Today I thought I’d do something a little upbeat (as much as you can get on Insane Saturday) and take a break from the norm. So naturally this means I fall back to my old reliables – anime and manga. This time around it’s Shion from Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni!


Shion Sonozaki is Mion Sonozaki’s identical twin sister, who currently resides in Okinomiya. In spite of their externally different personalities, she and Mion often switch places, and it can be difficult to distinguish between them. It is noted by Rena that, although externally the twins are very different, on the inside, they are really the same. Their first switch took place when they were little. Right before tattooing the symbol of an demon/oni, which is reserved for the older sister, she was mistakenly identified as Shion, the younger sister, which means that she was actually born as Mion Sonozaki, the older sister. Since then, she switched her identity of Mion with Shion, the younger sister. This initial switch is only mentioned in the sound novel and manga, but not the anime. She was sent by the Sonozaki family to a private boarding school, named St Lucia, but escaped and returned to live near her hometown, where she lives with Kasai. In spite of all this, she and Mion maintain a close relationship. In most of the arcs, she is at a different school from the other main characters, and therefore appears less frequently. She was in love with Satoshi, and blames the Three Families of Hinamizawa for his disappearance in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen (the latter told from her point of view). In the anime, she is required to perform a “Distinction of Right and Wrong,” a ritual of self-mutiliation to pluck out three fingernails in front of witnesses in order to purge her ‘sin’, believeing that doing so will cause Satoshi to be spared, an event personally overseen by Mion, which drastically strains their relationship. This, along with a demonic alter-ego she manifested in her grief, eventually drives her to mass murder, which led her previously latent paranoid schizophrenia to eventually develop into a full-on psychosis. One of the last words that they exchanged before he disappeared was a promise to take care of Satoko. In Watanagashi-hen and, more explicitly, Meakashi-hen, her resentment toward Satoko for her role in his disappearance causes her to forget this promise and murder her, only to remember too late; however, in subsequent arcs, she has taken the promise to heart to the point where she is willing to give up her life for Satoko. In Meakashi-hen, she is shown to be delusional to a point beyond the other characters (with the arguable exception of Rena), as she repeatedly deludes, among other things, that she sees Satoshi after his disappearance. She works as a waitress at the Angel-Mort restaurant and is the manager’s assistant for the Hinamizawa Fighters little league team. She is often seen carrying a taser, which she’d use in emergency situations, and also wears a yellow ribbon in her hair. She is also shown to be good with guns, along with Kasai, in Matsuribayashi-hen.

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Megan Hollingshead (English), Ai Maeda (live action)


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2 thoughts on “Insane Saturday – Shion!

  1. Shion and Mion were really interesting characters and the changes in their relationship from arc to arc were really well represented. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Shion.


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