But wow....I feel like it's been a long time since I've seen an anime with such a truly, completely happy ending. And I admit it was a bit boring to watch, but I wouldn't have wanted it to end any other way. For Higurashi, everything has been leading up to this. It's the whole point. After all those hundreds of BAD ENDs, Rika and everyone deserve to finally live out the rest of their lives in peace. So I'm just left feeling happy for the characters with a smile on my face.
My favorite part is Rika and Hanyuu's elated faces when they make it to the new year. That's just beautiful. And while they didn't show what happened to Satoshi, I'm going to assume that he gets better and goes back to live with Satoko and Shion. And at least they know what happened to him now. :)