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Oniakashi-hen Part 3 (鬼明し編 其の参 Demon-Revealing Chapter Part 3) is the third episode of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu and the third and final episode of Oniakashi-hen.

Synopsis

Japanese

自分の犯した罪を圭一に気づかれてしまったと思い込んだレナは、大石刑事がリナの行方を調べていることを知り、自分の内側から湧き上がる疑心暗鬼に絡め取られていく。

English (Translated)

Convinced that Keiichi has found out about her crime, Rena learns that Detective Ooishi is investigating Rina's whereabouts, and she becomes entangled in the suspicions that well up from within her.

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Plot Summary

Prologue

June 15. At night, Rena digs a hole and throws Rina's wrapped-up pieces into it. She fills the hole and checks to ensure nobody is around. Rena looks down at her handiwork, her breathing heavy and ragged.

First Half

"Never knew Rena had the guts to get someone killed."

June 16. Rena and the club play zombie tag. After the activity, Keiichi rests and washes up. He comments to himself that he didn't know Rena had the guts to get someone killed, and Rena overhears it and gets shocked by that statement. Keiichi looks in the mirror to see Rena ominously standing behind him and quickly turns around. Rena smiles and hands him a towel. Keiichi thanks her and cleans his face as Rena stares at him with a strange expression.

Rena digs another hole that night to bury more of Rina's pieces. She repeats she needs to work harder.

June 17. Mion gets the club hyped up for the Five-Demon Battle Royale that'll be wreaking havoc at the Watanagashi Festival. That night, Rena digs back up Rina's pieces and finds they're still there. Rena laughs, convinced that everything will be fine since the police still haven't found Rina. She then remembers Keiichi calling out to her back at the junkyard and fears that he still knows about the crime. Rena thinks she hasn't worked hard enough and that her family is still being punished by Oyashiro-sama for leaving Hinamizawa. Rena prays to the god for forgiveness.

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June 19. Tomitake meets the club at the Watanagashi Festival. Rika does her ritual dance. At the cotton-drifting, Keiichi learns of Oyashiro-sama being the village's god. Rena gives thanks to him and sends cotton down the stream. One of the cotton balls floating in the stream seems to unfurl and sink downwards.

Keiichi walks by himself. Rena watches him from the trees and wonders if he really saw everything or not. She scratches her neck again.

June 20. Chie tells Keiichi that someone wants to speak to him. Rena watches from a window as Keiichi joins Ooishi in his car, remembering that the detective spoke to her a few days ago. Rena wonders why Keiichi is speaking to police and keeps scratching her neck. Satoko notices her and tells Rena to join a club game; they'll be playing a card game where they figure out who the murderer is. Rena smiles and says she'll join in a second. Satoko notices Rena holding her neck and asks what's wrong, and Rena says it's been very itchy lately. A strange look appears on Satoko's face before she offers her condolences and hopes the itching will go away soon.

While walking home, Keiichi and Rena talk. Keiichi asks if Rena and Mion are hiding things from him, and Rena accuses him in turn of hiding things from her. Rena says Keiichi hid something at the junkyard, and that he skipped club to talk to an unknown man. Keiichi insists it was nothing and Rena yells that he's lying.

The scene jumps to Keiichi waking up from a nap. His dad calls out to Keiichi, saying he's got a call from the bookstore. Rena goes to Keiichi's house that night and is welcomed by Ichirou. Rena goes up to Keiichi's room and begins to enter when she hears him talking to Ooishi on the phone about her. Keiichi exclaims with shock over Rena doing something, and Rena quickly leaves the house. A deranged look appears on Rena's face, and it calms when she once again says she needs to work harder. Rena scratches her neck again.

Second Half

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June 23. Rena heads home and greets her father Yasunori. Rena asks if he's okay, noticing the beer bottles and disheveled clothes everywhere and Yasunori says that he hasn't able to contact Rina, and she hasn't come to work either. Rena hopes that she's okay. The phone rings and Rena takes it. Keiichi's mom calls and asks Rena to cook dinner for Keiichi since she and her husband'll be working overtime and won't be home until tomorrow. Rena grins and agrees to the request, a strange look appearing on her face. She prepares bento boxes full of rope, saws and other materials and prepares to leave. Rena tells her father she might be late for dinner since she's going to Keiichi's house, and Yasunori sees her out, oblivious to her plans. Rena says she'll work really hard.

Rena rings the doorbell to Keiichi's house and asks to be let in, saying his mom asked her to make dinner. Keiichi is reluctant to let her in, and Rena bangs on the door some more. Rika appears and peeks out at Rena from behind a wall. A flashback to Rika telling Keiichi to trust Rena is shown. Keiichi lets Rena inside and hugs her. Rika is surprised to see Keiichi do it, getting excited as the two walk inside. Rika is convinced that things will be fine and hopes Keiichi will win. Shots of Keiichi and Rena attacking each other are shown.

June 24. Satoko and Rika excitedly head to class but see that Keiichi and Rena aren't here. Chie enters the room saying she has an important announcement. A look of horror appears on Rika's face, and Satoko glances at her. Chie announces that last night, Rena and Keiichi were found injured and unconscious. She says Keiichi was taken to the hospital and is about to say what happened to Rena when Rika stands up and yells that's a lie. Mion tries to console her, saying that she couldn't believe it either. Rika starts to leave class and Chie tells her to stay, but Rika says she's done and exits the room. Satoko promises to check on her later, looking towards the door with a smirk.

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Rika goes to the Maebara residence, where the police have cordoned it off and are investigating. Rika goes to her shack at the Furude Shrine, pulls out a kitchen knife, and after staring at it a bit, plunges it into her throat. Rika stabs herself repeatedly, spraying blood everywhere before falling over dead.

"You're quite dead, I see."

Satoko heads home to find Rika's bloodied corpse and checks to ensure she's dead. Satoko reminds herself that she can't chase after Rika if Satoko dies first and picks up the bloodied knife. Satoko is sure Rika thinks this is just bad luck and can avert tragedy in the next Fragment, but Satoko professes that until Rika give upo, she will never escape Oyashiro-sama's curse. Satoko's eyes glow red as she slits her throat and falls over.

Soundtrack

Start Time End Time Track OST Description
1:17 2:46 Analogy Analogy Opening
2:52 4:04 I've Decided! Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Zombie tag
7:14 8:34 Dance Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU Original Soundtrack Rika does her dance
11:25 12:02 Curse Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Rena questions Keiichi
13:07 14:03 Backside [Uragawa] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Rena eavesdrops on Keiichi
17:43 18:27 N/A N/A Rika believes everything will be okay
21:24 22:10 N/A N/A Satoko goes home
22:15 23:44 Missing Promise Missing Promise Ending

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