Eye Opening Arc Vol. 1 is the first volume of Yutori Houjyou's manga adaptation of Meakashi. It is the 11th overall volume of the manga adaptation of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. The volume was released in English by Yen Press.
Following a lead on the kidnapping of the construction minister's grandson, Officers Ooishi and Akasaka spot a secluded outpost station that shows signs of recent traffic. A little poking around brings them face to face with the boy's abductors, and the criminals aren't going down without a fight. Once the boy is recovered, the dam project is put on hold, and it seems to be a happy ending for everyone. What could Rika's warning possibly have been about...?
Chapter 1: Homecoming
Chapter 2: Reunion
Chapter 3: Oyashiro-sama
Chapter 4: Unforgivable...
Chapter 5: The Cotton Drifting
That Which Exposes "The Underside"
Based on the contents of the "Eye Opening Arc," you could easily call it the "Shion arc."
Shion Sonozaki is Mion's younger twin. At the same time, she is the other side of Mion—or rather, she is a character positioned on the other side of the story. She is the only one of all the heroines who doesn't live in Hinamizawa; she's not even allowed to live in Hinamizawa. While she is the spitting image of Mion, her existence is the exact opposite. So I think you'll understand that writing Shion's story is basically the same as depicting the underside of the world of "Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY."
The "Eye Opening Arc" starts in 1982, one year before the main story's setting in 1983. What underside will this arc expose? ...I sincerely hope you will continue to enjoy it.
When everything in the "Eye Opening Arc" is revealed...Maybe it will spectacularly betray some of your speculation or your deductive reasonings or your expectations. But please, don't be afraid of that. Because those of you who experience that feeling are the ones who will have enjoyed the "Eye Opening Arc" most of all.
Thank you very much, everyone who read this!! How did you like Volume One of the "Eye Opening Arc"? The next volume will be even more muddled and gruesome. I'm afraid to start drawing it!! Well then, see you in Volume Two.