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  • Series: Higurashi (Book 20)
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316229105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316229104
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ryukishi07 leapt into the spotlight with HIGURASHI NO NAKU KORO NI which was originally conceived as a series of visual novels and later adapted into the popular manga and anime franchise.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on February 10, 2013
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Following along with their choice to release the first two volumes of the Massacre Arc in one chunky issue, this volume contains volumes three and four of this arc. It's a fairly wise decision on their part as this is a rather long arc and drags slightly at various points. This is one of the more important arcs, as it's the penultimate arc and reveals the identity of the true villain behind everything, but I have to admit that at times I got a little impatient with the pacing of things.

All issues with pacing aside, this really is an interesting story arc even if only for this glimpse into Rika's emotions. The arc is the "answer" to Satoko's abuse arc (Curse Killing Arc), but the main focus is giving us a deeper look into what effect a 100+ years of death and rebirth have had on her. The previous chapters in the arc showed us that it had a large effect on her mental well-being, with Rika somewhat readily ditching worlds at the slightest hint that it would have a bad ending. This sense of depressing passivity has some far reaching implications for the series, making me question exactly how many of the worlds were unsavable more because of Rika giving up and putting only a superficial effort rather than unchangeable events. This volume plays more upon that theme, although the presence of another arc after this one tells me that in this case the cast might still face an unhappy ending. If this is so then her actions have still had an effect on the true mastermind behind the series of murders, forcing them to show themselves and give away valuable clues behind their intentions.

Art-wise, this is more of the great artwork you've come to expect from the series.
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