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In this anime series, a boy learns that his village harbors a dark secret, namely that its annual festival has been plagued by murders in recent years. The boy must get to the bottom of the mystery to stop the string of death from continuing. The anime and a video game franchise are based on a series of novels.

FUNimation
3 Seasons, 53 Episodes
April 5, 2006
Anime
8.0/10
Cast: Souichiro Hoshi, Mai Nakahara, Satsuki Yukino, Mika Kanai, Tamura Yukari
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  • Rika wakes up from a traffic accident in a world that's almost perfect. Dangerously perfect.

  • Rika wakes up from a traffic accident in a world that's almost perfect. Dangerously perfect.

  • Rika wakes up from a traffic accident in a world that's almost perfect. Dangerously perfect.

  • Akasaka and Tomitake call on the Benken combat unit to detain Takano and the Yamainu. Unwilling to give in, Takano flees into the mountains, only to meet Rika and her friends.

  • The Yamainu close in on the Sonozaki estate, and a small group tries to rescue Tomitake with a slim chance of success.

  • As Dr. Irie tries to escape his would be captors, he inadvertently may cause the collapse of the plan as a whole.

  • The spy within the Yamainu is compromised, and the first daring stage of the plan is put into motion.

  • With the culprit unmasked, the group decides to plan a counter attack, including the faking of Rika€™s death.

  • Hanyuu transfers into the school and remembers the mastermind behind the eventual demise of Hinamizawa.

  • The Maebara family moves in, as does Rena€™s. Satoshi disappears, but this time, as Mion€™s grandmother discusses burying the hatchet, things seem to be looking up.

  • With the desire to save Satoko, Rika makes a valiant decision. When Rika€™s parents object, Takano utilizes the Oyashiro Curse to her advantage.

  • The dam incident is revealed in detail, including the initial confrontation between the Sonozaki and Houjou families.

  • The way Takano discovered her grandfather is revealed, alongside her ascension into academic and intellectual circles.

  • The spy within the Yamainu is compromised, and the first daring stage of the plan is put into motion.

  • Rika and Hanyuu discuss Rika€™s fate, and subsequently the fate of the village, only to conclude that Hanyuu must also desire an end to the cycle.

  • Rika explains the Hinamizawa Syndrome and the clinic€™s position on the topic. Rika reveals more about the significance of her lineage and why she€™s being targeted.

  • The group finally gets Satoko to reveal her abuse and the police step in. As the festival begins, Rika tries to save Tomitake and Takano, only to discover the true culprit.

  • Keiichi desperately appeals to the village leaders to aid Satoko, including the head of the Sonozaki family.

  • Despite Satoko€™s reluctance to help because of Teppei€™s particular blackmail, her friends continue to fight for her freedom.

  • Teppei€™s appearance may throw everything into disarray as he begins to abuse Satoko again. The group tries to find a way to help her.

  • With Keiichi€™s success, Rika finds that her friends are beginning to avoid making the same mistakes, and she opts to discover a way to fight her own fate.

  • A new world comes with the possibility for changing fate. Keiichi may just prove it as he makes a different choice that has multiple effects.

  • Satoko flees in terror and has an accident. Injured, she witnesses the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, which sends her into shock.

  • The day of the festival dawns, and Satoko is paranoid that she and Rika are being followed. Is she right?

  • Satoko tries to get Rika out of her depression, but her friend won€™t admit her fears. That night, Rika argues with a mysterious voice regarding her fate.

  • In the year 2007, Mamoru Asakasa returns to a Hinamizawa decimated by the gas leak that killed nearly the entire populace.

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