August 10th, 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the hit visual novel series “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni”. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni was adapted into a successful animated series by Studio Deen in 2006 – setting the standard for horror anime which many series have tried and failed to emulate since. In reflection and celebration of the series 15th anniversary, I will be providing my raw, unedited thoughts of the anime throughout the month of August. I hope you’ll enjoy!
Ya know, I don’t blame Shion for wanting to kill Teppei for abusing Satoko. Satoko is like a little sister to her and loves her as so. Their bond is so strong that Satoko calls Shion her “Nee-Nee”(lit. “big sister”) during the events of the answer arc of Kai. Knowing how much hardship Satoko has gone through in her young life, Shion is willing to protect Satoko by any means necessary.
Shion’s a little tad crazy when it comes to people she loves and cares about. Remember: this is the very same Shion that kinda sorta stabbed Satoko (who was pretending to be Jesus nailed to the cross) a few times on accident (no big deal the knife slipped), beat her grandma to death, and threw her sister into a pit leaving her to die – all because she wanted Satoshi’s dick.
When Shion (and the rest of the Club) discovered that Teppei was abusing Satoko, she lost it. While the Club was thinking saving their friend without violence and dealing with legal issues, Shion was like “Nah fuck that! Let’s kill this man right now!” Keiichi objects Shion’s plan to go full out violent against Teppei, trying to convince the insane nutcase twin to not do anything she would regret. Shion was like “Nah”, grabbed a chair and smash it over Keiichi’s head – threatening to kill him if it meant getting to kill Teppei and saving Satoko.
She was going to honor Satoshi’s wish of watching over Satoko.
I can understand Shion’s feelings of wanting to kill Teppei to in order to save Satoko. I can’t describe it, but there’s a feeling of pure rage when you you hear that somebody you care for has been hurt and abused by someone – especially if it’s a child. Your emotions clouds the logical accepts of your mind. Therefore, you do not think with rational but rather, with vengeance and rage. You hate to see them hurt and you want them out of that abusive situation by any means.
Even if it means through violence.
Am I saying to go out and kill abusive people? Well, no (although there have be cases where people have kill abusive people before). Now if it’s a life-or-death situation where the outcome may end with a victim dying, and the odds for a peaceful resolution are at their lowest, then I’m all for people killing abusive assholes. I’m not an expert on the legalese or ethics of killing abusive people in a heated situation, so take what I just said with a grain of salt.
Ultimately, to end this quick little raw thought, I can see where Shion was coming from with her wanting to kill Teppei in order to save Satoko. No child should go through abuse and suffering. Those who harm others need to be dealt with, may it be legally or taking matters by your own hands.
Just got my hands on some Higurashi episodes. Rewatching a few episodes in preparation for a new analytical article! Stay tune!