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"Higurashi no naku koro ni"
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5 April 2006 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
The story of a group of young friends and the mysterious events that occur in the rural village of Hinamizawa. Full summary »
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Average animation, flat characters and an inconclusive story See more (21 total) »

Cast

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John Snyder ... 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)

Grant George ... Keiichi Maebara (22 episodes, 2006)

Mela Lee ... Rena Ryugu (22 episodes, 2006)
Mika Kanai ... Satoko Hojo (21 episodes, 2006)

Jennie Kwan ... Satoko Hojo (21 episodes, 2006)
Chafûrin ... Kuraudo Oishi / ... (16 episodes, 2006)
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Series Directed by
Chiaki Kon (26 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Writing credits
Toshifumi Kawase (26 episodes, 2006)
Kristi Reed (26 episodes, 2006)
Ryukishi07 (26 episodes, 2006)
Rika Nakase (10 episodes, 2006)

Series Original Music by
Kenji Kawai (26 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Art Department
Chiaki Kon .... storyboard artist (5 episodes, 2006)
Masakatsu Iijima .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2006)
Naoyuki Kuzuya .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2006)
Hidetoshi Namura .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2006)
Yuji Hiraki .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Sound Department
Alex Gordon .... sound recordist (26 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Special Effects by
Takehiko Endo .... special effects: Southern Cross (13 episodes, 2006)
Takeshi Saitô .... special effects (13 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Animation Department
Seiya Numata .... key animator (4 episodes, 2006)
Kan Ogawa .... key animator (3 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Music Department
Tomoyuki Nakazawa .... composer: theme music (26 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Other crew
Akihiro Kawamura .... planner (26 episodes, 2006)
Toshifumi Kawase .... series composition (26 episodes, 2006)
Takeshi Oikawa .... planner (26 episodes, 2006)
Isami Tamura .... merchandising director (26 episodes, 2006)
Akihiro Yuasa .... planner (26 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Thanks
Shutokou Itabashi .... special thanks (26 episodes, 2006)
Hiroshi Takano .... special thanks (26 episodes, 2006)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Higurashi no naku koro ni" - Japan (original title)
"When They Cry: Higurashi" - USA (alternative title)
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Japan:24 min
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1.78 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Australia:M (season 3) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (video rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (volume 1 & 4) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | Japan:R-15 (AT-X) | New Zealand:R16 (part 1) | USA:TV-MA

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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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as When They Cry (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Higurashi no naku koro niSee more »

FAQ

How many seasons are in When They Cry? The first season leaves many questions unanswered.
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Average animation, flat characters and an inconclusive story, 4 February 2014

--Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, or When They Cry is a mystery anime with some cute characters, a few morbid scenes and several stories that are shown in sequence.

--It revolves around the standard Japanese anime trick of not giving you enough information. The lack of information lets your imagination run wild, contemplating the reasons and motives of the events that take place, which can sometimes be a really good thing. When the story reveals one of those ideas to be right on the money, or when it's so inconceivable it sweeps you of your feet! However, this is not the case with When They Cry. The initial mystification caused by the apparently cute characters with dark secrets falls short when the characters' motives are reveled to be underdeveloped, oversimplified even. Grievous topics such as insanity and family abuse are touched, but shown with the depth of perspective you would get from reading about it in a news paper. Even when love is mentioned, it's used so trivially to motivate characters that all immersion is lost.

--The animation aspect of the anime is also lacking. The colors of the characters will hurt your eyes due to distasteful and unappealing choices, while the backgrounds are pretty standard. The characters sometimes go into "spooky mode" which is overemphasized, like emotions in most anime. In this case however, the overreactions in "spooky mode" cross the line necessary to communicate the characters emotions to the viewer and wind up being outright grotesque.

--The end of the anime is inconclusive and looks pretty much like a commercial for the video game from which this anime was adapted.

--In short, When They Cry doesn't deserve it's misleading current score of 8,3 on a site like IMDb. This score is held by famous movies such as Rashomon, Snatch and Some Like it Hot. The more appropriate number, in my opinion is around 5, maybe even lower. Cheap thrills in a visually unstimulating package. Cheers!

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