Warning: Wall of Text
Kyon's family doesn't celebrate his birthday in the actual date. The only reason I can think about why they are doing that is that something very
bad happened on that day. Also, at least for his mother, it's worse if Watanagashi falls on the same day. Another thing that confuses me as well is the reason why Rika told Kyon about the Hinamizawa Syndrome
and the Endless June
(IIRC she told him that before
he told her about the SOS brigade).
What else do we know?
Kyon's cousin (the first daughter of Keiichi and Mion, the one Kyon was in love with) ran away from home years ago and her family doesn't seem too concerned about her whereabouts (with the Sonozaki family's "resources", one would think that it would trivial for them to find her if they wanted to), so they probably know she is OK or they think she is dead or maybe there is some other reason for that.
Probably irrelevant, but there is no single instance where the names Naota or Makoto (Keiichi and Mion's son and daughter) are written with a kanji that contains the radical "Oni" (鬼 : ghost, devil, ogre), so their first daughter must have it (and appointed as the heiress), unless they decided to end the Theme Naming
with Mion and Shion's generation. I got this info running several Unix tools (mainly Sed
) on the Enamdict
dictionary file. For trivia, there is 343 matches for that criteria in female names alone, 251 of them contains the kanji 魅 (fascination, charm, bewitch) and "Mion" (魅音) is one of them.
Kyon's mother is estranged from Rika and Keiichi, especially from Rika, and she doesn't know about Hinamizawa's Tenchi Solution
(Rika warned Haruhi about that). Also, she doesn't have a problem with Arranged Marriage
and she has some slight controlling tendencies
with Kyon but no so much with Nonoko
Finally, all the Higurashi's cast think that someone should tell Kyon something that he doesn't know, something that her mother in particular doesn't want him to know.
Now, let's cook some WMG
with these ingredients:
Kyon's cousin (she is the only one who doesn't get a name) suffered from Hinamizawa Syndrome
and attacked Kyon on his birthday (also Watanagashi) some years ago (with his luck she probably used a knife
). Higurashi's cast
reacted quickly enough, saving his life, but he lost his memories of the attack due to the trauma.
From here there are two possibilities: Kyon's cousin snapped out of the Hinamizawa Syndrome or not. If she didn't, then she is either dead, under treatment like Satoko and Satoshi somewhere, or interned in a medical institution or even jail if she was old enough for that.
Personally, I prefer the other option. She snapped out of the Hinamizawa Syndrome, maybe thanks to Kyon himself (that would explain why his uncles and aunts respect him so much, Rika in particular would be very impressed with that). After the inevitable My God, What Have I Done?
moment, she run away from Hinamizawa on her own or she was found by her parent on time, told about the Syndrome and treated.
In any case Kyon was badly hurt, freaking the hell out of his parents, and taken to the hospital. Probably Keiichi and Co. tried their best to keep the circumstances concealed but that engendered suspicions in the mind of Kyon's mother. Rika's behaviour (who can be very calm in critical moments
) must had been especially suspicious to her. With the disappearance of Kyon's cousin at that time, the background of the Sonozaki family
and the rest of the information available to her, Kyon's mother chalked the incident up to a Yakuza
attack targeted to Kyon's cousin resulting in Kyon getting hurt in her defense
About the outcome of Kyon's cousin, she could leave Hinamizawa because guilt or maybe she actually eloped some time after. There are too little information here.
All that would explain several things about Kyon's mother: her estrangement with Keiichi, her fixation with the girls in Kyon's life, her opposition with Kyon travelling to Hinamizawa on his birthday, her severe reaction at Kyon's (justified in some degree) involvement in school violence and her willingness to arrange his own marriage without even listen to his opinion. Also, that would explain why Kyon's family celebrate his birthday on the wrong date, why Rika told him about her past and Kyon's selective obliviousness to romance (seeing the girl he liked scared to death of him have
to linger in some way).