Saddest Scenes in the Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni MangaThe manga is notably more saddening than the anime, with top-notch illustrations and explanations of what was left out. It also does you the favor of dragging your heart through the sewage system and then ripping it to shreds while you stare in horror at the absolutely gut-wrenching situation before you. Today we shall share some of those scenes.
To make things clear, these are scenes from the Higurashi MANGA, not the anime.
Let's all be honest for a second, the deaths of the club members in Minagoroshi are particularly saddening in the manga. Partially because you grow attached to the characters over the course of the series. It's also because they were actually just all so close to smashing the cycle and finally being able to live in a happy world. What makes it worse is the fact that they're all just killed simply and painlessly with just getting shot, and how they all just go soundlessly to 'sleep'. I personally found Shion begging for Satoko to be spared to be particularly heartwrenching. - VanillaElise
So sad, it's an incredible moment of character development for Shion and Satoko. I cried reading this, seeing Shion bawling over what she's done and become and how Satoko was so desperate to change her ways right before she died.