Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Utsutsukowashi-hen (ひぐらしのなく頃に怪 現壊し編, lit. When the Cicadas Cry Mystery: Reality Breaking Chapter) is a manga-exclusive arc of Higurashi When They Cry illustrated by En Kito. It was originally serialized in the magazine Comp Ace starting on December 26, 2006, however it was cancelled after three chapters. Kito has stated that she was not able to complete it due to other circumstances.
Utsutsukowashi was published as a tankobon on December 1, 2007. The compiled version includes the comedic chapter Uragaeshi-hen (裏返し編 Inside-Out Chapter), featuring Onisarashi characters, and the epilogue chapter after set after Onisarashi. after was originally published in Onisarashi Premier Book.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: A New Story Begins!
A horrific incident unfolds at St. Lucia Academy. A new Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series!
Utsutsukowashi is a prequel to the original story.
Mizuho Kousaka is a girl attending St. Lucia Academy who struggles with schoolwork and rumors surrounding her past. She becomes the sole witness to a teacher's apparent murder, though the school tries to brush off the grisly incident. Mizuho starts to make friends with Shion Sonozaki and soon becomes witness to another incident.
- The "Kai (怪)" used in this manga's title, meaning "mystery", is different from the "Kai (解)" used in the title of the answer arcs of Higurashi, which means "solution".