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Nekodamashi-hen (猫騙し編 Cat Deceiving Chapter) is the fourth arc in the Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU anime and the fourth and final arc in the namesake manga.

Previews of the arc were first shown on a livestream hosted by Keiichi and Mion's voice actors. The official 07th Expansion Twitter account stated before the airing of the first episode that "from here, it's really a Hinamizawa that no one has ever seen".[1]


# Episode Release Date
14 Part 1 January 7, 2021
15 Part 2 January 14
16 Part 3 January 21
17 Part 4 January 28


New characters

Returning characters


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The manga version of Nekodamashi contains three chapters and is included in the fourth volume.

# Chapter Release Date
13 Part 1-1 July 2, 2021
13 Part 1-2 July 16
14 Part 2-1 July 30
14 Part 2-2 August 13
15 Part 3-1 August 27
15 Part 3-2 September 10
15 Part 3-3 September 24


The manga version diverges heavily from the anime counterpart from this arc onward:

  • The scene with Rika and Hanyuu in the Sea of Fragments is not shown. Instead, the arc begins with Rika going through several more death loops:
    • The first loop Rika goes to has her heading to the Sonozaki main house with Kiichirou. A deranged Akane decapitates him and then Rika.
    • The next loop is Rika being drowned by Kiichirou in the swamp.
    • The third loop is Rika restrained in the Sonozaki torture chamber as Shion tortures her.
    • A fourth loop is Keiichi's mother killing Rika, with Keiichi and her husband also dead.
    • More loops are displayed: Kasai kills Rika and the school kids find her, Oryou disembowels Rika, Rena goes crazy and chops up Rika's corpse, and Mion shoots Rika with her gun.