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Oniakashi-hen Part 1 (鬼明し編 其の壱 Demon-Revealing Chapter Part 1) is the first episode of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu and the first episode of Oniakashi-hen.

Synopsis

Japanese

昭和五十八年の六月。

雛見沢に引っ越してきた圭一は、村に住むレナたちとの新しい生活を楽しんでいた。

そんな六月のある日、レナは一緒に暮らす父親の態度がどこかよそよそしいことに気づき、不信感を募らせる。

English (Translated)

It is June of 1983.

Keiichi has moved to Hinamizawa and is enjoying his new life with Rena and the others who live in the village.

On one such day in June, Rena notices that her father's attitude is somewhat distant, and grows suspicious of him.

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Plot Summary

Prologue

Keiichi wakes up in his house and opens up the window to look at the Hinamizawa scenery. Rena cooks a bento in her kitchen and hums to herself. Mion ties her hair into a ponytail.

Satoko prepares to go to school and notices Rika looking at the calendar. Satoko asks what's wrong and Rika says it's nothing giving a nipah and walking off. The date is shown to be June 10. Satoko says that no matter how often Rika looks at the calendar, she will never escape until she accepts Hinamizawa, her eyes glowing red.

First Half

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Rena finishes making her bento and tells her dad she's going out. Rena's father Yasunori struggles to get up, and Rena asks if she should bring some water or medicine. Yasunori says he's fine, he just had too much to drink in Okinomiya again. Rena asks if he was hanging out with Rina again, her grip on the doorframe tightening. Yasunori confirms he was and says Rena should meet her one day. Rena interrupts by saying she's late and runs off.

Rena waits for Keiichi at their usual spot, who comments on her being so early. They walk to school and pick up Mion on the way. At school, Satoko prepares a trap in the classroom door as Rika wathces. Satoko says that creating multiple webs to ensnare the enemy is the essence of trap-setting. They hear Keiichi's group get close and silently hide. Though Keiichi disarms the tacks on the door handle, he trips on a rope and almost falls into an inkwell. Satoko gloats.

June 12. Rena and Keiichi walk home from the picnic, with Rena asking Keiichi if he can come with her for a quick stop. They go to the junkyard, where Rena happily traverses the piles of trash and finds a buried Kenta-kun statue. Rena calls back out to Keiichi that she's done and notices Tomitake standing near him. Rena's mood changes and she looks back at the statue.

Keiichi and Rena walk home that night, with Rena noticing something wrong with the other. Keiichi regrets that they couldn't dig out Kenta-kun and says he could've grabbed him by the arm to pull him out. Rena says he'd break the arm if he did that. Keiichi is taken slightly aback at the comment, but he agrees. He promised that he would get Kenta-kun home. Keiichi hands Rena her bento set and bids farewell.

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Rena heads home and sees that her father is heading out when it's so late. Yasunori says Rina called and wanted to see him, so he's going out. Rena mutters under her breath and tells Yasunori to be careful when he asks what she said. After her father leaves, Rena sits down and tells herself she can't be so sad. She removed the "i" from her name of Reina so she could forget the icky things that happened. Rena vacuums her dad's room and finds a business card under a dresser. The card comes from the club Blue Mermaid and has Rina's name written on it.

June 13. The club has a scavenger hunt to find a marker hidden in the school. Rena wonders where Mion would hide it and determines it must be in a storage closet. She notices a ladder leading up to the roof while in there. Satoko ultimately claims victory when she traps Rika under a metal pan trap and gloats. Rika says she's not mad and presents Satoko with a gift box, which erupts to belt Satoko across the room with a spring-loaded boxing glove.

Satoko's eyes glow red in the reflection

Satoko sees in the mirror that a red K.O. has been stamped on her face; Satoko's eyes also glow red in the reflection. Mion notices Rena staring into space and asks what's wrong. Rena says she's exhausted and is going to rest in the infirmary for a bit before going home. Keiichi promises he'll help with Kenta-kun when she gets better, and Rena leaves. Satoko also leaves to wash her face. Satoko wipes the paint off her face and grins.

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Satoko looms over a sleeping Rena in the infirmary, asking for forgiveness since this is all Rika's fault. She pulls out the H173 syringe and prepares it while promising to create a Hinamizawa where everyone can be happy. Satoko asks Rena and everyone who'll be experiencing this to forgive her as she injects Rena, the latter tossing and turning in her sleep a bit. Satoko finishes the injection and apologizes again, her eyes glowing red.

"I'm so terribly sorry."

Second Half

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Rena awakens and calls out Satoko's name, seeing her nowhere. She cradles her head and leaves the infirmary, where the H173 case can be seen disposed of in a garbage can. Rena touches her neck as she walks home. Late at night, Rena unlocks her house with a key hidden under a toy and finds a note left behind by her father, who's gone out yet again. A determined look appears on Rena's face. She starts looking through her dad's things and finds a bankbook with many expensive purchases documented in it. Rena says this was the settlement money her mother gave her dad in their divorce, and it was only supposed to be used for emergencies. Rena scratches her neck.

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Rena has a flashback to eating dessert as a little girl with her mother. Her mother Reiko asks how she feels about Akihito, the man who ate dinner with them before. Reiko says that Akihito likes Reina but Reina says he's okay sometimes. Reiko then asks who she likes better, mom or dad. Reina says she likes mom because she eats yummy dessert with her. Reiko then asks who she would live with if she went to live in a different house from her father. Reina is confused, and Reiko says she's thinking of divorcing Yasunori and marrying Akihito.

Reina knocks over her dessert and asks why, as Dad didn't do anything wrong. Some restaurant bystanders notice the commotion. Reina says that Dad did everything for Mom so she could focus on work and that it's not too late to change her mind, but Reiko says it is: she's pregnant.

A lawyer finishes the divorce proceedings with Rena's dad and tells him that not only is he not allowed to meet Reiko, he can't contact her either; these are the terms he signed. Yasunori grips a bankbook. That night, Rena's dad asks if Reina knew the name of Reiko's husband, and when she says he's a funny man who gave her candy, Yasunori slaps her. Reina starts crying, and Yasunori apologizes and hugs her.

Until that day, Rena believed she had to be nice to everyone no matter what. She realized that bad people like Akihito didn't deserve kindness, and that she should've ignored him. Rema blames herself for causing her parents' divorce and thinks she didn't work hard enough to prevent that. Rena professes that she needs to work harder or else her family will fall apart again and sets out to do something, still scratching her neck.

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Rena goes out to Flower Road and finds the Blue Mermaid club as on the card. An employee stops Rena from entering and tells her to come back when she's older. At a nearby restaurant, Rena orders some tea. She sits around wondering what she's doing here when Rina Mamiya suddenly walks in while speaking to another woman. Rena listens to their conversation. Rina says her client is drunk so she doesn't want to wake him; she expresses awe that he'll buy him anything expensive she asks for. Rina says that he's got a lot of cash from when his wife left him, and the other woman says he'd probably give it all to her if some other guy blackmailed him. Rina agrees, and Rena is shocked. Rena leaves the restaurant as the women continue talking.

The woman asks Rina if she knows anybody who could help, but Rina takes a sad drag from her cigarette and says the guy has a teenage daughter. Rina herself was raised by a single parent and sympathizes, so she's thinking of breaking things off. The woman thinks this is uncharacteristic of her, and Rina says it'd be trouble if he got more serious with her.

Rena walks through the streets professing that she's going to do work harder, scratching her neck along the way.

Soundtrack

Start Time End Time Track OST Description
1:33 3:02 Analogy Analogy Opening
3:58 4:35 Gracefully Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Keiichi goes to meet Rena
5:18 5:32 Seal of Spirit! Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Keiichi falls for Satoko's trap
9:36 11:14 Match! Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack The scavenger hunt begins
18:37 19:30 N/A N/A Rena laments how she didn't work hard enough
22:15 23:44 Missing Promise Missing Promise Ending

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