Atonement Arc Vol. 4 is the fourth volume of Karin Suzuragi's manga adaptation of Tsumihoroboshi and the 18th overall volume of the manga adaptation of Higurashi When They Cry. The volume was released in English by Yen Press.
Driven out of her mind by the murderous plot exposed in Takano's scrapbook, Rena is on the run from the police and her friends. When Officer Ooishi confronts Mion about the Sonozaki family's invovement in the murder conspiracy, Mion reveals a number of other scrapbooks, detailing even more outlandish theories to explain the string of murders in the village. But will this new development be enough to calm down Rena? Or, in her panic, will her next move put all of her classmates in danger?!
Chapter 12: The Last Move
Chapter 13: Siege
Chapter 14: Time Limit
Chapter 15: Less Than 10 Minutes
Final Chapter: Happy Rena
What It Means to Challenge the Tragedy, to Oppose It...
All the stories until now were about getting involved in, and helplessly falling prey to, tragedies that couldn't be anything but inevitable. At last, the main character sends up a beacon, announcing his counterattack against the tragedy...That is the image I had when I created the "Atonement arc."
"Challenging the tragedy" does not mean "Fighting the tragedies that have already happened." it means not causing a tragedy, or rather, fighting against the impending tragedy.
Thinking about it, from the "Abducted by Demons Arc" to the "Curse Killing Arc," there was always a hasty conclusion calling for a violent solution, getting the story lost in tragedy...To fight against the tragedy means not using violent means of opposition, but to oppose the violent means that turn things into tragedy.
In that sense, maybe the opposition to the tragedy, where Keiichi and Rena face off on the roof, was a failure. Maybe it would have been best to try to clear up the misunderstandings before Rena took over the school...But faced with an incident that had already happened, Keiichi thought about the events and challenged them in the best way he knew how. And in the very end, Rena was able to choose not to let the cleaver fall on Keiichi...And maybe that is Keiichi and Rena's victory after opposing the tragedy.
That's exactly why in that last battle on the roof, if Keiichi had defeated Rena...In the context of the story, that would not have been a victory.
To challenge the tragedy. To oppose it that means to not let a tragedy happen. That is the kind of story the "Atonement Arc" is.
The "Atonement Arc," which could also be called "The Tale of the Hardest Rena Ryugu Has Ever Worked in Her Life" has managed to reach its conclusion in Volume Four. It's been a long, but short two years—they were over before I knew it.
Those who helped me on the basis of this work, Ryukishi07-sama, BT-sama, Yatazakura-sama, and my editors, Koizumi-sama, Kouno-sama. My staff: Erina-sama, Tashiro-sama, Shigetomo Tanakura-sama, Nayu Y-sama, Niwako-sama, Bancho-sama, Tomoka Furuda-sama, Moyomoso-sama, Rico-sama, YF-sama, Yoshun-sama. And everyone who stuck with me this long. Thank you very much.
The manga version of Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY will continue with the "Massacre Arc" and the "Festival Accompanying Arc." You might get a peek at some action from the members of the Higurashi cast who haven't had a chance in the spotlight yet and at the other side of the Higurashi world. If you like, please see through it to the end