Abducted by Demons Arc Vol. 1 is the first volume of Karin Suzuragi's manga adaptation of Onikakushi-hen. It is the first overall volume of the manga adaptation of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. The volume was released in English by Yen Press.
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.
Chapter 1: Hinamizawa Village
Chapter 2: The Night of the Cotton Drifting
Chapter 3: Suspicion
Hello, I am Ryukishi 07; I wrote the original story. I truly thank you for picking up "Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Abducted by Demons Arc" Volume One.
Partially because the original story "Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY" is a novel game, almost all of the expressions are written in text. So there are more than a few places where I left them to the readers' imaginations and only depicted vague expressions.
I am truly thankful to Suzuragi-sensei for portraying the fun and horror of the original story so wonderfully in manga form! Just when their fun daily life has been completely mutilated, there's the shocking scene with Rena, and I couldn't help but be in awe at Suzuragi-sensei's bloodcurdling power!! There are more scary scenes to come in the "Abducted by Demons Arc," so I'm afraid (can't wait) to see the rough draft!
The "Abducted by Demons Arc" is the first of the eight story arcs, and I think one of its highlights is that it clearly shows the light and dark sides of the story's setting, Hinamizawa. I hope you enjoy seeing the contrast as the story completely changes from volume one to the future volume two.
With the help of various people, I've finally made it this far. I am extremely grateful to be allowed to have a hand in the manga adaptation of the famous work, "Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY." Furthermore, personally, I was allowed to study my own obsession... (laugh)
Ryukishi07-sama, who checked the rough drafts thoroughly and meticulously despite being so busy; My editors, Koizumi-sama and Kouno-sama, who patiently gave me detailed advice; Hikaru Uzaki-sama, Niwako-sama, Yoshi Sakano-sama, Moyomoso-sama, who helped me when I needed it during their hectic schedules. My family, who warmly watched over me.
And you, who read this manga! Really, thank you very much!
"Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Abducted by Demons Arc — Manga Version" will be going on to Volume Two. I will continue to do my very best, so please keep reading.