Festival Accompanying Arc Vol. 2 is the second volume of Karin Suzuragi's manga adaptation of Matsuribayashi and the 26th 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 1.
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 5: Don't Step On It!
Chapter 6: The Marco Polo Bridge Incident
Chapter 7: Kyousuke Irie
Chapter 8: The Curse
Chapter 9: The Second Sacrificial Victim
With An Occasional Smile
Hello, I'm Ryukishi07.
As you can see in the "Festival Accompanying Arc," Kyosuke Irie is an important character who is deeply connected to Hinamizawa Syndrome. When I was working out his character early on, I really wasn't sure how to give him presence without making him seem too suspicious. As a result, his defining trait was his obsession with maids—a bizarre characteristic that is way out in left field when compared to the significance of his backstory.
At first I thought he was just a goofball completely unbefitting his grand history. But as I rounded out his character little by little, I started to think that that's exactly what makes him human. And in the beginning he played his part well as the clown. It was nothing more than a little prank to tease the unlucky Satoko.
But I wonder if perhaps when he was playing that goofy character, those were the only times he was able to forget his tragic past. And he'd no doubt learned that a smile, even a fake one, can lighten the load on one's heart. Life isn't short enough that we can carry a heavy load and live only for that purpose. Rather, if you don't make sure to smile, even if you don't mean it, and relax a little at a time, you're guaranteed to be crushed by your load somewhere along the way. And that's why Irie would chase Satoko around with a maid's headpiece—those were the only times he could forget his past and smile with all his heart...Then he would be able to feel that much more passion for his research and efforts to eradicate the tragic disease.
I don't think any of us has an easy life. But if our only focus is on carrying our load, that load will crush us. Please learn from Irie and smile and goof off sometimes. I'm sure it will lighten your load.
Oh, but I don't mean you should do the maid thing.
Thank you for reading through Volume 2 of the "Festival Accompanying Arc." Miyoko is all grown up now I hope that you will watch to see what happens at the end of Myo's tale of hard work and to see the future of Hinamizawa. Please keep reading.
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