List of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni characters

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This is a list of characters from the sound novel, manga, light novel, film and anime series, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. There are six main characters who appear in almost every scenario. The main protagonist is Keiichi Maebara, a young boy who has recently moved to Hinamizawa with his family and begun to adapt to life in the countryside. Keiichi has a natural charisma which allows him to make friends easily. One of his good friends is a girl his age named Rena Ryugu. She, like him, is new in Hinamizawa, having only lived there for a year before the story begins. Before she met Keiichi, Rena became friends with a girl one year older named Mion Sonozaki, who is looked at as the leader of the group and is the president of their club. Mion has a twin sister, Shion, who lives in the nearby town of Okinomiya. Although their personalities are quite different, she and Mion have switched places in the past; the change is nearly indistinguishable. Another one of Keiichi's friends is Satoko Hojo, a clever girl who is quite skilled at setting traps when playing games with her friends. She usually has an energetic and mischievous personality, but this hides a past full of trauma. Satoko also had an older brother named Satoshi. Satoko's friend, Rika Furude, is revered by the villagers as the heir of the local shrine and plays the role of a miko, or shrine maiden, in the annual Watanagashi Festival. Despite her young age, she sometimes expresses a type of wisdom which would normally be beyond her years, and is quite fond of sake.

Of the remaining cast, there are those such as Kuraudo Ooishi, a veteran police officer who is dead set on solving the mystery of the yearly murders that occur in Hinamizawa before his retirement. A freelance photographer, named Jiro Tomitake, comes to Hinamizawa occasionally; he seems to be friends with Miyo Takano, a female nurse at the local village clinic who has a keen interest in Hinamizawa's past and culture. She works with Kyosuke Irie, the head doctor of the clinic who has a maid fetish.

There are additional characters not seen in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni proper, who appear in the side-story manga adaptations. In Onisarashi-hen, the main character is a young girl with a bright personality named Natsumi Kimiyoshi, who has just moved away from Okinomiya. In Yoigoshi-hen, the main character is a young man named Akira Otobe, who was found wandering in the forest around the deserted Hinamizawa many years later.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni[edit]

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Keiichi Maebara (前原 圭一?, Maebara Keiichi)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai main characters as seen in the anime adaptation (from left to right):
Top row: Mion, Shion, Keiichi, and Rena;
Bottom row: Satoko, Hanyu and Rika.
Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi (Japanese); Grant George (English)
Played by: Gōki Maeda (movie), Yu Inaba (TV series)
The lead male protagonist in the first three "question" arcs. The son of a famous artist, his family recently moved to Hinamizawa after a violent incident event involving him in their hometown. His charisma and remarkable talent for rhetoric, which earns him the nickname "Magician of Words," allow him to easily make new friends and become popular in the village, not to mention winning some club activities. Early in the story, in the Onikakushi-hen arc, he is affected by paranoia and driven to commit murder, but the inner strength and unshaken belief in his friends he acquires in the other arcs are one of the keys to solve the case. Eventually, he is even able to recall some of the events of the past repetitions. Before fighting, he wields Satoshi's old baseball bat. It is later revealed in the story that before arriving there, he grew weary of school, due to his ostracism from having a genius level intelligence, and was the perpetrator of a series of crimes involving shooting children with a BB gun. Keiichi demonstrates instance which suggests that he harbours certain romantic feelings for Mion.

Rena Ryugu (竜宮 レナ?, Ryūgū Rena)[1]
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese); Mela Lee (English)
Played by: Airi Matsuyama (movie), Minami Kato (TV series)
One of Keiichi's friends and the main female protagonist of the question arcs. She is very kind and takes care of her friends, but is also naïve and usually subject to light teasing. She is distinguished by her obsession with things she perceives as adorable, calling them kāii (かぁいい?, a slurred form of kawaii (かわいい?), meaning "cute"), which are usually moekko characters or items she finds while scouring the local dump. Whenever she sees something that grabs her attention, she proclaims "I'm gonna take it home!" (お持ち帰り〜?, Omochikaerī) and proceeds to try and do so, becoming virtually unstoppable during these intervals. She also utters the phrase haū (はぅ〜?) when excited or flustered, and has a habit of repeating phrases at the ends of her sentences, most famously kana? kana? (かな? かな??, lit. "I wonder, I wonder?").

Her real name, Reina (礼奈?), was used normally while living in Ibaraki Prefecture with her parents one year before the events of the story. She becomes upset with her divorced mother for attempting to marry Akihito and assaults three male students under the influence of the syndrome. Believing herself to be cursed by Oyashiro for leaving Hinamizawa, Reina and her father returned to the village with after the incident, and changed her name to "Rena". So as not to alarm Keiichi, Rena claims to be a relative newcomer of the village. Due to the incident, Rena is sensitive about the topic of Oyashiro, believing strongly in the existence of the deity and the curse, and becoming angry and unstable whenever anyone questions it. She wields a large cleaver borrowed from her tool shed.

Mion Sonozaki (園崎 魅音?, Sonozaki Mion)
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Megan Hollingshead (English)
Played by: Rin Asuka (movie), Rika Nakai (TV series)
One of Keiichi's friend. As the elder, she is the class president and everyone looks up to her as the leader. Her social skills are on par with Keiichi, whom she highly respects as a friend and rival (though it is later shown that she is in love with him). She acts like a tomboy, and calls herself oji-san (meaning old man), but has a hidden girlish side. She is next in line to be the head of the Sonozaki household, one of the Three Families which holds tremendous influence in Hinamizawa. She is often seen with a holstered airsoft gun, even though she is never seen using it, and was removed in the PS2 adaption of the game; she is, however, very adept in the use of martial arts. She is notable as the only character that has never been driven to the extreme paranoia that causes the others to kill in the question arcs and the first two answer arcs. Her real name is actually Shion, as she was born second to the family, but due to sister swapping even at a young age, she was mistakenly taken as Mion and branded with the oni tattoo, ultimately causing her to stay as Mion. Mion also serves as leader of the after-school club consisting entirely of the main characters. She organizes a variety of strategy-based games for the members to play with penalties for any losers. Penalties usually involve wearing embarrassing or frilly outfits on the way home. Each game she organizes involves bending the general rules or using questionable and crude methods to win such as playing cards with a marked deck or using feminine wiles to discourage opposition.

Shion Sonozaki (園崎 詩音?, Sonozaki Shion)
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Megan Hollingshead (English)
Played by: Rika Nakai
Mion's twin sister living in Okinomiya. In spite of their externally different personalities, they often switch places and it can be difficult to distinguish between them. It is noted by Rena that, although externally the twins are very different on the inside, they are really the same. Their first switch took place when they were little. Right before tattooing the symbol of an demon, the sisters were born and are mistakenly identified. Since then, she switched their identities, which was only mentioned in the sound novel and manga. Shion abandons St. Lucia Academy, returning to the village along with Kasai. In spite of it, she and Mion maintain a close relationship. In most of the arcs, she is at a different school from the other main characters, and therefore appears less frequently. She was in love with Satoshi, and blames the Three Families of Hinamizawa for his disappearance in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen (the latter told from her point of view). In the anime, she is required to perform a "Distinction of Right and Wrong," a ritual of self-mutiliation to pluck out three fingernails in front of witnesses in order to purge her 'sin', believeing that doing so will cause Satoshi to be spared, an event personally overseen by Mion, which drastically strains their relationship. This, along with a demonic alter-ego she manifested in her grief, eventually drives her to mass murder, which led her previously latent paranoid schizophrenia to eventually develop into a full-on psychosis. One of the last words that they exchanged before he disappeared was a promise to take care of Satoko. In Watanagashi-hen and, more explicitly, Meakashi-hen, her resentment toward Satoko for her role in his disappearance causes her to forget this promise and murder her, only to remember too late; however, in subsequent arcs, she has taken the promise to heart to the point where she is willing to give up her life for Satoko. In Meakashi-hen, she is shown to be delusional to a point beyond the other characters (with the arguable exception of Rena), as she repeatedly deludes, among other things, that she sees Satoshi after his disappearance. She works as a waitress at the Angel-Mort restaurant and is the manager's assistant for the Hinamizawa Fighters little league team. She wields a taser, for emergency situations, and also wears a yellow ribbon in her hair. She is also shown to be good with guns, along with Kasai in Matsuribayashi-hen.

Satoko Hojo (北条 沙都子?, Hōjō Satoko)[1]
Voiced by: Mika Kanai (Japanese); Jennie Kwan (English)
Played by: Erena Ono (movie), Reina Seiji (TV series)
One of Keiichi's best friends, and Teppei and Tamae's nephew. She has a distinctive style of speech, ending all of her sentences with ~wa, and is known for her boastful laugh. In spite of her young age, she temporarily has an impressive strength, sometimes lure them with traps and likes to practice on Keiichi. Although her personality is quite energetic and mischievous during the events of the games, her past was full of trauma. In Matsuribayashi-hen, Irie learns that Satoko shoves her parents from the cliff to their deaths below the river. Satoko suffers with the syndrome at that time and though Takano wanted to dissect her alive for study, Irie fought to save her life. She is one of the few characters to ever recover from the fifth level, but has to take shots on a regular basis. Though she greatly misses Satoshi, and feels that by being strong he will return, she comes to regard Keiichi as her new "nii-nii" (にーにー?, a cute term for "older brother"), and once even regards Shion as "nee-nee" (ねーねー?, a cute term for "older sister"). She dislikes kabocha, and confuses cauliflower with broccoli.

Rika Furude (古手 梨花?, Furude Rika)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Japanese); Rebecca Forstadt (English)
Played by: Aika (movie), Hinata Honma (TV series)
The main character in Minagoroshi-hen and one of Keiichi's friends. She is in the same grade level as Satoko and they live together in the same house. She is revered by the villagers as the heir of the local shrine, and plays the role of a miko in the annual Watanagashi Festival. She becomes the head of her house surpassing her parents, but rarely attends town meetings at a young age. While she does speak in normal context, she likes to say nonsense words such as mii (みぃ〜?) and nipah (にぱ〜?) and often ends her sentences with nano desu (〜なのです?, lit. "it is so"), which inflame Rena's passion for cute things. She also likes to describe events using sound effects, such as "The cat was going 'nya nya' and 'scritch scritch'" or saying "Clap! Clap! Clap!" when clapping her hands. In reality, she is being reborn in a 'new world' at some random time before or during June 1983, and in most of the worlds she is the only one to remember the previous lives. She believes she has lived over 100 years by the time of Tsumihoroboshi-hen, but continues to act like a child in order not to alarm her friends. Prior to Matsuribayashi-hen, she befriends Hanyū beyond her imagination. Despite her young age, she sometimes drink wine and eat kimchi as silencing Hanyū. Their connections linked together, though it seems to be redundant by Matsuribayashi-hen, possibly because of Hanyū's arrival. It is later revealed that Rika's death would cause an outbreak in the village which everyone would go on a rampage of hysteria. Further on, she and her friends attempts stop Takano.

Hanyu (羽入?, Hanyū)
Voiced by: Yui Horie
The mysterious "transfer student" in Matsuribayashi-hen. She has a pair of dark colored horns on her head, one of which is chipped slightly. In the original sound novels, they are mentioned by Keiichi, who mistook them for toys, but after noticing that Hanyū was sensitive about them, he apologizes and the club members assure her there is nothing wrong with them. However in the anime, nobody notices or mention them, except Takano calling her a "monster". She has appeared to Rika all her life, but only in Matsuribayashi-hen and Miotsukushi-hen did she gain the power to interact with others, posing as a distant relative of Rika's and given the name "Hanyū Furude." Like many of the characters, she can be frightening when angered, and with her spirit-like nature, her appearance can change with her mood until she takes a physical form. She is the one responsible for the eternally repeating June 1983, which she created in order to save Rika. She is also responsible for the "footstep you hear after you stop walking," "feeling of being watched as you sleep," and hearing "I'm sorry" when no one is around or says it, which causes the characters to have severe paranoia. She follows around the characters, repeatedly apologizing for not being able to change their fate. She is very meek and often makes the noise "Au au, au au…" when she is nervous or uncomfortable, or sometimes while trying to make a point. She tends to end her sentences with nano desu (なのです?, lit. "it is so"). She dislikes alcohol and kimchi, which Rika imbibes in large amounts as punishment when she finds Hanyu annoying (as Hanyu and Rika's senses are linked together until Hanyū takes physical form). She mentions that she is a "being above humans" after being sacrificed to atone for the sin of humans, while both Rika and Takano describe her as a kind of deity. Rika refers to her as "Oyashiro" when talking with others (evident from Shion's chat with Rika in Meakashi-hen) but does not personally think of her as Oyashiro; instead, she sees her as a close friend. In Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei, Hanyū tells Rika that she was sacrificed to atone for the sins of the people of the village, and Hanyū asked Ōka Furude (古手 桜花?, Furude Ōka) (Hanyu's own daughter and Rika's ancestor, who appears physically almost identical to Rika) to kill her and then make the village a better place. In the DS-exclusive arc, Kotohogushi-hen, it was revealed that Hanyū's real name was Hainiryuun Ieasomuuru Jieda (ハイ=リューン・イェアソムール・ジェダ?), and that she had a child, Ōka, with the Shinto Priest Riku.

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Satoshi Hojo (北条 悟史?, Hōjō Satoshi)[1]
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (drama CD), Yū Kobayashi (anime/Japanese), Darrel Guilbeau (English)
Satoko's older brother, and Teppei and Tamae's nephew. He disappears after Keiichi temporarily replaced him. In some arcs, they experience their behavior and paranoia. Like Satoko, Satoshi cannot distinguish the differences between cauliflower and broccoli. He is referred to by her as nii-nii, a childish form of the Japanese word ani (?, meaning older brother). According to the TIPS in Meakashi-hen, he boards the Shinkansen bound from Nagoya to Tokyo. It was revealed before Matsuribayashi-hen to be a result of him trying to abandon home for the abuse, only to change his mind a few moments later. While it is suggested that he may have witnessed Tamae's death in the games. In the anime, Satoshi is the one behind the murder. Combined with the stress of taking care of Satoko and the murder, he succumbs to Hinamizawa Syndrome. In Matsuribayashi-hen and Miotsukushi-hen, it is revealed that Irie put him under heavy sedation in the underground parts of the clinic.
Oyashiro (オヤシロ?)
A cursed deity observed in Hinamizawa also known as Oyashiro-sama. His sacred shrine is full of ancient torture equipment. Legend says that the curse brought peace between the villagers of Onigafuchi (Lit. Demon's abyss), the former name of Hinamizawa, and the demons that spouted from the Onigafuchi Marsh. The actual existence of Oyashiro is something of debate, some can see Oyashiro as the simple "perception" of a god. However, those who experience extreme paranoia refer to Oyashiro as the "footsteps you hear when you stop walking" and felt like you were always "being watched". Oyashiro is revealed to be Hanyū, since some of the characters can hear her until Matsuribayashi-hen.
Kuraudo Oishi (大石 蔵人?, Ōishi Kuraudo)[1]
Voiced by: Chafurin (Japanese); John Snyder (English)
Played by: Tetta Sugimoto (Movie), Shinobu Tsuruta (TV Series)
A veteran police investigator at Okinomiya who vows to solve the case in Hinamizawa about the murders, to avenge the first victim who he was friends with. Due to his uncouth tactics and the lengths that he goes to in order to solve the mystery, he is looked upon as a nuisance by the villagers, especially the Sonozaki family. He approaches one of the main characters to become his informant in several arcs, and is sometimes unwittingly responsible for triggering their paranoia. However, he plays an integral role in aiding the protagonists during the last two answer arcs, Matsuribayashi-hen and Minagoroshi-hen.
Jiro Tomitake (富竹 ジロウ?, Tomitake Jirō)[1]
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English)
Played by: Masashi Taniguchi (movie), Yuma Ishigaki (TV series)
A freelance photographer who occasionally visits Hinamizawa three times every year. He gets along with Miyo Takano, because of their similar interests in photography. Despite being only an occasional visitor, he seems to know a fair amount about Hinamizawa's past (specifically the Hinamizawa murders). Oishi and the police are suspicious of his true identity. In the first six arcs, he is consistently found dead of suicide (clawing his throat out) on the night of Watanagashi, triggering many of the events that follow. It is revealed later, however, that he was actually murdered by Miyo, who gives him an injection of the H173 drug, produced in the process of developing a cure for the Hinamizawa Syndrome, but has the exact opposite effect (incurring the symptoms of the disease instead). Jirō is revealed in Minagoroshi-hen to be an officer working on the Hinamizawa Syndrome, together with Takano and Irie, but merely posing as a photographer.

Miyo Takano (鷹野 三四?, Takano Miyo)
Voiced by: Miki Itō (Japanese); Karen Strassman (English), Fuyuka Ōura (Child)
Played by: Ayako Kawahara (movie), Rie Kitahara (TV series)
A nurse at the village clinic who takes a keen interest in Hinamizawa's past and culture, recording all her speculation in notebooks. At times, her storytelling can be very mysterious and chilling, she seems to enjoy putting people on edge. In the first six arcs, she consistently disappears on the night of festival, and an incinerated body thought to be hers is found in the mountains (and the autopsy report states that she actually died the day before the festival). Miyo reveals to be one who killed Rika, leaving her body and scattered organs out for the crows to eat. It is shown that after her parents died, Takano was sent to an orphanage as a child, where she and other children were regularly abused. Eventually, she calls Professor Hifumi to save him, after she and her friends attempt to escape. In the manga, they further detail what happens to her and her friends when they try to run away. She calls Hifumi, but is caught and then is forced to watch her friends undergo strange types of torture (in the manga). They try to torture her as well, but Hifumi eventually saves her. Her original name is Miyoko Tanashi (田無 美代子?, Tanashi Miyoko), but she changed it when she was adopted by Hifumi. Hifumi was the one who taught the path of medicine with his study of the Hinamizawa Syndrome for Miyo. Her gratitude to her adoptive grandfather is what motivates her to kill Rika, as the scientific community mocked Hifumi's work on parasites, and the release of the Hinamizawa parasite would vindicate his research.
Kyosuke Irie (入江 京介?, Irie Kyōsuke)[1]
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese); Dave Mallow (English)
Played by: Koutaro Tanaka (Movie), Tomohiro Kaku (TV series)
The head doctor of the clinic. Despite his young age and the fact that he has a severe maid fetish, he is highly respected in the community. He cheerfully makes house calls and seems to truly care about everyone's health. He has (half-jokingly) admitted that he wishes to marry Satoko when she is older, but is not above chasing after Rika when she is wearing one of the uniforms from Angel Mort Cafe. In addition, he is the manager of the village's baseball little league team, the Hinamizawa Fighters. In the past, he has performed lobotomies without consent, which led to him being banished from the medical academic society in Tokyo. He is recruited by Takano to direct research Hinamizawa Syndrome, which he feels will redeem himself. It is later revealed that he works under Miyo in research, where he is trying to find a cure for Hinamizawa Syndrome, while not knowing of his employer's true desires.
Rumiko Chie (知恵 留美子?, Chie Rumiko)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese); Sam Carr (English), Hitomi Miwa (live action)
Keiichi's school teacher and a parody character of Tsukihime's Ciel (permission for her usage was given by Type-Moon). The voice actress for her character in the anime series is the same as the voice actress of Ciel. Like her, she enjoys curry rice, and she will react violently when anyone insults it. Also in the comic chapter Batsukoishi-hen, she is shown wielding six small wooden boards in the same fashion that Ciel wields her "Black Keys" swords.
Mamoru Akasaka (赤坂 衛?, Akasaka Mamoru)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English), Takehito Koyasu (drama CD)
The main character in Himatsubushi-hen and a police investigator at the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo. He befriends Rika, while investigating a case in Hinamizawa four years ago, all due to a prophecy about his wife which came true, though he just brushed it off as coincidence. In an untold world, Mamoru regrets being unable to save his wife and Rika, and learns martial arts to clear his mind, hoping to relive the time before Himatsubushi-hen to save them. Through a miracle, In Matsuribayashi-hen, Mamoru learns martial art skills to defeat Takano's group and save Rika as a payment for saving his wife through her prophecy.
Tatsuyoshi Kasai (葛西 辰由?, Kasai Tatsuyoshi)
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese); Steve Kramer (English)
The secret agent of the Sonozaki family and Shion's caretaker. He was more active in the past, but has settled down. He is also aware of their lifestyles and badgering tactics. In Matsuribayashi-hen, he displays extreme strength and combat experience while raiding the Irie Clinic, frequently subduing Takano's group.
Teppei Hojo (北条 鉄平?, Hōjō Teppei)[1]
Voiced by: Katsuhisa Hōki (Japanese); Steve Kramer (English)
Played by: Hiroo Ōtaka (movie), Tomohiro Waki (TV series)
Satoko and Satoshi's villainous uncle, Tamae's husband, and Ritsuko's girlfriend living in Okinomiya. He and Tamae were forced to take care of their nephew and niece after their parents died. Teppei is killed twice by Keiichi in Tatarigoroshi-hen and Rena in Tsumihoroboshi-hen. In Minagoroshi-hen, Teppei is arrested by the police.
Tamae Hojo (北条 玉枝?, Hōjō Tamae)[1]
Voiced by: Kujira
Satoko and Satoshi's villainous aunt, and Teppei's wife. Satoshi killed Tamae during the festival. In "Onikakushi-hen" and "Watanagashi-hen", she is killed by a drug addict, who reveals to be Satoshi in "Tatarigoroshi-hen".
Oryo Sonozaki (園崎 お魎?, Sonozaki Oryō)
Voiced by: Shizuka Okohira (Japanese); Barbara Goodson (English)
Mion and Shion's grandmother, and the head of the Sonozaki household. Oryō appears to be a very harsh old woman and is considered the most powerful person in Hinamizawa. She calls her granddaughters 'Oni-baba', meaning 'demon granny'. She had the twins separated when they were young, in order to try to avoid the curse of twin heirs, also treating Shion badly whenever they meet. Shion suspects that she was the mastermind in Satoshi's disappearance, and accidentally kills her while attempting to interrogate her in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen. Although she appears to be somewhat of a tyrant, she occasionally shows her softer side such as agreeing to help Satoko, when Keiichi stood up to her and is only harsh to keep appearances. She respects him after this and later described him as an interesting young man in Minagoroshi-hen (but warns him that he will be chased around with a sword if he shows up again).
Kiichiro Kimiyoshi (公由 喜一郎?, Kimiyoshi Kiichirō)[1]
Voiced by: Masaaki Tsukada (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English)
Head of one of the Three Families and the official village chief of Hinamizawa. He seems to be a kindly old man, but is vehement in his hatred for the enemies. As this includes Satoshi and the rest of the Hojo family, he is killed by Shion in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen.
Rina Mamiya (間宮 リナ?, Mamiya Rina)
Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (Japanese); Kirsten Potter (English), Kyōko Hikami (drama CD)
The villainous girlfriend of Rena's father and Teppei, also known as "Ritsuko". Rina is killed by Rena in Tsumihoroboshi-hen and by an unknown assailant who wraps her body in a storm drain in Tatarigoroshi-hen. In Minagoroshi-hen, the members of the yakuza stop her from leaving Okinomiya. In Miotsukushi-hen, Takano kills Rina.
Akane Sonozaki (園崎 茜?, Sonozaki Akane)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese) Megan Hollingshead (English)
Mion and Shion's mother, Oryō's daughter, and the leader of the Sonozaki household. She attends the council meeting with Oryō and obeys her commands, despite the fact that she lost the inheritance of the family estate for marrying an outsider.
Tetsurou Okonogi (小此木?, Okonogi Tetsurō)
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (anime, Japanese), Ken Narita (games, Japanese), Dave Mallow (English)
The leader of the Yamainu mercenary working for Takano. They plan to destroy Hinamizawa, but the group betrays her.
Nomura (野村?)
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
A mysterious woman who represents "Tokyo"; an organization plotting the whole murder and massacre of Hinamizawa. "Tokyo" members consist of very powerful figures such as governmental and political people. Within the organization, Kyousuke Irie, Miyo Takano and Jiro Tomitake investigate directly in Hinamizawa, while"Tokyo" has controlled by Takano's group.
Frederica Bernkastel (フレデリカ・ベルンカステル?, Furederika Berunkasuteru)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
An omni-present being surrounding the Higurashi universe. Frederica is the writer of the poem about Rika's struggle to escape the fate of June 1983, giving hints about each arc. She likes playing with time and events, as seen in puzzle piece #52 and the end of the second season of the anime, entering an alternate world and stopping Miyoko's parents from dying. Although she claims that she is not Rika, it's implied that she is the collective mentality of the several thousand reincarnations of Rika. The pronunciation of "Frederica" roughly resembles Rika's name in eastern order, and Bernkastel is well known for its wine.
Yukie Akasaka (赤坂 雪絵?, Akasaka Yukie)
Voiced by: Risa Mizuno (Japanese); Karen Strassman (English), Rie Kanda (drama CD)
Mamoru's wife who appears in Himatsubushi-hen. In the chapter, she stays in the hospital while she is pregnant, and, after praying for her husband's safety while he is in Hinamizawa, falls down the stairs and dies, while her child, Miyuki, survives. In the Minagoroshi-hen and Matsuribayashi-hen chapters however, it is revealed in these alternate timelines that Mamoru returned early after heeding Rika's warning, thus preventing her death.
Kameda Yukikazu (亀田 幸一?, Yukikazu Kameda)
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka
A very talented baseball player who was first mentioned in Onikakushi-hen, and appears for the first time in Tatarigoroshi-hen. Keiichi who uncovered his perverted side (comparing girls with cute desserts) and advised him to confront it. After this Keiichi becomes his idol and friend. He used to be a player of the Okinomiya Titans baseball team, but later he became a Koshien player for Ōshima High School. In Minagoroshi-hen, he helped to save Satoko from her uncle with all of his comrades from Angel Mort.
Mizuho Kosaka (香坂 瑞穂?, Kosaka Mizuho)
A high school student at St. Lucia Academy, an all girls school. One day, she saw a teacher's dead body in a swimming pool. A lot of the students in her class says that she is always alone and does not open up to anybody. Yukari, the class rep, always seem to bully her like in the first chapter she takes her notebook, only to have Shion steal it and give it back to Mizuho. She later develops a friendship with Shion. It is revealed in Chapter 3 of Utsutsukowashi-hen that she was about to be killed by her grandmother when she was very young, just like Shion.
Suguru Okamura (岡村 傑?, Okamura Suguru)
Voiced by: Fujiko Takimoto (Japanese); Barbara Goodson (English)
A younger classmate at the Hinamizawa Branch School, and best friend of Tomita Daiki. He is in the same year as Satoko and Rika. His appearance differs in the Higurashi media. He is sometimes shown to be chubby, and other times he's not. Also he is sometimes shown with closed eyes. In Watanagashi-hen, it was revealed that he has a crush on Rika. He and Tomita like to watch the club members after school, hoping to see Rika and Satoko in a cosplay punishment. He and Tomita play baseball for the Hinamizawa Fighters.
Daiki Tomita (富田 大樹?, Tomita Daiki)
Voiced by: Megumi Matsumoto (Japanese); Karen Strassman (English)
Suguru's best friend. He is in the same year as Satoko and Rika. His appearance is somewhat different in the Higurashi media, but he is always shown to be thin and wear glasses. It is revealed in "Watanagashi-hen" that he has a crush on Satoko, and he often stays after school, hoping to see her in a cosplay punishment during Club activites. He and Okamura both play baseball for the Hinamizawa Fighters.
Eriko (エリコ?)
Voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa
One of Miyoko's roommates and closest friend at the orphanage. It's unknown how she came to the institute, however it can also 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 a few other children 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 might have escaped.
Toshiki Inukai (犬飼 トシキ?, Inukai Toshiki)
Voiced by: Akiyo Kanada (Japanese); Mela Lee (English)
An elementary school aged boy and the son of the dam construction director. In episode 15, he is kidnapped by some anonymous guys working for the Sonozaki family in an effort to stop production of the dam. Akasaka and Ōishi attempted to rescue Inukai, but they were both unsuccessful. The terms were accepted with the boy as ransom, but luckily he returned home safely.
Kaieda (海江田?)
Voiced by: Yôsuke Akimoto
The principal of the Hinamizawa Branch School. He helped Keiichi and his friends 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 over 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.

Manga[edit]

Onisarashi-hen[edit]

Natsumi Kimiyoshi (公由 夏美?, Kimiyoshi Natsumi)
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi
A normal high school girl who left from Okinomiya to a large city. With her bright personality, she easily made new friends in her new home. She has received a confession of love by Akira Toudou, whom she likes in return. However, she has not answered it yet. She has shrugged off the beliefs and culture of her ancestral home at Hinamizawa, as well as the warnings from her overly-superstitious grandmother, whom she lives with. After Hinamizawa's "disaster", Natsumi's greatest fear is being discovered as being related to people from Hinamizawa and once living near there, in Okinomiya. She makes a cameo appearance in Miotsukushi-hen while Satoko is unconscious in bed.
Kuraudo Oishi (大石 蔵人?, Ōishi Kuraudo)
Oishi consistently attempts to make contact with Natsumi to find out the truth about a certain "unsolved mystery".
Mamoru Akasaka (赤坂 衛?, Akasaka Mamoru)
As an elite career investigator from the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo, he and Oishi solve a certain mystery.
Chisato Saeki (佐伯千紗登?, Saeki Chisato)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
A friend and classmate of Natsumi and Tamako. In Onisarashi-hen and Someutsushi-hen she is the one who introduces Natsumi to Akira. In Someutsushi-hen she develops a crush on Akira and in the end Natsumi assaults her badly.
Tamako Makimura (牧村 珠子?, Makimura Tamako)
Voiced by: Fukui Yukari
A classmate of Natsumi and Chisato. Unlike Chisato, Tamako is a bit silent and calm girl. She and Chisato became friends a long time ago along with Tōdō Akira. Later on, she befriends Kimiyoshi Natsumi and helps her out whenever Chisato jokes with her. Just like everybody else at her school, she also treats the Hinamizawan people as "freaks" after the Great Hinamizawa Disaster which puts stress on Natsumi and makes her a victim of the Hinamizawa Syndrome. After Natsumi ends up in a hospital she visits her regularly along with Chisato and helps to forget the death of her family.
Akira Tōdō (藤堂 暁?, Tōdō Akira)
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino
A male classmate of Natsumi, Chisato, and Tamako. After he meets Natsumi, he confesses his love for her. When Natsumi is being questioned by Akasaka and Ōishi, he goes to pick her up and walks her to her house. Upon arriving, talismans are placed all over the house, and Akira leaves. When Natsumi says that she isn't related to Hinamizawa, he is the only one who sticks up for her; later, he has a conversation with Ōishi and Akasaka regarding Natsumi's relationship with Hinamizawa and Oyashiro-sama. After his conversation, he calls Natsumi's house from a nearby payphone and hears someone cry for help. When he reaches the Kimiyoshi residence, he looks for Natsumi. However, as soon as he finds her, Natsumi's mother Haruko smashes a vase on his head and knocks him out. After the Kimiyoshi family incident, he forgives Natsumi for lying to him about her relationship with Hinamizawa.
Haruko Kimiyoshi (公由 春子?, Kimiyoshi Haruko)
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu
Natsumi's mother and Toji's wife. She first appears as the antagonist of Onisarashi-hen, but later it was revealed that she's innocent. One day, after arriving home from school, Natsumi saw her grandmother being attacked by Haruko. In the end, the grandmother dies. Haruko suggests cutting her into small pieces, so they can hide her better. Later, when the body is found by the police (this is advertised on the news), Haruko beat up her husband for hiding it improperly. After she left the room, he told Natsumi to call the police, but Haruko overheard this, returned and stabbed him, and decided she must kill Natsumi as well. Akira calls Natsumi's home and hears her screaming for help. When he arrives, Haruko knocks him out with a vase to the head, but is then killed by Natsumi. It is later revealed that this was all a delusion brought on by trauma, and that Natsumi was the one who killed everyone, and Haruko is presumably innocent.
Toji Kimiyoshi (公由 冬司?, Kimiyoshi Toji)
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara
Natsumi's father and Haruko's husband. He was an easygoing and silent person and is mostly seen reading a newspaper. Because of his job, he had to move from Okinomiya along with his family. In Onisarashi-hen he helps Natsumi hide her grandmother's chopped up corpse, but he leaves the head near at the road, and the police find it quickly. After the head was found, he suggests to turn themselves in but Natsumi, who's at the last stage of the Hinamizawa Syndrome, kills him.

Yoigoshi-hen[edit]

Akira Otobe (乙部 彰?, Otobe Akira)
Voiced by: Kōki Miyata
A young amnesiac man who wanders through the forest of the deserted Hinamizawa. He looks similar to Satoshi. It is revealed that he originally came to the town to commit suicide with several others after accumulating a large debt, but he ended up not being able to go through with it.
Mion Sonozaki (園崎 魅音?, Sonozaki Mion)
As a woman claiming to have been in the village ever since the disaster. She is eventually revealed to be Shion, possessed by Mion who had died in the explosion of the school years earlier. She arrived to Hinamizawa in search of an item that will prove her right to be the next head of the Sonozaki family.
Ryūnosuke Arakawa (荒川 龍ノ介?, Arakawa Ryūnosuke)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno
A tabloid reporter who travels to Hinamizawa when its lockdown is ended in the present day.
Yae Towada (十和田 八重?, Towada Yae)
Voiced by: Ryōko Shintani
Yae visits Hinamizawa with her boyfriend, Takumi, after the lockdown ends. She and Takumi stay in the Furude Shrine for the night and the lights attract the attention of the others, causing them all to meet. Though Takumi is believed to still be alive and just sleeping at this point, he is actually already dead. The group eventually realizes that she is the one who killed Takumi, having finally grown tired of his constant abuse of her. When she hears his plans to fix their relationship and his sorrow over how he treated her, she falls into a state of despair and chooses to stay behind with his body. The group leaves her with a gun, and it seems she might commit suicide. In the end, she instead chooses to come to Otobe's rescue with the gun. She plans to turn herself in once they leave the village, and start her life over again.
Takumi Kurosawa (黒澤 工?, Kurosawa Takumi)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
Takumi visits Hinamizawa with his girlfriend, Yae, at her urging. He is an alcoholic and hits Yae whenever he's upset about something. After he is found murdered, it is discovered that he was sorry for his treatment of Yae and planned to fix things once they returned from Hinamizawa.

Himatsubushi-hen[edit]

Miyuki Akasaka (赤坂 美雪?, Akasaka Miyuki)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Mamoru's daughter who is rescued after Yukie's accident. It is said that she is seven years old, and so far she is the only character to have her age said outright. Mamoru sees a resemblance to the approximately five-year-old Rika in her. She, like any child, is very energetic. She is shy, which is shown when she meets Oishi. She always addresses her father as "Papa", and is frequently shown worrying about him. She only appears in the Himatsubushi-hen manga epilogue and in Higurashi Kizuna Sō, although there is a picture of her in the anime. She may be named after her mother.

DS-introduced[edit]

Kagebōshi-hen[edit]

Tomoe Minai (南井 巴?, Minai Tomoe)
Voiced by: Nana Inoue
A new police officer who investigates the strange occurrences that happened in Japan.
Madoka Minai (南井 まどか?, Minai Madoka)
Voiced by: Asami Shimoda
Madoka is a sister of Tomoe. Like her sister, she is also a police officer.
Shingo Fujita (藤田 慎吾?, Fujita Shingo)
Voiced by: Susumu Chiba
The member of Okinomiya Police Department and Tomoe's friend.
Kaoru Yamaoki (山沖 薫?, Yamaoki Kaoru)
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto
A 57-year-old police chief, whom Tomoe, Shingo and Madoka work for. He is also one of Oishi's friends.

Yoigoshi-hen[edit]

Miyuki Sorimachi (反町 美雪?, Sorimachi Miyuki)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
A freelance writer set on unraveling the mysteries of Hinamizawa with Ryūnosuke. It turns out that she's actually Miyuki Akasaka, Mamoru's daughter as an adult (Sorimachi is her married name.) and is actually an undercover police officer.

Kotohogushi-hen[edit]

Riku Furude (古手 陸?, Furude Riku)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki
One of Rika's ancestors and the heir and the Shinto Priest of the Furude House. Riku marries Hanyū, and have a daughter, Ōka. He was the reason that he nicknamed "Hainiryuun" because he had a hard time trying to remember and pronounce her name that he shorten it Hanyu.
Ōka Furude (古手 桜花 Furude Ōka?)
Hanyu and Riku's daughter resembling Rika. Hanyu requests to be killed by her in order to atone for the villager's sins, which she does.
Shino Kimiyoshi (公由 志乃?, Kimiyoshi Shino)
Voiced by: Ai Maeda
The head of the Kimiyoshi Family, and Natsumi and Kiichiro's ancestor. She becomes Hanyū's friend, despite that Shino have seen her horns, though she is not alarmed at it.
Mao Sonozaki (園崎 魔央?, Sonozaoki Mao)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue
The head of the Sonozaki family and the ancestor of Oryō, Akane, Mion and Shion. She and Shino apparently did not get along with each other.

Miotsukushi-hen[edit]

Shirō Hanada (花田 史郎?, Hanada Shirō)
Shirō was mentioned in Kagebōshi-hen, but appeared in DS render of Miotsukushi-hen. He happens to be a former colleague of Shingo, and a former subordinate of Tomoe.
Kazuma Hatakeyama (畠山 一馬?, Hatakeyama Kazuma)
The owner of the retirement center of Okinomiya, where Natsumi works part-time. However, he and his family were mysteriously killed.
Aoi Hatakeyama (畠山 あおい?, Hatakeyama Aoi)
Kazuma's ten-year-old son who is the only surviving member of the family murder and is now under protection by the police in the hospital.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i 07th Expansion (December 15, 2009). Higurashi When They Cry. PC. MangaGamer.