I guess this one is pretty well known, but for those who have not ventured into the depths of Hinamizawa, be prepared. Be prepared for some serious shit right here. First off, this is not originally a manga, but a game, with multiple outcomes. To get the whole picture you will have to carefully read every arc and not get confused when we start over once again.
Little overview: Keiichi has recently moved to Hinamizawa, a really small village with a loyal community, that he has already grown attached to. In each arc, the timeline is close to the Watanagashi festival, a local event, which has a dork legacy: for 3 years, every Watanagashi night, people have died or vanished.
That is no spoiler at all, because well, it happens nearly every arc. The real question is, who, why, and why the hell du we have to see it so many times?
The key to the fun with Higurashi is, you want to solve the puzzle AROUND Hinamizawa, and not just the case. The situation becomes more complex with the arc, and makes you wonder what other fucked up stuff has happened there way before Keiichi decided to spend the rest of his life in the countryside surrounded by what seems to be psychopaths.
A warning though, this is not for the faint of heart. The atmosphere is tense from the first chapter on, and when the illustrator wants to give you shivers, they’ll GIVE you shivers. Do not read before dark and do most definitely not read under the age of 16. I rarely am this distinct with age limitations, but it is no shame if you wait the 18 before reading this. It’s not a must read, but for those who can handle it, the experience is absolutely amazing. Take into account though that this will go from your mind straight to your guts. I think I was cleary with this now.
Higurashi no Naku koro ni – FACTS
|Illustrated by||Karin Suzuragi, Yutori Hōjō,Jirō Suzuki, Yoshiki Tonogai, Hanase Momoyama, En Kitō, Mimori, Yuna Kagesaki|
|Published by||Square Enix