This article is about the story arc in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. For the festival in that same series, see Watanagashi Festival.

Watanagashi (綿流し編 Watanagashi-hen, lit. Cotton Drifting Chapter), also known as the Cotton Drifting Arc in the manga, is the second story arc and Question Arc of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. It was released on December 29, 2002 at Comiket 63 and is followed by Tatarigoroshi.


~The Most Possibilities~

How was your taste of life in Hinamizawa?
A curse, or a conspiracy... I believe you have fully enjoyed everything and everyone seeming suspicious.
Here at last. It is no surprise attack, but a real, direct incident. Please enjoy it.

The difficulty is lower than Onikakushi, but is extremely vicious.

Plot Summary

Main article: Watanagashi-hen/Plot Summary

Keiichi Maebara enjoys life in Hinamizawa and has fun playing games with his friends at school. During a chance encounter he meets Shion Sonozaki, the supposed twin sister of Mion Sonozaki. Keiichi and Shion develop a friendship, and during the Watanagashi Festival they sneak into the ritual storehouse and learn about Hinamizawa's horrible past, soon setting off a chain of events and earning the wrath of Oyashiro-sama's curse.


New characters

Returning characters



  1. Cotton Drifting Arc Manga Volume 1 (released: December 22, 2005)
  2. Cotton Drifting Arc Manga Volume 2 (released: June 22, 2006)


  1. Jealousy (aired: May 2, 2006)
  2. Takano (aired: May 9, 2006)
  3. Lies (aired: May 16, 2006)
  4. Wish (aired: May 23, 2006)


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