|Season Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Episode 1|
|Air date||April 4, 2006|
Having recently moved to the rural village of Hinamizawa, Keiichi Maebara has befriended four girls—Rena Ryuugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Hojo, and Rika Furude—and joined their after school club. Life is initially peaceful until Keiichi learns from a man named Tomitake about a murder in Hinamizawa's past. He also learns about a dam construction project proposed by the government five years prior which was met with protest from the villagers until the project was withdrawn. When Keiichi asks Rena and Mion about any incidents relating to the project, they refuse to speak about it, making him suspicious. He gets even more suspicious when he finds a newspaper article about the dam project manager being dismembered, and one of the killers is still at large.