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I won! I did it!! I TOOK DOWN THE PEOPLE WHO KILLED SATOSHI!
~ Shion Sonozaki as she "succeeds" to "kill" Rika.

Shion Sonozaki is a major character on the Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni series. She is the twin sister of the Sonozaki family's heir, Mion Sonozaki. She is also the love interest of Satoko Houjou's brother, Satoshi Houjou.

She is voiced by Satsuki Yukino in Japanese and Megan Hollingshead in 2007 and Michelle Rojas in 2020 in English.

Biography

Backstory

Shion and Mion are twin daughters of Akane Sonozaki. While Shion acts as the younger sister to Mion, the headship of the Sonozaki family became reserved for the first-born of the Sonozaki sisters. For this reason, Shion is actually the older twin as her real name is "Mion", while her sister is the younger twin as her real name is "Shion".

In their childhood, the twins switched their places because Shion (current Mion) felt unfair about only Mion (current Shion) getting to attend family meetings. Mion (current Shion) felt bad for Shion (current Mion) so they decided to switch places.

However, they switched at the day the demon tattoo was to be applied. Shion received the tattoo and became "Mion" while Mion became "Shion".

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

During two of the eight main arcs in the series, she is portrayed as a villain, killing off most of the other characters, excluding Rena Ryuuguu and Kuraudo Ooishi. Shion moved to Hinamizawa after a long time at a boarding school elsewhere in Japan. Here she found her sister, Mion Sonozaki, who would have taken her in if her Grandmother wouldn't force her to torture herself for it.

Shion escapes from St. Lucia Academy, the all-girls school she was sent to. After her escape, she meets with her bodyguard, Tatsuyoshi Kasai, and the two drive to an apartment in Okinomiya. Shion spends much of her time attempting to go out by swapping places with her sister. While wandering through Okinomiya, Shion accidentally knocks over a line of bikes which causes the bikers to become very angry at her. The bikers were about to attack Shion until a boy named Satoshi Houjou attempts to defend Shion. The bikers beat up Satoshi and are scared off by a number of citizens who chastise them.

This encounter made Shion to fall in love with Satoshi, even to the point of being the assistant manager for his baseball team to get more time around him.

After leaving one of the baseball practices, Shion meets Rena who offers to walk home with Shion (because Rena believed Shion is Mion). During the walk to Hinamizawa, Rena and Shion get trapped in a shack by a torrent of rain. While they wait for the rain to pass, Rena reveals to Shion that Satoshi had begun working a part time job and plans to continue doing so until his sister Satoko Houjou's birthday. Shion becomes angry that Satoko monopolizes Satoshi's attention. Rena realizes this and taunts Shion for it. Rena then tells Shion that Satoshi has been thinking about leaving Hinamizawa and, as a result, has begun to experience the early stages of Oyashiro's curse. Panicked by the thought of Satoshi disappearing, Shion asks Mion to switch places so that Shion can meet Satoshi at school.

At school, Shion shows all her anger towards Satoko by bullying her. This causes her to get in a physical confrontation with Satoshi. After the event, Shion decides to lie low in Okinomiya for a while. The day before the Cotton-Drifting Festival, Mion calls Shion to tell her to take a call from Satoshi in her place. During the call, Satoshi asks Shion to take Satoko to the Cotton-Drifting Festival for him, claiming that he is busy and won't be able to do so himself. Though skeptical of his motives, Shion accepts and has Mion take Satoko to the Festival the following night.

On the night of the Festival, Satoshi scouts out an area by the garbage dump and plants his baseball bat nearby. He lures his aunt, Tamae Houjou to the garbage dump and mercilessly beats her to death with the bat and escaping. Within an hour, the body is discovered and the information is relayed to Oryou Sonozaki(the head of the Sonozaki Family and grandmother of Shion and Mion). Shortly after, Satoshi is questioned by Kuraudo regarding the murder. The following day, Shion spots Satoshi in Okinomiya and walks with him to the toy shop in order to reserve the teddy bear Satoshi wants to buy for his sister. After doing so, the pair are confronted by Kuraudo and his men. In a last-ditch attempt to protect Satoshi, Shion makes up an alibi for him and reveals her identity. Following this, the two are taken to the police station for questioning.

Shion is quickly released from the police station and is escorted to the Sonozaki residence by lackeys of the Sonozaki family. She then meets Mion who tells her that the head of their family was furious. Mion escorts Shion to the torture chamber beneath the house where the rest of the family is waiting. Oryou furiously yells at Shion about her hanging around with Satoshi, a Houjou member. When Shion tries to tell her grandmother that what Satoshi's parents did had nothing to do with Satoshi, Oryou angrily silences her. She yells that every members of the Houjou family have the same traitorous blood through their veins. Shion then angrily calls her grandmother a "bitter-old hag" and asks her if she is truly angry about a Sonozaki being with someone from the Houjou family. Oryou asks her if she is even aware of some of the foolish mistakes Satoshi has made. Shion then realizes Mion has told her family everything, and that she doesn't like the fact Shion is in love with Satoshi. She then thought Oryou was suspecious since she realized Satoshi killed his aunt. She then confesses that she doesn't care about her family's rules and that she is truly in love with Satoshi, only for her family to wince her statement. Mion then interrupts Shion and tells her while she understood Shion's statement, she has gone to far that no one will cover up for her now. She then tells Shion she must distinguish herself. When Shion asks why, Mion answers it is because she was the granddaughter of the head of the Sonozaki family and the twin sister of the heir. Shion tries to laugh off by saying ever since she returned, they cannot agree on that, and states that she does not care about Hinamizawa or the Sonozaki family. Mion angrily tells her to listen and asks her who helped her in Okinomiya. She tells Shion that Tatsuyoshi and their uncle, Yoshirou, were in the room behind Shion, and commands her to apologize to Oryou. When Shion refuses, Mion states if Shion doesn't distinguish herself, the Sonozaki family will have to get Satoshi involved. Shion stops her sister and finally apologizes to her grandmother.

The lackeys bring a traditional Japanese torture weapon often referred to in the anime as the Nail Ripper. Mion tells Shion she must rip three (one for Tatsuyoshi, one for Yoshirou, and one for Satoshi) of her fingernails to show her distinguishment. After collapsing halfway through the procedure, the lackeys grab Shion and complete the torture themselves.

A while after, Satoshi goes missing. This drives her to a point of almost breaking. For many months, Shion pores over information regarding Oyashiro's curse and its relationship to Satoshi's disappearance. While looking over her notes in a library in Okinomiya, Shion is approached by Miyo Takano and is joined by her as lends her notes on the curse to Shion for study.

A year after Satoshi's disappearance, Shion again knocks over a line of bikes causing the bikers to become furious at her again. But this time, she was defended by Keiichi Maebara.

Shion frequently compares Keiichi to Satoshi and compares Mion's relationship with Keiichi to Shion's past relationship with Satoshi. Later on, Mion confides in Shion that Keiichi had given a doll that Mion wanted to Rena while calling Mion too boyish for that kind of thing, which greatly upset her.

After some time, Shion ends up hearing an extra footstep, which she assumes is the spirit of Satoshi. Shion is pleased to feel the presence of "Satoshi" and becomes worried whenever the presence disappears. "Satoshi" remains with Shion until the night of the festival, when Shion along with Keiichi, Miyo, and Jirou Tomitake break into the Ritual Tool Shrine. While there, Shion hears an increasingly loud noise reminiscent of a child jumping on wooden boards but gets horrified when none of the others seem to hear it. After the Festival ends, the four leave the storage shed and head their separate ways. Shion rejoins the rest of the Sonozaki family for drinks and ends up sleeping over with Mion in the Sonozaki main house.

At 3 AM, Shion wakes up and realizes that her sister is no longer in bed. Shion creeps into the hallway and overhears a conversation between Mion and Oryou regarding the news of the deaths of Miyo and Jirou. As she overheard them, she claims that Oyashiro's curse happened for the fifth time, and at the same time wonders why Mion and Oryou are saying that Miyo made Oyashiro angry. She then realizes that they found out that they snuck into the tool shrine. As she recalls what Rena told her, she gets caught by Mion.

After she has a short phone call, Mion angrily asks Shion if she heard everything she and Oryou were talking. After a while, Shion stuns her sister with her taser. She then stuns her grandmother as well. She swore to Satoshi that she will make her enemies pay for what they did to him.

Shion drags Mion and Oryou down to the Sonozaki torture chamber and proceeds to imprison Mion and prepare Oryou for torture. Shion compliments Mion on having Miyo stuffed into a barrel and burned, but then asks her how she arranged to have Jirou tear out his own throat. Mion has no idea. Shion warns her that she should remain in her bars. She specifically asks if the Hinamizawa serial murders or "Oyashiro's Curse," are responsible for the dam conflict. Mion tells her that she is nothing more than a representative for her grandmother. She tells her that Oryou doesn't tell her the inner-workings of things, but she suspects that there is someone else who handles these issues.

Shion reminds her that Jirou and Miyo were not related to the dam conflict. She asks if they were sacrificed because they entered the tool shrine. This surprises Mion, and asked Shion if they violated the tool shrine. Shion was surprised Mion was unaware of this. Mion said that if they snuck into the tool shrine, their deaths were inevitable. Shion asks Mion why both of them died when the rule was that one dies and one disappears. Mion guesses that there were actually four people that snuck into the tool shrine and that the other two will be spirited away by the demon. Shion then goes to Oryou and tries to wake her up, but she realizes that Oryou died when she was stunned. She claims her grandmother a liar and begins to torture her. She then tells Mion she will not hurt her since she was telling the truth. However, she warned Mion that she will torture her as well if she found out Mion lied.

The next day, a village meeting is held to discuss the deaths of Jirou and Miyo. Shion disguishes herself as Mion and attends the meeting in Mion and Oryou's place as representative of the Sonozaki family. After the meeting, Shion convinces Kiichirou Kimiyoshi, the head of Kimiyoshi, to follow her back to the Sonozaki household. "Mion" sadly informs him that she thinks Oryou wishes to talk to him about Shion. He asks where Shion is, and "Mion" replies that she is in the basement. "Mion" continues as she says she feels sad for Shion since Shion has always been kept away from Hinamizawa. She "suspects" that while Shion knew it was wrong, she did not think it was bad.

Kiichirou asks if Shion truly regrets her actions. "Mion" replies she does, but she is afraid she might be spirited away by the demon like Satoshi last year. Kiichirou assures her that as long as Shion regrets her actions, she will not be spirited away by the demon. Shion becomes relieved Kiichirou was on her side, until Kiichirou insults Satoshi as a "Houjou brat". Kichiirou continues that they cannot help the Houjou family who betrayed the village. "Mion" protests that they decided to let Satoshi go since Shion distinguished herself. She reminds him of the three fingernails, and Kiichirou reveals that the nails were for Tatsuyoshi, Yoshirou and Shion's actions. Shocked to realize that her third nail was not for Satoshi and that Mion lied to her, Shion shocks him with her stun gun and hangs him in the torture room in such a way that he is balancing only on his toes.

The following day, Rika visits Shion at the Sonozaki house asking for soy sauce. After entering the household, Rika sprays Shion with pepper spray and attempts to inject her with a syringe only to be thrown off and injected with her own syringe. After a few convulsions, Rika takes a large nearby knife and repeatedly bashes her head and neck into it before clawing out her throat and dying. Following this, Shion receives a call from Satoko asking where Rika is. Shion tricks Satoko into coming to the Sonozaki house where she shocks Satoko and drags her down to the torture room and kills her.

Later, she realized of what happened during her and Mion's childhood. Mion and Shion switched occasionally, and that their own names were reversed, Shion (current Mion) was given the demon tattoo instead of Mion (current Shion). This causes Shion to get angry at Mion for stealing her identity from her.

The day after that, Shion is confronted by Keiichi and Rena who inform Shion that the Sonozaki household is surrounded by police prepared to take her in. As a final request, Shion asks for 30 minutes alone with Keiichi. Honoring her request, Keiichi follows Shion into the torture room where he meets Mion. Shion then shocks him from behind that then straps him into a table to be tortured. Shion then has a change of heart and leaves Keiichi alone, instead opting to release her sister and trick her into climbing down a nearby well. While Mion is climbing down the well, Shion shocks her, causing Mion to fall to her death. Shion then places herself in the cage Mion was in and waits for the police to rescue her and Keiichi.

After staying in her apartment for a number of days, Shion gets hallucianted, as she believed she saw a presence. Believing the presence to be Mion's vengeful spirit, Shion decides to spite her dead sister and returns to Hinamizawa to visit the Maebara mansion and see Keiichi one last time. When Keiichi greets her, Shion pulls out a knife and stabs him in the stomach and runs off laughing.

After this, she busts her head open falling 2 stories below on top of an apartment building's roof. In her last minutes of life, she has a moment of clarity as she no longer feels the effects of the Hinamizawa Syndrome due to her head wound. She uses this time to apologize to Satoko and everyone else about her deeds and thanks them for letting someone like her feel happiness in the past, promising to never commit these sins again. She then commits suicide out of remorse by rolling over and falling off the edge of the roof, all while apologizing for being born and imagining a life where she and Satoko are best friends studying together with the other main characters.

Personality

Shion's collapsed mental state.

Shion is often shown to be Mion's polar opposite. While Mion is tomboyish, assertive, and bashful, Shion is more feminine, brazen and rebellious. (This is mainly due to their different upbringings) Also, unlike Mion, who becomes serious and strict during family meetings, Shion does not seem to care about family meetings at all, as she reveals she has no interest about the rules of her family and disagrees with their archaic, barbaric nature of dealing with things, as the Sonozakis are a family of yakuza who torture and murder those who offend them like Rina Mamiya in two of the arcs. Although she was taken out of the main house due to an error when she and her sister switched places as young children, she's always has a great relationship with Mion and it's mentioned that they share the same tastes.

In spite of their contradicting personalities, Mion and Shion switch places very often, which can easily cause confusion in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen. Also, both seem to also differ in the acts of Hinamizawa syndrome.

Whereas Mion is the only character in the original arcs to never succumb to the paranoia or vicious anger that it causes (the 2020 arc Watadamashi-hen shows that Mion did succumb to it to the point that she committed murder), Shion is one of the most memorable victims. She was in love with Satoshi before his disappearance and seems to develop a crush on Keiichi as well, so much so that she can't bring herself to murder him at first and lets him escape, before losing all notion of sanity in the end due to the Hinamizawa syndrome as her mind has turned into a gibbering mess.

Like most Higurashi characters, she has a very contradicting personality when under the effects of Hinamizawa syndrome, in fact, she may have arguably been one of the worse case scenarios in this instance. In her case, she develops rather severe Paranoid Schizophrenia, before full on Psychosis. With this, she is shown to be the one of the series' most vituperative and violent character. One of her most intense moments took place in Meakashi-hen (which shows the events of Watanagashi-hen from Shion's point of view).

In this chapter (which takes place between the 4th and 5th Watanagashi), she falls in love with Satoshi Hojo, a boy with a troubled and dysfunctional home life, and forms a love/hate relationship for Satoshi's abused little sister, Satoko. In this chapter, at one point she is forced to remove 3 of her fingernails using a special torture device due to her family's hatred for the Hojos and is put under the impression that this will free Satoshi from any curse the family places on him.

When Satoshi kills his aunt and later goes missing, Shion believes her family lied to her, however Mion convinces her that her family is innocent regarding that. A year later, after Mion coldly tells her that Tomitake and Takano became victims of the curse for offending Oyashiro-sama, an offense that Shion also partook in for entering the ritual storage shed, she becomes convinced that the Sonozakis are after her life and were responsible for Satoshi's disappearance, because he also was a victim of the curse. This causes her to go on a warpath where she accidentally kills her Grandmother, Oryou Sonozaki, with a taser, as she planned to forcefully interrogate her about Satoshi's whereabouts, she proceeds to beat her corpse with a whip out of frustration for having died too early. She then hangs her grandfather whom she loved dearly but told her that Satoshi deserved to die and that Shion ripping her fingernails out meant nothing for him, imprisons Mion, beats and nearly kills Rika (who escapes death from Shion by stabbing herself in the neck repeatedly) all until she finally victimizes Satoko (whom she blames for bringing Satoshi to death because she's the one who caused his conflicts with his aunt and subsequently his murder and disappearance, something both Satoko and Satoshi himself actually agree with to the point that Satoshi actually wanted to hurt Satoko at one point). It is after she violently kills Satoko, where she realizes too late that she had forgotten her last promise to Satoshi, to look after Satoko should anything happen to him. With this, Shion officially sunk below the Moral Event Horizon and has a mental breakdown where reveals that none of this was for Satoshi's sake, rather, she let the "demon" (Hinamizawa Syndrome) take a hold of her mind for the sake of losing her emotions and forget the pain of losing her loved one, and not only kills her sister but returns to Keiichi to stab him in the stomach (which does not kill him).

Shion then attempts to climb to the 8th floor of the hospital where she is staying, however, she slips and falls two stories below into a roof where she busts her head open which clears her mind of Hinamizawa Syndrome in her last breathing moments. Before dying, Shion sees Satoshi's face in the moonlight and apologizes to him for failing to protect his sister like she had promised him. She apologizes to Satoko and Mion as well as everyone else for what she did and promises to never make that mistake again, then rolls over the edge of the roof and commits suicide, imagining a happy life where she and Satoko are best friends as Shion falls to her death. In the anime, Shion dies after accidentally slipping, whereas in the visual novel, she kills herself.

In later arcs, Shion becomes Satoko's loving older sister and is very protective of her. She also becomes close friends with the other main characters, to the point that she's willing to sacrifice her life so that Mion, Rena and the others can escape from the Yamainu and survive.

Appearance

As she is Mion's twin sister, Shion looks very similar to Mion. She has green long hair and teal eyes. Shion leaves her hair down and half-ties it with a yellow ribbon to differ herself from her sister. During her free days, Shion wears a white shirt with yellow jewels and a black dress. She also wears white shoes. During her school days, Shion wears a white shirt with a blue-striped tie and buttons on the shirt. She also wears a blue-black dress. While working at Angel Mort, she wears a blue-red scarf with a yellow bell and blue-white-red clothes. She wears blue-white shoes.

Shion's original school uniform is a white shirt with a red tie and a gray coat outside it. The coat has yellow buttons and an album of the school. Shion also wears a blue dress. In Matsuri, Shion's usual outfit is different than the anime. It is a brown-white shirt with a brown-blue skirt.

Weapons

Shion uses a lot of weapons in the game, the one you see her use the most is a taser that she keeps in her back pocket for self-defense. Among her others are a knife, a whip and a boulder. She also intended to use her family's torture devices like the tool they used to remove Shion's own fingernails (which later became a Ritual Tool Devil known as Nail Ripper in Ayakashisenshi-hen) but in the end, out of these, she only uses the ones that restrain people and nothing else. In Matsuribayashi-hen, Shion wields an AK-47 assault rifle at one point, and is shown to be professionally trained in its use.

Quotes

Mion and I are identical twins. Everything about us is exactly the same. The only difference being that I was shifted off to a school hundreds of miles away, and Mion stayed home to be raised as the next heir to the Sonozaki family. From the day I was born, I've been seen as a curse placed on my family... Having twins as heirs is seen as a recipe for disaster later down on the road. So the generations then now, it's been my family's castanet to strangle the youngest of the newborns for their first bath.
~ Shion's narration.


Mion: Were you listening?
Shion: Um, no... I couldn't hear a word you were saying... (Mion grasps Shion)
Mion: What you heard is true. Both Mr. Tomitake and Mrs. Takano are now victims of Oyashiro's curse. This is most unfortunate, isn't it?
Shion: Come on, Sis... What are you--
Mion: Tomitake died by digging out with his bare hands until he bled to death. And it seems that Mrs. Takano was stuffed into a barrel and then lit on fire..way back deep in the mountains.
Shion: But..why? Why did they die that way?
Mion: Do you really not get it, Shion? I'm surprised, the reason is so obvious.
Shion: Huh?! What do you mean? What reason?!
Mion: Oyashiro's curse! (gets stunned by Shion's taser)
Shion: Satoshi, I think I finally understand. It's just like I thought.. The Sonozaki family is behind all of this! And it's time I make them pay for what they did to you! BUT UNLIKE YOU, I'M GONNA COME OUT OF THIS ALIVE!
~ Shion's moments before she stuns Mion, rising to power.

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