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A look at Higurashi When They Cry #11

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I had the great pleasure of giving a look at the previous volumes of the Higurashi When They Cry manga last week, an arc that spun a new outlook on what the Higurashi setting is capable of providing in way of interesting and thrilling storytelling. Now, I have yet again the pleasure of giving you fine folks a look at one of my personal favorite arcs in all of the Higurashi timeline: the Eye-Opening arc.

As I've stated on the previous arc, I really enjoyed the new direction and feel of the manga-specific Beyond Midnight story, although when it comes to this series I would prefer being scared out of my mind as opposed to being involved in a whodunit. The build-up in this first outing definitely sends the chills down your spine, making the beginning to this four-parter urge you on to buy the next volume, and then the next, and then the next. Think that Beyond Midnight was good? Hit the jump to see if this new arc can compete.

Higurashi When They Cry - Volume #11
Published by: Yen Press
Written by: Ryukishi07
Illustrated by: Yutori Houjyou
Translated by: Alethea Nibley & Athena Nibley
Release date: February 2011
MSRP: $11.99

Higurashi isn't shy of dark and mature themes in the least. The entire existence of the characters in the series is incredibly bleak, and when it comes to breaking its cast, the results are the stuff nightmares are made out of.

This volume starts off on a rather light note, as do most of the series' beginnings. Shion Sonozaki, granddaughter of a powerful family and an identical twin sister to Mion Sonosaki, the future head of the family, escapes from her private boarding school and rebels against her grandmothers demands for her to remain there. While hiding out from her family, she meets Mion's friend, Satoshi, who mistakes her for her twin sister. Shion, who plays along in the role of her sis, over time finds that she has feelings for Satoshi, but she also realizes that behind his positive attitude, he's hiding his violent family life and that he'll stop at nothing to protect his younger sister, Satoko. What happens next involves love, jealousy, and a shocking ending.

Appearances from other characters in the series, like Rena and Rika, add some much needed fear to our protagonists, and the curse of Oyashirosama is back to threaten everyone yet again. The direction this arc takes, in contrast with the last arc, has some genuine scares and shocking moments that drive the initial light-hearted and happy moments out of the picture halfway through the manga. Each character is struggling in their own problems, and by the end of this first installment, every one of them do nothing but dig themselves deeper and deeper into those troubles.

As someone who has seen this arc played out multiple times in other Higurashi media, you hereby have my guarantee that dedicating your time to this volume (and the ones that follow) will pay off hugely if you're a fan of the series. The added details in the manga adaption add some needed plot points not found in the anime or VN, and the range of emotion felt in each panel, especially on the characters faces and body language, definitely grabs your attention enough to get you caught up each time you turn the page. 

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