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)
Developer07th Expansion
Publishers07th Expansion & Inside-cap & Alchemist & Taito Corporation & Seams & Kaga Create Co. & MangaGamer & Entergram, Inc. & 07th Modding
Sonozaki Futagotachi & MangaGamer & Seams & 07th Modding
Pbsaffran & Seams
-07- & Otorhin
Higurashi Eternal
Hoshi Translation
Bir İsen
CTH Translations
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
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
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Related anime[DB-ANN] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (TV Series, 2006)


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.

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Maebara Keiichi前原 圭一O
AliasesK1, K, Magician of Words, Kei-chan, KeiKei, Nii-nii
Birthday13 April
HairBrown, Short, Spiky Bangs
BodyPale, Teen
ClothesBelt, School Uniform, Tank Top, Trousers, Vest
ItemsBaseball Bat
PersonalityCautious, Emotional, Hotblooded, Ore, Protective
RoleClassmate, Friend, Gamer, Student Club Member, Transfer Student
Engages inCosplay, Cross-dressing, Self-sacrifice, Teasing
Subject ofTeasing
Voiced byHoshi Souichirou


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]

Main characters

Furude Rika古手 梨花A
Birthday21 August
HairBlue, Blunt Bangs, Hime Cut, Waist Length+
BodyKid, Pale, Short, Slim
ClothesDress, Mini-dress, Pleated Skirt, Sandals, Shirt, Skirt, Suspenders
PersonalityBoku, Made-up Words, Mysterious, Reserved, Taciturn
RoleClassmate, Friend, Gamer, Kouhai, Miko, Orphan, Roommate, Student, Student Club Member
Engages inReligion, Teasing
Voiced byTamura Yukari


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北条 沙都子O
Birthday24 June
HairBlond, Short
EyesPink, Tareme
BodyFang, Kid, Pale, Short, Slim
ClothesBelt, Collar, Dress, Headband, Pantyhose, Shirt, Shorts, Sport Bloomers
PersonalityEnergetic, Hardworker, Mischievous, Watashi
RoleClassmate, Friend, Full Sister, Gamer, Niece, Orphan, Roommate, Student Club Member
Engages inTeasing
Subject ofTeasing
Voiced byKanai Mika


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]

Ryuuguu Rena竜宮 レナO
AliasesCleaver Girl
Birthday28 July
HairCurtained, Orange, Parted to Side, Short, Spiky Bangs
EyesBlue, Tareme
BodyAverage Height, Medium Breasts, Pale, Teen
ClothesBeret, Boots, Clothing with Ribbons, Dress, Ribbon Tie, Sailor School Uniform, School Uniform, Sport Bloomers, Thigh-high Stockings
PersonalityAirhead, Friendly, Kind, Loyal, Watashi
RoleClassmate, Friend, Gamer, Student Club Member
Subject ofTeasing
Voiced byNakahara Mai


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園崎 魅音B
AliasesMii-chan, Mii, Shmion
Birthday10 April
HairCurtained, Green, Parted in Middle, Ponytail, Straight, Waist Length+
BodyBig Breasts, Pale, Slim, Teen
ClothesDress, Jeans, Necktie, T-shirt, Vest
PersonalityAtashi, Confident, Energetic, Outgoing, Proactive, Tomboy
RoleChildhood Friend, Classmate, Class President, Friend, Gamer, Granddaughter, Student Club President, Wealthy
Engages inTeasing
Voiced byYukino Satsuki


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]

Side characters

Chie Rumiko知恵 留美子O
AliasesCurry Demon
Birthday3 May
HairBlue, Short
BodyPale, Young-adult
ClothesDress, Sandals
PersonalityFood Lover, Kind
RoleBased on a Fictional Character, Teacher
Voiced byOrikasa Fumiko


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]

Makimura Tamako牧村 珠子
Voiced byFukui Yukari


A side character in Onisarashi-hen. She is classmates with Natsumi Kimiyoshi and Chisato Saeki.

Ooishi Kuraudo大石 蔵人O
AliasesCloud, Kura-chan
Birthday15 November
HairSlicked Back, White
BodyAdult, Overweight, Pale
ClothesKimono, Necktie, Shirt, Suit, Watch
PersonalityFriendly, Watashi
RoleDetective, Gamer
Engages inInvestigation, Unarmed Fighting
Voiced byChafuurin


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>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Takano Miyo鷹野 三四O
Birthday20 June
HairBlond, Long, Parted to Side
BodyBig Breasts, Pale, Young-adult
ClothesCardigan, Nurse's Cap, Nurse Uniform, Sandals, Skirt, Tank Top
PersonalityRelaxed, Watashi
RoleEmployee, Girlfriend, Nurse
Engages inFlirting, Investigation, Photography
Voiced byItou Miki


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>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Tomitake Jirou富竹 ジロウB
Birthday14 September
HairBrown, Short
BodyPale, Young-adult
ClothesBaseball Cap, Belt, Dog Tags, Glasses, Necktie, Tank Top, Trousers
Engages inPhotography, Unarmed Fighting
Voiced byOokawa Tooru


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>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Make an appearance

Kasai Tatsuyoshi葛西 辰由O
AliasesShotgun Tatsu
Birthday23 December
HairBeard, Black, Short
BodyAdult, Pale
ClothesNecktie, Shirt, Suit, Sunglasses
ItemsShotgun, Sniper Rifle, Submachine Gun
PersonalitySerious, Watashi
Engages inDriving, Fighting
Releases> Makes an appearance - r51427:Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - PS3-exclusive Arcs Patch
Voiced byTachiki Fumihiko


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]