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Akihito (アキヒト) is the man Rena's mother left her husband to be with. Rena first met him at an amusement park her mother took her to, and she introduced him as a friend from work. At first, Rena got along well with Akihito and had fun whenever her mother took her out to see him. However, when her mother eventually revealed the reason she was seeing Akihito and wanted to marry him was that she was pregnant with his child, Rena's trigger for the Hinamizawa Syndrome was set off and her father was devastated. Rena considered it her own fault for not rejecting Akihito from the moment they met. After the divorce, Rena broke all of her mother's possessions and vowed to never have anything to do with her or Akihito again. She has never seen or heard from them since.
In June of 2006, Akutagawa (芥川) drove to the ghost village of Hinamizawa with three other people in a carbon monoxide suicide party. His reasons for ending his life is unknown, but it is hinted to be touching and tragic. On the way to the village, he recollected on the events of the Great Hinamizawa Disaster that occurred 23 years before.
| Arakawa Ryūnosuke|
|Portrayed By||Tomoaki Maeno|
Arakawa Ryūnosuke (荒川 龍ノ介) is a "free writer" that works for an occult magazine. Arakawa was perfectly happy to come to the village on assignment in spite of all the rumors. He is very well informed on the occult theories surrounding the village about aliens and parasites, but not as well informed on the traditional legends of the demons.
Arakawa tends to panic and overreact to things. He is highly suspicious of the other members of the group, especially "Sonozaki Mion" since, according to his information, she died in the explosion at the school. In the end, though, she is not only his best chance at finding material for his article but also his best chance at surviving. Not particularly brave, he will still usually come through in a pinch. He also has the most black and white moral viewpoint of the Yoigoshi-hen group, and is quick to judge and point fingers.
Chiaki (千秋) took part in a carbon monoxide suicide party in the ghost village of Hinamizawa in late June of 2006. Her reasons for ending her life are unknown, but it is hinted to involve the death of her husband. The husband left Chiaki with huge amount of money that he had earned with the success of his business, and she intended to "bring it to him" once she was dead. Otobe Akira, who also took part in the suicide, intended to die due to his life of debt. However, he decided to keep his life, and steal Chiaki's cash card once everyone else was done passing around sleeping pills.
Otobe later regretted his actions, and returned the money to her body. Then Chiaki's voice spoke to him from beyond the "Land of the Dead", and told him that she thinks he's okay to take her money, if it gives him the will to live again. Otobe refused, and accepted the hardships of his life, instead of cheating his way through it. Chiaki told him that she and the rest of the suicide party would have taken the same path if they had over come their struggles with everything they had, and she wished him good luck.
|Portrayed By||Fumie Mizusawa|
Eriko was one of Miyo Takano's/Miyoko Tanashi's roommates at the Orphanage and was the closest thing she had to a friend there. It's not known how she came to the institute, though it can be assumed that she lost her parents like the others due to the war or some other incident. At some point, she arranged with Miyoko and two others to escape from the orphanage and get to a much better one called the House of Love. They tried to escape and despite Miyoko getting the furthest, all of them were caught and punished for their attempt. Eriko was sent to the chicken coop where she was violently pecked to death by the chickens and had her eyes gouged out, much to Miyoko's horror. Eriko's fate is not revealed in the anime, as it is assumed that she escaped.
Hōjō Satoko and Satoshi's ParentsEdit
| Hōjō Satoko's and Satoshi's Parents|
|First Appearance|| Matsuribayashi-hen
Tatarigoroshi-hen (anime flashback)
|Portrayed By||Masami Iwasaki (Mr. Hojo)|
Very little is known about them other than their mother married and divorced more than one man. Satoko, in particular, has a difficult time developing a relationship with her stepfathers. Their last stepfather led the proponents of the dam project. He and their mother perished in an apparent accident as a scenic viewing point on a cliff over the waters of the major river in Hinamizawa: his body was found, but her body was lost. As such, they were considered cursed by Oyashiro-sama with the husband killed and the mother "demoned away."
In the "perfect world" of Saikoroshi-hen, Satoko gives her stepfather a chance, and the two, along with Satoshi, develop a good relationship to avoid the tragedies of the other arcs.
|Weapon(s)||Different types of martial arts|
|First Appearance||First seen in Onikakushi-hen, identified in Minagoroshi-hen|
|Portrayed By||Yôsuke Akimoto|
Kaieda (海江田) is the principal of the Hinamizawa School and he first appears in Onikakushi-hen. In Minagoroshi-hen, he helped Keiichi and the Club convince the youth office to save Satoko from her abusive uncle, Hōjō Teppei. During a scene in Onikakushi-hen, it is revealed that he is ashamed of his bald head. He traveled all around the world to become a martial arts master. He also became an educator "after being concerned about the corrupted educational system of post-war Japan." The students believe he is the reason why no delinquents attend Hinamizawa's school.
| Kurosawa Takumi|
|Portrayed By||Akira Ishida|
Kurosawa Takumi (黒澤 工) is Towada Yae's abusive boyfriend and the first victim in Yoigoshi-hen. Takumi and Yae fell in love during their college years. Unlike Yae, Takumi was always chasing his unreachable dreams, even after their graduation. This made his girlfriend's life hard, since she had to pay all their expenses. Takumi was always at home watching TV or drinking beer. After a while he started to abuse Yae whenever they ended up arguing, which further made Yae unhappy. Eventually, Takumi found a stable job, which he wanted to tell Yae about during their trip in Hinamizawa.
Takumi is the first dead person in the story to speak, revealing the new aspect of Hinamizawa as being connected to the "land of the dead". When accompanying Yae to their car, he was already dead, appearing to her as a spirit only because of their feelings. At "Mion's" prompting he tells the group that he regretted how he had treated Yae, and that he had intended to make their trip to Hinamizawa a turning point. He'd give up on his dreams, get a real job, and stop making her sad because he loved her so.
In June 2006, Machi (マチ) joined a carbon monoxide suicide party in the ghost village of Hinamizawa. Her reasons for dying are unknown, however it is hinted that it involves the deaths of her family. Since the village was called the "land of the dead", she hoped that she would see the ghosts of her dead family members, and is disheartened to the idea
|Portrayed By||Shibata Hidekatsu|
Mifune (三船) is a character who only appears in Yoigoshi-hen as the antagonist of the arc. Mifune was once a confidant of Sonozaki Akane's husband. Shortly before the events of Yoigoshi-hen, he arranges for her assassination in a bid to take over the Sonozaki House. He and his men pursue "Sonozaki Mion" into the abandoned Hinamizawa village in an attempt to kill her and take the bell for himself, but is ultimately killed by Sonozaki Shion.
It is unclear whether or not Mifune had any blood tie to the family, or was simply a powerful member of their organization.
| Orphanage Staff|
Ryūgū Rena's ParentsEdit
| Ryūgū Rena's Parents|
|Portrayed By|| Mr. Ryūgū: Gen Nakano |
Kyle Hebert (English)
Sugawara Daikichi (Live Action)
Mrs. Ryūgū: Niki Suga
Karen Strassman (English)
Ryoko Takizawa (Live Action)
Rena's biological mother started her career as a designer at a small clothing manufactory in Okinomiya, where she met Mr. Ryūgū. They married and lived in a small apartment in Okinomiya until Mrs. Ryūgū became pregnant; they then moved into Rena's paternal grandmother's house up until Rena started elementary school.
Around this time the manufacturer Mr. and Mrs. Ryūgū worked for began to have financial difficulties, so she began to consider going independent with a few other designers. The situation became complicated, but she received an offer to work at a design office in Ibaraki and took it. The company promised Mrs. Ryūgū a responsible project, since the firm had high expectations with her talent. When the family moved, Mr. Ryūgū had to give up his job and became a homemaker. The project became a large success, and Mrs. Ryūgū started coming home late every night or not at all.
Mr. Ryūgū was not doing well, and kept changing jobs. His role as a homemaker fell short due to his inability to cook amongst other things, so Rena began to take up the chores for him.
Rena's mother began to take Rena out places without telling her father, including barbecue parties with her coworkers. Around this time Rena's mother had developed an affair with a fellow designer known as Mr. Akihito. She had been drafted by a headhunter to work at a bigger company and was promoted to a higher position, and by this time was earning well into six figures. After taking Rena to a restaurant and eating parfaits with her (Rena's childhood dream), she wanted Rena to leave her father and come live with her and Mr. Akihito. Rena loudly voiced her disapproval, saying that she could continue her relationship with Mr. Akihito but was not allowed to divorce her father. This is when Rena's mother revealed that she was pregnant.
Rena's mother sent a lawyer to the household in Ibaraki many times but refused to meet him in any form, including over the phone. Mr. Ryūgū became depressed, as did Rena. One day, Rena met with her mother again, but did not speak to her; Mr. Ryūgū had given her a letter to give to her mother, but her mother did not read it when Rena asked her to. That meeting was the last time Rena's mother met with Rena.
In Tsumihoroboshi-hen, Mr. Ryūgū begins a relationship with Mamiya Rina. He met her at a gentleman's club in Okinomiya named Blue Mermaid, of which Rina is the private manager. He is not aware of her relationship with Hōjō Teppei and falls into their badger game trap. It is implied that the two had slept together, as Rina lies about being pregnant to lead him into the prospect of marriage. Before she can go into the final stage of the plan and have Teppei intrude while they are in bed together, Rena murders Rina. However, Teppei still attacks Mr. Ryūgū late after dark, and subsequently is also murdered.
In Minagoroshi-hen, a similar scenario was set to occur, but Rena talked to her father about the issue instead of taking matters into her own hands. Mr. Ryūgū also gets a new job in this arc.
Sonozaki Mion's and Shion's FatherEditVoiced by: Kosei Hirota (Japanese), Steve Kramer (English)
Mr. Sonozaki is Sonozaki Akane's husband, the father of Mion and Shion, and the son-in-law of Sonozaki Oryō. Due to her marriage to an outsider, Akane was dismissed as Oryō's heir in favor of her oldest daughter, Mion. The manga contains more detail in that Akane defeated her mother, Oryō, in a kendō match. Oryō did reconcile with her daughter and her husband but all sort of accept she has to publicly maintain her disappointment.
Sonozaki Sōhei was the leader of the Sonozaki family during World War II and the husband of Sonozaki Oryō. He made a lot of money on the black market by selling canned food which he probably had stolen from a food storage in China where he had been working. He gave this money to his wife Oryō, who rebuilt Hinamizawa, which had been falling apart near the end of the war. But in the late 1950s a bad rumor came up. Sōhei had allegedly belonged to a scientific military unit. By doing research on how to supply the starving Japanese army with food, they reportedly tried to use human bodies for nutritional purposes. Moreover, the rumor blamed Sōhei to have distributed canned human flesh and having become rich by such means. However, he denied this allegation until the day he died.
Tanashi Miyoko's MotherEdit
| Tanashi Miyoko's Mother|
| Tanashi Takemitsu|
|Portrayed By||Yoshihisa Kawahara|
Tanashi Takemitsu first appears in Matsuribayashi-hen. He has no living relatives left after WWII. Tanashi and his wife died in a train accident--in the anime it is a bus accident. On his deathbed, he told his daughter Miyoko that there would be no one left who could take care of her, except his mentor, Dr. Takano Hifumi. After this, his condition worsened and he was taken away by some doctors to an operating room, where he later passed away.