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Shion Sonozaki (園崎 詩音 Sonozaki Shion) is Mion Sonozaki's twin sister and works at Angel Mort as a waitress. She first appears in Watanagashi.

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She lives in Katsumachi, Okinomiya and is the twin sister of Mion. She is a waitress in a restaurant named "Angel Mort". Her appearance is similar to that of Mion??
(Translated from the Entergram Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou website.)

Mion's younger twin sister who looks exactly like her. She lives in Okinomiya, the town next door to Hinamizawa and works at a restaurant called Angel Mort. Despite looking elegant and refined, she sometimes acts aggressively towards Keiichi and manipulates Mion. She is just as crafty as her older sister.
(From the 2020 anime website.)

Appearance

Personality

Background

The Sonozaki family typically doesn't allow for twins to be born, having a history of killing the younger twin while allowing the older one to live. Shion was born as the younger twin sister to Mion, and their mother convinced Oryou to let Shion live in exchange for effectively keeping her separated from the rest of the main family. Shion thus grew up like this, however she and Mion still interacted with each other and would swap places from time to time. Shion was eventually sent to the boarding school St. Lucia and remained there for years before getting tired of it and escaping, going to live in Okinomiya.

Meakashi-hen reveals that Shion was actually born the older sister. On the day Mion was supposed to get her demon tattoo, the twins had switched, and thus the younger sister received the tattoo and was forced to become Mion. The older sister started to live as Shion.

Relationships

Overview

Sonozaki Family

The Club

Story

Watanagashi

Shion is first introduced when Keiichi heads to Angel Mort for lunch. Keiichi is surprised to see her and believes she may actually be Mion under a different persona. As the chapter progresses Keiichi gets to know Shion better and begins accepting her as a way for Mion to express her more feminine side until he and Shion suddenly see Mion working at a store.

During the Watanagashi Festival, Shion pulls Keiichi away from watching Rika's performance and takes him to join Takano and Tomitake in sneaking into the ritual storehouse, where they learn of Hinamizawa's past. Afterwards, Shion tells Keiichi about the strange banging noise she heard and asks if he heard it too.

Keiichi and Shion later trade phone calls, with Shion growing increasingly concerned over her being cursed because they trespassed inside the storehouse. Keiichi later discovers that Shion was supposed to have disappeared a few days after the festival, leaving him to wonder who he was really talking to on the phone.

Keiichi is convinced that "Shion" may actually be Mion and later heads to Mion's house to confront her. Mion guides Keiichi to the Sonozaki's underground torture chamber and reveals that Shion had indeed been imprisoned there all along.

Keiichi and Shion are eventually rescued by the police, and Shion heads to her apartment where she is later found to have committed suicide by jumping off of the balcony.

Tatarigoroshi

Shion appears near the beginning of the chapter where she acts as a ghost manager for the Hinamizawa Fighters baseball team.

After the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, Shion is found to have committed suicide.

Meakashi

Much of the chapter is told from Shion's point of view in the years leading up to June 1983, beginning with her escaping St. Lucia's and living in Okinomiya while hiding from the rest of the Sonozaki family. She talks with Mion and makes a deal with her where Shion is able to take Mion's place from time to time. She soon meets Satoshi and falls in love with him, building a relationship with him despite the fact he still thinks she's Mion.

Shion eventually reveals herself to be Mion's twin in order to get Satoshi out of trouble, and the Sonozaki family decides to bring her in for punishment. In exchange for being allowed to live in Okinomiya, Shion is forced to tear out three of her fingernails, with Mion overseeing the deed.

Satoshi soon disappears because of Oyashiro-sama's curse and Shion starts investigating the legends of Hinamizawa while trying to determine where he really went. She eventually meets Keiichi in 1983 and considers him as a replacement for Satoshi before seeing how vulgar Keiichi really is.

During the Watanagashi Festival, Shion pulls Keiichi away from watching Rika's performance and takes him to join Takano and Tomitake in sneaking into the ritual storehouse, where they learn of Hinamizawa's past. As Takano tells her story, Shion starts hearing a banging noise that keeps growing in intensity before suddenly stopping.

Shion determines that the Sonozaki family must have killed Satoshi and confronts Mion about it, however she denies involvement. Shion uses her stun gun to knock out Mion and Oryou, bringing them to the underground torture chamber. Oryou accidentally died because the shock was too high, and Shion throws her corpse into the well. With Mion locked up, Shion decides to disguise as her and go out while planning to spread a rumor that the real Shion disappeared.

Shion interrogates the mayor Kimiyoshi about Satoshi and locks him up in the torture chamber, and he dies as well. She later lures Satoko to Mion's house and tortures her, blaming her as the reason Satoshi disappeared. Satoko exclaims that she was working to better herself after her brother's disappearance and soon dies from her wounds. Shion begins to realize that she never kept Satoshi's promise to take care of Satoko but continues trying to exact revenge for him.

Rika eventually shows up to Mion's house for soy sauce but soon starts trying to inject Shion with something. Shion overpowers her and injects the syringe into Rika instead, and Rika kills herself after saying that she doesn't want to be killed by a "torture maniac".

Throughout all of this, Shion was having phone calls with Keiichi and trying to see if he could figure out what she was planning. Despite this, Keiichi still believes Shion is Mion. Shion eventually meets Keiichi and Rena and Mion's house and continues to act as Mion, soon bringing Keiichi to the underground chamber and planning to torture him. Shion is convinced to let Keiichi go and knocks him out with her stun gun, soon freeing Mion and trading clothes with her. Mion is asked to go into the underground well, however Shion shocks her and causes her to fall down the well, killing her. Shion is then "rescued" by the police, who believe Mion was behind the murders and disappearances all along.

Shion is confined to her apartment and starts going crazy, talking to what she believes to be Mion's ghost. She escapes her apartment through the balcony and heads to Keiichi's house disguised as Mion, where she lures him outside and stabs him. Shion then returns to her apartment and while climbing back up to the balcony, she trips and falls onto an elevator roof. Shion finally realizes that she was doing everything wrong and wishes that she were never born. She decides to roll off of the roof and falls to the ground, killing herself.

After the credits, an ideal world of Shion going to school with Satoko and having fun is shown.

Tsumihoroboshi

Shion appears at a restaurant Rena's at and talks to her a bit.

Minagoroshi

Matsuribayashi

Other Appearances

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
  2. At a special Higurashi event, Ryukishi07 answered questions from fans and gave age ranges for the main characters. While audio and video recordings were not allowed, secondhand reports indicate that Shion is in third-year middle school. As the Japanese school year starts in April and her birthday has not passed in June, she would be 14. (1)(2).
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