Tatarigoroshi (祟殺し編 Tatarigoroshi-hen, lit. Curse Killing Chapter), also known as the Curse Killing Arc in the manga, is the third Question Arc of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series. It was released at Comiket 64 on August 15, 2003, and is followed by Himatsubushi.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Plot Summary
- 3 Characters
- 4 Release History
- 5 Adaptations
- 6 Openings
- 7 Gallery
- 8 External Links
~The Shortest Scenario~
Man, curse. or coincidence?
How are the conjectures inside you solidifying?
I look forward to whether those conjectures will waver or become a cornerstone in this scenario.
The difficulty is the worst. You will probably not even be able to make conjectures.
- Main article: Tatarigoroshi-hen/Plot Summary
After a failed attempt to make dinner, Keiichi Maebara gets help from Satoko Houjou and begins bonding with her in a brother-sister relationship. When Satoko's abusive uncle returns to Hinamizawa, Keiichi becomes determined to protect Satoko at any cost and soon makes a harrowing decision.
Tatarigoroshi first released physically in Japanese at Comiket 64 on August 15, 2003.
Tatarigoroshi rereleased with Himatsubushi at Comiket 66 on August 13, 2004. One change was that some naked Satoko sprites featured in the original arc were removed.
First English Release
- Porting from NSCripter to BGI.
- The minigames that were included in previous versions would be removed from this version and subsequent releases.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou
This arc was rereleased with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou on August 17, 2014.
Second English Release
MangaGamer retranslated this arc and released it individually on June 17, 2016. Changes include:
- Porting from NScripter to Unity.
- New character art by Kurosaki.
- Curse Killing Arc Manga Volume 1 (JP release: December 22, 2005. EN release: November 17, 2009)
- Curse Killing Arc Manga Volume 2 (JP release: June 22, 2006. EN release: February 23, 2010)
- Older Brother (aired: May 30, 2006)
- Bond (aired: June 6, 2006)
- Borderline (aired: June 13, 2006)
- Lost Item (aired: June 20, 2006)
- Apology (aired: June 27, 2006)
A drama CD adaptation was released on June 28, 2006 in a 4-disc set.
Kodansha released two volumes adapting Tatarigoroshi:
- Volume 1: December 4, 2007, republished May 11, 2011.
- Volume 2: January 8, 2008, republished June 10, 2011.