Image of Higurashi When They Cry: Demon Exposing Arc, Vol. 1


Image of Higurashi When They Cry: Demon Exposing Arc, Vol. 1

The gentle, calm way that the manga begins, tricks the reader into thinking this is going to be a lighthearted story of a lovesick schoolgirl. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is actually a terrifying tale of unbelievable acts of violence. More than just physical harm, Ryukishi07’s work delves into the deeper psychological effects that result from chaos and betrayal. En Kito’s illustrations add to the sense of increasing horror as monsters are revealed. A stunning story that will draw you in and continue to surprise you until the very last page.

After her family moved to the city a year ago, Natsumi has grown up quickly and she now has a crush on a boy at school and two best friends to gossip with. Despite her traditional grandmother's repeated warnings that Natsumi must pay her respects to the god of her hometown, Oyashiro-sama, the teen is too busy with her social life to heed the older woman.

Then, on a bright morning, news comes that Natsumi’s hometown has been wiped out by a natural disaster. However Natsumi's grandmother claims that it was something much more sinister that caused the death and destruction, and that this is only the beginning of what is to come. (YEN PRESS, May 2011, 400 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780316073349)

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Dawn Crowne