Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, Episode 19 : 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!

The world finally reset, and the new actor is now finally acting as well…
Matsuribayashi-hen Analyses: [三四], [Ugomeki], [Owari no Hajimari], [Bouryaku], [Saigo no Koma]

Be sure to have watched the episode before reading this!

Today, I will focus mainly on the following points:

  2. Rika’s start
  3. Third faction


Everyone has a right to pursue a happy life.
The difficult part is to be given that right.

Everyone has a right to pursue a happy life.
The difficult part is to fulfill that right.

I too have a right to pursue a happy life.
The difficult part is to work out a compromise for that right.

-Frederica Bernkastel
(Translation Rights: kj1980 from Animesuki Forums)




As we could predict and expect, Hanyuu finally joined the fray with everyone !
Hanyuu could materialize herself just like how she did with Maebara Ichirou back in the past. What is exactly the meaning of this? Basically, Hanyuu doesn’t flee the battle any longer, and joins the front.
Shouldn’t she be able to do that as a ghost? Yes and no, because she doesn’t have much interactions with people except with Rika, and actually they need to do their best efforts altogether for the “miracle”.

Now, Some people would like to know… “why” Hanyuu decides to do that? Why not before?
I think it isn’t only a matter of power, but also a matter of will power. As you probably know, Hanyuu was really a nihilist, much worse than Frederica, and she couldn’t even consider herself as an interacting element in the “chess board”.
Hanyuu is probably not as “useful” in her materialized form, but it is ironically the best form for her so she can do efforts for everything. What would change if Hanyuu actually says Takano is the culprit, while being a ghost? What would the hardship means with a mere information?

There isn’t any “true” explanation why Hanyuu didn’t play the “ultimate spy”, but it is fairly possible to conclude that Hanyuu’s condition and mindset were the “walls” for that attempt, and things wouldn’t go much as far as you could see until now. What about the brilliant battle in Minagoroshi-hen? How things would go if Rika knew it all along?
Think a bit about how this happiness would go without such hardship, such pain?
It is of course heartwrenching and very unfair for Rika and her friends to get drown in such spiral, but actually, the spiral itself is also what makes the “happiness” worth it.
Of course, Hanyuu doesn’t have any intention to inflict pain to smash fate. It is rather how we can actually consider the trial until now.

For Hanyuu, the “happiness” was only when Rika and everyone else were together. That’s all.
That’s fine, but what is the problem is actually that Hanyuu didn’t see the “light”. She didn’t see any future for Rika and everyone else, as the dice rolls were so horrible and repetitive. Who would actually believe they can gain happiness after hundred years of suffering? How can someone witness the hardship of a little girl, who JUST begins to enjoy life, then being robbed over and over again by the same ruthless rules?

Hanyuu was trapped as well in this spiral, in that despair. Despite her wish to help Rika is genuine, she doesn’t have hope. There is a huge difference in the 2 concepts, and therefore, Hanyuu is somewhat self sufficient with the loop, though she of course wants the future BEYOND june 1983.

Because of Minagoroshi-hen, Hanyuu realized her role and also her possibility to act as a friend of their. That is the reason why she materialized, even if she “sacrificied” her memories for it.
This is another reason why Hanyuu materialized for Maebara Ichirou. What you saw in the pieces were the past seen by Hanyuu’s, and things weren’t that simple: Frederica and Hanyuu had to figure the “trigger” for Keiichi’s arrival as he didn’t always move in Hinamizawa.
Considering how Keiichi is already an important piece, even before Tsumihoroboshi-hen and Minagoroshi-hen, Hanyuu did it for sake of possibilities.
There is absolutely no possible comparison between her efforts for this trigger and her materialization in Matsuribayashi-hen.

And this materialization isn’t only a factor of friendship, but also of strong will. Because, you could see as well: Hanyuu actually FORGOT as well, until she bumps on Takano… and so…


I. Rika’s start

Rika completely forgot the Minagoroshi-hen chapter. Did the efforts were wasted? No. However, the situation is “dramatically” different because her inability to even remember the “events” itself, much earlier than her death is pretty much worrying.
Rika would obviously not remember of Keiichi’s prowess and everyone’s hardship against Takano and the Yamainu. Consequently, the “trust” for her friends isn’t that shining, unlike in Minagoroshi-hen.
Will she be impaired by it? No.
And that is thanks to Hanyuu and her strong will. Hanyuu proved by herself the truth behind the “miracle” of Minagoroshi-hen, the fight against all odds (be it against Teppei or Takano). Due Hanyuu’s demosntration fo will, Rika can be confident.
Would it change much if she only know about Takano? it is hard to tell, because she has such SHORT time, and she wouldn’t have much possibility to strike against her nemesis.
She then needs the support of her friends to be able to curve the odds in HER favour.

The anime was of course very very short and rushed on this part, but Rika could gather her confidence with Hanyuu’s revelations AND actions, as her materialization is a very strong proof of her claim and will.


III. Third Faction

The part C of the episode is quite straightforward: The “mysterious” woman pretended to be named Nomura, but she is revealed as Takagi.
What does it exactly mean? Rather we can assume that Mion nailed the point very nicely: The actual third faction doesn’t have any objective about the possible warfare benefit of the research, or helping the Koizumi’s faction.
Rather, their objective is to push the balance of power for their benefit.
As you can probably guess, even if the governement is able to cover the blunder, the conflicts within it would be extremely heated. It is ironic to say that Takagi claimed the institute would be a scapegoat for the actual party to get their hand on the project, because her faction is actually using the said institute to crush even more the political conflict.

What would happen if Takano succeeds with the plan? Basically, the whole current party would be taken as scapegoat, along with Koizumi’s remnant faction.
Why? Because the faction would be responsible for the loss of the queen carrier, and therefore, the government influence MUST be justified. Therefore, the last ruin of Koizumi’s party and the actual Chief cabinet secretary would be forced to be dismissed altogether.

The plan itself is actually a battle royale, as they are at least three in the pack. The koizumi’s party, origin of the institute. The “current party”, stealing the alphabet project when Koizumi died (since he was leading with his money, so his death could lighten the power of his faction, and thus, some power could be allocated for them), and Takagi’s.

It isn’t exactly possible to figure if Takano will get what she wants in the process, because it would hardly deal a positive effect on either the 2 first factions. She would probably be dismissed right after the massacre, and she would be stuck, pitiful in her own delusions about “completing her grandfather’s research and glorifying it”.

So yes, Takano is basically a pawn. I guess you realized it already, but it is even more a deceiving plot, instead of taking advantage of her objective.
There is more than 1 protagonist as you can see.

For the last time, Fate of June 1983 is resumed
…as a last resort and last spark of courage…
…the goddess herself became mortal…

…to prepare the counter attack…

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…


*sigh* another late entry. I guess the piling amount of summaries, with recent homework for my studies are really stacking, disrupting my free time and scheldule.
Fear not, i’m no way near of giving this up. But I will probably have to lighten my load, by doing a bit “less”. I will try not to do this anyway. Currently, I have 5 pending summaries to do with that entry, but I think I can do a good chunk of this tonight and tomorrow (before CLANNAD shows up again).
Next episode summary will be up soon. Feel free to smite me, or else, usual comments ^^”


10 Responses to “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, Episode 19 : Analysis, Thoughts, and Random Comments”

  1. 1 Some Guy November 20, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    I don’t think you get thanked enough for your work.. so thanks :).

  2. 2 Goto November 20, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    It’s never too late for those good works :E
    Keep them up!

  3. 3 FlareKnight November 21, 2007 at 12:37 am

    Thanks as always for the effort put forward on this.

    Gives good understanding for the key players. Certainly a loss with Rika forgetting everything from the previous world. It was such an important one in shifting her beliefs and giving her faith. But there is a final round to take place so here’s hoping they can pull it together.

  4. 4 Dark-Pie November 21, 2007 at 1:44 am

    We all have a large patience when it comes to this anime, your articles included. Take as much time as you need. Seriously, It’s still good if it dosen’t come out when you want it to. As you can see those who read this and post about it do think you deserve a thanks, so thanks.

    That being said, you should still enjoy yourself too. You’ve earned it. :>

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