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Riona ([personal profile] rionaleonhart) wrote2017-04-18 09:27 am

An Evil Takoyaki Stand.

'If I were to liken her statements to a meal, it would be sort of like... she'd just tried to stuff a whole plate of duck into my mouth, and now I couldn't say anything.'

Er, Keiichi, are you all right? Are you hungry? That's a bit of an odd analogy, there.

I've been playing the third Higurashi instalment, Tatarigoroshi! I'm in chapter eight, I think.



I'm starting to warm up to Satoko at last; I never actively disliked her, but I feel I've only just started to understand her and her relationship with Keiichi. And her miserable, blank-eyed expression makes me feel awful. Poor thing.

THINGS STARTED TO GO WRONG BEFORE WATANAGASHI. I wasn't prepared for this! I'd just got it into my head that, yes, the festival was when things went wrong. But no; I'd lulled myself into a false sense of security.

I'm interested to note that Keiichi, in this instalment, seems haunted by a sense that things might go wrong. Is he retaining some sense of what happened in the prior instalments? I hope so; I'd love to see him remember everything that's happened on previous go-rounds.

OH MY GOD, I WROTE THAT AND THEN HE SAW OOISHI FOR THE 'FIRST TIME' AND HAD AN INSTANT FEELING OF FOREBODING AND KNEW HIS NAME WAS OOISHI WITHOUT BEING TOLD AND I'M SO EXCITED.

(Ooishi seems surprisingly evil in this instalment. I never thought of him as a bad guy before; I thought he was just a guy who, yes, was perhaps slightly cavalier with Keiichi's safety, but who basically just wanted to solve the murders in Hinamizawa. Things go wrong when he turns up, but only because he tends to bring bad news. He's not the only Higurashi character who seems evil in some instalments and not others, of course, but for some reason I'd got it into my head that only characters from Hinamizawa were likely to suddenly become scary.)

I really like Keiichi in this instalment. His frustration at being unable to help Satoko, his appreciation of his mother's small kindnesses after seeing the cruelty of Satoko's uncle. I also like that, when Rena asks what he'd do if a disaster killed all his friends, he openly says that he'd cry. He doesn't try to be manly and tough; he answers honestly.

It's also really interesting, after two games of 'my friends might be involved in ritual murders, shit,' to see Keiichi respond to the revelation this time with 'my friends might be involved in ritual murders; maybe I can ask them to ritually murder the guy who's abusing Satoko, because I can't see any other way to get her out of this situation.' In previous instalments, the curse has been a threat. Suddenly it's a potential ally, and Keiichi is becoming an insider.



There's a surprising warmth at the core of Higurashi, and I think that's the reason it works. It could easily have been about horrible people doing horrible things to each other, and I wouldn't have cared. But instead it's about friends who genuinely love and care about each other, and who nonetheless find themselves doing horrible things to each other, and that means I care a lot.

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