As promised, the Higanbana Bookclub is finally upon us! Yes we’re changing the branding from Tea Parties to Bookclubs for this series, but don’t worry, it’s still the same thing you’re used to! If you’re new to us and don’t know what we’re talking about, we recommend checking out this video below:
The Higanbana Bookclub is a huge event in which we’ll rally 07th Expansion fans from all across the internet to join us on the forum to read through, analyse and celebrate Higanbana together. It’s the perfect chance for new readers to get involved and share their interpretations with others, but also for old readers to take a look back and consider what’s great about the work, perhaps analysing it from a new perspective.
On the forum we’ve prepared topics for each of the chapters of the two nights. Since the chapters are mostly self-contained, we won’t have to worry much about spoilers; just read each topic once you’ve finished that chapter. We also encourage our more creative members to contribute to the Bookclubs with fanworks of the chapters in question in our Higanbana Fanart Topic and other relevant topics.
For those new to Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni, this story is not for the light of heart. Unlike Higurashi and Umineko, Higanbana focuses less on mystery and is more interested in thoroughly examining heavy and disturbing questions about human psychology. We’re not expecting this will appeal to everyone, but if you feel you’re able to stomach it, we’d love you to join us in exploring these stories together.
The Bookclub will take place over 4 weeks spanning from the 21st of August to the 17th of September. At the conclusion of each week, we’ll record a podcast incorporating all of the discussion and showcasing fanworks produced throughout the week with our own analysis and reflection. If you’re reading Higanbana and want to be a part of our podcast, we’d love to try you out! Just hop on over to our Podcast Applications Topic and express your interest! Since we’ll be basing our Podcasts off the forum discussion, we encourage everyone participating to read ahead to make sure their participating in the discussion in time for the podcasts. For all the relevant forum topics, you can find an index here. The podcast schedule is as follows:
Week 1 Podcast: 1st Night Chapters 1, 2, 3.
Week 2 Podcast: 1st Night Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7.
Week 3 Podcast: 2nd Night Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4.
Week 4 Podcast: 2nd Night Chapters 5, 6, 7.
To motivate contributions, we’ll be giving away copies of the Miracles 07th Expansion Fanzine to the person who posts the best discussion, and the person who posts the best fanworks of Higanbana over the course of the Bookclub.
And if that’s not enough, we’re also raffling away a free physical copy of Higanbana The First Night & The Second Night to one lucky winner on the 13th of August, in commemoration of its sixth anniversary! To enter, all you have to do is retweet this tweet to go in the running (quotes won’t be tallied because Twitter sucks like that). Witch-rank forumers will earn double entries, so make sure to let us know if your Twitter username is different to your forum username.
We sincerely hope you’ll attend the youkai’s game as we explore the seven mysteries of the school together.