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Watadamashi-hen Part 2 (綿騙し編 其の弐 Cotton-Deceiving Chapter Part 2) is the sixth episode of Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU and the second episode of Watadamashi-hen.


Synopsis

Japanese

不良に絡まれた圭一を救ったのは、詩音と雛見沢の住人たちだった。

詩音は戸惑う圭一に、ダムの工事計画と闘い勝利した、雛見沢村に代々受け継がれる団結の歴史を話す。

English (Translated)

It was Shion and the residents of Hinamizawa who saved Keiichi from being harassed by the delinquents.

Shion tells a bewildered Keiichi about the history of unity in Hinamizawa village, a tradition passed down from generation to generation, in which the village fought the dam construction project and won.

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Plot Summary

Prologue

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Shion and the villagers continue surrounding and intimidating the delinquents as Keiichi watches in confusion. Just then, some police officers arrive with one of them, Kuraudo Ooishi asking what's going on. Shion says the delinquents were trying to extort money from her friend, and the three boys soon get rounded up into a squad car despite their protests. Ooishi checks on Keiichi to ensure he's fine and thanks Shion for the timely call. He says they were just heading back to the station when they got the call and took a little detour, with Shion thanking him back for his work. As the police drive off, Shion looks back at them angrily.

First Half

At Angel Mort, Shion is dressed in her waitress outfit and Keiichi thanks her for helping him out back there, wanting to pay her back sometime. Shion says he should save her the next time she's in trouble, and Keiichi promises it. Shion hopes she'll get into trouble soon; Keiichi smiles at the thought and Shion starts poking his cheeks after seeing how happy he is, as that makes him the real Keiichi. Keiichi complains and says Shion should be working a shift right now, to which she replies that she told her manager Keiichi saved her and so he gets a treat. Keiichi asks if it's okay to lie like that, and Shion says not to worry.

Shion says Keiichi must've been scared when all those people started walking up, with Keiichi asking if they were all Hinamizawa villagers. Shion affirms it, saying that the villagers always count on each other and that attacking one person is like attacking everyone. She then explains that this spirit of unity to fight whatever threatens the village's future has always been present in Hinamizawa, going back several decades. Shion asks Keiichi if he's heard of the Hinamizawa Dam Project, which he heard got cancelled. Shion says it was due to the villagers uniting against it.

The dam would have flooded many villages, Hinamizawa included, and so the villagers protested. The protests got more intense and so the riot police got violent with protestors, much to Keiichi's shock. The villagers eventually went to court to call for the project to end, growing their support until finally the project was put on hold indefinitely. Keiichi finds it amazing that everyone could band together like that, with Shion saying the villagers surely gained a lot from overcoming that hardship. A waitress asks Shion to take over at the register, and Shion apologizes to Keiichi and gets up. Keiichi calls her Mion and thanks her again for everything, reaffirming his promise to make it up to her. Shion hopes he'll make good on it and bids farewell.

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At home, Keiichi is called by his mom to take a call from a Sonozaki. Thinking it's Mion, Keiichi says he's not up for club games at that hour but when the person on the other end gets confused Keiichi realizes it's Shion talking. Shion asks Keiichi if he likes desserts and tells him to come down to Angel Mort, as they need people to taste-test their dessert menu. Keiichi is interested but asks if it's really alright, with Shion telling him to come down the next day after school. They hang up, with Keiichi commenting on how much Shion is really doing for him.

The next day, June 16, Angel Mort has a banner hanging outside announcing a Dessert Festival with tables reserved for those with invitations. Shion welcomes Keiichi to Angel Mort with a dramatic flair and then whispers to him, asking if she can borrow him after work. Keiichi agrees, as he has nothing else going on that day. Keiichi is soon seated and starts stuffing his face with delicious desserts. A waitress brings him yet another platter, and as Keiichi gazes at it awestruck, they hear a commotion off to the side. A nerdy-looking customer is complaining that Shion spilled dessert on him. Shion apologizes and the man demands that she clean it up. Keiichi's waitress tells him that the man purposely tripped Shion by sticking his leg out, and there's not much they can do as they need to keep customers happy. The man wiggles his crotch around and awaits an embarrassed Shion to clean the dessert off of him, but before she can do that Keiichi steps in and yells at the man to get out. A thumping sound is heard as Shion stares at Keiichi. The customer and his friend get up, staring down at Keiichi and Shion and wanting to teach them a lesson. Keiichi moves to punch him, but he gets karate chopped away.

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Keiichi wakes up on a couch in the back room of the restaurant, with Shion relieved that he's awake. Keiichi remembers that he got beaten up, and Shion apologizes that he got hurt because of her. Keiichi apologizes instead, as he couldn't even win a fight he started. Shion is still happy that he came to help her. After her shift, Shion grabs Keiichi and goes on a walk with him through town. She reintroduces herself as Shion Sonozaki and says she's more refined and mature compared to her older twin being overbearing and rough. Mion's told Shion about a lot of things like the club and how Keiichi and Mion are always getting back at each other. As they window shop, Shion grabs Keiichi's arm and pulls him close but he jumps back in embarrassment. Shion says linking arms with a girl can't be that embarrassing, and Keiichi stammers before allowing her to take an arm. Shion grabs his arm again and smiles.

They walk some more and Shion says there are some soft parts of Mion she's not fond of. They get along well, but Shion still has a few problems with her, a shadow falling over her eyes as she says this. They soon come across the toy store, with Shion asking if Keiichi would buy her a doll if she asked for one. Keiichi says he would, as he still has to make it up to her for earlier. Shion points towards a doll similar to the one Keiichi gave Mion earlier, which Keiichi gets confused at. Shion wonders if he would buy that one even though it's expensive, and Keiichi says not to worry. They go into the store and Keiichi calls out that he wants to buy the doll in the window, and a female voice responds. The voice turns out to be Mion, and she and Keiichi get shocked at seeing each other. Mion is even more shocked to see Shion there as the latter peeks out and waves. Keiichi looks between the two in confusion.

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Shion has been saying from the beginning that she's Mion Sonozaki's younger twin sister, and she smugly says Keiichi shouldn't have been confused as he's been calling her by her real name the whole time. As Keiichi struggles to respond and Mion demands to know what's going on, Shion says she wanted to see what Mion's beloved Kei-chan was like. Keiichi asks Mion if she called her yesterday, but she has no idea what he means. Shion says she also gave Keiichi all those bentos earlier, and Mion is about to say that was her but stops herself as Shion comments how that's unlike her. Shion asks Keiichi if the twin distinction is clear now and asks Mion to wrap up the doll in the window.

Second Half

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June 18. Keiichi heads to the Furude shrine grounds and assists with setting up for the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi rests after taking a drink and sees Rika practicing with a mochi hammer. Keiichi tells her to do her best, and Rika responds with the same as other villagers praying for Rika-chama's success. Keiichi sees Mion walking by later and they have small exchange.

In the afternoon, Keiichi sits down exhausted and a girl hands him a drink while commending his good work. Keiichi thanks Mion but then sees it's actually Shion helping him. Keiichi gets annoyed at messing up their names again and swigs down the tea, then immediately spits it out after hearing Mion's cry of anguish. Mion walks up holding two cups of tea and asks why Shion is hanging around again. Her twin says she's actually considerate and then asks why she's holding two cups; Mion fails to respond then says she's really thirsty and starts drinking both of them at once

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Mion voices her annoyance of Shion once more and a clicking sound is heard. The group looks up to see a man and a woman on the shrine steps, who Mion recognizes as Tomitake and Takano. Takano is surprised to see Shion there, saying she doesn't come there often. Tomitake recognizes Keiichi as the transfer student everyone's talking about, but the letter has no idea who Tomitake is. Tomitake says they've passed each other on the road a few times and introduces himself as a freelance photographer form Tokyo. Takano then asks if Keiichi knows who she is, but he replies negative. Mion says she's Miyo Takano and works at the clinic. Ooishi walks up soon after and is greeted by Takano, who asks if he's scoping things out for security tomorrow. The old detective laughs and then greets Tomitake, commenting on how much the photographer loves Hinamizawa. Ooishi leaves soon after and bids farewell. Shion calls out to him with hope that the police will be working hard this year and remarks that this Watanagashi should pass by without incident. Tomitake sees they're talking about Oyashiro-sama's curse.

Mion grabs Keiichi's hand and says she's hungry, wanting to go get snacks. Keiichi starts walking off with her but Takano then ponders out loud who will die and who will disappear this year, prompting Keiichi to stop in confusion. A shadow falls over Mion's eyes as she says it's a lame story and wants Keiichi to go with her now, her grip on his hand tightening. Shion says Mion hasn't told him about it yet and Keiichi wonders what's going on. Mion lets go of his hand and decides to go off alone, telling Keiichi there wont be any snacks left if he dawdles.

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The four are now the only ones left, with Takano asking Keiichi if he believes in curses. Tomitake then asks if he knows about the Hinamizawa Dam Project and says the villagers set up their base here at the shrine dedicated to Oyashiro-sama, wanting their guardian deity to bless them. It was all superstition until the curse happened.

Shions starts off by saying that the construction foreman for the project was murdered, with Keiichi shocked to hear it. Several people attacked him with pickaxes and dismembered his body, diposing of the pieces. One of the perpetrators got away with the right arm. Takano continues that the next year, it was a couple who supported the dam project that fell off of a cliff, and the wife's body was never found. The third year, the Shinto priest of the shrine suddenly died from unknown causes, and his wife disappeared after leaving a suicide note. The fourth year of the curse, or last year, the sister-in-law of the dam supporter from the second year was found beaten to death. All of these incidents happened on the night of the Watanagashi; people involved with the dam project were dying one by one, creating the phenomenon known as Oyashiro-sama's curse.

Asked what he thinks, Keiichi doesn't believe it could all be the work of a curse, but he understands the superstition. Takano wonders what it could be if it's not a curse and not a coincidence, thinking it makes more sense for a person to be behind the entire thing. Shion says there's proof the Hinamizawan people are involved with the curse, as one person dies and another disappears every year. Takano explains a legend that in Hinamizawa long ago, the villagers gave human sacrifices to Oyashiro-sama to quell his wrath: they would be wrapped in bamboo mats and thrown into the swamp, there they would sink and drown. In other words, someone is killed as part of Oyashiro-sama's curse, and another person is sacrificed to appease him. Keiichi realizes that this mastermind must be someone living in Hinamizawa. With the Watanagashi Festival happening tomorrow, Shion hopes the curse doesn't occur this year. Takano is looking forward to it however.

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Sunday, June 19. The festival is in full swing, with Rena amazed at how lively it is. Rika and Satoko show up, and Rena calls out to them. Rena haus over Rika's shrine maiden outfit as the others wish her luck for her big dance. Keiichi gets lost in the crowd later and heads to the dance site, but he's too far back and can't see anything. Shion then taps his shoulder and tells him to follow.

Shion and Keiichi head through a forest path away from the festival, with Keiichi wondering where they're going. Shion tells him to stay quiet, and they hide in a bush to see Tomitake and Takano at a storehouse. Keiichi wonders why Shion brought him here, as he thought they were going somewhere to see Rika's dance. Shions questions Keiichi's taste and Keiichi makes to leave, but Takano notices them and calls out to them as Tomitake jokes about the two being lovers. Shion asks what the two of them were doing, and Tomitake asks that they keep secret that they were breaking into the storehouse. Keiichi thinks he's trying to steal something from it but Tomitake says they just wanted to peek inside. Takano says the storehouse contains old ritual tools but is "forbidden": only members of the Furude family and a few others are allowed to enter, as outsiders would defile its sacred ground. Keiichi says they should stay out then, but Takano's curiosity is telling her to get inside and look around.

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Tomitake successfully removes the lock and Takano beckons Shion and Keiichi to join her. Shion wants to go in but Keiichi is still unsure about trespassing on holy ground. Shion says that because she's of the Sonozaki family, she knows what kind of tools are in there, and she wants Keiichi to see them. Shion stares at him and says he can leave if he gets bored, but the things inside should fascinate him. She insists Keiichi must be afraid of the curse but Keiichi says he isn't. Tomitake pulls out a cigarette and motions for the other to go inside, as he'll keep watch outside. He also says that young people like Keiichi might find the inside interesting, and Keiichi finally says he'll go in.

Keiichi and Shion walk towards the warehouse as Takano opens the door for them.

Soundtrack

Start Time End Time Track OST Description
1:15 2:44 I believe what you said I believe what you said Opening
8:25 9:33 Quiet Morning Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Keiichi and Shion walk around town
10:26 11:24 Harikitte Ikou! [Let's Be Enthusiastic!] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Mion an Shion are revealed to be separate
12:16 13:06 Obvious Time Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack Vol. 2 Shion gets Keiichi a drink
16:01 18:36 Onigafuchi Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Original Soundtrack The curse victims are explained
22:16 23:44 Kamisama no Syndrome Kamisama no Syndrome Keiichi decides to enter the ritual warehouse.

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