The biggest point in Higurashi - the thesis of Higurashi itself as a story, the moral, the theme - is “Get help for your problems instead of hiding them or hiding from them. If you reached out your hand to the resources you could take, you would surely receive help in some way.”
Rena did not do this. Tsumihoroboshi-hen.
Keiichi did not do this. Tatarigoroshi-hen. Onikakushi-hen.
Shion did not do this. Meakashi-hen/Watanagashi-hen.
Even Takano did not do this, and the story begins like that.
Had Takano told someone about her story, about her struggles, she would’ve received help sooner rather than later, because we know she was suffering from PTSD the moment she escaped the corrupt orphanage.
Worlds where Takano does not suffer and does not lose her parents lead to seemingly-perfect worlds where in the end, Rika is the one who suffers the most.
Thankfully, those worlds are very, very rare.
The point is - reach out to those you have. Tell them your struggles. Tell people what you’ve been through. Get help. It will benefit you more to get help than to keep it bottled inside until it explodes, regardless of how quickly it takes - for Keiichi, Shion and Rena in Higurashi, it took a matter of days; for Takano, it took her entire life.
Great moral of Higurashi: That post and always remembering that you are not alone. There are always people who care and love you!
Man higurashi will take every fucking chance to just be like ‘fuck you’ to satoko tho
This entirely new arc that was made just for the anime is a perfect example its like it was made just for that purpose
All of higurashi is just like ‘okay now how do we make satokos life even worse there has got to be more ways to make her miserable and make her life a living hell and just totally fuck her and her life over c’mon guys we can’t stop till she’s fucking screwed at every goddamn turn’
'Her mom remarrying again and again and her step fathers being mean to her and then her slowly getting a fucking disease that makes her insane that she needs to take shots for every day and then she kills said parents because of this disease because she thinks they want to kill her and in reality they don't but oh well theres no way to avoid this and then her aunt and uncle taking her and her brother in and abusing them and her brother protecting her then killing their aunt and disappearing only to find out later he's in a fucking coma and there's a possibility he might not come back but she's waiting for him and trying to get stronger and she blames herself for his disappearance and guess what he honestly did want her to be a little more independent and then a girl with a crush on him stabs her to death but she won't let herself cry and said girl also slapped her yelled at her and was about to beat her with a chair and then her best friend takes her in and lets her live with her but she feels like a bother yet again did we mention that the village hates her fucking family and treats her like shit and when her uncle comes back she'll only want to take the abuse because she'll feel like she's making up for everything and just all the fucking abuse she endures and then you got this whole fucking new arc where she tries so hard to help her best friend and she won't tell her anything and she gets paranoid and tries to protect her from dying but she sees her all cut open at the shrine and then she has to run from killers falls off a bridge and gets to learn that the entire village and her friends are all dead goes into fucking shock and then she sort of finds out the truth behind the disaster but then she gets killed and after all the shit from the past year she slowly regains her smile again but guess what her friends will all fucking die or go crazy eventually and she might even get fucking killed not to mention more than half the fanbase hates her because she's apparently a whiny crybaby about all this and she likes to play a few pranks and she has an 'annoying' laugh which is actually great and cute and she's great and cute and awesome but oh wait she also does get the shit beat out of her with a chair in one world by her best friend in other worlds no less and while she is mean to rika you find out later the rika of that world isn't so great either'
I am probably missing a lot of shit but yeah
Life is fun and gr8 for satoko
Edit: and keiichi who she begins to think of as a new brother and helps make life fun for her again
Welp she pushes him off a bridge because she believes he’s possessed and now he’s taken away from her too and in the same arc she gets to see her dead best friend too
Not to mention Rena tells her straight out she sinned because she always hid behind satoshi and contributed to his disappearance like the entire main group but she already knows this
And she thinks everything is because she broke the statue in the forbidden tool shed and she cursed everyone and herself
let’s not forget that her multiple stepfathers before houjou were actually extremely abusive to her as well + her mother being abusive
and the fact that she very nearly had her brain vivisected and cruelly experimented on while she was alive
also she never knew that satoshi was in a coma she still thinks he just ran away. just abandoned her flat out. like, to think about it… knowing your older brother is in a coma (but is still alive) and is near you is a lot better than thinking that he left her alone because she was emotional baggage to him
Satoko needs a hug! ;___;
SATOKO HOUJOU DESERVES TO BE KIssed on the head and given lots of nice things and loved by everyone because she’s the toughest lil cookie and she deserves the world
She does! :)
i think we really need to acknowledge tomita in this moment of the minagoroshi-hen manga.
this is a kid who bravely stood up for his friend satoko once he learned from the club members that she was being severely abused by her horrid uncle. in the manga, he is depicted as the ringleader of the children that desperately want to defend satoko. in fact, he’s the one who affirms their dedication in saving satoko no matter what cost they must pay because she is their dear friend and like a family member.
while he’s not a main character, tomita honestly just proves himself the most here out of all of the children. of course, okamura does as well, but it’s really tomita who steals the show. tomita takes charge of the situation for the kids and stands up, proclaiming that satoko is one of them and that they will not abandon her or let satoko die. these kids are among the first of keiichi’s recruits in their efforts to protest social services for their refusal to admit that satoko is being abused, but it’s tomita’s vows that really seal the deal for keiichi in seeing just how dedicated they are to saving satoko.
it makes this scene in the final chapter of the manga just so much sadder. here he is in the same place where he affirmed that he would protect satoko witnessing his best friend, okamura, dying, along with his fellow classmates - his friends that are like family - and other members of the hinamizawa community perishing from some unknown gas. he is depicted as the last person living in that poisoned room. this is a kid that boldly stood up along with his peers and hinamizawa villagers to defend satoko, and they had won that uphill battle, but, in the end, tomita is forced to witness the deaths of these people and his best friend.
he’s scared and horrified. he’s just seeing everyone drop dead like flies, and even in that first panel, okamura is falling over dead. he’s backed up against the wall completely afraid because he knows that he’s going to die next, but he doesn’t know why any of it is happening. for tomita, all of his efforts seem to have been in vain because the people who rose up with him are dying all around him whether it is elders or schoolchildren or okamura, tomita’s efforts to protect his friends and family had been in vain, and in the last moments of his life, he’s realizing it.
Nope, NOPE, THIS IS NOT OKAY! I AM SOBBING RIGHT NOW! ;_____;
*More thumbs up from me* :)