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Satoshi Houjou (北条 悟史 Hōjō Satoshi) is Satoko Houjou's older brother, who had gone missing on the fourth year of Oyashiro-sama's curse. He first appears in Meakashi-hen as part of a flashback.

Profile[edit | edit source]

He is Satoko's older brother and a member of the Hinamizawa Fighters baseball team.
He has a quiet and timid personality, but he is brave enough to get himself hurt for Satoko.
He disappeared a few years ago due to a demon attack.

(Translated from the official 07th Expansion website.)

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Satoshi has blonde hair and red eyes. He typically wears a white collared t-shirt and black pants as his school uniform. He is also sometimes seen wearing a baseball uniform.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Satoshi is usually very quiet, often just going along with things. When it comes to protecting Satoko, he gets very defensive and assertive.

Background[edit | edit source]

After their parents died, Satoko and Satoshi were taken to live with their aunt and uncle, who were very abusive. Satoshi did his best to shield Satoko from the abuse and was working a lot of part-time jobs to buy Satoko a teddy bear for her birthday. Satoshi would mysteriously disappear on the fourth year of Oyashiro-sama's curse.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Story[edit | edit source]

Onikakushi[edit | edit source]

Satoshi is first mentioned as a former student at the Hinamizawa Branch School who had "transferred" and left behind a baseball bat. Keiichi takes Satoshi's bat to use for self-defense.

Tatarigoroshi[edit | edit source]

Meakashi[edit | edit source]

Satoshi makes his first proper appearance in 1982 and forms a friendship with Shion, thinking she is actually Mion. Satoshi starts up a part-time job raising money, and Shion helps him reserve a giant teddy bear in a store. At some point, Shion disguises as Mion and beats up Satoko at school, with Satoshi arriving to stop her.

On the night of the Watanagashi festival, Satoshi's aunt dies, with the TIPS suggesting that Satoshi was the one to kill her. Satoshi disappears soon after, and Shion thinks he was actually saving his money to buy a train ticket and run away from the village, hearing that someone looking like him was present at the train station.

Matsuribayashi[edit | edit source]

The Connecting Fragments section details Satoshi's relationship with Satoko and their various parents over the years. After they're sent to live with Teppei and their aunt, Satoshi eventually succumbs to Hinamizawa Syndrome and kills his aunt, keeping it a secret. A few days later, Satoshi goes to buy Satoko the teddy bear and is eventually picked up by Irie when he begins to show symptoms in public, being driven off.

When Shion and Irie go to the clinic during the climax, Shion discovers Satoshi sleeping comatose inside the clinic's basement, with the teddy bear sitting in the corner. Satoshi is at a critical stage of Hinamizawa Syndrome and may not recover completely, however he shows signs of recovery.

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei[edit | edit source]

Saikoroshi-hen features an alternate world where Satoshi and Satoko's parents never died, and they were able to live happily in school together. Satoshi eventually agrees to form a games club at the school.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "作品紹介 — ひぐらしのなく頃に" on the Official 07th Expansion website https://07th-expansion.net/hig_gensaku
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