|This article is about terminology in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei.|
Given the nature of Higurashi Mei as an alternate continuity to the original Higurashi, some content on this article may spoil the original story. Proceed with caution.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei features several alternate worlds that the main characters jump between.
The original 1993 world that Miyuki Akasaka originated from. In this world the Great Hinamizawa Disaster occurred and the village of Hinamizawa was closed off, being reopened in 1993. Miyuki's father Mamoru Akasaka went missing while investigating Hinamizawa in 1993, and Chisame's father was killed searching for him in turn.
The 1983 world that Kazuho, Miyuki, and Nao travel to. In this world, Kazuho never existed due to her family dying in a group suicide around the time of the dam war. Keiichi abandoned Hinamizawa due to issues, with his house becoming vacant.
An alternate 1993 world that Miyuki and Nao travel to after the events in Showa B. In this world, the Great Hinamizawa Disaster never happened. However, the dam project was successful, and a giant lake lies where Hinamizawa once was.
Many Hinamizawa residents moved to Takamaga Village, which they also refer to as "New Hinamizawa". The Furude and Kimiyoshi families aren't around in this village since they all left to take responsibility. The Saionji family manages the Furude Shrine in the Furude family's absence.
A "sleeping disease" also exists in this world.
After the events in Showa B, Kazuho travels to a different 1983 world, one where Rika died in 1978. Ayaka Furude acts as the Furude family head. The Irie Clinic has become the Takano Clinic, with Miyo Takano acting as director and apparently named Dr. Miyoko.
- Higurashi Mei Heisei Chapter 1 Part 5.