|Original VN Release Date||August 10, 2002|
|Translated VN Release Date(s)|
|Anime Air Date(s)||April 4-25, 2006|
|Manga Release Date(s)||Japanese
|Light Novel Release Date(s)|
|Live Action Release Date||May 10, 2008 (Movie)
May 20-27, 2016 (TV)
Onikakushi-hen (鬼隠し編, Spirited Away by the Demon Chapter) is the first arc in the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series, released on August 10, 2002 and preceding Watanagashi-hen. It is told from the perspective of Maebara Keiichi, who grows increasingly paranoid and eventually violent as he progressively feels that his friends are trying to kill him.
This first arc does not reveal the cause of Keiichi's paranoia and eventual violence. It implies a possible supernatural influence on him as well influence from paranoia-induced hallucinations.
At first the reader is shown the happy life of Maebara Keiichi who recently moved to the rural village Hinamizawa. This chapter mainly focuses on Keiichi's and his friends' happy days. Keiichi becomes a member of a club where his new friends Sonozaki Mion, Ryūgū Rena, Hōjō Satoko, and Furude Rika play games after school. However, Keiichi's happy days come to an end as he learns from the visiting nature photographer Tomitake Jirō that there was a bloody murder in Hinamizawa. Keiichi questions his friends about the incident but they unwaveringly deny it, elevating Keiichi's doubt in them.
Keiichi tries to ignore Hinamizawa's past and return to his peaceful life, but as the day of the Watanagashi Festival approaches he learns about Oyashiro-sama's curse from Tomitake's friend, Takano Miyo. On the day after the Festival, Keiichi learns from the local detective Ōishi Kuraudo that Tomitake was killed on the previous night. Keiichi agrees to cooperate with the detective in order to find out the truth.
Fearing his friends, Keiichi feigns sickness to skip school, and he learns from Ōishi that all of his friends are connected with the previous Festivals' victims. That evening, Mion and Rena visit Keiichi and give him some ohagi as both a get-well gift and Club assignment. To Keiichi's surprise, Rena and Mion know about his talk with Ōishi. To his shock, he later discovers that one of the ohagi they gave him contains a needle. On the next day, Keiichi takes the disappeared student Hōjō Satoshi's old baseball bat for self-defense. However, when Keiichi finds out that Satoshi did the same things a year ago and disappeared, his suspicion and fear start to turn into insanity.
As Keiichi's insanity grows, he becomes more and more violent toward his friends and believes the whole village is out to kill him. In the climax of Onikakushi-hen's final chapter, Keiichi's struggle to stay alive forces him to make a horrible decision.
Original (2006) Anime Episodes
- Chapter One: The Beginning
- Chapter Two: The Secret
- Chapter Three: Suspicion
- Chapter Four: Disturbance
New (2020) Anime Episodes
The new adaptation is based on but departs from and adds to Onikakushi-hen: Onidamashi-hen
Disappearances and Deaths
All deaths and disappearances are listed only as they are told in Onikakushi-hen. Spoilers are only for the individual arc, not the overall series.
- Hōjō Satoshi: disappeared June 1982, one year before the story.
- Takano Miyo: disappeared on the night of the Watanagashi Festival on June 19, 1983.
- Tomitake Jirō: died of blood loss after clawing out his own throat June 19, 1983 on the night of the Watanagashi.
- Ryūgū Rena: beaten to death by Keiichi on June 25, 1983 in the Maebara House with Satoshi's old baseball bat.
- Sonozaki Mion: also killed by Keiichi on June 25, 1983 in his room with Satoshi's old baseball bat.
- Maebara Keiichi: died from blood loss on June 26, 1983 at the Irie Clinic after he clawed out his own throat in a telephone booth the night before.
The 2008 movie Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Shrill Cries of Summer) is based on Onikakushi-hen. In the movie Keiichi goes into the Saiguden with Takano and Tomitake as in Watanagashi-hen. This seems to be why Mion and Rena are trying to kill him.
It was later adapted in the 2016 TV show, over the course of two episodes.
- In Japan, the game of tag is known as 鬼ごっこ (oni gokko, demon chase) the person who is "it" is called the demon.
- This further adds to the theme of this Arc, where all of Keiichi's friends are implied to be connected to demons.
Please do not deplore yourself.
Please do not deplore yourself.
So please tell me.
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni||Onikakushi-hen • Watanagashi-hen • Tatarigoroshi-hen • Himatsubushi-hen|
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai||Yakusamashi-hen • Minagoroshi-hen • Matsuribayashi-hen|
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei||Hajisarashi-hen • Saikoroshi-hen • Hirukowashi-hen|
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira||Batsukoishi-hen • Ayakashisenshi-hen • Musubienishi-hen • Yumeutsushi-hen|
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku||Higurashi Outbreak|
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gō||Onidamashi-hen • Watadamashi-hen • Tataridamashi-hen • Nekodamashi-hen • Satokowashi-hen|