Kotohogushi-hen (言祝し編, lit. Congratulating Chapter) is a console-exclusive arc first included in the fourth volume of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna. It is considered a prequel to the main story.
- Main article: Kotohogushi-hen/Plot Summary
This arc is set in the distant past and tells a possible origin story for Hanyuu.
Long ago, the Ryuun came to Earth and accidentally brought demons with them, who terrorized humanity. Hai-Ryun Yeasomul Jedha was a Ryuun warrior who protected humans from these demons and took the name of Oyashiro-sama after demons attacked Onigafuchi Village. Yeasomul rescues a baby from the ruins and turns it over to survivors, who raise it as her reincarnation.
When Yeasomul returns 20 years later she meets Riku Furude, the young heir to the Furude family and begins to develop a strange friendship with him.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna
This arc was first adapted into visual novel format with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Volume IV on February 25, 2010 for the Nintendo DS.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui
This arc was included in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui, 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.