Higanbana: Second Night Review

First, a brief introduction. This is the second (and as of now, final) installment in Ryuukishi07’s short story series Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni. The game features seven short stories and, unlike previous 07th Expansion works, does not include the first installment. The setting is a large school whose night is ruled over by youkai that feast off of the souls of the students in various ways, but is equally just as much about the middle school-aged students as it is about the youkai.

While I didn’t write a review of the First Night, I found the stories to be good but just a bit repetitive in their themes which stopped the work from truly being good. With the Second Night, there’s definitely more variety which made the stories much more effective. By the end of it, I was wishing that there was more to read so I find myself (in a very rare case) agreeing with the majority opinion which is, in this case, that Second Night is better than First Night.

While it’s not necessary to read the First Night before the Second Night, the individual stories aren’t totally separate like in some short story collections so I would advise reading the first installment first. While the stories aren’t intended to be particularly scary, I’d still say that it’s something best enjoyed at night rather than in broad daylight.

Score: Good

*Scoring: Flawless > Great > Good > Okay > Bad