Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

ひぐらしのなく頃に

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
TitleHigurashi no Naku Koro ni
Original titleひぐらしのなく頃に
AliasesHigurashi, When They Cry
LengthLong (30 - 50 hours)
LinksWikipedia, Encubed
Developer07th Expansion & 07th Modding
Publishers 07th Expansion & 07th Modding & Alchemist & Entergram, Inc. & Inside-cap & Kaga Create Co. & MangaGamer & Seams & Taito Corporation
 07th Modding & MangaGamer & Seams & Sonozaki Futagotachi
 Pbsaffran & Seams
 -07- & Otorhin
 Higurashi Eternal
 Hoshi Translation
 CTH Translations
Relations
Alternative version
[unofficial] Ogranichenie
Shares characters
[unofficial] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Fun
[unofficial] Hinamizawa Kaiki Navigator Tsumikegare
[unofficial] Take Rena Home
[unofficial] When Glitch Cry
Sequel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Same setting
[unofficial] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni ~Ikiutsushi...
Side story
[unofficial] Higurashi no Naku Kisetsu ni
[unofficial] La neige
Related anime[DB-ANN] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (2006)
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Description

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa, which has a population of approximately 2000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Hojo. Keiichi joins their after-school club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and punishment games for the loser, usually him.) Hinamizawa appears to be a normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro-sama. Keiichi learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro-sama. In each story arc, he or one of his friends become paranoid, and a crime is committed. Usually, the crime involves the murder of one of their own friends. While it seems impossible to tell their delusions apart from the mystery of Hinamizawa, slowly the truth is revealed.

[from Wikipedia]

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (proper) is the first set of stories, including the "Question" arcs.

Protagonists

Akasaka Mamoru
Akasaka Mamoru赤坂 衛 A
Birthday3 August
Hair, Black, Short
Eyes, Red
Body, Muscular, Pale, Young-adult
Clothes, Vest
Personality, Watashi
Role, Friend, Gamer, Husband, Police, Widower
Engages in, Investigation, Martial Arts, Unarmed Fighting
Subject of, Injury, Time Loop
Releases> Protagonist - r51427:Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - PS3-exclusive Arcs Patch
> Protagonist - r256:Himatsubushi Hen
Voiced byOno Daisuke

Description

Mamoru is a young police investigator at the Metropolitan Police Department of Tokyo. He is the husband of Akasaka Yukie, who stays in the hospital while she is pregnant with their first child. <hidden by spoiler settings>When he goes to Hinamizawa he later befriends Rika who, with her true personality, predicts his wife's death.

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Protagonist of Himatsubushi and Kageboushi.

Kimiyoshi Natsumi
Kimiyoshi Natsumi公由 夏美 
AliasesNattchan, Zashiki warashi
Hair, Brown, Twin Tails, V Bangs, Waist Length+
Eyes, Amber, Tsurime
Body, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Blouse, Miniskirt, Ribbon Tie, Sailor Suit, School Uniform
Items, Knife, Saw
Personality, Friendly, Outgoing
Role, Daughter, Granddaughter, High School Student
Engages in, Attempted Homicide, Moving, Murder, Suicide
Subject of, Amnesia, Insanity, Time Loop
Releases> Protagonist - r1616:Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.1 -Tatari- Limited Edition
> Protagonist - r4193:Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.1 -Tatari- Regular Edition

> Main character - r4194:Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.2 -Sou- Angel Mort Omochikaeri Box

> Main character - r4195:Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.2 -Sou- Regular Edition
Voiced byMizuhashi Kaori

Description

Natsumi is the daughter of Kimiyoshi Haruko and Kimiyoshi Tōji. They recently moved from Okinomiya to a city with Natsumi's grandmother, Kimiyoshi Aki who is a native of Hinamizawa and devout believer of its local deity, Oyashiro-sama. After the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, her family began to act strange...

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Maebara Keiichi
Maebara Keiichi前原 圭一 O
AliasesK1, K, Magician of Words, Kei-chan, KeiKei, Nii-nii
Birthday13 April
Hair, Brown, Short, Spiky Bangs
Eyes, Blue
Body, Pale, Teen
Clothes, Belt, School Uniform, Tank Top, Trousers, Vest
Items, Baseball Bat
Personality, Cautious, Emotional, Hotblooded, Ore, Protective
Role, Classmate, Friend, Gamer, Student Club Member, Transfer Student
Engages in, Cosplay, Cross-dressing, Investigation, Manslaughter, Self-sacrifice, Teasing
Subject of, Death, Delusion, Paranoia, Teasing, Time Loop, Viral Infection
Voiced byHoshi Souichirou

Description

The protagonist of this story.

He is temperamental and hot blooded, but at the same time he's also indecisive. He gets shy around girls easily... He is the sort of character you would find in the lead role of a love story.

As a matter of course, he's not very honest about himself. And of course, he's also quite popular with the girls.

Unfortunately this isn't a love story, so his personality won't do him much good. Quite the opposite, in fact...

[From MangaGamer]

Saeki Chisato
Saeki Chisato佐伯 千紗登 
Hair, Red, Twin Braids
Clothes, School Uniform
Personality, Cheerful
Role, Childhood Friend, High School Student, Older Sister
Subject of, Injury
Voiced byKitamura Eri (Kizuna)
Satou Rina (Sui)

Description

Main character of Someutsushi; protagonist of Kageboushi.

Main characters

Furude Rika
Furude Rika古手 梨花 A
Birthday21 August
Hair, Blue, Blunt Bangs, Hime Cut, Waist Length+
Eyes, Violet
Body, Kid, Pale, Short, Slim, Younger Appearance
Clothes, Dress, Mini-dress, Pleated Skirt, Religious Clothing and Accessories, Sandals, Shirt, Skirt, Suspenders
Items, Hypodermic Needle
Personality, Boku, Cynic, Made-up Words, Mysterious, Pretending, Reserved, Taciturn
Role, Classmate, Friend, Gamer, Kouhai, Miko, Orphan, Roommate, Student, Student Club Member
Engages in, Drinking, Religion, Teasing
Subject of, Homicide, Split Personality, Time Loop, Torture, Viral Infection
Voiced byTamura Yukari

Description

Rika is a grade lower than Keiichi, and thus is a classmate of Satoko's.

She is very quiet and reserved for her age, which makes her almost the polar opposite of Satoko. However, the two of them can often be found in each other's company.

Whenever Satoko is in tears after losing against Keiichi, it is Rika who cheers her up. When Satoko wins, Rika comforts Keiichi instead. When Keiichi teases Rena, Rika comforts her.

In fact, Rika comforts whomever is in need of comfort.

She seems happy with it.

[From MangaGamer]

Houjou Satoko
Houjou Satoko北条 沙都子 O
AliasesTrapmaster
Birthday24 June
Hair, Blond, Short
Eyes, Pink, Tareme
Body, AA Cup, Fang, Kid, Pale, Short, Slim
Clothes, Belt, Collar, Dress, Headband, Pantyhose, Shirt, Shorts, Sport Bloomers
Personality, Energetic, Hardworker, Mischievous, Watashi, Yangire
Role, Classmate, Friend, Full Sister, Gamer, Niece, Orphan, Roommate, Student Club Member
Engages in, Manslaughter, Medication, Teasing
Subject of, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Disability, Domestic Violence, Psychological Trauma, Teasing, Time Loop, Torture, Viral Infection
Voiced byKanai Mika

Description

A girl one grade lower than Keiichi.

She is usually very polite, but because she is still young she sometimes has difficulty with grammar.

However, behind her innocent exterior lies a personality that loves setting traps for other people. You could call her a trickster. She tries her utmost to snare Keiichi, but she has only limited success.

Although the result of failure is easily imaginable, Satoko doesn't like to lose, and she doesn't learn from experience. That is why she keeps confronting him, with all due consequences.

Even when she realizes her skills are insufficient, her smile never wavers.

[From MangaGamer]

Minai Tomoe
Minai Tomoe南井 巴 
Hair, Brown, Short
Eyes, Brown
Personality, Food Lover, Serious
Role, Older Sister, Orphan, Police
Engages in, Investigation
Subject of, Homicide
Voiced byInoue Nana

Description

Minai Tomoe is the main protagonist of Someutsushi-hen, Kageboushi-hen, Tokihogushi-hen, and Miotsukushi-hen. Tomoe is a new police officer and detective who investigates the curse of Oyashiro-sama and the Great Hinamizawa Disaster. She later gets deeply involved in Natsumi's problems through her investigation. She has a sister, Minai Madoka, who is also a police officer.

[Edited from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Wiki]

Ryuuguu Rena
Ryuuguu Rena竜宮 レナ O
AliasesCleaver Girl
Birthday28 July
Hair, Curtained, Orange, Parted to Side, Short, Spiky Bangs
Eyes, Blue, Tareme
Body, Average Height, Pale, Teen
Clothes, Beret, Boots, Clothing with Ribbons, Dress, Ribbon Tie, Sailor Suit, School Uniform, Sport Bloomers, Thigh-high Stockings
Personality, Airhead, Friendly, Kind, Loyal, Serious, Smart, Watashi, Yangire
Role, Classmate, Friend, Gamer, Student Club Member
Engages in, Manslaughter
Subject of, Death, Delusion, Hospitalization, Paranoia, Psychological Trauma, Rape Attempt, Teasing, Time Loop, Viral Infection
Voiced byNakahara Mai

Description

Rena is the main heroine of this story. She's a classmate of Keiichi's.

She is quite interested in his everyday life, possibly because of an inherent urge to look after people.

She comes with the standard-issue honesty, earnesty and blushes that you find in many heroines.

However, her only reward for taking care of Keiichi is an incessant series of pranks. It really is unfortunate for her.

She likes anything and everything she considers adorable, and this is also a very typical trait in a heroine.

But that is also her greatest weakness...

[From MangaGamer]

Sonozaki Mion
Sonozaki Mion園崎 魅音 B
AliasesMii-chan, Mii, Shmion
Birthday10 April
Hair, Curtained, Green, Parted in Middle, Ponytail, Straight, Waist Length+
Eyes, Green
Body, E+ Cup, Pale, Slim, Tattoo, Teen
Clothes, Dress, Jeans, Necktie, T-shirt, Vest
Items, Handgun
Personality, Atashi, Confident, Energetic, Outgoing, Proactive, Tomboy
Role, Childhood Friend, Classmate, Class President, Friend, Gamer, Granddaughter, Student Club President, Twin Sister, Waitstaff, Wealthy
Engages in, Teasing, Twin Switch
Subject of, Death, Time Loop, Torture
Voiced byYukino Satsuki

Description

Mion is one grade higher than Keiichi. She is the class representative.

She is the active class representative type, which is the second most common type.

She is a leader, someone who makes friends with everyone, regardless of gender or age.

Because of her high-strung, easy-going, hyperactive personality, those around her never have to be bored. She is about the best kind of friend anyone could wish for.

Her personality is somewhat marred by a tendency to sound like an old man, but that's something to be forgiven.

Mion likes games of all kinds, be they card games, board games or video games. Because of who she is, her games tend to be high-tension. It's to be expected.

She plays with her friends in the context of club activity.

[From MangaGamer]

Sonozaki Shion
Sonozaki Shion園崎 詩音 B
AliasesShii, Shmion
Birthday10 April
Hair, Curtained, Green, Parted in Middle, Straight, Waist Length+
Eyes, Green
Body, E+ Cup, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Bow Tie, Miniskirt, Necklace, Ribbon Hair Accessory, School Uniform, Uniform
Items, Stun Gun
Personality, Cruel, Emotional, Protective, Smart, Watashi, Yandere
Role, Daughter, Friend, Granddaughter, Older Sister, Twin Sister, Waitstaff, Wealthy
Engages in, Disguise, Flirting, Manslaughter, Sororicide, Suicide, Teasing, Torture, Twin Switch
Subject of, Death, Paranoia, Time Loop, Torture, Viral Infection
Voiced byYukino Satsuki

Description

She is the younger twin sister of Sonozaki Mion. Despite her personality being seemingly girly and more refined than Mion's personality, thanks to schooling at St. Lucia, she is actually incredibly shrewd, manipulative, and delinquent, moreso than Mion. She hated St. Lucia, calling it a "factory for manufacturing ladies" and got in trouble with the administration numerous times for various misdemeanors.

[From Higurashi Wiki]

<hidden by spoiler settings>In truth, she is the older sister of the Sonozaki twins and as such her true name is Mion, not Shion. She was sent to St. Lucia's Boarding School, but escaped with the help of Kasai Tatsuyoshi, a man who acts like a bodyguard to the Sonozaki family.

Side characters

Chie Rumiko
Chie Rumiko知恵 留美子 O
AliasesCurry Demon
Birthday3 May
Hair, Blue, Short
Eyes, Blue
Body, Pale, Young-adult
Clothes, Dress, Sandals
Personality, Food Lover, Kind
Role, Based on a Fictional Character, Teacher
Subject of, Time Loop
Voiced byOrikasa Fumiko

Description

Chie is the teacher for Keiichi and his friends' class, the only one in the entire school. She cares very much about her students.

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Houjou Teppei
Houjou Teppei北条 鉄平 O
AliasesTecchan, Tetsu
Birthday28 May
Hair, Blond, Short, Widow's Peak
Eyes, Black
Body, Adult, Pale
Clothes, Aloha Shirt, Necklace, Sandals
Items, Cigarette
Personality, Cruel, Short-tempered, Violent
Role, Boyfriend, Criminal, Gamer, Legal Guardian, Not a Virgin, Uncle, Villain, Widower
Engages in, Blackmail, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Drinking, Smoking
Subject of, Amputation, Homicide, Time Loop
Voiced byHouki Katsuhisa

Description

Satoshi and Satoko's uncle and foster father. He and his wife Tamae were forced to take care of Satoko and Satoshi after the death of their parents, but they abused them. He currently lives in Okinomiya.
<hidden by spoiler settings>Teppei is actually a procurer and uses his lover Mamiya Rina to swindle men out of their money. Typically, Rina starts a faux relationship with different men and persuades them to spend money on her, until Teppei "mysteriously finds these men with his girlfriend", usually set up so that he finds the victim and Rina while they are in bed together. After severely beating the victim, he forces them to pay blackmail money. Teppei often sets a harsh interest rate that is nearly impossible to pay for his victims, causing them to take loans from him, until the debt increases and so on.

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Irie Kyousuke
Irie Kyousuke入江 京介 A
AliasesCoach, Manager
Birthday3 December
Hair, Brown, Parted in Middle
Eyes, Green
Body, Pale, Slim, Tall, Young-adult
Clothes, Glasses, Lab Coat, Necktie, Shirt, Sunglasses, Trousers
Personality, Altruistic, Friendly, Protective, Watashi
Role, Coach, Medical Doctor, Poor, Secret Identity
Engages in, Genetic Research
Subject of, Homicide, Time Loop
Voiced bySeki Toshihiko

Description

He is the head doctor at the Irie Clinic. In his spare time, he coaches Hinamizawa's little league team called the "Hinamizawa Fighters". Although he is cheerful on the outside, he has a not-as-delightful past to go along. Due to his part in the baseball team, many of the children just refer to him as "Kantoku" (which means manager, director, coach, etc). <hidden by spoiler settings>He is currently searching a way to cure (or at least estabilize) the Hinamizawa Syndrome.

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Minai Madoka
Minai Madoka南井 まどか 
Hair, Brown, Short, Widow's Peak
Eyes, Brown
Clothes, Police Officer Uniform
Personality, Carefree
Role, Betrothed, Orphan, Police, Wife, Younger Sister
Voiced byShimoda Asami

Description

Appears in Kageboushi-hen, Tokihogushi-hen, and Miotsukushi-hen of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna. She also also appears at the very end of Someutsushi-hen. Madoka is the younger sister of Minai Tomoe with a carefree personality. She works as a traffic cop in the Kakiuchi Police Department. She has access to information that normally only people in the Intelligence Division of the Police force would have on account of the fact that her husband is the Intelligence Supervisor.

[Edited from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Wiki]

Ooishi Kuraudo
Ooishi Kuraudo大石 蔵人 O
AliasesCloud, Kura-chan
Birthday15 November
Hair, Slicked Back, White
Eyes, Green
Body, Adult, Overweight, Pale
Clothes, Kimono, Necktie, Shirt, Suit, Watch
Items, Handgun
Personality, Friendly, Serious
Role, Detective, Gamer
Engages in, Investigation, Revenge, Unarmed Fighting
Subject of, Disaster, Homicide, Time Loop
Voiced byChafuurin

Description

Ōishi will stop at nothing to solve the serial murders, and believes the entire village to be in on it, with the Sonozaki family at the center. Due to this, he is hated by most of the village, particularly Mion, who firmly believes in her family's innocence. <hidden by spoiler settings>Even though Ōishi suspects the entire village as the culprits, ironically, the villagers themselves suspect that he could be the culprit, even going as far as calling him "Oyashiro-sama's messenger". This is due to fact that Ōishi happened to come in contact with each of the victims of the curse shortly before their deaths, leading the villagers to believe that he chose them.

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Takano Miyo
Takano Miyo鷹野 三四 O
Aliases34
Birthday20 June
Hair, Blond, Long, Parted to Side
Eyes, Red
Body, E+ Cup, Pale, Young-adult
Clothes, Beret, Cardigan, Military Uniform, Nurse's Cap, Nurse Uniform, Sandals, Skirt, Tank Top
Items, Camera, Handgun, Hypodermic Needle
Personality, Cruel, Dishonest, Relaxed, Watashi
Role, Commander, Employee, Girlfriend, Nurse, Orphan, Secret Identity, Villain
Engages in, Flirting, Investigation, Kidnapping, Murder, Photography, Torture
Subject of, Child Abuse, Time Loop
Voiced byItou Miki

Description

Takano Miyo is a nurse in a Irie's clinic. She was one of the victims of the curse in 1983 and according to the police was found to have been burned to death in a canister in the mountains. However, the autopsy later revealed that she had died twenty-four hours before the Watanagashi Festival had even occurred. <hidden by spoiler settings>Later it is revealed that her death, in each case, was faked to throw off suspicion and allow her to act more freely on her true plans. The reasons behind her actions are revealed in 'Kai' as it delves into her past. She was born Tanashi Miyoko, but her parents died in an unfortunate train accident when she was quite young, so the government had her sent to an orphanage. She and other children were abused repeatedly there, and eventually try to escape. They are pursued, largely because the orphanage gets government money based on the number of children they house. One of the larger staff members catches her, but she escapes his powerful hold by biting his thumb. She evades capture long enough to call Takano Hifumi's (her father's former professor) number for help as her father had instructed some time before his death. She is re-captured, and sees that her fellow comrads were also captured and are being tortured tremendously. She is eventually rescued and adopted by Hifumi. Hifumi becomes a sort of grandfather for her, and she cares deeply for him. He was the one who started Miyo on the path of medicine with his study of Hinamizawa Syndrome. When Hifumi died, having been humiliated and discredited by his superiors, Miyo decided to carry on his studies in order to prove his theories, and, in doing so, was perfectly content to make the entire village go mad with paranoia by killing the Queen Carrier, and then ordering the annihilation of the villagers as well. She is literally obsessed with proving the theories Hifumi spent his life on and making a name for both of them. She has control over an elite squad of soldiers called the Yamainu, provided to her by the "Tokyo group", who carry out much of her dirty work, although she does not hesitate to do some of it herself. In many cases she has been personally responsible for the death of the Queen Carrier and of her lover, Tomitake Jirō.

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Tomitake Jirou
Tomitake Jirou富竹 ジロウ B
AliasesTomi
Birthday14 September
Hair, Brown, Short
Eyes, Red
Body, Pale, Young-adult
Clothes, Baseball Cap, Belt, Dog Tags, Glasses, Military Uniform, Necktie, Tank Top, Trousers
Items, Camera
Personality, Boku
Role, Boyfriend, Secret Identity, Soldier
Engages in, Photography, Unarmed Fighting
Subject of, Homicide, Time Loop
Voiced byOokawa Tooru

Description

He visits Hinamizawa about three times every year and is known by the villagers. Tomitake also seems to know a lot about the village and its history, although this may be in part due to his relationship with his girlfriend Takano Miyo, who has a deep interest in the subject. <hidden by spoiler settings>It is unclear whether "Tomitake Jirō" is his real name, or simply an alias to complement his false image of a harmless photographer (as suspected by Furude Rika in Minagoroshi-hen). In the first game, Onikakushi-hen, the Investigation Memo TIP notes that "Tomitake Jirō" is only his pen-name.

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Yamaoki Kaoru
Yamaoki Kaoru山沖 薫 
Hair, Brown, Short
Eyes, Brown
Body, Adult
Clothes, Police Officer Uniform
Role, Betrothed, Husband, Management, Police
Voiced byWakamoto Norio

Description

The chief of police of Kakiuchi Station and fiance (later husband) of Minai Madoka. Appears in Kageboushi-hen, Tokihogushi-hen, and Miotsukushi-hen.

Make an appearance

Akasaka Miyuki
Akasaka Miyuki赤坂 美雪 
Hair, Brown, Short
Eyes, Violet
Body, Kid
Role, Daughter, Half-orphan
Voiced bySawashiro Miyuki

Description

Daughter of Akasaka Mamoru and Akasaka Yukie.

Kasai Tatsuyoshi
Kasai Tatsuyoshi葛西 辰由 O
AliasesShotgun Tatsu
Birthday23 December
Hair, Beard, Black, Short
Eyes, Hidden
Body, Adult, Pale
Clothes, Necktie, Shirt, Suit, Sunglasses
Items, Shotgun, Sniper Rifle, Submachine Gun
Personality, Serious, Watashi
Role, Bodyguard, Yakuza
Engages in, Driving, Fighting
Subject of, Time Loop
Releases> Makes an appearance - r51427:Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - PS3-exclusive Arcs Patch
Voiced byTachiki Fumihiko

Description

Kasai is a member of the Sonozaki Group, and is employed by the Sonozaki family to watch over Sonozaki Shion. He is normally close by, and Shion often calls upon him to assist her in difficult situations. Highly skilled with guns, he seems to specialize in use of a sniper rifle.

[From Higurashi Wiki]