Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Meakashi-hen
Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Eye Opening Arc
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Meakashi-hen

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Synonyms: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai Meakashihen, When They Cry Eye Opening Chapter
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に解 目明し編
English: Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Eye Opening Arc
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 21
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 26, 2006 to Feb 26, 2008
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Gangan Wing
Authors: Houjou, Yutori (Art), Ryukishi07 (Story)


Score: 8.291 (scored by 63196,319 users)
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Ranked: #3122
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Popularity: #1260
Members: 15,476
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The Sonozaki family of Hinamizawa has kept twin sisters Mion and Shion apart for as long as they can remember. Mion will become the next heir of the Sonozaki family, and Shion will attend St. Lucia Academy, away from her dear sister and their relatives. But Shion escapes the school and returns to Hinamizawa, unaware of the cruel tragedy awaiting her.

When she reunites with her sister and gets a part-time job—while pretending to be Mion—she meets Satoshi Houjou, a boy her age with whom she falls madly in love. But when she learns about Satoshi's horrible family situation, she begins to resent everyone in his household—even his younger sister, Satoko. When tensions escalate and Satoshi abruptly goes missing, Shion begins to suspect that her own family may have had something to do with his disappearance.

A year later, Shion meets Keiichi Maebara, Mion's crush. Her sister's infatuation with Keiichi stirs up her old feelings for Satoshi, and awakens a vicious desire to find out the truth behind his disappearance once and for all. However, Shion's quest for the truth will send her spiraling down a dark path of madness and despair.

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Meakashi-hen was published in English as Higurashi When They Cry: Eye Opening Arc by Yen Press from February 22, 2011 to August 16, 2011. Yen Press also published the manga digitally on April 22, 2014. The series has also been published in Polish by Waneko in two-in-one edition since October 31, 2016.



Jul 23, 2023
I hope this helps someone out!
So, if you're looking at this thinking "I kinda wanna get into Higurashi" I'll tell you right now, this is not the first arc. But, in my opinion, it's the best arc. Not that any of the other arcs are bad, neither is it that I'm a Shion fan, but something about the way that we got into her back story, and her perspective answered so many questions I never thought I would get the answer to. Also, I cried. My heart has died after reading Higurashi. I loved exploring the psycology of the characters, and this was the first ...
Apr 24, 2021
Meakashi is one of my least favorite arc in Higurashi. Maybe its cause I already despised shion before Meakashi hen, so this chapter only made me hate her more. The story is great though. How we see Satoshi leave such an impact and seeing Shion struggling was depressing. How we see such a great misunderstanding was sad as well. I still despise Shion for doing so many awful things though, and i feel like they did a terrible job at making us feel sympathy for her. The art is great, i actually loved it! Shame its one of the least liked art styles for higu ...
Apr 10, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Well after adventuring to find the entire eries, what I found wasn't the best find.

Story-7/10: The story felt more or less expected, the story was part of Shion's perspective of the Watangashi-hen arc (As from Watanagashi-hen it was from Keiichi's)
Although retaining the same story, it added things i didn't expect to see, some weren't even in the anime version.

Overall the story was very expectable, but still kept me on my toes.

Art-6/10: The artwork for this arc was much different from the last arcs. It was almost shoujo like. I was highly dissapointed it didn't capture some of the scenes that well, unlike the anime ...

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