Hinamizawa Bus Stop (雛見沢停留所 Hinamizawa Teiryūjo) is 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.
Given the nature of Hinamizawa Bus Stop as an alternate continuity to the original Higurashi, some content on this article may spoil the original story. Proceed with caution.
- Main article: Hinamizawa Bus Stop/Plot Summary
Two students living in Hinamizawa, Rika Furude and Mion Sonozaki, rest at a bus stop during a rainy day and wait for the bus to arrive. Some employees soon join them, who are working on a project that will build a dam in Hinamizawa but result in the village's destruction. As the group makes their acquaintances, they talk about a phenomenon related to the strange deaths of dam project employees, the "curse of Oyashiro-sama."
- Main article: Hinamizawa Bus Stop (manga)
The script was adapted into manga before the VN release with Hou.