Abducted by Demons Arc Vol. 2 is the second and final volume of Karin Suzuragi's manga adaptation of Onikakushi and the second overall volume of the manga adaptation of Higurashi When They Cry. The volume was released in English by Yen Press.
Up until now, Keiichi's been having the time of his life with his new friends in Hinamizawa. But when their good-natured pranks take a deadly turn, Keiichi grows more and more suspicious about their involvement with the so-called "Oyashiro-sama's Curse." Turning to Ooishi-san for reassurance only confirms Keiichi's worst fears as dark secrets about Rena's past are revealed. Is it just his imagination? Or do his friends really mean to kill him?
Chapter 4: Trap
Chapter 5: Isolation
Chapter 6: Rena Ryugu
Final Chapter: Wish
The "Abducted by Demons Arc" is the first story in Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY and depicts the themes I want to depict in the overall story most simply. Now, if I were to go even further, perhaps I could say that this "Abducted by Demons Arc" is Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY.
To give a cryptic explanation, there is only one key hidden in the "Abducted By Demons Arc." This is an extremely important key, and if you can find it, then there is no doubt that you will be able to delve deep not only into the "Abducted By Demons Arc," but also into the "Cotton Drifting Arc" and the "Curse Killing Arc." But because it is such an important key, in order to hide it, there are a large number of fake keys scattered throughout.
To those of you who are touching on the world of Higurashi for the first time, I hope that you will enjoy drowning in the sea of keys.
And...to those of you who already know the "Kai" the "solution," to this story, I hope you will warmly watch over those who are enjoying drowning. Because, in any event, the ones enjoying this world the most are none other than the ones struggling to keep their heads above water.
Thank you for staying with me this far. Thanks to everyone's assistance, the manga version of Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY: Abducted by Demons Arc has safely reached its conclusion.
Ryukishi07-sama, who supervised the rough drafts and sometimes gave me warm words. My editors, Koizumi-sama and Kouno-sama, Yoshi Sakano-sama, Moyomoso-sama, who supported me not only with the art, but also in other areas.
And you, who read this manga. Really, thank you very much...! I hope I was able to safely convey the characters' charm and the story's bottomless power that mercilessly shakes up your emotions.
I have also been allowed to draw the manga version of the solution arc, "Atonement Arc," so, if you don't mind, I would be extremely happy if you would continue to watch over Keiichi and everyone as they grow.
I will continue to do my very best. Thank you very much.