Twenty years ago, a poisonous gas erupted from a nearby swamp and killed thousands of people in the village of Hinamizawa. In the years since the "Great Hinamizawa Disaster," people have avoided the town and prefer to forget that it ever existed. However, on one particular night, five strangers find their way to this abandoned village tucked away in the mountains.
In Yoigoshi-hen—a possible future outcome of Tsumihoroboshi-hen—Mion Sonozaki, a former resident of the village, arrives at Hinamizawa's now-dilapidated Furude Shrine, seeking shelter from the rain. Along the way, she meets Akira Otobe, whose friends have disappeared. As they enter the shrine, they find others already there, also taking shelter. But when a murder takes place among them, suspicions run high, and some begin to suspect Mion herself: after all, Mion died in the Great Hinamizawa Disaster 20 years ago.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Yoigoshi-hen was published in English as Higurashi When They Cry: Beyond Midnight Arc by Yen Press from October 26, 2010 to December 21, 2010. Yen Press also published the manga digitally per volume on April 22, 2014.
Ok, so maybe I'm going a little bit overboard giving this manga straight 10s but it was, in my opinion, one of the best Higurashi mangas I've read.
Story - What can I say? Absolutely fantastic! It follows the plotline where everyone dies in the 'gas leak' and is set 20 years later with new characters and an older woman - Sonosaki Mion. The story itself was a mini mystery, trying to discover who was the murder and with Mion being suspicious through the whole story till the very end.
Art - As always, very beautiful. There were scenes where you see the ghosts of Rena, Keiichi,
etc which was beautifully drawn and was very nostalgic.
Character - Mion has always been one of my favourite characters and this story explores a bit more into the politics of the Sonosaki estate. Otobe is the new protagonist and is mistaken for Satoshi a lot, he is a very likeable character and makes a nice change from the usual rabble.
Enjoyment - I really enjoyed this manga and felt that it showed the events past the gas leak and deaths of our favourite characters very well and has a lovely twist at the end of the manga. It also has some interesting more supernatural aspects to it.
It starts ff good, but the ending feels totally out of place. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Higurashi to me is meant to be a horror story. That can take many different forms, but this series devolves into some outright shonen battles at the end. The initial setup of strangers meeting in an abandoned village and being cut off from the outside world is classic horror stuff, and the story it tells here is good, and even has some good mystery elements. But this all goes haywire when they start having samurai battles with armed gunmen. To me, if you're in a series thats
down to earth, you can't have someone with a sword beat like 10 guys, some of whom have guns. It totally kills the tension, and didnt really feel appropriate to this kind of story. But everything up till the ending is the best Higurashi I've read.