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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Watanagashi-hen

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Watanagashi-hen

Alternative Titles

English: Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Cotton Drifting Arc
Synonyms: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Watanagashihen
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に 綿流し編


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 26, 2005 to Mar 25, 2006
Authors: Houjou, Yutori (Art), Ryukishi07 (Story)
Serialization: Gangan Wing


Score: 8.371 (scored by 4653 users)
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Ranked: #2452
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Popularity: #692
Members: 8,891
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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.

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Nov 15, 2008
erastale (All reviews)
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) read more
Jul 27, 2011
xm0123 (All reviews)
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, read more
Dec 3, 2010
MosaicSplash (All reviews)
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 read more
Jul 24, 2011
melancholylover (All reviews)
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 read more


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