Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Himatsubushi-hen
Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Time Killing Arc
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Himatsubushi-hen

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Synonyms: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Himatsubushihen, When They Cry Time Wasting Chapter
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に 暇潰し編
English: Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Time Killing Arc
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 9
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 22, 2006 to Jan 22, 2007
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Serialization: Shounen Gangan
Authors: Tonogai, Yoshiki (Art), Ryukishi07 (Story)


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Detective Mamoru Akasaka is used to catching criminals and solving fast-paced cases in Tokyo, but he has never imagined that his job would send him to the quiet village of Hinamizawa. Disguised as a tourist, Akasaka decides to take in the sights, all while gathering information for his true mission: to find a kidnapped child.

The dam construction project in Hinamizawa threatens to decimate the village, and a group of villagers has kidnapped the grandson of the Minister of Construction, holding him ransom in exchange for the project's cancellation. Akasaka must find the boy before things get too out of hand, all while trying to keep his cover. Taking place a few years before the main storyline of Higurashi, Himatsubushi-hen follows Akasaka as he navigates a village where enemies abound. However, he finds a friend in a young girl named Rika Furude, who knows far more than she should about their present situation, and about what might happen next...

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Himatsubushi-hen was published in English as Higurashi When They Cry: Time Killing Arc by Yen Press from June 15, 2010 to August 17, 2010 and published digitally per volume on April 22, 2014. The series was also published in Polish by Waneko in a one-volume edition on July 30, 2016.

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Feb 16, 2011
Story - This was one of my favourite arcs in the anime 'Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni' and it was even better in the manga! It gives much more depth to the characters of Ooishi, Rika and Mion and introduces Akasaka.

Art - As always, the Higurashi art is beautiful and in parts creepy (especially some of the scenes with Rika earlier in the volume) and I felt that in parts the art bettered what was shown in the anime.

Character - Rika is the most important character in this volume as this is when the story really deepens and she shows a different side to her ...
Aug 10, 2011
This was a great arc, but sadly it was a little shorter than others. I was able to like Akasaka a lot and i started to like Ooshi a little more too.
As far as art goes, this is the cutest Rika that has been drawn so far, maybe it's the fact that she is younger than in the other arcs.
This arc was very different than the others, taking place before the Oyashiro's curse has started, and the Dam project war is still happening. I really liked that this arc is so different than others, sadly only two episodes of this arc were put into the ...
Apr 22, 2021
Himatsubushi is definitely the worst Higurashi arc. That doesnt mean its bad though. its decent, gives ooishi more character and makes him more likable, introduces us to akasaka, and shows us what happpened before higurashi. It does its job well. Story wise its also the weakest consideering its the shortest so no amazing writing could have popped up in the manga. Characters were great, young rika is so cute and i loved how they made ooishi more human. Art was okay, nothing quite special but it quite decent and great at times

Overall, Himatsubushi is a decent arc. its the weakest arc of all, though. 7/10

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