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Emerging Chapter 05/06/07 – Manga Review

Because of protests at the opening of the National Infection Research Institute – research and development were postponed for many years. Therefore it might be necessary for the sample to be transferred to America in order to be studied because the facility lacks the means of doing it properly.

One interesting thing I’ve observed in this chapter is that the artist quite put hard work into creating the visual elements of the research center. There is one page in the chapter that beautifully describes how the rooms inside the institute were designed and modeled. This also applies when an outdoor landscape is presented.


To exactly pinpoint the source or the origin of the newly discovered virus – which doesn’t resemble anything encountered before, a special antibody test process is used. The procedure is called Eliza – in which a certain reaction to a virus should tell the position of the virus in the taxonomic system.

Antibody, also called immunoglobulin, a protective protein produced by the immune system in response to the presence of a foreign substance, called an antigen. Antibodies recognize and latch onto antigens in order to remove them from the body. A wide range of substances are regarded by the body as antigens, including disease-causing organisms and toxic materials such as insect venom.
Antibodies are grouped into five classes according to their constant region. Each class is designated by a letter attached to an abbreviation of the word immunoglobulin: IgG, IgM, IgA, IgD, and IgE. The classes of antibody differ not only in their constant region but also in activity. For example, IgG, the most common antibody, is present mostly in the blood and tissue fluids, while IgA is found in the mucous membranes lining the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts.


Meanwhile – the infected persons still continue to spread the virus and people at the clinic where the sample was takes are starting to avoid those involved in working with the infected blood.

A note of tension rises here again. Imagine yourself in a real life situation like this – the thought of contracting something awful and the fear of others that you might provoke them something too – everyone looking at you in fear, pity or disgust and then moving away when you approach them. Dr. Onotera begins to be avoided by the other patients and even by the staff. Since he doesn’t show any sign of infection while other who also had contact with the virus are already bedridden – this might dictate that he is out of danger – but this can’t be sure – not even momentarily.


Onotera goes to Sekiguchi’s place hoping that another reasonable discussion will calm him down but in the middle of the discussion – the phone starts to ring. They both know it – the answer is on the other side of the line. And it’s not what they expected…



Notes On Higurashi: Story Arcs

So I managed to re-watch some of the Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni episodes a couple of weeks ago – and even read a few manga chapters – but couldn’t find enough time to dwell more into this story.

If you don’t know – ひぐらしのなく頃に – Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a Japanese murder mystery dojin soft sound novel series produced by 07th Expansion. The games are built on the NScripter game engine and are playable on the Windows operating system. Drama CDs, manga volumes, anime adaptations, live-action movies and TV series were produced over the years – the title becoming more and more successful. And here I want to share the details about the story arcs that can be found in all the related Higurashi productions. I said this many times – and I risk repeating myself – I planned a while ago to try to write more and more about the anime series and movies I am watching – to work on individual episode reviews and so on – but with my job and my other responsibilities – I just can’t find enough time to watch stuff – and also to write reviews. But I will try to keep a record of what I am watching. - 70694 blood blue_eyes higurashi_no_naku_koro_ni ryuuguu_rena

Below are details about the story arcs found in some of the known Higurashi media productions.

Story arcs

In the Higurashi games, there are several story arcs, the original eight of which are referred to as either question arcs or answer arcs. The answer arcs generally recapitulates the events of the corresponding question arc, but from a different perspective, using the change of protagonist to solve various mysteries and come to a different conclusion. Each of the eight original games for the PC represented separate arcs of the overall story-line. Apart from the main question and answer relationship, the story of the arcs are not directly connected, although a multitude of parallels exist which allow the observant reader to gain extra insight into the mystery.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

The Higurashi: When They Cry (ひぐらしのなく頃に Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) games form what are referred to as the question arcs. These first four games of the series were meant to give the player a sense of the world where the story takes place and introduce the mysterious circumstances surrounding the village of Hinamizawa. Since there are no concrete answers given to the questions that the story presents in these arcs, the question arcs allow the player to form his or her own opinions about the events taking place in the village. Each question arc game contains all of the previous question arcs.

Onikakushi-hen (鬼隠し編, “Demoned Away Chapter”)
The chapter introduces the player to the world of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. The player is shown the simple rural life of the village, the after-school club activities, and the friendships of the main characters. However, things take a sinister turn after the Watanagashi Festival, when Keiichi discovers what his new friends have been concealing from him. The chapter implies that Rena and Mion are the villains.

Watanagashi-hen (綿流し編, “Cotton Drifting Chapter”)
The player should have an overall idea of how life in the village resembles. Once again, the chapter begins for the Watanagashi Festival again marking the start of the bad events. An ancient curse strikes and a pair of sisters are not what they seem. Shion Sonozaki makes her first appearance in the chapter, while Mion is portrayed as the villain.

Tatarigoroshi-hen (祟殺し編, “Curse Killing Chapter”)
Keiichi and Satoko develop a brother-sister relationship. When Satoko’s abusive uncle returns to the village, Keiichi attempts to help Satoko with drastic measures. However, as more people die, it is clear he is not the only one involved. The spotlight shines on Satoko Hojo as the “victim”. The chapter implies that Keiichi is a villain.

Himatsubushi-hen (暇潰し編, “Time Killing Chapter”)
Five years before the first three chapters, Tokyo police investigator, Mamoru Akasaka, investigates a kidnapping of a politician’s grandchild around the village. Soon, he too becomes implicated in the mysteries of the village. The chapter focuses on Rika Furude as being the key part of the mystery.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

The Higurashi: When They Cry Kai (ひぐらしのなく頃に解 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, “When Cicadas Cry Solutions”) games form what are known as the answer arcs. The last four games released in the series, were, in contrast to the question arcs, meant to answer all of the questions presented in the first half of the series. These arcs can be considered the “solutions” of the previous arcs. Each answer arc game contains all of the previous answer arcs.

Meakashi-hen (目明し編, “Eye Opening Chapter”)
Meakashi-hen is the answer arc corresponding to Watanagashi-hen. The chapter consists of events very similar to those of Watanagashi-hen told from the perspective of Shion. After Satoshi kills his aunt, the chapter implies that Shion is a villain.

Tsumihoroboshi-hen (罪滅し編, “Atonement Chapter”)
Tsumihoroboshi-hen is the answer arc corresponding to Onikakushi-hen. Unlike Meakashi-hen, Tsumihoroboshi-hen’s story is drastically different from the plot of its question arc. In Tsumihoroboshi-hen, Rena experiences a situation similar to Keiichi’s in Onikakushi-hen, as she makes a terrible mistake and becomes distrustful of her former friends. It is the first chapter with a (seemingly) happy ending, although the tips reveal an evil twist.

Minagoroshi-hen (皆殺し編, “Massacre Chapter”)
On the surface, Minagoroshi-hen is the solution to Tatarigoroshi-hen; however, it answers most of the major common mysteries of the previous arcs. It is told from the perspective of Rika Furude. Most notably, the true identity of the murderer is finally revealed in Minagoroshi-hen. After Minagoroshi-hen, one more effort is needed to seal the story into a happy ending.

Matsuribayashi-hen (祭囃し編, “Festival Accompanying Chapter”)
With all pieces of the puzzle in place, it’s up to the characters to join forces in order to defeat the culprit, obtain the miracle, and break through the barrier of June 1983. Matsuribayashi-hen is a “Good End” in which no major deaths occur in that June, although the deaths in previous years still occurred.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

Three extra chapters were included in a fan disc named Higurashi: When They Cry Rei (ひぐらしのなく頃に礼 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei, When Cicadas Cry Gratitudes), two of which were newly created. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei was released on December 31, 2006.

Saikoroshi-hen (賽殺し編, “Dice Killing Chapter”)
Saikoroshi-hen is an epilogue of Matsuribayashi-hen, which takes place two months later in August 1983. Rika is apparently killed by a truck and wakes up in a different world, where none of the tragic events occurred in the main series: Keiichi is absent from the village, Rena’s parents did not divorce, the dam project was resolved smoothly, Satoshi stays with Satoko and Rika’s parents appeared. However, the club never formed, meaning Rika has no friends, she gets bullied by Satoko, Hanyū is absent, Rika is not revered as the reincarnation of Oyashiro, and the village will soon be submerged underwater. Rika has to choose between staying in that world or killing her own mother, which will enable her to leave that sinless world.

Batsukoishi-hen (罰恋し編, “Penalty Loving Chapter”)
A slapstick dream story in which Keiichi and the Soul Brothers fight against the girls through the club punishment games. The chapter was originally an epilogue titled Otsukaresama which came with Meakashi-hen, but it was deemed too irrelevant and silly and was removed from subsequent chapters.

Hirukowashi-hen (昼壊し編, “Daybreak Chapter”)
Hirukowashi-hen is based on Higurashi Daybreak. Keiichi and Rena spent time together, until Rena accidentally swallows something during her usual treasure hunting. According to Rika, the seal of the sacred “Fuwarazu Magatama” pairs was broken, and Rena had one of them. The magatama holds a mysterious magical powers in which a person that has the red magatama will blindly fall in love with anyone with the white one. - 116723 sample

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri

Three original chapters were created for the PlayStation 2 version Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri (ひぐらしのなく頃に祭 When Cicadas Cry Festival), by Alchemist.

Taraimawashi-hen (盥回し編, “Rotation Chapter”)
An alternate beginning chapter, at first glance, this additional “question arc” is a retelling of Onikakushi-hen. However, this chapter, in fact, contains the events of Watanagashi-hen. After learning the secrets of Hinamizawa, Keiichi decides to ignore everything and enjoy his peaceful school life; this action leads to a tragic series of events. Shion Sonozaki is the villain of the chapter, while Mion becomes the victim. Mion survives and is shown Rena’s blood stained hat. Mion talks to Ooishi about the incident, but dies shortly after. The scenario is actually a “punishment”, given when you deliberately try and avoid getting into any of the scenarios in the story (except one, as it is actually difficult to get into on purpose), and makes it clear to the player that they cannot simply avoid the tragedies around them and expect a happy ending.

Tsukiotoshi-hen (憑落し編, “Exorcism Chapter”)
Although Tsukiotoshi-hen does not provide many answers since it relates what went wrong in Watanagashi-hen/Meakashi-hen and Tatarigoroshi-hen, it is still considered an answer arc. In order to save Satoko, Shion, Keiichi and Rena decide to kill Teppei. But after the murder is done, Rena starts to act strangely, and Keiichi thinks he hears Oyashiro talking to him. Mion notices the change in her friends’ behavior and takes Shion’s place to find out why they are acting this way. Later on, Satoko develops Hinamizawa Syndrome and kills Shion, before killing herself.

Miotsukushi-hen (澪尽し編, “Canal Drying Chapter”)
An alternate ending to the main series, the chapter name Miotsukushi is a pun of Miotsukushi (澪標 canal sign) and Mi o tsukushi (身を尽くし), a conjugation of Mi o tsukusu (身を尽くす serve one’s body). The pun is known in Japanese poetry such as haiku. After finding out who the real murderer is, Rika and Keiichi decide to put an end to the whole mystery, but they are in a different situation than Matsuribayashi-hen. Before they can do anything, they have to solve other people’s problems first. The problems of Watanagashi/Meakashi-hen, Tatarigoroshi-hen, and Tsumihoroboshi-hen are met here, and all of them must be solved. The arc solves all the mysteries of the series, adds a few new ones, and gives the origins of both Hanyu and Hinamizawa syndrome. The story development of Miotsukushi-hen in the fourth Nintendo DS game Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna has slight differences from the original PlayStation 2 version. The conclusion of Tomoe’s story, continued from the third DS game Rasen, was added to Miotsukushi-hen, but had no connection with the PlayStation 2 version ending.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna

Four original chapters were created for the Nintendo DS version Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna (ひぐらしのなく頃に絆 When Cicadas Cry Bonds), by Alchemist.

Someutsushi-hen (染伝し編, “Dye Following Chapter”)
The new question arc reveals in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna. It seems to be a retelling of Onisarashi with new characters and a few minor differences. In this chapter, the events of Onisarashi play out with the exception of Tomoe added to the equation, and Akasaka and Oishi being absent, although Oishi is mentioned, resulting in a different ending. The major difference is that this chapter’s ending is a “bad ending” instead of a “good ending” like in the original storyline, with Natsumi dying at the end instead of being saved by Akira.

Kagebōshi-hen (影紡し編, “Silhouette Spinning Chapter”)
A new chapter in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Dai Ni Kan Sō. The version of Onisarashi-hen is told through the eyes of Tomoe Minami, a policewoman that is investigating the strange occurrences happening all over Japan. Akasaka and Oishi are present in this chapter, as well as Tomoe’s younger sister, who is also a police officer, and another male officer. The chapter has a “good ending” like the original manga chapter, but with different events causing it. Natsumi attacks Chisato, one of her friends, putting her in the hospital, where she later talks with Akasaka. After the seemingly unpreventable murder of Natsumi’s family, Chisato meets Natsumi on the hospital roof, and after a little struggling, manages to calm Natsumi down, and comforts her.

Tokihogushi-hen (解々し編, “Untangling Chapter”)
A new chapter in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Kizuna Rasen. Tomoe Minai and her sister make another appearance, along with a new blue haired girl named Nagisa Ozaki. Oishi Kurado and Rena Ryugu return in this chapter. The chapter explores Rena’s past in Showa 57 (1982).

Kotohogushi-hen (言祝し編, “Congratulating Chapter”)
A DS-exclusive chapter in the final installment of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Dai Yon Kan Kizuna. The chapter explores Hanyu’s past as Hainiryuun Ieasomuuru Jieda and the origin of Hinamizawa. Characters appeared in this arc such as Riku Furude, one of Rika’s ancestor and the Shinto Priest of Furude House, who fell in love with Hainiryuun; and Ōka Furude, the child of Hainiryuun and Riku Furude.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – extra Manga arcs

These side stories are original chapters serialized in manga form which supplement the games and partially continue the story.

Onisarashi-hen (鬼曝し編, “Demon Exposing Chapter”)
In Onisarashi-hen, a young girl named Natsumi is haunted by the aftermath of the Hinamizawa Disaster. Soon after her grandmother — a former Hinamizawa resident — tells her of Oyashiro’s curse, Natsumi finds that her own hands have become covered in blood. Akasaka and Oishi also feature in the story. Onisarashi-hen was later included as part of the Nintendo DS remake Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna as Someutsuhi-hen, with some changes.

Yoigoshi-hen (宵越し編, “Beyond Midnight Chapter”)
This chapter is an epilogue of one of the “possible outcomes” of Tsumihoroboshi-hen, in which Rena burned the school and killed Mion and her friends. Many years later, in 2006, the lock has been lifted and a group of five meet by coincidence, one of them claiming to be Mion, and get dragged into the supernatural aspects of the “Village of the Dead.” Tips for this chapter can be read via mobile phone at Gangan Mobile. This chapter was included as part of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kizuna: Dai-San-Kan Rasen for the Nintendo DS.

Utsutsukowashi-hen (現壊し編, “Reality Breaking Chapter”)
A prequel to Meakashi-hen. Shion is sent away to the all-girls school, St. Lucia Academy, for confinement. One day, a male teacher’s body was found in the school swimming pool and the first discoverer, Mizuho Kōsaka, is summoned to the chairman’s office to report the details. Shion hears rumors about how Mizuho’s grandmother is after Mizuho’s life and the girl is taking refuge in the school, so Shion approaches the aloof Mizuho. The chapter started serialization in the December 2006 issue of Comp Ace.

Kataribanashi-hen (語咄し編, “Anthology Chapter”)
A collection of reader submitted comics that were created into a story by Ryukishi 07.

Kokoroiyashi-hen (心癒し編, “Heart-Healing Chapter”)
An epilogue to Matsuribayashi-hen where Rika and the others, including Hanyu, go on a summer vacation to heal their hearts, so to speak, after everything they have been through.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – extra Anime arc

Yakusamashi-hen (厄醒し編, “Disaster Awakening Chapter”)
The arc was introduced in the second anime series, airing before Minagoroshi-hen and Matsuribayashi-hen. It was made by the request of Ryukishi 07 to include important plot details that were left out from the first season so as to tie the two seasons together. The issue of Hinamizawa’s secrets is resolved early in this scenario, allowing the other characters to attend school without further issue. The story is told from the perspective of Satoko as she grows increasingly concerned with Rika’s odd behavior, including speaking with invisible Hanyu about her own inevitable murder, and her vain attempts to change her fate on her own. Satoko later undergoes a situation containing elements from Tatarigoroshi-hen and Taraimawashi-hen, from discovering Rika’s body to surviving the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, and dying in the hospital once she understands the secret behind Rika’s murder.

Emerging Chapter 02/03/04 – Manga Review

The second chapter of the Emerging manga continues with the story of providing details about the pathogen. There is a rising tension surrounding this case and everyone seems to be absorbed into doing whatever is necessary to stay uninfected.

Not many horror story elements in this chapter but a sense of a deep, suppressed atmosphere – a critical way of thinking and taking actions. A team gets involved with quarantining the zone where the infected man is kept.


For finding out what kind of virus is involved – a sample is needed – which, after it has been collected – is transferred to the National Infection Research Institute in Tokyo.

This side of the story made me research a bit about these organisms. Apparently viruses are the smallest and simplest life forms known. They are 10 to 100 times smaller than a bacteria. The biggest difference between viruses and bacteria is that viruses must have a living host – like a plant or animal or even a human host – to multiply, while most bacteria can grow on non-living surfaces, attacking whatever they encounter.

Bacteria are inter-cellular organisms (they live in-between cells) – whereas viruses are intra-cellular organisms (they infiltrate the host cell and live inside the cell). They change the host cell’s genetic material from its normal function to producing the virus itself.

As for treatments – simple antibiotics can kill most of the bacteria forms known but they cannot kill viruses.

In the manga – the people involved are afraid to find out that this case might involve a fatal pathogen – which in that case – it could be unsolvable.

After a scene that depicts a panic attack and some of the protagonists almost lose their reason – the sample is successfully retrieved. The second chapter ends with the doctors’ plan of going to the National Infection Research Institute.


In the third chapter – one of those who studied the case – professor Onodera – who happened to touch the corpse before with bare hands without thinking about the repercussions – is depicted as struggling with the idea of getting infected and never having a chance to battle this terrifying microbial enemy. He agrees to accompany another professor – Sekiguchi – to the National Infection Research Institute, for an answer.

There is one particular page in the manga, in this chapter, that quite caught my attention – it depicts a bird-view of some streets in or towards Tokyo and the highway with the car our protagonists are traveling. It has a certain acoustic feeling – you can hear the murmurs of a distant city at night and as you approach – the indistinct groans of the car’s engine.


Once the protagonists reach their destination – a question arises.. what kind of place is this research facility?

Professor Onodera almost has another panic attack when he sees the level of security in this place – when he hears the attention messages telling the staff to not touch anything, not even the walls or the doors. It is a center for disease control – and high level toxicity materials are handled here, and of course – the nastiest pathogens found are kept here.

Apparently – the Institute is only equipped for for the first three levels of biozahard – BL3. If the new pathogen belongs to the higher level – its study must be done overseas – thought that shake up a bit our concerned doctors. Shipping out a deadly virus is not always the best solution.

Regarding the levels of biozahard – the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorizes various diseases in levels of biohazard, Level 1 being minimum risk and Level 4 being extreme risk. Laboratories and other facilities are categorized as BSL (Biosafety Level) 1-4 or as P1 through P4 for short (Pathogen or Protection Level).

A biosafety level is a set of biocontainment precautions required to isolate dangerous biological agents in an enclosed laboratory facility. The levels of containment range from the lowest biosafety level 1 (BSL-1) to the highest at level 4 (BSL-4). In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have specified these levels. In the European Union, the same biosafety levels are defined in a directive. In Canada the four levels are known as Containment Levels. Facilities with these designations are also sometimes given as P1 through P4 (for Pathogen or Protection level), as in the term “P3 laboratory”.

At the lowest level of biosafety, precautions may consist of regular hand-washing and minimal protective equipment. At higher biosafety levels, precautions may include airflow systems, multiple containment rooms, sealed containers, positive pressure personnel suits, established protocols for all procedures, extensive personnel training, and high levels of security to control access to the facility.

Rock Paper Scissors Manga Review


Yet another Adventure/Romance/SchoolLife/Supernatural manga presenting battles between the students for obtaining the glory of the student council.

In a world of floating cities, somewhere in the future – students enrolled at the Masumasu Academy present a certain type of power – which is called Fiction – which allows them – by invoking names of famous scientists/musicians/writers and other historical figures – to gain certain abilities – like mastering the elements, build paradoxes as stopping time and so on.


The rules are simple – you can use these powers only in a race between two members of opposite councils. Fiction allows you to transform, to change appearance and this can be used as a weapon against the opponent.

There are 6 chapters released – easy to read – the artwork can be defined as fine. The plot however is not that intriguing – still it is a fun read. The author is Kimura Shinichi known for Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? and the artwork was done by Makutsu.


Manga Madness: Higurashi no naku koro ni – Onikakushi-hen – Chapter 2

Manga Madness will be a series of articles in which I will be reviewing the manga I read. I am not really into reading manga – I prefer watching the anime – but there are a few stories that I really enjoyed and I want to get more into these stories.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.


The second chapter of Higurashi no naku koro ni – Onikakushi-hen continues with the day of the Watanagashi festival.

Maebara Keiichi and his classmates enter a tournament of games – which apparently is held each year – as a tradition – by them – in order to win various prizes and of course to enjoy the punishment game at the end. Whoever is losing must support the punishment.

It is a fun time for the characters but also time for the truth about Hinamizawa. Keiichi finds out about the murders which happen each year on this day.

Hinamizawa has a real disturbed history. There was a dam project initialized which threatened the village with complete destruction. The locals – of course, they fought back and defeated the opposing party. But strange things began happening.

4 years ago – from the present moment, the director of the dam construction team was found dismembered. The following year a couple who supported this project fell from a cliff. The man died and the corpse of his wife was never found. The next year – on the night of the festival, the Furude Shrine priest died due to an unknown illness and his wife drowned. Ultimately – the last mystery surrounds the death of a housewife who was found beaten, lifeless on the floor of her house.

And the moment for these tragic incidents to occur has come again.

Is it a curse..? Is it something premeditated.?. Are outer forces intervening into all of these?