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Mamoru Akasaka (赤坂 衛 Akasaka Mamoru) is a police officer who comes to Hinamizawa in 1979 to investigate the kidnapping of a government official's son. He first appears in Himatsubushi.

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Himatsubushi[edit | edit source]

Akasaka makes his first appearance speaking to his wife Yukie, who is in the hospital preparing to give birth. Akasaka is urgently called to the government office concerning the kidnapping of Toshiki Inugai, the Minister of Construction's son and gets assigned to investigate the Onigafuchi Defense Alliance in Hinamizawa, which is fiercely protesting the government's dam project and has enough motive to perform the kidnapping. Akasaka then heads to Okinomiya to meet with some police officers there, including Kuraudo Ooishi.

Akasaka heads to Hinamizawa under the guise of a tourist and meets with some villagers, including a young Rika Furude. Rika tags along with Akasaka on his tour and ominously tells him to return to Tokyo when the two are alone. Akasaka doesn't take her seriously and brushes it off as Rika just playing around.

Akasaka goes to play mahjong with Ooishi and some other people, and as they investigate the kidnapping they come across a wallet dropped by Inugai that was found in an abandoned area. Akasaka and Ooishi go to check out the area and find the kidnappers. Akasaka fights with one of them but winds up getting shot in the shoulder. The kidnappers soon run away but Inugai is rescued, and Akasaka heads to the Hinamizawa clinic to get his wound treated.

At night he tries to call his wife and see how she's doing, but every phone he tries to use has its wire cut, with Rika following him everywhere. Rika plays dumb when Akasaka determines her to be the one cutting the wires, and Rika takes him to the Furude Shrine for the Watanagashi Festival. As they overlook the village, Rika suddenly tells Akasaka that she will be killed in a few years and predicts the deaths and disappearances that will happen annually. Akasaka ruminates on her predictions for a bit but leaves the village soon after, returning to Tokyo.

Akasaka returns to Hinamizawa in 1983 and reunites with Ooishi, revealing that Yukie died in 1979. While Akasaka was away, his wife accidentally fell down the stairs one night and died, but she was able to give birth to a daughter with no complications. If Akasaka had gone back to Tokyo as Rika said, she wouldn't have died; Rika's cutting of the phone lines seemed like an attempt to keep Akasaka from breaking down upon hearing of Yukie's death that night.

They then talk about the Great Hinamizawa Disaster and how the village has been placed on lockdown for the foreseeable future. Akasaka learns that Rika's predictions have all come true and cries when he realizes that she was asking for help all those years ago. Akasaka and Ooishi swear to discover the truth behind the Disaster and write a book together about the annual deaths and disappearances, titling it "Higurashi - When They Cry."

Tsumihoroboshi[edit | edit source]

In the final TIP "The Demon's Script", Akasaka and Ooishi head to Hinamizawa in 1998 to investigate it, as the lockdown on the area has finally been lifted. They talk about how Miyo Takano's scrapbook and Rena Ryuugu's theory about alien parasites infesting the village might actually be true, as there are some inconsistencies with the JSDF's handling of the Disaster.

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  • Akasaka appears in the manga-exclusive arc Onisarashi-hen to investigate Natsumi's family after the Great Hinamizawa Disaster.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to the afterword in volume 4 of Matsuribayashi's manga adaptation, Akasaka may have been written as a self-insert for Ryukishi07.[1]

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  1. Higu Matsuri V4 afterword ryukishi.jpg
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