Yoigoshi-hen (宵越し編 Beyond Midnight Chapter) is an extra arc originally released as part of the Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY manga. It was later adapted into visual novel format in the third volume of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna and subsequent console ports under the same name.
- Main article: Yoigoshi-hen/Plot Summary
20 years after the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, the lockdown on Hinamizawa has finally been lifted. Many people visit the long-abandoned village harboring their own secrets, and when a corpse suddenly turns up, nobody is free from suspicion.
- Akira Otobe
- Mion Sonozaki
- Ryuunosuke Arakawa
- Takumi Kurosawa
- Yae Towada
- Miyuki Sorimachi (appears in visual novel version)
Yoigoshi-hen was first released as an exclusive arc for the Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY manga as two volumes, releasing in Japanese on January 27, 2009 and August 27, 2007 respectively. Yen Press translated this arc into English as Beyond Midnight Arc and released two volumes on October 26, 2010 and December 21, 2010 respectively.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna
This arc was adapted into visual novel format in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Volume III released on May 29, 2009 for the Nintendo DS.
CR Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Itadaki
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui
This arc was included in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui released on March 12, 2015 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou included this arc and was released on July 26, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch and January 24, 2019 for the PlayStation 4.
The visual novel version of Yoigoshi has several differences from the manga version:
- A new character Miyuki Sorimachi is included, featured in a new prologue and epilogue.
- The majority of the story is told through Arakawa's perspective rather than mostly centering on Otobe.
- Takumi, Yae and Arakawa have expanded character backstories.
- Some story events are moved to TIPS.
- Addition of choices with three possible bad endings.