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Original VN Release Date August 13, 2004
Translated VN Release Date(s)
  • December 15, 2009 (Worldwide)
  • July 1, 2010 (France)
  • Oct 14, 2016 (Steam)
  • Anime Air Date(s) July 4-11, 2006
    Manga Release Date(s) Japanese
  • August 22, 2006
  • December 22, 2006
  • June 2010
  • August 2010
  • Light Novel Release Date(s) February 2008
  • PC
  • PlayStation 2
  • Nintendo DS
  • PS Vita
  • PlayStation 3
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 4
  • Previous Arc Tatarigoroshi-hen
    Following Arc Meakashi-hen

    Himatsubushi-hen (暇潰し編, Time Wasting Chapter), is the fourth and last question arc in the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series, released on August 13, 2004. It is shorter than the previous arcs, with only two chapters, and takes place five years before them. It is preceded by Tatarigoroshi-hen and is followed by Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, beginning with Meakashi-hen. Himatsubushi-hen revolves around the experiences of Akasaka Mamoru, an investigator from the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo. It also continues to reveal a more mature and moving side of Furude Rika.


    The story begins much differently than any of the previous arcs, because Maebara Keiichi is not the main character. Instead, the story begins five years earlier than any of the other arcs, and its protagonist is Akasaka Mamoru, a detective from Tōkyō. He is sent to Hinamizawa to rescue Inukai Toshiki, the grandson of a government official, who is taken hostage. While waiting for Makino, he meets a younger Furude Rika at the bus stop and notes how cute she is. From there, Rika shows him around the village. Thanks to Hondaya, who supports him in his search, he meets Ōishi Kuraudo, a detective from Okinomiya, who will aid him in saving Toshiki. Meanwhile, Rika takes Akasaka to the Furude Shrine and the two spark a conversation. Within this conversation, Rika threatens Akasaka to leave Hinamizawa, or bad things will happen. Akasaka shrugs it off, and assumes Rika is just kidding.

    A few days later, Ōishi and Akasaka rescue Toshiki from his kidnappers, though his politician grandfather has already given into the kidnappers' demands and ended the dam construction, making Toshiki's recovery useless. His work complete, Akasaka decides to spend his last few days in Hinamizawa. With Rika as his companion, she takes him to the Watanagashi Festival though it is merely a get-together for the locals to drink. While at the Festival, Rika reveals to Akasaka the future of Hinamizawa, predicting that the festival will grow into a wonderful one, but an unfortunate accident will necessitate his return home. She also predicts the deaths and disappearances of several construction workers, Hōjō Satoko's parents, her own parents, and several others—even herself. Rika then tells Akasaka her wish: to break free of the cycle, and have everything back to normal. Akasaka leaves the festival, feeling rather confused.

    Later, he tries to make contact with his wife, Yukie, who is expectant with their first child. However, it seems that his connections to the outside world have been eerily cut off. It is later revealed that Rika was guilty of this, and had cut the phone wires, making it impossible for him to contact anyone. Soon, Akasaka receives a call. Yukie had died in the hospital due to fatally falling down a flight of stairs. With this, Akasaka returns to Tōkyō.

    The story picks up five years later, when Akasaka, along with his child and Ōishi, return to Hinamizawa after the Great Hinamizawa Disaster. In the five-year time span, the deaths and disappearances that Rika predicted, including her own, all came true. Akasaka decides to fulfill Rika's wish, and, along with Ōishi, they create a book called: "Higurashi: When They Cry", possibly detailing the tragedy and sorrow that Rika mentioned to Akasaka.

    Himatsubushi-hen TIPS.

    Anime Episodes

    Disappearances and Deaths

    All deaths and disappearances are listed only as they are told in Himatsubushi-hen. Spoilers are only for the individual arc, not the overall series.


    • Kumagai Katsuya: went missing with his vehicle one day after the Watanagashi Festival June 1983 during an investigation.


    • Akasaka Yukie: fell down the stairs of a hospital on June 1978, while coming down from the roof.
    • Everyone Rika predicted would die: on the Watanagashi Festival from June 1979 to June 1982.
    • Tomitake Jirō: died on the day of the Watanagashi Festival June 1983 by clawing out his throat.
    • Takano Miyo: found burned to death in the mountains of Gifu on the night of the Watanagashi Festival June 1983.
    • Irie Kyōsuke: committed suicide one day after the Watanagashi Festival June 1983 by overdosing on sleeping pills.
    • Furude Rika: drugged into a coma, and disembowelled alive in front of Furude Shrine some time before GHD in June 1983.
    • The entirety of Hinamizawa: after they were wiped out during GHD.


    Answer Arc

    See Matsuribayashi-hen.

    So who is the culprit, you ask?
    Finding that out is part of the story, right?

    So who is the culprit, you ask?
    Do you even know what is the culprit in the first place?

    So who is the culprit?
    Who is the culprit that's gonna kill me?!

    Frederica Bernkastel

    Game Arcs
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Onikakushi-henWatanagashi-henTatarigoroshi-henHimatsubushi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai Meakashi-henTsumihoroboshi-henMinagoroshi-henMatsuribayashi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei Saikoroshi-henBatsukoishi-henHirukowashi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri Taraimawashi-henTsukiotoshi-henMiotsukushi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Someutsushi-henKagebōshi-henYoigoshi-henTokihogushi-henKotohogushi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui Hajisarashi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō Higurashi OutbreakKamikashimashi-henHinamizawa Teiryūjo
    Anime Arcs
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Onikakushi-henWatanagashi-henTatarigoroshi-henHimatsubushi-hen


    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai Yakusamashi-henMinagoroshi-henMatsuribayashi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei Hajisarashi-henSaikoroshi-henHirukowashi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira Batsukoishi-henAyakashisenshi-henMusubienishi-henYumeutsushi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku Higurashi Outbreak
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gō Onidamashi-henWatadamashi-henTataridamashi-henNekodamashi-henSatokowashi-hen
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu Oniakashi-henWataakashi-henTatariakashi-henKagurashi-hen