Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, Episode 8 : Analysis, Thoughts, and Random Comments

[Disclaimer]: This entry is SPOILER-FREE. Also, 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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Heh…? A change on the disclaimer? Indeed… This entry will be more likely something to discuss about, instead of unveiling the meaning of some hints. As you can see, the complete mood got literaly upsided down. Is it Rika’s mistake? her sin? Well, this entry will be much more subjective I believe, but frankly, many things can be interpreted anyway…
As usual, here are the links of the previous analysis for Minagoroshi-hen: [Meiro no Housoku], [Unmei no Kaekata]

Be sure to have watched the episode before reading this!

Today, I will focus mainly on the following points:

  1. Houjou Teppei
  2. Rika’s despair
  3. K, the Magician of Words

No random thing this week.

[Analysis]

I. Houjou Teppei

Houjou Teppei is probably the main subject, as being the principal trigger of the despair in this chapter. Well, first, who is he? As far as you can see, Teppei is the kind of man you would like to bash to death, definitely.

Here is a brief summary and recap about him:

Houjou Teppei is the brother of Mr Houjou, Satoko’s step-father. Between 1980 and 1982, Both he and his wife “took care” of Satoshi and Satoko. As you can remember from Tatarigoroshi-hen, “taking care” is rather a contradictory verb used by these… foster parents.
To be more accurate, they just pick them, so they could get their hands on the inheritance of the late Houjou couple…

Teppei’s couple was extremely selfish, noisy and rude. Ever since the dam war, you can guess they got shuned even more because of their name. But nothing really mattered to them, and their ostracism was kinda “natural”, for both parties as the villagers consider them as traitors and vermins while the said Houjou didn’t give of crap of anyone. Unfortunately, Satoshi and Satoko didn’t have any family except them. And since the fated accident of their parents, both siblings were “welcomed” by them.

It was only a matter of time that Satoko was targeted by her aunt as… well a punching ball? Satoko being the cry baby as she was always, her behaviour was enough to spark even more quarells between her and her aunt. Despite Satoshi’s efforts, He wasn’t able to shelter Satoko completely, and thus, both siblings were physically and mentally tortured by her. Of course, Teppei didn’t really do anything, and was rather a spectator or even an actor with these times to times.

2 TIPS from Meakashi-hen, depicting Satoshi’s Point of View about Satoko and their aunt, Houjou Tamae :

  1. [Blurred Diary]
  2. [A Crumpled Diary]

After two years, Satoshi finally decided to take actions. As far as we could see with Meakashi-hen, it is safe to assume Satoshi’s was the true culprit, but got covered somehow and disappeared. But well, this is another story, as we don’t have enough clue, nor it is the current topic.

After this incident, Teppei just left their house, and joined his bitch, Rina. As you could see, they are pimping money with a rather despicable tactic. As this episode suggested, Rina had another agenda, and touched on some money which she shouldn’t have to. This scene explains why she was found dead in the start of Tatarigoroshi-hen. (as a side note, the “blonde” hair is a mistake of DEEN, and on the DVD version, the hair is back to pink).

You can read these following TIPS for that matter :

  1. [East 3rd Round] (Tatarigoroshi-hen),
  2. [Moments before skipping town] (Minagoroshi-hen)


Since he isn’t able to get money on his own, his only solution would be to return in houjou’s house, and using Satoko’s as a slave until he got a new plan to get money. Anything will do for him. ANYTHING.

Please read these TIPS from Minagoroshi-hen as well, you will see by yourself:

  1. [Start of Trouble] (This TIPS shows how Teppei goes back to Satoko’s house. His thoughts are shown, along with the scene when Chie-sensei pays a visit to him.)
  2. [Repression and the Notebook] (Teppei’s money plan… behind the scene)


Teppei, much like a leech, doesn’t really care of his “toy”, and the result is what you could see in Tatarigoroshi-hen and Minagoroshi-hen…
However, Tatarigoroshi-hen was much worse, as the abuse was more in “depth”… In fact, as Satoko was breaking down in season 1 episode 10, the game and manga differ in this: Rena approached Satoko and hugged. The erratic blonde little girl whispered something to Rena, and she became also enraged… Should i recall you Rena’s “School incident”?

here is the manga version of this, untranslated unfortunately, but I think no comment is required:

The original scene was much more intense, and this is the trigger of Keiichi’s mania. Unlike the anime, where he was portrayed a bit “too calm”, Keiichi REALLY snaps, even more than Shion in Minagoroshi-hen, and begin to uses his KOOL K mode to prepare his assassination. Nope, Keiichi was not stupid, nor on a whim. This is the reason why the anime version of Tatarigoroshi-hen was considered as a huge failure, along with various pace and content issues.

You want to know how it REALLY happened? Well, I’m a bit too lazy and I think I wouldn’t be able to do a summary as good as the following one. Courtesy of Sushi-Y :
Season 1, Episode 11 : Keiichi’s monologue and Teppei’s assassination

And now, check back this TIPS from Tatarigoroshi-hen:
[Emergency Action]

I believe you understand now completely why Rika didn’t mind to kill Teppei either… but unfortunately, she wasn’t able to, and this will lead to…

II. Rika’s despair

Despite what Rika gained in this chapter, she got litteraly crushed by her own powerlessness, and her despair crippled her even more. Is it a sin? Is it her fault?
I believe it isn’t. Well, what does she gained?

  1. RULE X was “prevented” until now : her friends didn’t let their problems plaguing them any further
  2. She gained the full protection of the Yamainu
  3. Akasaka came back in Hinamizawa

As you can see, she won 2 major trump cards, and sealed a “RULE“. Unfortunately, what happened during this rollercoaster episode? Basically, points 2 and 3 became useless.
Why Rika is so pissed? Why so desperate after this?

You must refer to what Teppei is really, as in the earlier point. Teppei spells the doom of this world, litterally. How? 2 points: 1) transforming Satoko into a wreck and 2) a huge RULE X factor.

As you might know, Rika tries to get her happiness. She doesn’t only want to stay alive, but she wants ALL HER FRIENDS to be happy with her! What happens with that bastard Teppei? Simply, her best friend is literaly shattered. Rika witnessed this hell many times, and she COULD NOT do anything, and still CAN’T in this chapter !

Why?

  1. Despite her status, She is unable to stop the obnoxious “hostile” attitude of the villagers against Satoko, “being a Houjou”. This is even worse as Teppei comes back to Hinamizawa, leading even less “sympathy” to her.
  2. Satoko will take it as a trial and WON’T ask for help
  3. Because Satoko lied before about her step-father (read [E2-3 Number 44] Tatarigoroshi-hen TIPS), the Child Protection Center doesn’t take too seriously of her case, especially since she claim there isn’t anything. As another “proof”, read this Minagoroshi-hen TIPS, which shows how they consider this case [Reception Memo] (I don’t think putting this memo with a comment about the fridge is a proof of care…)

As you can see: the surroundings is hostile, the victim herself doesn’t ask for help, and the main “actors” are even doubting this.
This is why Rika lost hope: There is no way to save Satoko. She can’t do anything, and she most likely tried numerous times before. Her trumps cards were useless. As she tried to get help from Irie and Takano, everything turned to be futile… She made her best efforts to take advantage of this perfect scenario, she didn’t make any mistake.

Yet, Fate crushed all her hopes with one single blow, which is the worst, as she said in Minagoroshi-hen prologue, when she talked about Tatarigoroshi-hen and Teppei.

100 years of shit without being able to see any change, except in Tsumihoroboshi-hen and Minagoroshi-hen. As you can see with the start of Minagoroshi-hen, Tsumihoroboshi-hen happened just before this (It appears Yakusamashi-hen is rather an alternative part of the story, and not exactly the right sequel of Tsumihoroboshi, considering her reactions in Minagoroshi-hen). And since Tsumihoroboshi-hen was just before Minagoroshi which has only 2 weeks left, you can tell she get through that cycle without any glimpse of Miracle.

As Rika was grasping the tiny miracles one by one, she has grown hopes too much as Hanyuu said, and she completely fall from her weak and fragile pillar of hope. You know this sentence : the more you are climbing, the harder the fall will be.

 

But is everything lost? As you can see, Rika was beyond her usual despair, and almost give up completely her quest. However, her feelings for her friends, especially for Satoko are much more important, and thus, she couldn’t lie to herself anymore, as she wants to save Satoko.

And who will be the messiah…?

III. K, the Magician of Words

Keiichi, most likely one of the most unpredictable piece in the Fate of 1983. Yet, as he is guided to the right path, Keiichi has proven he is literaly a hero, and can simply save the day… with his words.

But what is this exactly?

Basically, Keiichi has the ability to touch directly people with his words. His passion, his tone, his choice of words, along with a proper content are an impressive cocktail of persuasion.
Keiichi looks cheesy and relatively childish in his way of speech, but it is most likely one of the most effective you can find.

No wonder why the villagers choosed him for the auction sale (as i said in the summary of ep7, they skipped the explanations…)

But that doesn’t stop there. When did he use this EX skill to save the day? Bingo, with Rena and Shion!

  1. Watanagashi-hen/Meakashi-hen: Despite Shion’s insanity and his life threatening situation, Keiichi was able to change the gloomy mood.
  2. Tsumihoroboshi-hen: Keiichi was able to convert Rena’s rage into fun excitement. And he was even able to make her feel back as she was before, and makes her realizes what she was doing. This is the main difference of Onikakushi-hen and Tsumihoroboshi-hen. Keiichi pulverized the almighty RULE X ALONE, by his own hands, while he could be killed in ANY moment !
  3. Minagoroshi-hen: Keiichi was able to stop Shion, while even Rena and Mion couldn’t. Even with his bold gamble, as withstanding Shion’s chair strike, Keiichi definitely saved this world from a impending doom of RULE X.

Keiichi has not only the skills, but the charisma and the passion, giving him the ability to literaly gather people for his own cause.
it is shown on various cases of some acrivities. the best examples would be:

  1. Watanagashi-hen/Meakashi-hen: Tomita and Okamura “lecherous revelation” for the game store event
  2. Tatarigoroshi-hen/Yakusamashi-hen: Kameda-kun “sweet perverted bribery”


And now, Keiichi is rallying up the whole gang, even a desperate Rika, for the second round!
Of course, don’t expect Keiichi being able to convert Teppei as one of his K slaves. But, as his father suggested him, Keiichi will follow the “rules”, and you will see: He will beat the shit out of Fate, and this won’t be ugly. (yes, not ugly, instead of pretty, ufufufufu)

…This Fate of June 1983 reverted back to its former state…
…despair announces the incoming tragedy…
…but a passion remains…

…As a sign of Defiance…

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… ____________________________________________________________________

Well well, this analysis was rather short, as it was mostly based on what we got with this episode: angst. No mysteries, no hints, just the trial to save Satoko.
Now, remember what I said? Minagoroshi won’t slow down the pace. Next week will be epic. you can mark my words for this.
Curious for the next episode title? haha, here you go : 交渉 – Koushou – Negociation
As you can read this title, Keiichi will shine like no tomorrow !

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9 Responses to “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, Episode 8 : Analysis, Thoughts, and Random Comments”


  1. 1 Dark-Pie August 26, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Iv’e been reading your articles for the past 7ish episodes and Iv’e enjoyed them all. I’m sure it’s fine your analysis isn’t as big this time. The other were really good.

    On a side note I noticed Rika sounds totally diffrent is this because they changed their voice actor ( Seiyu ) or did they want Rika to sound diffrent?

  2. 2 klashikari August 26, 2007 at 12:32 am

    Haha thanks, I was just wondering if i didn’t skip something interesting to analyze/discuss about. But I think I will have a field day next week ^^

    as for your question, no, Tamura Yukari is still Rika’s seiyuu.
    Basically, Rika adopted the “Rika” voice, but with a complete serious tone. it isn’t the sarcastic/jaded of “Kuro Rika/Frederica” from before.

    And of course, the “mad” moment is quite normal for this voice.

    If i answered it wrongly, please give me the time frame of the scene you are talking about. But i’m pretty sure that they didn’t change her Seiyuu, and Tamura Yukari just gives even more tones and expressions here. No wonder why she is praised ^^

  3. 3 Dark-Pie August 26, 2007 at 12:52 am

    Alright, Thanks so very much. :] I was very fond of Rika’s voice actor so I questioned the new drastic change. I really appretiate your answer.

    From what I understand now we see this “Rika” has gotten another “Rika” ( Similar to Fredrica ). So now I wonder, which is the original “Rika” and will we ever hear the other two Rika’s speak again.

    And I agree her Seiyu/voce actor is quite awesome.

  4. 4 klashikari August 26, 2007 at 1:01 am

    you are welcome ^^

    as a little additional note : i don’t think it is “another” Rika.
    To be more clear, “Furude Rika” (the human) has 2 distinct mode. “Rika” and “Frederica”.

    As i explained in analysis 7, “Frederica” is the collected conciouscness of “Furude Rika”, the little girl, trying to shatter fate 1983.

    As result, she bears “Rika” personality, which should be hers as the true personality. What does that mean? basically, “Frederica” cannot pretend to be “Furude Rika”, as she is out of the world, since she lived through the flow of various worlds. (IN Minagoroshi-hen, game version, Rika forced herself to convince her “you are furude rika, you are furude rika,…” as she was beginning to lose herself: her mind is in complete exhaustion, and the lack of “surprise” thus feeligns and thus life is plaguing her)

    Don’t get confused through: they are the same person, but the concept is “just different”.
    the “Rika” we know usually does her “Nipa~” and “Mi” and various cute sounds. But as far as we could see, she has the knowledge and memories of the ~past~, thus she is part of “Frederica”, and in such extent, she is acting as “Furude Rika”.

    Frederica the consciousness may act, as a desperate attempt to shatter fate (in example: her plea to Akasaka in Himatsubushi, or with Tomitake in Yakusamashi)
    In fact, this voice is much like what Rika had in Yakusamashi-hen when she rush to Tommy. Basically, it is “Frederica” in her struggle, which is a dramatic change of tone, which made me think it was “rika” before… guess i should be more careful about what i think >_>

  5. 5 sadakups August 26, 2007 at 2:31 am

    Nice analysis, as always. ^_^

    Keiichi has always been the man ever since this series started. Although during the first season, not knowing anything, I always expect him to die in every arc, or at least whack somebody with Satoshi’s almight bat.

    However, with his actions as of recent episodes, yes, Keiichi sure is one cool guy with his smooth talking. That goes to say that he doesn’t need a bat to solve things. Or maybe he’ll use that again in future episodes, perhaps?

  6. 6 kingsky August 26, 2007 at 9:30 am

    i like frederica bernkastel. i mean i seen from the tips and such she seems so much wiser then the one in the anime

  7. 7 Anime August 27, 2007 at 4:10 am

    I watch this episode all the time, it’s great.

  8. 8 ナークスK 口コミ October 28, 2016 at 5:42 am

    今どきネットやSocial Networking Serviceで噂で持ちきり、一吹きするだけで質樸に除毛できるという脱毛スプレー「ナークスK」について調べてみました!仮想空間の口コミでも「すごく素朴!」と高評価の除毛スプレー「ナークスK」の口コミや効能を見てみて。


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