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Small Village, Big Secrets (Manga)

These dark manga take place in secluded villages seemingly lost to time. Sure they look cosy and hospitable, but they may be concealing something more sinister - whether it's a complex web of lies amongst the townsfolk, a supernatural entity or something horribly unspeakable. Often, the events of the story will be set off by the main character moving back to their pastoral hometown, making a Lifestyle Change by going rural, or experiencing a tragedy that draws them to the village.
1 Akai Sato no Tengu

Akai Sato no Tengu

A misanthopic tengu posing as a mountain god gets more than he bargained for when a young boy offers himself to him as a sacrifice.

2 Ao no Haha

Ao no Haha

Migomori is a small village in the mountains with a strange and possibly supernatural tradition involving dolls. Also, it's stalked by a grotesque female-shaped being, and the townsfolk whisper of "the Blue Mother"...

3 Dead End Loop

Dead End Loop

Much of the latter half takes place in the main character's hometown, which is an idyllic traditional village full of distant people.

4 Gyakusatsu Saiban

Gyakusatsu Saiban

Hisatate is a simple rural town with one major difference - there are CCTV cameras everywhere. But if you think they've modernised their justice system, you'd be bloody wrong!

5 Haiiro no Uta

Haiiro no Uta

After the death of his mother, Kaede Amane leaves Tokyo to live with his estranged father in rural Maikage. On top of dealing with a massive life change, Kaede gets to find out the hard way that monsters come out at night in Maikage - along with a mysterious girl with psychic abilities.

6 Haiiro no Uta: Shuukyoku

Haiiro no Uta: Shuukyoku

7 Harutsuge to Yuki Musuko

Harutsuge to Yuki Musuko

Every year, at the height of winter, Fujino village offers a sacrifice to the Yuki-onna in order to usher in a warm spring. But this year's Ritual of the Revelation of Spring might be different as a spate of kidnappings and murders occur...

8 Higurashi Daybreak Portable

Higurashi Daybreak Portable

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

9 Higurashi Daybreak Portable: Mega Edition

Higurashi Daybreak Portable: Mega Edition

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

10 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: 4-koma KINGDOM

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: 4-koma KINGDOM

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

11 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Hirukowashi-hen

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Hirukowashi-hen

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

12 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Kokoro Iyashi-hen

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Kokoro Iyashi-hen

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

13 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Jan

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Jan

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

14 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Jan: Tsubamegaeshi-hen

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Jan: Tsubamegaeshi-hen

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

15 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Utsutsukowashi-hen

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Utsutsukowashi-hen

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

16 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kataribanashi-hen

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kataribanashi-hen

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

17 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

18 Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted By Demons Arc (Light Novel)

Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted By Demons Arc (Light Novel)

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

19 Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted By Demons Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted By Demons Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

20 Higurashi When They Cry: Atonement Arc (Light Novel)

Higurashi When They Cry: Atonement Arc (Light Novel)

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

21 Higurashi When They Cry: Atonement Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Atonement Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

22 Higurashi When They Cry: Beyond Midnight Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Beyond Midnight Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

23 Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc (Light Novel)

Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc (Light Novel)

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

24 Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

25 Higurashi When They Cry: Curse Killing Arc (Light Novel)

Higurashi When They Cry: Curse Killing Arc (Light Novel)

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

26 Higurashi When They Cry: Curse Killing Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Curse Killing Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

27 Higurashi When They Cry: Demon Exposing Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Demon Exposing Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

28 Higurashi When They Cry: Dice Killing Arc (Light Novel)

Higurashi When They Cry: Dice Killing Arc (Light Novel)

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

29 Higurashi When They Cry: Dice Killing Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Dice Killing Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

30 Higurashi When They Cry: Eye Opening Arc (Light Novel)

Higurashi When They Cry: Eye Opening Arc (Light Novel)

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

31 Higurashi When They Cry: Eye Opening Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Eye Opening Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

32 Higurashi When They Cry: Festival Accompanying Arc (Light Novel)

Higurashi When They Cry: Festival Accompanying Arc (Light Novel)

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

33 Higurashi When They Cry: Festival Accompanying Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Festival Accompanying Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

34 Higurashi When They Cry: Gou

Higurashi When They Cry: Gou

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

35 Higurashi When They Cry: Massacre Arc (Light Novel)

Higurashi When They Cry: Massacre Arc (Light Novel)

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

36 Higurashi When They Cry: Massacre Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Massacre Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

37 Higurashi When They Cry: Time Killing Arc (Light Novel)

Higurashi When They Cry: Time Killing Arc (Light Novel)

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

38 Higurashi When They Cry: Time Killing Arc

Higurashi When They Cry: Time Killing Arc

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

39 Hinamizawa Teiryuujo: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Genten

Hinamizawa Teiryuujo: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Genten

Hinamizawa is THE quintessential creepy Japanese village. Ridiculously secluded? Check. All the buildings look like they were built before WWII? Check. Had a creepy name in the past? Check. Supersitious townfolk corralled under threat of a curse? Check and check.

40 Hotarubi no Tomoru Koro ni

Hotarubi no Tomoru Koro ni

Like Hinamizawa in Ryukishi07's beloved Higurashi series, Hirasaka Village is just as secluded and supernaturally dangerous. Though it has more of a Silent Hill vibe to it...

41 Inu no Naku Mura

Inu no Naku Mura

After a shrine devoted to Inugami is destroyed, the townsfolk of Isazuki Village are whipped into a frenzy, fearful of incuring its wrath. A young girl with possible connections to the Inugami bloodline is caught in the center of it all.

42 Jinjori Barai

Jinjori Barai

43 Kasouba no Nai Machi ni Kane ga Naru Toki

Kasouba no Nai Machi ni Kane ga Naru Toki

When you visit Mitozu, you must remember one thing - as soon as the bell tolls, go home and stay there until the sun rises. If you don't, all hell will break loose...

44 Kurouzu-mura (Light Novel)

Kurouzu-mura (Light Novel)

Kuromizumura is a mysterious village flanked by a pitch-black forest and foreboding mountains. The village has 4 rules: don't damage the flora, don't go outside at night, stay away from the barn, and if black rain starts to fall ABSOLUTELY do not leave your house. A group of 7 students and their teacher decide that all sounds like a swell idea for a school excursion.

45 Land

Land

A small, seemingly ancient village flanked by mountains and massive statues of gods, inhabited by staunchly religious people. In this pocket of the world, when you turn 50, you are taken to the other side of the mountains. But what's over there? God? The afterlife? Or something completely unexpected...?

46 Mashira: Satsuriku no Mura

Mashira: Satsuriku no Mura

A boy with white hair and the power of zoolingualism goes back to his hometown out in the boonies. Not only do the townspeople still hate him for some reason, but it seems like they're dealing with a monkey infestation of the man-eating variety...

47 Mashuri no Hako

Mashuri no Hako

While it's closer in size to a small town, Haguri Village still has an undeniably creepy factor to it. Over 50 people have disappeared without a trace there in the past 30 years, and it might have something to do with a mysterious type of flower growing in the mountains nearby...

48 Mayoiga: Tsumi to Batsu

Mayoiga: Tsumi to Batsu

Expecting an utopia, a bus group travels to the elusive and mysterious Nanakimura only to find it decrepit and uninhabited - except by their deepest, darkest fears. Oh, and it won't let them leave, either.

49 Misumisou

Misumisou

Ootsuuma is a rural town of cycles where abuse begets abuse. When a fire consumes everything Haruka ever loved, the stage is set for a gruesome revenge.

50 Off Village: Daisanbou Okabe

Off Village: Daisanbou Okabe

Kagami-mura is so secluded, it's not on any maps. Surrounded on three sides by walls, the townsfolk know not of the outside world and have to fight zombie-like beings called Shiyusha in order to survive. One day, a man discovers that the Shiyusha are evolving...

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