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When They Cry: Kai 

Higurashi no naku koro ni: Kai (original title)
The young group of friends in the town of Hinamizawa continue to have terrible conflicts with one another in their never ending summer of 1983, often ending with the brutal murder of one of... See full summary »








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Series cast summary:
Yukari Tamura ...
 Rika Furude (22 episodes, 2007)
Mai Nakahara ...
 Rena Ryugu (20 episodes, 2007)
Mika Kanai ...
 Satoko Hojo (20 episodes, 2007)
Satsuki Yukino ...
 Mion Sonozaki / ... (19 episodes, 2007)
Sôichirô Hoshi ...
 Keiichi Maebara (18 episodes, 2007)
Miki Itô ...
 Miyo Takano (18 episodes, 2007)
Toshihiko Seki ...
 Kyosuke Irie / ... (18 episodes, 2007)
Yui Horie ...
 Hanyu (17 episodes, 2007)
Chafûrin ...
 Kuraudo Oishi / ... (17 episodes, 2007)
Katsuhiro Ota ...
 Yamainu / ... (14 episodes, 2007)
Tôru Ohkawa ...
 Jiro Tomitake (13 episodes, 2007)
Gen Nakano ...
 Yamainu / ... (11 episodes, 2007)
Daisuke Matsuoka ...
 Shokuin / ... (10 episodes, 2007)
Satoshi Tsuruoka ...
 Yamainu / ... (10 episodes, 2007)
Daisuke Ono ...
 Mamoru Akasaka (9 episodes, 2007)
Nobuyuki Kobushi ...
 Yamainu / ... (9 episodes, 2007)


The young group of friends in the town of Hinamizawa continue to have terrible conflicts with one another in their never ending summer of 1983, often ending with the brutal murder of one of their members. With the help of her spiritual friend, Hanyuu, Furude Rika tackles these challenges over and over, trying her best to keep their lives from coming to a tragic end. With no end to the torture in sight, Rika must call upon the bonds of friendship and trust among her friends to discover the true villain of this eternal June.

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5 July 2007 (Japan)  »

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(24 epsidoes)


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Epic season 2
21 January 2010 | by (Tokyo / Toronto) – See all my reviews

"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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