After moving into the quiet town of Hinamizawa, Maebara Keiichi spends his days blissfully in school often playing games with his local friends. However, appearances can be deceiving. One fateful day, Keiichi stumbles upon news of a murder that had occurred in Hinamizawa. From this point on, horrific events unfold in front of Keiichi, as he soon learns his close friends may not be all that they seem. Based on the amateur mystery game by 7th Expansion, the story is told in a series of different scenarios.
Watanagashi is the second in a series of manga following the different scenarios of the Higurashi games. It focuses on Mion and Shion Sonozaki's lives.
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.
Rika-chama : Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is NOT Overrated , Nippa!!
When I read the first Chapter "Spirited away by demon" I did think I've found another good mystery manga since I read many detective manga (Conan , Kindaichi , QED)
Bui for "Cotton drifting" Chapter I think this is the best mystery+horror+drama+romance blended manga I've ever seen! How the Character secretly love another one is cute and sad at the same time.
The Plot itself and the Story-telling is perfect! While it keep you busy thinking how this cute and sad puppy love will end the wheel is still turning foreshadowing that there wiil be (literally) blood like in previous chapter.
But it's not shallow drama/psychopath horror so what's you think it's true will actually be true , half-true or completely false! , The Drama scene has it's depth and wiil make you cried naturally without forcing. Adding some Nostalgia and personal sympathy if you've ever had the same (or closely) type of relationship as the character had.
Artwork is well-done though it can stiil be improved
Overall this is my favourite Chapter along with "Eye Opening" which is the answer arc for this chapter.read more
The different arcs for the manga version of Higurashi all have separate entries on MAL. Because of this, I want to review the second arc, just for kicks.
Please note that I still have no familiarity of Higurashi beyond the first three arcs of the manga version.
Keiichi Maebara and his family have just moved into Hinamizawa . . . wait, this is how the first arc started! It's almost like . . . the world reloaded itself to that point in time . . . anyway, it starts off mostly like the first arc: Keiichi and the girls have fun, and zaniness abounds. I will say, there is one part early on with Keiichi and his dad that I thought was funny. Also, we meet a new character, Shion, Mion's identical twin sister.
But of course, after the cotton drifting, people disappear, and the prime suspect is Keiichi's best friend Mion. But how did it come to that? Once again, panic, paranoia, and psychosis overcome the main characters. Personally, I didn't enjoy the plot for this arc as much as the first one. It takes longer for the facade of the comedy to end, and the relationship between Keiichi, Mion, and Shion, well, I'm not a huge fan of teenage love triangles. But the mystery and fear of the first arc are still around. The reader also learns more about Hinamizawa and the Sonozaki clan in this arc. 8/10.
The art in this story arc is splendid. It's almost beautiful at times. The characters look great, and the backgrounds are amazing. I would've really liked it if Yutori Houjou, the artist of second arc, could illustrate the entire Higurashi manga. Even so, at the very least, you get some good eye candy here. 9/10.
The characters are still fascinating. Shion, unlike Mion, is more feminine in behavior, but then again, she may not be so coy after all . . . not only that, we learn more about Mion as well.
This is still early in the series, and there's still a lot I don't know about the characters, but I'm still fascinated by them. 9/10.
This arc is slower paced, but again, once the silly antics end, it got my attention really quickly. Why are these deaths happening on the cotton drifting? What exactly happened to the missing people? Was that really Mion . . . or Shion Keiichi was talking to? The mystery still pervades this series, and it's a mystery I want to solve. 8/10.
Between reading this and playing the visual novel version of Umineko, 07Ryukishi quickly became one of my favorite creative writers of all time. I wonder why more people can't write horror as well as he can?read more
I really enjoyed this arc of Higurashi. I couldn't stop turning the pages and even once I was so freaked out I screamed! (well i turned to a scary page and my dad yelled while watching his football game)
I really love the art style of this artist, it really shows the character's emotions well.
What I really enjoyed was the mystery, where was Satoko and Rika? Where's Shion? Why would Mion do this? And when I read the answer arc to this I was very shocked.
The faces and expressions go from utterly cute to alarmingly horrifying.
The only thing I could do without was the Angel Mort incident with the skimpy clothing. But I have to say I loved looking at Keiichi in the maid's outfit~!
Overall I totally recommend this series! I have been in love with it since I found it about two years ago!!read more
This arc of Higurashi was focused on Mion and Shion. This arc's art are better than the first one's, but it is mainly great on Mion, Shion, and Rena. The art on Rika and Satoko isn't as good, but you will hardly ever see them, sadly.
Anyway, this arc was so confusing, it certainly has the right of being a Question arc, and the question will not come until the Eye Opening.
I did not like this arc as much as the first one, I don't really know why, maybe it's that in the first arc, i had no idea what Higurashi was. Or maybe it was creepier.
Since this arc had my favorite character as one of the central characters, I was really happy to learn more about Mion, but it's really hard to know which girl is Mion and which is Shion. The first volume was Shion and Mion screwing with Keiichi, and Rena being her creepy self. But, being Higurashi, it has to end with blood.
The second arc blew my mind, but I still say the first is better, but the Cotton Drifting Arc is worth the read. read more