According to Natalie, new Youkai manga “Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni (At Night When the Amaryllis Bloom)” by Higurashi creator Ryukishi07 starts serialization in Dragon Age magazine’s May issue on sale April 9th. The art will be handled by newcomer mangaka Tsunohazu Ichiro. The story will be about the popular urban legend “The Seven Mysteries at School” and a rumor about the eighth mystery “Mesomeso-san.”
With only a month until released I’m pretty much obligated to be excited. Hopefully I can find scans of it to read but that probably shouldn’t be too hard with Ryukisshi’s fame. Of course this is being serialized in a monthly magazine so it’ll take forever to go anywhere.
My question is what kind of story will it be? There’s always the default assumption of mystery but that’s not necessarily the case. I’m certain there will still be mystery elements but that doesn’t mean it will be the main focus. Just a random observation that probably means nothing but I like how the title follows Ryukishi’s normal naming convention–(noun) no (verb) (time period) ni.
Anyway whenever I hear youkai I think of Touhou which Ryukishi07 is definitely a fan of. Remember that scene from the beginning of Umineko Episode 2 when Kanon goes to the culture festival at Jessica’s school and she cosplays Marisa while belting out “Tsurupettan?” What if that was actually Marisa rocking out with an an assortment of youkai? Yeah that would be fun to read about humans discovering youkai at school and
befriending “exterminating” them. That’s probably too much of a fanciful stretch but I’ll be looking forward to Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni regardless of what it ends up being.