Eye Opening Arc Vol. 4 is the fourth volume of Yutori Houjyou's manga adaptation of Meakashi. It is the 14th overall volume of the manga adaptation of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. The volume was released in English by Yen Press.
The demon of the Sonozaki family has found fertile soil in Shion's soul, and her fury rages out of control as she targets the last of those who are guilty of paining her beloved Satoshi. But how far is she willing to go? Will any torture or punishment fill the void left by her dear friend? Or will the sacrifices only rip greater holes in the tatters of her heart? The last pieces of the puzzle fall into place in the final volume of the Eye Opening Arc!
Chapter 17: Roar of the Demon
Chapter 18: Mion and Shion
Chapter 19: Promise
Chapter 20: Confession
Final Chapter: Happy Notebook
A Long Two Years
As you have seen, the "Eye Opening Arc" is placed opposite the "Cotton Drifting Arc." That being the case, I think it would be interesting in many ways if you would take a look at this one after you've read the "Cotton Drifting Arc."
When I did the original, one arc would come out every six months, so there was a two-year period between the second arc, the "Cotton Drifting Arc," and the fifth arc, the "Eye Opening Arc."
During that time, I received a lot of e-mails from readers who had seen the "Cotton Drifting Arc" and were writing their messages under the assumption that Mion was the murderer, so I remember it being a very long two years where I was thinking, "Argh, I wanna publish the 'Eye Opening Arc' soon and clear Mion's name!" now that I've been able to clear up the false charges against Mion, I'm a little relieved (laugh).
The suspicions about the dark side of the village that center around the sonozaki family will be carried over into the next story, the "Atonement Arc." I hope you will all continue to enjoy the mysteries of Hinamizawa in the answer arcs of "Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY."
Thank you very much for reading the last volume of the manga version of the "Eye Opening Arc."
It is now time for me to say good-bye to my beloved Shion and my beloved "Higurashi." I made it to the end, agonizing the whole time and being helped along by the strong energy of the original series.
I pray for a future in which Shion doesn't make any mistakes, a future where everyone can live in happiness with smiles on their faces.
Creator and Supervisor Ryukishi07-sensei, BT-sama, Sakura Yata-sama, Mahiro Takana-sama, Eko Shirayuki-sama, Kashi Mochizuki-sama, Ogawa-sama, Koizumi-sama, and everyone who was kind enough to read this book, truly, thank you very much!