Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

ひぐらしのなく頃に解

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
TitleHigurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Original titleひぐらしのなく頃に解
AliasesHigurashi Kai, When They Cry 2, Higu2
LengthVery long (> 50 hours)
Developer07th Expansion
Publishers07th Expansion & Alchemist & Seams & Kaga Create Co. & MangaGamer & Entergram, Inc.
Hinamizawa Club & MangaGamer & Seams & 07th Modding
Pbsaffran
-07-
Higurashi Eternal
Relations
Shares characters
[unofficial] Minagoroshi Hen Bad End ~Rika Hen~
Fandisc
07th Theater
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
Prequel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Sequel
[unofficial] Mayuhogushi -Kagariito-
Same series
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
LinksWikipedia (en), Wikipedia (ja), Wikidata, VGMdb, VGMdb, IndieDB, VNStat
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Related anime[DB-ANN] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (TV Series, 2006)
[DB-ANN] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (TV Series, 2007)

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 Kai is the second set of stories, including the "Answer" arcs.

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Protagonists

Furude Rika古手 梨花A
Birthday21 August
HairBlue, Blunt Bangs, Hime Cut, Waist Length+
EyesViolet
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

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]

Maebara Keiichi前原 圭一O
AliasesK1, K, Magician of Words, Kei-chan, KeiKei, Nii-nii
Birthday13 April
HairBrown, Short, Spiky Bangs
EyesBlue
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

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]

Otobe Akira乙部 彰
Voiced byMiyata Kouki

Description

Appearing exclusively in Yoigoshi-hen, serving as the protagonist. He comes to Hinamizawa 20 years after the Great Hinamizawa Disaster with Akutagawa, Chiaki, and Machi as part of a group suicide. He gets separated from the group he was with and meets "Mion Sonozaki".

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
Releases> Protagonist - r265:Tsumihoroboshi Hen
> Main character - All other releases
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 Shion園崎 詩音B
AliasesShii, Shmion
Birthday10 April
HairCurtained, Green, Parted in Middle, Straight, Waist Length+
EyesGreen
BodyBig Breasts, Pale, Slim, Teen
ClothesBow Tie, Miniskirt, Necklace, Ribbon Hair Accessory, School Uniform, Uniform
PersonalityEmotional, Protective, Smart, Watashi
RoleDaughter, Friend, Granddaughter, Wealthy
Engages inFlirting, Teasing
Releases> Protagonist - r258:Meakashi Hen
> Main character - All other releases
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>

Main characters

Akasaka Mamoru赤坂 衛A
Birthday3 August
HairBlack, Short
EyesRed
BodyMuscular, Pale, Young-adult
ClothesVest
PersonalityWatashi
RoleFriend, Husband, Police
Engages inInvestigation, Martial Arts, Unarmed Fighting
Releases> Main character - r261:Matsuribayashi 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>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Protagonist of Himatsubushi and Kageboushi.

Houjou Satoko北条 沙都子O
AliasesTrapmaster
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
Engages in (Sexual)Naked (Not Sexually Involved)
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]

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

Takano Miyo鷹野 三四O
Aliases34
Birthday20 June
HairBlond, Long, Parted to Side
EyesRed
BodyBig Breasts, Pale, Young-adult
ClothesCardigan, Nurse's Cap, Nurse Uniform, Sandals, Skirt, Tank Top
ItemsCamera
PersonalityRelaxed, Watashi
RoleEmployee, Girlfriend, Nurse
Engages inFlirting, Investigation, Photography
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>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Tomitake Jirou富竹 ジロウB
AliasesTomi
Birthday14 September
HairBrown, Short
EyesRed
BodyPale, Young-adult
ClothesBaseball Cap, Belt, Dog Tags, Glasses, Necktie, Tank Top, Trousers
ItemsCamera
PersonalityBoku
RoleBoyfriend
Engages inPhotography, Unarmed Fighting
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>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Towada Yae十和田 八重
Voiced byShintani Ryouko

Description

She comes to Hinamizawa so that she could kill her boyfriend,Takumi Kurosawa, in a secluded area. She is found by Akira Otobe and "Mion Sonozaki" in a meeting hall near the Furude Shrine, causing her to hastily attempt to cover up her murder.

Side characters

Arakawa Ryuunosuke荒川 龍ノ介
Voiced byMaeno Tomoaki

Description

A freelance writer that works for an occult magazine. Arakawa was perfectly happy to come to the village on assignment in spite of all the rumors. He is very well informed on the occult theories surrounding the village about aliens and parasites, but not as well informed on the traditional legends of the demons.

Chie Rumiko知恵 留美子O
AliasesCurry Demon
Birthday3 May
HairBlue, Short
EyesBlue
BodyPale, Young-adult
ClothesDress, Sandals
PersonalityFood Lover, Kind
RoleBased on a Fictional Character, Teacher
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 Satoshi北条 悟史A
AliasesNii-nii
Birthday16 June
HairBlond, Short
EyesRed
BodyPale, Teen
ClothesBelt, Shirt, Trousers, Uniform
ItemsBaseball Bat
PersonalityAltruistic, Boku, Opposite Gender Voiced, Protective
RoleClassmate, Friend, Full Brother, Nephew, Orphan, Student Club Member
Engages inBaseball
Releases> Side character - r258:Meakashi Hen
Voiced byKobayashi Yuu

Description

Satoshi is kind and seemingly calm, although he clearly worries about his younger sister and seems to get frustrated or discouraged rather easily. Both Sonozaki Mion and Irie Kyōsuke describe him as an airhead who has trouble focusing for very long. Satoshi is in the same grade as Mion. <hidden by spoiler settings>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Houjou Teppei北条 鉄平O
AliasesTecchan, Tetsu
Birthday28 May
HairBlond, Short, Widow's Peak
EyesBlack
BodyAdult, Pale
ClothesAloha Shirt, Necklace, Sandals
ItemsCigarette
PersonalityCruel, Short-tempered, Violent
RoleBoyfriend, Gamer, Legal Guardian, Not a Virgin, Uncle, Widower
Engages inDrinking, Smoking
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>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Irie Kyousuke入江 京介A
AliasesCoach, Manager
Birthday3 December
HairBrown, Parted in Middle
EyesGreen
BodyPale, Slim, Tall, Young-adult
ClothesGlasses, Lab Coat, Necktie, Shirt, Sunglasses, Trousers
PersonalityAltruistic, Friendly, Protective, Watashi
RoleCoach, Medical Doctor
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>

Kasai Tatsuyoshi葛西 辰由O
AliasesShotgun Tatsu
Birthday23 December
HairBeard, Black, Short
EyesHidden
BodyAdult, Pale
ClothesNecktie, Shirt, Suit, Sunglasses
ItemsShotgun, Sniper Rifle, Submachine Gun
PersonalitySerious, Watashi
RoleBodyguard
Engages inDriving, Fighting
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]

Mamiya Rina間宮 リナB
Birthday31 July
HairPink, Short
EyesPink
BodyMakeup, Pale, Slim, Tattoo, Young-adult
ClothesCrop Top
PersonalityAtashi
RoleGirlfriend
Releases> Side character - r265:Tsumihoroboshi Hen
> Makes an appearance - All other releases
Voiced byHikami Kyouko

Description

Mamiya Rina, whose real name is Ritsuko, is a pink-haired woman who works primarily as a showgirl (though on paper as the private manager) in a Sonozaki-run establishment called the Blue Mermaid. <hidden by spoiler settings>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

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

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Sonozaki Oryou園崎 お魎
HairWhite
BodyOld, Pale
ClothesKimono
PersonalitySerious, Strict
RoleGrandmother, Head of Household, Mother, Wealthy
Voiced byOkohira Shizuka

Description

Oryō is the true power in Hinamizawa, although for appearances sake the Kimiyoshi family have been the town heads for generations. Politicians, political groups, even the child protective services group, look to her for direction and approval. She was forced to disinherit her daughter after she married outside the family, but is currently raising her granddaughter to inherit her position as head after her eventual death. <hidden by spoiler settings>

[From Higurashi Wiki]

Makes an appearance

Sonozaki Akane園崎 茜B
Birthday6 November
HairGreen
EyesGreen
BodyAdult, Pale
ClothesEarrings, Kanzashi, Kimono
RoleDaughter, Mother, Wealthy
Voiced byInoue Kikuko

Description

The eldest daughter of Sonozaki Oryō, the current head of the Sonozaki family. <hidden by spoiler settings>

[From Higurashi Wiki]