Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou Vol. 2 is the second volume of Tomato Akase's manga adaptation of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou. It includes the entirety of Watadamashi-hen.


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Japanese

運命は再び、狂気に蝕まれる――。

毎年同じ日に1人が死に、1人が消える――そんな“偶然”が続く寒村・雛見沢。圭一は、気の合う仲間である園崎魅音の双子の妹・詩音につれられ、村の禁域を侵してしまう。そして、今年の“祟り”が、また始まる。

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Watadamashi-hen Part 1

June 12th, 1983. Keiichi and the club members play in a games tournament in Okinomiya. Keiichi struggles to find a lead in his group’s game as Rena, Satoko, and Rika effortlessly win their games. Mion comments on Keiichi’s apparent failure to take the game seriously. Keiichi gets serious and manages to win the game, but Mion says she needs to go to her part-time job and postpones the tournament. They’ll be continuing things at the Watanagashi Festival. The group decides to split so Rika can practice for the ritual dance and the shop owner comes out with gifts for everyone. Everyone except Mion receives a present, with Keiichi receiving a doll. He considers giving it to Mion but she might not like it, however Mion eyes the doll from the side. Rika pokes Keiichi and tells him that no matter who he gives it to, they can’t reject his feelings. Keiichi decides to give Mion the doll, and she reluctantly takes it.

Everyone goes home, and Keiichi stops at Angel Mort for lunch. Keiichi gets caught off guard by the risque outfits worn by the waitresses and runs into Mion, who apparently works there too. After an awkward pause, Keiichi realizes that he can use this chance to get revenge on Mion for prior punishments. Keiichi teases Mion a lot and makes her blush, saying that he never expected this side of her. Mion explains that she is actually Shion, Mion’s younger twin sister. Keiichi apologizes for teasing Shion and says that the uniform would never look good on Mion. Shion asks what he means by that when she’s called off by another waitress. Keiichi leaves, believing that Mion was just pretending to be a twin.

The next day, Keiichi goes home from school hungry, having skipped lunch. Shion follows him home and brings him a bento set, as thanks for giving the doll. Keiichi is confused since he gave Mion the doll, and Shion gets flustered while saying they share the same tastes as twins. Shion was happy to reward Keiichi on Mion’s behalf and soon leaves. Keiichi devours the bento.

The next day, Keiichi walks home with Rena and accidentally mentions Shion. Rena asks who that is and Keiichi explains that she’s Mion’s twin. Unlike Mion, Shion seems like a cute girl. Rena says Mion’s been in a good mood as of late and compliments her for her femininity. Rena says that though Mion is their club president, she too has a cutesy side. She hopes that out of all people, Keiichi will keep that in mind. Keiichi thinks that he would really like to get to know Mion and Shion better.

Keiichi heads to Angel Mort and gets lost in his daydreams, knocking over some bikes. A bunch of delinquents appear and start berating Keiichi when Shion appears and demands they let him go. When the punks show defiance, many villagers nearby drop what they’re doing and join Shion, intimidating the boys with their strange glares.

Watadamashi-hen Part 2

At Angel Mort, Keiichi thanks Shion for saving him back there. He wonders what was up with the villagers acting so weird, and Shion explains that for the longest time, Hinamizawa’s villagers have had a sense of unity. Anyone’s enemy becomes everyone’s enemy. Those bonds of unity stemmed from the dam project started ten years ago, which was cancelled thanks to their combined efforts. Shion leaves to go to work and Keiichi says he owes her one, still calling her Mion.

Keiichi goes to the Furude Shrine to assist with festival preparations. Shion gives Keiichi some barley tea to help him cool off, and as he drinks Mion appears holding two cups herself and screaming in annoyance. Keiichi nervously looks between the two girls, realizing that Mion and Shion are truly separate. Keiichi asks if back then, it was Mion who claimed to be Shion the first time he went to Angel Mort, and it was Mion who brought him the bento and saved him from those delinquents. Mion gets flustered as Shion giggles.

Tomitake and Miyo Takano soon arrive, along with Ooishi. Ooishi hopes things won’t get too complicated for this year’s Watanagashi, and Keiichi asks what he means when Mion suddenly asks him to go for a snack. They start to leave when Takano wonders aloud who will die and disappear this year, distracting Keiichi. Mion tells him to ignore her but Keiichi stays behind. Takano tells Keiichi about the yearly deaths and disappearances that have occurred ever since the dam war ended. She speculates that there has to be a human force behind them.

The festival begins. Keiichi watches Rika’s ritual dance when Shion appears and motions for him to come with her. They meet Tomitake and Takano in front of the ritual warehouse in the woods, where Takano plans to break inside and see what’s in there. Keiichi and Shion follow as Tomitake stands guard. Inside the warehouse is a statue of Oyashiro-sama and many strange tools. Takano educates them about Hinamizawa’s past, their demon ancestors, and the purpose of the original Watanagashi.

Keiichi gets creeped out and bumps into the Oyashiro-sama statue, causing its head to fall off. Tomitake enters the hall upon hearing the noise. They fix the head, which seems to have split in half before it fell. Keiichi puts it back atop the statue and sees a slot in the neck area, wondering if that was there to begin with.

The group leaves, and Shion tells Keiichi that if the curse passes then those four might be the victims because they trespassed in the storehouse. After Shion leaves, Keiichi ponders this as a pair of arms grab onto him from behind.

Watadamashi-hen Part 3

Rika happily says she’s found Keiichi after grabbing onto him. The other club members follow. Mion asks Keiichi if he met Shion at all today, and he denies it. She also asks if he saw Tomitake or Takano, and Keiichi denies that too. Keiichi figures he can’t let Mion know they trespassed, and Mion says they need to go do the cotton drifting. Ooishi suddenly appears and tells Keiichi that Mion is part of the Sonozaki family, a yakuza group. She can have people killed without leaving a trace. Keiichi defends Mion and says she would never do things like that. Ooishi asks if Keiichi met Shion, Tomitake, or Takano that night. Keiichi denies it and Ooishi says he’s sure Keiichi met them earlier but walks off. Mion says that she’ll always be on Keiichi’s side no matter what.

Keiichi goes home that night and gets a call from Shion, who asks if he saw Tomitake and Takano at all ever since they left the storehouse. Keiichi gets concerned since everyone was asking that question and asks why Shion wants to know. Shion says Tomitake and Takano have gone missing. Witnesses say they stole a vehicle from the festival parking lot and drove off in it. Shion believes they ran away because they knew they were in danger from the curse, and that she and Keiichi are next. Keiichi swears that he wasn’t interested in trespassing and never wanted to be involved. He blames Shion for dragging him into this and yells how she’s going to make up for it when Shion hangs up.

The next day at school, Chie tells the class that Mayor Kimiyoshi has been missing since yesterday and notifies the students that they should leave school together. Keiichi is confused since the mayor should have nothing to do with the trespassing. Rika also seems concerned. At lunch, Rika excuses herself and says she’ll go home. Keiichi gets up and begins to go after her when Mion stops him, saying that Rika will be fine but she’s worried about him. Keiichi thanks her for caring and goes after Rika.

Keiichi goes outside and stops Rika, saying they should walk home together when Rika starts cackling. Rika says that no matter what Keiichi did, this world is over. A strange look appears in Rika’s eyes as she says that if Keiichi was a good boy and just watched her dance, then nothing would’ve happened. Keiichi is scared by her sudden change. Rika is very sure that Tomitake and Takano are already dead despite their corpses not being found, which may or may not be good. Rika goes back to normal and thanks Keiichi for looking out for her before walking off by herself.

Keiichi goes home and gets a call from a worried Satoko, who says that Rika never came home. She asks if Keiichi talked to Rika earlier, and Keiichi realizes that he should’ve followed her. Keiichi joins Rena and Mion at Rika’s shack and asks where Satoko is. Rena explains that the front door was locked, and they haven’t gotten any responses no matter how long they call. Keiichi regrets getting them wrapped in the curse as Rena goes to the assembly hall to get the keys. Keiichi gets a ladder and climbs up to the second story window as Mion holds it in place. Mion says that nobody would ever put Rika in danger since she’s head of the Furude family and says she has to end it, a strange look appearing in her eyes.

Mion rants that Rika is behind Oyashiro-sama’s curse and that she’s going to kill someone using the Three Families, shaking the ladder. Mion swears she’s going to put an end to the curse, her rumbling the ladder growing in intensity until Rena returns with the keys. Mion goes back to normal, and they soon find that nobody's inside. Mion says this will all end when the higurashi cry and asks Keiichi to come to her house, wanting to tell him something.

Watadamashi-hen Part 4

Keiichi follows Mion to the Sonozaki main house, aware that she must know what’s really going on. Mion puts on a kimono and tells Keiichi that Rika is gone. She explains that Rika is supposed to have very close ties with Oyashiro-sama, and that as the current head of the Furude family she has been chosen to be a sacrifice. Keiichi apologizes for trespassing into the ritual warehouse and shows remorse. Mion says many people have taken offense to it, but assures Keiichi that his sin wasn’t what doomed Rika. Mion accepts his repentance and repeats that she’ll always be on Keiichi’s side.

Mion takes Keiichi to the underground torture chamber. Though it looks similar to the inside of the warehouse, Mion explains that none of these tools have seen actual use. Keiichi continues to believe in Mion as she takes him to a safe room, which has food, electricity, and a toilet. Mion pushes him into a jail cell and locks it, asking if he remembers the game tournament and the doll. She was very happy when Keiichi acknowledged her as a girl and expresses her love for him. She promises to protect Keiichi and not let anyone kill him, saying that if it comes down to it then Keiichi can play the part of the victim and act like Mion forced him in there. Mion wants Keiichi to stay there until everything has passed, and Keiichi asks what she plans to do.

Mion says she’s going to end Oyashiro-sama’s curse, explaining that the villagers’ sense of unity has become warped such that they antagonize anyone who opposes them. The Sonozaki family has always led the Three Families and enabled this tradition, and Mion believes it is her duty to end it. Keiichi says he wants to help when some rumbling noises are heard. Mion laughs, saying that someone’s minion decided to show up. Mion looks at the security system and pulls out a revolver, reminding Keiichi to pretend like he’s the victim.

Mion leaves, and Keiichi starts ramming into the cell door, trying to get it open. He thinks about Mion and soon collapses, crying. Keiichi is rescued by the police soon after, with Ooishi saying they never would’ve found out about it without a nearby officer hearing a gunshot from the estate. Ooishi says they investigated the well inside the dungeon Keiichi was in and found the corpses of Oryou Sonozaki, Kiichirou Kimiyoshi, and Shion Sonozaki. At school, they found Rika’s corpse inside of the septic tank. Additionally, Satoko and Shion were found dead next to each other in the Sonozaki estate. Keiichi thinks about Mion supposedly saying that all these places were safe and wonders if Mion was really the one who killed them all.

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