Himatsubushi (暇潰し編 Himatsubushi-hen, lit. Time Wasting Chapter), also known as the Time Killing Arc in the manga, is the fourth and final chapter of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Question Arcs. It was released at Comiket 66 on August 13, 2004 and is followed by Meakashi, the first chapter of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai.
The original visual novel release of Himatsubushi includes the previous three story arcs, effectively acting as a full collection of the Question Arcs. This was also the case with the older MangaGamer release of Higurashi. The current rereleased version by MangaGamer splits each Question Arc into a separate release.
~For You, the Final Mystery~
I now entrust you with all the mysteries hidden within Higurashi: When They Cry.
However comical it may be, if you have reached any conjecture, then you have passed.
This final novel is a meager reward for you.
Conjecture is impossible. You have the right to reject this story.
- Main article: Himatsubushi-hen/Plot Summary
In 1978, the village of Hinamizawa fiercely protests the government's plan to build a dam and destroy their home. When the Minister of Construction's son is kidnapped, the policeman Mamoru Akasaka visits Hinamizawa undercover to investigate the villagers' supposed involvement. He soon meets a young girl Rika Furude, who gives Akasaka an eerie warning: "Go back to Tokyo."
Himatsubushi was released in physical format at Comiket 66 on August 13, 2004 in Japanese and published by 07th Expansion.
Himatsubushi has been included in Matsuri, Kizuna Volume II, Sui, and the console version of Hou. Ports add a choice near the end that leads to a bad ending, and an additional scene at the very end that introduces Akasaka's daughter Miyuki. There is also a slight change in the beginning of the arc that inserts mention of Kakiuchi City.
- Time Killing Arc Manga Volume 1 (released: August 22, 2006)
- Time Killing Arc Manga Volume 1 (released: December 22, 2006)