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The Beginning (ハジマリ Hajimari) is the first episode of the Higurashi When They Cry anime adaptation and the beginning of Onikakushi.

Synopsis


"At the time, the cries of the higurashi were unbelievably loud,
 And now that I think about it,
 They may have been trying to tell me
 Of everything that was about to begin...
 Of everything that would happen..."

...The year of Shouwa 58, early in the summer.

Amidst the isolated village known as Hinamizawa, Keiichi Maebara spends his days uneventfully.
Having just transferred in from a metropolis, he becomes a part of a tight-knit group of friends—comprising of Rena, who accompanies him to school every morning, and Mion, Satoko, and Rika, who paint the town red with a determined approach towards games, and starts to build a happy life for himself.

On one such day, after a coincidental encounter with a cameraman, he becomes privy to a mysterious death which took place at that very village...


『あの時うるさい程に鳴いていたひぐらしは、
 今にして思えば、
 これから始まる全ての事を
 教えようとしていたのかもしれない…
 これからおこる全ての事を…』


…昭和58年初夏。

山奥の寒村・雛見沢村にて、前原圭一はごくありふれた毎日を過ごしていた。
都会から引っ越してきたばかりの圭一だったが、毎朝一緒に登校してくれるレナや、ゲームに真剣に興じる魅音・沙都子・梨花ら仲良しグループのおかげで、楽しい日常を築き始めていた。

そんなある日、圭一は偶然会ったカメラマンの男性から、村にまつわる怪死事件の存在を知る…

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English Japanese[1]

信じられるの?目に見えること。
信じられるの?息衝くこと。
信じられるの?私のこと

ひぐらしのなく頃に
鬼隠し編 其の弐
『隠しごと』

あなたは、信じられますか?

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