|Orignal VN Release Date||August 15, 2003|
|Translated VN Release Date(s)||December 15, 2009 (Europe)|
|Anime Air Date(s)||May 16-June 27, 2006|
|Manga Release Date(s)|| Japanese
|Light Novel Release Date(s)|| |
Tatarigoroshi-hen (祟殺し編, Curse Killing Chapter), is the third question arc in the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series, released on August 15, 2003. It is unlike the previous arcs Onikakushi-hen and Watanagashi-hen in that it is five chapters long instead of four. Tatarigoroshi-hen is preceded by Watanagashi-hen and followed by Himatsubushi-hen. The story focuses mainly on the Hōjō family, and is the first arc to reveal details about Hōjō Satoshi, Hōjō Satoko's older brother who vanished as an alleged result of Oyashiro-sama's curse. It is told from the perspectives of Maebara Keiichi and Satoko. It also includes the first identified appearance of Irie Kyōsuke, a man who runs the local clinic, as well as the appearance of Hōjō Teppei, Satoko's abusive uncle.
Disappearances and DeathsEdit
All deaths and disappearances are listed only as they are told in Tatarigoroshi-hen. Spoilers are only for the individual arc, not the overall series.
- Hōjō Satoshi, went missing June 24, 1982 after the Watanagashi festival.
- Ōishi Kuraudo, went missing June 20, 1983 during an investigation.
- Kumagai Katsuya, also went missing June 20, 1983 during an investigation.
- Hōjō Satoko, went missing June 22, 1983 in the Great Hinamizawa Disaster.
- Around twenty Hinamizawa residents, went missing June 21-22, 1983 in the Great Hinamizawa Disaster.
- Hōjō Tamae, murdered June 20, 1982 on the night of the Watanagashi Festival by Satoshi.
- Mamiya Rina, killed by Sonozakis, Watanagashi style, some time before the story. Her body was found in a drainage system in Shishibone. Her nose and ears were cut off, one nail was driven through each of her finger joints, and her belly slit open.
- Hōjō Teppei, beaten to death June 19, 1983 with a baseball bat by Keiichi while he was heading to the Okinomiya police station.
- Tomitake Jirō, died of blood loss after clawing out his own throat June 19, 1983 on the night of the Watanagashi.
- Takano Miyo, hanged June 19, 1983 in the mountains of the Gifu Prefecture. Her corpse was burned in an oil drum.
- Irie Kyōsuke, committed suicide June 21, 1983 with sleeping pills in the clinic.
- Furude Rika, found disemboweled June 21, 1983 in front of the Furude shrine.
- Everyone in Hinamizawa not listed otherwise, died June 21-22 1983 of gas poisoning during GHD.
- Chie Rumiko, died June 22, 1983 in an accident during the evacuation after the GHD, according to the sound novel and manga adaptations.
- Kameda Kouichi, also died June 22, 1983 in an accident during the evacuation after the GHD, according to the sound novel and manga adaptations.
- Kasai Tatsuyoshi, died August 11, 1983 in the hospital where he was admitted, according to the sound novel and manga adaptions.
- Sonozaki Shion, killed herself August 27, 1983 in the hospital where she was admitted, according to the sound novel and manga adaptions.
- Maebara Keiichi, died November 30, 1983 of a high fever of unknown cause in the hospital he was admitted to, according to the sound novel and manga adaptions. According to the anime adaption however, Keiichi was the sole survivor and was expected to survive.
- Some people who used to live in Hinamizawa, started showing erratic behavior right after GHD. Some died mysteriously in hospitals, while others started dying in other strange ways.
There is an epilogue that was absent from the anime adaptation. It features an interview with a mentally disturbed Keiichi, just days before his death. In the interview, Keiichi makes one final curse against the interviewer himself.
The frog in the well was happy.
The frog in the well was happy.
And you were happy, too.
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni|
|Onikakushi-hen | Watanagashi-hen | Tatarigoroshi-hen | Himatsubushi-hen|