Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU Comic Anthology

Higurashi: When They CryGOU Comic Anthology is a 2023 compendium of short stories based on the characters from the original series, featuring an overarching story written by Ryukishi07 and illustrations from Tomato Akase, Yoshiki Tonogai, Mahcdai, Aki Yamaguchi, Taku Kawamura, Sho Sudo, Taka Himeno, Tsukasa Usui, and Yamato Ozaki. The manga acts as a “What If” scenario, where fragments have a drastically different setting than what is used to in the series.

June, 1983. Although Rika and the gang are usually trying to fight an inescapable doom, this fragment is full of tricks, traps, and summertime fun!


Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU Anthology Comic

Unlike most anthologies, which are comprised of several, separate stories that are usually unconnected to each other, the manga features a somewhat broad continuation of the events of Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU volumes 1 and 2. However, contrary to the previous story, the narrative maintains a lighter tone overall, hardly venturing into the graphic depiction of visceral gore and tense psychological horror the series is known for—likely to disappoint those who are solely interested in the series for this aspect. Despite this, those who adore its kawaii side and Moe visuals will be more than satisfied with the collection of different tales.

Furthermore, the art styles of the multiple artists featured in Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU Comic Anthology feel incredibly similar to each other for the most part. With the previous volumes’ artist Tomato Akase featuring in the lineup of talent and many others’ styles following suit, the anthology lacks the diversity that is usually expected from a collaborative effort such as this. For example, the various techniques featured in Mieruko-chan Anthology Comic delivered an idiomatic variation of artwork in each chapter, delivering a fresh experience at the beginning of the next. Yet, there is only one distinguishably differing visual design within the anthology, producing a work that lacks any artistic alteration.


Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU Anthology Comic

Nevertheless, this hardly means the artwork featured is in any way poor quality. With every artist involved producing a beautiful re-imagining of our beloved cast of characters in different scenarios atypical from what the fans are used to. From the gang’s hijinks as young children to an unexpected Isekai, each artist does a magnificent job of portraying the characters in a diverging yet instantly recognisable manner.

An unusual yet delightful deviation from the expected, Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU Comic Anthology is a fun exploration of the lighter side of the series. With its unique premises, blithely character portrayal, and beautiful yet similar artwork, the manga is certainly worth the attention of long-time fans of the series. However, those expecting the usual helping grisly violence and horror may be left slightly disappointed.


Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU Comic Anthology is available to purchase at Yen Press’ website here.

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