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"The final demon awakens. (最後の鬼が目を覚ます。)"
— Tagline

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Oni (ひぐらしのなく頃に鬼, lit. When the Cicadas Cry Demon) is a Higurashi When They Cry prequel manga series illustrated by Asahi. It originally began serialization in Gekkan Action magazine from February 25, 2022 to February 25, 2024, and after Gekkan Action's discontinuation moved to Web Action and GauGau Plus.[1] Chapters were additionally released for free on the Gekkan Action website and GauGau Plus.

Official Introduction[]

Taisho year 12 (1923). A tragedy occurring in Hinamizawa changes the fate of a lone girl and her friends. The turbulent early life of Oryou, head of the Sonozaki family, one of the Three Great Families, who would later be feared and known as Empress Sonozaki. A missing link connected to the original Higurashi story revealed now.

(Translated by DoctorDiablo)

Promotion and Release[]

Higurashi Oni was first announced on December 24, 2021 by the Gekkan Action Twitter account, stating that Asahi was also in charge of the original draft. More details were revealed in the March 2022 Gekkan Action issue released on January 25, 2022.[2]

On Janaury 24, 2022, Asahi tweeted that the story would focus on Oryou Sonozaki and the grandparents of the Higurashi characters, set in the past in the Taisho Era.[3]

Concept and Development[]

Ryukishi07 had received many requests from fans to do a story set in the Taisho era, but felt it was difficult to do because of the fragmentary nature of the setting, the background research of the turbulent era, and whether or not it could be an interesting drama.[4]

Synopsis[]

The series centers on Oryou Sonozaki recounting her early life and adulthood, where she had to become the next head of the Sonozaki family after tragedy befell her family and friends. Oryou's husband Souhei additionally features as a main character, showing him getting drafted into the Japanese army and becoming acquainted with Dr. Hifumi Takano, who's researching a disease endemic to Hinamizawa. At the same time Oryou's friend Ritsuka Furude, the priestess of Oyashiro-sama, tries to stop her beloved Seiji Kimiyoshi from succumbing to the demon's influence.

Chapters[]

Gekkan Action[]

Chapter Name Release Date Magazine Volume
Chapter 1 February 25, 2022 Gekkan Action April 2022
Chapter 2 March 25, 2022 Gekkan Action May 2022
Chapter 3 April 25, 2022 Gekkan Action June 2022
Chapter 4 June 25, 2022 Gekkan Action August 2022
Chapter 5 July 25, 2022 Gekkan Action September 2022
Chapter 6 September 25, 2022 Gekkan Action November 2022
Chapter 7 November 25, 2022 Gekkan Action January 2023
Chapter 8 December 25, 2022 Gekkan Action February 2023
Chapter 9 March 25, 2023 Gekkan Action May 2023
Chapter 10 April 25, 2023 Gekkan Action June 2023
Chapter 11 May 25, 2023 Gekkan Action July 2023
Chapter 12 June 23, 2023 Gekkan Action August 2023
Chapter 13 September 25, 2023 Gekkan Action November 2023
Chapter 14 October 25, 2023 Gekkan Action December 2023
Chapter 15 December 25, 2023 Gekkan Action February 2024
Chapter 16 February 24, 2024 Gekkan Action April 2024

Digital[]

Chapter Name Release Date (WebAction) Release Date (GetsuAku) Release Date (GauGau Plus)
Chapter 1 March 25, 2022 May 5, 2023 December 1, 2023
Chapter 2 April 22, 2022 May 5, 2023 December 1, 2023
Chapter 3 May 27, 2022 May 5, 2023 N/A
Chapter 4 December 16, 2022 August 4, 2023 N/A
Chapter 5 December 23, 2022 August 5, 2023 N/A
Chapter 6 April 9, 2024 August 6, 2023 N/A
Chapter 7 N/A August 11, 2023 N/A
Chapter 8 N/A August 12, 2023 N/A
Chapter 9 N/A August 13, 2023 N/A
Chapter 10 N/A August 14, 2023 N/A
Chapter 11 N/A May 25, 2023 N/A
Chapter 12 N/A June 23, 2023 N/A
Chapter 13 April 9, 2024 October 6, 2023 (part 1)
October 20, 2023 (part 2)
N/A
Chapter 14 April 9, 2024 November 3, 2023 (part 1)
November 27, 2023 (part 2)
December 17, 2023 (part 2)
January 7, 2024 (part 3)
Chapter 15 April 9, 2024 January 1, 2024 (part 1)
January 19, 2024 (part 2)
January 21, 2024 (part 1)
February 4, 2024 (part 2)
February 18, 2024 (part 3)
Chapter 16 April 9, 2024 March 1, 2024 (part 1)
March 15, 2024 (part 2)
March 3, 2024 (part 1)
March 17, 2024 (part 2)
May 5, 2024 (part 3)
Chapter 17 April 23, 2024 N/A May 19, 2024 (part 1)
June 2, 2024 (part 2)
June 16, 2024 (part 3)
Chapter 18 June 25, 2024 N/A July 7, 2024 (part 1)

The GetsuAku site is no longer available. Since April 2024 it redirects to the WebAction site.

Volumes[]

Vol. Cover Release Date Chapters
1 Higurashi oni v1 December 12, 2022
2 Higurashi oni v2 cover August 9, 2023
3 No-image-available September 12, 2024
  • TBD

Gallery[]

Promotional Image[]

Promotional Video[]

20周年企画「ひぐらしのなく頃に_鬼」PV_最後の鬼が目を覚ます!

20周年企画「ひぐらしのなく頃に 鬼」PV 最後の鬼が目を覚ます!

Volume 1 PV video

Volume 2 PV video

Other[]

A few Gekkan Action issues featured cosplays of characters. The September 2023 issue released on July 25, 2023.

The October 2023 issue released on August 24, 2023.

Publisher Futabasha's youtube channel publishes chapter 1 with Higurashi's BGM on August 9, 2023.

External Links[]

References[]

  1. Notice of Higurashi Oni moving to Web Action and GauGau Plus by Gekkan Action's twitter account
  2. https://twitter.com/gekkanaction/status/1474394432279441408
  3. Asahi's Twitter account: "In "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Oni", the story begins in the Taisho era where the grandparents of the original Higurashi cast live. A missing link to the original story. Look forward to it". https://twitter.com/zonsters13/status/1485628817615982594
  4. gamer.ne.jp: "The first volume of the "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Oni" manga, the 20th anniversary project of "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni," is now on sale! Comment from Ryukish07 available!"
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