Playing Favorites: Shion Sonozaki of Higurashi
Warning: Blood, gore, spoilers, bad grammar, and no direction in the post I needed to capitalize on the Halloween Holiday before it ended. You’ve been warned.
Happy Halloween everyone! While some of you guys are out partying and drinking, I’m out here working. While ya party, I work and get shit done like a real nigga. Real niggas do real shit. We ain’t out here partying like ya broke ass lames!
…okay, I’m not out here making moves. I wish I could go out tonight and get drunk in a costume. Being a responsible adult working a full-time job is suffering.
Since it’s Halloween, I decided that I should talk about my one of my favorite anime horror characters: Shion Sonozaki from the anime series Higurahsi no Naku Koro ni. We’re first introduced to her in episode 5 of Higurashi with her all cheerful and laughing that she made Rika stab herself to death (Great first impression dear, you made a child commit suicide). She doesn’t seem fazed that Rika’s blood gotten all over her. Heck, I say she even seem interested in the whole “Rika Is Killing Herself Again!” thing. Granted, she was dressed like Mion, and everyone thought it was Mion doing all the killing but we’ll get back to that later.
Anyway, before that whole Shion snapping and killing people because she couldn’t ride Satoshi’s dick anymore thing happened, we see her at work at Angel Morte as a cosplay maid or some shit. Shion seems like a normal girl. There’s nothing off or strange about her. She’s nothing like her twin sister “crazy” ass (with that whole Mion trying to inject Keiichi with “drugs” an arc earlier). While Mion is more headstrong, rough, a bit boyish, and traditional, Shion is mellow, chill, has feminine charms, and a bit of a rebel (she did escape her from her boarding school and was dating a boy who her family members hated).
She also can be a bit…scary. I mean, it’s Higurashi who isn’t a little scary or crazy?
But hey! Shion isn’t crazy or scary at all, right? She’s just a normal girl who likes doing normal things. Normal things such as teasing her sister, falling in love with a boy, sneaking into a holy shrine with a built-in torture chamber, and beating the shit out of her crush’s little sister. Normal things that every girl does at her age during the 80s.
Beating the shit out of your crush’s little sister isn’t normal, ain’t it?
About that. One lovely summer afternoon during school, Satoko spilled her lunch all over the ground. She starts to cry for her brother Satoshi and Shion gets all in her yandere feelings. Rather than helping the poor child (who clearly was stressed out due to a lot of abuse at home) to win dick points with Satoshi, Shion channels her inner R. Mika off Street Fighter Alpha 3 and throw Satoko across the classroom. Satoko, rightfully terrified, calls out for her brother to save her. Shion gets enraged and starts throwing shit at Satoko. As she tells her to go suffer and die alone, Shion picks up a chair and threatens to cave Satoko’s skull in, but is stop by Rika, Rena, and Satoshi.
And that boys and girls, was any and all chance of Shion getting with Satoko. I get having crushes. Crushes are cute. Crushes are fine. Hell, I have a crush on somebody that will never grow into anything serious. But crushing a 10-year-old girl’s head in to get with her brother won’t get you laid – it’ll only land you in jail for murder. Also why the fuck was Satoshi still fucking with Shion after the fact she beat his sister’s ass. Like bruh, crazy pussy is amazing pussy but it ain’t worth it in the long run.
I digress. Remember how I said that Shion is a bit of a rebel in her family? So Higurashi season 1, Shion wasn’t really supposed to get close to Satoshi because Satoshi’s family doing that pro-dam bullshit. She also didn’t suppose to sneak out of her boarding school either. Her family got word on both things and fun stuff happened to her; like her nails being forcibly removed from her fingers one-by-one (well three but eh). That didn’t discourage her from wanting to be with Satoshi. She’s loyal.
Speaking of Shion’s loyalty towards Satoshi, she even covered his ass when he was a suspect in the murder of his aunt. Shion made up an alibi for the nigga. She stood up to him when Oishi tried to bring him in for questioning as well. And then later Satoshi “disappeared”, Shion got angry, and horrible things happen to a lot of people. Shion kidnapped Mion, their grandma, Satoko, and some old dude and killed them one-by-one (watch/read Higurashi I ain’t obligated to explain shit).
Oh and after killing Satoko, Shion remembered that Satoshi told her to watch over Satoko if something would happen to him.
Yeah…Shion fucked up. Bad. But hey! At least in the Beyond Midnight manga arc, she became a total sexy badass adult of the future whose total older woman waifu material…even if it was just Shion’s body being controlled by the ghost of her dead sister in an alternate timeline. Still, Shion truly shines in that arc and it was nice to see her portrayed as a hero after watching her villainess yandere bullshit in the anime and visual novel.
However, her heroism wasn’t just a manga exclusive. In Higurashi Kai, we’re treated to a kinder, gentle, big sister Shion. Kai Shion is way mellower and chiller compared to question arc Shion. Yeah, she’s still pretty pissed about Satoshi’s disappearance, but she ain’t bloodthirsty about it. She even starts to treat Satoko like a little sister she never had (as opposed to treating her like a punching bag and pin cushion). Shion loves Satoko and is willing to do whatever for her – even if it means killing her abusive Uncle.
Shion may have chilled the fuck out, but she still has problems with her temper and anger issues. But this time she isn’t going around plotting to kill people in cold blood. Shion wants to kill Teppei to protect her little sister. And really, can you blame her? Yea? Okay I get you, she was kinda sorta on some premeditated murder type shit with Teppei so…
I guess this is the part where I explain why Shion is one of my favorite anime characters. To be honest, I hate most yandere characters. Hell, I’m not really a huge fan of the dere-archtype unless the character has a great reason to be dere (such as Hitagi off Monogatari being a tsundere because of abuse). Shion gets a “pass” for being a yandere since her family pretty much rejected her for being a twin or some shit (it’s been a while since I last watched Higurashi I forgot). Then, she had to deal with that bullshit from her family because she was in love with Satoshi. There’s also the fact her family sent her away to boarding school.
Okay. Maybe she does have her reason to be a yandere.
I admire Shion’s rebellious spirit. I’m not a guy who likes tradition (especially Christian traditions — long stories lol). Seeing Shion marching to her own beat and doing her own thing, rather than to do things to please her family, reminded me of me. I don’t get traditions. I rather do my own shit.
There’s also Shion’s anger. While her anger wasn’t justified at all in the question arc, I totally understand her anger when she found out Satoko was being abused. I feel her on her wanting to kill Teppei to save Satoko, and not rely on the justice system to make a move.
Overall, Shion is a cool character whom I would love to go more in depth and analyze her character in the future. But for now, I’m going to end this here so I can spend the rest of my Halloween evening watching horror animu.