Volume 13 (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Meakashi-hen|
|Released||December 22, 2007|
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Meakashi-hen (ひぐらしのなく頃に目明し編, When the Cicadas Cry: Eye Opening Chapter) Volume 3 is the thirteenth volume of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni manga as well as the third volume of the Meakashi-hen story arc.
- 12 (53). Retrospect
- 13 (54). Revenge
- 14 (55). Blind Followers
- 15 (56). Live
- 16 (57). The Priestess of Oyashiro-sama
ABOUT THE "EYE OPENING ARC"
THE BORDERS OF HINAMIZAWA
Hello, this is Ryukishi07. I think I would like to use this volume's afterword to talk about the main setting of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Hinamizawa.
When telling the early stories of Higurashi, for convenience's sake I portrayed Hinamizawa as an exclusive, remote village—the ideal setting for a classic Japanese-style mystery.
When I say "exclusive, remote village", I think that you all feel an unpleasant atmosphere, like it's closed off from the inside, and the people are very unfriendly to outsiders...but if you look at it the other way around, you might see that the neighbors are all very close and help each other out and that it's a very pleasant society.
If you think about it, maybe we're all exclusive and isolated most of the time. When we understand something, then we constantly show off our comprehension of it. But when we can't understand something, we actively refuse to attempt any understanding.
In that case, if we change that lack of understanding into understanding, then maybe we can move from creepy Hinamizawa to fun Hinamizawa.
Feeling that way, I meant to write the story to point out that when we feel like something is excluding us, maybe that's because we're also being exclusive. when in Rome, do as the Romans do. If you show that you understand their ways and are willing to follow them, then they might welcome you as a new friend. If you can sense the border between creepy Hinamizawa and fun Hinamizawa, then, as the author, nothing would make me happier.