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When They Cry: Season 1: Episode 26 -- Rena takes the school hostage using a homemade bomb and demands the police investigate the Sonozaki family's connection to Oyashiro-sama's curse. Can Keiichi save his classmates from being burned alive?


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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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When cicadas cry, this horror dies See more (19 total) »


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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)

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" - International (English title)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:MA | 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

Did You Know?

The name Rumiko Chie, when pronounced family name first in Japanese as Chie Rumiko, the first three syllables sound very similar to Ciel (pronounced in Japanese as Shi-e-ru), a character in Tsukihime (2000) (VG) Furthermore, both of them were created in doujin games, have short blue-grey hair, are zealous curry lovers, and voiced by Fumiko Orikasa.See more »
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 »
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How many seasons are in When They Cry? The first season leaves many questions unanswered.
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10 out of 127 people found the following review useful.
When cicadas cry, this horror dies, 8 September 2007
Author: arorashadow_2003 from United States

So yes this is a nice harem Anime, oh wait, this is supposed to be a horror? You sure could have fooled me. In terms of horror and suspense Higurashi is a complete and utter failure. Elfen Lied has nothing to fear now, it still probably can top this. Okay seriously I am very disappointed in this series, considering I wanted a good suspense thriller that wasn't based purely on 100% excess and shock-factoring.

Higurashi is a story of several different arcs. Each arc is a different version of the same story. In 1983 a young male transfer student comes to a small town. A town with a deadly secret. Apparently after a traditional summer festival one person will be killed and another will disappear. The story repeats in the same fashion through each arc usually ending in a brutal murder or murders of some one or some people, but something.

As wonderful as the plot sounds it really isn't. The series had immense potential to create a suspenseful masterpiece, but instead it's like watching a filler arc when something finally happens after 6 episodes. Each episode is as long winded and wordy as the next, until something may just happen only for it to be a classic and clichéd horror blunder trick. Oh but don't get me wrong, eventually something does happen, but when it FINALLY does it provides maybe a few minutes of fright but that's it. So yes this series seriously lack suspense, half the time you feel more like you are watching a slice-of-life comedy instead of a thriller.

Until some annoying detective constantly shows up to go over the SAME mystery we heard 5 episodes ago! The series can work up it's suspense and chill level, but fails to keep it long enough for us to get remotely interested. The whole time you are just questioning should I fast-forward or not? Sure I like a talky as much as the next guy maybe even more than the next guy, but excessive dialog simply doesn't usually work well in a thriller. The series tries to build and build but the suspense just keeps falling down again. But there are a few eerie moments, (key word being few) such as the wonderful psychotic laughter from the tiny little ones. (see: and when it finally does get to the horrifying climax it can give you a few chills, before it abruptly cuts off. Other than that, the series heavily relies on it's dialog and music to give any sense of a creepy atmosphere. And that is all it has going for it.

I can't express how dull of a horror this really was. Die hard horror lovers may want to stick to Elfen Lied, as for general suspense lovers (Like me) you may want to avoid this one. Apparently when cicadas cry, this horror dies.

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