Whee~ Hanyuu finally makes her appearance, albeit translucently.
After explaining on the time loops that have happened in the past, along with some of the “laws” that govern each loop’s possibility, Rika is transported back to Hinamizawa, only this time, just two weeks before the Watanagashi Festival, indicating that Hanyuu and her powers to return to the past have considerably weakened.
As the episode progresses, Satoko is shown to be suffering some form of disease, thus the reason for her shots in Yakusamashi-hen earlier on. After seeing Dr. Irie, Satoko and Rika head to the city, where the karuta competition is being held, and Rika laments on how sick she has become on seeing this event happen over and over again.
Her depression is caught by a sharp Keiichi, and he asks Rika what’s wrong, to which she tells him what will happen, in detail, catching Keiichi by shock when it really does. Keiichi, however, isn’t fazed and decides to change the game, to throw Rika’s predictions off and afterwards, gives the doll, by his own choice, to Mion, instead of Rena, thereby not triggering the events of Watanagashi-hen. This gives Rika hope that she’ll be able to break through this labyrinth of fate and decides to stand up and fight once more.
The start of another arc and this time, it’s serious, with the revelations made by Rika and Hanyuu’s time looping abilities. Still, there was quite a number of humorous events, such as Rika bullying Hanyuu by eating those spicy things (no idea what those are) and then gulping down a whole glass of wine. Aww… Hanyuu’s so cute :D. Then, let’s not forget meido-fuku obsessed Irie, who’s really quite ahead of his time, considering it’s still 1983, well before meido-fuku was in vogue :).
Best part of the show was definitely Keiichi, and he’s now one of my favorite male protagonists. God damned, he’s been pretty GAR even in Higurashi, but this time, I’ve really got to give my kudos to him for managing to change some of the events, thus giving hope to the despairing Rika.
Also, much love for the awesome “jikai yokuku”‘s of HiguKai.