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

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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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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)
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 Kuraudo Oishi / ... (16 episodes, 2006)
Toshihiko Seki ...
 Kyosuke Irie / ... (10 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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Based on a popular doujin (fan created) sound novel game. The "game" features no real interaction and the player reads through a good amount of text. There were 8 chapters to the story, each released at the Winter and Summer Comic Markets. The games were divided into two series; Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, and Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai. The former contained the first four chapters (labeled question chapters) and the latter contained the last four chapter (answer chapters). As each new game was released into the series, the former chapters were included. Buyers can now purchase the entire series on two different discs, one for the question chapters and one for the answer chapters. 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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Higurashi no naku koro ni
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Lyrics and Performance by Eriko Shimamiya
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Surprisingly good animation with great voice acting and story
14 September 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

For those who have not watched this show yet, this anime is based on popular digital novel created by and amateur (refered as 'Doujin' in Japan)writer.

Unlike other anime series, this one splits itself into several stories(arcs). Each arc consists of about 2-5 episodes. All episodes tells the story of main characters(some side characters) encountering different/same/similar events in small countryside village called 'Hinamizawa' (This feels like parallel universe setting, after each story ends, good or bad they go back in time and start again but this time something else happens with new characters, and more mysteries are created or answered).

First few episode of each arc are done average to near horrible (Personal Experience: I almost decided to stop watching the series after half way through the first episode,,,thank god I didn't!). It's probably due to the way they made it very 'comedial' and some of the ways characters talk, and also how they look.

However, real excitement usually starts from around mid-second episode. Everything will change dramatically! There are plenty of mystery you can try solve in each story (Later episodes reveals the answers to the mystery, so I recommend watching them in order, it is also hard to solve the mystery with anime version due to lack of details in the story compared to the original novel).

Voice acting is very well done, Mion/Shion Sonozaki are personal favorite characters, but everyone else does good job of making the overall warm/dark feel of the atmosphere!

I highly recommend this animation for people who likes mystery, suspense, violence with interesting plots and twists.

*Added - The same author of this series has released new digital novel called 'Umineko no naku koroni (Umineko - Japanese Gull/Black tailed gull)'. 'Umineko' is not a direct sequel to 'higurashi', but has similarity to higurashi. It has better character settings in term of 'realism' (People are a lot more believable), more serious (less jokes that was less appearing to 'serious story' seekers, and still contains a lot of gore. If you understand Japanese, I highly recommend all mystery loving people to read the novel!


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