|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.
Keiichi bets Satoko into a cooking contest, a contest of which Satoko knows he will fail. She and Rika go to his house to check on him and stop him from burning his house down, along with Satoko cooking the meal in Keiichi's stead. Keiichi has dinner with the girls and he learns more about Satoko's past along with her love for her missing brother Satoshi. Satoko and Keiichi continue to bond with Keiichi becoming her new "Niinii".
Eevntually Satoko's uncle comes back to Hinamizawa and takes custody of Satoko putting her back in to an abusive household. Keiichii and his friends go over ways to help her, such as calling child services on Teppei, but nothing they come up with seems to work. The friends decide they can do nothing but wait as anything they do now will only make it worse. This upsets Keiichi who makes it his personal mission to rescue Satoko. In the midst of finding ways to help her, he has a breaking point when he tries one day to pet her, only for Satoko to belive he's Teppei and is going to abuse her. Keiichi swears and plots to kill Houjou Teppei
Keiichi decides to kill Teppei on the night of the Watangashi, realizing that Satoshi must have done the same for her Aunt. He calls Mion and tells her to take Satoko to the festival since he would be busy, which only furthers his similarities to Satoshi. On the eve of Watanagashi, Keiichi takes Satoshi's bat and does the job burying him in the mountains.
Expecting his days to be happy again, Keiichi goes to scholl and is delighted to see Satoko. Unfortunately though he soon realizes that nothing seems to be right. His friends, even Satoko, all attest that he was at the festival with them, and that Satoko had gone hom eearly at the request of her uncle who is stilll alive. This causes Keiichi to grow even more mad.
He decides to talk to the Manager about what happened, and the doctor tearfully thanks him for what he had done. When Keiichi tells him that Teppei was still alive though, Irie hesitantly suggests the worst; Keiichi killed the wrong man.
Keiichi, becoming mad and untrustworthy of everyone, goes to dig up the body to check his nape for tattoos. When he digs back up the body though, it wasn't there. He has an encounter Ooishi on the mountain, but since there was no body Ooishi gives up his attack.
Keiichi learns that all the people whom he wished dead from the day of killing Teppei to now had died, and he believes he holds a power in this world to erase human life. He returns to Satoko's house and finds her staying in the hot bath counting to an unreasonably high number, an order she says given by her uncle. Keiichi rescues her and takes her to the Irie clinic.
Throughout their journey Keiichi becomes more unstable and starts telling Satoko his newfound powers. Satoko is creeped out at first, but forgives and accepts him for being who he is. Eventually though the traumatized Satoko could handle no more after Keiichi tells her that he murdered her uncle and she then sees the dead body of their friend Rika. Keiichi begs for Satoko to understand him and the truth, but being beyond hysterical at this point she pushes the murderer off a bridge.
Keiichi later wakes up to find the whole village had perished due to toxic gas released from the Onigafuchi swamp, another wish of death from him. He goes over in scary detail what kind of man and what kind of powers he has to the rescue worker and dies shortly after.
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|