For Higurashi Month here at JanaiBlog, I have been charged with delving into the manga version of this masterpiece. We’ve already romped through the first two arcs in this incredible story. So, let’s move on to the third arc, the Curse Killing Arc.
Like the second arc, this one seems to start the story over, with everyone alive and getting along. The story of Oyashiro-sama’s curse still holds power in this arc just as in the previous two, but rather than focusing on Rena and Mion like the first and second arcs did respectively, this arc focuses on Satoko and her tragic past.
We know at this point that Satoko’s parents fell to Oyashiro-sama’s curse years ago, but now her abusive uncle has come back into the picture. He begins to abuse her physically and mentally, and Keiichi is shocked to hear that this has happened before, and Satoko’s friends and teacher have been unable to do anything about it. When Satoko begins to look up to Keiichi as her surrogate brother, he decides to take matters into his own hands to protect Satoko, with deadly consequences.
This is one of my favorite arcs, mostly because the story of Satoko is heart-wrenching and really pulls you in. We also get to learn a bit more about Satoko’s brother Satoshi, whose story will continue to be pieced together in future arcs, which leaves you dying to read more. We also get some insight as to why Satako lives with Rika at the shrine, and this is an important plot point for the rest of the series, which is another reason why I highly recommend not skipping over this arc. In addition to that, we are introduced to a gory and tragic event concerning Rika that will continue to pop up in later arcs and will become very central to the overall plot, so this is certainly an arc you cannot miss!
This is also by far the bloodiest and most violent arc yet. As Keiichi goes madder and madder with rage at Satoko’s abuse, this leads to a shocking and very satisfying ending that you will not expect, but will love. It also sets a great tone for the rest of the series, as it progresses into darker and more depraved stories from this point on; if you didn’t believe that Higurashi was a horror manga yet, you will now.
If you’ve read along with these reviews, then you will know by now that Higurashi: When They Cry is an incredibly powerful, entertaining, and disturbing manga series that is perfect to read during the spooky month of October! If you like what you’ve read so far, I encourage you to read the rest of the series, and I can assure you that you will fall in love with it as much as the rest of us here at JanaiBlog have.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review series! Happy Halloween to all of you lovely readers, and whatever you do, stay out of Hinamizawa this Halloween! May Oyashiro-sama look down upon you all with his good graces, because if he doesn’t, you’re in trouble!!
Higurashi: When They Cry manga is licensed by Yen Press
My favorite Higurashi arc yet!
This is an extremely important arc in the story, so you HAVE to pick it up!
I could read this a thousand times over, and it still wouldn’t be enough