Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted by Demons Arc, Vol. 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 intrigue that involves his newfound friends...and threatens his very existence.

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Overview

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 intrigue that involves his newfound friends...and threatens his very existence.

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In this adaptation of a popular computer game, teenager Keiichi Maebara has recently moved to the small, isolated village of Hinamizawa. He becomes friends with a group of flirtatious girls and settles into the daily life, becoming especially close to Rena. However, he suspects that the girls are hiding a dark secret when he finds out that every year, on the same day, one villager dies and one disappears. Is there a curse, or are the villagers behind the murders and the disappearances? Even worse, could Keiichi's charming friends be demons? The story starts out quietly, but the horror steadily builds, aided by the expressive illustrations. In one memorable part, the black-and-white pages give way to a color insert in which Rena's wide-eyed smile becomes a vicious scowl. Some of the violent murders are graphically depicted, and one girl's character is mainly defined by her pride in her large bosom.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759529830
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 11/18/2008
  • Series: Higurashi When They Cry Series, #1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 180,466
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted April 26, 2014

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    Creepy

    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 its creepy moments. Oh the creepy moments. Yeah not a good idea reading this at night. Still, it kind of, the keyword being, kind of, makes me want to revisit the anime. Once was enough. All in all, pretty good and of course creepy start.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    A great adaptation of a great anime. I highly recommend it. Suzu

    A great adaptation of a great anime. I highly recommend it. Suzuragi captures both the funny and the truly creepy aspects of this series well. In fact, some parts are even creepier in the manga than the anime, because you have the added ability to see what characters are thinking. Even if you know the Higurashi series well already, this is still worth the time and money to read.
    And, of course. the mystery that is essential to Higurashi is in tact, and you get all the 'keys' to solve the mystery in the question arcs, although I would love to see the person who figures it out before they reach the answer arcs.

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    Higurashi, now go read it.

    This series is easily one of my favorite manga series currently. I highly enjoy the mystery. The thing that makes me love it is that the mystery is something the reader can literally figure out for themselves, along with the characters. I will say it is violent and somewhat disturbing at times, but for someone like me, the disturbing doesn't bother me. The psychoses of the characters is fascinating, and if you enjoy psychological mysteries with murder thrown in, you might just like this. However, many people might consider it bad for children. I will say that the books do contain much murder and sadness and is confusing at first.

    However, the mystery and plot is well worth reading. It is not as good of a translation from the original sound/visual novels, but the anime and the manga sync up well. The manga gives you all the clues you need to solve the mystery. Do not expect to get all the answers just from reading the first question arc. It is highly difficult and the character development is covered well. The characters can be creepy and the artists are excellent at pulling out terrifying looks at the right moment and heartwarming ones at others. It is cute, funny, intelligent, and has a slight creep factor. If you are not bothered by insanity and gore, then this series is great for you. If you are, well, I don't know what to say other than you are missing out on a wonderful series.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    It is an overall great read.

    As stated before its an overall great read and the best thriller manga I've seen in a long time.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Chilling, thrilling, and very hard to put down!

    These Higurashi (When They Cry) graphic novels are great reading, no matter if you've seen the anime or not. The translation from Japanese is smooth and nicely detailed. The "timing" of the pages and frames really adds to the suspense, and inevitably draws the reader in after the first few pages.
    I really enjoyed reading Higurashi, and I plan to collect all of the graphic novels. The anime is also extremely high-quality, and I would recommend it to any fan of these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2009

    a must have

    one of the best mangas, with a great suspense story, the full color pages is a god detail.
    has some minor inconsistencies in the art work but not a big deal.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

    Not the best, but a solid offering.

    As a fan of the Higurashi games (and accompanying anime series) I was quite excited to read this first English-language publication of the manga. It's not perfect, but it's still a quite decent offering.

    My only real complaint is with the artwork, which at times can seem a bit amateurish. Since one of Higurashi's greatest traits is the way situations can change from idyllic and carefree to nail-bitingly terrifying, I'm sure the artist didn't want to betray too much of the horror to come by adopting a darker tone throughout -- but still I feel the art could do with a bit more polish. Hopefully the art style will improve somewhat in future releases, so as to do proper justice to the addictive roller-coaster ride of a story.

    The volume is well put together. The original Japanese SFX are left in place, with small "subtitle"-like translations underneath. There's a small glossary at the back for some possibly unfamiliar terms. A few pages containing one particularly dramatic scene are in full color, which is a nice touch. Overall the book is a good quality presentation.

    I recommend this manga to both dedicated Higurashi fans, who may be looking to take in yet another slightly different presentation of the story, and to fans of thriller/suspense/horror/mystery manga in general.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    An excellent supplement to the TV series

    For a manga based off of a TV series that's all about creating a calm comforting mood and then disrupting it with scary images and a murder mystery, it accomplishes its goal rather well. I did especially appreciate the six color pages, something not found in most manga volumes, even if one of them was wasted on the table of contents. The character models and expressions also stay true to the original series. My only complaint is that the panels occasionally get packed on some pages, making it difficult to read the text. Still, it's genuinely creepy which isn't an easy task to accomplish with static images so kudos to Suzuragi-sensei for doing Ryukishi07's work justice. In the end, it's a must-buy for any horror fan.

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

    OMG HIGURASHI IN ENGLISH

    i cant believe the manga is now in english!!! YAY!!! i read the first volume and it was awesome!!! i cant wait for vol. 2!!! ESPECIALLY SINCE A NEW ARC STARTS IN IT!!! XD

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    One of the greatest manga you will ever read!

    I really enjoy Higurashi both anime and art.It has fantastic art and a different kind of plot then most horror stuff I think.In a good way of course.I would suggest if you are into horror that you buy it!You most likely won't regret it.I just ordered it though I have read it online already.It is so good.Though be warned for quite a bit of gore.There aren't too bad of adult themes as far as sexuality goes other than rather revealing costumes(don't think they are in this volume even) and jokes.So I think if you are looking for a good read that will give you the chills read it.Also watch the anime which is fantastic.It is also called When they Cry or Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.I believe that the DVD that you buy here has both original japanese audio w/subtiles and english.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Wow!

    THIS IS THE BEST MANGA I HAVE EVER READ! I'll even go so far as to say that it is better than the anime, which rocks, too, don't get me wrong. The artwork is amazing as well, and there are a few scenes that actually give you the willies, and I just love books that do that. I highly recommend this for any manga and/or horror book fans, but it's not for anyone who is a bit squeamish. And even though I've seen the entire anime and already have an idea of whats going to happen, I'm really looking forward to volume two! It's so exciting to finally read Higurashi in manga form! And for those who have not seen the anime, believe me, the ending to this particular arc will blow your mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Oh My Gosh It's Higurashi!

    I have been waiting for this for months and its almost here! Higurashi is one of the best manga/anime out there! The gore is pretty intense as well as a few of the adult themes but they don't take away from the great plot at all! When you first pick it up, you get very confused after 2-3 books since that part of the plot isn't revealed yet. If you have a chance, pick this up right away, I know you won't regret it! If you have time check out the anime, the Japanese version if you can. The American dub is ok, but the Japanese dub is much better.

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