The Higurashi Gou Village Destruction arc has a surprisingly optimistic start, but fans should already know that it can’t last.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for episode 18 of Higurashi: When they cry – Gou, “People destroying – Part 1, “now streaming on Funimation.
Having rooted himself in the surroundings of the original series, Higurashi: Gou It finally feels like a sequel now that you’ve started exploring what happens after the end of the original story. As Satoko’s involvement in this new set of tragedies is revealed, the new “Village Destruction” arc seeks to explore her motives, with her relationship with Rika being the key factor.
Episode 18 begins with a flashback, this time to the “Festival Accompaniment” arc, showing Takano’s failure and subsequent arrest. As the group celebrates their victory, Satoko and Rika promise to remain friends forever. After the flashback, Satoko wakes up and tears a page from her calendar, revealing the date as June 8, 1984. Rika and Satoko go to school and when Satoko asks Rika why she has stayed up so late recently , Rika promises to tell her soon. enough.
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At school, it is revealed that Mion graduated and now attends a school out of town. The group gloomily discusses not having seen much of Mion since graduation, but Satoko optimistically states that their bonds are strong enough to withstand anything. Keiichi and Rena, now the new club chiefs, call a club meeting after school, they have expanded the organization so that more of the class can participate.
With so many new members, Keiichi has imposed a “no cheating” rule so that no one feels isolated by the usual tactics of the original members. Satoko has trouble adjusting to the new club and leaves early with Rika. The two discuss all the new changes Hinamizawa and her friends have gone through over the past year. While Satoko feels uncomfortable about it, Rika encourages her to hug him.
At the Irie Clinic, Irie reveals that Satoko no longer shows any trace of Hinamizawa syndrome. Irie is convinced that Satoko is cured, but Rika is still unsure, and recalls Irie’s earlier claim that carriers of the disease cannot be cured once they pass a certain stage. Irie claims that she doesn’t know why Satoko’s disease has deviated so drastically, but attributes it to the fact that the root cause has probably changed. He tells her that he noticed these improvements the year before, and Rika attributes the recent improvements to Hanyuu’s efforts.
Later, Rika asks Kimiyoshi and Oryou to help her do something beneficial for the future of the village, and while Kimiyoshi immediately agrees, Oryou is reluctant. After Rika’s dance at the Watanagashi Festival, she, Kimiyoshi, and Oryou head to the villagers, with Keiichi, Rena, and Satoko also present. The three great family heads publicly deny the existence of the Oyahirou-sama curse and implore the villagers to overcome the events of the Dam War, forgiving everyone involved in the fighting as a result. Satoko perks up after hearing this, and Oryou announces that the village can now move on. The next day, Rika tells Satoko about her plans to apply to the Saint Lucia Academy, wishing that Satoko would attend school with her.
The ominously named “Village Destroying” arc might have gotten off to an optimistic start, but fans already know where things are headed with this story. The only thing the show needs to answer now is the why and how. There should be plenty of time left in the season to fill in the blanks, but whether or not the story will continue into a second season remains to be seen.
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