Before Humanity's CollapseEdit
On July 8th, 2018 Haruto Higurashi was a 25-year-old editor at the industry-leading publisher Mashiro Shuppan. He climbed to the roof of Mashiro Garden Tower - the building of his employer - and looked out over the city at night. He reflected that each of the flickering lights below him represented lives and families, but that one of those lights had been snuffed out by him. Unable to emotionally deal with the consequences of the incident, Haruto climbed over the guard railing and jumped to his death, landing on a parked car. His watch stopped at 7:10PM, his time of death.
Arriving on Trash IslandEdit
Rather than the suicide he'd planned, Haruto awoke on the beach of Trash Island. Haruto was still in the same emotional state he had been when he had jumped - he was tired of living - but he was awoken by Sachika Hirasaka who insisted on taking him to the island's garage to meet the rest of the island's survivors. He quickly realised that his phone, wallet, keys, and other belongings had all been taken from him, so he had no choice but to follow her.
He met up with the rest of the group, who each introduced themselves to him. They each explained that they were in the same situation as him - they suddenly found themself on the island with all of their belongings stolen. Haruto found this explanation very hard to believe, considering it much more likely that the group had kidnapped him, particularly as it seemed they all already knew his name despite never having met him before. He learned that they had found out his name from Extend TV, an anime which airs on the TV in the garage which gives them quests to complete in exchange for rewards - locating Haruto on the beach had been their latest quest. Additionally, each of the survivors, including Haruto, had a cross shaped button implanted on their belly button which could not be removed, except perhaps by surgery. Haruto learned that the group had been surviving on the island for 3 days so far, and that they suspected that based on the strange circumstances and the quest system, they must be in some kind of reality TV programme, but Haruto remained suspicious of the group.
In Zanki Zero, the ruins on the island take the form of each character's memories of their former life and personal traumas. Haruto's ruins are based on Mashiro Garden Tower, the building of his former employer Mashiro Shuppan.
A man of common sense and seriousness. Haruto is a diligent leader, but to that extent lacks flexibility. He wishes to protect others with his truthful articles. He likes spicy foods and dislikes sweets, but has no food allergies.
Haruto's surname, Higurashi (日暮), means "living hand-to-mouth" and also refers to the higurashi cicada, the same cicada referenced in the title of the Higurashi When They Cry visual novel series. Cicadas have very short lifespans, living only for a few days after they emerge from the ground, running in parallel to the short lifespans of the clones on the island. His first name Haruto (ハルト) is written in katakana so the kanji reading of his name is unknown.
- ↑ Siliconera: Meet Zanki Zero's Main Characters Based On The Seven Deadly Sins (March 26th, 2018)
|Clones||Haruto Higurashi • Mamoru Ichiyo • Minamo Setouchi • Rinko Susukino • Ryo Mikajime • Sachika Hirasaka • Yuma Mashiro • Zen Kubota|
|Extend TV||Mirai • Sho Terashima|