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Meakashi (目明し編 Meakashi-hen, lit. Eye Opening Chapter), also known as the Eye Opening Arc in the manga, is the first story arc of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai and the fifth story arc in the overall series. It was released at Comiket 67 on December 30, 2004 and is followed by Tsumihoroboshi.

Introduction

Meakashi
~Beloved Cutthroat~

- Eye Opening Chapter -
Welcome to the world of "Higurashi When They Cry Kai".
We've finally reached the halfway point.
From the viewpoint of the protagonist,
try to find the truth behind the tragedy that unfolds.
The difficulty is very high.
It won't be easy to comprehend the motive of the perpetrator.

Plot Summary

Main article: Meakashi-hen/Plot Summary

After escaping from her boarding school in 1982, Shion Sonozaki hides out in Okinomiya from the rest of the Sonozaki Family and tries to live life as normal. She soon meets Satoshi Houjou and falls in love, and as time passes and Oyashiro-sama's curse claims more victims, Shion struggles to find answers.

Characters

Main Characters

New Characters

Release History

Comiket 67

This arc was first released in Japanese in CD format at Comiket 67 on December 30, 2004.

Comiket 68

This arc was rereleased with Tsumihoroboshi at Comiket 68 on August 14, 2005. The extra arc Batsukoishi-hen that served as an All-Cast Review to Meakashi was removed and replaced with the Staff Room.

Comiket 69

This arc was rereleased with Minagoroshi at Comiket 69 on December 30, 2005.

Comiket 70

This arc was rereleased with Matsuribayashi at Comiket 70 on August 13, 2006.

First English Release

MangaGamer translated Meakashi into English and released it on February 28, 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 April 28, 2017. Changes include:

  • Porting from NScripter to Unity.
  • New character art by Kurosaki.
  • The chapter titles are not translated, instead referred to as "Days".

Ports

This arc has been featured in the following console ports:

Choices are added near the end of the arc that lead to an alternate ending.

Adaptations

Drama CD

Meakashi was adapted as a single set on June 27, 2007.

Anime

The anime version of Meakashi cuts out the reveal of Mion and Shion having switched places as children.

  1. First Love (aired: July 18, 2006)
  2. Responsibility (aired: July 25, 2006)
  3. Oni's Blood Line (aired: August 1, 2006)
  4. Revenge (aired: August 8, 2006)
  5. Cold Hands (aired: August 15, 2006)
  6. Condemnation (aired: August 22, 2006)

Manga

  1. Eye Opening Arc Manga Volume 1 (JP release: January 27, 2007. EN release: February 22, 2011)
  2. Eye Opening Arc Manga Volume 2 (JP release: July 27, 2007. EN release: April 26, 2011)
  3. Eye Opening Arc Manga Volume 3 (JP release: December 22, 2007. EN release: June 28, 2011)
  4. Eye Opening Arc Manga Volume 4 (JP release: June 21, 2008. EN release: August 16, 2011)

Light Novel

Kodansha released two volumes adapting Meakashi:

  1. Volume 1: May 5, 2008, republished September 9, 2011
  2. Volume 2: June 3, 2008, republished October 7, 2011

Comparisons to Similar Arcs

Meakashi seems like Watanagashi from Shion's perspective, but there are a few notable differences:

  • Shion and Keiichi's first meeting is different. In Watanagashi, Keiichi first meets Shion at Angel Mort. In Meakashi, Shion first meets Keiichi out in Okinomiya after encountering some delinquents.
  • As revealed in Minagoroshi, Rika's death is also different. In Watanagashi she was tortured and killed by Shion while in Meakashi she commits suicide.

Credits

These are the credits as seen in the original Comiket version.

  • Supervision and screenplay: Ryukishi07
  • Partner in Crime: Yatazakura
  • 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
  • LRRP: Kameya Mannen-dou, Tokihi, Amamizu, Scarlet
  • Music Assistance: General (GML)
  • Music: dai, DJ NETA-RAW, tack, zts, Karegyuu (oi), Suebashi (shin), Moroko, Yuune
  • Public Relations: Yoshinori Yano (NECO Seiryu)
  • Minigames: BT
  • Homepage "07th Storming Party" Administration: BT
  • Produced By: 07th Expansion
  • Manager: Ryukishi07

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