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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.
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.)
Arakawa has black hair and glasses. He wears a black collared shirt with green pants.
Arakawa is fascinated with Hinamizawa's legends, however he gets scared easily.
The Yoigoshi visual novel version shows that Arakawa's father was a reporter who snuck into hospitals to interview survivors of the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, including Keiichi Maebara and Shion Sonozaki. Shion predicted that Arakawa's father would die a water death, and a few months later he drowned at sea.
After being informed by his grandparents, Arakawa obtained his father's interview tapes and was inspired to become an occult writer, later publishing an article about Hinamizawa being an occult spot. Arakawa also met Mamoru Akasaka at a few points while doing research.
Arakawa 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. Arakawa couldn't do it with his own phone since he dropped it in a puddle, thus it won't work.
When nobody is able to call the police, Arakawa makes his acquaintances with everyone and later follows Mion and Otobe into the ritual warehouse in the shrine. Arakawa 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 Arakawa 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 Arakawa 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 Arakawa pulling out his wet phone and revealing it's still intact; the person who destroyed Otobe's phone didn't touch Arakawa's because they knew it was no good, therefore one of the group is Takumi's killer. Arakawa levels suspicion on Mion, taking into consideration her katana and the victim list, 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 Arakawa refuses to believe Yae's motive, prompting Mion to call Takumi's ghost and explain things.
Mion brings Arakawa 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, Arakawa charges into Mifune but is knocked away, buying enough time for Mion to deal the finishing blow.
After everything's said and done, Arakawa despairs that he doesn't have a coherent article to write and falls asleep heading back to civilization.
Yoigoshi (visual novel)
Arakawa is made the central viewpoint character in the visual novel adaptation. He heads to Hinamizawa to investigate it and tags along with the writer Miyuki Sorimachi, who joined him at the last second. Arakawa starts to develop interest in Miyuki, and when they reach the village they soon find a car full of people trying to commit a rentan suicide. Arakawa and Miyuki break the windows to save them but are too late, as they died from smoke inhalation long ago. Arakawa and Miyuki then notice a light in the distance, which Miyuki says is coming from the Furude Shrine; Arakawa becomes suspicious of Miyuki's knowledge of the village's layout since she supposedly knew nothing about it.
They reach the Furude Shrine, and Arakawa seems to hallucinate stepping into a pool of blood and seeing a girl's brutalized corpse in front of him before being called back to his senses by Miyuki.