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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

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

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

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

Background

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

Story

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Question Arcs

Onikakushi

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.

Watanagashi

Tatarigoroshi

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

Meakashi

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

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 Irie 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, but he shows signs of recovery.

Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU

Onidamashi

In Part 3, a scene where Satoshi beats Teipei's wife is shown when Ooishi talks about Oyashiro-sama's curse with Keiichi. However, his name is never mentioned through out the arc, unlike in Onikakushi.

Tataridamashi

Nekodamashi

In Part 4, when the Bloodhounds investigate the Irie Clinic, Satoshi is shown in the basement in a similar manner to what is shown in Matsuribayashi.

Other Appearances

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

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

  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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