Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, Episode 20 : Analysis, Thoughts, and Random Comments

[Disclaimer]: This entry might contain MINOR spoilers. However, while the analysis might push you to these minorspoilers, NO foretelling spoiler is present. Therefore, please follow the same guideline, and understand that any spoiler can just ruin this critical part of the story for any reader. (NO spoiler will be tolerated. Any borderline hint either. Don’t even try to test me, instant edit/delete might fall without your permission. You have been WARNED). Good reading!
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New allies are rallying up with Rika… Though, is everything that easy? How about their time limit?
As the conditions are finally met, they require some battleplan, but also the efforts to take down the threat, with the information and manpower they have…
Analyses involving the past are listed in [Saigo no Koma]
Matsuribayashi-hen Analyses
: [Makuake]

Be sure to have watched the episode before reading this!

Today, I will focus mainly on the following points:

  1. “World”
  2. 48 hours

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[Analysis]

I. “World”

The new and last world is crafted, at last.
As you can see with this episode and last week, the “miracle” is present, as most actors are acting in such fashion it would be impossible without any remniscence, even if it is unconscious (see Rena’s comment about Hanyuu in episode 19).
In this final setup, Rika has obviously no control at all, especially that she doesn’t have any card in her sleeve, because of the ultimate memory loss.
However, all the hardship everyone went through gave fruit: the memory of most people are effective, even Oryou who lift the silly “curse” on Satoko, destroying almost completely Rule Z.
Rika is definitely active and does everything to gather all of his allies, and potential options or whatnot.

There is a slight difference here: Even if Akasaka saved his wife, he was able to listen to Rika and thus, keeping his promise. Can we assume that also happened in Minagoroshi-hen? Hard to tell, and not exactly relevant, as Akasaka was enjoying too much his free time with Yukie. That said, it is pretty much retconing what happened in the game, as… until I’m wrong, Akasaka came because of the Piece #51 (read [Saigo no Koma]), and so, his will was strong enough after this rage so he would save Rika in Matsuribayashi-hen (it is impliying that Yukie died anyway).

As you can see, Rule X and Rule Z are under “control” somehow: they have the data, and everyone is rallying each other for the victory. Is everything to easy? No, because it is a world, where 100 years of hardship (not only for Rika) were required for that.
As worlds are affected by luck etc, remember that a strong will is a essential trait, which can make anyone being able to tame fate in their advantage, which was what Takano did until now.
In such regards, everyone’s will is clashing against Takano’s, armed with support and the like.

The problem of this world is most likely how they can counter Takano and her scheme, considering the tight scheldule (less than a week before the festival), but…

 

II. 48 hours

Keiichi and Satoko found the best way to “invalidate” Takano completely: a premature death for Rika would hardly be good news for Takano (see Watanagashi-hen/Meakashi-hen). In such instance, the ultimate threat of the syndrome would be completely wiped out, and there wouldn’t much way for her to escape once Tomitake excposes her plan.

As you could see, the club members DON’T know the theory is false. Whatever the truth behind it is irrelevant. Why? Because they just have to buy time so they can call forth the Banken, the elite troop of the governement. The yamainu would have hard time to act against them.
They don’t have the luxury to question the reliability of this thesis, especially that Irie didn’t find anything wrong behind this. Except trying to figure the nature of it, they have to expose the real threat, as the “bomb” (the syndrome) is harmless without the detonator (Takano’s scheme).

Tomitake is then the “key character” to stop Takano, and he has to find out the clues and details which can expose Takano’s plan. The problem is actually how the Yamainu is well organized and etablished in Hinamizawa and Okinomiya.

Is he only the one? No as Irie is also important to deal with “X” itself: the syndrome. Would they really live in peace if the syndrome is still on the loose, with that affair emerging in the shadows of the governement? not really.

We can apply this reasoning to many characters. This is actually the “true” solution, as every chess pieces are required to defeat Fate itself, not Takano alone.
And for this, even “pawns” are worthing as much as the queen (Keiichi? huhuhu) and so forth.

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For the last time, Fate of June 1983 is resumed
…slowly but surely…
…everyone gather under the same goal…

…preparing an unbreakable unity…

Now… Doom is inevitable? Will everyone be happy?
This is your decision to witness the possible arrival of a miracle…
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai continues…

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*sigh* Late and rather short… well, I must admit I was kinda wondering the usefulness of doing an analysis for this episode, so…
For some news, I’m currently doing a stage for my nursing studies. Therefore, I’m extremely busy and tired from my work in hospital and such.
Not really an excuse, but just to be sure that you will understand why my pace was really slow this week…

 

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7 Responses to “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, Episode 20 : Analysis, Thoughts, and Random Comments”


  1. 1 Dark-Pie November 30, 2007 at 7:14 am

    I’m so late. I just got to this. This was a good review even if it was “short”. I’m really upset that they’ve made it so emotional for Ooishi. I hope he dosen’t die.

    Ugh I see that 21 is already out.

  2. 2 Hecman December 3, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Seeing this episode I realize there was no way in hell Rika can over come Takano with just Keichi, Mion, Shion, Satoko, and Rena. Even if Satoshi was there they couldn’t do it by themselves. Only the combine might of the village could save Rika. Which would be pretty cool to see Takano being defeated by the village she would purge in the name of her grandfather and Hanyuu!

    I see in the preview Shion finally makes a appearance in this arc.

    “World” – Rules X and Z made things interesting and more heart felt, but I guess Rika suffered thru enough sorrow to defeat them. Thought it would make it more touching to have Rika defeat each rule X case quickly or at least one.

    “48 Hours” – Amazing how simple a plan to defeat Takano was. Just pretend Rika is dead for 48 hours. But I just “love” how Rika did that manga story to get her friends to come up with the plan of action. Just wow!

    @Dark-pie – Everything is easy when Mr. Delicious is around… well except for the murder mysteries.

  3. 3 Fernando August 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    “That said, it is pretty much retconing what happened in the game, as… until I’m wrong, Akasaka came because of the Piece #51 (read [Saigo no Koma]), and so, his will was strong enough after this rage so he would save Rika in Matsuribayashi-hen (it is impliying that Yukie died anyway).”

    If you’re saying that it’s implied the Akasaka in Matsuribayashi-hen also lost Yukie in the game, and the anime retconned this, you’re wrong. Yukie is still alive in Matsuribayashi-hen. What happened was he heeded Rika’s ‘go back to Tokyo’ warning in a way, because he sensed danger and called Yukie and warned her ‘be careful’. So like in Minagoroshi-hen he found out the janitor fell down the stairs and it could have been Yukie (but she was told to be careful and stopped going to the roof). That is why Akasaka considers Rika saved her, just like Minagoroshi-hen. The difference from that world is that Akasaka didn’t go back to Tokyo, the rest happened like Himatsubushi-hen and he heard her death prophecy. Of course that piece #51 is similar to Keiichi and co remembering previous worlds in Minagoroshi-hen because it helped motivate Akasaka to remember Rika’s prophecy and take it seriously, so he can save her, but Yukie didn’t die for this world’s Akasaka anyway. Irie even mentions when Akasaka is staying at Rika’s house that it must be hard for him that he can’t call her, since Rika’s phonelines are bugged (Akasaka says she can handle it because she is the wife of a policemen but Irie sees that he wishes he could call her).


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