"Don’t worry, I used the blunt end of the knife." – Higurashi: When They Cry (manga) – 10/10 Pumpkins

I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. ~Author Unknown

Genre: Horror/Psychological/Drama/Mystery

Review Status: Partial (8 Volumes/? Volumes)

Licensed: Licensed in the US

Art: This is where you see what the anime did with the art- each arc has a different artist, so each time you get different styles. You have some that look fairly realistic, and some that are very cute in style. The anime is an amalgamation of all these different styles.

Summary: After moving into the quiet town of Hinamizawa, Maebara Keiichi spends his days blissfully in school often playing games with his local friends. However, appearances can be deceiving. One fateful day, Keiichi stumbles upon news of a murder that had occurred in Hinamizawa. From this point on, horrific events unfold in front of Keiichi, as he soon learns his close friends may not be all that they seem. Based on the amateur mystery game by 7th Expansion, the story is told in a series of different scenarios. (MAL.net)

The Higurashi manga is divided into several different arcs- you have the ‘question’ arcs, that present a scenario of what happened, and then you have the ‘answer’ arcs- what really happened. So far the arcs that have been released are (in order): Abducted By Demons Arc, Cotton Drifting Arc, Curse Killing Arc, Time Killing Arc, and the first part of the Beyond Midnight Arc. Some of these are manga-only and didn’t make it into the anime.

Review: Reading the Higurashi manga is an entirely different experience than watching the anime. You get more information on the characters, the colors and art is much cleaner and nicer, and you get more arcs, which is always good. You also get the best of what makes this a murder-mystery- you get good clues and you still get a good amount of gore!

I love how all the arcs present the characters. Each of them has their little quirks and backgrounds, and they’re still very loveable. I love watching them interact, and you get more of that here.

There really isn’t much more to say than what’s in the review of the anime, but I have to say, the manga manages to outdo it because of key information that you get that isn’t present in the anime.

Overall, this is one of the best horror manga out there.

Recommended: Most definitely! 16+ readers, please, for heavy gore and some minor fanservice in some of the arcs.

Other titles you might enjoy:
Future Diary (manga),
Bizenghast (manga),
Elfen Lied (anime and manga),
Shiki (anime),
Denpateki na Kanojo (anime),
Hell Girl (anime),
Perfect Blue (anime),
Kara no Kyoukai (anime),
Monster (anime or manga),
Paranoia Agent (anime)
Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (manga)


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