In 2006, the first season, entitled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (ひぐらしのなく頃に), 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 story follows a group of five young friends and the strange events that occur in the village that they live in called Hinamizawa. A string of unexplained murders have plagued the town for the past three years during the annual Watanagashi Festival in June, and with the next Watanagashi approaching, things start to take a turn for the worse. 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 season, entitled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (ひぐらしのなく頃に解), 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.
In 2009, the third season, entitled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei was released as an original video animation series. It consists of three arcs, taken from the epilogue disc of the same name and a light novel released with the PS2 game.
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|01||"Spirited Away by the Demon Chapter One - The Beginning"
"Onikakushi-hen Sono Ichi - Hajimari" (鬼隠し編 其ノ壱 ハジマリ)
|April 4, 2006|
|Having recently moved to the rural village of Hinamizawa, Keiichi Maebara has befriended four girls—Rena Ryuugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Hojo, and Rika Furude—and joined their after school club. Life is initially peaceful until Keiichi learns from a man 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. He gets even more suspicious when he finds a newspaper article about the dam project manager being dismembered, and one of the killers is still at large.|
|02||"Spirited Away by the Demon Chapter Two - The Secret"
"Onikakushi-hen Sono Ni - Kakushigoto" (鬼隠し編 其ノ弐 隠しごと)
|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, Oishi, 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 Oishi's informant, Keiichi notices a change in Rena and Mion's behavior and suspects them of hiding something from him, though he too is accused of keeping secrets for his ties with Oishi. Keiichi delves deeper into the history of the curse with Oishi, 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 the Demon Chapter Three - Suspicion"
"Onikakushi-hen Sono San - Gishin" (鬼隠し編 其ノ参 疑心)
|April 18, 2006|
|Growing increasingly paranoid, Keiichi calls in sick for school to avoid his friends and delve deeper into the mysteries of Hinamizawa. Oishi takes Keiichi to Angel Mort for lunch, and he tells him that all of the victims of Oyashiro's curse are related to his group of friends. That night, Rena and Mion visit Keiichi and give him a box of ohagi as part of a club activity; however, one of the ohagi contains a needle, convincing Keiichi that Rena and Mion are out to get 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 the Demon Chapter Four - Disturbance"
"Onikakushi-hen Sono Yon – Yugami" (鬼隠し編 其ノ四 歪)
|April 25, 2006|
|Rena pays Keiichi a visit and begins acting strangely once again, prompting Keiichi to succumb to his paranoia and hurt her. Distressed by Keiichi's behavior, Mion attempts to apologize for keeping so many secrets about Hinamizawa from him, but he coldly rebuffs her. 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. He calls Oishi and tells him the murders were caused by Oyashiro, and then Keiichi, who is sure that Oyashiro is behind him, claws 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.|
|05||"Cotton Drifting Chapter One - Jealousy"
"Watanagashi-hen Sono Ichi – Shitto" (綿流し編 其ノ壱 嫉妬)
|May 2, 2006|
|Keiichi discovers Mion has an identical twin sister named Shion. Keiichi also discovers that Mion has a crush on him, and so does Shion.|
|06||"Cotton Drifting Chapter Two - Takano"
"Watanagashi-hen Sono Ni - Takano" (綿流し編 其ノ弐 タカノ)
|May 9, 2006|
|Keiichi learns about the curse of Oyashiro. During Rika's ritual performance at the Watanagashi festival, Shion whisks Keiichi away to sneak to the ritual tool shed of Oyashiro, where Tomitake and his friend, Miyo Takano, are waiting. Tomitake stands guard while the others look inside, to find dozens of torture tools. Takano explains the significance of the ritual tool shrine and the Watanagashi festival, and her theory that the villagers of Hinamizawa are continuing an age old tradition of sacrificing people to Oyashiro. Shion and Keiichi promise not to tell anyone they entered the shrine, though Keiichi becomes disturbed when he is questioned both by Mion and Detective Oishi about the whereabouts of Shion, Tomitake and Takano on the night of the festival. Keiichi learns from Shion that Takano was found burned to death and Tomitake committed suicide by clawing at his own throat. Keiichi starts to wonder about Shion's safety as well as his own.|
|07||"Cotton Drifting Chapter Three - Lies"
"Watanagashi-hen Sono San - Uso" (綿流し編 其ノ参 嘘)
|May 16, 2006|
|Rika shows knowledge of Keiichi's actions on the night of the festival, and in a metaphorical conversation promises to help the 'little kitty cat who did something bad' on the night of the festival by making the 'big dogs' aware the 'kitty cat' had no bad intentions, and alludes to the fact that Mion is angry with Shion over what happened. She also warns Keiichi that if the same 'dog' who bit the village leader tries to bite him, he should tell her. That night Keiichi learns the village leader has gone missing, and Shion tells Keiichi over the phone she confessed to the village leader about what they did. Shion thinks it's her fault and Oyashiro's Curse got him because he had promised to help them, leading Keiichi to believe Rika is also in danger. Keiichi, Rena and Mion go to Rika and Satoko's home to find them, but they have gone missing as well. Keiichi talks with Detective Oishi again, whose account of the village leader's activities before disappearing contradict Shion's claim that she confessed to him about what they did. To top it off, Shion has been reported missing ever since the festival. Shion calls Keiichi that night, and he confronts her about who she really is, only to hear maniacal laughter before she hangs up the phone.|
|08||"Cotton Drifting Chapter Four - Wish"
"Watanagashi-hen Sono Yon - Negai" (綿流し編 其ノ四 願い)
|May 23, 2006|
|Keiichi and Rena suspect Mion to be behind Rika's and Satoko's disappearance, and inform detective Oishi about their theory. Keiichi and Rena confront Mion at her house because the police still don't have enough probable cause for a search warrant. Mion admits that Rika and Satoko did come over to her house the night they disappeared. She asks to have a private talk with Keiichi before the police arrest her, and she lures Keiichi to a torture chamber, where he sees Shion in the dungeon before Mion knocks him out. Mion prepares to torture Keiichi, but hears a noise and assumes Rena brought the police and tasers Keiichi unconscious. Keiichi and Shion are rescued from the torture chamber but Mion escaped. Keiichi is visited by Mion who stabs him in the stomach when he comes down to see her. Gravely wounded and in the hospital, Keiichi learns Shion has fallen to her death from her apartment. Oishi asks Keiichi if he was certain it was Mion Sonozaki that attacked him and Shion, and when he confirms it, Oishi reveals Mion's body was found dead at the bottom of the well the same day Keiichi and Shion were rescued. Oishi also reveals Miyo Takano, who was burned to death on the night of the festival, had actually died 24 hours beforehand. After Oishi leaves, Mion appears and presumably kills Keiichi.|
|09||"Curse Killing Chapter One - Older Brother"
"Tatarigoroshi-hen Sono Ichi - Ani" (祟殺し編 其の壱 兄)
|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" (祟殺し編 其の弐 キズナ)
|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 - Borderline"
"Tatarigoroshi-hen Sono San - Sakaime" (祟殺し編 其の参 境界)
|June 13, 2006|
|Keiichi comes to the resolution that he must kill Teppei. After 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.|
|12||"Curse Killing Chapter Four - Lost Item"
"Tatarigoroshi-hen Sono Yon - Nakushimono" (祟殺し編 其の四 失しモノ)
|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. His confusion grows when he tries to unsuccessfully find the truth.|
|13||"Curse Killing Chapter Five - Apology"
"Tatarigoroshi-hen Sono Go - Shazai" (祟殺し編 其の伍 謝罪)
|June 27, 2006|
|Keiichi goes over to the Hojo residence to ascertain Teppei's existence and finds Satoko in need of clinical help. 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 and the disaster.|
|14||"Time Wasting Chapter One - Hinamizawa"
"Himatsubushi-hen Sono Ichi - Hinamizawa" (暇潰し編 其の壱 ヒナミザワ)
|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 Wasting Chapter Two - Sign"
"Himatsubushi-hen Sono Ni - Kizashi" (暇潰し編 其の弐 兆し)
|July 11, 2006|
|Akasaka and Oishi 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" (目明し編 其の壱 初恋)
|July 18, 2006|
|The events from Watanagashi-hen are retold from Shion's point of view. The Sonozaki family for generations has murdered the youngest of new born twins as they are seen as bad luck, yet when Mion and Shion are born, they decide to send Shion away to a boarding school. Shion eventually escapes and returns to Hinamizawa with the help of her caretaker Kasai. Shion lays low as to not draw attention from her family, and is able to masquerade around town as her sister in order to buy groceries and get a job with her uncle. Shion learns about Oyashiro's curse from Mion and the mysterious deaths that take place every year during the Watanagashi festival. Shion meets Satoshi, a classmate of Mion's, who mistakes her for Mion. Shion takes a liking to Satoshi, and Mion explains to Shion that Satoshi is a member of the Hojo family, and his parents were victims of Oyashiro's curse one year for supporting the construction of a dam that would have flooded the town. Satoshi and his younger sister, Satoko, were taken in by their aunt and uncle after their parent's death. Their aunt and uncle resented them because the rest of the village shunned them for their parent's support of the dam. Shion goes to school in Mion's place in order to try and cheer up Satoshi. When she fails she takes out her anger on Satoko, who she sees as the root of Satoshi's problems. She beats Satoko up before being stopped by Rika, Rena and Satoshi, and Shion learns Satoshi despises her family for their treatment of his.|
|17||"Eye Opening Chapter Two - Responsibility"
"Meakashi-hen Sono Ni - Kejime" (目明し編 其の弐 ケジメ)
|July 25, 2006|
|Satoshi apologizes to Shion (still pretending to be Mion), and asks her to care for Satoko during the Watanagashi festival. Satoshi murders his aunt the night of the festival for her abuse of Satoko. Shion is suspicious of him when she learns of the murder, but provides a false alibi for him when detective Oishi questions him, in the process revealing that she isn't Mion, but actually her twin sister Shion. Shion's family is able to find her when Oishi checks to see if Shion is who she says she is, and she is taken back to their family estate to answer to her grandmother for the trouble she has caused. Satoshi is also revealed to be missing after these events.|
|18||"Eye Opening Chapter Three - Oni's Blood Line"
"Meakashi-hen Sono San - Oni no Ketsumyaku" (目明し編 其の参 鬼の血脈)
|August 1, 2006|
|Upon talking with Oishi, 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 - Revenge"
"Meakashi-hen Sono Yon - Shikaeshi" (目明し編 其の四 仕返し)
|August 8, 2006|
|Shion believes the Sonozaki family is connected to the acts of "spiriting away" people in the village, especially in the case 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" (目明し編 其の伍 冷たい手)
|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 the syringe that Rika had brought for her. 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 - Condemnation"
"Meakashi-hen Sono Roku - Danzai" (目明し編 其の六 断罪)
|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 Oishi suspects her instead. Afterwards, she brutally murders Satoko, who she has been holding captive, only to remember to her horror that one of Satoshi's last requests 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 proceeds to try and torture him. After she knocks him out with her taser, 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 and 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.|
|22||"Atonement Chapter One - Happiness"
"Tsumihoroboshi-hen Sono Ichi - Shiawase" (罪滅し編 其の壱 幸せ)
|August 29, 2006|
|Rena meets her father's girlfriend, Rina, who turns out to be 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 - Place to Return"
"Tsumihoroboshi-hen Sono Ni - Kaeru Tokoro" (罪滅し編 其の弐 還る処)
|September 5, 2006|
|Rena confronts Rina at the dump and reveals that she knows everything about them trying to scam her father. 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, after leading him back to the dump, splits his head open with her cleaver. 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.|
|24||"Atonement Chapter Three - Document 34"
"Tsumihoroboshi-hen Sono San - Sanjūyon-gō Bunsho" (罪滅し編 其の参 34号文書)
|September 12, 2006|
|While studying Takano's scrapbooks, Rena discovers that Oyashiro, who is worshipped fiercly 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 people who appear to stop at nothing to keep this conspiracy a secret.|
|25||"Atonement Chapter Four - Earth Invasion"
"Tsumihoroboshi-hen Sono Yon - Chikyuu Shinryaku" (罪滅し編 其の四 地球侵略)
|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" (罪滅し編 其の伍 リテイク)
|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 cleaver. 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.|
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|July 6, 2007|
|Mamoru Akasaka, with an assistant, visits the abandoned town of Hinamizawa in the year 2007, and meets with Officer Oishi. 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" (厄醒し編 其の壱 鬼ごっこ)
|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" (厄醒し編 其の弐 無力)
|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" (厄醒し編 其の参 予定調和)
|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" (厄醒し編 其の四 雛見沢大災害)
|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 consciosuness and realizes the meaning of Rena's message, she is discreetly killed by Rika's murderers.|
|06||"Massacre Chapter One - Rules of the Labyrinth"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Ichi - Meiro no Hōsoku" (皆殺し編 其の壱 迷路の法則)
|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" (皆殺し編 其の弐 運命の変え方)
|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" (皆殺し編 其の参 揺らぎ)
|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" (皆殺し編 其の四 交渉)
|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 - Showdown"
"Minagoroshi-hen Sono Go - Taiketsu" (皆殺し編 其の伍 対決)
|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" (皆殺し編 其の六 強い意志)
|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" (皆殺し編 其の七 雛見沢症候群)
|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" (皆殺し編 其の八 終末)
|October 1, 2007|
|One after another, Rika's friends are killed while trying to protect her. Takano kills 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 Music Chapter One - 34"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Ichi - Miyo" (祭囃し編 其の壱 三四)
|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 Music Chapter Two - Wriggling"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Ni - Ugomeki" (祭囃し編 其の弐 蠢き)
|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 Hanyu have a very heated confrontation at Oyashiro-sama's shrine.|
|16||"Festival Music Chapter Three - The Beginning of the End"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono San - Owari no Hajimari" (祭囃し編 其の参 終わりの始まり)
|October 22, 2007|
|Hanyu 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 Music Chapter Four - Strategy"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Yon - Bōryaku" (祭囃し編 其の四 謀略)
|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 Music Chapter Five - The Final Piece"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Go - Saigo no Koma" (祭囃し編 其の伍 最後の駒)
|November 5, 2007|
|More details about Satoshi's past are revealed, including the reason for his disappearance. Rika and Hanyu make their final preparations for the impending struggle against destiny.|
|19||"Festival Music Chapter Six - Opening"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Roku - Makuake" (祭囃し編 其の六 幕開け)
|November 12, 2007|
|Hanyu 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 Music Chapter Seven - Trap"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Nana - Torappu" (祭囃し編 其の七 トラップ)
|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 Music Chapter Eight - 48 Hours"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Hachi - Yonjū-hachi Jikan" (祭囃し編 其の八 48時間)
|November 26, 2007|
|False information regarding Rika is spread by Oishi's group at the precinct, leaving the villain's crew in disarray, and racing against time to prevent their plans from being foiled.|
|22||"Festival Music Chapter Nine - Offense and Defense"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Kyū - Koubou" (祭囃し編 其の九 攻防)
|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 Music Chapter Ten - Bloody Battle"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Jū - Kessen" (祭囃し編 其の拾 血戦)
|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.|
|24||"Festival Music Chapter Eleven - End"
"Matsuribayashi-hen Sono Jūichi - Oshimai" (祭囃し編 其の拾壱 オシマイ)
|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 the Irie Clinic for treatment. At the end, Rika and her friends Hanyu, Keiichi, Rena, Satoko, Mion, and Shion, attend the festival. After the credits, Frederica Bernkastel manages to change Takano's destiny by preventing the death of her parents, thereby giving Takano a happy ending as well.|
|#||Title||Original air date|
|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, Oishi, 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.|
|2||"Dice Killing Chapter One"
"Saikoroshi-hen Sono Ichi" (賽殺し編 其の壱)
|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 Hanyuu 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.|
|3||"Dice Killing Chapter Two"
"Saikoroshi-hen Sono Ni" (賽殺し編 其の弐)
|May 22, 2009|
|Rika finally makes contact with Hanyuu, 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 Hanyuu 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.|
|4||"Dice Killing Chapter Three"
"Saikoroshi-hen Sono San" (賽殺し編 其の参)
|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 Hanyuu 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 Oishi, 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 Oishi with Akasaka in a game of mahjong; unfortunately, Oishi 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.|