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Rika will undergo a Face-Heel Turn.This WMG is in jest and there are two parts to this theory. 1. In the new Higurashi chapter, Tamura is the Big Bad. She will be revealed to be a Shadow Archetype to Hanyuu. Her experiences will have turned her into a cold, uncaring Knight Templar with good publicity in her realm as opposed to the loving, motherly Messianic Archetype with a bad rap that Hanyuu is. Their conflict will be one of law vs chaos with Tamura being law and Hanyuu being chaos. 2. Tamura will do something that will force Rika to resort to drastic measures. In order to protect the future she worked so hard to earn and the people she cares so much about, Rika will end up becoming a demon. Think Well-Intentioned Extremist Noble Demon rather than straight up villain. Tamura's commumpence will not be pretty. Thus will Rika's Counterpart Comparison to Homura Akemi go full circle. The name given to this chapter implies something very unpleasant happening to gods, which is further evidence in favor. A name for this theory: The "Higurashi: Rebellion Theory".
What was the Logic Error of Higurashi?This is something a lot harder to pin down than who was the winner of the Hinamizawa Gameboard, but I do have a theory about this. I warn, it's not as... conclusive as my previous argument, in my eyes. However, I can back up my claims using logic and what we do know. So let's break down this question into what we can work out and use that as the stepping stones to our explanation. When did the Logic Error Happen? Think of this as a... stronger and more comprehensive version of what I said to Rune. Aka. the explanation Enigma gives when he's awake. I personally place it at Massacre Arc. Mainly because that is the one arc where things go so differently. For example, Takano being revealed as the mastermind and the reveal of Hinamizawa syndrome. On the witches side, no-one's gone insane. They meet Hanyuu. But... some basics have stayed the same. Tomitake dies, for one. Takano "dies". So forth and so forth. Now, the major explanation for this is Lamdba's work. Let's take a break here and actually see just how clever an opponent Lambda was. For someone so energetic and, well, not-energetic, she definitely pulled off some masterful moves. In my previous theory, I explained why Takano was a piece of the human side. Now, let's look at the moves Lambda pulled off using her. For the first set of arcs, the question arcs, she was more or less content to watch and passively make theories like Battler did. However, it's from even the very beginning of the answer arcs that we see Lambda really fight back using her piece and take control of the gameboard. Her first was a simple one. "Pieces can't do anything that would be out of character." For Lambda's planned attack, she'd have to make Takano's move make perfect sense. Now, the first part of her attack required one thing. The Takano notebooks and Takano's willingness to give them out to people. So, in Eye Opening, she gives her notebook to Shion. This takes place after Shion and Takano become friends, have talked a bit, Shion's kind of explained her worries very slightly.... This is much, much different than in Atonement where she just hands her notebook to Rena. But, that doesn't seem out of place since we've seen a similar move the previous game. In other words, Lambda MADE her next move make sense. But just why was that move so necessary? Well, it's because of a rule always present in any fair mystery (and is in both Van Dine's and Knox's rules.) Namely, that there has to be clues and foreshadowing to the answer. And Takano provided that. She more or less, implanted her own theory. Her own answer, right into the text. By giving Rena the notebook, she had provided adequate foreshadowing for Hinamizawa Syndrome. A parasite that controls the mind. To Featherine's credit, she did launch a counter attack by the creation of Takano's OTHER notebooks. In fact, those were probably the previous theories of Lambda herself. But, that doesn't matter. Lambda had created the gateway to prove her solution. And prove her solution she did. In Massacre, we watch as Takano pretty much answers every mystery of Higurashi. Lambda cleverly starts off by explaining the murders of Tomitake and "Takano". That's the mystery of the ghost on the Watanagashi, and our first major mystery of magic cleared up. She then goes and properly explains Hinamizawa Syndrome as a parasite. And finally, she orchestrates the Great Hinamizawa Disaster and explains the deaths of everyone. All using (even slightly weakly) foreshadowed human methods. This is necessary to explain just where the logic error happened because, first, it explains the situation. All the rest of the games were mainly in Featherine's control. There is no reason why Logic Error would ever occur. This is true in Umineko too. While crafting a good story is hard, we see that the only reason Battler entered Logic Error was because his story was taken off the rails. He was put on the spot. It's the same deal here. Featherine was probably flipping out at just how much Lambda has affected her story. She had to think on her feet. And that's where she became prone to making mistakes. But, we also need to look at the witches side. On their side, as said before... it's actually pretty much the same as the previous games. The only major difference is Hanyuu and the fact our protag doesn't go crazy. That last one's pretty important to explaining how the logic error happened in that game. You see, with no crazy people nothing is left vague. What we see is 100% impartial. And that means there's finally room for logic errors to appear that can't be waved away as "lolinsanity". Funnily enough, I believe Featherine WOULD have made Rika go insane if she could. But Lambda negated that. By forcing her theory as truth on the gameboard, she also brought in the fact that Rika is immune to the syndrome. Effectively making it so that Rika couldn't be crazy. This fact becomes a major issue later on. But, for now, let's move on to another element that needs to be understood. Detectives and Impartial Observers In Umineko, (and by relation, Higurashi) there is a rule that basically states that the detective is an impartial observer. That whatever they see is what they see. Now, this can be clouded, like when Battler got drunk and saw Beatrice and Kinzo and goats and other trippy messed up stuff. This is, though, only one of the two "definitions" of detective that Umineko creates. The second, is the power of detectives authority. The detective with this is impartial and cannot be tricked or see weird stuff. What they see is the truth. However, the detective doesn't necessarily have to be the detective with detecives authority to be the detective. Or, if that's too confusing for you, the detective doesn't have to fit definition 2 to be the detective. Basically, the detective can have the impartial view without having to be "the detective". This is shown in Episode 6 of Umineko where Erika was the detective with the impartial view. This is proven by almost all talk pertaining to her in the metaworld. But, we also see that she doesn't necessarily have to follow any of the detective rules. For example, she can be the culprit. Or she can be fooled or tricked. Being the one with the impartial view, doesn't mean that you are the "detective". Now, in Higurashi, as far as we see the people with the impartial view are the protagonists. They can be tricked and see or hear things which don't exist, but they never see directly false scenes. It's basically if Battler was drunk for all of Umineko. He'd still have the impartial view, but he'd see all sorts of crazy stuff. Same deal with Higurashi. This is especially important as, besides small parts in Atonement, Festival Accompaniment and Massacre we only really get one view. The game would be impossibly unfair if we gave the impartial view to someone else. What was the Logic Error? A logic error has three parts to it, more or less. The action, the contradiction and the solution (if it is ever reached). I will now attempt to explain all three and how exactly the error came about. Let's start with the "action". In this case, it was the placing of Hanyuu on the gameboard. A simple move, but a fatal one. See, Hanyuu contradicts a rule that is pretty much the golden rule of the games. You can't have the impartial observer witness the magic, themselves. At least, that's pretty much how the rule is. It's discussed quite a few times in Umineko how, for example, Beatrice can't say "Beatrice is Real" in red. And that, since it has to be solvable on the human side, you can't have an unexplainable occurence where Beatrice or the witch pops up. Of course, it's perfectly okay to show the witch (or god in this case) provided it comes with a fair answer. And this is where the logic error came about. Again, I must commend Lambdadelta on her skills at playing the game. See, remember before how I said that I believe that Rika was originally going to be insane? So far, that was the explanation for everything seen by the impartial observer that made no sense. I'm pretty sure that this time would have been no different. So, Featherine actually showed Rika (who is an impartial observer) the guardian deity of Hinamizawa. Sher probably planned to explain that as "lolinsanity". But then Lambda made a crushing move. She made Rika immune to the syndrome. Not only that, but Featherine really hadn't set up many clues or foreshadowing for an alternate solution. Basically, it was too late. Featherine had, pretty much, placed an unexplainable supernatural piece on the board. She had, in effect, trapped herself in logic error. But we know how much of a jerk Featherine was. She had her Bernkastel piece take the fall instead. Bern supposedly had to walk over keys time and time again until she finally wrote the word miracle. Though, that makes absolutely no sense. How do you solve a logic error like that? Unless, it seems, she was trying to achieve the impossible. To create the real miracle that was the world of Festival Accompaniment. Here's where the solution lies. In fact, the solution is also further evidence that Hanyuu was the logic error. What is the major, game changing difference in Festival Accompaniment? Rena even says it herself. It's now that they had Hanyuu. More specifically, Hanyuu is a physical being in Festival Accompaniment. She's pretty much a human.That, also, serves to explain Hanyuu in Massacre (albeit, slightly). Hanyuu is a person. That removes the supernatural, ghost issue. But, there are still issues. Such as the powers Hanyuu has and the acknowledgement of the previous worlds. There is also still a few unexplained things about Hanyuu. However, those were probably worked out by Bern and we just don't know the answer. Remember, if EVERYTHING was answered and explained it would have been Lambda's win. All that matters, is that Bern made a move that explained the apparent ghostly god Rika knows. BONUS WMG: This Troper Tries To Solve The Logic Error Unlike the rest of this theory, this doesn't exactly... work on proper argument or evidence. No. This is just my attempt to solve the logic error that is Hanyuu. So, let's begin. Hanyuu has Hinamizawa Syndrome. As a result, she believes that she is a god. This is hinted at by Takano who believes that she is going to become a god. Hanyuu is showing the same symptoms. As a result, she believes that she can remember previous worlds and has time travel powers. She manages to "stop time" only in her head. No-one moved the bullet. Takano just missed because of her own Hinamizawa Syndrome. Rika believes Hanyuu because she's young and gullible. Like Maria. She buys into whatever her insane friend tells her and that's why she too remembers the previous world. This is hinted at by the similarities in Maria and Rika's mood swings. All along, Hanyuu was insane and Rika was gullible. They both just got lucky guesses regarding who the mastermind was (probably as a result of Bern's miracle). Of course, you can take my attempt at solving it with a grain of salt. The true solution may be something completely different. In any case, I hope you've enjoyed my explanation of what the Logic Error of Higurashi was.
Higurashi Ended in the Witches Sides Victory: A Theory Via AnalysisWithin this analytical theory thing I'm going to explain that the Hinamizawa Gameboard was won, not by the human side, but by the witches side. To do that, we have to look at a few key arguments and how they all fit together to show that the most likely outcome was victory in the witches favour. How I plan to demonstrate these arguments is first deconstructing the whole of the Hinamizawa Gameboard and then using these pieces as building blocks to, more or less, prove that the game ended in the witches favour. The Pieces To begin with, let's start by what's known about the gameboard. Arguably, the most important thing we know is who the pieces were and what side of the gameboard they were on. Well, at least who the main two pieces were. We can develop what sides they were on from that easily enough though. The first piece is Rika Furude. She is, in a sense, our protagonist piece. She's the one fighting against her fate and such. But her role isn't that interesting. What IS interesting is her story and what we can conclude from it. The first thing we have about Rika's backstory is that she is the "reincarnation of Oyashiro-sama". Now, what this means is that she has certain abilities and attributes. For example, the ability to see Hanyu or the ability to recall memories of the previous world. Hanyu herself is a strange character too. She's Oyashiro-Sama herself, after all. Which means, following the rules Umineko discussed, she shouldn't even exist. But I'll get into that later. For now, let's leave it with the important facts I've discussed here. Next is the piece of the other side, Miyo Takano. Takano seems at first a perfect piece for the witch. She's creepy and she has a fetish for the unknown and mysterious. But, on second glance, she's definitely not fitting. She's a researcher trying to explain the curse. In fact, her whole life has been explaining the curse. Beyond that, she's the first one to introduce us to human culprit theories. From the very start, she's been adamantly against the idea of Oyashiro's curse and the supernatural explanation. Beyond that, she is literally the human culprit theory. She's the human explanation for everything. So, considering that, which side makes more sense for the two sides in this? I think, without a doubt, Rika would have to be witches side. As for Takano? She fits much better onto the humanside, don't you think? The Metaworld Characters/The Players Now let's take our minds off the board and see who our metaworld players are. The metaworld members who are fighting in this battle. Now, not much is known about the witches involved, sadly. However, Umineko has hinted enough for us to gain enough hints to explain who would probably be involved and how. The first witch we have confirmed to be involved is Bernkastel. This isn't just a hinted thing or anything either, she is literally in Higurashi. We've read her poems each game, we've seen her actually in the game talking with Rika... She is definitely part of the metaworld of the Hinamizawa gameboard. But what is her purpose? Is she the gamemaster, for example? I have my own views, however they aren't strongly hinted at enough for me to put them into my analysis without tainting the argument. So lets take what WAS hinted at in Umineko about her role. There are some things we do know about Bernkastel's pre-Umineko days. She was the miko of Featherine Augustus Aurora. She's beaten Lambdadelta in a witches game before. She was in logic error. She was a piece on a gameboard at one point. These little facts may seem like nothing at first, but they become important later on. The next witch we can state was part of Higurashi with certainty is Lambdadelta (geddit?). It is a confirmed, and canon, fact that Lambdadelta granted Takano's wish to be a god. Hence, she interacted with the Hinamizawa gameboard. Which means that she had to, at some level, have been involved in the game. There is one other witch who MAY have been there, and in fact probably was, and that is Featherine Augustus Aurora. The reason I feel we can suspect that she was involved lies in two knowns. One, the existence of Hanyu. Hanyu looks strikingly similar to Aurora. In a sense, Hanyu looks like young Aurora. Or maybe it's just the hair that creates the same look. In either case, Hanyu still bears resemblance to Aurora. And as has been shown in Umineko, if there's one thing witches love to do it's make their main pieces look like them. Secondly, we know Bernkastel was the Miko of Aurora. there's no way a master would just ignore a game that her miko was heavily involved in. Now, things start to come together. I feel it's hinted that the game Bernkastel was a piece on was Higurashi (where she may or may not have been Rika). In fact, we even see her on that gameboard in two instances. One, where she talks to Rika at the start of Massacre Arc. And secondly in the secret ending of Festival Accompaniment arc where she saves Takano and her family leading to a good and happy world. So, in that case who was the gamemaster? That would, most likely be Featherine Augustus Aurora. I can base this claim on the nature of Mikos. In Umineko, we only see one instance of someone becoming a miko. And that is Ange. Now, Ange is a piece on the gameboard. She isn't a witch or any kind of meta creature. And that makes sense. After all, a miko should never be more powerful than he master. So, in Featherine's case, shouldn't she have picked her miko as a piece on the gameboard? But who was she versing? Who was her opponent? Well, that's a tricky question which I'll have to get to later since it requires me to go into a two cases type comparison revolving around certain assumptions. The Logic Error If we then take Bernkastel as being a piece on the Hinamizawa gameboard, then the logic error she had to face when she was a piece must have taken place on that gameboard. After all, pieces don't seem to be reused for other gameboards. Now, this logic error is a very important piece of evidence in the revealing of how the Hinamizawa Gameboard must have ended in the witches favour. Firstly, let's look at what the definition of a logic error is: "A logic error is the worst mistake that a Game Master can make. A Logic Error occurs when there is a contradiction in the tale that the Game Master created." There's a very important point here. Namely that it's a contradiction in the tale that the Gamemaster created. In other words, it's a fault on the witches part. But Bernkastel was the one who went through it, wasn't she? (Yes, ignore the fact she's not the gamemaster. It's stated in game that the actual gamemaster just delegated the logic error to her.) And she is most definitely on the side of Rika. Hence, the theory presented above that Rika is a piece for the witch becomes much more solidified. The logic error can only have existed if Rika was a piece for the witches. (As for what that logic error was? I have a theory and evidence and everything, but it's not directly related to my argument here so I'll leave it out.) The Enemy/The Opponent This is a tricky subject because it depends on whether I'm right or not. If Rika was on the witches side, then it is feasible that the challenger of the human side was Lambdadelta. Otherwise, it's witch/person X. But I am confident that Lambda really was Featherine's opponent. Let me start by explaining why Lambda only works as the opponent in the case where Rika was a witches piece. It is a stated fact, that Lambda had Higurashi spoiled for her. This is something that can't be denied. However, the definnition of spoiled greatly changes depending which side won. See, this all depends on one major thing. The fact that Higurashi isn't just a book in that world. It's a game of deduction. Or, at the least, a mystery story. Now, this is greatly different to a normal story or text or film. Because it depends on a single major thing. And that is the solution. Mysteries, riddles, games of deduction... They are all dependent on the solution. If the solution to it isn't revealed to it in the text (and the solution actually does exist outside of it), well, then there's still something to be spoiled on even if the stories over. And this is especially true with mystery GAMES. See, if the game ended in a victory for the witch there would be no solution revealed in the game. Which means, that the human side opponent would still have something to be spoiled on. All Bern would have to do to spoil Higurashi for Lambda would be to tell her the solution (after the games been won), before Lambda could work it out herself. In effect, spoiling her. However, if Rika was a piece of the human side, then it is impossible for Lambda to have been the opponent. There would have been nothing to be spoiled on. But, still, that doesn't mean Lambda was Berns opponent, does it? That's true. However, there is evidence that she was. First off, we know that she lost to Bernkastel in a game. Since Bern (or Bern's side) won Higurashi, it's quite plausible that it was the Hinamizawa gameboard she referred to. But that's still a weak argument. No. My real argument comes from the one known fact about Lambda's involvement with the gameboard. Helping Takano. Why would Lambdadelta help Takano? That makes no sense, really. Lambda was shown in Ep 8 of Umineko to have what pretty much amounted to a "don't screw with stuff unless you're part of it" policy. She's just an observer! So, even if she was on the side of the opponent, there's no way she'd have done something as drastic as to actually effect the gameboard herself. That is... unless she WAS the opponent. Then her action not only makes sense but explains a lot about Taknao's life. Takano, as a piece of the human side, was perfectly created for that. She IS the human culprit theory, as created by LAMBDADELTA'S power of certainty. This is a canon thing too. Lambda was the one who granted Takano's wish to be a god In other words, Takano wouldn't have been able to destroy Hinamizawa and basically fulfill the whole human theory side without Lambda. And doesn't a lot of her life come out of events that just happened out of nowhere or are strange coincedence? She remembers Hifumi Takano's number at just the right moment. the lightning misses her. The coin was in the slot. This is even lampshaded, but Takano attributes it to god. But, what if it wasn't god? What if it was a witch with the aim of creating her own human explanation for the game. Now, I know Battler didn't ever try this strategy but that doesn't mean that it's not a valid one. Remember, Battler isn't a witch. He doesn't have the powers they do. His method of playing, as well as the limits of his power, are much different. In fact, we KNOW witches can do this kind of trick. Remember ep 6? Who was the culprit then? Erika. In other words, the human side became the culprit and thus solved the mystery by making their own human culprit theory out of themselves. How the witch side won But how DID the witch side win, then? After all, Takano was the culprit. The paranoia and such were a disease. The murders were all explained. Well, that's where a certain technique shown in Umineko comes in. Namely shifting to a different mystery and thus keeping the mystery and the magic alive. The first time we saw this technique was in Ep 3 where Eva used, not a murder, but a case of "why did person do X?" as the mystery. Then in ep6 we see the best use of it. All the murders are explained. We know the truth of them all and the truth of what happened before they got murdered. But Battle still wins. How? The mystery is shifted to a single element of the crime. Namely, the locked room. The exact same technique is applied here. The mystery of the murders is solved. The mystery of the curse is solved. What is left? A single shred of the overall mystery. What is Oyashiro-sama? Hanyu is a never explained being. Her powers are demonstrated clearly. She IS a god. She stops time. She remembers previous worlds. She is magic. And unless she can be explained, naturally, the witches side wins. Hanyu remains unexplained to the end, and Lambda's piece, Takano, is defeated and reduced to a mess. And thus, after struggling for a while, Lambda must have given up. And with that the game ended in the witches favour. Afterword I hope with my arguments above, I've helped to explain just why exactly the game of Higurashi must have ended in the witches victory. To help, I have also comprised a bit of a time line. It's nothing major and it's based off assumptions as well as the above argument but... It might come in useful: Abducted By Demons: Featherine and Lambda begin game > Massacre Arc: Featherine creates logic error, abandons game. Bernkastel is left to solve logic error > Festival Accompaniment: Bernkastel solves logic error, Bernkastel becomes gamemaster. Lambda loses. > Post-Higurashi: Bern spoils solution to Higu before Lambda reaches it. Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed my argument essay thing. Also, if you have any questions about Higu that my argument raises or your interested ina nything you think I might know, please ask me.
Demon Granny Oryou is nowhere near as nasty as she's portrayed.Her real personality is closer to her daughter and granddaughter; she's simply very protective of her household name. So she has to act stubborn, but it's all just that, an act. For example:
The Hinamizawa Syndrome is a strain of chickenpox.Explained here.
Miyo Takano is a descendant of Gaoh.Both of them have that sort of blank stare, and are unafraid to mess with destiny itself or kill people, and both have the intent of becoming a God. She's crazy because it's In the Blood. Well, that and Hinamizawa Syndrome.
Rika is in Purgatory, She is being purged of the sin of Sloth.Almost every single arc in the series ends with Rika's gruesome death. The cycle does not end until she realizes that fate is not written in stone. Before, she would simply waste time until the "inevitable" end arrives. Realizing that actions really count is an important step in her purging.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni is actually the Higurashi main characters' game of 13 Dead End Drive.Rika is already present in some form in the game. The club's whole purpose is to play things like board games, and their imaginations are no doubt stimulated from having seen actual murders (and having it happen to themselves). Sure, that board game doesn't exist in 1983 Japan, but maybe they invented it.
Rena is responsible for the Curse of the ColonelAfter all, the curse hinges on a lost, unsalvaged Colonel Sanders statue...
Miyuki Soramachi from the newest DS version of Higurashi is actually Akasaka's daughter Miyuki.This idea came from a youtube video by SPFanJB. In said video he lists several similarities between the two:
Rika is a witch.In Umineko no Naku Koro ni, the Witch Species is divided up into 3 subspecies: Witches, who can possess immense power in one world that is considered to be its dominion; Creators, who can "create a one in a world of nothingness."; and Voyagers, who can travel freely in between the different fragments. While it is true that Frederica Bernkastel isn't the same person as Rika Furude, nobody ever said that Rika wasn't a witch; so thus, she must be a Voyager, and Hanyuu a Creator.
Hanyuu is, or used to be, a Heroic Spirit.When Hanyuu allowed herself to be killed to bring peace of mind to the people of Hinamizawa (or whatever it was called way back when), she fulfilled the requirements necessary to become an Avenger-class servant. When the villagers began to revere her as Oyashirou-sama her status shifted from "human heroic spirit" to "lesser divine spirit" by whatever system governs these things in the Nasuverse, whereupon she was kicked out of the Throne of Heroes and returned to Hinamizawa in a spirit form, where she remains, unknown and unseen, until Rika is born many years later. Dark Hanyuu is the result of having her legend warped by what the villagers believe her to be, turning her into "Oyashiro-sama" on some level without actually altering her personality. Her Noble Phantasm is that demonic sword she wields in Daybreak, and she bestowed that Scythe onto Rika as well.
Has Mion really never killed anyone?In Watanagashi-hen, isn't it possible that it really was all Mion's doings? After all, is there nothing I know of that guarantees that Meakashi-hen is the exact same thing. Perhaps Meakashi-hen merely shows that the exact same events could occur by either of the sisters.
Related to the above: possible sequence of events in the "worlds unseen"Keiichi burns down the house trying to cook, but survives. Mion convinces her family to let him room with them. At some point, Mion flirts with Keiichi, but she mistakes his reaction for him chasing Rena. Shion comments on how cute they look together, but it comes out sounding like a proposed If I Can't Have You that she might follow through on. Mion ends up killing Shion to protect Keiichi. Events with Rika and Satoko are similar to in Watanagashi-hen/Meakashi-hen, but Mion thinks they suspect her and offs them to prevent word from getting out. Also, she doesn't leave the knife sitting out for Rika to use to "leave". She then pulls a Murder the Hypotenuse, only to find out that Keiichi was interested in her rather than Rena, and loses it over how trivial her reasoning for the murders was, proceeding to go after him. Thus explaining why Rika gets Satoko to intervene in Tatarigoroshi-hen and prevent the entire sequence of events, which in turn explains why Mion doesn't remember: the last time it happened was centuries ago.
Rena is biologically related to Dr. Irie.Two characters with reddish-brown hair, an obsession with "cute" things (and/or people), and the ability to become unusually mature when the situation calls for it. A coincidence? I think not!
Rika is only imagining HanyuuMore specifically, Hanyuu is a personality Rika has attributed to the Hinamizawa syndrome parasite she's infected with. The time jumps are caused by her influence over that parasite, that parasite's influence over all of Hinamizawa as the "queen," and some crazed Serial Experiments Lain-level reality warping.
Saikoroshi-hen really happened and Hanyuu was hiding the truth from Rika when she said that it was All Just a Dream.Why would Hanyuu prevent herself from accessing the world that Rika was currently in on purpose? She obviously has enough power to exist, if not to resurrect Rika again. Rika's mother was the eighth reincarnation of Hanyuu in that world, but who says that Hanyuu was the original Oyashiro-sama in that world to begin with? Rika could only talk to Hanyuu because the stone gave her some sort of access/communication (similar to Scrying) to the world whence she had come from. The only reason this never happened in other arcs is because Hanyuu was there all the time; Saikoroshi-hen being the lone exception. Lastly, can you really believe that Hanyuu, the Hanyuu we all know, would trick Rika into killing her own mother just to hammer in the aesop she wanted? Doubt it.
Every single part of Higurashi is Rika's Dying Dream.The only thing that's real is Rika getting hit by that truck before Saikoroshi-hen and this is all Rika's last dream.
Higurashi-Rei is a series of dreams the characters are having.It's the only way they can make any sense for one matter (call me crazy, but I would not act all chummy towards someone who, oh, tried to kill my best friends). For another, the dreams could possibly represent how the characters are recovering mentally and emotionally from going through the same 100-year-or-so period, and how they are looking forward to being able to get on with their lives.
Hanyuu is a witch.She somehow became an Umineko-type witch after her mortal death, but didn't know it so just decided to define herself as "god".
Hinamizawa Syndrome is actually caused by a Kishin...probably sealed under Onigafuchi swamp. They both cause terrifying paranoia and hallucinations that can cause people to turn Ax-Crazy as they get close, with delusions like a strong impression that someone is coming after you or an illusion that makes you think you're attacking something other than what you are. Only the throat-clawing is a direct consequence of the parasite, the effect of which is only noticeable when combined with the Kishin's influence. This is also part of why Hinamizawa Syndrome hasn't spread much; beyond the village, it's out of the affected area.
Satoko's uncle had Hinamizawa Syndrome and, left alone, would have killed her in any universe in which he reappearedThis doesn't seem like that much of a stretch. In the Massacre arc, Rena comments that she knows that they don't have much time left to save Satoko and Rika says that she's correct. Since if it just continued as it was already going there wouldn't be a time limit at all so much as "as soon as possible", they obviously both knew that Satoko was going to die if this kept up. Add to that the fact that he's been out of town for ages, and that when she finally asks for help he gets even more violent and seemingly tries to kill her, and it's a no-brainer.
In Saikoroshi-hen, Rika's mom had known Hanyuu.Since Rika's mom was the reincarnation of Oyashiro-sama in that world, she would have been able to see Hanyuu just like Rika was able to in the other worlds. However, at some point in the past Rika's mom asked Hanyuu to make everybody start treating her like an ordinary girl (as opposed to treating her like the reincarnation of Oyashiro-sama). However, Hanyuu was unable to do so, and Rika's mom stopped believing in her and thus destroyed her. Much like what happened in Umineko no Naku Koro ni with Ange and the Stakes. This brings us to...
Rika's mom allowed her to kill her.While Rika was trying to kill her mom she explained what had happened to her in particular mentioning Hanyuu. Since Rika mentioned Hanyuu her mom knew she wasn't insane and furthermore realized that Hanyuu had been real Her desire for Rika to happy combined with guilt for not believing in Hanyuu drove her to allow Rika to kill her.
In the first world Rika existed in, Satoko died much earlier, and possibly, so did Irie.If you look at Rika's conversation with Irie where she convinces him to examine her brain to cure Satoko, some of her Oracular Urchin-ness shows up again. If we assume that all instances of that were caused by the time loops and try to remove all of those from the scene, then Rika really should not have known what Irie was planning on doing - running away with Satoko. Even if she did, she would have lacked a lot of the arguments that she convinced him with. Because of that, the first time through, Irie did try to run away with Satoko. He may or may not have made it without getting caught, but he himself notes that Satoko really had no future even if he ran away with her - she was at L5 and would eventually die. Because Satoko wasn't around, the game club was never formed, and Rika grew up rather alone until her death. This is one of the first things that Rika tried to change through the time loop - by telling Irie to experiment on her now that she knew what he'd tried to do, she was able to improve her worlds just a bit.
In Rika's actual first loop, she didn't see the third year.Takano went through with the plan earlier, because she thought Rika's mother could function as a backup Infection Queen. Rika tried a few methods to get out of this, like running away with Irie, until she hit upon the idea of convincing Takano that she was the only Infection Queen and killing her would trigger an outbreak; thus changing the timeframe from "Takano first starts manifesting symptoms" to "Takano decides to Kill 'em All For Science!".
There is some connection between Rika and Takano, possibly that they are somehow the same person."Why or Why Not" makes a surprising amount of sense if you assume that both of them are singing it.
Hanyuu is not Furude Hanyuu.If you look at the final arc, she is quite obviously using the same trick Rika is. She only drops the facade when speaking to Takano alone (not even around Rika, of all people). Therefore, it stands to reason that there are things she is trying to deceive Rika about, and all information we get from her, directly or indirectly, is suspect. In fact, maybe...
Hanyuu and Lambdadelta are playing both sides against BernkastelBecause Hanyuu likes playing matchmaker.
The so-called "Perfect World" shown in Saikoroshi-hen / The Dice-Killing Chapter is the only real world.This theory is put forward and detailed by TahYills over here as an Anti-Fantasy stance on Higurashi. Essentially, it holds that the world depicted in Saikoroshi-hen is the actual world, and the rest of the series an elaborate fantasy spun by Furude Rika. Despite how this world is described as the "Perfect World", Rika's standing in this realm is less than ideal... but this is mainly due to her own actions. The "original" Rika of this ideal world is mentioned to have been rather standoffish, a bit prideful and selfish. Her childish ego is dealt a few blows when her few friends move away, leaving her vulnerable to being bullied by some of her classmates as revenge for her former behavior. And why did her friends transfer away? Because of the dam project, which will eventually flood the area where their town lies, meaning that everyone will eventually move away. Having lost her control over her former friends/enforcers and faced with the knowledge that things would continue to change against her wishes, Rika constructs a twisted Escapist fantasy where she becomes the most important person in the world, with an invisible Goddess as her best friend. The world revolves around her so completely that if anything ever happens to her, her Goddess BFF will bend time and space to bring her back to life. Feeling deeply sorry for herself, Rika paints herself as a Tragic Heroine, jerked around by circumstances beyond her control. In her fantasies, the dam project failed because most of the citizens rallied against it — and those who didn't oppose it, who disagreed with popular opinion/what Rika wished would have happened, are severely punished. This includes Sakoto, a girl who bullied her in real life; now their positions are reversed, with Sakoto an outcast, losing everyone she cared for, beaten, abused, and completely reliant on Rika's mercy and compassion. Since the real Mion wouldn't play with Rika, she pulled a Twin Switch, replacing her Mion with a nicer, more agreeable Mion and imagining the real Mion as an unstable Yandere. Even her own parents die in her fantasy just to make her more important and extra-sympathetic. Hinamizawa Syndrome doesn't make sense as a disease because, again, it's all in her head. She makes it all up, imagining all these brutal murders and deaths that are all promptly negated by her handy-dandy Goddess best friend. A twisted game of make-believe, one that she loses herself in more and more as time goes on. This doesn't go unnoticed by her parents, who eventually start taking her to see doctors and therapists — leading to the conversations she has with the doctor in Saikoroshi-hen where she tells him bits and pieces of her fantasy world. Eventually, she's given a chance to make things better; some of her classmates offer her the opportunity to start over and take a stab at friendship, while her worried parents show her more attention and concern. However, rather than make the best of reality, Rika chooses to utterly reject that reality and substitute her own, going to drastic measures to cement that rejection...
An easier (and Pro-Fantasy) version: Everyone is Rika's (or Satoko's) furniture... somehow.Like the above, Rika/Satoko escaped the bullying by making the Games Club. Eventually, it got boring, so she decided she wanted to play a game that she didn't already know, making Takano/Lambdadelta so that she'd have someone other than furniture to play against, and Hinamizawa Syndrome so that her opponent would be a challenge. Unfortunately, it got... a little out of hand, so her mentor, Hanyuu, engineered a reset. This makes Rika the obvious witch, but Satoko could be as well; she just doesn't want to use out-of-character knowledge, so she gives it to Rika.
Another Anti-Fantasy stance: Onikakushi-hen is the only true arc.Mion was pressured by her family into trying to kill Keiichi. Ooshi figured this out and warned Keiichi to be on his guard, setting off his paranoia. Following the "door incident", Rena and Mion spoke to Irie, coming to the conclusion that their friend needed to be kept from harming himself or others. The three of them contacted Keiichi's parents, getting their approval. Mion offered to keep him sedated until preparations can be made, thinking that this will keep him alive while getting her family off her back. Unfortunately, Keiichi had a reaction to the drug used and lapsed into a coma. The end of Onikakushi was Keiichi beginning to dream while reaching for a bat. Ever since then, people have been walking in and telling Keiichi about things that have been going on with them, and the Games Club meetings moved into his room. Takano heard about someone burning an extra sacrifice and decided that it would be wise to lie low. Her appearance at the Watanagashi festival was to say goodbye before she left town. Unable to believe that Mion would try to kill him, Keiichi created Shion as a sort of "nice Mion". He later overheard Mion arguing with Oryou and revised his opinion of her. Rather than Satoko living with Rika, the reverse is true: Rika moved in with Satoko after her parents died. Teppei is actually a decent father figure to Satoko and Rika. His abuse is Keiichi's interpretation of a Tsundere with an Elektra complex delivering a rant about how he doesn't care about her and may as well move out with Rina. The "poor, persecuted Keiichi" fixes on Rika as the most "innocent" of the club, turning her into his Sympathetic Sue. Rena eventually gives up on Keiichi ever recovering and finds someone else. Keiichi views this as "betraying" him in Tsumihoroboshi. Minagoroshi was the result of Irie trying to shock Keiichi awake. Takano has returned by this point, and Keiichi fixates on her voice as the cause of his pain. Matsribyashi was Keiichi making one final effort to break out of the nightmare. He succeeds, and awakens to see older versions of the Games Club (plus two other members, Battler and Hanyuu) playing Old Man, with Mion playing his hand. He croaks out the words "Second from the right", and there is suddenly a lot of hugging and crying. At some point, Akane introduced Mion to a man about her age from another family with Yakuza connections, Ushiromiya Battler. They don't really hit it off, but Battler does join the Games Club. Umineko X was the result of Battler telling stories about some of the things his family gets up to. Hanyuu is actually a distant cousin of Rika's. Rena does, in fact, go into "Take It Home Mode" over the horns she wears as a cosplay. Eventually, Keiichi tells the others about his crazy dreams. Rika, by then either a mangaka or studying to become one, says that it might make a good story. Battler has some ideas for a sequel.
An Anti-Mystery stance on HigurashiThe "Hinamizawa Syndrome" hypothesis is wrong. There is no parasite affecting the people of Hinamizawa, and the Curse of Oyashiro-Sama is real. Hanyuu is a witch pretending to be a god. Takano is an avatar of Oyashiro-sama, taking vengeance on those who break the rules and leave the village.
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The Hinamizawa Syndrome parasite can survive in conditions other than Hinamizawa.The parasite is waterborne and lays eggs in the host's blood. The eggs can survive in a large number of conditions, but once the parasite matures, it's basically "locked in" to a specific set. Hence why the parasite starts triggering symptoms when someone moves away: it can't survive in the new place, so it tries to either go back to somewhere it can live or make sure that it has offspring.
The Furude and Sonozaki families are related.First of all, compare the way Shion and Hinageshi!Mion act compared to the others. Shion (as demonstrated in Yoigoshi-hen) somehow manages to completely overcome the disease over 20 years, presumably without it triggering. What about Hinageshi!Mion, then? Despite being in a similar situation to Onikakushi!Keiichi (thinking that the entire village was out to kill her), she seems to become depressed and is able to listen to reason rather than lashing out. Also consider this: Despite almost certainly having left the village at least once (her husband is, after all, from outside), Akane never manifests symptoms despite reasonably stressful conditions. These seem to indicate that the Sonozaki family has some kind of resistance to Hinamizawa Syndrome. Also, both families have nonstandard pigmentation as a default, in a series where such is actually pretty rare (the only other remotely exceptional color being blond).
Hinamizawa Syndrome was created to be a biological weapon.The earliest documented incidents of Hinamizawa Syndrome were among World War II soldiers from Hinamizawa. Early during World War II, a biological weapon was developed and used against Hinamizawa. Fortunately, the weapon proved to be ineffective outside of Hinamizawa and thus plans to use it were abandoned. All of the soldiers who showed symptoms are one's who enlisted after this weapon was used.
Hinamizawa isn't a village in Japan, it's a domain in Ravenloft.The original June 1983 (whatever it was...) drew the notice of the Dark Powers, who duplicated the town of Hinamizawa and the surrounding countryside, repopulated it, and introduced the village to the Land of Mists. The darklord (whoever it is) is cursed to never see the end of June 1983; that's also when most of the story arcs occur, simply because in smaller domains the darklord's curse is harder to ignore. When the domain's borders are closed, anybody trying to leave is infected with Hinamizawa Syndrome.
Keiichi really was being targeted in Onikakushi-hen.Keiichi dies for reasons unrelated to Takano's plans in Watanagashi-hen, Tatarigoroshi-hen, and the alternate ending of Meakashi-hen. Keiichi is being targeted by Culprit X, who happens to be a doctor, and one of the parents of the girl he shot. Culprit X felt that the slap on the wrist Keiichi received wasn't enough and decided to take manners into his/her own hands.
Rika wasn't really Out of ContinuesHanyuu was just turning that game into a Million to One Chance by refusing to play another round.
The Yamainu were ALWAYS under Takano's control.As part of Tomitake's Xanatos Gambit. He initially gave her control over the Yamainu to prevent her from finding out about the Banken. Tomitake was waiting for a period of excessive activity of the Yamainu so he could call them out for the corruption, and flush them out with the Banken. Kind of a cats and dogs scenario. Notice how the Yamainu are never shown protecting Rika, despite that being their alleged purpose.
Satoko was sexually abused by Teppei.He did think her mom was beautiful, and Satoko does resemble her quite a lot. No Rina too..Plus it would have been an easy way to abuse, command, and manipulate her. A lot of fans think she endured sexual abuse during Tatarigoroshi-hen and it is somewhat implied, so the same should apply to her backstory and past/future abuse cases.
Rena's insanity in Tsumihoroboshi-hen and her actions was a direct result of Takano's manipulation.There is a great irony in how Miyo, the actual culprit responsible for everything, was the one Rena trusted most and how she managed to make Rena believe that anyone but her could be that culprit. So after killing Rina and Teppei, Rena, despite Keiichi's help, was still in a very fragile state of mind. When they meet in the library, Rena tells her a story about her past and her experiences under the influence of Hinamizawa Syndrome, and as she talks about it, Takano figures out that her mental stability was fragile and that she would make a very easy target if she wanted to make someone believe her stories. That's why she gave her her scrapbooks; to make her believe everything written, and for that to lead to the events of the latter part of Tsumihoroboshi-hen- Rena would be a very violent person, and Takano could use that as extra proof for Hinamizawa Syndrome. Nobody would even think of suspecting Takano of faking her death because Rena would have killed a lot of people by then and probably removed many obstacles out of Takano's path. According to the plan, anyway. When she saw that it didn't work, well... Also- according to some Umineko no Naku Koro ni TIPS, Lambdadelta aided Takano, which makes a lot of sense with this theory- probably, Lambdadelta's power guaranteed that Rena will be driven insane and murderous, though not that Keiichi wouldn't manage to snap her out of it.
Chie won't ever get marriedAccording to one story her standard is curry related. She turned a guy down somewhat due to him not liking the thought of eating curry every day. She also seems to dedicated to her students.
Mion is just as overprotectiveas Shion, and can slip as easily as herWhat stops her from being violent and staying level headed are her friends, family, and group activities. She also has her role as both the leader of her friends and the future leader of her clan to keep her close to earth. Take that all away or get her overly stressed and..
In one world Mion cracked due to her love towards KeiichiShe thought her affections for him were effortless and unrequited and that made her crack when she knew that Rena was also close to him.
If something negative happened to affect Irie's HS research Shion would crack again
Takano is Stein and Medusa's love child.Takano is a Mad Scientist researching insanity related parasites and masquerading as a kindly nurse. Medusa is a Mad Scientist researching the insanity-inducing Black Blood while masquerading as the school nurse. And in Matsuribayashi-hen, Takano seems awfully eager to vivisect Satoko... That sounds a lot like Dr. Stein. She even kind of looks like them!
Rika is the player.Rika is the player in a computer game. She's been trying for ages to get the good ending, but the game is fiendishly difficult. At the end of the first season, she finally figures out that information from playing the game is carried over even if you reset. At the end of each playthrough, she dies and goes to the "New Game / Continue?" screen. She's figured out what the common scenarios are, and managed to unlock Hanyuu, but the disk is full so she can't save her progress.
Rena is secretly French.This explains her cool hat and orange hair.
Even without taking Hinamizawa Syndrome into account, Shion is still psychologically unstable and carrying the strong potential to violently snapConsidering the conga line of traumas and misfortunes and being tossed aside by her family and losing her birth-right (and birth name) and losing her true love and whatnot, she probably has a lot of unresolved issues just waiting for the right trigger to set her off. To the point where even without the Syndrome, she'd still go violently mad if pushed too far in the right (wrong) direction.
Hanyuu was the true villain of the series.Umineko eventually reveals that Lambadelta's true power is to guarantee the certainty of a certain solution, as long as someone continues to work toward that solution without faltering; the duration of the person's trials are unspecified, but if they keep at it, they'll be rewarded. Doesn't this sound just a bit like what Rika had to go through to reach her perfect end? Lambdadelta, who seems to be Miyo as a witch, once played a game against Featherine Augustus Aurora, who seems to be Hanyuu as a witch. In this game, Bernkastel was trapped for what seemed like forever. A glance at Lambadelta's ability would strongly imply that she was on Bernkastel's—and by extension, Rika's—side.
Bernkastel's poem's represent the stages of grief.The five stages of grief are a theoretical set of emotional steps a person may go through when confronted by a loss or a terminal illness. The stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Not everyone goes through all five, they may skip a stage, remain stuck or return to a stage they have previously moved on from. Bernkastel skips bargaining but goes through the other four in order.
Satoko is colorblind.Just a guess, but in book 5 of the manga, the others mention that she can't tell the difference between broccoli and cauliflower. Any talking about this or mocking of this ("Hey, Satoko, which is the green one?") makes her more angry. Maybe she really can't tell their different colors from each other, and just doesn't like to talk about it?
Hinamizawa Syndrome is rabies.Both diseases can cause irrational actions in their victims, and even the end result is similar. Rabies results in hydrophobia and difficulty swallowing due to paralysis of the throat. Hinamizawa Syndrome's end result is...the victim clawing their own throat out. This raises further questions as to why such a common disease wasn't identified as such by Hifumi or even Miyo.
Keiichi is at least being influenced by SatoshiJust so I don't say Keiichi is a reincarnation of Satoshi, whose similar ages would imply some kind of stretchy logic. First of all, this theory needs the acceptance of a corollary: Irie lied to Shion in the anime, and Satoshi is really dead, like in the rest of the media. They just keep his body to make studies on it. Takano possibly killed him while "running away" to experiment on a corpse with the Hinamizawa Syndrome. Now that we have that out of the way, Keiichi. Not only he acts as the key pillar for the aversion of certain events, he is recognized by Satoko as her "nii-nii" in at least one occasion. Not only that, but he proves as useful as, if not more useful than our local goddess in terms of crisis aversion (extra points for not whining). Short version: Satoshi is a spirit that guides Keiichi through the series, but it's not strong enough to prevent his paranoia when he snaps. Long version: Due to his will to be by Satoko's side, Satoshi's spirit didn't fully depart the world. Hanyuu learned of this and took him secretly even to Rika through the loops. Being a spirit and all, he's not bound to the mortal notion of memory, so he doesn't have to worry about not being Rika to keep his memories through the loops. This allowed him to act to Keiichi as she is to Rika, just that he doesn't know. When Rika finally won against Takano, Satoshi finally disintegrated, as he was no longer needed. This would explain Rika saying that the worlds without Keiichi were lonely ones; Satoshi couldn't act through Keiichi if he wasn't present, so it would feel like "something's missing". It also explains why Keiichi looked like having a fit after remembering how he murdered Mion and Rena - Satoshi successfully injected the knowledge into him so he would know how to react against a similarly perturbed Rena. Ryuuguu's dreams about killing Rina in Kai were also induced by Satoshi so he wouldn't have to make Keiichi pass through the pain of the memory injection again. Of course, you can also say there was another God aside from Hanyuu that was provoking seizures to little kids, so, yeah.
Haruhi Suzumiya is the reincarnation of Rika.
Keiichi and Mion are the Canon Couple
Miyo Takano was motivated to fufil her agenda after being inspired by Dr Jonathan Crane......A.K.A Scarecrow. Crane was bullied back when he was a kid. With that, he thought that he shouldn't be a weakling anymore. He grew up to become a psychologist at Arkham Asylum, secretly experimenting with his fear toxin. Donning his scarecrow outfit and using his fear toxin, Crane spreads fear upon the people of Gotham just to show that he is someone not to be messed with. Similarly, Takano had a similar childhood, thought that she should show the people of Hinamizawa she ain't a loser, grew up to become a nurse just so she could experiment with the Hinamizawa diease, all with the intend of unleashing it upon the village and showing them who's boss. Now all she needed was a scary (and sexy) scarecrow outfit but that black dress worked out fine anyways.
The system in Hinamizawa village is a good mixture of patriarchy and matriarchy
The anime will be shown on [adult swim]
Piecing together the Bernkastels and series relations definitively?
A theory regarding the club members ages?Rena is confirmed to be 15. According to the visual novels, she was born in July. That leaves the puzzle of what the ages of the rest of the club members are.
People other than the main cast became aware of the Ground Hog Day Loop.Unlike them, its only on a subconscious level, and it only starts to occur during the Massacre chapter. Keiichi's mom said something about the perfect crime again as it relates to Teppai. Oryou's Bat Man Gambit involving Keiichi (revealed during Festival Music) may be the result of realizing that 1. her actions were the cause of her death in the Cotton Drifting and Eye Opening chapters, and 2. on a subconscious level, she's aware of his incredible charisma and intends to use it to bury the resentment against the Hojos due to events of the Massacre chapter. Akasaka figured out that he needed to fall back due to Rika's prophecy. His need to help Rika in her time of need may of also been a catalyst for him to develop that CQC training MUCH earlier than he normally does.
Explaining the ending of Higurashi and its connection to UminekoConsidering that it is mentioned in Umineko that Featherine grew bored of her previous game, there is a high possibility that Featherine (Hanyu's meta persona and the gamemaster for Higurashi) wrote a fantasy perfect happy ending to Higurashi and abandoned the gameboard, this would explain how everyone remembered previous worlds and how Hanyu can exist. This created a logic error. There was then a split in Fredrika Bernkastel (Rika's meta persona and the main player in this gameboard) into Furude Rika that kept living the life of Matsuribayashi Rika and the logic error Rika that turned into Berkastel. Bernkastel kept trying and trying to solve the game on her own in an almost infinite number of times as mentioned in Umineko, and finaly succeded. This is supported by Bernkastel in Umineko when she says that all "miracles" are only constructs made by sentient being, in this case Featherine making the "miracle" of Matsuribayashi happen. In Umineko, battler mentions early that he has read Higurashi. This is because he read it while staying with Ikuko Hachijo, the author of Higurashi (or maybe she just read the story and created a fanfic happy ending to it).
Hanyuu is an IncubatorHanyuu is an Incubator like Kyubey. Rika wished to keep repeating her live until she escapes her fate. As she starts to give up on the worlds she starts to become a witch. She loses the ability to go as far back in time because she doesn't fight witches. If it wasn't for the fact that she disposed of Bernkastel, she would have become a witch
Hinimizawa Syndrome is a uber nasty form of Borna VirusThis theory comes from my academic background being in the study of bacteria and viruses. Many of the symptoms for the disease can be induced by dopamine malfunctions in the limbic system (located in the central front section of the brain). Recall that heart attacks can be triggered by intese fear, which includes from hallucinations. Since Keiichi gets it, we can rule out blood borne and vertical transmission, making the most likely route of transmission being infected nasal secretions or aerosol. At the time of Higurashi's writing, borna virus was suspected in several mental disorders. It specifically binds to the limbic system, and its mode of transmission is via infected nasal secretions.
Nomura is an alienThat's right, the alien theory was semi-accurate. In fact the whole Alien Invasion was a scam to keep Takano Miyo working hard. In actuality Nomura is an alien agent using the Hinamizawa events to her advantage to take Tokyo and gain power over all of Japan, not just one small village. Hey, it didn't say her faction was human.
Lambdadelta created the Hinamizawa Syndrome.This troper got this theory out of a random brainwave when looking up the supposed origins of the syndrome. Let's count the ways:
Mion carries a pistol to drive away snakes.Not very wild or far-fetched. The Sonozaki estate leaves the vegetation along the fenceline deliberately overgrown to attract and shelter snakes as an added deterrent to intrusion. The signs around the fence include a caution that they are poisonous. Occasionally one may slither onto the path to the house as Mion is arriving or leaving, and even if the gun doesn't kill it, the noise and impact would be sufficient to scare it back into the grass.
Dr. Irie wants to be a Meido.His frequently and flamboyantly expressed obsession with maids is on the order of Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? And so is the duplicity. For all his talk of training maids and keeping them as oppressed as slaves, he's quite pushover boss. He's always solicitous of their feelings, concerned about their happiness, responsive to their complaints and compliant to their demands; and yet he puts only yielding pressure on them to keep up the minimal expectations of their duties. When it was implied that Keiichi wear a maid outfit to clean as a punishment, Irie was thrilled to talk about dressing and serving as a meido, and dwelt on the idea for an uncomfortably long time.
Rika Furude, Frederica Bernkastel and Umineko's Bernkastel really aren't the same being....At least, from their own points of view:
Kaku (Outbreak) is a Higurashi Ultimate Universe.First of all, it can't be just another version of the 1983 loop — the "parasites" act nothing like Hinamizawa Syndrome. But it also can't be (as some have speculated) Takano's idea of how the virus worked, because the outbreak happens without the "Queen Carrier" dying. Moreover, based on her conversation with Rika, Hanyuu is not at all the same being from Kai. This one talks like she's one of the parasites, implies that they came from another planet, and has no sympathy for anyone. And where the hell is Shion? Nothing fits with the Hinamizawa we know — so this isn't the Hinamizawa we know. It's like Marvel Zombies or Legend of Zelda or the Evangelion-in-high-school series: same characters, whole different world. The revelations in Kaku have no bearing on the original series or vice versa, and any attempt to reconcile them will just end in tears.
The world of Higurashi is the real world while Umineko was just an Alternate Universe.Higurashi- Hanyuu wasn't shot, leading to happy ending, and thus Rika is not given the chance to be a witch. But during the events of Saikoroshi, what Hanyuu meant by "either kill your mother or stay in this world" is "either refuse the offer of being a witch or accept the offer and kill the world of Higurashi", as if Rika was given one last chance. But since she finally knew whatit means to change fate, she chose to be Furude Rika rather than Bernkastel. In short, the Hanyuu who went to Saikoroshi must have been Lambdadelta. Umineko- Hanyuu was really shot and Rika wasted her one last chance of surviving by dying in the hands of Takano. She was then locked in the Golden Land. One day, Hanyuu (who now was Featherine since she accepted the offer of being a witch) and Lambdadelta (a witch made up of the Takanos that achieved god status) offered Rika the chance of being a witch. Thinking that she has no choice, she gratefully accepts, thus starting the world of Umineko.
Keiichi recalled events of previous timelines before Tsumihoroboshi-hen.Only subconsciously though. His joking comment about the body Rena chopped up was because the previous iteration of the Ground Hog Day Loop was a Tsumihoroboshi-hen type kaekra.