Matsuribayashi (祭囃し編 Matsuribayashi-hen, lit. Festival Accompanying Chapter), also known as the Festival Accompanying Arc in the manga, is the final chapter of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai and the overall series, concluding the main story. It was released at Comiket 70 on August 13, 2006. The Saikoroshi arc in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei serves as an epilogue to the events of Matsuribayashi.
The original release of Matsuribayashi includes the previous 3 chapters. In other words, it is effectively the full Higurashi Kai release.
~At least let it end with a blissful dream~
- Festival Accompanying Chapter -
The riddle you have been entrusted with solving now finally becomes unraveled.
What must be done to stop the chain?
And what will happen in the ultimate end?
It's a showdown between the conclusion you reached and the one I reached.
There is no difficulty. You should understand that now.
- Main article: Matsuribayashi/Plot Summary
The true culprit's motivations are revealed, and the events leading up to June 1983 are recounted. Rika and Hanyuu bet everything on one final Fragment in an attempt to reach a happy ending for everyone.
- Rumiko Chie
- Kyousuke Irie
- Teppei Houjou
- Keiichi Maebara
- Rena Ryuugu
- Mion Sonozaki
- Shion Sonozaki
- Satoko Houjou
- Rika Furude
- Kuraudo Ooishi
- Tatsuyoshi Kasai
- Akane Sonozaki
- Mamoru Akasaka
- Jirou Tomitake
- Miyo Takano
Matsuribayashi first released at Comiket 70 on August 13, 2006.
First English Release
MangaGamer translated Matsuribayashi into English and released it on July 15, 2010. Changes include:
- Porting from NSCripter to BGI.
- Removal of the Music Room.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou
This arc was rereleased with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou on August 17, 2014.
Second English Release
MangaGamer retranslated this arc and released it individually on May 14, 2020. Changes include:
- Porting from NScripter to Unity.
- New character art by Kurosaki.
- The chapter titles are not translated.
This arc has been featured in the following console ports:
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Volume IV
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou
The 2007 Higurashi When They Cry Kai anime by Studio DEEN adapted Matsuribayashi in Episodes 14 to 24 as the last arc of the season and the overall main story.
- Miyo (aired: October 8, 2007)
- Wriggling (aired: October 15, 2007)
- The Beginning of the End (aired: October 22, 2007)
- Strategy (aired: October 29, 2007)
- The Final Piece (aired: November 5, 2007)
- Opening (aired: November 12, 2007)
- Trap (aired: November 19, 2007)
- 48 Hours (aired: November 26, 2007)
- Offense and Defense (aired: December 3, 2007)
- Bloody Battle (aired: December 10, 2007)
- End (aired: December 17, 2007)
The manga adaptation of Matsuribayashi was illustrated by Karin Suzuragi and serialized in Square Enix's Gangan Powered and later Gangan Joker magazines from August 2008 to May 2011. It was later collected into eight volumes. Yen Press published them in English under the title "Festival Accompanying Arc" in four omnibus volumes.
- Festival Accompanying Arc Manga Volume 1 (JP: December 22, 2008; EN: June 25, 2013)
- Festival Accompanying Arc Manga Volume 2 (JP: June 22, 2009; EN: June 25, 2013)
- Festival Accompanying Arc Manga Volume 3 (JP: December 22, 2009; EN: October 29, 2013)
- Festival Accompanying Arc Manga Volume 4 (JP: August 21, 2010; EN: October 29, 2013)
- Festival Accompanying Arc Manga Volume 5 (JP: August 21, 2010; EN: January 21, 2014)
- Festival Accompanying Arc Manga Volume 6 (JP: December 22, 2010; EN: January 21, 2014)
- Festival Accompanying Arc Manga Volume 7 (JP: April 22, 2011; EN: April 22, 2014)
- Festival Accompanying Arc Manga Volume 8 (JP: August 22, 2011; EN: April 22, 2014)
Kodansha released three volumes adapting Matsuribayashi:
- Volume 1: November 5, 2008, republished on March 9, 2012
- Volume 2: December 9, 2008, republished on April 11, 2012
- Volume 3: January 6, 2009, republished on May 11, 2012
Matsuribayashi was adapted as three CDs. The first two released on January 27, 2012 while the third released on March 9, 2012.
These are the credits as seen in the original Comiket version.
- War Criminal: Ryukishi07
- Partner in Crime: Yatazakura
- Accomplice: BT
- Assistant Perpetrator: dai
- Scripting: Yatazakura (main), 4U (intermission and TIPS), BT (Circle Logo Installer)
- Scripting Language Used: NScripter (Naoki Takahashi)
- Engineering Guidance: 4U, BT
- Directing: Yatazakura
- Graphics: Ryukishi07
- Background Location: Kameya Mannen-dou, Yatazakura, Ryukishi07
- “Eyes:” Tsubaki Naruse
- Oniwaban: Escateli~na, Kahakky, Igawa Masatoshi
- LRRP: Kameya Mannen-dou, Tokika, Amamizu, Scarlet
- Music Assistance: General (GML)
- Music: dai, tack, pre-holder@137, zts, Shrimp Spa, Karegyuu (oi), Shugetsu Fumaru, Suebashi (shin), Nanase Hikaru, Fukuroukouji, Kaze-iki, Moroko, Yuune, PROPAN_MODE, Hell Garden. MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
- Ending Theme: Sora no Mukou
- vocal & words by Yuizuki Sora
- music & arranged by dai
- chorus arrange & derected[sic] by Toshinori Orikura (I.L.C.)
- recorded by dai & Toshinori Orikura (I.L.C.)
- mixed by m's (ad libitum records)
- MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
- Homepage "07th Storming Party" Administration: BT
- Produced By: 07th Expansion
- Manager and Screenplay: Ryukishi07