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Watadamashi-hen Part 1 (綿騙し編 其の壱 Cotton-Deceiving Chapter Part 1) is the fifth episode of Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU and the first episode of Watadamashi-hen.


Synopsis

Japanese

昭和五十八年六月のある日、圭一は魅音とレナからの電話で興宮へ呼び出される。

部活の一環としてゲーム大会を楽しんだ圭一は、参加の謝礼として、意外なプレゼントを手にする。

English (Translated)

One day in June 1983, Keiichi is summoned to Okinomiya by a phone call from his friends, Mion and Rena.

Keiichi enjoys a game tournament as part of his club activities, and as a reward for his participation, he receives an unexpected gift.

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Plot Summary

Prologue

June 12, 1983. Keiichi Maebara is awoken by a phone call from his friends Rena Ryuugu and Mion Sonozaki, who tell him to meet up at the usual spot. Keiichi voices his determination to kick their butts at another club game.

First Half

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Keiichi rides his bike to where Rena and Mion are waiting, and the three of them set off for the toy store "Da Vinci," where Satoko Houjou and Rika Furude are waiting alongside other kids. Keiichi is confused at the large crowd, and Mion tells him that the store holds game tournaments every now and then to attract customers; all those kids are part of the tournament. Keiichi eyes the crowd, itching to beat them all. Mion announces that there are 15 contestants total, so they'll be drawing numbers from a hat and splitting into groups. The club winds up getting split up, with Mion remarking that there's no way she'd let any club member get eliminated in the first round. The members voice their desire to win.

Keiichi is seated with two kids, who he notices are also students at their school. The kid with glasses introduces himself as Tomita, and the other kid as Okamura. Keiichi thinks to himself with a sly grin, believing he can beat these two with no effort. Mion calls for the games to begin and Keiichi's table starts, playing the Game of Life. Keiichi spins the dial and moves. Tomita makes a move and obtains money from the bank , much to Keiichi's surprise. Okamura makes a move and heads towards a good route, with Keiichi realizing that Life is luck based and despairing that he may not be able to win.

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Other contestants suddenly voice surprise, with Satoko laughing in her victory at a card game. Keiichi is shocked to see she won already, and Mion walks up to her to be congratulated by Satoko; Keiichi is even more shocked that Mion also won fast. The two of them go off to get some tea, and Keiichi looks over at Rena's table where they're playing karuta. As soon as the prompt begins, Rena snatches up the matching card and presses it to her cheek, calling it kyute. She continues to rapidly snatch up cards, much to the surprise of the other players, and basks in their kyuteness. Keiichi is also surprised, as Rena is normally so composed during club games; the kyute designs non the cards must be a contributing factor.

Keiichi finally looks at Rika's table, where she succeeds in catching a fish and is praised and applauded by the other players. Rika catches another fish, and the other players continue fanboying over her. Tomita adjusts his glasses and tells Keiichi to move, calling him back to attention. Keiichi moves again and gets penalized for tax evasion. Rena comes over to see his progress, and Mion says he's the only club member to not have won yet. Rika asks how much money the other boys have, and a flustered Tomita and Okamura describe their winnings. Mion asks Keiichi how much he has now, and he complains that all he can do is focus on the roulette. Rena tells him not to give up and Rika gives him a headpat. Keiichi asks Mion what he can do to turn the game around and Mion becomes disappointed, taking on a serious tone and telling Keiichi that they all gave 100% yet Keiichi is barely trying; if he were doing his best, he would've won in the first 10 seconds. The group leaves, with Rena telling Mion she didn't need to be so mean.

Keiichi thinks on Mion's words and frets for a bit, and Okamura asks if they can continue the game. They continue sitting in silence and Tomita asks Keiichi if he wants to give up, and Keiichi suddenly says he's going to give his all. Tomita and Okamura recoil in shock, and Keiichi brings them close so he can make a deal: he wants to win. Okamura says he can't threaten them and Keiichi asks what they want the prize money for. They both want to buy games and snacks and Keiichi laughs, saying they need to dream bigger. The club members have to deal with penalties, the kind where the loser does whatever the inner says. Tomita asks what it has to do with them and Keiichi says he knows Tomita likes Satoko, causing the former to turn red. Keiichi also knows Okamura likes Rika, causing him to also turn red. Keiichi promises that if he wins, he can make Satoko wear a collar and follow Tomita all day and pretend to be his little sister. He promises to make Rika put on cat ears and let Okamura take her on a walk; both kids fall backwards with blood spurting out of their noses before embarrassedly struggling for answers. Keiichi tells them not to worry, as though his youth is limited he can help his younger classmates fulfill their dreams. Both kids hug him.

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The tournament participants return, and Keiichi announces that he's won, with Tomita and Okamura agreeing. Mion is happy to hear that he's tried and Rena asks what they'll do now. Mion says there's bad news and apologizes as she has to go to her part-time job, much to Tomita and Okamura's surprise. Outside the store, Mion promises to make it up to the club when her uncle Yoshirou comes out saying the store's made a lot of profit that day, and so he's picked out special prizes for everyone. Mion asks where her prize is, and Yoshirou says he'll give her a big tip next time. Rika, Satoko and Rena take delight in their cute prizes when Keiichi pulls out his own prize: a doll. Mion says that's the last thing she'd expect Keiichi to want, saying everyone would think he's perverted if he took it home. Keiichi agrees, and Rika calls him forward to whisper in his ear. She says that as long as he's kind about it, he could give the doll to anyone and they'd accept it. Keiichi then hands the doll to Mion and says she can keep it; she gets flustered and refuses it, but Keiichi insists she take it. Mion finally takes the doll and smiles as she holds it tight.

June 13. Keiichi and his dad go to Angel Mort for lunch, with Keiichi commenting that the food is just like that at other restaurants. Keiichi's dad says they don't go there for the food and gestures towards the dining floor. Another customer asks for a refill and a waitress responds, her chest bouncing as she turns. Keiichi's dad watches the waitress walk by and chuckles, with Keiichi realizing why this place is infamous. Keiichi's dad starts blushing as he asks his son if he also likes the waitresses, and Keiichi smacks him with a paper fan. His dad goes to the bathroom and tells him to be honest with himself. A waitress gives Keiichi his dessert and apologizes for the wait. When he looks up to thank her, he sees that Mion is the waitress, though her hair is down. They look at each other for a bit and both recoil in surprise, with Keiichi wondering if that's really Mion. Mion turns away in embarrassment, and Keiichi asks her why she's working in a place like this. Mion says she's helping her uncle since he owns the restaurant, and Keiichi says she looks good in that outfit, prompting Mion to tell him not to stare so hard.

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Keiichi continues flirting with her and complimenting her when Mion says he's wrong; she's actually Shion Sonozaki, Mion's twin sister Shion says people often confused her with her sister, and Keiichi then asks why she acted like they met before when they haven't. Shion says Mion talks about him a lot, which Keiichi doesn't find convincing. Regardless, Keiichi apologizes to Shion while saying that uniform wouldn't look good on Mion, but it looks good on her twin. Shion gets embarrassed and another waitress says she can take her break now. Shion bids farewell, happy she got to meet the infamous Keiichi. Keiichi apologizes one more time for his confusion. His dad returns and sees he's having a good time.

Second Half

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June 14. Keiichi, Rena and Mion walk home from school with Keiichi weary from skipping lunch. Earlier the school was holding a curry-making competition, with Chie looking very serious. Satoko had sabotaged everyone else's curry, yet Keiichi pulled through in the end. Keiichi says he'd feel better if he had something to eat, and Mion stops to say she's going to her job now. Keiichi says waitressing must be tough, causing Mion to look at him in surprise and Rena to get excited that she's a waitress and asking where she works. Mion says she's just helping her uncle and struggles for a response, saying she's helping Uncle Yoshirou from the game store. Keiichi remembers that Shion was the waitress, and apologizes for mixing them up again. Rena gets confused and Keiichi tells her about Mion's twin Shion: they look the same but they have different personalities. Mion affirms his description and Keiichi says Shion is really sweet unlike Mion, the latter deflating a bit. Rena says she never heard Mion mentioning a twin before, and she says Rena's never met her before. Mion finally runs off. Keiichi tells Rena to believe in her, and she wonders why Mion was acting to cute.

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At home, Keiichi lies on his floor and wonders when his mom will come home to make dinner. He hears someone behind him and tells that the door's open, with Shion soon walking into his house and asking why he's on the floor. Keiichi gets up and asks why she's there: Shion heard from Mion that he skipped lunch and has brought him a bento set as thanks for the doll. Keiichi is surprised to see she brought food, and Shion says she was more than happy to bring Mion's gift to him. Keiichi takes the bento and Shion says shes going off to work now, asking him to take the empty container back to Mion when he finishes. Keiichi unwraps the bento in his kitchen and eyes the assortment of food. He wonders if Mion may have stuffed Tabasco sauce or mustard into it, but after one bite he starts devouring the entire thing.

The next day, June 15. Keiichi returns the empty bento to Mion and thanks her for the food. Mion gets embarrassed and takes the bento, blushing as everyone looks at her. Keiichi explains that Shion gave him food yesterday and he's returned the containers, even washing them beforehand. The other club members take notice with Satoko saying Mion maybe has a cold, and Rika says Satoko will eventually come down with a cold later, much to her confusion.

"How does Keiichi see me? How?"

Later, Chie rests in her chair as the class reads to themselves. Mion asks Keiichi if he eats everything at lunch and Keiichi says it'd be rude not to. Mion compliments Keiichi for being a stand-up guy, so independent and polite. Rena agrees that he's nicer than he looks. Keiichi takes it as an insult and Mion yells that she's trying to point out that some people aren't what they look like. Keiichi fires back and Chie calls out to the two of them, asking why they're talking. She asks Mion to come to the front and bring her notebook. Mion begrudgingly goes up, and Rena tells Keiichi that some people are the opposite of how they look. Keiichi gets intrigued, and Rena says that Satoko used to be very needy and sweet until a while ago; Keiichi can hardly believe it. As Chie scolds Mion in the background, Rena imagines Rika growing up to be a beautiful woman someday and says that Mion is also girly deep down. Keiichi thinks Rena's just being bribed to say that, and she says that Mion works hard as the club leader but is really cute deep down. Keiichi thinks about Shion when she says this, and Rena hopes he won't forget that fact. Keiichi then asks if the same applies to Rena, and she replies by asking how Keiichi sees her. Rena looks at him intently, and Keiichi says the Rena Ryuugu he knows sometimes takes jokes a little too far but is caring and kind: a perfect girl. Rena is happy that Keiichi sees her that way, but Keiichi wonders to himself about the opposite being true.

After school, Mion apologizes to the club as she has work again, and Rika says she also has her own job: Watanagashi practice. Satoko remembers that it's happening this Sunday, and Keiichi asks what's going on. Rena says the Watanagashi Festival is held every year on a June Sunday at the shrine, and Rika's a shrine maiden performing a ritual dance. Keiichi comments on how weird the name is, and Rena says "Watanagashi" means "cotton drifting", as they take cotton from futons and send them down the river. Satoko and Rika leave, and Mion heads out herself.

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Keiichi rides his bike to Angel Mort and thinks that Mion's a cute girl inside, parking his bike next to some motorcycles. He accidentally knocks over the motorcycles, and some angry delinquents come out. Keiichi apologizes but two of the hooligans are grabbing his shirt and getting up in his face. The third guy says the paint on their bikes' scratched, and the other two even angrier. Just then, Shion appears and tells the delinquents to get lost. The boys let go of Keiichi and show some defiance to her, and Keiichi calls her Mion and tells her to get away. Shion continues standing her ground against the delinquents, who come closer with more threats but they stop when they see other people watching them. Many townspeople have stopped what they're doing and are watching the delinquents intently, with the boys and Keiichi beginning to worry.

Soundtrack

The opening, I believe what you said, is not played during this episode.

Start Time End Time Track OST Description
0:43 1:06 Stroll Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Keiichi meets with Rena and Mion
1:37 2:15 Smooth Water Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Vol. 2 The group splits
3:12 4:38 Match! Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack The rest of the club claims victory
7:24 8:04 Kimeruze! [I've Decided!] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Keiichi makes a deal with the boys
9:42 10:17 Yasuragi [Tranquility] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Keiichi gives Mion the doll
11:24 13:17 Gracefully Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Keiichi meets Shion
13:33 14:06 Wile [Waru-dakumi] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Keiichi thinks about the curry contest
15:39 16:44 Evening Cool [Yuusuzumi] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Shion goes to Keiichi's house
21:54 22:14 Hint Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Vol. 2 The villagers surround the delinquents
22:15 23:44 Kamisama no Syndrome Kamisama no Syndrome Ending

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