Not to be confused with James Tomitake.
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Jirou Tomitake (富竹 ジロウ Tomitake Jirō) is a photographer from Tokyo who comes to Hinamizawa a couple of times a year.


Profile

A freelance photographer who visits Hinamizawa for the purpose of shooting wild birds. He seems to visit every year, and it's shown that he's on friendly terms with Mion and Rena. He seems to be interested in Takano, and he's always asking her to date and form a relationship.

(Translated from the official 07th Expansion website.)

A freelance cameraman who leaves Tokyo a few times a year to go visit Hinamizawa. He mostly photographs wild birds, but for some reason, he seems rather interested in Hinamizawa and shows up during the Watanagashi Festival. He is surrounded in mysteries.

(From the 2020 anime website.)

Appearance

Personality

Background

Tomitake's photography is just a hobby. Mion will sometimes tease him, asking when he's planning on going pro. Tomitake mostly specializes on taking pictures of scenery and wild birds, and he hopes to be able to take pictures of Hinamizawa from every season.

During one of his trips to Hinamizawa, Tomitake met Takano, and he began giving her photography lessons, though her obsession with the curse still scares him a bit.

In Matsuribayashi, it is revealed that Tomitake served as a sniper in the army. After he suffered from an eye injury, he was moved to the position of sniping instructor. He holds the rank of First Lieutenant in the JSDF.

Relationships

Overview

Story

Onikakushi

Tomitake is first introduced when Keiichi and Rena are at the junkyard. Keiichi makes a joke about strange murders occurring in Hinamizawa and Tomitake mentions Oyashiro-sama's curse and how the first victim was dismembered; they still haven't found one of his arms.

Later, Tomitake is seen at the Watanagashi Festival with Takano. During the festivities, the club treats Tomitake to a punishment game where they all write on his shirt.

The next day, Tomitake is found dead, having apparently clawed his own throat out. Ooishi interviews Keiichi regarding this since his name was written on Tomitake's shirt.

Watanagashi

During the Watanagashi Festival, Tomitake and Takano sneak into the ritual warehouse, with Keiichi and Shion following them. Tomitake stands outside watching for other villagers, and after everyone exits the warehouse, he asks if anybody had heard a weird banging noise.

Tomitake is later found dead by the police with his throat clawed out.

Tatarigoroshi

Tomitake is found dead after Watanagashi with his throat clawed out.

Meakashi

During the Watanagashi Festival, Tomitake and Takano sneak into the ritual warehouse, with Keiichi and Shion following them. Tomitake stands outside watching for other villagers, and after everyone exits the warehouse, he asks if anybody had heard a weird banging noise.

Tomitake is later found dead by the police with his throat clawed out.

Tsumihoroboshi

Tomitake is found dead after Watanagashi with his throat clawed out.

Minagoroshi

Rika allows Takano and Tomitake to enter the ritual storehouse in an attempt to make them allies.

Later that night, Tomitake, worried about Rika's mental state, suggests to Takano that they examine her to make sure she's not going into terminal stage. Takano then shifts the tone of the conversation. She tells Tomitake that the night where the curse becomes real has finally arrived. Tomitake, at first, thinks she is just joking around, but Takano clarifies, saying that Tomitake was sent from "Tokyo" in order to stop a "bomb," but a lot of people would benefit from seeing this "bomb" blow up, including Takano herself. Tomitake is shocked by this, and it becomes clear that they're both on opposite sides. Takano offers Tomitake a chance to betray his superiors and join her, but Tomitake refuses. The truth behind this conversation left vague to the reader.

A man by the name of Okonogi then bursts into the room. Tomitake is once again shocked by another betrayal, but Takano reveals that the "Mountain Dogs" have always been working for her. Okonogi and four other men hold Tomitake down, then Takano injects Tomitake with an advanced strain of the Hinamizawa Syndrome and knocks him unconscious. Takano puts the unconcious Tomitake in the back of her car, and tells Okonogi that she will be leaving in order to die. Tomitake's body is later dumped by the side of the road, with Tomitake soon waking up and clawing his throat out, succumbing to the terminal symptoms of the disease. The police later find his body.

Matsuribayashi

Fragments of Tomitake's past and his relationships with Takano and the Irie Clinic are shown.

Other Appearances

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou

Kamikashimashi has Rika exploring the Irie Clinic and discovering Tomitake locked up down in the basement. He had known of Takano's plans and was imprisoned down there for a while.

Trivia

  • The quiz tournament in Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 8 contains a prize named after Tomitake that is unobtainable in normal gameplay. The player can receive the Tomitake prize if they have more than 18 medals, which was inserted into the code to prevent the game from breaking if medal acquisition were to be bugged.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "作品紹介 — ひぐらしのなく頃に" on the Official 07th Expansion website https://07th-expansion.net/hig_gensaku
  2. Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Episode 8
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