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Higurashi no naku koro ni 

The story of a group of young friends and the mysterious events that occur in the rural village of Hinamizawa.




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Series cast summary:
John Snyder ...  Detective Oishi Kuraudo 26 episodes, 2006
Sôichirô Hoshi Sôichirô Hoshi ...  Keiichi Maebara 22 episodes, 2006
Mai Nakahara Mai Nakahara ...  Rena Ryugu 22 episodes, 2006
Satsuki Yukino Satsuki Yukino ...  Mion Sonozaki / ... 22 episodes, 2006
Yukari Tamura Yukari Tamura ...  Rika Furude 22 episodes, 2006
Grant George ...  Keiichi Maebara 22 episodes, 2006
Mela Lee ...  Rena Ryugu 22 episodes, 2006
Mika Kanai Mika Kanai ...  Satoko Hojo 21 episodes, 2006
Jennie Kwan ...  Satoko Hojo 21 episodes, 2006
Chafûrin Chafûrin ...  Kuraudo Oishi / ... 16 episodes, 2006


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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Release Date:

5 April 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

When They Cry: Higurashi See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The restaurant that Shion works for is called Angel-Mort. In French Mort means dead or death, depending on how you use it. Therefore, it could be read as dead angel. 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.
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Edited into When They Cry (2007) See more »


Higurashi no naku koro ni
Music by Tomoyuki Nakazawa
Lyrics and Performance by Eriko Shimamiya
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User Reviews

The greatest horror anime of all time

When watching When they cry for myself I binged so much; Watching 14 episodes before 1 PM, waking up early to see as much as I could. Every episode leaves you wanting more, it is very mysterious and can be quite confusing but looking at that as a negative would be idiotic.

The characters are lovable and yet very creepy, disturbing and sick as well; I don't want to spoil anything because you really should give this a shot; you will not be disappointed!

As I said earlier though, it can be very confusing and it left me bewildered, almost nothing is answered even at the end and that is why you must be sure to watch when they cry:Kai (season 2) once you complete this.

This anime will make you feel sick to your stomach at times and will make you want to die because of how cute it is at others, I laughed, I cried, its a very complex and beautiful work of art with just the right balance of morbidity, mystery and fun.

Animation: 10/10 It makes you feel all sorts of freaked out, absolutely amazing and suits this style of anime perfectly.

Voice acting: 10/10 There is never a moment where you feel as if the voice actors don't care, every scene is engaging and awesome and the cry's and screams of our beloved antagonists will never leave our minds.

Re-watch(?): 10/10 I am actually planning to re-watch it soon myself and it has only been a year since I saw it. It is amazing, be sure to pay close attention to it because there is so much going on, you don't want to get lost and forget things. Even if you watch kai (season 2) some things (not essential things, don't worry) will be left unsolved, if you find yourself (like me) hungering to know all there is about When they cry, feel free to go and read the manga series which in English is called (wont let me say Japanese name) "When Seagulls cry", this is a different story line but it features some of the same characters, it is not a redoing of the anime.

You will not find an anime better than When they cry.

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