Yakusamashi (厄醒し編 Yakusamashi-hen, lit. Disaster Awakening Chapter) is an arc exclusively featured in the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai anime that takes place between Tsumihoroboshi and Minagoroshi. It was made by request of Ryukishi07 in order to add some important details leading up to Minagoroshi.
This arc makes up Episodes 2 to 5 of the season.
- Playing Tag (aired: July 13, 2007)
- Powerless (aired: July 20, 2007)
- Pre-established Harmony (aired: July 27, 2007)
- The Great Hinamizawa Disaster (aired: August 3, 2007)
- Keiichi Maebara
- Rena Ryuugu
- Mion Sonozaki
- Satoko Houjou
- Rika Furude
- Shion Sonozaki
- Kuraudo Ooishi
- Jirou Tomitake
- Miyo Takano
- Kyousuke Irie
Comparisons to Similar Arcs
- This arc includes the baseball game scene from Tatarigoroshi and introduces Yukikazu Kameda.
- Some content from the Connecting Fragments section of Matsuribayashi is included, such as Satoko established as having to take medicine injections daily.
- Some scenes parallel the Tsumihoroboshi TIPS with Rika talking to herself or to an unknown entity.
- The ending of the arc with Satoko finding Rena's hat is similar to the ending of Taraimawashi from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri. This was apparently intentional.
- https://www.famitsu.com/anime/news/2007/04/23/681,1177333769,70718,0,0.html. Ryukishi07: "In the second season of the anime, a new episode called Yakusamashi-hen will be added before Minagoroshi-hen. If you know the original, you probably already know, but Minagoroshi-hen, which is one of the big scenarios in the second phase of the anime, is very important. Therefore, we decided to set up a new episode Yakusamashi-hen and enjoy the world view more deeply."
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri Official Complete Guide Special Interview 03. Ryukishi07: "Actually, an episode from Taraimawashi-hen was incorporated into the new arc of the second anime season. I’m sure that people who watch the anime will have a big smile playing Taraimawashi-hen."