Minagoroshi (皆殺し編 Minagoroshi-hen, lit. Massacre Chapter), also known as the Massacre Arc in the manga, is the third chapter of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai and the seventh in the overall series. It was released at Comiket 69 on December 30, 2005 and is followed by Matsuribayashi.
~The final truth~
- Massacre Chapter -
This story introduces the unit inside and out, using all the actors.
This is no longer a story, it's a public autopsy for all to join.
As they say, after loving someone,
cut open their belly and eat their organs.
It's the same with stories.
The difficulty is quite mild. Well suited for those with pride.
- Main article: Minagoroshi-hen/Plot Summary
Rika Furude has traveled through countless Fragments with the help of Hanyuu in her search for a happy ending. This Fragment looks to be the same as any other until Keiichi succeeds in breaking fate. Renewed with confidence, Rika becomes determined to change her own fate until unforeseen events occur.
Minagoroshi was first released at Comiket 69 on December 30, 2005.
This arc was rereleased with Matsuribayashi at Comiket 70 on August 13, 2006.
First English Release
MangaGamer translated Minagoroshi into English and released it on May 31, 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 July 18, 2019. Changes include:
- Porting from NScripter to Unity.
- New character art by Kurosaki.
- The chapter titles are not translated, instead referred to as "Days".
This arc has been featured in the following console ports:
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Volume III
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou
- Rules of the Labyrinth (aired: August 10, 2007)
- How to Change Destiny (aired: August 17, 2007)
- Fluctuation (aired: August 24, 2007)
- Negotiation (aired: August 31, 2007)
- Confrontation (aired: September 7, 2007)
- Strong Will (aired: September 14, 2007)
- Hinamizawa Syndrome (aired: September 25, 2007)
- Finale (aired: October 1, 2007)
The manga adaptation of Minagoroshi was illustrated by Hinase Momoyama and serialized in Square Enix's GFantasy magazine from July 2008 to July 2010. It was later collected into six volumes. Yen Press published them in English under the title "Massacre Arc" in three omnibus volumes.
- Massacre Arc Manga Volume 1 (JP: December 22, 2008; EN: September 25, 2012)
- Massacre Arc Manga Volume 2 (JP: June 22, 2009; EN: September 25, 2012)
- Massacre Arc Manga Volume 3 (JP: August 27, 2009; EN: December 11, 2012)
- Massacre Arc Manga Volume 4 (JP: December 22, 2009; EN: December 11, 2012)
- Massacre Arc Manga Volume 5 (JP: April 22, 2010; EN: March 26, 2013)
- Massacre Arc Manga Volume 6 (JP: August 21, 2010; EN: March 26, 2013)
Kodansha released two volumes adapting Minagoroshi:
- Volume 1: September 10, 2008, republished January 11, 2012
- Volume 2: October 1, 2008 , republished February 10, 2012
Minagoroshi was adapted as two CDs. Both released on January 28, 2011.
These are the credits as seen in the original Comiket version.
- Screenplay: Ryukishi07
- Partner in Crime: Yatazakura
- Accomplice: BT
- Scripting: Yatazakura (main), 4U (intermission and TIPS), BT (Circle Logo Installer and Music Room)
- 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, Tokika, Amamizu, Scarlet
- Music Assistance: General (GML)
- Music: dai, tack, pre-holder@137, zts, Shrimp Spa, Karegyuu (oi), Shugetsu Fumaru, Suebashi (shin), Fukuroukouji, Kaze-iki, Moroko, Yuune, PROPAN_MODE, Hell Garden. MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
- Public Relations: Yoshinori Yano (NECO Seiryu)
- Homepage "07th Storming Party" Administration: BT
- Produced By: 07th Expansion
- Manager: Ryukishi07