In the summer of 1983, Rena Ryuuguu and her friends are enjoying their days the way they always have: playing games and living a life of contentment in the village of Hinamizawa. But darkness is forming in Rena's heart, and even her closest friends may not be safe from it.
Rena's divorced father has recently found a new girlfriend, a sleazy woman named Rina Mamiya. Rena's hatred of her is solidified when she discovers that the woman and her true boyfriend are trying to swindle Rena's father out of his money. After a tumultuous confrontation with Rina about what she has learned, Rena realizes that she must resort to desperate measures to keep her father safe. When her friends notice that she is acting rather strange, they investigate what she has done, but instead of abandoning her as Rena assumed they would, they band together to support and help her.
However, when she discovers a shocking snag in her plans, Rena realizes that she may have trusted the wrong people, and begins to become highly suspicious of her friends and the other townspeople. And as she uncovers the truth about the town's long history of murders and disappearances, she realizes that only drastic actions can save the village from utter destruction.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Tsumihoroboshi-hen was published in English as Higurashi When They Cry: Atonement Arc by Yen Press; physically from October 25, 2011 to April 24, 2012, and digitally on April 22, 2014. It was published in Polish in 2 omnibuses by Waneko from April 26 to July 31, 2017.
Mysteries are an interesting genre. Instead of keeping you happy the whole way through the telling, there's a firm barrier set in place: there is the confusing, vexing beginning, and the (hopefully) satisfying and enlightening ending. Higurashi is a keen example of this, to such an extent that there are entire arcs that end with no explanation whatsoever, and hence are not very enjoyable. The tradeoff to this is that when you finally get to the arcs that answer your questions, you get some immense satisfaction. So in order to get any enjoyment out of the "Atonement arc", you've first got to read the "Demoned
away" arc. And assuming you have done this, you are in for an excellent and engrossing horror mystery.
Story: Very entertaining, frequently disturbing, and very satisfying answers to some of the questions posed so far. This arc opens up its own mysteries, and you will finish this series even more invested in figuring out what the hell is going on in Hinemazawa in 1983.
Art: Well done, good blend of cutesy character designs and disturbing content
Character: Same classic Higurashi cast, but theyre uilized to some of their best yet in this rendition, because we finally begin to understand some of the underlying motivations that drove everyone crazy in the first place.
Enjoyment: Just really fun to read, and leaves you wanting even more.