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Kotohogushi-hen is not yet translated, so information regarding the sword's use in it may be incomplete.
The Onigari-no-ryuuou (鬼狩柳桜, lit. "Demon-hunting willow cherry tree") is an ancient sword sealed inside the ritual warehouse of the Furude Shrine that was used to slay a demon lord.
According to Matsuribayashi's TIP, the Onigari-no-ryuuou was bestowed from Heaven to Ouka Furude, the first half-human-half-demon, to slay her mother Hanyuu who was masquerading as a demon god. The sword was shaped like a willow branch with its tip splitting three ways, each point representing Heaven, Earth, and unity between people.
After the deed was done, the Onigari-no-ryuuou was sealed inside of a statue of Oyashiro-sama inside the Furude Shrine's ritual warehouse. The statue's head is supposed to shatter and reveal the sword when faith in Oyashiro-sama dissipates and the world of man attempts to pass blame onto others once more.
The sword's existence and its origins are explained in the only TIP, "The forbidden treasure: Onigari-no-ryuuou".
The Onigari-no-ryuuou is featured again. In Watadamashi-hen, Keiichi repairs the statue of Oyashiro-sama after his group breaks it and it is shown there is an empty slot where the sword should be. This suspicion is confirmed in Nekodamashi-hen, where Hanyuu mentions the sword to be a weapon that can kill those who live in time loops. Rika heads to the shrine to retrieve the sword and opens the statue to find it's not there anymore, with only a fragment of it left.
This console-exclusive arc expands on the Onigari-no-ryuuou's existence.
It was created from a regular sword when Hanyuu/Hai-Ryuun's mother Ryuun-Ohku inhabited it, giving it the name of Ryuuou. The sword was designed to kill members of Hai-Ryuun's species, as they have different anatomy from humans. The Ryuun have three vital organs in different places of their body, with the Onigari's three points used to pierce all of them simultaneously.
- Hanyuu can wield the sword in Higurashi Daybreak.
- The Onigari-no-ryuuou appears to be inspired by a real-life sword called the shichishito, or seven-branched sword.