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Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted by Demons Arc, Vol. 1 (Higurashi When They Cry Manga Japanese Numbering #1)

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Life couldn't be better for Keiichi Maebara. Sure, he's moved to a sleepy, little town where nothing happens and high school consists of a one-room schoolhouse - but his new friends and fellow students are all cute girls! When he happens upon a story about a grisly local murder, however, his contentment turns to uneasiness as he finds himself drawn into a web of silent int ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Yen Press (first published December 22nd 2005)
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Buddy Read with my best friend, and brother, Nicholas!

This manga is based off a game/visual novel, that is a very popular murder mystery where you search for clues to find out who is the murderer. And it is also been made into an anime, if that interests you more.

This story is set in the summer of 1983, and stars Keiichi, who has just moved to a small, isolated village named Hinamizawa. There is only one school for all of the children living in this village, and Keiichi soon befriends two girl
The Holy Terror
May 05, 2013 The Holy Terror rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, mystery, horror, 2012
I've seen the 26 episodes of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, the 24 episodes of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai and its 24 Specials, the Nekogoroshi-hen Special, and about half of Umineko (it just wasn't my favorite though I'd like to finish it one of these days.)

So, I'm familiar with this series, even if I haven't played the original game it's based on. I know this story: a guy named Keiichi moves into the small remote village of Hinamizawa and becomes friends with a group of girls. It starts off ligh
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it it was amazing
I'd first heard about this series through a documentary about Japan's geek culture. Well, to be more exact, I'd heard about the games. Mesmerized by the brief glimpse I'd seen, I tracked the series down... and discovered that it wasn't available in the US. Luckily for me, I did discover that it was going to be released in both manga & anime formats eventually. One book later, I'm hooked.

The beginning of the manga is deceptively peaceful. Keiichi Maebara has come to the small town of Hinamiza
This is a creepy-crawly timey-wimey murder fest.

The story starts as the typical, "New Guy in Town" type of harem manga, but things get scary really fast. Then people start going missing, getting murdered, and the mystery of "wtf is going on here?" is introduced.

In short, not for people who don't like mysteries and who are freaked out by gratuitous amounts of blood.

For some reason, despite my normal aversion to horror, I read it anyway and wasn't too scared. Part of it is I went in knowing what t
Despair Speaking
Warning: There are quite a lot of gore and blood in the manga as you go on! So if you don't like stuff like that, don't read! It's also for readers who are quick at understanding too because it can get a little confusing!

Higurashi starts in a little village of Hinamizawa where Keiichi has moved in from the big city. He has gotten used to his life there and has befriended the whole class, although he's more close to this crazy group of girls that meet up after classes to play games. Anyway, one o
Sean O'Hara
Jun 02, 2014 Sean O'Hara rated it really liked it
Amazon had the first volume on sale for $2.99, so I figured now would be a good time to finally give this series a try. Little did I realize it's like twenty volumes long, so now that I know how awesome the story is, I'm committed to dropping close to two hundred bucks on the rest of the books.

I'm on to your demon ways, Amazon.
Feb 26, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
Recommended to Kate by: Stacy
Stacy recommended this to me because her daughter read it and thought it was creepy. At first, it wasn't all that creepy. Keiichi is a teenage boy who has recently moved to the village of Hinamizawa. He seems to get along well with many of his classmates, who invite him to join a game club, and in general he is obsessed with boobs. His friend Rena, who clearly likes Keiichi as more than a friend, goes into "adowable" mode wherein she tries to drag home cute cuddly things

When Rena drags Keiichi
Aug 09, 2014 Ash rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Loved this series, even though it gave me quite a few nightmares. Creepy, chilling and kept me guessing until the end. Ending tied it all together nicely. Adored all the characters but Rena on the front of this volume(1) was/is my favorite. She may be an ax murderer but usually only to those who deserve & she wants to take everything she thinks is cute home with her, including people. Rena always seemed to have a bit more insight and believed more than the other characters.
Jeridel Banks
Sep 26, 2012 Jeridel Banks rated it liked it
Being an outsider sucks. People don’t accept you. Everyone has something to say. Unfamiliar faces know who you are even though you’ve never seen them in your life.

Keiichi Maebara thought that being an outsider wasn’t so bad. Within the village of Hinamizawa in 1983, Keiichi befriends the local children and teenagers, acclimating himself to the simple ways of the countryside.

Although Keiichi peacefully resides with the villagers, Higurashi: When They Cry is not a humble, down-to-earth story of
I love Higurashi. Most people who know me know that already, so I'm going to focus on things not having to do with the plot for this review. So, first off, there were some modest changes made between the VN and the manga of this arc. Most of these were removals of scenes (though fewer than in the anime). Most of these were understandable, as they're generally scenes that in manga form would come off as a little too talky. There were also a couple of small changes made to the famous "LIAR!!!" sce ...more
Alice Cox
Mar 07, 2015 Alice Cox rated it it was amazing
I consider Higurashi to be one of the best and most structurally bold manga of all time; certainly it's one of the best I've ever read.

Higurashi is about a rural village called Hinamizawa and the people who live there. The protagonist, however, is a newcomer to the village, and it is through his eyes that most of the story is experienced.

As for the story, it's set in the form of four 'question' arcs and four 'answer' arcs. You read the question arcs first, and then the answer arcs. This probab
Nov 30, 2012 Luula rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I'm not sure if I'm just a wuss or if that was scary...

It's come to the time of year when I've run out of books and am working my way through my manga list. This has only been on the list since September, but it looked really good, so I tried it out.

Wikipedia tells me that it was based off a game, or, as it called itself, a "sound novel". Whatever it was based off must have been pretty damn good. It has like, 14 different arcs, spanning 38 volumes, by 8 different authors.

So, we have a transfer s
Katie Ross
Sep 10, 2016 Katie Ross rated it liked it
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Red Thomas
Jun 06, 2013 Red Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, horror, sci-fi
This was a decent follow-up to the visual novel, but I would not suggest just reading the book by itself.

A lot of things are confusing, especially the scene with Rika and the futon during the festival. I would have had no idea what was going on if I had not played the game first.

I have no qualms about the art, as some others have mentioned, but some of the pictures could have maybe more detail. This does line up with my previous problem, about some things not being intuitive. Someone unfamiliar
Jan 13, 2013 Selena rated it liked it
Manga.. this was a new adventure to read. Recommended to me by my "Manga" crazed library students, I had to take up the challenge after all I am the Otaku club advisor. I read vol. 1 and 2 (Arc). Hinamizawa is a close knit village and new student Keiichi Maebara quickly makes friends with 4 girls. Soon the tragic past of the village is revealed. This leads to the revelation of deaths that happen once a year after the same annual village festival. However, Keiichi begins to suspect his new friend ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Aug 30, 2016 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it really liked it
Oh Higurashi, you creepy, creepy and did I mention creepy anime you were. Your theme songs are awesome though. Anyway, can't believe it took me this long to finally get around to reading the manga. So I'm guessing here and that throughout, it'll be a different arc but same characters. Somewhat similiar to American Horror Story then? I was in the mood for a creepy manga and so after reading Doubt and Judge, figure why not give Higurashi a read.

While reading this, I thought back to the anime and
Amy B
May 17, 2015 Amy B rated it liked it
So, my only experience with this story is through this manga- I guess there is also a video game and anime, but I haven't seen either. I am also pretty new to manga...and, well, this was kinda boring. I understand that this is only a piece of a whole, so hopefully, the story will pick-up... The whole harem game thing was kind of annoying to me.
Also, there were a lot of illustrations that were blurry or messy- I couldn't quite figure out what the picture was supposed to be. I also feel like some
Keiichi moved from the big city to a tiny country town. Most teenagers would hate it, but Keiici actually enjoys the small town feel. He has only been there a short while but he has made friends with 4 attractive girls in his class. But everything changes when Keiichi finds out they are hiding something from him, a horrible secret. It turns out that this quiet town has a gruesome secret. Every year, on the day of the cotton festival, someone dies and someone goes missing. Keiichi is caught up in ...more
Dec 12, 2008 Heza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q2-2008
This book focuses on the city of Hinamizawa, haunted by a sinister curse. People are dying in mysterious ways, clawing at their own throats and running from the town diety, Oyashiro-sama. Maebara-san, a newcomer, finds himself immersed in mystery as his friends turn from sweet, innocent girls to demons intent on his death. This series contains endless amounts of blood, so I only recommend it to those who can stomach it. But to those who can, I say go for it! This book is awesome for those of us ...more
Another rating: 7/10 (for whole series)

OK, what the fuck is this manga about?? I need to know!! So freaking creepy!!!
Apr 19, 2013 Whitney rated it did not like it
I'm not really understanding the appeal of this series. I gave it a chance (7 volumes of chance is pretty generous) and I understand what is going on. I just don't get why people like it so much. Cute characters killing each other isn't that revolutionary or scary to me. I feel like the shock factor is all this series has going for it and that wears off after this first arc.

So if you want to see moe characters kill each other you will probably like this. If you prefer a little more meat to your
Sep 12, 2013 Sharon rated it it was ok
When Keiichi moves to a new town he makes some new school friends and settles into a seemingly quiet life, but when he hears about a series of violent and disturbing murders that have taken place in the area, he fears that the cute girls in his class might be involved.
Sounds interesting, right? Wrong. Aside from containing too many “funny” scenes about groping breasts, being obsessed with them, etc, the storyline really went nowhere and I was horribly bored before I’d read even half o
Sarah Hayes
Dec 24, 2012 Sarah Hayes rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-lns-misc
A nice and creepy read, although I think I prefer the anime version. The art was not particularly memorable, although the omakes were pretty funny. Keiichi seems like more of a pervert in this than in the anime, which occasionally detracted from the story. Another reminder that I need to buy the visual novel from MangaGamer sometime soon - and that I still haven't picked up Rykukishi07's other work available in English, Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Beatrice-sama!).
Mar 02, 2016 Meghan rated it really liked it
I feel that this book could have had more to offer than what they gave you. The manga is most definitely better than the game or the anime. I feel that there was more of a plot development that could have been better expressed through the main character. But the way that the characters are written is just amazing. Rena, I feel, had more character growth than any other character in this arc. This anime and manga are good examples of; 'don't judge a book by it's lover's kind of cliches.
The first 2 books in this series didn't make a lot of sense to me, but each arc appears to be the same story (mostly) told with a different slant. They're based on a game (I haven't played it) where you're supposed to figure out what really happened with the murders in the town based on clues found in each of the story lines (I think).

I finished the first book and said to James, "I don't know if I liked this book so I ordered the next 7 from the library."
Jul 24, 2015 K.C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
I don't normally enjoy reading or watching paranormal or horror genres, but I enjoyed it. The story starts out about a simple student making a new life for himself after his parents move to a rural village for his fathers work, but things quickly turn dark and ominous for him after the annual festival. He immediately begins to question his peers motives and good-nature and fears for his and others' lives.
Sebastre Desastre
May 07, 2016 Sebastre Desastre rated it really liked it
Although this is the first volume of the first arc of this series, I had already read the first two books of the Eye-Opening act before (so I sort of already know what is going to happen to Satoshi).

This series is so creepy, and I'm really glad I decided to pick it up. My favourite character so far is Rena.
Jan 27, 2016 Carrot336 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 22, 2014 Leia3771 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mangas
OMG SOOOOO CREEPY!!! LOVE IT, *cough cough* AHEM ok I'm calm (ok not that much) BUT this was good love the suspense and was knocking people down the next day to snatch it off the library self. (Which is NOT weird I just love books soooo don't judge my ways. =p) But I do recommend this to anyone who loves horror and suspense whether they read manga or not.
Jacob Jones
Sep 26, 2012 Jacob Jones rated it really liked it
So here I was reading this book, "Higurashi", and I'm thinking, "heh this is kinda funny." And I keep reading and I think, "Gee... I thought my girlfriend said this was brutal." Eventually as I'm reading I frown. "Wait... what? O! O gosh! O no! No no no no no! Ahhhhhh!" And yes. The book is extremely brutal and I LOVE it! Terrific!
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Ryukishi07 (竜騎士07, Ryūkishi Zero Nana?, born November 19, 1973) is the pen name of a Japanese man originally from Chiba Prefecture who is well-known as the original creator for the idea of the visual novel series Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni. He is the representative member of the group 07th Expansion. His pen name originated from the Final Fantasy series, "Ryūkishi" being ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Higurashi When They Cry Manga Japanese Numbering (1 - 10 of 38 books)
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted by Demons Arc, Vol. 2
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc, Vol. 1
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc, Vol. 2
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Curse Killing Arc, Vol. 1
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Curse Killing Arc, Vol. 2
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Time Killing Arc, Vol. 1
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Time Killing Arc, Vol. 2
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Eye Opening Arc, Vol. 1
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Eye Opening Arc, Vol. 2
  • Higurashi When They Cry: Eye Opening Arc, Vol. 3

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