Yakusamashi-hen: Yotei Chouwa

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

Yakusamashi-hen continues on showing Rika’s growing despair and feelings of hopelessness, and Satoko, meanwhile, starts to experience the similar condition that befell Keiichi in Onikakushi-hen and Rena in Tsumihoroboshi-hen.

Thank god for Ryukishi07 insisting on making the Yakusamashi-hen for the second season of the anime, as I’ve just completed rewatching Higurashi I, and while some important plot points were animated in, but they’ve never fully hinted on many of the important things that would be essential to solving the mystery, case in point the looping Hinamizawa and Rika, only seminally hinted and revealed at the end of Tsumihoroboshi-hen.

But now, Yakusamashi-hen finally fleshes out Rika’s character, and god, at the risk of being mislabeled, I’ll admit this, she’s now my favourite character of the Higurashi cast. Yukarin truly shows her talent with Rika’s role, perfectly switching from the “light Rika” and the “dark Rika” almost effortlessly and bringing out the despair that Rika feels to life.

Next episode should wrap up Yakusamashi-hen, and go in to the next arc, Minagoroshi-hen, which should be one of the bloodiest ones.


  1. Melonpan Said,

    July 27, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

    Hauu~ I’m still waiting for the emo facial distortions.

    I’d write better and longer comments if my Engrish was better. Seriousely.

  2. sadakups Said,

    July 28, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    Emo-facial distortions… I’ll pass. I do wish that DEEN would NOT show such for Kai.

    Yes, I do have to agree that Kai is definitely getting better with each episode. And I do like Satoko more than ever.

    If she’s getting paranoid like what happened to Keiichi and Rena in Onikakushi-hen and Tsumihoroboshi-hen, respectively, I don’t think she’ll go that far to kill someone with her traps. :P

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