|This article is about a side arc character in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.|
Ryuunosuke Arakawa (荒川 龍ノ介 Arakawa Ryūnosuke) is a journalist who heads to Hinamizawa long after the Great Hinamizawa Disaster to do some research about it. He appears in the manga-exclusive arc Yoigoshi-hen and its visual novel adaptation.
Profile[edit | edit source]
A freelance writer who goes in and out of the editorial department of "Weekly Seven". He's investigating the great disaster in Hinamizawa and visits the village to see for himself. It looks great, but it's actually scary.
(Translated from Entergram's Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou website.)
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Ryuunosuke has black hair and glasses. He wears a black collared shirt with green pants.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Ryuunosuke is fascinated with Hinamizawa's legends, however he gets scared easily.
Story[edit | edit source]
Ryuunosuke first appears in the prologue, where he talks to his editor about Hinamizawa's mysteries and plans to investigate them.
He reappears barging into the Furude Shrine meeting hall where Otobe's group is, informing them that he's found a car full of people who've committed suicide and wants to call the police. Ryuunosuke's own phone doesn't work since he dropped it in a puddle.
When nobody is able to call the police, Ryuunosuke makes his acquaintances with everyone and later follows Mion and Otobe into the ritual warehouse in the shrine. Ryuunosuke starts taking pictures of all the torture implements and talks about the legends of Hinamizawa. He also mentions that the day before the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, a girl had taken a school hostage and spread gasoline everywhere while talking about how alien parasites were infecting the village; the police tried to negotiate, however the school exploded in the end. Mion claims that she's being possessed while putting on a scary disposition and a frightened Ryuunosuke drags Otobe outside. He then pulls out a victim list and reveals to Otobe that Mion Sonozaki is supposed to be dead, having been a victim of that school explosion.
After Mion finishes her business and regroups with them, they hear Yae screaming outside, saying that her boyfriend Takumi was kidnapped and their car disappeared. Mion searches the perimeter and comes up short, with Ryuunosuke revealing he had come into the village on a motorcycle that has also gone missing. Otobe tries to call the police however his phone is mysteriously destroyed, presumably by the unknown kidnappers.
The group returns to the meeting hall and discover Takumi's corpse, with Ryuunosuke pulling out his wet phone and revealing it's still intact; the person who destroyed Otobe's phone didn't touch his because they knew it was no good, therefore one of the group is Takumi's killer. Ryuunosuke levels suspicion on Mion, taking into consideration her katana and mysterious past, however Mion blows him off and deduces that Otobe destroyed his own phone and Yae killed Takumi. They both confess to their respective crimes however Ryuunosuke refuses to believe Yae's motive and prompts Mion to call Takumi's ghost and explain things.
Mion brings Ryuunosuke and Otobe to the Sonozaki estate with her, and they follow behind as she deals with Mifune's men. After Otobe retrieves the bell and faces off against Mifune himself, Ryuunosuke charges into Mifune but is knocked away, buying enough time for Mion to deal the finishing blow.
After everything's said and done, Ryuunosuke despairs that he doesn't have a coherent article to write and falls asleep heading back to civilization.