Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Jul 242023
 

Having just finished the third chapter of Higurashi, I’d normally take a longer break, but instead I decided to continue on and read Higurashi When They Cry – Ch. 4 Himatsubushi since it’s shorter than the rest and concludes the Question Arcs.

All of the chapters have taken different approaches so far, but Chapter 4 is the most noticeably different.

Instead of following Keiichi after his arrival in Hinamizawa, it’s set several years earlier and follows a young police officer visiting the town to investigate a kidnapping that could be related to the protests against the dam project.

It has less of an emphasis on horror, although it does have a few unsettling moments.

As I mentioned in my last review, I have theories about what’s going on that never quite seem to answer everything. In keeping with the chapters before it, this one adds a few more details that could support one idea or another but isn’t enough for me to put the pieces together yet.

Click for major Higurashi Chapter 4 spoilers
Rika’s apparent ability to see the future, particularly as shown in the TIPS from her mother’s point of view, make it seem more likely than ever that there’s a real supernatural element.

That, together with her wanting to escape her fate, could fit into my parallel timelines theory… maybe? Maybe she keeps seeing the future and changes things to try to avert it, and that’s how we get different outcomes?

On the other hand, her general predictions could be coincidence while her predictions of the upcoming deaths point to an elaborate conspiracy planned years in advance. Someone with the power the Sonozaki group has could theoretically arrange a sequels of deaths/disappearances to take place across years to create the illusion of a curse. That would still leave way too many questions about the other seemingly-supernatural incidents that have occurred in the previous episodes, though.

I don’t have too much to say about this chapter, although I found it to be an interesting change of pace. This also wraps up the “Question Arcs,” which means the next chapter starts the Answer Arcs… where we’ll get some answers at last, possibly.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the next chapter brings!

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