When They Cry (2006– )
"Higurashi no naku koro ni" (original title)

TV Series  |  TV-MA  |  Animation, Horror, Mystery
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a story of many chapters. It's about the town of Hinamizawa, and the people who live there, Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Hojo, and Rika Furude, as well as ... See full summary »

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 Detective Oishi Kuraudo (26 episodes, 2006)
Sôichirô Hoshi ...
 Keiichi Maebara (22 episodes, 2006)
Mai Nakahara ...
 Rena Ryugu (22 episodes, 2006)
Satsuki Yukino ...
 Mion Sonozaki / ... (22 episodes, 2006)
Yukari Tamura ...
 Rika Furude (22 episodes, 2006)
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 Keiichi Maebara (22 episodes, 2006)
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 Rena Ryugu (22 episodes, 2006)
Mika Kanai ...
 Satoko Hojo (21 episodes, 2006)
Chafûrin ...
 Kuraudo Oishi / ... (16 episodes, 2006)
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a story of many chapters. It's about the town of Hinamizawa, and the people who live there, Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Hojo, and Rika Furude, as well as friends, relatives, and visitors dealing with Lord Oyashiro's curse. Every year on the night of Watanagashi, people mysteriously disappear and are murdered which is rumored to be a curse, though it has yet to be proven. However, certain people don't believe it, especially with the odd behaviors of some of of the residents of Hinamizawa. This story is explained in many Question and Answer chapters. Written by Fluffy Love Muffin

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The 'unintelligible' chant in the opening title song is actually intentional backmasking saying "nigerarenai" (meaning You Can't Run Away). See more »

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Rena Ryugu: Friends are nothing more than the people who you spend the fun yet meaningless times with. When those times get rough, they aren't there to support you.
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Version of Shrill Cries of Summer (2008) See more »

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Higurashi no naku koro ni
Music by Tomoyuki Nakazawa
Lyrics and Performance by Eriko Shimamiya
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Creepy, disturbing, and mysterious
15 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series was so immensely pleasurable to watch. It's a horrific and slightly sadistic series that leaves you constantly guessing what's really going on in this small haunting rural village. I must admit though that I couldn't bring myself to complete it. Not because I was scared or anything, but because the explanations for why things were happening were unfolding and I didn't like it. I was hooked on the series from the beginning to around the last few episodes simply because I never really knew why things were happening the way they were. I was blissfully confused and baffled throughout the whole series, and the final episodes were like getting smacked upside the head with the facts of all the episodes previously. From what I've read though, those final episodes didn't explain everything all the way anyway, so maybe its worth watching. For me personally though, I felt that explaining the mysteries of the village the series takes place in took away from the overall appeal. If you love mysteries and creepy moe characters and can handle some gore, I highly recommend that you at least watch the first few episodes. If you aren't completely hooked then I'd say leave the series alone and watch something you'd find more fulfilling.

Oh and by the way, for those comparing to Elfen Lied, this series is tens times better and creepier as opposed to being composed of pure gore.


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