*Please note that I will not be comparing Hinamizawa Teiryuujoto it's alternate series Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. It will be rated on my impression of the series itself, not based on outside influences.*
-The story takes place underneath a bus stop where a group of people share stories to pass the time while waiting for the bus in the rain. The stories however are directed toward the village Hinamizawa and the dam constructing project. The stories though are suspected to be true and that the unexplained deaths explained are caused by Hinamizawa's shrine god Oyashiro. It's basically your typical storytelling manga but with a horror twist. The stories interest me but there is no action involved in the real world underneath the bus stop. I predict in the coming chapters though that there will be.
-The graphics are very highly oriented to a horror manga, which it is. The violent scenes appealed to me because of how clean it looks. You can easily distinguish the characters by look, no two look alike at all. The characters themselves look appealing (at least the girls). The backgrounds are highly detailed without any white-outs (blank backgrounds).
-Each character is totally different from one another.There are two high school students Mion and Rika whose personalities are the exact opposite of each other. There is a photographer named Mitsuru who came to Hinamizawa to research Oyashiro's Curse. The last two characters are dam workers Tonegawa and Arakawa. Tonegawa doubts Oyashiro's Curse and believes it's all coincidence. Or he hopes it is. Arakawa is a witness to multiple accounts of his co-worker's death and is a believer of the curse, having seen it for himself multiple times.
-In truth it was a pretty interesting manga. I liked the horror sequences and the occasional humor placed throughout the series. Though it is not recommended for people who dislike horror manga, for those who do will enjoy it.
-Though I've only read three chapters due to the fact that I am unable to find any raws, the time I spent reading it was non-regrettable. Ryukishi07 has yet to fail me and I recommend this to any horror or mystery fan. Though it doesn't make your hair stand on end, you will wonder what will happen next and what will befall the small group underneath the bus stop in the rain. read more