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This is a page for listing the minor characters in the original Higurashi When They Cry story and assorted games. This includes characters who are named but do not have sprites or those who are unnamed and are of recurring significance. Some characters listed here may have expanded roles in extra arcs.
Due to the extensiveness of side content, this page has several subpages:
- Minor Characters (Higurashi)/Console, for console-exclusive minor characters.
- Minor Characters (Higurashi)/Manga, for manga-exclusive minor characters.
This article or section contains untagged major spoilers for the original Higurashi When They Cry and possibly the console-exclusive arcs. Readers who have not completed the main story are advised not to proceed further.
Kaieda (海江田 Kaieda) is principal of the Hinamizawa Branch School. He is a bald man with martial arts skills.
- Japanese VA: Yōsuke Akimoto
The Dam Construction Manager (Oyassan)
Nicknamed Oyassan (おやっさん Ol' man), he was Kuraudo Ooishi's best friend and mentor, and the person in charge of the project to build a dam in Hinamizawa. The manager ends up becoming the first victim of Oyashiro-sama's curse, and Ooishi becomes determined to solve and avenge his death.
Takezou Makino (牧野 竹蔵 Makino Takezou) is an old man who's auditor of the Onigafuchi Defense Alliance. In Himatsubushi he gives Mamoru Akasaka a tour of the village in 1978. Shimiko Makino is his niece.
Relatives to Major Characters
Tamae Houjou (北条 玉枝 Hōjō Tamae) was Teppei Houjou's wife and the aunt of Satoko and Satoshi Houjou. Tamae and Teppei fought a lot, and they were very abusive towards Satoko and Satoshi when they became their legal guardians. The abuse intensified when Teppei left the house to live with his mistress. In 1982, Tamae is murdered by Satoshi with a baseball bat on the night of the Watanagashi Festival, becoming the fourth-year victim of Oyashiro-sama's curse. Satoshi is demoned away soon after, however Tamae's murder is blamed on a drug addict, who confessed to the crime after being arrested.
Reiko's first name was long overdue and was finally revealed in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu, before which she had simply been referred to as "Rena's mother". It is suggested that Reiko's new surname is Suzuki post-divorce, although it is unclear if this was her maiden name or her new name after marrying Akihito.
Reiko was described by Rena as a highly ambitious and talented career-oriented woman. Full of energy and passion for her job, Reiko was lauded for her leadership and determination; earning her many promotions and tremendous financial success. She began her career as a fashion designer by working for a small clothing factory in Okinomiya—where she met fellow designer Yasunori and soon married him. The couple later moved to Rena's grandmother's house in Hinamizawa when Reiko became pregnant with her. When Rena was in elementary school, the company employing Reiko began to collapse financially. Around that time, Reiko and some of her peers happened to receive a job offer at big design firm in Ibaraki; but Yasunori was not among them. Not wanting to waste away in a rural town, she convinced her husband to move to Ibaraki, even if it meant he would be unemployed.
Reiko was a big hit in Ibaraki and entrusted with one big project after another. She barely had any days off and often came home late at night—sometimes even staying overnight to work on important projects. She didn't get to see her family much, leaving Rena and Yasunori in charge of domestic affairs such as cooking and household chores. Perhaps partially out of guilt, Reiko sometimes took Rena out—treating her daughter to fancy restsurants, amusement parks and the like; unbeknownst to her husband. Sometimes Reiko invited her colleagues as well. At such a summer barbecue, Rena was introduced to a certain Mr. Akihito who seemed particularly close to Reiko. Reiko started inviting Akihito more often on outings with Rena, willing her daughter to get accustomed to him.
One day, Reiko took Rena on a rather lavish outing, pampering her at high-end boutiques and accessory stores without any regard for the price tags. As they took a break at a ridiculously expensive restaurant, she offered to make her daughter's dream come true—which was eating a mountain of parfaits. After treating Rena to fruit parfaits until they couldn't eat any more, Reiko tried to tactfully inform Rena that she planned on leaving her husband to marry Akihito and invited Rena to come live with them. When Rena had an outburst where she vehemently refused, Reiko informs Rena that she can't live with Yasunori anymore because she was pregnant with Akihito's baby. It is unclear whether this was true or just a rouse in a desperate attempt to convince Rena to come with her.
Immediately afterwards, Reiko had left their house, refusing to see Yasunori, and sent a lawyer who told him to not contact Reiko in any form or manner. She had the lawyer carry out the divorce proceedings on her behalf, despite Yasunori's desperate attempts to contact her. Reiko privately met Rena one last time to convince her to join her new family, dismissing the letter that Yasunori had asked Rena to deliver to her. She tells Rena that Yasunori could not offer her a good livelihood, which was the last straw for Rena; prompting her to end all relations to her mother. Reiko is never mentioned afterwards and it is unknown whether she knew of Rena's mental breakdown shortly afterwards and the fact that she had moved back to Hinamizawa with her father. She had however left Rena's father with an enormous amount of money as alimony
Yasunori Ryuugu (竜宮 保典 Ryūgū Yasunori) is Rena Ryuugu's father. His wife Reiko divorced him, and he received a massive amount of settlement money. However, Yasunori was not allowed to contact or meet with Reiko or her new husband. Yasunori and Rena moved back to Hinamizawa in 1982. Many arcs feature Yasunori as a target by Rina Mamiya for badger game scams because of his big bank account.
Miyoko Tanashi's parents
Takemitsu Tanashi (田無 武光 Tanashi Takemitsu) was Miyoko Tanashi's father and Hifumi Takano's student. He and his wife got into a train accident, with Miyoko's mom dying in it. A wounded Takemitsu tells his daughter to call Dr. Takano and get his help shortly before passing away.
Okinomiya Police Department
Takasugi (高杉) is the Section Chief of the Okinomiya Police Department.
Hondaya (本田屋 Hondaya) is head of the Public Safety Division and a friend of Kuraudo Ooishi.
In Tsumihoroboshi he and another officer search for Rena at the junkyard, who mistakes them for Sonozaki gangsters. Atsushi and his companion are called off to search for Rena in Gogura after being told she's there. Rena overhears them talking and believes the Sonozakis are watching her house and are hunting her down because she has Takano's scrapbooks.
Komiyama (小宮山) is a police officer for the Okinomiya Police Department and Ooishi's close associate.
Old Man from Forensics
The unnamed old man in forensics (鑑識のじいさま kanshiki no jī-sama) is a member of the Okinomiya Police Department. He is one of Ooishi's mahjong partners and a trusted colleague and confidante.
Sonozaki Family Syndicate
In Watanagashi and Meakashi, Shion tells a story of how Sohei had a fortune built up through black market connections, and during World War II he had a job disposing of infected human corpses and participated in human experimentation akin to Unit 731. He helped create "meat substitutes" that were made from human flesh, canned, and sent to soldiers on the battlefield. After the war, Sohei helped revitalize Hinamizawa using these same canned goods that were stolen from the Japanese army, but he kept secret that they contained human flesh. This act helped the Sonozaki family obtain their current influence and power. After Sohei's death, a person close to him admitted to the food containing human flesh, continuing the stigma of Hinamizawans being cannibals. Shion made up the canned flesh parts however, and says her story is half-true.
Saburou Sonozaki (園崎三郎 Sonozaki Saburō) is one of Mion and Shion's uncles and a member of the prefectural assembly. In Minagoroshi he joins the village protests to save Satoko. In Matsuribayashi he challenges Ootaka's claim of being friends with him and drags him away.
Child Consultation Centre
Harayama (原山) is the social worker from the Child Consultation Center in charge of Satoko's case.
Saitou (斉藤) is an employee of the Child Consultation Center.
At the end of Tatarigoroshi, a reporter interviews Keiichi after the Great Hinamizawa Disaster and is cursed by him to die a water-related death. The reporter winds up drowning at sea two decades later.
See Ryuuichi Arakawa for his expanded role in extra arcs.
Kanou (嘉納 Kanō) is Mamoru Akasaka's superior at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
Sato (サト) is a friend of Kuraudo Ooishi and an informant who works with Mamoru Akasaka who has access to sensitive information regarding the Sonozaki Family. It is suggested that his name "Sato" is just an alias. He assists Mamoru Akasaka during his investigation into the Onigafuchi Defense Alliance in 1978.
The minister of construction. He was contacted by an unknown group holding his grandson, Toshiki, hostage, with the demand that the dam project in Hinamizawa gets cancelled. This incident was investigated by Akasaka's division.
Toshiki Inugai (犬飼寿樹 Inugai Toshiki) is the minister of construction's grandson. In 1978 he was kidnapped and taken to an abandoned house in a remote village near Hinamizawa. In an attempt to get help, Toshiki takes advantage of a scar from a prior surgery and fakes pain, encouraging his captors to get medical help from an unaware Kyousuke Irie.
Ootaka (大高 Ōtaka) is Chief Inspector of prefectural police headquarters. He's on bad terms with Kuraudo Ooishi.
In Tsumihoroboshi he takes control of the situation with Rena and the bomb and attempts to raid the school with riot police. Ooishi and Kumagai to try to stall him until they can confirm the hostages are safe and the bomb is disarmed.
In Matsuribayashi Ootaka suddenly shows up at the police station and threatens to ruin Rika's 48-hour plan by asking to inspect Rika's "corpse" himself. Ooishi refuses to let him pass, and Ootaka claims he was asked by Representative Saburou Sonozaki to conduct the investigation. Unfortunately for him, Saburou himself arrives with Akane just then and has no idea who he is. Saburou and Akane drag off Ootaka to "have fun" with kendo practice.
Aida (相田) is the chief of local affairs from Shishibone City Hall's social department of welfare. He becomes a mediator between the Hinamizawa Town Council and the head of the Child Consultation Center in Minagoroshi when Keiichi begins a protest movement, demanding immediate custody of Satoko from her uncle, Teppei Houjou.
Kamisone (上曽根) is the Japanese Prime Minister, named such in the credits for the Outbreak anime. In Minagoroshi he is convinced to sign permission for usage of the Emergency Manual once Rika's death is reported.
Akutagawa, Chiaki and Machi
Akira Otobe's companions, who drive to Hinamizawa with him and appear to go missing. It's later revealed that they were part of a suicide group and came to Hinamizawa to kill themselves. Chiaki kept a bank card as a memento of her dead husband, which Otobe stole and ran away with.
Otobe's group discover their bodies inside of their car resting peacefully, and Otobe apologizes to them and tries to return the bank card. Chiaki's ghost appears to let him keep the card and laments that they chose to die instead of live, however Otobe still returns the card and comes out feeling like a much more positive person.
Mifune (三船) is a member of the Sonozaki Family that arranged for Akane Sonozaki's assassination in an attempt to become the next head of the family. He and his henchmen have been isolating Mion's group by getting rid of their vehicles and trying to eliminate them.
Mifune holds Otobe at gunpoint to demand the ceremonial handbell, however Otobe refuses and Arakawa charges into Mifune. He knocks him away and is soon slain by Mion.
Kazuho Kimiyoshi's family consists of her father Minoru Kimiyoshi (公由 稔 Kimiyoshi Minoru), who is the son of Kiichirou Kimiyoshi; Kazuho's mother Kanae Kimiyoshi; and older brother Rei Kimiyoshi (公由 怜 Kimiyoshi Rei). In Kazuho's original world they all died in the Great Hinamizawa Disaster.
The world that Kazuho travels to showcases a different history, where Minoru killed his family in a murder-suicide during the dam war.
The new world Kazuho travels features Minoru alive, however he is Ayaka Furude's guardian.
Akitake (秋武) is Tomoe's colleague, a lady who works at a police museum.
Higo (比護) is director of the police museum Tomoe works at. He wears an eyepatch due to an eye injury.
Yuu Tsukumi (津久見 由宇 Tsukumi Yuu) is a girl who claims to be Kazuho's St. Lucia roommate from the Heisei C world. She first met Kazuho when she helped Tsukumi find her way to class, and they became friends since then. Her world's version of Kazuho apparently committed suicide in her dorm, and Tsukumi was first to find her. Tsukumi is interviewed by Miyuki and her group regarding this.
- The original Comiket release of Onikakushi contained references in the files to a character named Karin that were removed from Watanagashi onwards. The kanji for Karin (花梨) are the same as the kanji for Rika (梨花) but backwards.(1) There was also a removed audio track by the name of Karin.
- According to the Tsumihoroboshi credits, Ryukishi07 intended to give names to every student in the Hinamizawa school but he gave up.
- Kaieda may be inspired by the character Edajima Heihachi from the manga Sakigake!! Otokojuku due to their similar appearances.
- The generic villager sprites used in the PC version of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou are edited from sprites used in Rose Guns Days.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Complete Analysis Book
- Oniakashi-hen Part 1
- Oniakashi-hen Part 1 credits
- Oniakashi-hen Part 1
- Watanagashi Day 12-2
- Meakashi Day 24. "The way those two listened to me so intensely almost made it fun. I told them that people used to make canned human meat and conducted gruesome research during the war... Those were things Takano-san told me."
- Kanji transcriptions of Tsumihoroboshi notes (archive)
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri Official Complete Guide Special Interview 03. "Do you have any ideas for characters not yet illustrated?" Ryukishi07: "For example, the principal is the headmaster of a private school in a certain fighting manga (laughs). I told them that and they matched the voices for the drama CD."