Festival Accompanying Arc Vol. 1 is the first volume of Karin Suzuragi's manga adaptation of Matsuribayashi and the 25th overall volume of the manga adaptation of Higurashi When They Cry. The volume was released in English by Yen Press as an omnibus (numbered 22) with Volume 2.
In the final "answer arc" of the New York Times bestselling series, the final pieces of the mystery in Hinamizawa fall into place!
When her parents are killed in a terrible train accident, a young Miyo Takano is sent to live at an orphanage deep in the mountains. Little does she know that her parents' deaths are just the beginning of her hell, as the institution is run by a group of greedy, cruel men who care nothing for the grief-stricken girl. Subjected to abuses beyond imagining, Miyo and her roommates plan to escape, despite rumors of the terrible punishments that have befallen past runaways...
Chapter 1: Miyoko Tanashi
Chapter 2: Escape
Chapter 3: Thunder
Chapter 4: Bond
Beginning of the Miracle
Hello, I'm Ryukishi07.
The "Festival Accompanying Arc" is the final arc of Higurashi: WHEN THEY CRY, and it demonstrates how much miraculous power can be created by believing in each other and working together.
In that sense, this final arc is the ideal story, in a way, and the story of the final battle.
Will Rika Furude and her friends manage to make it safely past June 1983? How will the final battle end?
...To tell that story, the arc has to journey back in time.
What you've just read depicts the childhood of a key character, Miyo Takano. By seeing her upbringing and her feelings and learning about her strength, you can all discover, little by little, the truth behind this story.
A believing heart calls forth miracles. In that case, her strong feelings have the power to call forth miracles as well.
I hope you will all watch as Miyo Takano brings about her miracles.
—Original Story, Supervisor—
Ryukishi07-sama, BT-sama, Yatazakura-sama
Erina-sama, Tana-sama, Shigetomo Tanakura-sama, Nayu Y-sama, Niwako-sama, Bancho-sama, Tomoka Furuta-sama, Rico-sama, YF-sama, Yo-shun-sama
Thank you for reading this far. Volume 1 is all about Miyoko. I love Miyoko when she's being cute and when she's being scary. The "Festival Accompanying Arc" starts right away with a climactic situation, but we've only just begun. This is the prologue to the prologue. The next part of the story is going to be just as exciting, so if it's all right, please stay with us to the very end.