Hinamizawa Bus Stop (雛見沢停留所 Hinamizawa Teiryūjo) is the name of the prototype version of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. It has had many official releases in various formats.
Hinamizawa Bus Stop was one of many stage plays Ryukishi07 wrote and submitted to many contests, but it was always rejected. The story was intended to be about an hour long and horror-focused; it centered around two characters, Rika Furude and Mion Sonozaki, that hung out at a bus stop in the rain.
When Ryukishi's brother Yatazakura gave him the idea to make a novel game, Ryukishi took the original Hinamizawa Bus Stop script and made many changes into the Higurashi story known today, with one of the most notable differences being Rika becoming younger than her prototype version and Mion becoming older.
Hinamizawa Bus Stop was released as a one-shot manga on December 22, 2012. A visual novel version was later released as part of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou. The theater group Shingidan would also produce and perform a stage play version themselves.
- Main article: Hinamizawa Bus Stop/Plot Summary
- Rika Furude
- Mion Sonozaki
- Mitsuru Yoshimura
- Katsumi Tonegawa
- Daisuke Okano
- Teruhiko Oda
- Hiroaki Nitta
- Kasumi Hotoda
- Yuri Hoshino
- Kazuya Arakawa
- Main article: Hinamizawa Bus Stop (manga)
The script was adapted into manga before the VN release with Hou.