changed her name to "Rena" out of shame of her parents' subsequent divorce. So as not to alarm Keiichi, Rena claims to be a relative newcomer to Hinamizawa herself. Because of the incident, Rena is sensitive about the topic of Oyashiro, believing strongly in the existence of the deity and the curse, and becoming angry and unstable whenever anyone questions it. Her weapon of choice is a large cleaver borrowed from her tool shed (the dump in the anime).

Mion Sonozaki (園崎 魅音, Sonozaki Mion)
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Megan Hollingshead (English)
Played by: Rin Asuka (movie), Rika Nakai (TV series)
Mion is the oldest kid in Keiichi's class. As the elder, she is the class president and everyone looks up to her as the leader. Her social skills are on par with Keiichi, whom she highly respects as a friend and rival (though it is later shown that she is in love with him). She acts like a tomboy, and calls herself oji-san (meaning old man), but has a hidden girlish side. She is next in line to be the head of the Sonozaki household, one of the Three Families which holds tremendous influence in Hinamizawa. She is often seen with a holstered airsoft gun, even though she is never seen using it, and was removed in the PS2 adaption of the game; she is, however, very adept in the use of martial arts. She is notable as the only character that has never been driven to the extreme paranoia that causes the others to kill in the question arcs and the first two answer arcs. Her real name is actually Shion, as she was born second to the family, but due to sister swapping even at a young age, she was mistakenly taken as Mion and branded with the oni tattoo, ultimately causing her to stay as Mion. Mion also serves as leader of the after-school club consisting entirely of the main characters. She organizes a variety of strategy-based games for the members to play with penalties for any losers. Penalties usually involve wearing embarrassing or frilly outfits on the way home. Each game she organizes involves bending the general rules or using questionable and crude methods to win such as playing cards with a marked deck or using feminine wiles to discourage opposition.

Shion Sonozaki (園崎 詩音, Sonozaki Shion)
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Megan Hollingshead (English)
Played by: Rika Nakai
Shion is Mion's identical twin sister, who currently resides in Okinomiya. In spite of their externally different personalities, she and Mion often switch places, and it can be difficult to distinguish between them. It is noted by Rena that, although externally the twins are very different, on the inside, they are really the same. Their first switch took place when they were little. Right before tattooing the symbol of an demon/oni, which is reserved for the older sister, she was mistakenly identified as Shion, the younger sister, which means that she was actually born as Mion Sonozaki, the older sister. Since then, she switched her identity of Mion with Shion, the younger sister. This initial switch is only mentioned in the sound novel and manga, but not the anime. She was sent by the Sonozaki family to a private boarding school, named St Lucia, but escaped and returned to live near her hometown, where she lives with Kasai. In spite of all this, she and Mion maintain a close relationship. In most of the arcs, she is at a different school from the other main characters, and therefore appears less frequently. She was in love with Satoshi, and blames the Three Families of Hinamizawa for his disappearance in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen (the latter told from her point of view). In the anime, she is required to perform a "Distinction of Right and Wrong," a ritual of self-mutiliation to pluck out three fingernails in front of witnesses in order to purge her 'sin', believeing that doing so will cause Satoshi to be spared, an event personally overseen by Mion, which drastically strains their relationship. This, along with a demonic alter-ego she manifested in her grief, eventually drives her to mass murder, which led her previously latent paranoid schizophrenia to eventually develop into a full-on psychosis. One of the last words that they exchanged before he disappeared was a promise to take care of Satoko. In Watanagashi-hen and, more explicitly, Meakashi-hen, her resentment toward Satoko for her role in his disappearance causes her to forget this promise and murder her, only to remember too late; however, in subsequent arcs, she has taken the promise to heart to the point where she is willing to give up her life for Satoko. In Meakashi-hen, she is shown to be delusional to a point beyond the other characters (with the arguable exception of Rena), as she repeatedly deludes, among other things, that she sees Satoshi after his disappearance. She works as a waitress at the Angel-Mort restaurant and is the manager's assistant for the Hinamizawa Fighters little league team. She is often seen carrying a taser, which she'd use in emergency situations, and also wears a yellow ribbon in her hair. She is also shown to be good with guns, along with Kasai, in Matsuribayashi-hen.

Satoko Houjou (北条 沙都子, Hōjō Satoko)[4]
Voiced by: Mika Kanai (Japanese); Jennie Kwan (English)
Played by: Erena Ono (movie), Reina Seiji (TV series)
Satoko is a younger classmate in Keiichi's school. She has a distinctive style of speech, ending all of her sentences with ~wa, and is known for her boastful laugh. In spite of her young age, she seems to have an impressive arm strength and is quite clever in setting up traps, and likes to practice on Keiichi. Although her personality is quite energetic and mischievous during the events of the games, Satoko's past was full of trauma; she shoved her parents down a cliff because she was paranoid, caused by the Hinamizawa Syndrome, and she was abused by her foster parents (her aunt and uncle), and her beloved brother Satoshi disappeared. And in Matsuribayashi-hen, Irie suggested she killed her parents because she thought they would kill her, and so to her it was an act of self-defense. She was suffering from the Hinamizawa Syndrome at that time, and though Takano wanted to dissect her alive for study, Irie fought to save her life. She is one of the few characters to ever recover from Level 5 of the Syndrome, but has to take shots on a regular basis. Though she greatly misses Satoshi, and feels that by being strong he will return, she comes to regard Keiichi as her new "nii-nii" (にーにー, a cute term for "older brother"), and once even regards Shion as "nee-nee" (ねーねー, a cute term for "older sister"). She dislikes kabocha, and confuses cauliflower with broccoli.

Rika Furude (古手 梨花, Furude Rika)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Japanese); Rebecca Forstadt (English)
Played by: Aika (movie), Hinata Honma (TV series)
Rika is the main character in Minagoroshi-hen. She is a younger classmate in Keiichi's school, and is in the same grade level as Satoko. Naturally, she is great friends with her, as they live together in the same house. She is revered by the villagers as the heir of the local shrine, and plays the role of a miko in the annual Watanagashi Festival. She has been the head of the Furude house since her parents died, but rarely attends town meetings due to her young age. While she does speak in normal context, she likes to say nonsense words such as mii (みぃ〜) and nipah (にぱ〜) and often ends her sentences with nano desu (〜なのです, lit. "it is so"), which inflame Rena's passion for cute things. She also likes to describe events using sound effects, such as "The cat was going 'nya nya' and 'scritch scritch'" or saying "Clap! Clap! Clap!" when clapping her hands. In reality, she is being reborn in a 'new world' at some random time before or during June 1983, and in most of the worlds she is the only one to remember the previous lives. She believes she has lived over 100 years by the time of Tsumihoroboshi-hen, but continues to act like a child in order not to alarm her friends. Prior to Matsuribayashi-hen, she is the only one able to see Hanyu, who has been an "imaginary friend" to her all her life. Despite her young appearance, she seems to be quite fond of wine, as well as kimchi, which she uses to silence Hanyu when Rika is in a bad mood; this works because both Hanyu and Rika's senses are linked together, though this seems to be redundant by Matsuribayashi-hen, possibly because of Hanyu's coming into the world. It is later revealed that Rika's death would cause an outbreak in Hinamizawa which everyone would go on a rampage of hysteria. Further on, she attempts to stop Takano from her killing spree by pulling her friends and others around her together.

Hanyu (羽入, Hanyū)
Voiced by: Yui Horie
Hanyu is the mysterious "transfer student" in Matsuribayashi-hen. She has a pair of dark colored horns on her head, one of which is chipped slightly. In the original sound novels, they are mentioned by Keiichi, who mistook them for toys, but after noticing that Hanyu was sensitive about them, he apologizes and the club members assure her there is nothing wrong with them. However in the anime, no one seems to notice or mention them, with the exception of Takano, who calls her a "monster". She has appeared to Rika all her life, but only in Matsuribayashi-hen and Miotsukushi-hen did she gain the power to interact with others, posing as a distant relative of Rika's and given the name "Hanyu Furude." Like many of the characters, she can be frightening when angered, and with her spirit-like nature, her appearance can change with her mood until she takes a physical form. She is the one responsible for the eternally repeating June 1983, which she created in order to save Rika from being murdered. She is also responsible for the "footstep you hear after you stop walking," "feeling of being watched as you sleep," and hearing "I'm sorry" when no one is around or says it, which causes the characters to have severe paranoia. She follows around the characters, repeatedly apologizing for not being able to change their fate. She is very meek and often makes the noise "Au au, au au…" when she is nervous or uncomfortable, or sometimes while trying to make a point. She tends to end her sentences with nano desu (なのです, lit. "it is so"). She dislikes alcohol and kimchi, which Rika imbibes in large amounts as punishment when she finds Hanyu annoying (as Hanyu and Rika's senses are linked together until Hanyu takes physical form). She mentions that she is a "being above humans" after being sacrificed to atone for the sin of humans, while both Rika and Takano describe her as a kind of deity. Rika refers to her as "Oyashiro" when talking with others (evident from Shion's chat with Rika in Meakashi-hen) but does not personally think of her as Oyashiro; instead, she sees her as a close friend. In Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei, Hanyu tells Rika that she was sacrificed to atone for the sins of the people of the village, and Hanyu asked Ōka Furude (古手 桜花, Furude Ōka) (Hanyu's own daughter and Rika's ancestor, who appears physically almost identical to Rika) to kill her and then make the village a better place. In the DS-exclusive arc, Kotohogushi-hen, it was revealed that Hanyu's real name was error: {{nihongo}}: Japanese or romaji text required (help), and that she had a child, Ōka, with the Shinto Priest Riku Furude.

Recurring characters

Satoshi Houjou (北条 悟史, Hōjō Satoshi)[4]
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (drama CD), Yū Kobayashi (anime/Japanese), Darrel Guilbeau (English)
Satoshi is the older brother of Satoko Houjou. Although he is currently missing, his past influence is the key to the actions of several characters in Higurashi. Keiichi is often compared to Satoshi by other characters, as the two have certain physical similarities, and, in some arcs, display the same odd behavior and paranoia. Like Satoko, he cannot distinguish the difference between cauliflower and broccoli. Satoshi is referred to by Satoko as nii-nii, a childish form of the Japanese word ani (, meaning older brother). According to the TIPS in Meakashi-hen, he was last seen at a Nagoya train station boarding a Shinkansen bound for Tokyo. This was revealed prior to the start of Matsuribayashi-hen to be a result of him trying to run away from home due to his abuse, only to change his mind a few moments later. While it is suggested that he may have witnessed his aunt's death in the games, in the anime, Satoshi is implied to have killed her or was so disturbed that he believed he did. Combined with the stress of taking care of Satoko and the murder, he succumbs to Hinamizawa Syndrome. In Matsuribayashi-hen and Miotsukushi-hen, it is revealed that Doctor Irie put him under heavy sedation in the underground parts of the clinic.
Oyashiro (オヤシロ)
Always referred to as Oyashiro-sama, he is a deity observed in Hinamizawa and seems to be rather violent and brutal; his sacred shrine is full of ancient torture equipment. Legend says that Oyashiro brought peace between the villagers of Onigafuchi (Lit. Demon's abyss), the former name of Hinamizawa, and the demons that spouted from the Onigafuchi Marsh. The actual existence of Oyashiro is something of debate, some can see Oyashiro as the simple "perception" of a god. However, those who experience extreme paranoia (Keiichi, Shion, and Rena in perspective chapters) refer to Oyashiro as the "footsteps you hear when you stop walking" and felt like you were always "being watched".
Kuraudo Ooishi (大石 蔵人, Ōishi Kuraudo)[4]
Voiced by: Chafurin (Japanese); John Snyder (English)
Played by: Tetta Sugimoto (Movie), Shinobu Tsuruta (TV Series)
Kuraudo Ooishi is a veteran police investigator at Okinomiya who has vowed to solve the mystery of the Hinamizawa murders before his retirement, to avenge the first victim who he was friends with. Due to his uncouth tactics and the lengths that he goes to in order to solve the mystery, he is looked upon as a nuisance by the villagers, especially the Sonozaki family. He approaches one of the main characters to become his informant in several arcs, and is sometimes unwittingly responsible for triggering their paranoia. However, he plays an integral role in aiding the protagonists during the last two answer arcs, Matsuribayashi-hen and Minagoroshi-hen.
Jirou Tomitake (富竹 ジロウ, Tomitake Jirō)[4]
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English)
Played by: Masashi Taniguchi (movie), Yuma Ishigaki (TV series)
Jirou Tomitake is a freelance photographer who occasionally visits Hinamizawa (Around three times every year). He gets along well with Miyo Takano, because of their similar interests in photography. Despite being only an occasional visitor, he seems to know a fair amount about Hinamizawa's past (Specifically the Hinamizawa murders). Ooishi and the police are suspicious of his true identity. In the first six arcs, he is consistently found dead of suicide (clawing his throat out) on the night of Watanagashi, triggering many of the events that follow. It is revealed later, however, that he was actually murdered by Miyo, who gives him an injection of the H173 drug, produced in the process of developing a cure for the Hinamizawa Syndrome, but has the exact opposite effect (incurring the symptoms of the disease instead). Jirou is revealed in Minagoroshi-hen to be an officer working on the Hinamizawa Syndrome, together with Miyo Takano and Kyosuke Irie, and is but merely posing as a photographer.

Miyo Takano (鷹野 三四, Takano Miyo)
Voiced by: Miki Itō (Japanese); Karen Strassman (English), Fuyuka Ōura (Child)
Played by: Ayako Kawahara (movie), Rie Kitahara (TV series)
Miyo is a nurse at the village clinic. She has taken a keen interest in Hinamizawa's past and culture, recording all her speculation in notebooks. At times, her storytelling can be very mysterious and chilling—she seems to enjoy putting people on edge. In the first six arcs, she consistently disappears on the night of Watanagashi, and an incinerated body thought to be hers is found in the mountains (and the autopsy report states that she actually died the day before the festival). Miyo is the person who kills Rika, leaving her body and scattered organs out for the crows to eat. It is shown that following the death of her parents when she was a child, she was sent to an orphanage, where she and other children were regularly abused. Eventually, she calls Hifumi Takano's (her father's former professor) number for help and is saved by him after she and her friends attempt to escape. In the manga, they further detail what happens to her and her friends when they try to run away. She calls Hifumi, but is caught and then is forced to watch her friends undergo strange types of torture. They try to torture her as well, but Hifumi eventually saves her. Her original name is Miyoko Tanashi (田無 美代子, Tanashi Miyoko), but she changed it when she was adopted by Hifumi Takano. Hifumi was the one who started Miyo on the path of medicine with his study of the Hinamizawa Syndrome. Her gratitude to her adoptive grandfather is what motivates her to kill Rika, as the scientific community mocked Hifumi's work on parasites, and the release of the Hinamizawa parasite would vindicate his research.
Kyousuke Irie (入江 京介, Irie Kyōsuke)[4]
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese); Dave Mallow (English)
Played by: Kōtarō Tanaka (Movie), Tomohiro Kaku (TV Series)
Kyosuke is the head doctor of the village clinic. Despite his young age and the fact that he has a severe maid fetish, he is highly respected in the community. He cheerfully makes house calls and seems to truly care about everyone's health. He has (half-jokingly) admitted that he wishes to marry Satoko when she is older, but is not above chasing after Rika when she is wearing one of the uniforms from the restaurant Angel Mort. In addition, he is the manager of the village's baseball little league team, the Hinamizawa Fighters. In the past, he has performed lobotomies without consent, which led to him being banished from the medical academic society in Tokyo. He is recruited by Takano to direct research the Hinamizawa Syndrome, which he feels will redeem himself. It is later revealed that he works under Miyo in research, where he is trying to find a cure for Hinamizawa Syndrome, while not knowing of his employer's true desires.
Rumiko Chie (知恵 留美子, Chie Rumiko)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese); Sam Carr (English), Hitomi Miwa (live action)
Rumiko is the female teacher of Keiichi's class, who is a parody character of Tsukihime's Ciel (permission for her usage was given by Type-Moon). The voice actress for her character in the anime series is the same as the voice actress of Ciel from the Tsukihime anime. Going along with the parody, her favorite food is curry rice, just like Ciel, and she will react violently when anyone insults it. Also, in the comedic chapter Batsukoishi-hen, she is shown wielding six small wooden boards in the same fashion that Ciel wields her "Black Keys" swords.
Mamoru Akasaka (赤坂 衛, Akasaka Mamoru)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English), Takehito Koyasu (drama CD)
Mamoru is the main character in Himatsubushi-hen. He is a young police investigator at the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo. He befriended Rika while investigating a case in Hinamizawa four years ago, all due to a prophecy about his wife which came true, though he just brushed it off as coincidence. In an untold world, Mamoru regrets being unable to save his wife and Rika, and learns martial arts to clear his mind, hoping to relive the time before Himatsubushi-hen to save them. Through a miracle, Mamoru inherits his martial art skills in Matsuribayashi-hen, using them to single-handedly defeat a Yamainu squad, and decides to save Rika from her destined death as a payment for saving his wife through her prophecy.
Tatsuyoshi Kasai (葛西 辰由, Kasai Tatsuyoshi)
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese); Steve Kramer (English)
Tatsuyoshi is an employee of the Sonozaki family, who looks like a secret agent. He was more active in the past, but has settled down to become Shion's caretaker. He somehow knows both Teppei and Rina, and is aware of their lifestyles and badgering tactics. In Matsuribayashi-hen, he displays extreme strength and combat experience while raiding the Irie Clinic, frequently subduing members of the Yamainu.
Teppei Houjou (北条 鉄平, Hōjō Teppei)[4]
Voiced by: Katsuhisa Hōki (Japanese); Steve Kramer (English)
Played by: Hiroo Ōtaka (movie), Tomohiro Waki (TV series)
Teppei is Satoko and Satoshi's uncle/foster father. He and his wife were forced to take care of Satoko and Satoshi after the death of their parents, but they abused them. He currently lives in Okinomiya. According to Kasai, he is a pimp and uses his lover Rina to swindle men out of their money. He is killed by Keiichi in Tatarigoroshi-hen to protect Satoko, and by Rena in Tsumihoroboshi-hen when he tries to blackmail her father. Shion contemplates killing him in Minagoroshi-hen to protect Satoko, but Keiichi stops her before she can make the same mistake.
Tamae Houjou (北条 玉枝, Hōjō Tamae)[4]
Voiced by: Kujira (Japanese); Lori Petty (English)
Satoko and Satoshi's aunt/foster mother. She was beaten to death on the night of last year's Watanagashi Festival, causing Teppei to flee Hinamizawa. A drug addict was charged with her murder, but various characters suspect that Satoshi was the true murderer, which he either was, or deluded himself to think he was.
Oryou Sonozaki (園崎 お魎, Sonozaki Oryō)
Voiced by: Shizuka Okohira (Japanese); Barbara Goodson (English)
Oryō is Mion and Shion's grandmother and head of the Sonozaki household. She appears to be a very harsh old woman and is considered the most powerful person in Hinamizawa. Both Mion and Shion call her 'Oni-baba', meaning 'demon granny'. She had the twins separated when they were young, in order to try to avoid the curse of twin heirs, also treating Shion badly whenever they meet. Shion suspects that she was the mastermind in Satoshi's disappearance, and accidentally kills her while attempting to interrogate her in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen. Although she appears to be somewhat of a tyrant, she occasionally shows her softer side such as agreeing to help Satoko when Keiichi stood up to her and is only harsh to keep appearances. She respects him after this and later described him as an interesting young man in Minagoroshi-hen (but warns him that he will be chased around with a sword if he shows up again).
Kiichirou Kimiyoshi (公由 喜一郎, Kimiyoshi Kiichirō)[4]
Voiced by: Masaaki Tsukada (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English)
Head of one of the Three Families, and the official village chief of Hinamizawa. He seems to be a kindly old man, but is vehement in his hatred for Hinamizawa's enemies. As this includes Satoshi and the rest of the Houjou family, he is killed by Shion in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen.
Rina Mamiya (間宮 リナ, Mamiya Rina)
Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (Japanese); Kirsten Potter (English), Kyōko Hikami (drama CD), Aya Sugimoto (live action)
Rina is a woman who appears in Rena's life in the story Tsumihoroboshi-hen. She is the lover of Teppei Houjou, and together they swindle men out of their money through intimidation and blackmail schemes. Her real name is Ritsuko, but she uses Rina as a fake name. Rena kills her to protect her father. She is killed in Tatarigoroshi-hen, when her body was found in a bag in a storm drain after having been tortured to death by an unknown assailant, in Minagoroshi-hen, when she is murdered by members of the yakuza when she tries to flee Okinomiya, and in Miotsukushi-hen, where she is killed by Takano. Her death often triggers Teppei's return to Hinamizawa.
Akane Sonozaki (園崎 茜, Sonozaki Akane)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese) Megan Hollingshead (English)
Akane is the mother of Mion and Shion Sonozaki and is the daughter of Oryō Sonozaki, the leader of the Sonozaki household. She attends the council meetings with Oryō and obeys her commands despite the fact that she lost the inheritance of the Sonozaki estate for marrying an outsider.
Tetsurou Okonogi (小此木, Okonogi Tetsurō)
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (anime, Japanese), Ken Narita (games, Japanese), Dave Mallow (English)
Okonogi is the leader of an organization called the Yamainu. The Yamainu are a group of what are essentially mercenaries, working for the group "Tokyo". They work for Miyo Takano to help her carry out her plan to destroy Hinamizawa, but betray her in the end when things go wrong.
Nomura (野村)
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
Nomura is a mysterious woman who represents "Tokyo"; an organization plotting the whole murder and massacre of Hinamizawa. "Tokyo" members consist of very powerful figures such as governmental and political people. Within this organization, there are three main members who investigate directly in Hinamizawa: Kyousuke Irie, Miyo Takano, and Jirou Tomitake. "Tokyo" has control over a large group of soldiers, known as the Yamainu, whom they lend to Takano.
Frederica Bernkastel (フレデリカ・ベルンカステル, Furederika Berunkasuteru)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
Frederica is an omni-present being surrounding the Higurashi universe. Frederica is the writer of the poem about Rika's struggle to escape the fate of June 1983, giving hints about each arc. She likes playing with time and events, as seen in puzzle piece #52 and the end of the second season of the anime, entering an alternate world and stopping Miyoko's parents from dying. Although she claims that she is not Rika, it's implied that she is the collective mentality of the several thousand reincarnations of Rika. The pronunciation of "Frederica" roughly resembles Rika's name in eastern order, and Bernkastel is well known for its wine.
Yukie Akasaka (赤坂 雪絵, Akasaka Yukie)
Voiced by: Risa Mizuno (Japanese); Karen Strassman (English), Rie Kanda (drama CD)
Yukie is Mamoru's wife, and is only seen in Himatsubushi-hen. In that chapter she stays in the hospital while she is pregnant, and, after praying for her husband's safety while he is in Hinamizawa, falls down the stairs and dies, while her child, Miyuki, survives. In the Minagoroshi-hen and Matsuribayashi-hen chapters however, it is revealed in these alternate timelines that Mamoru returned early after heeding Rika's warning, thus preventing her death.


No. in
TitleOriginal air date
281 "Reunion"
"Saikai" (サイカイ) 
July 6, 2007
In a direct epilogue of Tsumihoroboshi-hen, Oishi, Akasaka and Sawada visit the abandoned village to learn about the disaster and connection to Takano's file No. 34. The adult Rena informs them about Rika. 
292 "Disaster Awakening Chapter One – Playing Tag"
"Yakusamashi-hen Sono Ichi – Onigokko" (厄醒し編 其の壱 鬼ごっこ) 
July 13, 2007
Back in 1983, Keiichi and friends play "zombie tag" at school. Later, Irie, Tomitake and Takano inform them about the curse and murders. That night, Rika tells nothing for Satoko. 
303 "Disaster Awakening Chapter Two – Powerless"
"Yakusamashi-hen Sono Ni – Muryoku" (厄醒し編 其の弐 無力) 
July 20, 2007
Satoko worries about Rika's prediction. She hears her arguing with a mysterious voice, telling her she will get killed in the future. 
314 "Disaster Awakening Chapter Three – Pre-established Harmony"
"Yakusamashi-hen Sono San – Yotei Chōwa" (厄醒し編 其の参 予定調和) 
July 27, 2007
During the festival preparations, Rika fails to warn Tomitake about his death. After Irie left the clinic and Satoko sets a trap around the house, the man inspects it. 
325 "Disaster Awakening Chapter Four – The Great Hinamizawa Disaster"
"Yakusamashi-hen Sono Yon – Hinamizawa Daisaigai" (厄醒し編 其の四 雛見沢大災害) 
August 3, 2007
After hiding Satoko, Rika is killed by the Japan Self-Defense Forces at the shrine. Satoko discovers that everyone are unconscious and she is sent to the hospital. While in her catatonic state, Satoko discovers Rena's message before dying from heart failure. 
336 "Massacre Chapter One – Rules of the Labyrinth"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Ichi – Meiro no Hōsoku" (皆殺し編 其の壱 迷路の法則) 
August 10, 2007
Rika survives and travels back in time with Hanyū. The customers participate the voting game tournament, instead of Karuta. Keiichi wins the doll for Mion to recover her feelings and potentially avoid the tragedy. Rika decides to change the story and save her friends. 
347 "Massacre Chapter Two – How to Change Destiny"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Ni – Unmei no Kaekata" (皆殺し編 其の弐 運命の変え方) 
August 17, 2007
Rika learns that her friends had memories within their dreams, taking place since bad events occurred. Rika tells Hanyū that she will break free from the spell. 
358 "Massacre Chapter Three – Fluctuation"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono San – Yuragi" (皆殺し編 其の参 揺らぎ) 
August 24, 2007
Rika discovers Teppei continuing to abuse Satoko. Keiichi and friends make a plan to stop Teppei, but the government is reluctant to cooperate. Rika convinces Keiichi and friends to get Satoko back. 
369 "Massacre Chapter Four – Negotiation"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Yon – Kōshō" (皆殺し編 其の四 交渉) 
August 31, 2007
After Keiichi and friends recover Satoko, she unveils Teppei's evidence. While Satoko stays at the clinic, Keiichi and townspeople make a plan at the Child Counseling Center. During the meeting, Rika realizes that she will take action. 
3710 "Massacre Chapter Five – Showdown"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Go – Taiketsu" (皆殺し編 其の伍 対決) 
September 7, 2007
After Keiichi and friends inform the village elders about Satoko's fate, the citizens protest the manager at the center along with the councillors. Elsewhere, Satoko refuses Teppei to steal the bank book. 
3811 "Massacre Chapter Six – Strong Will"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Roku – Tsuyoi Ishi" (皆殺し編 其の六 強い意志) 
September 14, 2007
Satoko talks on the phone with Keiichi and Rika about the dam incident. After the police arrive and arrest Teppei, Satoko reunites with her friends. During the Cotton Drifting Festival, Rika predicts the future about Tomitake and Takano's fate. Back at the clinic, Takano calls out the Yamainu security forces and makes Tomitake commit suicide. She leaves him to have everyone inspect him. 
3912 "Massacre Chapter Seven – Hinamizawa Syndrome"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Nana – Hinamizawa Shōkōgun" (皆殺し編 其の七 雛見沢症候群) 
September 25, 2007
Rika tells her friends about the Hinamizawa Syndrome, regarding how that the disease whose symptoms show up when one tries to leave Hinamizawa. Rika reveals that the clinic was actually an establishment built to research it, or more specifically gather information on how to harness the disease as a biological weapon, sponsored by various bureaucratic connections collectively referred to as Tokyo. The group are tasked with maintaining the secrecy of such an operation. Irie is revealed to be innocent in this matter, as he was originally hired as a director of the institute but his actual intentions were to find a cure for the syndrome rather than to develop a biological weapon. Rika reveals that her family lineage referred to as "Queen Carriers" that have suppressed the onset of symptoms of the syndrome, and thus Rika herself is targeted by the group. Rika's friends believe her without hesitation. The police are stationed, at Rika's request, around the Furude residence to give her added protection. Meanwhile, Oishi and his assistant come across the group trespassing at a radio tower, and both are murdered when they try to question the group. 
4013 "Massacre Chapter Eight – Finale"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Hachi – Shūmatsu" (皆殺し編 其の八 終末) 
October 1, 2007
After Keiichi's friends head to the office, Rika talks with Hanyu about her upcoming death. Meanwhile, the group disable the guards and infiltrate the house, but Rika and Satoko unite with their friends. They head for the household, but Takano and the members apparently kill the rest, leaving Rika for last. Rika asks Takano to kill her without anesthesia in an attempt to carve the culprit's identity behind the murder, thus preventing the events from this and past worlds from repeating themselves. Rika is lethally gutted. The spirits of Keiichi's friends meet and agree that Hanyu must have the will to cheat death. Meanwhile, the villagers are rounded up at the school and gassed to death, while an ecstatic Takano proclaims her ascension to godhood. 
4114 "Festival Music Chapter One – Miyo"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Ichi – Miyo" (祭囃し編 其の壱 三四) 
October 8, 2007
From her childhood beginning, Takano's foster grandfather Dr. Hifumi develop the research of biological parasites, after Takano's parents were killed in a bus accident. Takano was sent to an orphanage, where she and her friends suffered with the abuse. While they escape, Takano is ambushed by the enraged headmaster at the forest. During adulthood, Takano continues the research and is sent to the institute as second in command alongside Irie and Tomitake. In another flashback, Takano upsets the god and wakes up, apparently dreaming the entire time. Takano looks over there and proclaims that her actions will be a continuation of Hifumi's legacy. 
4215 "Festival Music Chapter Two – Wriggling"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Ni – Ugomeki" (祭囃し編 其の弐 蠢き) 
October 15, 2007
Takano contacts Hifumi and pleads for help before the call ran out of time. Takano was recaptured and returned to the orphanage, but she was soon taken to Hifumi who had looked into her plea. Later, Takano became his assistant for organizing his research for the syndrome in preparation for a presentation among peers of her colleague, Koizumi. Takano's research is rejected and even mocked by the intellectuals during the presentation, fueling young Takano's determination to continue his research and make her grandfather a "god". Takano later graduated with high honors and joined an intellectual society which could financially support her research. A few years later, Hanyū becomes upset at Takano for using the research against the village. 
4316 "Festival Music Chapter Three – The Beginning of the End"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono San – Owari no Hajimari" (祭囃し編 其の参 終わりの始まり) 
October 22, 2007
The events of the dam incident are shown, including when the Hojo family first antagonized themselves against the Sonozaki family and Hinamizawa residents. It is revealed that the dam construction manager was killed by the workaholics during the rampage. Meanwhile, Takano and Irie research the syndrome at the institute, but they needed a live specimen to prove the linkage between a parasite and the onset of the syndrome. They eventually utilized one of the construction workers (who had succumbed to a state of psychosis) responsible for the murder of the construction manager as a live specimen. In another flashback, Satoshi talks with Dr. Irie regarding how he wants Satoko to stay at the clinic longer so that Satoko won't fight with her aunt at home, simultaneously lifting a burden off of himself. During all these events, Hanyū feels helpless and apologetic, but years later she and Rika eagerly await the arrival of the one person who will be the key to bringing an end to Takano's intentions. 
4417 "Festival Music Chapter Four – Strategy"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Yon – Bōryaku" (祭囃し編 其の四 謀略) 
October 29, 2007
In order to save Satoko from the syndrome, Rika offers herself as a test subject for Irie and Takano's research, since Rika's status as a "Queen Carrier" and its suppression of the syndrome allows possible drugs to be derived from her blood. Takano prepares a plan to cover up the gassing of Hinamizawa residents as a natural disaster. Meanwhiel, Oishi investigates the deaths of Satoko's parents and implies to Dr. Irie that Satoko herself was responsible for their deaths, a consequence of a strained relationship between her and her parents. While Rika is at the clinic, her parents objected to their use as a subject, and thus Takano utilized Oyashiro's curse to cover up her murder of Rika's parents that year. The institution faces closure since treatments had been developed by Irie to combat the syndrome, despite Takano's wishes to continue research for the sake of her late grandfather. Takano meets a woman claiming that she can help her attaining personal goals. 
4518 "Festival Music Chapter Five – The Final Piece"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Go – Saigo no Koma" (祭囃し編 其の伍 最後の駒) 
November 5, 2007
Ichiro Maebara checks the open plot of land in Hinamizawa in preparation of moving his family into the village, meeting Rika and Hanyu along the way. Rena and her father live in the village, while Rena's mother abandoned them. Satoshi exhibits stress and concern over her well-being, and had worked for a while to buy Satoko a giant teddy bear. However, Satoshi succumbs to the disease after becoming psychotic. Satoshi is henceforth taken in for experimentation, seen outwardly as his disappearance. Mion converses with Oryō about the new people in the village. Oryō refers to the newcomers as a "refreshing" presence that she can use as an opportunity to bury the hatchet over old conflicts in the village. Keiichi soon enters the Hinamizawa school as Rika and Hanyū look on, proclaiming that all the pieces have come together for the impending struggle against destiny. 
4619 "Festival Music Chapter Six – Opening"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Roku – Makuake" (祭囃し編 其の六 幕開け) 
November 12, 2007
Hanyū is introduced into the world as a transfer student to the Hinamizawa school. She reminiscences about Takano, and learn that she and the group are behind the evidence. Hanyu informs Rika, who apparently lost her memories. Hanyu discloses the backstory as a former god of the local land. Akasaka returns to Hinamizawa to investigate Rika's clairvoyance and her connection to the curse, and recruits Oishi along the way. Irie discloses "Emergency Manual #34" to Rika, which states that the sudden death of the "Queen Carrier" will lead to the gas eruptions for virus symptoms. Rika tries to decode the reason why Takano would try to kill her, and recruits her friends by analogizing her situation. Mion suggests that opposing factions of a secret society may be contending for power. Meanwhile, Takano works at the new research facility to set a strategy against Koizumi's Faction. 
4720 "Festival Music Chapter Seven – Trap"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Nana – Torappu" (祭囃し編 其の七 トラップ) 
November 19, 2007
Rika, Oishi and Akasaka present Takano to Irie and Tomitake, and enlist Tomitake to gather incriminating evidence in the shadows. Rika asserts to Oishi that the Sonozaki family is not the one behind the murder. Rika later reveals to her friends the truth of her intended murder and they manage to boost each other's morale to confront Takano's willpower together. Rika ponders that her experiences in past worlds were used, as it seems her friends have inherently learned from their past mistakes. Keiichi and Satoko devise a plan to save Rika as an effort to debunk the validity of "Emergency Manual #34". Meanwhile, Irie is still skeptical of Takano's intentions, but his suspicions are confirmed when he visits Akasaka, who is stationed at Rika's house to appear as if Rika and Satoko are in the residence (the two hide at the Sonozaki residence in the meantime). Rika and her friends attempt to enlist the help of Oishi to make a police announcement of Rika's death, but Oishi is hesitant at first. Meanwhile, Tomitake learns of Takano's connection with Koizumi, and her monetary connections with the group as a result. Irie and Oishi are surprised to learn that many of the village elders have laid down past conflicts and now preach peace with the Hojo family. Oishi enlists the others to carry out Rika. 
4821 "Festival Music Chapter Eight – 48 Hours"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Hachi – Yonjū-hachi Jikan" (祭囃し編 其の八 48時間) 
November 26, 2007
Oblivious with Tomitake and Dr. Irie's betrayal, Takano continues on with the plan. Oishi confirms with Rika and her friends that the local precinct is on board with the announcement of Rika's death, set to be announced at dawn. The grand plan is named "Operation 48 Hours". The next day, Takano's group is sent into a scramble over the validity of the report. Meanwhile, Oishi and associates deal with the organization spy, Otaka, over the phone, who plans to come and investigate Rika's apparent death. The group led by Okonogi eventually realize that they are being attacked by an organized plan. The group attempt to find Tomitake and find a trace as a source of calls with the Investigation Bureau to prevent a leakage of the operation. Otaka arrives at the precinct, claiming to have the backing of Councilor Sonozaki, but he is on site and dispels such a claim. Meanwhile, Takano learns about Rika, becoming suspicious for Irie and Tomitake. 
4922 "Festival Music Chapter Nine – Offense and Defense"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Kyū – Koubou" (祭囃し編 其の九 攻防) 
December 3, 2007
While Takano keeps Tomitake hostage, the group damages the car. Takano plants a transmitter on Irie's lab coat to reveal Rika's hideout, before Shion and Kasai bring him to the Sonozaki estate. Keiichi and friends attempt to escape down the secret tunnel, but the group forces Rika to surrender herself. Before Okonogi uses the syringe, Akasaka appears and saves Rika. Keiichi and friends plan to strike back. In the midst of the formation of their counterattack, it is revealed to Shion by Irie that Satoshi is at the clinic. 
5023 "Festival Music Chapter Ten – Bloody Battle"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Jū – Kessen" (祭囃し編 其の拾 血戦) 
December 10, 2007
Takano interrogates with Tomitake, but takes command of the group. They head to the mountains near the estate, where Keiichi's friends lure them into various traps. While Akasaka and Kasai infiltrate the underground clinic to rescue Tomitake, Shion and Irie find the victimized Satoshi at the experimental cell. Despite his terminal condition, Irie continues the research to recover Satoshi. He tells Shion to keep it a secret. They are forced to escape from the village, due to offline communications. Satoko, Rena and Keiichi lure the group into each traps. The remaining ones are sent into a state of disarray after hearing a god-like voice over their radios apparently torturing other ones, revealed to be the impersonating voices of Hanyū and Keiichi. Takano orders Okonogi to rally the group on the radio, but Akasaka drives a van toward a blockade as the group prepare to fire nearby. 
5124 "Festival Music Chapter Eleven – End"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Jūichi – Oshimai" (祭囃し編 其の拾壱 オシマイ) 
December 17, 2007
Akasaka and Tomitake eventually head to the city to call the Benken Combat Unit to stop the force. While surrendering, Takano reconciles with Tomitake and is sent to the clinic for treatment. Keiichi and friends then attend the festival. Frederica Bernkastel (one of Rika's incarnations) makes a better future, saving Takano and her parents. 


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