This page aims to provide a detailed plot summary of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei.
Part 1 consists of Chapters 1 through 8 while Part 2 takes place in two time periods, Showa and Heisei.
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- 1 Prologue
- 2 Chapter 1: Kikai
- 3 Chapter 2: Souguu
- 4 Chapter 3: Konwaku
- 5 Chapter 4: Yugami
- 6 Chapter 5: Soui
- 7 Chapter 6: Hakai
- 8 Chapter 7: Matsuri
- 9 Chapter 8: Kaiki
- 10 Showa Chapter 1: Toraware
- 11 Heisei Chapter 1: Kotonari
- 12 Showa Chapter 2: Ketsui
- 13 Heisei Chapter 2: Tensen
- 14 Showa Chapter 3: Rotei
- 15 Heisei Chapter 3: Mashou
Kazuho Kimiyoshi had fond memories of watching the club playing around in Hinamizawa and Okinomiya as a little girl. Board games, card games, tag; the club was always full of energy, and Kazuho wished to join them one day. Unfortunately, that "nightmare" meant she would be unable to fulfill that wish.
In June 5, 1993, Kazuho visits the former site of Hinamizawa and desperately runs through the bushes. She didn't know if she was escaping the village or running deeper into it, all she wanted to do was get away from "that thing". A monster was chasing her, stomping and roaring. A boar-like demon making metal clanging sounds and far removed from anything that would seem living. Kazuho could sense its killing intent and desperately ran away. As she ran she wondered if this was where she would die, unable to understand how or why. Kazuho cries out as the world turns white.
Ever since the Great Hinamizawa Disaster 10 years ago, Hinamizawa had become a no-entry zone. The volcanic gas that was responsible for the incident had dissipated, and it was decided that the area was no longer dangerous. Some people who investigated the area soon after had mysteriously disappeared or became mentally impaired. Kazuho wanted to explore the place for herself and expected to be stopped by a security guard, however there was nobody there; she had no idea a monster would be there instead.
Kazuho runs some more and trips on a root that was sticking out of the ground. Before she could even express her pain, the monster was already looming over her. Kazuho scurries away as the monster slowly inches towards her. It opens its fanged face, and Kazuho briefly accepts her death before calling out for help, not wanting to die without knowing anything. Someone answers her plea, calling her a child of man and telling her to raise her head. Kazuho opens her eyes to see a girl appearing between her and the monster.
The girl asks Kazuho's name, and she responds by asking who the girl is. The girl insults her and calls her impudent, and before Kazuho can snap back a sharp pain fills her head. The girl asks again who Kazuho is, and she replies that she is Kazuho Kimiyoshi. She says they should run away before noticing that the monster is frozen in time. Amazed, Kazuho looks back at the girl, who introduces herself as Tamurahime no Mikoto. Tamura says that Kazuho must be of the "people of horns", judging by her strong aura. Kazuho is confused as to what she means by "people of horns," and Tamura simply says she is of Hinamizawan blood. Tamura then asks to see her hand and Kazuho holds it out, with fog coalescing into her palm and transforming into a card. Tamura expected this to happen, commenting that a person of horns' power can reawaken broken Fragments. Tamura tells Kazuho to speak to the Fragment and tell it her wish; it will be granted if that is what she truly desires.
Before Kazuho can comprehend what to do, the monster starts moving again, and Kazuho screams. Tamura becomes disappointed that her level of power is only enough to stop time for a while. As Kazuho questions her predicament, Tamura tells her again to speak her wish, what she desires to accomplish. Kazuho still didn't understand what was going on, but she has a wish: she wants to live. Just then, light pours from Kazuho's card and envelops her, changing her outfit into that of a fancy dress. Tamura compliments her for drawing out its power, if haphazardly. Kazuho examines her strange new outfit, comparing it to something out of a picture book. Tamura says her outfit is a weapon created from the Fragment and can now freely use its power.
Kazuho doesn't know why Tamura is speaking so strictly despite her apparent age, but after feeling fatigued from running from the monster she now feels a surge of power. The monster charges, and Kazuho prepares to fight it head on.
The monster is defeated, and Tamura congratulates an exhausted Kazuho. Tamura says that she may rest now and prepares to say something else, however Kazuho's card flies out of her chest and disappears, and her outfit changes back into its normal form. Tamura says the restoration must be difficult, as that Fragment was the strongest shining one she had found. Tamura then says she will give Kazuho a charm that will act as a "vessel" and hands her another card similar to the one she had before. Kazuho is confused as to what to do exactly with this card, and Tamura tells her that as she collects new Fragments, the charm will grow stronger, so it would be best to stay alert for them.
Kazuho still doesn't understand but she puts the card in her pocket, deeply sighing after realizing that she really did fight a monster and was saved. Kazuho asks Tamura what the monster and that transformation was all about, and she replies that there's much she needs to know. Kazuho silently questions Tamura's appearance, saying she looks like a miko from a play and has some weird wings sticking out of her head. Kazuho calls her Tamura-san, and Tamura shows discontent at being referred to with honorifics, insulting Kazuho again as Kazuho feels another sharp pain in her head; she figures that Tamura is causing this. She asks if it would be better to call her Tamurahime-sama and Tamura accepts it, asking that Kazuho remember to pay her respects.
Tamura says she is the ruler of the land of Yamato and is what humans would refer to as a god. Kazuho remembers Hinamizawa's history, that it was once known as Onigafuchi Village and was attacked by man-eating demons from hell. Oyashiro-sama was a god who made peace between the humans and demons and helped them coexist. Kazuho determines that Tamura must be Oyashiro-sama, and Tamura angrily shocks her once more, showing disdain that Kazuho would equate her with the chief of the people of horns. Kazuho apologizes as she wonders why saying the name of a god she knew was so wrong. Tamura says she ruled the land long before the people of horns did, and comparing her to "that fool" is unforgivable. Kazuho keeps this in mind.
Tamura asks Kazuho why she came to Hinamizawa, and she replies that she was contacted by someone from the village despite it being destroyed 10 years ago and wanted to know who or what it was. Tamura tells Kazuho to come with her, having something that could help her.
Chapter 1: Kikai
Kazuho and Tamura walk through the long-abandoned village, which has become overgrown like a garden. Kazuho affirms that this is Hinamizawa, and though it is likely the ecosystem has changed in 10 years she still can't fathom what that monstrous boar was. Tamura asks if Kazuho remembers Hinamizawa and she says she lived in Okinomiya 10 years ago, so she has no real memories of the village. Kazuho explains that she currently lives in a school dorm in Tokyo, and she lives alone since her parents and brother all died in the disaster. Tamura gives her sympathy.
Hinamizawa had always been seen as an evil land because of the worship of Oyashiro-sama, and ever since the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, former residents of the village had become ostracized. This behavior continued even into the Heisei Era, with Kazuho finding solace that the god Tamura didn't frown at the village's mention.
Tamura asks why Kazuho came to the village now and not on the anniversary date. The Hinamizawa Requiem Festival was an annual memorial service dedicated to those who perished in the disaster, held every June 21. Kazuho had come on June 5, sixteen days before it. Kazuho explains that she received a message on her pager, which greatly confuses Tamura as she's never heard of such a device. After giving a short description of what a pager is, Kazuho explains that she received a message from her grandfather, who was the old mayor of Hinamizawa. This was strange because he also died during the disaster, and the message was reported as coming from her grandfather's house despite the village being on lockdown. Not only that, few people knew Kazuho's pager number. Tamura understands that Kazuho came to the village to find out why.
Tamura examines the pager for a bit and uses her powers to obtain a full understanding of it, remarking that the people of Yamato have made great technological advancements. She still doesn't understand why Kazuho wants to investigate this pager mystery, but she finds it convenient since they can benefit each other.
Suddenly, they get attacked by more monsters. Despite the weakening of their charm, Tamura tells Kazuho to do exactly what she did earlier.
Kazuho defeats the monsters and Tamura comments that she truly is a descendant of the people of horns. Kazuho asks what these monsters are supposed to be and Tamura replies that she has no idea, which confounds the girl. Tamura says she's going to call them tsukuyami anyway, as it would be inconvenient to refer to them without a name.
Tamura starts patting around where the tsukuyami were, looking for Fragments. She finds one the size of a grain of sand and holds it up to a confused Kazuho, explaining that it came from the tsukuyami and is presumably causing trouble in Hinamizawa. Kazuho is encouraged to pick up as many Fragments as she can. Tamura also explains that the Fragment she gave Kazuho is her blessing and will help her to not lose control and become aggressive like the tsukuyami.
Kazuho asks what Tamura knows of the disaster, but she knows nothing; she was resting for a while and the next thing she knew, Hinamizawa's guardian deity disappeared and the village was destroyed. Kazuho is troubled that Tamura claims herself to be a god yet knows as much as she does regarding the subject. Tamura says that's Kazuho's job to figure out, and she gets shocked. Kazuho doesn't think she can handle such an important task but she agrees to go along with it, knowing that Tamura will give her another splitting headache otherwise. Tamura appreciates her cooperation.
The duo finally enters the Furude Shrine. Tamura says the tsukuyami are emerging from a portal at the back of the shrine, which may lead to another dimension. Kazuho will be the one sent to enter it and see where it leads. After traversing the shrine grounds some more, they encounter more tsukuyami, which seemed to be guarding the place. Kazuho is determined to rid the beasts from Oyashiro-sama's home.
After defeating the tsukuyami, Kazuho finds that their dropped Fragments are much larger than the earlier ones. Tamura says the strength of a tsukuyami is proportonal to a Fragment's size. They reach the ritual warehouse, which Kazuho knows to be a secret storage area for festival equipment and such. Tamura says the tsukuyami are coming from here and tells Kazuho to stay on guard, as she encountered a tough tsukuyami when she first came here.
After seeing the broken warehouse door, Kazuho becomes afraid that there be might be more tsukuyami inside but she presses forth. She sees Tamura isn't following her and asks why, to which the god explains she'll be sealing the portal to prevent more tsukuyami from escaping. Once Kazuho goes through, she must find another miko that Tamura sent earlier, promising to contact Kazuho again once she does.
Kazuho begins to enter the portal and Tamura gives one last message, wanting her to live and prevent more blood from being spilled on this land.
Kazuho readies herself, enters the warehouse, and after a time comes back outside again, confused. It was evening when she entered, and now it was suddenly nighttime. Neither Tamura, a miko nor any tsukuyami were to be seen inside the warehouse. Kazuho decides to go out and find some water, but she suddenly gets attacked by a tsukuyami and falls to the ground. More tsukuyami appear, and as Kazuho tries to defend herself, suddenly a girl runs up the shrine steps and kicks the monster away. The mystery girl confirms Kazuho is okay and then engages the tsukuyami, pulling out a card similar to the one Kazuho has. The girl yells out "Role Card Escalation!" and starts attacking.
The girl finishes off the tsukuyami and helps up Kazuho, giving her a big slap on the back. She asks for Kazuho's name and takes interest in the fact her last name is Kimiyoshi, suddenly giving her a piercing stare. Kazuho was expecting to be treated poorly just like other people do when they find out someone is related to a Hinamizawa, let alone the Kimiyoshi family, and the girl happily asks if it's alright to call her Kazuho-chan.
Kazuho is confused, and the girl introduces herself as Miyuki Akasaka, a student of the Hinamizawa Branch School. Kazuho wonders if there are even any schools running in Hinamizawa in 1993, and then sees Miyuki picking up Fragments. Miyuki asks what's wrong and Kazuho struggles to answer when two girls, Rika and Satoko, suddenly arrive. Satoko asks who Kazuho is and Rika says it's dangerous to be out late like this. Satoko mentions a rumor that Miyuki likes to take late-night bike rides and Rika says she knows all about it since Oyashiro-sama can see everything, giving a "nipah" afterwards. Miyuki nervously laughs at the fact Oyashiro-sama's priestess can see everything, and Kauzho watches the three girls in confusion. Miyuki apologizes for neglecting her a bit and asks Kazuho where she lives, offering to give her a bike ride home. Kazuho says she lives in Okinomiya, and the girls think it's too far. Miyuki remembers that Kazuho is a Kimiyoshi and asks if she's the mayor's granddaughter. Kazuho is about to deny the thought and mention he's dead but says nothing. Miyuki says the mayor's house is nearby and will bring Kazuho there.
Kazuho has no idea why they'd be visiting an empty house but decides to join Miyuki anyway. Satoko stops her for a bit and gives Kazuho a sad look, which she finds strange, though Satoko warns that Miyuki is a very rough biker. Kazuho and Miyuki soon get onto the bike and take off, with the scenery greatly intriguing Kazuho. No longer was the village overgrown, but rather it was alive: houses were lit up, and laughter and music could be heard in the distance.
Kazuho wonders aloud if this really is Hinamizawa when Miyuki suddenly stops the bike and points towards some trees. More tsukuyami were appearing. Miyuki asks Kazuho to help since she also has a Role Card, but she has no idea what she means. Miyuki asks Kazuho to chant along with her and yells "Role Card Escalation!" once more.
The duo defeat the tsukuyami. Kazuho is amazed at Miyuki's strength, wondering what the difference between them is. Miyuki says she's 15 and asks what age Kazuho is, who says she will also be turning 15 later that year. Miyuki changes her nickname towards her from Kazuho-chan to just Kazuho, and the latter thanks her for the rescue earlier.
Miyuki mentions that Kazuho just now asked if this really was Hinamizawa and aims a sharp gaze at her, asking what she meant by that. Stunned by her pressuring glare, Kazuho struggles to answer and starts walking backward as Miyuki steps ever closer to her. Kazuho's mind fills with questions: is this Hinamizawa? Why are the villagers alive? Who is Miyuki Akasaka?
Kazuho suddenly trips and falls over, staring up at the night sky as Miyuki cries out in surprise. Miyuki tries to rouse Kazuho and calls out for help when she sees how feverish she is. Kazuho hears nervous voices in the distance, but her vision and mind fades as she thinks about her brother.
Chapter 2: Souguu
Kazuho reminisces on childhood memories before awakening inside an unfamiliar house. She exits her room and heads downstairs to find Miyuki making breakfast. Kazuho remembers the strange look Miyuki gave her last night when Miyuki tells her to watch TV as she prepares food for them.
As Kazuho eats, Miyuki places a newspaper in front of her. Kazuho reads the newspaper and sees no articles of note when she notices the publication date: June 11, 1983. Seeing Kazuho's shock, Miyuki realizes that she's indeed from the Heisei Era. Kazuho asks where they are and before Miyuki can answer, a clock alarm interrupts them. Miyuki says it's almost time for school and directs Kazuho to put on her uniform, having found it by her side when she checked on her earlier.
Kazuho examines her uniform in confusion, as she left it at home yet has no idea why it's with her now. The doorbell rings and Miyuki tells her to hurry up. Kazuho finishes getting dressed and Miyuki opens the front door to reveal Rena, who's come to go to school with her. Rena sees Kazuho and tilts her head in confusion. Miyuki introduces Rena to her and makes up a story that Kazuho is a new transfer student who will be attending school starting today. Miyuki says Rena should've known that, and as Rena ponders she seems to freeze before happily saying that she knew all along.
This sudden change surprises Kazuho, as she has never seen Rena before at all. She shudders at what this could mean when Rena asks her what's wrong. Miyuki says Kazuho is just nervous from her first day of school and tells Rena to go ahead of them. Rena leaves and Miyuki closes the door, her suspicions about Kazuho continuing to be affirmed. Kazuho asks some questions and Miyuki promises that she'll explain later. The two set off for school.
Miyuki hums as she and Kazuho walk to school. They finally catch up to Rena and another new girl who introduces herself as Mion Sonozaki. Kazuho is surprised to hear this, as everybody knows the Sonozaki family's infamy. Mion is flattered to be attending school with the mayor's granddaughter and comments that the Three Families are now classmates. Rena is surprised that Mion has never met Kazuho before, and Mion replies that the Kimiyoshi family has members scattered all over, so she hasn't met every single one of them. The Sonozaki family also has a lot of members, but they always show up during social gatherings. Mion says her own interactions with the family have ceased for now. The group sets off for school and comment on how peaceful the weather is, which disturbs Kazuho the newcomer.
At school, the teacher Chie introduces Kazuho to the class. Satoko and Rika formally introduce themselves to her. Kazuho is guided towards an empty seat next to Miyuki, and she opens it to find it packed with brand-new notebooks, all with her name written on them. Kazuho is once again disturbed by the strange scene, which seemed to say "this was your desk all along."
Lunchtime begins and Miyuki asks Kazuho to eat with her outside. Rena asks why Miyuki won't eat with the others and she says she has a secret strategy meeting with Kazuho. Mion gives Kazuho a piercing look but then says the group should prepare themselves as well. Rena figures Kazuho will be joining them for club activities after school. A determined Miyuki drags Kazuho out of the classroom.
Kazuho and Miyuki go behind the school to eat lunch. Miyuki gives Kazuho a bento full of sandwiches she prepared earlier. After eating for a bit, Miyuki asks if Kazuho remembers the names of the girls they met that day. Kazuho rattles off the names of Mion, Rena, Satoko, and Rika, and then Miyuki pulls out a notebook. This notebook contains a list of all the victims of the Great Hinamizawa Disaster in 1983.
Seeing Kazuho's shock, Miyuki tells her to be quiet and just read it. Kazuho flips through it and sees that all of the girls she met were indeed victims. Chie and the principal Kaeda were also in there. Miyuki says she didn't figure the book would be so useful after transcribing it herself and confirms that she is also from 1993. Kazuho can hardly believe this is real. She asks if they really did time-travel to Hinamizawa's past, and Miyuki says it's not quite like that. Despite coming before her, Miyuki doesn't quite know what's going on either.
Miyuki knows for a fact that this Hinamizawa is different than the '93 Hinamizawa, as when she first arrived there were tons of tsukuyami prowling around. She also met Tamura and received powers, though she was told that she needs to properly establish her powers since she is not of the people of horns.
Miyuki mentions that there was a tsukuyami guarding the ritual warehouse when she arrived and couldn't defeat it. Kazuho asks how she got past it then, with Miyuki saying she used Tamura as bait. Kazuho realizes that Miyuki escaping at Tamura's expense is why the god was so cold towards her.
Miyuki says she's felt alone ever since coming to Hinamizawa and felt happy when Kazuho arrived. Kazuho thanks her likewise. Kazuho thinks to herself that she still doesn't know why Miyuki came to Hinamizawa but decides to trust her for now. Miyuki asks why Kazuho came to the village when the bell rings, signaling the end of lunch. Miyuki says Kazuho doesn't have to tell her anything if she doesn't want to, knowing full well what she's experienced because of that last name of hers.
As they head back to class, Kazuho thinks about how much stronger Miyuki is than her and sighs.
Afternoon class has the students splitting up for group study, with Kazuho joining Miyuki and the other girls. After doing some math the girls commend Miyuki for her knowledge, and she says it's all about memorization. The secret to her success was her mom being really strong and scary, with Rena seeing that Miyuki's mom must be very strict and instructional.
Class ends and Kazuho wonders what to do now when Mion approaches her and asks if she would like to play a club game. Remembering her childhood memories of seeing the club romp around, Kazuho enthusiastically agrees. As they head outside, Kazuho thanks Tamura for giving her this opportunity.
Kazuho joins the others and asks what kind of game they're going to play. Mion says it's almost time for them to come out and Rika points across the schoolyard, where several tsukuyami have appeared. As Kazuho stands confused, Mion encourages everyone to do their best. Miyuki, Mion, and the other girls then pull out Role Cards and summon weapons. Kazuho asks what this is all about and Miyuki says this is a club game, which just confuses her even more. As the tsukuyami come closer, Kazuho retracts her compliment towards Tamura.
Chapter 3: Konwaku
Kazuho slips up when trying to keep up their cover story with Rena, and Rena suddenly starts to 'break through' the mind control the villagers seem to be under. She starts going crazy, realizing that the house Kazuho and Nao live in belonged to "someone else" and that "She should know, but why can't she remember?"
A battle interrupts the breakdown though, and Rena seems to have forgotten it by the end of it, back under the assumption that everything is okay. Something similar happens when Kazuho asks about Hanyuu's horns, with everyone in class freezing and staring at her, nobody speaking a word and the feeling like something is wrong with reality creeping in, until Miyuki manages to break the atmosphere.
Chapter 4: Yugami
Kazuho, Miyuki, and Nao go to the toy store, where they find Rena, Mion, Satoko and Rika fighting in a videogame against a boy they seem to hate. This boy turns out to be Keiichi, who for some reason is a smug, aggressive bully living in Okinomiya. Rena is trying to beat him in the game so that he'll stop hogging the console, but is defeated. Seeing that, Nao challenges him instead. When she does, all of them are suddenly transported to what looks like the Sea of Fragments. Keiichi tells them that the game will be over when they defeat the Tsukuyami in there, and a battle starts. After winning, it becomes obvious that from the point of view of "reality", Nao destroyed "Keiichi" in the videogame instead. Everyone rejoices as Keiichi leaves with a smirk.
They're left asking themselves who that guy was, since they never get his name. A few days later during class, Kazuho is asked to pull something down from the shelves. When she does, a metal bat falls from them. Trying to find who it belongs to, Kazuho sees that the bat has the name "Keiichi" written on the handle. She tries asking Mion who this Keiichi is, only for space to freeze again, the whole main cast staring at her unspeaking. Kazuho starts feeling like she's freezing up as well, unable to move or speak. Mion moves, coming closer to her and whispering in her ear "Forget about that" That's when Kazuho loses consciousness, only to 'wake up' in the same position, the classroom now empty.
Once home with Miyuki and Nao, Kazuho is told for the first time that every room aside hers is packed with cardboard boxes, like whoever used to live there was moving away. Nao finds a notebook in her room, to boot, with a name written on it: "Keiichi Maebara". They realize the house they're in used to belong to this Keiichi, the same Keiichi from the bat that Kazuho was told to forget about, though they have no idea that Keiichi is also the bully they saw at the toy store.
The chapter ends after they walk Rena home (who'd come to make them dinner), and they hear some rustling in the bushes. Miyuki calls out to the shadows, expecting Tsukuyami, only for the bushes to open and reveal Akasaka. Ooishi is with him too, but the weird thing is they don't seem to recognize what the cards in Kazuho and the other's hands are, even though they're supposedly "normal" here.
Chapter 5: Soui
Kazuho loses her consciousness in the library because of a mental breakdown after finding out that she doesn't exist in this world. She finds out after Midori takes out a dossier she's investigating (hinting this might be linked to whatever her deal is), in which there is several newspapers from 5 years prior, when Kazuho's entire family died in a murder-suicide. Kazuho thus doesn't "exist" in this world, since she died in her mother's womb with her, making her vision blur and making her feel like she's about to vanish. A voice asks her "Who are you?" in her dreams. After a hospital visit where Takano finds out Kazuho isn't quite "from there", they go to school. Kazuho confronts Mion, asking her about the incident that killed "the Kimiyoshi from Okinomiya", and she's told that the Okinomiya Kimiyoshi House was a mediator between the pro and anti-dam factions at the time.
However, when the dam war ended, something strange happened. The whole house went off on a trip "somewhere", and came back changed. They started avoiding everyone, gradually losing contact with the neighbors, until one day the father set fire to the house with everyone inside. Kazuho thanks her for the info and makes to leave, when she is stopped. Mion tells Kazuho "I asked you to forget about the metal bat in class, and yet...who did you meet in Angel Mort?", telling her that if she keeps ignoring her warnings, Kazuho will have to "transfer schools" soon too. Kazuho is initially intimidated, but it makes her realize something: Keiichi was made to "transfer schools" (literally) because he stuck his nose in something he shouldn't have, but he was instantly ostracized without a single warning. Yet, Kazuho was given multiple already without incurring in any consequences yet. Was it because she's a Kimiyoshi, or...?
Having that realization, she stops Mion as she's leaving. Kazuho steels herself and goes: "Mion, you keep giving me 'warnings', yet you're doing nothing when I break the rules. Is it because I'm a Kimiyoshi, and thus you recognize I exist, or... ...is it because you're accepting my existence as a rule I made?" As soon as Kazuho asks, Mion crashes. Her eyes turn empty, like when she was about to break through her programming in Chapter 2 when she realized Nao's backstory didn't make sense, and she leaves without saying another word. Kazuho realizes through that for some reason she's "invulnerable" for some undiscovered rule of this world, and that the discovery may prove useful now that she knows she can't be "eliminated" thanks to the rules.
Nao gets mad at Kazuho for assuming she's invincible just from that, and tells her it's possible Keiichi just stepped on a bigger landmine and that's why he was kicked out in one shot, unlike her. After resigning to the fact that differences between worlds get "smoothed out" once you find them, they decide to start investigating on what coincides between the two worlds instead. This decision is followed by them soon finding one thing in common between the two worlds: Watanagashi, which is coming soon.
Also, Miyuki's "victims of the Great Hinamizawa Disaster list", which she brought from the future, is now missing Kazuho's entire family, presumably because it was 'adjusted' to match the world in which her family died 5 years before that. Kazuho's own memories seem to be getting forcibly adjusted, since after coming into contact with the 'truth' that her family doesn't exist here, she realizes she can't remember what her family looked like.
Chapter 6: Hakai
Nao reveals she has a big sister she's never met, from a different father before her mother remarried. Kazuho is about to ask her "Nao, that big sister you're talking about...could it be she's-", but then the others come back and interrupt her.
Shion offers her help to Kazuho and the others, explicitly saying that she's not on the same side as "the village". It seems like she's not caught in the same "illusion", and realized the Tsukuyami aren't something that's supposed to exist, and she has no recollection of Keiichi ever being evil. Also, the more the tsukuyami's names are said, the more they solidify into reality; so the group's switching to calling them "that".
Mion attempts to kill Kazuho.
Chapter 7: Matsuri
Starts with a flashback to Kazuho talking with Mion, worried about how she might bring the mood down if she's allowed into the club. Mion reassures her, telling her the club is for everyone who likes to have fun. This is juxtaposed with Mion telling Kazuho and Nao that she's going to kill them once the flashback ends. Mion seems covered in a dark haze at some point, reminiscent of the stuff the Tsukuyami are made of, but it's unclear if Mion is possessed by one, or actually one. Nao tells Kazuho to fight but she doesn't want to attack Mion, Hanyuu, and the villagers surrounding them, until they find a weak spot in their circle and escape through the river. They get cornered again in the forest.
Kazuho keeps screaming that she doesn't want to fight, until someone swings a scythe at her head. It's too late to defend, and she is about to get her head lopped off when Keiichi slams into the villager's side, sending him flying. Shion also arrives, using her taser to dispatch the others. Apparently, Shion and Keiichi have been in contact for a while, and were planning to meet Miyuki at the saiguden, but they were attacked by the villagers at the temple before managing to get there. They're ready to share information, but they ask Kazuho and Nao to be honest and ask them if they're from another world. Apparently, they got this information from "that girl", but as they ask who "that girl" is, they get interrupted by more attacking villagers and have to run. They decide to hurry to the saiguden, hoping to find Miyuki. On their way there, they reach the festival. Kazuho once again tries to ask them who "that girl" that told them the truth is, but she falls silent when she sees what the festival grounds are like. Blood everywhere, hacked up corpses littering the ground, and crazed villagers still killing each other, calling each other traitors.
Kazuho gets grabbed at the ankle by a mother with child begging for her to save her, but Nao pulls her away, telling her they can't stop running. Reaching the temple, they run into Akasaka, who is carrying a wounded and bloodied Miyuki, who's also barely conscious. They immediately decide she needs a doctor, but that's when Ooishi jumps out of the shadows. Keiichi tells the others that he's not in his right mind, and that the tsukuyami can "get inside people to control them, and they won't get out until you defeat them completely". Fighting ensues.
They start fighting Ooishi. Keiichi's bat and Shion's stun gun shine like Role Cards, making it clear that they have those powers too. Ooishi's cornered, but he makes his shadow shatter into multiple "bosses" from the previous chapters, amongst which is the tanuki that once kidnapped Nao. Kazuho is refusing to fight, scared that she might kill someone, but Keiichi tells her that if she even comes close to making a fatal mistake, he'll stop her himself. She believes him, and resolves to fight. They beat Ooishi up, and he loses consciousness. Apparently, the tsukuyami have been driven away from his body, and he should be normal once he awakens. Kazuho notices something on the floor, like a Role Card, but pitch black on both sides. She pockets it, figuring she'll tell the others later. They start talking about the mind control affecting people, and Shion reveals the way it seems to work is it convinces you that other people are right, and makes you doubt yourself until you conform. She had completely forgotten about Satoshi, until "that girl" came to her and asked her "Haven't you forgotten something important?", making her return to normal. They joke around a bit, saying there'll be time to explain better later, perhaps over tea and cakes in a perfect girls-only tea party. Keiichi complains that he doesn't want to get left out, and Shion says if he likes she'll prepare a wonderful frilly dress for him too.
They're apparently heading to meet up with Tomitake, who Shion says is helping her and Keiichi. The plan is to get into his van and escape the village, but they must get past the suspension bridge first. On the way there, Nao asks who Tomitake is, since she's never met him. Kazuho says "He's that cameraman that's usually around the village. Remember Rika's dance? He's the cameraman that was filming and photographing her the whole time" "What? There was no one like that" "But...you could hear the shutter and see the flashes the whole time" "I distinctly remember thinking it was really dark and quiet though". Kazuho is wondering how that is possible, when they finally find his parked van. They circle around it, but it's empty. They're at a loss on what to do until Shion flashes her light on the ground, where they see Tomitake dead, bled out from his throat.
While they're pondering about what Tomitake's corpse is about, a grinning Takano comes out of the bushes, followed by the Mountain Dogs. She makes a speech about how they're all going to die, when a Dog falls down unconscious. Takano turns to see who it is and gets punched in the face.
It's Midori, who easily dispatches the Mountain Dogs. She shouts at the others to get into Tomitake's van and run to the clinic. When telling Akasaka "He should know where it is", she muses to herself "Oh, but there's the chance you haven't ever been there in the past. It's be a pain if it was the case this time."
Once they've run away, she turns to Takano and summons a Role Card, which turns into a rifle. She points it at Takano, who's completely at a loss on what's going on. She is about to kill her, when she says "It's a pity I have to do this, I kind of liked you. And it's a pity this'll be your 8th...no, is it the 9th time now? that this has to happen." Takano asks her "Who are you? Are you police? Are you from Tokyo?" Midori answers "I'm neither...but if I really had to answer that...I'm not a Mountain Dog, nor a Bloodhound...I'm just a Hunting Dog." Midori gives a woof before a gunshot rings out.
The group reaches the clinic to find Irie and find Satoko sleeping there, apparently she felt sick during the festival and was brought there to rest. They explain the situation, and since it's an emergency, Irie tells them "there's somewhere they can hide", so he shows them to a secret basement floor. He tells them they can hide in one specific room, and to promise they won't walk around the floor until he comes back. Shion is amongst them.
Kazuho wakes up in the clinic basement and finds a notice on her pager. Everyone is asleep so she sneaks out looking for a phone, against Irie's orders. She peeks into a room and sees a boy on a bed. For some reason she thinks it's her brother. Then Shion surprises her from behind. Kazuho starts telling her about the boy, but Shion checks the room and it's empty. Kazuho gets another pager notification so they head upstairs to find a phone.
Shion goes off looking for non-canned food while Kazuho calls Tamura and recaps the situation. Tamura says the boundary between these two worlds is wavering, so they need to come back. They don't have enough fragments to open the gate, so they need to get a huge fragment from an extremely dangerous tsukuyami at the dam site. The phone abruptly cuts off there. Then Kazuho notices a burning smell and goes to investigate. She finds Irie bleeding on the floor and Shion standing over him with a bloody knife. Kazuho eventually realizes this is Mion in disguise. She asks where Kazuho is really from and why she keeps saying "this world". Kazuho runs.
Kazuho tries to regroup with the others, but the stairway is barricaded. She also notices the burning smell is coming from the basement. Mion admits to all that and attacks her. Then armed villagers bust through the windows and she ends up surrounded. Kazuho thinks she's all out of options, but then Mion offers to let her join them, arguing that she'd just suffer alone in her old world and she's better off here. Kazuho says that's true, but refuses the offer because she'd rather die fighting to help her friends. Miyuki and the others bust in right then to save her, including Irie who is still alive. Mion asks how they escaped the fire. They wrapped themselves in fireproof blankets and used the emergency exit. Mion attacks.
The group beats Mion and the villagers, then she transforms into a dragon and runs outside, but they beat that form too, turning her back into normal Mion. She calls Keiichi "Kei-chan" and it's enough for him to burst into tears hugging her. Mion apologizes, but apparently even while the tsukuyami was controlling her, she was holding back to avoid hurting her friends. Kazuho finds a black card on the ground. Irie treats everyone's wounds. Satoko slept through the whole fight and is still asleep. Keiichi asks where the rumor about him bullying Rika came from, and Mion says Rika herself told her. Miyuki asks Shion the name of "that girl" she keeps talking about, but she and Keiichi can't remember. But it's the person who introduced them to Midori. The group decides to focus on more pressing matters.
Chapter 8: Kaiki
Kazuho reveals that she, Miyuki, and Nao are from the future, and warns everyone about the upcoming gas disaster. Everyone reluctantly believes her. They want to go back to the future, but that would mean abandoning the people in Hinamizawa to the disaster. Nao suggests everyone should come with them to the future, and maybe they can come back later. Mion says she's in no condition to fight and Satoko is still unconscious, so Irie and Akasaka plan to escort them to the Sonozaki house while the kids head to the dam site. Mion wants to give Kazuho a Sonozaki family treasure when they get back.
They leave the clinic in the morning and head to the dam site. The path is littered with the corpses of villagers. Kazuho wonders if they can depend on "that girl" Shion keeps mentioning, but Nao says not to rely on people who you don't know you can trust. Nao also warns Kazuho not to hesitate, and that she's prepared to kill her enemies even if they're someone she knows. They arrive at the trash heap and find Rena waiting. She summons a bunch of tsukuyami and attacks. Kazuho is losing, but Nao steps in to protect her. Rena continues attacking, so Nao shouts "stop, Big Sister!"
Flashback to Nao in the school home ec room. The teacher starts complimenting her design work, saying she must've learned from her famous designer parents, but Nao says they're never around. Nao's parents divorced when she started elementary school. They got along at first, but by the time she started kindergarten they always fought about work. After school, Nao stops at her grandma's nursing home. Grandma was diagnosed with dementia last year and often gets Nao's name wrong, calling her Reina. Nao asked her relatives who Reina was but they always awkwardly said "I dunno." Nao comes home, but nobody's home. She does some tailoring work and dreams of being a designer like her mom. She sneaks into Mom's study and finds a book on the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, with a photo labeled Reina Ryuugu inside.
Back at the trash heap, Nao reveals Rena is her half-sister and begs her to come back to her senses, but Rena starts strangling Nao. Keiichi and Shion try to reason with her, but that only makes her more violent. The group attacks all at once, and Rena drops Nao. Rena readies another attack.
Flashback to Nao's house, where Mom just came home. Mom says she won't be home again for a while because her company is disbanding and she's trying to find people to start a new one. Nao asks if Dad is going with, but Mom says she despises working with him. Nao can tell they're in a bad spot financially. A few months later, after school, the teacher is complimenting the dress Nao just finished making. She planned to do another project with a classmate, but she's not here. Apparently her dad committed suicide jumping from a building. They discuss the recent recession. Another teacher calls Nao into her office to say her tuition isn't being paid. Nao asks her dad for financial support at their monthly meeting, but he says he can't help because it would upset Mom. Nao deduces he's been seeing another woman, and that's the real reason for their divorce. Dad suggests they use the compensation money the govt paid to families of Disaster victims. Nao refuses to accept that.
At home, Nao finds a letter with a photo of Rena inside and slips it in her pocket. She thinks about her sister constantly and starts talking to her as if she's there. One day Mom comes home and tells Nao to pack her things; they're moving and she's going to public school. Mom also throws away Nao's sketchbook and tells her to give up on becoming a designer because the job pays poorly. Nao refuses and runs away from home. She cries in a park and holds a box cutter to her throat. She realizes she's the reason her mom divorced her first husband, and if not for that Rena would've never moved to Hinamizawa, so she blames herself for her death. Nao decides to go to Hinamizawa and kill herself so she can meet her sister and apologize.
Back at the trash heap, Nao blocks Rena's attack with her box cutter. They're in a deadlock. Kazuho has a flashback to talking with her brother about an ancient sword passed down through the Sonozaki family and how it can cleanse souls. Then Kazuho attacks, and Nao rushes at Rena.
The group defeats Rena and the tsukuyami all vanish. Keiichi rushes over to help her, and after confirming she's all right he gives her a big hug. Kazuho goes to gather the Fragment that dropped, but just then Shion screams. Nao is holding the box cutter to her own neck and saying she needs to die to make amends for ruining people's lives. Kazuho tries to talk her down, then Rena steps forward and convinces Nao she did nothing wrong. They're both glad they got to meet each other and cry together.
Everyone regroups at the Sonozaki house. Mion is surprised Rena is with them, but glad she's safe. They haven't seen any villagers or tsukuyami since dawn, so they think they'll be safe until dusk. Nao apologizes for not telling them the truth about herself sooner, but Miyuki and Kazuho say they already knew. Nao throws a small tantrum over them not telling her. Mion offers to trade little sisters with Rena. Keiichi says Mion and Rena are lucky to be the only club members with siblings, but that stands out to Kazuho. She asks Mion, who tells her everyone else is an only child, including Satoko. They get interrupted there. Satoko is finally awake and brought tea for everyone.
The group is having a strategy meeting. Miyuki tries to give back the sword, but Mion says they may still need it. They never found the Fragment they need at the dump, so they think whatever possessed Rena ran off with it. They're also confused that a black card didn't drop either, like when Ooishi and Mion were defeated. Mion and Rena realize they met the same person right before they were possessed, so the group goes to the shrine to confront the mastermind: Rika.
Kazuho accuses Rika of getting Keiichi kicked out of Hinamizawa, and using some power to rewrite Mion and Rika's memories. Rika laughs at them for taking so long to figure it out. She says she has the Fragment they need, and it's possible to obtain even larger Fragments by infecting someone with Hinamizawa Syndrome a second time. She explains that the whole town is infected and she can manipulate them because she's the queen carrier. She's the one who made everyone go crazy at the festival. Rika finally managed to escape from June 1983 after countless tries, but monsters appeared just a few months later and slaughtered everyone right in front of her, so she's fed up with repeating everything again. She'd rather destroy the world than continue suffering through it.
Akasaka says the Rika he knows would never give up, and never hurt the people she cares about. Everyone offers to help Rika, but she says it's too late. Rika summons Hanyuu and the two fuse together. Everyone resolves to wake Rika up from her nightmare, then they attack.
Rika falls to the ground defeated. The darkness around her dissipates, and she completely vanishes. Kazuho starts freaking out, thinking she really just murdered Rika. She keeps staring at the ground but Rika never reappears. The others try to comfort her, saying they're all responsible because they fought together. Suddenly a voice calls out saying nobody is to blame. Hanyuu is standing where Rika disappeared. She says that was a false image of Rika, and some powerful being took her soul to another world. If they don't bring her back all worlds will be destroyed.
Hanyuu hands Kazuho a magatama and says they'll need it. Mion recognizes it as an old Furude family treasure, the "susuke no tamawari". It's part of a pair, and the other one is in Kazuho's world. Hanyuu tells them they need to leave because the tsukuyami are about to devour this world, then she vanishes.
Kazuho opens the door to the saiguden. They hear the tsukuyami roaring in the distance and realize they have no time. Akasaka tells the others to go ahead and says he'll stay behind to keep the monsters from following them. The others all decide to stay in their world too, to avoid causing time paradoxes. Kazuho says she can't leave them to die, but Satoko says they'll survive as long as they can defeat the tsukuyami and escape.
Rena says goodbye to Nao. Nao clings to her and cries, unable to leave her after finally managing to meet her. The monsters are getting closer, so the '83 gang goes off to fight them. Miyuki tries to stop Akasaka, but he tells her she's a great daughter and entrusts her with a book he found while investigating Hinamizawa, then runs off. Nao is still trying to stop Rena, and vows to stay here if Rena won't come with. Rena says she's glad she got to be a big sister and she loves Nao, then puts her hat on Nao's head. Rena asks Nao to solve this mystery, then pushes her away and charges at a monster. Nao keeps screaming her sister's name as Kazuho and Miyuki grab her and drag her through the gate.
Miyuki wakes up in front of a worn down abandoned saiguden. She hands Nao the hat she dropped, and Nao hugs it. Miyuki looks around to determine if this is their Hinamizawa, and is shocked to see Hinamizawa is flooded by a dam. And they have no idea where Kazuho is.
Kazuho wakes up in front of a less dilapidated saiguden and can't find Miyuki or Nao. She searches the shrine grounds but can't find any people anywhere. She finds a newspaper dated June 1983 with a headline about the final Watanagashi festival. She calls this the worst possible bad end.
Showa Chapter 1: Toraware
Kazuho is outside the saiguden, thinking about the flyer that mentioned the "final" watanagashi. She can't find Nao and Miyuki anywhere even though they went through the door together. From the lookout she can see the town is alive and active, so she knows this isn't her world or the previous one. She rushes back to the saiguden, but finds the door closed and locked with a much more elaborate lock than before.
Kazuho is worried Miyuki and Nao might be trapped inside the locked saiguden. She transforms with her Role Card and just as she's about to attack the lock, someone calls out to her. It's an unfamiliar girl about Kazuho's age, in a shrine maiden outfit. She scolds Kazuho and says the saiguden is sacred. But she says the Furude family head can go inside to look for her friends. Kazuho says it's not important enough to drag Rika here, but the girl has no idea who Rika is. The girl finally says she's Ayaka Furude, the head of the family. Kazuho asks what day it is, and Ayaka says June 4th, 1983. That was the same day she arrived in Hinamizawa the first time, so Kazuho freaks out and runs off.
Kazuho decides to head to the Maebara house, since it was important to her in the previous world. She trips and gets scraped up while running. She notices an old lady nearby and recognizes her, but the lady intentionally ignores her, which is weird because she was really friendly in the last world. Every other villager she passes does the same. When Kazuho arrives where the Maebara house should be, the house isn't there; it's an empty lot. Keiichi must not have moved here at all. Kazuho collapses on the spot, distraught that she's completely alone now. She notices a boy in a baseball uniform coming over to help her right as she loses consciousness.
Kazuho wakes up at the clinic. Irie greets her, and she's relieved to see someone she knows. Satoshi Houjou is next to him and says he was worried about her. As soon as Kazuho looks at him, she calls him her brother Rei. Satoshi introduces himself and says he's not her brother. He asks if Irie knows a boy named Rei, but Irie says no and leaves to go ask "the director" about it. Kazuho asks if Satoshi is the one who brought her here. He says he rode her here on his bike, and apologizes for not doing something sensible like finding an adult to help. Satoshi finally asks her name, and she's about to say Kimiyoshi before she hesitates, then just calls herself Kazuho. Kazuho asks about the director and he says it's Dr. Miyoko, who came in on her day off to treat Kazuho. And just then Takano steps into the room.
Kazuho is cowering in fear of Takano. She reaches into her pocket for her Role Card, but it's not there. Takano orders Irie to inject Kazuho with something to calm her down, but right as it's about to happen Ayaka and Satoko enter the room. Satoko completely disregards the situation and rushes hug to Satoshi. Takano and Irie are surprised Ayaka knows Kazuho. She tells them Kazuho is the mayor's granddaughter and she just moved here from Tokyo. Irie freezes for a moment, then starts acting like he knew that all along. So does everyone else, except Satoko who still seems dubious.
Ayaka offers to escort Kazuho home. Takano asks for a moment alone with Kazuho before she goes, so everyone leaves the room. She asks about Kazuho feeling like she has no allies in this world, and Kazuho starts panicking when she hears that. But Takano sounds like she's actually looking out for her after going through similar things when she was young. When Kazuho leaves the clinic she sees the name Takano Clinic above the door.
Kazuho and Ayaka bike back to the shrine, then enter the Furude main house. Ayaka makes tea for the two of them, but Kazuho is hesitant to drink it. Ayaka offers to let Kazuho live here and says she'll be going to the Hinamizawa school starting tomorrow. She also says Kazuho's school uniform and supplies will appear by the next morning, and Kazuho is confused as to how Ayaka knows about that phenomenon. Then Ayaka tells her to make herself at home and goes off to make dinner, but Kazuho stops her to ask what happened to Rika Furude. Ayaka says she died 5 years ago.
Ayaka leads Kazuho to her room and says goodnight. Kazuho is lying there unable to sleep, so she's thinking back on their awkwardly silent dinner. She believes Ayaka was telling the truth about Rika, and she's stressed about all the other weird things in this world, like Keiichi's house disappearing. She thinks back on all the people she's met since coming here, and finally realizes that Satoshi is Satoko's brother, the boy Shion was searching for, who the rest of the kids didn't even seem to know about. Kazuho falls asleep exhausted, unable to make sense of any of this.
Kazuho is dreaming and finds herself at an unfamiliar bus station. There are people moving about all around her, but nobody notices her. She starts to walk and and bumps her toe on something. It's a person with blood flowing from their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Kazuho steps back and bumps into another corpse. Then she hears children screaming, calling for their mom, dad, brother, sister. The entire ground is covered in corpses and the kids are clinging to them. The people around start collapsing, and there's a mountain of corpses and an ocean of blood. It's like the massacre at the shrine in the last world, but a hundred times worse.
All Kazuho can do is scream.
Heisei Chapter 1: Kotonari
Miyuki and Nao are looking over the dammed lake in front them, no longer seeing any signs of the village. They're trying to figure out what happened and what to do, and decide to search for Kazuho. They can't find her anywhere and check the saiguden, but they find it empty except for the sword Mion entrusted to them. Miyuki wants to leave it there but Nao insists they take it. They argue outside about what to do and decide finding safety is their top priority, but the conversation is interrupted by a tsukuyami attack. Miyuki pulls out her Role Card and tries to transform, but the card shatters. The tsukuyami slices Nao's cheek enough to make her bleed, so Miyuki grabs her and they run. They try to flee down the stone steps, but can't because Hinamizawa is flooded. Just as the tsukuyami is about to strike them, Tamura shows up to help. Nao notices something glowing in Miyuki's pocket and pulls out two cards. They're the cards Ooishi and Mion dropped, but they're no longer black. She uses the card and defeats the monster easily. But Tamura exhausted her power and transforms into a tiny fragment, with the sword inside.
Miyuki and Nao spent the night in the shrine and have been hiking since morning. They're now at the suspension bridge. Miyuki wonders if, since this is a completely different world, maybe there are different versions of themselves here. They want to reach Okinomiya and use a phone. Nao hands Miyuki her money and says she'll stay behind. She's taking it really hard that she couldn't help Rena. Tsukuyami show up in the middle of this and Nao is in no shape to fight, so Miyuki gets ready to fight them alone. Just then, Kawata shows up and takes them all out.
Kawata transforms the gun in her hand back into a Role Card. Miyuki is scared that Kawata's card is even more powerful than theirs. Kawata can tell they're suspicious of her, so she reminds them this is the second time she saved them. Nao thanks her for the help and asks what Kawata's reason was for helping them. Kawata dodges the question and says she's crossed between worlds just like them, but many times over. Nao asks if Kawata is the person Tamura sent them to look for, but she says she'd never degrade herself working for Tamura. She says the previous world and this one are somewhere between reality and fiction. Nao wonders if that means Rena and the others weren't real, but Kawata says they should still consider them real. She also says this world will probably be even worse than the last, and suggests they quit while they can and go back to their normal lives.
Nao refuses immediately. She puts Rena's hat on her head and says even if this is fate they just have to change it. She threatens to kill Kawata if she gets in their way. Kawata says not to joke about things like that, but Nao responds "You thought I was kidding? Try me." and pulls out her Role Card. But Kawata is surprisingly happy to see that attitude. Nao again asks Kawata's objective, but she says "someone" would be upset if she talked. She also tells them to search Hinamizawa, then leaves.
Miyuki and Nao are wondering what to do after Kawata left, when they notice a car heading straight toward them. When the car stops, Miyuki's friend Chisame hops out of the passenger seat. She says she came to find Miyuki since she broke her promise and didn't come back or call after 3 days. Chisame and Nao do introductions. Miyuki thanks her and apologizes, but Chisame herself starts apologizing too. Miyuki is terrified when she realizes why she's apologizing. Then the driver's seat opens and out comes Yukie, very sternly demanding an explanation from her daughter.
They stop at the Kakiuchi service area while driving back. Chisame runs into Nao by the vending machine. Nao hands her the shark keychain she apparently dropped while walking here. Chisame is surprised Nao knew it was hers, since they only met a few hours ago. It's her favorite because she loves sharks. She goes into a long rant about how great sharks are, then apologizes for being weird. Nao says it's fine, as her mom taught her respecting other people's interests is just common courtesy. Chisame says Nao must've been raised well, then starts complaining about how her parents always fight and never listen. They both agree Miyuki's mom is a good mom. She made shark shaped cookies for Chisame once.
Miyuki suddenly interrupts their conversation and they're wondering how much of that she overheard. She's angry they left her alone in the car with her mom for so long. While Miyuki's in the middle of complaining, Yukie shows up demanding to know why she's taking so long. They finally depart, driving to the airport and taking a plane the rest of the way back. Miyuki is annoyed that Nao and Chisame were chatting and getting along really well the whole way while she was getting lectured by her mom. Yukie asks Nao for her address and mentions she hasn't called her parents this whole time, but Nao says her mom is always busy and never home anyway. Yukie is really sad to hear that. Miyuki offers to let Nao stay at her place until she can get ahold of her mom, but Nao insists she's fine. They agree meet up again this weekend.
Everyone's about to get in the car, but Chisame really wants to have a private talk with Miyuki, so Yukie leaves to drop Nao off and tells them to be home by dinner. Chisame says she wants to hear everything, and Miyuki agrees but they probably won't be back in time for dinner.
Chisame and Miyuki are at a coffee shop, where Chisame finishes a tense phone call with her mom. She teases Miyuki, saying she should pay for the coffee because this mess was her fault, but Miyuki is flat broke. Chisame asks Miyuki what happened. She can tell Miyuki doesn't know how many days have passed since she left. Miyuki shows Chisame the Role Card and Fragments, and tells her everything. Chisame asks why Miyuki never asked "are you the real Chisame?" She could tell Miyuki was worried about it, that a tsukuyami might be manipulating her. So she's going to believe everything Miyuki said in order to prove it to her. Chisame thinks it must be true because if Miyuki wanted to make up a story she would've gone with something more plausible.
Miyuki says she immediately knew Kazuho was trustworthy because she ate Miyuki's food without a moment of hesitation. Chisame jokes that if she transformed into a monster, she'd want it to be a shark. They decide to give the various worlds names to keep track of them. Miyuki is from "Heisei A", traveled to "Showa B", and is now in "Heisei C". They compare past events and the only major difference between the 2 Heisei worlds is the dam being completed and the disaster not happening. Chisame asks Miyuki if she's feeling well, because there's a "sleeping sickness" going around. Miyuki is confused because there was no such thing in her world.
Yukie is driving Nao home. She wants to properly greet Nao's mom, but Nao insists she let her go alone. Nao thanks her for looking after her and Yukie apologizes for any trouble her daughter caused, but Nao says Miyuki really helped her out. Yukie says Nao is welcome to come over to Miyuki's house to play. Nao has Miyuki's phone number and Chisame's pager number.
When Nao comes home the mailbox is packed and newspapers are piling up. Her mom's shoes are in the foyer, but she's nowhere to be seen. There's a list of Nao's classmates sitting next to the phone, so she thinks her mom might've actually been searching for her. She notices the study door is open and checks inside. Nao finds her mom laying on the ground. The scene jumps back to Miyuki asking Chisame about the sleep sickness. Their conversation is interrupted by Chisame's pager going off. Miyuki thinks it might be Nao's number, so they call it from a payphone. Nao is crying, so Miyuki snatches the phone. Nao tells them she found her mom unconscious.
Miyuki and Chisame take a taxi to the hospital near Nao's address. Chisame goes to call their parents and explain the situation, while Miyuki goes to ask the receptionist if Houtani and her daughter were brought here. The receptionist looks through a list, but then says she can't answer that and asks them to leave. Miyuki meets back up with Chisame. They decide to pretend to leave, then sneak around the hospital looking for Nao. The scene cuts to Natsumi on the phone with someone, talking about how they're doing what's necessary to save people. Then it cuts back to Miyuki. They find Nao sitting by the ICU section of the hospital, sobbing. Nao rushes over to hug Miyuki. Nobody has told Nao anything, so she has no idea how her mom is doing. They also apparently took Nao's blood. Chisame starts trembling when she hears that. Then staff in full hazmat suits show up chasing after them.
Chisame throws one of them to the floor, but the staff manage to capture all three of them. They say they're potentially infected and this is for their own good, then lock them in a room. Chisame explains that the sleeping sickness is an infectious disease that causes people to suddenly faint and fall into a coma. Infected people can go a long time before showing symptoms and they still don't understand how it's transmitted, so anyone in direct contact with infected people is held for testing. Not only that, there's still no cure for the infected. Nao is distraught that her mom may never wake up.
Showa Chapter 2: Ketsui
Kazuho wakes up from a horrible nightmare, sweating and shaking. She notices a school uniform hanging by the window, with the exact same repair marks as her uniform in the last world. She thinks back to living with Miyuki and Nao and laments that she's alone in this world. Just then Ayaka enters the room dressed for school. She says she didn't prepare that uniform for Kazuho.
Kazuho and Ayaka walk to school together. There are far fewer people out in the village in this world. Half the rice fields aren't even planted, and full of weeds. All the people they walk past refuse to even greet them. When they arrive at school Ayaka goes off to see Chie, and Kazuho enters the classroom alone. As soon as she opens the door she's hit by a cloud of white powder and trips on a rope by her feet, landing painfully on her knees still bandaged from her fall yesterday. Satoshi rushes over to help and apologizes for Satoko's behavior. Rena brings her a wet handkerchief, and calls as "transfer student". Kazuho is disappointed they don't remember her. She hears a scream and the door swings open, with Mion dragging Satoko inside.
Mion is very forcefully demanding Satoko apologize, but everyone freezes once Ayaka enters the room. Rena explains the situation to her. Satoko reluctantly apologizes, then pouts and goes to her desk. Kazuho thanks Rena and Satoshi. Satoshi refers to Rena as "Reina". Chie comes in asking if something is wrong, but Ayaka insists it's nothing. Kazuho notices there are half as many desks in the room in this world before introducing herself and sitting down. Mion warns her that this could happen again if she's not more careful. Mion says to ask her or Reina if she needs anything.
Kazuho wonders why she's going by Reina, since she hated that name in the last world. She dwells on all the differences in this world for a while. Rika is dead, Hanyuu is gone, Satoko talks different, Keiichi's house isn't there, Rena is Reina, and Satoshi isn't missing. Satoshi comes over to tell her it's lunchtime, and hands her the Role Card. He found it laying by her when she fell yesterday. Nobody seems to know what Role Cards are. Kazuho asks if there were more students in the class. Mion says people have been leaving because everyone is getting evicted next month. Satoko excitedly says she's moving to Nagoya with her mom and dad.
Class is over for the day. Kazuho mutters something about the differences in this world and Reina seems to overhear it, but drops it. School was way less fun today. Kazuho thinks back to lunch. Ayaka brought her a lunchbox and walked away, so Kazuho ended up eating alone. Ayaka has something to do after school, so she gives Kazuho a key and tells her to head home alone.
Mion is about to leave, but Kazuho stops her to ask about the club. Mion tells her there's no club here, then leaves. Satoko and Satoshi leave together. Feeling empty, Kazuho is about to leave, but Reina stops her. She offers to walk part of the way home together. Kazuho is glad that her kindness is one thing that hasn't changed in this world.
Reina is giving Kazuho shopping tips while walking home. A lot of the houses they walk by have the windows boarded up. Reina explains that people are being evicted because of the dam. Some are moving away, and the rest will be temporarily housed in Shishibone while they build a new "Hinamizawa" somewhere else. Kazuho asks what Reina is planning to do. She's still deciding between Ibaraki, where her mom lives; Nagoya, which would be good for work; or Tokyo. Her mom insisted that moving would be better for her education.
Kazuho is surprised Reina's mom is involved and looking out for her. Apparently her parents aren't divorced. Reina is an only child, so Nao was never born in this world. She's proud of her mom and wants to help her become a famous designer. Reina asks Kazuho to forgive Mion. Mion is upset that the Kimiyoshis supported the dam project. Kazuho is surprised her grandfather would support it, but Reina says he's bedridden and the acting Kimiyoshi head is actually his son Minoru, who is also acting as Ayaka's guardian. Kazuho is astonished because Minoru Kimiyoshi is her father's name.
After parting with Reina, Kazuho heads to the dam site. It's not a trash heap in this world, and construction work is actually happening. One of the laborers calls out to the construction foreman, and Kazuho remembers he was the victim of the first year's curse, but he's alive here. In the last world Kazuho's dad was the mediator between the pro and anti dam factions, but in this one he supported the pro dam effort. She considers asking him about it.
Takano is taking pictures nearby and notices her. Kazuho asks about the "Takano Clinic". It was named after her late grandfather; everyone appreciated the effort he put into fighting Hinamizawa Syndrome. Takano's name is written like her grandfather's in this world. She dedicated her life to his research, and was able to fulfill that role this year. Kazuho asks if she picked up photography from her boyfriend, but Takano says she doesn't have anyone like that. Kazuho's neck starts feeling itchy. She asks Takano what she plans to do after the eviction. Takano says this is a secret, but she developed a certain medicine for another disease while working on Hinamizawa Syndrome, and an old colleague invited her to work at a pharmaceutical company. Kazuho thanks Takano and leaves. In the last world Rika said everyone in the village is infected with a disease, and as the queen carrier she can manipulate them. Kazuho thinks learning about the syndrome might be the way to unravel the mystery.
At home, Ayaka and Kazuho are having dinner. Kazuho is struggling to work up the courage, but finally asks her about Hinamizawa Syndrome. Ayaka seems upset and asks where she heard that, so Kazuho admits it was Takano. Ayaka realizes Kazuho would just investigate it on her own if she doesn't answer, so she promises to give her a proper explanation later. But in exchange she demands Kazuho not research it or ask anyone else about it. Kazuho agrees. Ayaka says she needs to discuss Kazuho's treatment with someone else first. Then she moves in very close and sternly warns Kazuho not to break their promise. Ayaka calmly cleans up dinner and leaves the room. Kazuho collapses to the ground, terrified. She notices something hidden between the TV and the dresser, and grabs it. It looks like a Fragment, but not glowing like usual. It's the size of a grain of rice, and it's shaped like the magatama.
For the next several days Ayaka is avoiding Kazuho, staying out late and leaving early in the morning. Kazuho eats breakfast alone. She thinks of her brother and wants to investigate more, but she's afraid of upsetting Ayaka. She finds a newspaper article about problems at a Tokyo hospital, mentioning a history of previous incidents. Including one where loose tiles caused Yukie Akasaka and her unborn child to die. Kazuho panics and runs outside for some fresh air.
Kazuho promised not to investigate the syndrome, but decides she can still research other things. She wants to talk to her dad. She looks at the magatama in her pocket and thinks it might help her. Suddenly Satoshi and Reina rush over. They invite her to a baseball game, since she mentioned being interested in club activities. She agrees, thinking they were inviting her to watch, but they actually need her to play because they're short on people. At the field, Kazuho is worried because she's never played baseball before. Mion insists she'll be fine because she's done kendo and that's basically the same thing. Then the players from the other team show up. One of them is Keiichi.
Keiichi is apparently friends with the Hinamizawa gang. He heard the rumors about a transfer student so he comes to introduce himself, but he's confused that Kazuho already knows him. Keiichi and Satoshi wish each other a good game, then the match begins. It's a tight game at first, but by the fifth inning the Titans realize they can score easy runs by hitting the ball toward Kazuho, so they build up a 6 points lead. Kazuho is upset that she keeps making errors, but the team keeps encouraging her. The Fighters go all out and make a comeback thanks to some good hits from Reina and Mion, plus a grand slam from Satoko. They're now one point behind, and it's the last inning. The Titans switch Keiichi in as the pitcher and he strikes two batters out immediately. Satoshi is the next up to bat, but Keiichi ends up walking him. And next in the batting order is... Kazuho. Satoko argues they should be able to use a pinch hitter, and Kazuho shamelessly pleads for it, but Irie insists Kazuho step up to the plate. Thinking of Miyuki and Nao gives her the encouragement to try. Right as Kazuho is swinging at the ball she's pulled into the Fragment world, with Keiichi standing in front of her. He says last time it was 3 vs 1 but this time it's one on one, then pulls out a Role Card that transforms into a bat. Kazuho pulls out her own card, ready to take him on.
Kazuho is back at the baseball field after defeating the tsukuyami. She sees the ball flying over the fence, so she runs around the bases. Everyone is waiting to congratulate her. Kazuho breaks down in tears, because even though this world is so different, club activities still feel the same. She really wants to see Miyuki and Nao again, and she vows to do whatever it takes to make it happen. As everyone is leaving the field, Kazuho chases after Keiichi and asks to talk to him. She thanks him for going easy on her, but Keiichi insists he went all out because he knows what she's capable of. Kazuho is wondering if he might have retained some memories, so she calls him "Keiichi of Hinamizawa". Keiichi grins. He was waiting until the right time to tell her, but he remembers everything from the previous world.
Heisei Chapter 2: Tensen
Miyuki is being escorted down a hallway by someone in protective gear. The staff member keeps silent no matter how much she tries to provoke them. Miyuki asks them if they're afraid of her, and they twitch. She thinks about this sleeping sickness. It can kill you, and there's no cure for it other than the patient spontaneously recovering. They're treating her more like a plague than a patient. Miyuki is then locked in the quarantine room. Chisame greets her, highlighting things in the newspaper. They recently found out Miyuki's whole school is completely on lockdown. They've been in quarantine for a week even though their results are always negative. The virus incubation period is a week to a month. Miyuki and Chisame spend a long time criticizing Japanese medical care.
Nao interrupts their conversation to apologize, since they only got involved in this because she called them. Nao was lying in bed nearby and they kind of forgot about her. Chisame apologizes too for not telling them about the sleeping sickness sooner. Miyuki apologizes for not knowing more. They all agree to set aside past mistakes and discuss what to do going forward.
Nao's exam came back negative so she's sure the others are not infected. Nao still hasn't gotten in touch with her dad, since he's probably overseas. Her only other family is her grandma with dementia. Miyuki says since the disaster never happened in this timeline, Rena could be alive. Nao assumes Rena cut all ties with her mom so they have no way to contact her. Miyuki asks Nao if she wants to meet the Rena of this world, but Nao says no. She doesn't want to do anything that would make her sister hate her. She thinks Rena was only kind to her in the last world because she didn't know Nao was her half sister. Trying to explain the current situation to Rena would just bewilder her.
Chisame asks what they're going to do when they get out of quarantine. They decide to find a way to help Nao's mom, even if Rena wouldn't want them to. Nao has been acting hesitant, but Miyuki is sure she'll go back to her strong-willed self now that she has a firm goal. The first reported case of the disease was back in August, in an undisclosed village in the Chubu region. They want to investigate this world's Hinamizawa, and think it might be possible to get back to the past Hinamizawa from there. They think Tsukuyami weren't a thing in this world before Miyuki and Nao showed up. As they're discussing this, the door unlocks and Natsumi steps in to introduce herself, dressed in a regular labcoat instead of a protective suit.
Natsumi is working for the Ministry of Health and Welfare. They're shocked she came into the quarantine room unprotected. She thanks them for their concern but tells them she's received the vaccine. The three were also inoculated the day they were caught, and it's effective as of today. Chisame asks if they can leave now and Natsumi says yes. Schools will probably stay closed another month until more people are vaccinated. Miyuki notices Natsumi's wedding ring. Nao asks why nobody told them they were given the vaccine and wonders if they gave them some unapproved drug. Miyuki says they wouldn't do that because that's illegal, but Natsumi immediately goes silent. Chisame follows up saying nobody's reported anything about a vaccine yet, upset they were used as guinea pigs. Natsumi says WHO guidelines prevented them from sharing information about the vaccine, but it'll be revealed next week so they decided it was safe to use it. They'd be waiting a month or two to get it otherwise. Miyuki tries to calm Nao and Chisame down, and Natsumi apologizes for not properly explaining things.
Nao asks how her mother is doing. Natsumi says there's nothing to worry about for now, but there's still no treatment for it. Nao turns to Miyuki and says they have to go back to Hinamizawa. Chisame insists on coming with. They forget Natsumi is there and start making plans. Natsumi interrupts to tell them she used to live near Hinamizawa, and she asks which Hinamizawa they're referring to. Everyone is surprised to learn there's a "new" Hinamizawa.
The government relocated all the major Hinamizawa buildings to a new location as part of the dam project. The new village has a different name, but locals still call it Hinamizawa. Natsumi doesn't know where it is, but she knows someone who might. She wants to know why they're so interested in Hinamizawa. Nao says they're trying to find a friend from Hinamizawa who went missing just before they got quarantined. Natsumi can tell how much they care about this friend, so she writes down the contact info for a former detective she knows. Miyuki is relieved they didn't need to mention their friend's last name is "Kimiyoshi".
The next day, the gang visits the address. It's the police PR center, which is now a museum. Nao came here on a school field trip, and she's surprised Miyuki and Chisame have never come here considering they both have police parents. There's a lady named Akitake and a police mascot named Papipo in front of the building. Miyuki and Chisame think the mascot is creepy, but Nao really likes it. Akitake starts giving an explanation thinking they're here on a field trip. Nao ignores her and thinks back to when they were leaving the hospital. Someone paid for her medical expenses, but the receptionist wouldn't tell her who. Miyuki interrupts Akitake to say they're here to see Tomoe Minai. Then the mascot lifts its head, revealing Tomoe inside. Akitake shouts she can't take her head off in public like that, and slaps it back on her.
The kids are waiting in Tomoe's office while she gets changed. They were escorted by another employee, a man with an eyepatch on his left eye named Higo. Miyuki and Chisame are spooked by Higo, but he politely makes them tea and says it's been weeks since they had guests. He gives Nao a commemorative Papipo sticker, and she's thrilled. Tomoe finally comes back. She can tell the kids are tense so she tells them to relax and enjoy some snacks. Miyuki asks why the museum director was in a mascot costume. Normally Higo wears it, but he can't due to the eye injury. Higo makes fun of Tomoe's dancing in the mascot costume, so she challenges him to a costume danceoff. Then Tomoe finally brings the conversation back on track, about Hinamizawa. She hopes Ooishi is doing well. Miyuki is surprised by that namdrop. She says her dad is Mamoru Akasaka, a friend of Ooishi's, but Tomoe says the name doesn't sound familiar.
Tomoe pulls out a dozen volumes of records related to Hinamizawa. She flips through one and finds the location, about an hour from old Hinamizawa. Only some of the people moved there while most took compensation money and went elsewhere. The shrine personnel and the wardens of the "sacred tree" stayed. Miyuki is alarmed to learn of another important object nobody once mentioned before.
Tomoe goes to take a phone call, so the kids have a private conversation. Miyuki thinks Tamura might be weakened in this world because the sacred tree, or some other source of her power, was relocated to New Hinamizawa. They think the ritual storehouse is connected to the other world, but maybe the link isn't working because the ritual tools were removed, and that's why Kazuho couldn't come through. They decide to head to Hinamizawa, but just as they're leaving Tomoe comes back. She says she can't let kids go to the middle of nowhere alone, so she's coming along, and even offers to drive them. Miyuki is weirded out by how accommodating she's being for total strangers, but they decide to accept her offer. They plan to leave the day after tomorrow. Higo insists he'll handle Tomoe's responsibilities so she can get ready. Akitake mentions that Tomoe also needs to do some prep for a crime prevention course at St Lucia. Miyuki interrupts and asks if she can go to St Lucia with her, and Tomoe agrees. The adults head to another room for a quick meeting. Chisame says it'd cause trouble if she and Nao go with, so they head home.
The group arrives at the Kakiuchi service area around nightfall after driving all day. Miyuki told Nao that she learned nothing at St. Lucia, but she actually didn't want to tell her what she learned. She's waiting until they get back home to tell her. Nao comes back from the vending machine with a can of tea, and it reminds her that the pull tab in her pocket disappeared when they came through the portal. The only things they were able to bring with them from 1983 Hinamizawa were Rena's hat, Mion's sword, and Akasaka's notebook. Tomoe comes back from a long phonecall and tells them it's time to head out.
The next morning, they arrive in New Hinamizawa. Miyuki and Nao are amazed it looks so much like the old town. Miyuki thinks it must've cost a fortune to rebuild all this, but Tomoe says the government had no choice. The dam was necessary to prevent flooding downstream that could cause up to 2 trillion yen in damages, ruin people's lives, or even cause an epidemic. An old man approaches them while they're walking around. Miyuki and Nao can't remember if they met him. His name is Iwamatsu; he's the mayor of Takamaga village, which is New Hinamizawa's proper name. Miyuki asks him why the mayor is no longer a Kimiyoshi, and if the Sonozakis and Furudes are still around. He says they all left to take responsibility. The Saionji family maintains the Furude shrine. Miyuki says they're doing a school report on ritual tools and ask if they can see the storehouse, and Iwamatsu agrees, so they head toward the shrine.
The group is looking over the village from the shrine lookout. It's similar to Hinamizawa, but there are far fewer people and the buildings are poorly maintained. Nao wonders how the Kazuho of this world is doing, and Miyuki tenses up. Chisame interrupts, urging them to keep moving to the storehouse. Another old man approaches them, introducing himself as the head priest Saionji. He hands them the key, which is far bigger than it was in 1983, and leads them there. Then he wanders off, not bothering to escort them inside.
They head inside the storehouse which is covered in thick dust, clearly not maintained. They find a statue of Oyashiro-sama and torture tools. Miyuki is searching for something similar to the magatama that Kazuho received. Chisame finds a box full of black Fragments. Miyuki grabs them and runs outside to get a better look. Nao runs out with another box, full of black cards. Then Tomoe comes out and looks at the cards. She says they're like the black cards Akasaka found. The group is surprised to hear that and Tomoe apologizes for hiding things from them. Chisame suddenly shouts as tsukuyami appear. Miyuki and Nao turn their cards into weapons and tell Chisame and Tomoe to hide in the storehouse. Chisame notices the black card the original Miyuki gave her is now glowing in her pocket, so Miyuki tells her to fight too.
The group finishes defeating the tsukuyami. Chisame was able to keep up in the fight, with her Role Card transformed into a harpoon. Chisame tries giving the card back to Miyuki afterwards, but she insists she keep it. Nao notices that instead of the tsukuyami dropping fragments, they turned into 2 collapsed people: Mayor Iwamatsu and the priest Saionji. Tomoe checks their pulse, seeing they're unconscious but alive. She says this is just like the reports, and looks at the 2 black cards next to them. Tomoe tells Chisame she knows about her father, and apologizes for not making it to his funeral. A friend of her father's named Watanabe asked Tomoe to secretly look into his death. She also knows about Akasaka's disappearance and thinks it's tied to Hinamizawa. And she knows that Miyuki and Nao traveled to the past.
Nao asks where she heard about time travel from, but Tomoe says she promised not to say. Tomoe decided to trust the kids after they accurately described Ooishi, because he died in 1983. Miyuki asks how Ooishi died, since the disaster didn't happen in this world. Tomoe says "that girl" asked the same thing, then starts walking off. She says they need to revive their god companion as soon as possible.
Tomoe is leading everyone through the woods. Nao asks Miyuki why she never told them she was investigating Chisame's father's murder, or mentioned Chisame at all. She says she wanted them to focus on getting home, the incident is classified, and she wasn't sure she could trust Nao back then. She was planning to mention it after getting Chisame's permission. Nao understands why she kept it secret and tells Miyuki she trusts her. They finally arrive at their destination, a massive tree in the middle of a clearing. Tomoe says according to her informant this place houses a god, and that god will be restored if they place a stone at the base and open a book. While wondering who Tomoe's informant could be, Miyuki sets down Tamura's crystal and the book her dad gave her. The book glows as she opens it, and Tamura appears along with the sword.
Miyuki demands explanations immediately, asking if the Hinamizawa they were in before was even real. Tamura says that world should've been the true past, but it was partially replaced with some other past, and that consequently changed the present. Whatever happened, it's far bigger than anything Miyuki and co. could've done on their own. Miyuki asks what happened to Kazuho, and Tamura says she was moved to a different 1983, the past of this world. Everyone is confused, but Miyuki asks how they can bring Kazuho back. They have to open the gate again like last time. Tamura barely has the strength to send one person through the gate, and there's no guarantee that even that one person would make it through because the Sukuse no Tamawari of this world lost its original power. But it can be repaired using Fragments like they've been collecting.
Miyuki holds up their bag of Fragments, but Tamura says it's not enough. Miyuki says they'll hunt tsukuyami to get more, but Nao points out the monsters in this world haven't been dropping Fragments, just black cards. Miyuki points out that their cards were originally made of Fragments and holds a black card out. Tamura says the card is weak so it would take a lot of them. Miyuki and Chisame run off, then come back with the boxes of black cards and Fragments from the storehouse. Tamura says she can purify them and it should be enough to send one person there and come back with Kazuho. Nao volunteers to go and Miyuki thinks they have no other choice. But she grabs Nao before she leaves and says she has something to tell her first. Miyuki hesitates for a second before telling Nao that she found out Kazuho "doesn't exist" in this world.
Showa Chapter 3: Rotei
Keiichi and Kazuho head to a shady coffee shop where they can talk in private, which Keiichi learned about from Ooishi in a previous world. Keiichi explains that he and Shion were investigating Hinamizawa in the previous world, even before he met Kazuho, so he already knew who the three girls were before their first meeting. There were limits on what they could investigate on their own, so they went to Ooishi for help. Kazuho is impressed Keiichi kept going and never lost hope, even as his friends pushed him out of town. Keiichi and Ooishi bonded over mahjong in the previous world, but they haven't interacted much this time because Keiichi feels responsible for what happened to Ooishi after getting him involved last time. Kazuho tells Keiichi that Miyuki and Nao aren't here. Keiichi explains that after the three girls left, terrible monsters appeared that defeated them, then he suddenly woke up in the Okinomiya school. For him it's been 2 weeks since then.
He says this world is very different: Shion doesn't exist; Keiichi's family moved directly to Okinomiya this time instead of Hinamizawa; Mion, Satoko, and Reina are acting like completely different people; Rika died 5 years ago; and Hanyuu apparently doesn't exist. Kazuho is just relieved she has someone she can talk to. From here on, Kazuho wants to figure out how to get back to 1993, because she's sure that's where Miyuki and Nao are. Meanwhile, Keiichi wants to find the truth behind Rika's death. In the last world Hanyuu said the real Rika's soul was sealed away somewhere. Since she was replaced on the day of Watanagashi, the real Rika must've been the one who accused Keiichi of bullying. She may have actually sent him away to get him in contact with Shion, or to prevent him from being targeted by tsukuyami. Keiichi vows to help Kazuho get home, and asks her to help him too.
He explains that the dam project was approved 5 years ago, but there are still both supporters and opponents. The conflict is taking a heavy toll on the Three Families, especially Ayaka, and they're blaming her because she's an outsider. Kazuho is shocked to learn Ayaka is an outsider.
Keiichi explains that Ayaka is not Hinamizawa native but an adopted child from a distant branch of the Furude family. Rika's parents both died a year after she did, so Ayaka was brought in to be the family head 3 years ago. Keiichi doesn't know anything more about Rika. Shion isn't around because she's still at St Lucia. Kazuho mentions that she attends St Lucia in the future, and Keiichi realizes that's why her school uniform looks like Shion's. Keiichi tried calling St Lucia to get in touch with her but they always hung up on him, so he thinks Kazuho might have better luck calling. Kazuho suggests they go in person and posing as family. Keiichi then says he has something else to show her, so they leave the cafe and walk to Okinomiya station. He tells her to go in and buy a ticket. As Kazuho walks into the station she bumps into an invisible wall that prevents her from going further. Keiichi says some force prevents them from leaving Hinamizawa and Okinomiya, but other people are able to go in and out.
Keiichi asks about Kazuho's brother Rei, then says Rei is in another class at the Okinomiya school. But when Keiichi spoke with him, Rei said he didn't have a little sister. Right then, Irie and Satoshi pull up in a car, having finished practicing at the batting cages. Irie offers Kazuho a ride home, so Keiichi gives her his phone number before she goes. Kazuho hears a loud crash as she's getting into the car, but nobody else hears it. During the drive back she realizes she heard the same sound when Nao first arrived in 1983, so she tells Irie to hurry to the Furude Shrine.
They quickly reach the Furude shrine and Kazuho jumps out of the car. She finds Nao on the ground by the door to the shrine storehouse, then rushes over. Nao is happy to see Kazuho, but Kazuho is distraught that she came back after all the effort they went through to get back to 1993. Nao insists she had several reasons for coming back but the most important one was simply that she wanted to, then she hugs Kazuho. Meanwhile, Satoshi and Irie arrive. Nao introduces herself as a dear friend of Kazuho's, then they all head to the clinic.
After diagnosing Nao with light fatigue, Irie leaves to take Satoshi home. Alone, Nao tells Kazuho everything that's happened since they split up. She thinks something that changed in 1983 might be the cause of the Sleeping Sickness. Nao insists she wants to help her mother, even if Rena wouldn't want her to. Miyuki and co. are going to keep investigating in the future, and Tamura might be able to page Kazuho if anything comes up. Nao suggests that since Rika died in this world, that meant she was unable to help Akasaka, and that's why Miyuki died here. Previously, Miyuki explained to Nao that Akasaka headed home after Rika's warning and Chisame's father took his place on the Hinamizawa investigation. In the previous 1983 Rika denied knowing Akasaka every time Miyuki asked about it, and yet Akasaka thanked her for saving his wife and daughter. Nao was hoping to ask Rika about that, but that's no longer an option. Nao also criticizes Kazuho for not investigating more, but Kazuho says she promised Ayaka she wouldn't. Then just as Nao is about to ask who that is, Ayaka steps into the room.
Ayaka asks Takano to give the three of them a ride to the Furude shrine. At the Furude house Ayaka brings out tea, then formally introduces herself. She insists everything she's about to say is the truth, then asks them to promise they won't say any of it to the other villagers. Nao asks what'll happen if they break that promise, and Ayaka responds "people will die". So they both agree. Ayaka brings over a huge stack of files, then asks Nao if she's heard of Hinamizawa Syndrome. Nao lies and says she doesn't, so Ayaka gives a detailed explanation. With Rika and her parents dead, there was no longer a Queen Carrier. Hinamizawa Syndrome was supposedly eradicated by Hifumi Takano, but before his death he said reoccurrence was still possible so the researchers decided a replacement Queen Carrier was a necessary precaution. They searched for distant relatives with Furude blood and found the Saionji family. Their youngest daughter, Aya Saionji, was adopted into the family under the name Ayaka Furude. Three years ago researchers conducted a medical procedure to artificially make her a Queen Carrier. Not even the Three Families know about that, only Takano and Irie. Ayaka mentions that people with terminal symptoms become aggressive, then kill themselves.
Kazuho remembers the bloodbath at the Watanagashi festival. She asks Ayaka if it's possible for the Queen Carrier to control infected people and force them to develop symptoms. Ayaka snaps and demands to know where they heard that from, but Nao says it wasn't someone from this world. Ayaka calms down and says she's never heard anything like that. But there's a similar phenomenon where infected people are drawn to protect the Queen. Nao finally asks why Ayaka is so forthcoming with secret information. She says someone instructed her to tell this to the right person at the right time, but she refuses to say who and ends the conversation there.
When Kazuho wakes up the next day, Ayaka isn't around and Nao is already dressed and eating breakfast. Kazuho apologizes for learning so little during her time here, but Nao reassures her and says she did her best. After breakfast, Ayaka comes back while they're washing dishes and says it's time for school. Kazuho thinks back to last night, where she explained to Nao what all the club members are like now, that Keiichi remembers previous worlds, and that Satoshi is here this time. In the previous world Keiichi said that Mion, Shion, Rena, and Nao were the only club members with siblings. That seems to contradict what this world's Keiichi is saying, but Kazuho hasn't had a chance to ask him about it.
Everyone heads to school together. Ayaka goes to the principal's office, while Kazuho and Nao head toward the classroom. Kazuho warns Nao before she enters the room that Satoko probably set a trap, but when she opens the door there's nothing. Nao starts walking toward Reina and almost calls her Sis, but stops in her tracks and trembles when Reina introduces herself under the name Reina and says "welcome, new transfer student". Nao forces a big smile and introduces herself, then says she needs to use the bathroom and rushes out of the classroom. Kazuho tries to stop her, but she feels a stabbing pain in her back. After checking that there's no wound and nobody there, she chases after Nao.
After school Reina asks Nao if she'd like to do something together, but Nao says she's busy and leaves the classroom. Reina is sad and thinks Nao hates her, but Kazuho tries to play it off as her just being nervous on her first day and asks Reina to bear with her. After heading out, Kazuho finds Nao crying on the edge of the school grounds. Nao apologizes for getting flustered twice today. She finally understands how Miyuki felt meeting her dad in the previous world, and feels really bad for being so harsh on her. Kazuho says she didn't understand how hard things were for Miyuki either until she came to this new world all alone, and they vow to apologize to her next time they see her.
On the way home, Kazuho is telling Nao about how Reina's family is living happily in a world without her, and Kazuho's family is doing the same. Nao says they shouldn't dwell on it, and should focus on moving forward. They want to learn the cause of Rika's death, find out if Hinamizawa Syndrome is related to the Sleeping Sickness, and find a way home. Kazuho is far more motivated to do all this now that Nao is with her.
At the clinic, Kazuho and Nao ask Takano about Hinamizawa Syndrome, telling her they heard about it from Ayaka. Takano is surprised Ayaka trusts them this much, and re-emphasizes this is confidential information that they can't tell anyone. Nao asks why Hifumi was interested in Hinamizawa Syndrome in the first place, and Takano explains it's because the microorganism causing the disease may have a will of its own,s similar to toxoplasma. The Queen Carrier gives orders to the regular viruses. If the Queen is gone, any infected people become aggressive trying to come in contact with a new host. Nao asks if the Queen can command the infected to kill others or themselves, but Takano says that's impossible and the government would never allow something so dangerous in the wild. Takano also says the Queen is no longer necessary and they only made Ayaka one to be extra cautious.
Nao points out they were only able to dam the village and scatter the residents because the disease is allegedly eradicated. Nao also asks if this parasite can live inside animals or other things. Takano says animals are possible but wonders what she means by other things. After thinking back on the tsukuyami they've encountered, Nao says things like household appliances.
Takano says the virus has never been tested on non-humans, but it does emit electrical waves that might be able to move electrical devices. Kazuho starts to ask if that's the true nature of the tsukuyami, but Nao quickly stops her. There's a knock at the door and Satoshi steps in, followed by Reina. Watanagashi is going to be more crowded than usual this year since it's the final festival, so they came to ask about making the first aid hut bigger. They also ask Kazuho and Nao to help out.
Kazuho is wondering if Nao could handle spending time with Reina. Nao thinks it over for a second and agrees, then Reina hugs her. Takano says it would be cute to call Tomitake in to take pictures, and Reina teases her, calling Tomitake her boyfriend. Kazuho is confused because she thought Tomitake didn't exist in this world. She glances at the calendar and it reminds her the day of Watanagashi is coming soon.
Heisei Chapter 3: Mashou
Tomoe is driving everyone home from Hinamizawa. The girls are in the back seat with their heads down because Tomoe warned them they could get ambushed. They commandeered a car parked on the side of the road with the keys left inside, because Tomoe was worried someone might've tampered with hers or even put a bomb in it. Tomoe says she has authority to do that in emergencies, but Miyuki has her doubts. They find a drivers license on the dashboard with the mayor's picture, but there's a different name on it. Miyuki asks Tomoe where she learned so much about the cards and tsukuyami, but Tomoe says she's not allowed to say. They summon Tamura, who tells them Nao did reach Kazuho, then says she's tired and disappears. Chisame is still thinking about how there are no clues for her father's murder, even 3 months later. She was really broken up about it and only got better because she and Miyuki agreed to investigate both their fathers' incidents together. Miyuki asks Tomoe for more info on Kurosawa's incident, but Tomoe says she won't until the girls show her everything they have. Miyuki thinks of a certain journal entry with "AIV" and "110" written in it.
The girls agree to disclose everything. Tomoe tells them that in June 1983, the Hinamizawa villagers all began attacking one another, and most of them died. The Three Families likely all perished. The government covered it up and the survivors were quickly moved to New Hinamizawa. Conspiracy theorists have been calling this the Great Hinamizawa Disaster. Miyuki explains that in her world the GHD was a gas disaster that killed the whole village. They quickly shift topics. Tomoe says a cure for the Sleeping Sickness is going to be approved soon. Natsumi told them before that there's no cure, but she was lying because she's not allowed to discuss it yet. Miyuki asks Tomoe where she learned about it. Tomoe can't say, but she insists it wasn't Natsumi. Miyuki is sure Tomoe only told them something this confidential because it's related to Akasaka's incident. The company producing the cure is Takano Pharmaceutical, owned by Miyoko Takano.
Miyuki is confused that Takano's name is written with different kanji, but a magazine photo clearly shows its her. Takano's parents died in an accident when she was young and she was raised by the famous Hinamizawa Syndrome researcher Hifumi Takano. She was a candidate for the Nobel prize after eradicating the Syndrome. After Hinamizawa was shut down she and her colleagues started a pharmaceutical company named after her grandfather; she's the majority shareholder but not the president, because she still wanted to be a researcher. Chisame points out that drugs usually take 10-20 years to develop, so it's odd this company grew so much in just 10 years. Tomoe says someone investigated it for her and found nothing illegal, but many of their drug developments have seemed miraculously lucky. Miyuki suggests that developing a cure would be simple if these are manmade diseases, so maybe Akasaka and Kurosawa were eliminated for getting too close to the truth. Tomoe's main motivation for helping is because Watanabe asked her to. He's a trainee she taught at the police academy, who was also friends with Kurosawa.
Tomoe asks the girls what they plan to do now. Miyuki agrees investigating her father's disappearance is too dangerous, so she suggests they investigate the Kimiyoshi family to learn more about Kazuho. Tomoe is surprised hearing that name, and tells them Natsumi's maiden name is Kimiyoshi and she's from Okinomiya. By the time they arrive back in Tokyo, it's now evening. Miyuki is dwelling about her conversation with Nao right before she left this world. When she told Nao that Kazuho doesn't exist in this world, Nao argued maybe she's still out there and just doesn't attend St. Lucia. So Miyuki decides to trust Nao and keep moving forward.
A few days later, Miyuki and Chisame are chatting at a cafe. The outbreak has now reached people at their school, and some people are blaming the two of them for it. Tomoe called Miyuki last night to share more info about the Kimiyoshis: Minoru Kimiyoshi isn't a biological family member, rather he married the mayor's daughter. He and his family moved to Gogura when Hinamizawa was evacuated 10 years ago. His son Rei is now attending college in Tokyo, and his daughter Kazuho was likely sent to a boarding school. Natsumi even met her when she was a child. Since Kazuho's family is alive in this world, it's unclear why they'd bother sending her off to boarding school, and it doesn't seem like something she'd choose for herself. Miyuki regrets not getting to know Kazuho better, because it's making it hard to guess what this world's Kazuho is like. In the last world, there were cases where the relatives of GHD victims went on to kill their families, or other people around them, and the resulting media coverage caused Hinamizawa natives to face harsh discrimination. Miyuki thinks that might be where Kazuho's habit of constantly apologizing came from.
Just then, Chisame's pager goes off. It's from Tomoe, so Miyuki goes to a payphone to call her. Tomoe found a girl at St Lucia who says she used to hang out with Kazuho all the time. Miyuki notices how she said "used to". Tomoe wants to discuss it in person, and reminds them to be careful. They leave the cafe and head toward the meeting location.
Miyuki and Chisame arrive at the meeting place, an Angel Mort location in the Tokyo area. They find Tomoe already at a table, with a mountain of empty plates in front of her. Tomoe tells them she met a girl named Yuu Tsukumi who claimed to be Kazuho's roommate. Kazuho helped her out when she got lost on campus one day, and they became close friends who did everything together. Tsukumi has been hospitalized since spring with some disease. According to her, Kazuho died back in April. On the day before the start of their third year of middle school, Tsukumi came back to their dorm after club activities. A sudden flash of lightning illuminated the room enough to see that Kazuho hung herself, and Tsukumi immediately fainted.
Miyuki is upset because even if Kazuho does come back to this world there's no place for her here, but she vows to help her friend. Miyuki questions if it was actually suicide, but there were no signs of a struggle according to the autopsy report so it likely wasn't murder. They didn't find a suicide note, and Tsukumi has no idea why Kazuho would've done it. A few days before the incident Kazuho left campus saying she was going to visit her family in Hinamizawa, but detectives later questioned her mom about it who said there were no such plans. Kazuho was brooding a lot after coming back, so Tsukumi regrets not doing more to help her. Tomoe also says she has pictures of Kazuho from last year, looking happy while putting on a stage production of Les Miserables. Miyuki flips through the photos, but none of the girls look like Kazuho. She asks which one is Kazuho, and Tomoe points to a girl Miyuki doesn't recognize.
Still in the restaurant, it's now dark and Miyuki has finally calmed down. Natsumi arrives and takes a seat, and Miyuki asks her if the girl in the photo is really Kazuho. Natsumi hasn't seen Kazuho in the past 10 years so she can't say for sure, but she did bring a photo album from home. There's a photo dated September 11, 1982, of teenage Natsumi with little Kazuho, but it's blurry so Miyuki can't tell if it's the Kazuho she knows. Miyuki panics after accidentally making a comment about Heisei A vs Heisei C, but Tomoe says she already told Natsumi about the time travel stuff.
Natsumi suggests comparing their memories of Hinamizawa to spot differences. In her world, the dam plan was approved in 1979. Rika went missing a year before that, and her parents suddenly died. The Furude family didn't die out because they adopted a distant relative from the Saionji family. Mayor Kimiyoshi fell ill around that time, so his son-in-law Minoru (Kazuho's dad) became the family head. Natsumi moved out in 1982 so she doesn't know much after that. She starts rubbing her neck with her fingertips.
Miyuki asks if the villagers attacked one another at the festival in 1983, but Natsumi denies it. A lot of the people living in New Hinamizawa aren't even from original Hinamizawa. Natsumi gets peeved about all the rumors about people from Hinamizawa back then. Tomoe's pager goes off, so she leaves for a phone call and comes back: Tomoe secured an appointment with Takano thanks to her school connections. She wants Miyuki to come along because she's curious if Takano will recognize her. Natsumi asks to come too.
Miyuki is waiting for Chisame in a park. She summons Tamura and asks what will happen if they bring Kazuho back here. Tamura says it'll be like when Miyuki and Nao came back, with their souls taking over the bodies of their counterparts here. Miyuki explains that Kazuho is dead in this world, but Tamura insists if no replacement body exists then a new one will be created for her. Miyuki asks if it's possible to contact Kazuho on her page and Tamura says maybe after getting some more rest, then quickly vanishes.
Chisame finally arrives, and they head to Takano Pharmaceutical. They meet Takano in a fancy looking reception room. Takano recognizes Natsumi and they have a nostalgic chat, but she doesn't seem to recognize Miyuki. Tomoe says they were patients of hers 10 years ago, then she begins questioning Takano. Irie helped with her research back in Hinamizawa, specializing in brain surgery. Her grandfather's friend Koizumi is the one who introduced Irie to her. Irie went overseas 10 years ago to provide medical care for needy children, but Takano fell out of touch with him. Tomoe asks if her company finished a drug for treating the Sleeping Sickness. Takano admits it, but asks they keep it a secret. Takano says she has an appointment with someone from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and just then a man dressed in a nice suit and white gloves barges into the room.
Takano is clearly displeased with the man who just entered the room. He introduces himself as Kitajima, from the Ministry of Health and Welfare's pharmaceutical affairs bureau. Miyuki immediately doesn't like him. Kitajima and Natsumi are coworkers so they're both surprised to see one another here. He was supposed to be transferred to America, but it got postponed. Kitajima hands Takano a pharmaceutical review report, and she gets upset as soon as she reads it, as her company's Sleeping Sickness drug got rejected.
Kitajima says modern Japanese people won't accept medicine unless it's proven 100% safe and effective, that rival companies would use the media to discredit it, and that they want to avoid the risk of lawsuits. Miyuki is getting really upset because she's concerned about Nao's mom, until Chisame calms her down. Tomoe starts urging them to leave, but right then the whole building shakes. Natsumi looks out the window to see the building next door manufacturing the Sleeping Sickness medication is now on fire. There's a tsukuyami attacking it. Miyuki and Chisame rush out of the room.
While running outside, Miyuki is wondering what tsukuyami are doing so far from Hinamizawa. She and Chisame head into the factory, and it's swarming with tsukuyami. They run into Kawata inside the building. Miyuki asks what's going on here, and Kawata says this facility is being targeted because it's producing the Sleeping Sickness medicine. She's completely calm as she says sometimes she's a reporter and sometimes she's a terrorist bomber. Another explosion goes off inside the factory. Kawata opens her eyes and they're deep red. She urges the girls to leave because it's dangerous.
Miyuki asks how they can save the factory, but Kawata says the world is better off without this medicine. Miyuki can't believe she doesn't care about all the people who will die from it. Kawata raises her gun at Miyuki and fires, but it hits a tsukuyami behind her. A bunch more attack the girls all at once, and Kawata shoots them down. Miyuki asks if Kawata is their enemy, but she says she's their senpai. The girls finally take her advice and run. Outside, Miyuki is watching the building but Kawata never comes out.
Tomoe enters the now abandoned factory. She inserts a floppy disk into a nearby computer and reads something. She says the information Kurosawa left behind is accurate, and she understands the true nature of the Sleeping Sickness and Hinamizawa Syndrome. She suddenly hears a sound and turns around to find Natsumi pointing a gun at her. Tomoe isn't surprised, and asks Natsumi who she really works for: Natsumi's a special drug enforcement officer for the narcotics control office at the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Natsumi went to school for pharmacy and nursing, but being medicated for chronic illness all her life changed her perspective. Natsumi knows that Tomoe's official title is fake too.
Tomoe lunges at Natsumi and knocks the gun away before she can react. She criticizes Natsumi for not being more prepared, grabs the gun, then places Natsumi under arrest and demands she confess everything. Natsumi just says "shoot me", as she'd rather die than be Tomoe's enemy and bows down on the ground. Tomoe can't bear to look at her so she turns away. But in that moment Natsumi knocks Tomoe to the ground and grabs the gun. She stomps on Tomoe and readies the gun, calling her naive. Tomoe can see the madness in Natsumi's eyes. Natsumi gleefully laughs as she places her finger on the trigger.