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DescriptionHigurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June
1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa, which has a
population of approximately 2000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara,
moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion
Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Hojo. Keiichi joins their after-school
club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and
punishment games for the loser, usually him.) Hinamizawa appears to be a
normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility
abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to
commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro-sama. Keiichi
learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been
murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi
Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events
surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro-sama. In each story
arc, he or one of his friends become paranoid, and a crime is committed.
Usually, the crime involves the murder of one of their own friends.
While it seems impossible to tell their delusions apart from the mystery
of Hinamizawa, slowly the truth is revealed.