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This article is about the original version of Miotsukushi that appeared in the PS2 version. For other versions, see Miotsukushi (disambiguation).
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Miotsukushi-hen (澪尽し編, lit. Waterway Exhausting Chapter) is an extra arc from Higurashi When They Cry. It was originally released in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri as an alternate ending to the series taking place after Minagoroshi. Later ports feature an altered version titled Miotsukushi-hen Omote.

Plot Summary

Main article: Miotsukushi/Plot Summary

Rika wakes up in another world, aware of who her enemy is, but Hanyuu has mysteriously disappeared. Left discouraged about the fate of this new world, Rika grows increasingly uncomfortable as time goes on.

Keiichi takes notice of Rika's sadness, and she decides to trust him with the knowledge that she has been traveling between many worlds. Keiichi proves that he's much different than the Keiichis in the previous worlds, and Rika becomes determined to seize her fate.

As Rika tries to learn more about her enemies and their motives, tragedies from other worlds begin creeping in: Rina plots to swindle the Sonozaki family and dates Rena's father, Satoko's uncle Teppei returns to Hinamizawa, and a rift between Mion and Shion begins to grow. In order to bring everyone together, Rika and Keiichi work to resolve their friends' problems before it is too late.

Characters

Concept and Development

"Anyway, I was lucky to meet Kanou-san. I basically left everything to him in terms of direction. I simply told him "I want the production to be unique to home video game consoles, and please don't worry about making a complete reproduction of the original work.""
Ryukishi07, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri Official Guide Book Staff Interview

Kiichi Kanou was entrusted with writing Miotsukushi when Higurashi Matsuri began development. It was added in place of Matsuribayashi to give fans who had read the original story incentive to read the PS2 version.[1] Miotsukushi began development around the time Ryukishi was still writing Minagoroshi and became a complement to Matsuribayashi in many ways: Ryukishi intended for both works to have a happy ending, but chose to write Matsuribayashi from the "A" side centered on the adult characters; Kanou wrote Miotsukushi from the "B" side centered on the children characters.[2][3]

Ryukishi would often send Kanou parts of Matsuribayashi that he wrote, with Kanou incorporating similar scenes into Miotsukushi. The arc title was both a reference to a poem in the Man'yōshū about a landmark for ships to enter a harbor, and a reference to the main characters giving it their all to reach their goal.[3]

There were many ideas proposed for Miotsukushi, but not all of them made it in. A love triangle was proposed between Keiichi, Rena, and Mion, however Ryukishi opposed it.[4] Kanou also wanted to add a segment focusing on Rena's past when she was still called Reina, however it was cut since there wouldn't be enough space. He was later able to feature it in Tokihogushi and Miotsukushi Ura in Higurashi Kizuna and Sui.[5]

Release History

Original Release

Miotsukushi-hen was first released in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri for the PlayStation 2 on February 22, 2007.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna

This arc was rereleased in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Volume IV on February 25, 2010 for the Nintendo DS. Additional chapters were inserted into the middle of the arc that conclude the Advanced Story. Many other changes were made to the arc; these changes may be seen on the Omote page.

See Also

Trivia

  • According to Kanou, some fans have referred to the arc as "Miontsukushi" due to Mion's prominence in it.[3]

References

  1. Dengeki Maoh February 27 Interview
  2. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri Official Guide Book Staff Interview
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri Official Complete Guide Special Interview
  4. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri Official Complete Guide Special Interview. Ryukishi: "In the middle stages of Miotsukushi-hen, the idea of a love triangle between Mion, Rena, and Keiichi was proposed, but I thought "if we did that in the last chapter, they wouldn't be able to go back to their original relationship!" (laughs)
  5. Famitsu.com: "Staff Comments from Mr. Ryukishi07 and Other Related Parties to Celebrate the Release of Higurashi Sui!"
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