This is a list of episodes of the animated Japanese murder mystery series Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Note that none of the English translations, despite the sound novels featuring the text "When They Cry," are official titles.
In 2006, the first season, entitled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, was produced by the Japanese animation studio Studio Deen and directed by Chiaki Kon. It was released in English by Geneon and later Funimation, under the title When They Cry - Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. The series contained twenty-six episodes, which aired between April 4 and September 26, on a number of Japanese television networks, including but not limited to, Chiba TV, Kansai TV, and Tokai TV. The series is divided into six chapters, which are the first six chapters in the original visual novel series. First is Onikakushi-hen between episodes one and four, followed by Watanagashi-hen between episodes five and eight, and Tatarigoroshi-hen between episodes nine and thirteen, making the series half over. Next is Himatsubushi-hen between episodes fourteen and fifteen, making it the smallest of the story arcs. The last two chapters are Meakashi-hen, between episodes sixteen and twenty-one, and finally Tsumihoroboshi-hen, between episodes twenty-two and twenty-six.
In 2007, the second anime season, entitled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, was produced by the same team as with the first season, containing twenty-four episodes. The series aired in Japan between July 6 and December 17 on several Japanese television networks, such as Sun TV, TV Kanagawa, and TV Saitama. The story is similar to the first season, but what was left unexplained in the first season is explained over the course of three separate story arcs. The first is an anime-original arc called Yakusamashi-hen, which is followed by the last two arcs from the original visual novel series: Minagoroshi-hen and Matsuribayashi-hen. On September 18, 2007, a sixteen-year-old girl killed her father with an axe in Kyoto, Japan. The remote similarities between Kai and the incident were too strong. In response, Tokai TV replaced episode twelve on September 21, 2007 with a cooking show.
Also in 2007, after the second seson was aired, the first Higurashi OVA named Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gaiden was released. The OVA contains a one episode extra arc named Nekogoroshi-hen. Nekogoroshi-hen was a light novel released in 2006, but when Studio Deen saw Higurashi's growing popularity, released a 23 minute long OVA.
In 2009, the second Higurashi OVA, entitled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei was released. It consists of three arcs, taken from the epilogue disc of the same name and a light novel released with the PS2 game. These three arcs are Hajisarashi-hen, Saikoroshi-hen and Hirukowashi-hen. Hirukowashi-hen is a story based on the PC and PSP game Higurashi Daybreak. Hajisarashi-hen was originally found in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri's Soundtrack, and was adapted to this OVA.
In 2011, the third Higurashi OVA, named Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira was released. The OVA contains four arcs. However, these arcs are mostly fanservice celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Higurashi franchise. The four arcs are Batsukoishi-hen, Ayakashisenshi-hen, Musubienishi-hen and Yumeutsushi-hen. Batsukoishi-hen was originally released on Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei fan-disc that was supposed to be Meakashi-hen's epilogue, but was dropped for being too silly and irrelevant, while the rest has original stories.
In 2012, the very first animated Higurashi movie, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku was announced. According to Ryukishi07, the movie will be based on Higurashi Outbreak. Outbreak is a short story which it's script is included in the CD jacket of Higurashi Daybreak's Original Soundtrack. On the 11th of June, new information was revealed about Kaku. Unlike the original concept, Kaku will be a Pachinko-OVA for the new Pachinko machine called "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Itadaki" and not a movie. The OVA will be released on DVD with the Pachinko machine at the end of July. The pilot aired on 15th August, 2013 and it is currently unknown if more episodes will air in the future. After the release of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō, which has the Outbreak arc included, the OVA makers revealed, in an interview, that the Kaku ending would differ from the original ending.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (ひぐらしのなく頃に)
|Title||Original air date|
|01||"Spirited Away by Demons Chapter One - The Beginning"|
"Onikakushi-hen Sono Ichi - Hajimari"
|April 4, 2006|
|Having recently moved to the rural village of Hinamizawa, Keiichi has befriended four girls—Rena, Mion, Satoko, and Rika—and joined their after school club. Life is initially peaceful until Keiichi learns from a visiting photographer named Tomitake about a murder in Hinamizawa's past. He also learns about a dam construction project proposed by the government five years prior which was met with protest from the villagers until the project was withdrawn. When Keiichi asks Rena and Mion about any incidents relating to the project, they refuse to speak about it, making him suspicious. Keiichi gets even more suspicious when he finds a newspaper article about the dam project manager being dismembered, and claiming that one of the killers is still at large.|
|02||"Spirited Away by Demons Chapter Two - The Secret"|
"Onikakushi-hen Sono Ni - Kakushigoto"
|April 11, 2006|
|During the annual Watanagashi festival, Keiichi is informed by Tomitake and a mysterious woman, Takano, about "Oyashiro's curse," a series of murders and disappearances that have occurred on the night of the festival for the past four years, all supposedly caused by the curse of Hinamizawa's guardian deity, Oyashiro. The next day, Keiichi is interrogated by a police detective, Ōishi, and learns that Tomitake had committed suicide by clawing out his own throat, while Takano has gone missing, apparently as part of the curse. Upon becoming Ōishi's informant, Keiichi notices a change in Rena and Mion's behavior, suspecting them of hiding something from him, though he too is accused of keeping secrets for his ties with Ōishi, which he denies. Keiichi delves deeper into the history of the curse during a phone call with Ōishi, learning that one of the victims is Satoshi, a boy who had apparently transferred out of school in Hinamizawa before Keiichi arrived. At that point, Keiichi realizes that Rena has been eavesdropping on him the whole time.|
|03||"Spirited Away by Demons Chapter Three - Suspicion"|
"Onikakushi-hen Sono San - Gishin"
|April 18, 2006|
|Growing increasingly paranoid, Keiichi calls in sick for school to avoid his friends and delve deeper into the mysteries of Hinamizawa. Ōishi asks Keiichi out to lunch, telling him that all of the victims of Oyashiro's curse are related to his friends, with Satoshi being Satoko's brother; Rena has also been known to have acted violently on one occasion. That night, Rena and Mion visit Keiichi visit him and give him a box of ohagi as part of a club activity. They also interrogate him about where he went to eat, and menacingly ask what he talked to "the old man" about. One of the ohagi contains a needle, convincing Keiichi that Rena and Mion are trying to kill him. Returning to school the next day, Keiichi arms himself with Satoshi's baseball bat, which concerns his friends, who reveal that Satoshi had displayed similar paranoid behavior before he disappeared.|
|04||"Spirited Away by Demons Chapter Four - Disturbance"|
"Onikakushi-hen Sono Yon – Yugami"
|April 25, 2006|
|Rena pays Keiichi a visit and begins acting strangely once again, prompting Keiichi to succumb to his paranoia and slam the door on her fingers. Distressed by Keiichi's behavior, Mion attempts to apologize for keeping so many secrets about Hinamizawa from him, but he coldly rebuffs her, saying she is no friend of his. Later, Keiichi finds himself being followed by Rena and demands to know who caused all the murders and disappearances; Rena simply replies that it is all the work of Oyashiro. Escaping from Rena, Keiichi finds himself being chased by a mysterious group of men, who knock him out. When he awakens, he is subdued by Rena and Mion, who attempt to inject him with a syringe. In self-defense, Keiichi beats Rena and Mion to death with Satoshi's bat and flees. He calls Ōishi from a phonebooth and tells him the murders were caused by Oyashiro that the murderer is not human as he previously thought. At that point Keiichi, who was sure that Oyashiro was behind him, clawed out his own throat. The next day, Keiichi is found dead and the police also find the bodies of Mion and Rena, and they find out that Keiichi was the one who killed them. Keiichi's suspicions turned out to be nothing more than paranoid delusions. What had truly triggered his paranoia, however, remains a mystery.|
|05||"Cotton Drifting Chapter One - Jealousy"|
"Watanagashi-hen Sono Ichi – Shitto"
|May 2, 2006|
|Keiichi meets Mion's twin sister, Shion; the two are so identical that Keiichi can hardly tell the difference between them. It is also revealed that Mion has a crush on him.|
|06||"Cotton Drifting Chapter Two - Takano"
"Watanagashi-hen Sono Ni - Takano"
|May 9, 2006|
|During Rika's ritual performance at the Watanagashi festival, Shion whisks Keiichi away to sneak into the forbidden shrine warehouse, where Tomitake and his friend, Miyo Takano, are waiting. However, after learning about Tomitake and Takano's deaths, he starts to worry about his and Shion's safety.|
|07||"Cotton Drifting Chapter Three - Lies"|
"Watanagashi-hen Sono San - Uso"
|May 16, 2006|
|Keiichi and Shion exchange phone calls where they discuss their possible fates. After inquiry, Keiichi indirectly asks Rika for help, but when she and Satoko disappear, he fears it may be his fault for getting her involved.|
|08||"Cotton Drifting Chapter Four - Wish"|
"Watanagashi-hen Sono Yon - Negai"
|May 23, 2006|
|Keiichi and Rena suspect that Mion might be related to Rika and Satoko's disappearances, and confront her at her house. Upon being confronted, Mion admits freely that their suspicions are correct, re-introduces her self as Mion Sonozaki, and simply asks for half an hour alone with Keiichi before she is arrested, and she tells him that she will reveal all of her crimes to him. She takes him to the underground caverns of the Sonozaki estate where Shion is being held in one of the prison cells. As Keiichi tries to comfort a distraught Shion, Mion knocks him out with a rock from behind. Mion says that the demon inside her has taken over, but Keiichi states that the Mion in his heart will never change. He says that if she must torture him, at least let Shion go, and implores Mion to fight her inner demon. She remarks that both requests are impossible, but she decides to let Keiichi go. Later Keiichi sees Mion outside and upon reuniting she stabs him. In the hospital, Detective Ōishi reveals that Mion was among the dead bodies that they found in the well (Hinting that the whole time Shion was the real Mion, and Mion was the real Shion.) Shion (Mion) appears in Keiichi's hospital room after Ōishi leaves and presumably kills Keiichi.|
|09||"Curse Killing Chapter One - Older Brother"|
"Tatarigoroshi-hen Sono Ichi - Ani"
|May 30, 2006|
|Keiichi's parents leave for Tokyo for a few days. Helped by Satoko and Rika, who make dinner for him, Keiichi learns about Satoshi, Satoko's older brother, and his mysterious disappearance on the night of last year's Watanagashi festival. He decides to act as a surrogate brother to Satoko and investigate Satoshi's disappearance.|
|10||"Curse Killing Chapter Two - Bond"|
"Tatarigoroshi-hen Sono Ni - Kizuna"
|June 6, 2006|
|Satoko is absent from school for a few days. Keiichi discovers that the cause of her absence is Teppei, her abusive uncle. He left Hinamizawa after his wife was murdered on the night of last year's Watanagashi festival, and has only just returned to town. Keiichi decides to intervene.|
|11||"Curse Killing Chapter Three - Boundary"|
"Tatarigoroshi-hen Sono San - Sakaime"
|June 13, 2006|
|Keiichi comes to the resolution that he must kill Teppei. He impersonates the police and says that he has Satoko and must speak about what she has done in person at the police station. Keiichi intercepts him on the way, brutally beating him to death with Satoshi's baseball bat. He buries the body, and on his way back home, Keiichi bumps into a suspicious-acting Takano. Before entering his house, he wishes that Takano would die.|
|12||"Curse Killing Chapter Four - Lost Things"|
"Tatarigoroshi-hen Sono Yon - Nakushimono"
|June 20, 2006|
|Keiichi's mentality is shaken when his friends tell him that he was actually at the Watanagashi festival with them, and Satoko's uncle is still abusing her, despite Keiichi being sure he is dead. He also learns that Takano went missing the night before after he saw her, and is believed to be Oyashiro's victim. Keiichi confronts Irie Kyōsuke, the head doctor of the local clinic, and confesses that he killed Satoko's uncle. Upon overhearing Irie tell his assistant that Keiichi is delusional, he wishes him dead and flees the clinic.|
|13||"Curse Killing Chapter Five - Apology"|
"Tatarigoroshi-hen Sono Go - Shazai"
|June 27, 2006|
|Keiichi goes over to the Hojo residence to ascertain Teppei's existence and finds Satoko in need of clinical help. Once he and Satoko reach the clinic however, they discover that head doctor Irie has committed suicide. Keiichi becomes increasingly paranoid as he believes that both Takano and Irie died because he wished it. At the Furude Shrine, Keiichi discovers Rika's disemboweled body, and Satoko believes that Keiichi is the culprit and flees, eventually coming to the conclusion that he is possessed by Oyashiro. After Keiichi fruitlessly tries to convince her otherwise, Satoko forces him off a bridge. Shortly afterward, disaster strikes the village of Hinamizawa, a gas leak killing thousands of residents, though Keiichi survives both his fall becomes the sole survivor of the disaster.|
|14||"Time Killing Chapter One - Hinamizawa"|
"Himatsubushi-hen Sono Ichi - Hinamizawa"
|July 4, 2006|
|Four years ago, during the dam incident, young police investigator Mamoru Akasaka comes to Hinamizawa to find leads to a child kidnapping. After hearing an enigmatic warning from a younger Rika, Mamoru becomes suspicious of some of the townsfolk.|
|15||"Time Killing Chapter Two - Sign"|
"Himatsubushi-hen Sono Ni - Kizashi"
|July 11, 2006|
|Akasaka and Ōishi find the kidnappers' hideout and rescue the boy. After discovering that their efforts were in vain because the perpetrators' demand was already conceded, he realizes the real meaning behind Rika's words to him.|
|16||"Eye Opening Chapter One - First Love"|
"Meakashi-hen Sono Ichi - Hatsukoi"
|July 18, 2006|
|The events from Watanagashi-hen are retold from another point of view. Shion takes Mion's place in Hinamizawa and is lovestruck by Satoko's older brother, Satoshi, at their first meeting together. However, after discovering the trouble he goes through to protect Satoko, Shion starts to loathe her.|
|17||"Eye Opening Chapter Two - Settlement"|
"Meakashi-hen Sono Ni - Kejime"
|July 25, 2006|
|Satoshi apologizes to Shion (still pretending to be Mion), and asks her to care for Satoko during the Watanagashi festival. That night, his aunt is murdered; in order to cover for Satoshi, Shion reveals that she is actually Mion's twin sister. After the police question her, she is brought back to the Sonozaki main estate to answer to her grandmother for all the trouble she has caused.|
|18||"Eye Opening Chapter Three - Demon's Blood"|
"Meakashi-hen Sono San - Oni no Ketsumyaku"
|August 1, 2006|
|Upon talking with Ōishi, Shion finds out Satoshi has gone missing and decides to investigate further into the mysterious murders over the past four years. One day, at the library, Shion meets Takano, who tells her more about the history of Hinamizawa and its dark past. As the story skips one year to the present day, Keiichi brings back memories of Satoshi to Shion.|
|19||"Eye Opening Chapter Four - Retaliation"|
"Meakashi-hen Sono Yon - Shikaeshi"
|August 8, 2006|
|Shion believes the Sonozaki family is connected to the acts of "demoning away" people in the village, especially that of Satoshi. She imprisons Mion in the dungeon and unintentionally kills her grandmother. Shion pretends to be Mion the next day and confronts Keiichi about the previous night's encounters, to which Keiichi still denies.|
|20||"Eye Opening Chapter Five - Cold Hands"|
"Meakashi-hen Sono Go - Tsumetai Te"
|August 15, 2006|
|Shion has captured the village head and gets information about the town involving the previous murders and Satoshi. Later, Shion confronts Rika about the murders, leading to a confrontation between the two until Shion injects Rika with a deadly drug that Rika had brought for Shion. In retaliation, Rika commits suicide by stabbing herself repeatedly in the head. Shion then proceeds to invite Satoko to her house.|
|21||"Eye Opening Chapter Six - Conviction"|
"Meakashi-hen Sono Roku - Danzai"
|August 22, 2006|
|Shion tricks Keiichi in a phone call and later tricks the townsfolk in order to make Keiichi a murder suspect, however she quickly realizes that Ōishi suspects her instead. Afterward, she brutally murders Satoko, who she has been holding captive, only to remember to her horror that Satoshi's last request to her was to keep Satoko safe, thus driving her deeper into madness. When discovered by Rena and Keiichi, Shion lures Keiichi to the dungeon and attempts to torture him, but she hesitates and decides to let him go. After he is knocked out by using her stunner, she switches clothes with Mion and pushes her down the well, but only after Mion tells her that their grandmother may have approved of Satoshi. After being rescued along with Keiichi (because they are unaware she is the culprit), Shion starts to hallucinate. She visits Keiichi and gravely wounds him. Shion hastily returns to her apartment by scaling the side of the building, only to slip and fall to her death. This, however, makes the ending of Watanagashi-hen ambiguous, since an image of Mion appeared to Keiichi while he was in the hospital, though both Mion and Shion are dead by that point, meaning that ending is a hallucination. However, Keiichi dies a few days later of acute heart failure, possibly caused by the hallucination of Shion attacking him.|
|22||"Atonement Chapter One - Happiness"|
"Tsumihoroboshi-hen Sono Ichi - Shiawase"
|August 29, 2006|
|Rena meets her father's girlfriend, Rina, who she discovers to be a scam artist working with Teppei. After learning that they plan to rip off her father, Rena forms a deep hatred for them and concocts her revenge.|
|23||"Atonement Chapter Two - A Home to Return To"|
"Tsumihoroboshi-hen Sono Ni - Kaeru Tokoro"
|September 5, 2006|
|Rena confronts Rina at the dump and reveals that she knows everything about her and Teppei's scam. Rina tries to kill Rena, who retaliates by slashing her belly with a shard of glass and beating her to death with an old pipe. While returning home, Rena witnesses Teppei putting his and Rina's plan into motion and, leading him back to the dump, splits his head open with her nata. While disposing of the bodies, she is caught red-handed by her friends who, to her surprise, offer their unwavering support to keep the incident a secret, and even help her bury the bodies.|
|24||"Atonement Chapter Three - File No. 34"|
"Tsumihoroboshi-hen Sono San - Sanjūyon-gō Bunsho"
|September 12, 2006|
|While studying Takano's scrapbooks, Rena discovers that Oyashiro, who is worshiped fiercely by the Three Families that run the village, doesn't actually exist. She also discovers a historical case of a virus that causes whoever is infected by it to go berserk—the same disease that caused all the murders in the past. As a result, she is being hunted down by those who appear to stop at nothing to keep this conspiracy a secret.|
|25||"Atonement Chapter Four - Invasion of Earth"|
"Tsumihoroboshi-hen Sono Yon - Chikyuu Shinryaku"
|September 19, 2006|
|After learning that Mion moved the bodies from where they originally hid them, Rena's faith in her friends is shattered as she begins to go insane. Keiichi tries to dissuade Rena, but is confronted by her with his own dark secrets. After confessing his past sin to his friends, he finds that he can recall events from Onikakushi-hen, particularly his own paranoia and murder of Rena and Mion, even though they have no bearing on the current situation. This, however, strengthens his understanding of Rena's situation and his resolve to prevent such tragedies from occurring again, even going as far as apologizing to the clueless Mion for killing her.|
|26||"Atonement Chapter Five - Retake"|
"Tsumihoroboshi-hen Sono Go - Riteiku"
|September 26, 2006|
|Her madness at its peak, Rena holds her friends and schoolmates hostage and threatens to kill them all with a homemade bomb planted on the roof of the school. Working together with the police and his friends, Keiichi manages to defuse the bomb. On the roof, Keiichi and Rena have a final confrontation, Keiichi armed with Satoshi's bat and Rena with her nata. During their duel, Rena gradually regains her sanity until she defeats Keiichi, though she is unable to bring herself to kill him. Realizing the error of her ways, Rena reconciles with her friends. Though tragedy has been averted through Rena's atonement, the constant time loops have yet to lift; however, there is now hope for the future.|
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gaiden (ひぐらしのなく頃に外伝)
|Title||Original air date|
|01||"Cat Killing Chapter"|
|August 2, 2007|
|After losing a bet, Keiichi, Mion, Rena, Satoko and Rika parade around Hinamizawa in costumes. When they come to fork in the road they decide to go to Yagōchi, a nearby village which was abandoned. Once there, Keiichi learns the mystery of the strange haunted quarry from Mion and Rika as they debate whether or not to check it out.|
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (ひぐらしのなく頃に解)
|Title||Original air date|
|July 6, 2007|
|Mamoru Akasaka, with an assistant, visits the abandoned town of Hinamizawa in the year 2007, and meets with Officer Ōishi. They still wonder about the Great Hinamizawa Disaster that decimated the town and the connection to Miyo Takano's File No. 34. Rena, now in her thirties, survived the disaster because she was detained at the police station during the incident. She shares with them the little knowledge she has about Rika's strange behavior, shortly before the supposed "gas leak", and Akasaka recalls his meeting with the young Rika as well. The episode is an direct epilogue of Tsumihoroboshi-hen.|
|02||"Disaster Awakening Chapter One - Tag"|
"Yakusamashi-hen Sono Ichi - Onigokko"
|July 13, 2007|
|Back in June 1983, the club participates in a game of "zombie tag". On their way home, they run into Irie, Tomitake, and Takano, who tell Keiichi about the yearly murders known as "Oyashiro-sama's Curse". However, he understands why his friends hid it from him and doesn't resent them for it. Regardless, this fails to reassure Rika, as she grows progressively depressed as the day of the Watanagashi Festival approaches.|
|03||"Disaster Awakening Chapter Two - Powerlessness"|
"Yakusamashi-hen Sono Ni - Muryoku"
|July 20, 2007|
|Satoko worries about Rika's depression and tries to confront her about it, but Rika continues to deny anything is wrong. In the middle of the night, Satoko is woken by Rika arguing with a mysterious voice, and telling her she will soon be murdered, and there is nothing that either of them can do.|
|04||"Disaster Awakening Chapter Three - Pre-Established Harmony"|
"Yakusamashi-hen Sono San - Yotei Chōwa"
|July 27, 2007|
|The day of the Watanagashi Festival comes, and once again Rika fails to warn Tomitake of his imminent death. Later, Satoko is convinced that a mysterious man is following her and Rika around, even though no one else has noticed any such thing. Worried of Rika's safety, she sets traps around the house to alert her of any intruders, and when one is triggered, her fears are confirmed.|
|05||"Disaster Awakening Chapter Four - The Great Hinamizawa Disaster"|
"Yakusamashi-hen Sono Yon - Hinamizawa Daisaigai"
|August 3, 2007|
|Much to Satoko's surprise, Rika hides her before letting her murderers take her away. After witnessing Rika's demise, Satoko flees, narrowly evading her pursuers by falling off a bridge. Satoko stumbles back into Hinamizawa in the aftermath of the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, the trauma of witnessing the remaining villagers' deaths driving Satoko into mental shock. In the hospital, Oishi tries to bring Satoko out of her catatonic state to interrogate her about what she saw, relaying a cryptic message left by Rena hinting at the motives of Rika's murderers. By the time Satoko regains consciousness and realizes the meaning of Rena's message, she is discreetly killed by Rika's murderers.|
|06||"Massacre Chapter One - Rules of the Maze"|
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Ichi - Meiro no Hōsoku"
|August 10, 2007|
|Rika begins a new world with Hanyū, but is getting tired of seeing her friends commit the same acts that lead them to terrible mistakes, until Keiichi proves to her that people can change their fate if they want during the game tournament, like the one in Watanagashi-hen, where he gives the doll he won as a prize to Mion instead of Rena, who doesn't mind that he gave it to Mion. Rika thinks that maybe this world will be different.|
|07||"Massacre Chapter Two - How to Change Destiny"|
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Ni - Unmei no Kaekata"
|August 17, 2007|
|Influenced by Keiichi's encouragement, and the fact her friends are starting to avoid doing the same mistakes again by remembering glimpses of what they could have done, Rika decides to find a way to prevent her ominous destiny by herself.|
|08||"Massacre Chapter Three - Wavering"|
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono San - Yuragi"
|August 24, 2007|
|Rika's plans are hindered by the appearance of Teppei, who much like in Tatarigoroshi-hen, begins to abuse Satoko. Keiichi and the rest of the gang decide to find a way to release her from his clutches, but the government is reluctant to cooperate.|
|09||"Massacre Chapter Four - Negotiation"|
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Yon - Kōshō"
|August 31, 2007|
|The fight to save Satoko from her uncle's abuse continues, but they stumble on a dead end because she is reluctant to denounce him, for her own reasons. Rika realizes that despite their efforts, she is the one who must take action.|
|10||"Massacre Chapter Five - Confrontation"|
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Go - Taiketsu"
|September 7, 2007|
|Keiichi's struggle to help Satoko forces him to confront the village elders, even the leader of the Sonozaki family. As the government succumbs to the pressure of Keiichi and his allies, Satoko's condition is also at its limit.|
|11||"Massacre Chapter Six - Strong Will"|
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Roku - Tsuyoi Ishi"
|September 14, 2007|
|At last, Rika persuades Satoko to ask for help and she is freed from Teppei. However, just when the village seemed to be relieved from its eternal cycle of hatred and death, the real enemies start to act, just like they did in previous worlds.|
|12||"Massacre Chapter Seven - Hinamizawa Syndrome"|
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Nana - Hinamizawa Shōkōgun"
|September 25, 2007|
|After getting a clue of the villain's betrayal, Rika tells her friends the truth behind the Hinamizawa Syndrome, and her connection with it. Meanwhile, the enemy moves on with their plan, eliminating any opposition.|
|13||"Massacre Chapter Eight - Finale"|
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Hachi - Shūmatsu"
|October 1, 2007|
|One after another, Rika's friends are killed while trying to protect her. Takano dissects Rika, but does so without anesthesia, as requested by the latter in an attempt to carve the identity of the culprit behind all the Hinamizawa murders in her mind and prevent the events from this and past worlds from repeating themselves. The villagers are rounded up at the school and gassed to death, while an ecstatic Takano proclaims her ascension to godhood.|
|14||"Festival Accompanying Chapter One - 34"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Ichi - Miyo"
|October 8, 2007|
|Takano's past is revealed in disjointed flashbacks, some of them showing her harsh childhood, while others to the time when she became involved with researchers of the Hinamizawa Syndrome.|
|15||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Two - Wriggling"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Ni - Ugomeki"
|October 15, 2007|
|Takano's story continues, including how she met her foster grandfather, and her determination to continue his work. A few years later, Takano and Hanyū have a very heated confrontation at Oyashiro-sama's shrine.|
|16||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Three - The Beginning of the End"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono San - Owari no Hajimari"
|October 22, 2007|
|Hanyū watches silently and hopelessly as the cruel events occur during the dam incident, while she and Rika eagerly await the arrival of the one person who will be the key element to bringing an end to the enemy's intentions.|
|17||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Four - Plot"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Yon - Bōryaku"
|October 29, 2007|
|In order to save Satoko, who is terminally infected with the Hinamizawa Syndrome, Rika offers herself as a test subject for Irie and Takano's research. More light is shed into the deaths of Satoko and Rika's parents, and its involvement with the legend of Oyashiro-sama's curse.|
|18||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Five - The Final Piece"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Go - Saigo no Koma"
|November 5, 2007|
|More details about Satoshi's past are revealed, including the reason for his disappearance. Rika and Hanyū make their final preparations for the impending struggle against destiny.|
|19||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Six - Opening"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Roku - Makuake"
|November 12, 2007|
|Hanyū is physically introduced into the world as a transfer student to the Hinamizawa school, but forgets her role. After a brief meeting with Takano and Tomitake, she remembers the past worlds and informs Rika about the enemy's intentions.|
|20||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Seven - Trap"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Nana - Torappu"
|November 19, 2007|
|Rika gathers her allies and start to make plans, while obtaining more information about the enemy and those supporting their ambitions.|
|21||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Eight - 48 Hours"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Hachi - Yonjū-hachi Jikan"
|November 26, 2007|
|False information claiming Rika died 48 hours previously is spread by Ōishi's group at the precinct, leaving the villain's crew in disarray since the villagers do not show the signs of the syndrome. Nomura warns Takano that the Tokyo group is questioning the validity of her research and implementing 34.|
|22||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Nine - Offense and Defense"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Kyū - Koubou"
|December 3, 2007|
|Finding that Tomitake is captured, Irie rushes to escape and ends up meeting with Shion and her bodyguard Kasai on their way to the Sonozaki estate. However, by accepting their help, he ends up unintentionally revealing Rika's hideout to the enemy.|
|23||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Ten - Bloody Battle"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Jū - Kessen"
|December 10, 2007|
|Irie, Akasaka, Kasai, and Shion head to the clinic to rescue Tomitake. Irie finally unveils to Shion where Satoshi disappeared to and the others deal with the enemy assaulting the mountains on their location. This is the only time other than a flashback where Satoshi is shown.|
|24||"Festival Accompanying Chapter Eleven - End"|
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Jūichi - Oshimai"
|December 17, 2007|
|The rest of the Yamainu concede defeat, but Takano is unwilling to surrender. After learning Nomura in Tokyo planned to use her as a scapegoat, she flees into the mountains and has a final confrontation with Rika's group. In the end, the Banken come to arrest her, but Tomitake, pitying her and seeing how she had been infected with the Hinamizawa Syndrome, takes her into the Irie Clinic for treatment. At the end, Rika and her friends Hanyū, Keiichi, Rena, Satoko, Mion, and Shion, attend the festival. After the credits, and adult Rika/Frederica Bernkastel changes Takano's future by preventing the death of her parents, thereby giving Takano a happy ending as well. Mion describes the final chapter as being like their version of Old Maid; the missing card has been added making the game won without any losers.|
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (ひぐらしのなく頃に礼)
|Title||Original air date|
|01||"Shame Exposing Chapter"|
|February 25, 2009|
|Realizing that he forgot to pack his bathing suit while rushing to meet his friends at the pool, Keiichi borrows a pair of trunks from Mion's uncle, who claims that these trunks have the magical ability to make women attracted to whoever writes their name on them and wears them for three hours. Later, Mion hears from her uncle that he had made a mistake in describing the abilities of the trunks, revealing that the person whose name is written on the briefs will fall in love with the wearer, meaning Keiichi, who had written his own name on them, will fall in love with himself. Not wanting Keiichi to become a narcissistic jerk, the girls try to talk him out of taking the trunks off, though Keiichi thinks it's a trick so they can force him to wear an embarrassing pair of trunks they provided. Knowing Keiichi won't go down without a fight, the girls rally everyone at the pool to chase him down and retrieve the trunks by force, even going as far as turning Keiichi's only supporters (Tomitake, Ōishi, and Irie) against each other and fight over wearing the trunks for themselves. Finally, the trunks are removed before time runs out, though the naked Keiichi still refuses to wear the girls' embarrassing trunks.|
|02||"Dice Killing Chapter One"|
"Saikoroshi-hen Sono Ichi"
|March 25, 2009|
|Now that she and her friends are finally free from the eternally repeating tragedies of June 1983, Rika has a new lease on life. While biking with her friends, Rika carelessly collides with an oncoming truck and is apparently killed; when she awakens, she finds herself in another Hinamizawa. However, this world is quite different from other worlds in the past: Keiichi, Takano, Irie, and Hanyū are nowhere to be found; she is no longer close friends with anybody, Satoko being particularly hostile; the dam project that threatens to flood the town is still underway; and none of the successive tragedies she witnessed countless times happened at all, meaning Satoshi and her own parents are still around. For the first time in her life, Rika is at a complete loss for what to do.|
|03||"Dice Killing Chapter Two"|
"Saikoroshi-hen Sono Ni"
|May 22, 2009|
|Rika finally makes contact with Hanyū, who tells her that for her to return to her old world, she must find and dispose of a piece from her old world that prevents Hanyū from entering this new world, which in turn prevents Rika from reincarnating—if this piece turns out to be a person, for instance, she must kill that person. She is initially eager to find the item and return to her old world, especially when she responds to Satoko's bullying by assaulting her. Shortly afterward, however, Rika experiences what life with a mother is like, and begins building a new friendship with Mion, Rena, and Satoshi, as well as making peace with Satoko. Rika now feels it's all a matter of deciding which world she would rather like to stay in until she learns that her mother, now the reincarnation of Oyashiro instead of Rika, is the item she must dispose of.|
|04||"Dice Killing Chapter Three"|
"Saikoroshi-hen Sono San"
|June 16, 2009|
|Rika becomes gradually more torn between remaining in this new world that knows no sin where everyone is living contently, or killing her mother and returning to her old world, and is devastated to learn that she does not have much time to act. Finally, Rika decides to fight for what she wants to live for. The next thing she knows, she awakens from a coma in her old world and happily reunites with her friends, the other world having apparently been a dream, though Rika concludes she must have killed her mother to regain consciousness nonetheless. Unbeknownst to her, however, the dream was developed by Hanyū to teach Rika, as her friends help her realize, that people need to work past personal hardships in order to make life worth living.|
|August 21, 2009|
|During a picnic with Keiichi, Rena accidentally swallows one of the mysterious "Fuwazaru Magatama" which falls from the sky, and begins acting lovesick. Rika explains that the seal on the magatama has been broken, and that whoever possesses the red magatama will fall blindly in love with anyone holding its white counterpart. Everyone reasons that Rena must have swallowed the red magatama and sets out to stop her and find the white magatama, though it winds up in the possession of Tomitake, then Takano, and finally Ōishi, each of whom gradually come to accept her love under the magatama's curse and refuse to relinquish it. Keiichi finally manages to obtain the magatama after beating Rena and Ōishi with Akasaka in a game of mahjong; unfortunately, Ōishi fumbles it and Keiichi ends up accidentally swallowing it as well. Fortunately, Rika lifts the curse before Keiichi can fall under its power, which returns Rena to normal. In the process, Rena, who is grateful to Keiichi for helping her, expresses her feelings toward him, though she isn't sure if it's part of the magatama's power. Unfortunately for Rena, Tomitake and Takano still appear to be infatuated with Rena and fight over who gets to keep her.|
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira (ひぐらしのなく頃に煌)
|Title||Original air date|
|01||"Penalty Loving Chapter"|
|July 21, 2011|
|Keiichi, Tomitake, Irie, and Ōishi speculate over punishment games for the girls in Himanizawa after Keiichi's recent string of losses in the games. Keiichi eventually falls asleep, waking up to the girls speculating punishment games for him. He blacks out again, waking up in the clinic, infected with the 'true' Himinizawa syndrome, along with Takano. The girls try to 'save' him, almost ending up killing him after killing Takano. Keiichi blacks out again, waking up to the same situation as before, as Tomitake, Irie, and Ōishi infect him with the true Himinizawa syndrome again in a parody of the original series.|
|02||"Demon Battling Chapter"|
|September 22, 2011|
|Rika wakes up in an parallel world where she is a magical girl known as Rika Oyashiro. She and Satoko (who becomes another magical girl, Trap Satoko) must fight against the four evil generals of the secret magic society Tokyo Magika (Teppei, Takano, Okonogi, and Nomura) to save their friends and the people of Hinamizawa from a number of demonic ritual tools and a strange fog that causes individuals to become hostile towards those unaffected.|
|November 23, 2011|
|A love rectangle between Keiichi, Mion, Shion, and Rena ensues, with the girls competing for Keiichi's affection through numerous methods. They decide on using a game of chance to pick who Keiichi will go on a date with, but he accidentally picks Mion and Shion's grandmother.|
|04||"Dream Appearing Chapter"|
|January 25, 2012|
|A young Rika and Hanyū play a game of hide and seek that results in little Rika being thrown into a time paradox, where she finds herself sent into the future Hinamizawa everyone fought for prior to Kira. Hanyū, while out for a walk, finds the scared Rika and offers to help her. Thinking back, she remembers a time when Rika disappeared while playing a game with her. With the help of the rest of the gang, they find a way to send little Rika back to where she belongs. Hanyū is reluctant at first, thinking back at how much suffering Rika has been through. Little Rika tells Hanyū she wants to go back and does so. The episode concludes with Rika and Hanyū running to catch up with their friends after sending little Rika back.|
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku (ひぐらしのなく頃に拡)
Note: "Higurashi Outbreak" redirects to the OVA page. For the original sound novel, use Higurashi Outbreak.
|Title||Original air date|
|August 15, 2013|
|Hinamizawa and other neighboring cities are put under quarantine because of the discovery of a new virus. Keiichi, Rena and Mion discuss about it, and Mion tells them that she heard in a particular line that the first victim was most likely from Takatsudo, but they hadn't left the area in really long, so there should be other original victim. She also says that the virus was likely to be endemic, and that'd resemble Oyashiro-sama's legend. They also learn that Rika was taken by the JSDF for being diagnosed with an unknown condition, though they had left Satoko. Mion mentions the rumours of Maebara and Ryūgū families would be involved in this virus. Hinamizawa is basically abandoned and all signal is cut off, so Mion sends a mail to Keiichi and tries to send it to Rena too, but she gets shot. Rena carries Mion to Maebara Residence and asks them to flee from Hinamizawa. Rena and Keiichi find that Satoko was kidnapped and was going to be the sacrifice for Oyashiro-sama’s ritual, so they go after her, while Mr. and Mrs. Maebara escape from the village with Mion. The scene changes to Nomura and Takano Hifumi representing Alphabet Project and some ministers, where it's revealed that the η-173 (said virus) had been studied by UN, but the research was trashed, it was found that it was a parasitic class-C virus. They use it as a bio-weapon and pressurize the Prime Minister to approve the quarantine. The scene changes to Irie Clinic, where Rika is and Irie talks with a quarantine group. Later, Irie notices their efforts are useless against the virus and suicides. The scene changes to Keiichi and Rena, and are able to rescue Satoko by fooling the paranoid villagers. Rena and Keiichi want to flee from Hinamizawa, but Satoko asks them to first go back to her house so she can get her shoes. The scene changes to Hanyū and Rika conversation. Hanyū says that her siblings are euphoric to be finally free, and that she hopes they’ll calm down soon enough. Keiichi, Rena and Satoko find Rika and try to convince her to run away with them, but she insists on staying in Hinamizawa. The episode ends with the Maebara family, Mion, Rena and Satoko in a neighbour city, having used the tunnels in Sonozaki House to leave Hinamizawa. The city is mostly destroyed, just like Hinamizawa.|