Review: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Watanagashi

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Watanagashi

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Watanagashi

Author

Ryukishi 07

Personal Opinion

At last I have finished reading the second mystery (question) arc of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Not just that, I have also re-read the fourth and the first story arc, Himatsubushi and Onikakushi. Even though I only skimmed through the last two, it was still exhausting.

Reading psychological manga such was never a walk in the park, especially when you’re reading the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series. Throughout the second arc, I kept trying to connect the plot of Watanagashi with that of Himatsubushi and Onikakushi. Some are connected, some simply made the overall storyline much more confusing.

Watanagashi is not strongly connected to Himatsubushi. I see Himatsubushi showing the big picture of what’s going on in Hinamizawa village without any details. On the other hand, Watanagashi has a strong connection with Onikakushi. Both arcs could be view as the same plot but from a different character’s point of view.

When compared to Onikakushi, it is a fact that there’s a lot more mysteries were revealed in Watanagashi. However, the answers we found in Watanagashi simply opens up more questions in our head. What we thought as answers to the mysteries in Onikakushi, it was actually a gate to a much more confusing yet interesting mysteries.

In Watanagashi, you get to know more about the characters involved in the mysteries of Hinamizawa. More answers are revealed to show how each characters played their role throughout the mysterious incidents in Hinamizawa; and by answers I definitely mean new puzzle pieces.

One might even find it hard to relate the plot in Onikakushi and Watanagashi. The author has successfully made the plot so complex that both arcs looked like some kind of alternative endings toward one another. I guess that’s one of the things that made Higurashi no Naku Koro ni so intriguing.

I am hoping to see more light to the mysteries of Hinamizawa, but my experience with Watanagashi has made me loss hope. I guess I should wait for the actual answers after I read all four of the answer arcs.

Maybe I should start taking notes when reading these kinds of manga. 😀

Personal Rating

9/10

Reviewer

Amir Syafrudin – http://asyafrudin.blogspot.com/

Related Review

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Onikakushi
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Himatsubushi

External Links

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Watanagashi at Baka-Updates Manga

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