Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Watanagashi-hen
Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Cotton Drifting Arc
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Watanagashi-hen

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Synonyms: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Watanagashihen
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に 綿流し編
English: Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Cotton Drifting Arc
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 26, 2005 to Mar 25, 2006
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Gangan Wing
Authors: Houjou, Yutori (Art), Ryukishi07 (Story)


Score: 8.141 (scored by 87258,725 users)
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Ranked: #5002
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Popularity: #1015
Members: 17,283
Favorites: 236

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When Keiichi Maebara moved to the small village of Hinamizawa, he did not expect to make friends so quickly. Now Keiichi's days are spent having fun and playing games with his new companions, and his life couldn't be better. However, one day he sees one of his friends, the tomboyish Mion Sonozaki, working at a maid café. Deciding to tease her about it, his initial joking quickly turns to shock as the girl reveals that she is actually Mion's twin sister, Shion.

As luck would have it, both girls want to spend the annual Cotton Drifting Festival by Keiichi's side. But when Shion breaks the town's sacred rules and sneaks into a sealed shrine during the festival, dragging Keiichi along with her, things take a turn for the worse. Now, Keiichi and Shion find themselves in fear of being spirited away due to their mistake and must find a way to atone before it is too late.

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Watanagashi-hen was published in English as Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc by Yen Press on May 12, 2009 and September 15, 2009, respectively and also digitally on April 22, 2014. The series was also published in Polish as Gdy zapłaczą cykady: Księga dryfującej bawełny by Waneko in one-volume edition on January 29, 2016.

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Feb 4, 2022
A great adaptation of the Visual Novel but at the same time it falls short entirely. Maybe it was the segmentation of the answer arcs not being included in a singular omnibus, the story here without feels incomplete in this format. As usual, with all of Ryukishi07's work, Watanagashi-hen was highly moderated to fit the visual narrative and I personally think Houjou Yutori did a good job in depicting both Mion and Shion. Watanagashi-hen is one of my favorite arcs of Higurashi and I think it's presented accurately here. Before diving into the manga I would suggest watching the anime first or possibly reading the ...
Apr 17, 2021
Watangashi is the sequel to the beloved Onikakushi. Does it stand up well?

Firstly, the story is definitely weaker, not only do the questions served in this chapter suck ass, but its also predictable at times, however it was also beautiful at times. Secondly, the art. Definitely a step up from Onikakushi, with its horror images even creeping me. Thirdly, and lastly the characters. Definitely the best part of Watangashi. Seeing how Mion struggles honestly made me feel really bad.

Overall, its a good sequel. It may be weaker than Onikakushi, but it definitely does its job well. 7.5/10, 4/5
Aug 8, 2011
After reading the 2nd Arc of the Higurashi franchise, I can say that the author is pure genius...

I'd score everything a 9...

Maybe I expected too much since I completely loved the 1st Arc... It started off the same... Everything and everyone just seem to be so sweet and innocent... there were similarities with the 1st Arc that may have bored me a little... the twin sister premise was not too scary... it was kinda predictable that there would be an evil sister... but then the twist at the end was really really worth it... Art was effective and creepy at times... the bed crawling ...

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