Orignal VN Release Date December 31, 2006
Anime Air Date(s) March 25 - June 19, 2009
Manga Release Date(s) Japanese
  • December 22, 2011
  • November 2014
  • Light Novel Release Date(s) March 2009
  • PC
  • Nintendo DS
  • PS Vita
  • PlayStation 3
  • Previous Arc Matsuribayashi-hen
    Following Arc Batsukoishi-hen

    In the anime, Saikoroshi-hen (賽殺し編 Dice Killing Chapter) takes place during three of the five episodes of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (the anime's third season).

    An updated fan English translation was released on November 16th, 2010. It was also later released with the following fan English translation of the other two arcs Batsukoishi-hen and Hirukowashi-hen on March 28th, 2015.


    This world is completely different from the other Hinamizawas up to now in that Maebara Keiichi, Irie Kyōsuke, Okonogi, and Takano Miyo never came to the town. More effects are slowly revealed when Ryūgū Rena tells Rika that the town will be submerged by next year, as the dam war did not happen and the disputes were resolved peacefully. Before Rika can raise the issue of Oyashiro-sama's curse, Rena tells her that her father, the shrine priest, told the people of Hinamizawa that so long as they build a new shrine and continue to give their respect to the god, the curse will not occur. Thus, no one has yet died from the curse. Hōjō Satoko and Hōjō Satoshi, who are still alive in Hinamizawa, live with their stepfather happily, so Satoko is not friends with Rika because they never started living with one another. Rena is now called Reina, as the divorce of Rena's parents and other incidents which led to the situation of Tsumihoroboshi-hen did not happen, the Ryūgū family has stayed in Hinamizawa, and the "i" stayed in Reina's name. Sonozaki Mion never formed the club, so Rika has no friendly connections with any of the students that she has in other arcs. For some reason, Hanyū is not present either, leaving Rika alone to figure out how to return to the world she desires.

    Anime Episodes

    Bread came falling from the sky.
    A number complained because it was not meat.

    Meat came falling from the sky.
    A number complained that bread was better.

    God came down from the sky.
    Until he understands what makes everyone happy
    For the time being, he'll make water fall from the sky.

    Frederica Bernkastel

    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
    Saikoroshi-hen | Batsukoishi-hen | Hirukowashi-hen
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