Sotobamura is a small village with around 1300 residents; so small the village isn't even connected to a single highway. An isolated village in which old customs, such as the burial of the ... See full summary »
Twenty-six years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, the charming boy was popular with his... See full summary »
In a post-apocalyptic world set a thousand years after our era, the remaining humans, now with telekinesis, live in a seemingly peaceful society, but dark secrets of the past will soon be discovered by a small group of friends.
A high school student who cares little about school or others meets a lonely girl who had to repeat a year while all her friends finished high school. He decides to hang out with her and soon meets more friendly students.
After performing a charm that would supposedly unite them as friends, a group of students are teleported to the mysterious Heavenly Host Elementary School where they are visited by the spirits of the school's murdered students.
"Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Kai." "Kai" means "Solution" in Japanese. The two seasons of "Higurashi" functions like a mystery/detective novel, where the first season is about the horrifying event that transpired, and the second season is the solution where truths are revealed.
Be warned that the two seasons have COMPLETELY different atmosphere and feel to them. The first season was a horror with plenty of violence and really creepy characters, but the second season is mainly drama with a lot more comedic relief.
I personally had trouble coping with the abrupt change at first, especially since there were drastic change in drawing style, and it felt like a slapstick series at times.
However, it was just amazing how they successfully developed the characters in the second season after that first season, where it just went on for about 20 episodes without giving us a slightest clue that these were alternate universes and the true identity of Rika.
I have to admit that "all for the same goal" and "fight the fate" sounded a little corny, but the story was extremely well-composed, and I was completely absorbed, especially for "Awakening Misfortune Chapter" (Ep 2~5), and "Massacre Chapter" (Ep 6~13) where Rika slowly realized that there is a hope for a happy ending.
The second season of "Higurashi" was possibly the greatest turnaround I've seen thus far in anime, as well as being an overwhelmingly well-made sequel season in the league of "Code Geass R2" and "Clannad After Story".
For those curious, the third season "Rei" means "Gratitude", and "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" literally translates to "When Evening Cicada Cries", and "By the Time Sun Sets" in context to a line by the protagonist in the first season.
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