Kageboushi-hen (影紡し編, lit. Shadow Spinning Chapter) is a console-exclusive arc. It is a partial visual novel adaptation of the manga-exclusive arc Onisarashi-hen and was first included in the second volume of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna. It is the second arc in the Advanced Story saga, preceded by Someutsushi-hen in the first volume of Kizuna and followed by Tokihogushi-hen in the third volume of Kizuna.
The year is 1983. A few days after the nightmarish Hinamizawa gas disaster, Akasaka receives a visit from Ooishi, an old detective friend. He tells him that there is something suspicious about the disaster, and the two begin a joint investigation into the mystery. With the help of Tomoe, the female police captain of the city they are investigating, Akasaka and his allies interview people from Hinamizawa, but their investigation unexpectedly hits a snag when they are caught up in a series of strange deaths. Meanwhile, Natsumi Kimiyoshi, a girl from one of the three Hinamizawa families, is also experiencing a dark change in her life...
(Translated from Entergram's Higurashi Hou website.)
- Main article: Kageboushi/Plot Summary
After the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, people from Hinamizawa start committing bizarre crimes, and detectives Tomoe Minai, Mamoru Akasaka and Kuraudo Ooishi investigate Hinamizawa residents living in Kakiuchi City for potential ties to "Oyashiro-sama's curse". Natsumi Kimiyoshi is afraid of what will happen when it becomes known she's also from Hinamizawa. Her friends already know however, and even they are unsure of what to do.
Investigation reveals a conspiracy behind the scenes, but an untimely event threatens to hide the truth forever.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna
This arc was first released in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Volume II on November 27, 2008 for the Nintendo DS.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui
This arc was included in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui alongside the entire Advanced Story, released on March 12, 2015 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou included this arc and was released on July 26, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch and January 24, 2019 for the PlayStation 4. One change made is that the character Shirou Hanada now appears with sprites.
Comparisons to Similar Arcs
Kageboushi adapts various elements from Onisarashi and has several differences:
- Tomoe Minai is introduced as a brand-new main character, continuing her role from Someutsushi. Kaoru Yamaoki is also introduced in this arc..
- Chisato and Tamako receive more focus.
- Kageboushi expands upon Natsumi's "demonic side" by introducing it as a split personality that was controlled by medication.