With things such as story out of the way, Higurashi cranks up the fanservice with Kira, a new OVA series to commemorate the series' 10th anniversary, featuring nail-biting situations such as Rika and Satoko becoming magical girls to battle evil magic crime syndicates with the help of their trusty squad of cheerleaders, among other things.
The excitement may be too much to handle. Do you dare step inside the... "different" world of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira?
DEEN, FOR WHAT YOU DID WITH THIS BEATIFUL SERIES YOU SHOULD DO EVERY PUNISHMENT FROM THIS OVA! IN PUBLIC PLACE (Comiket for example)!
Phew... Phew... I'd prefere to swear for the whole review, but readers probably expecting something different. So let's go to the main dish.
What is the main dish? Bloody steak. The secret, however, lies in the way of preparing. First, we wait some time, ten years for example. Meat should be stale and rotten. Next we have to coat meat with chocolate, sugar and other sweets. The dish ready for serving! It's called Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira
IT'S UNFORGIVABLE TO TURN MASTERPIECE INTO ANOTHER STUPID ECCHI. Yes, weak, unoriginal, boring, full of cliché, copying the most common schemes of low-budget so-called comedies aimed for showing boobs, stupid ecchi! The only missing japanese fetish are catgirls. What we have here? Lolicon - yes, meido - yes, incest - yes, yuri - yes, yaoi - yes of course, even that! So, what is original in this OAV? Characters from When They Cry series. Because Higu Kira can only dream of the original joke or witty humour. Everything is stereotyped, and in addition made in the worst possible quality. During the show I didn't smile even once. But my desktop has gained some new dents! I did it myself, with my forehead!
To be honest, first EP of Kira has only one highlight. When they stopped to show us boobs, pants and other fanservice, we got quite a successful parody of typical Higurashi schemes. But this scene took about three minutes, so it will not affect on the verdict.
Maybe if they made a hard hentai instead of ecchi-half measures, new Higurashi would be watchable. But DEEN wouldn't do this, they haven't any balls. And they are unlikely to have balls in the future, because second episode of Kira promises to be pseudo-mahou shoujo.
I wish to watch ecranization of alternative arcs from console-versions of visual novel instead of this. I think the fans have approved it so much warmer than... This thing. But in the era of moeblob and fanservice, it's nothing more than wishful thinking.
PS: I know it's more like emotional gibberish of fanboy in mourning, but Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira doesn't deserve the factual review.read more
As of the first episode of Kira, it's absolutely terrible. I knew from the trailer that it was going to be bad but the whole thing turns out just to be an extended eroge sequence involving each of the main girls in turn.
DEEN have an opportunity to make an OVA for Higurashi, one of my favourite series, and they make this... this... abomination. Maybe the three episode arc will be vaguely less disgusting but going off this first episode I don't even know why I should bother continuing to watch it.
Rei had a similar thing with a silliness fun episode at the start but the main difference is that while Rei's first episode is the fun times which are more reminiscent of the actual Higurashi series Kira's first ep is entirely dedicated to Keiichi and three minor characters (being totally OUT of character) just fantasising perverted things. I have a high tolerance for fanservice but I had to say Rika's rubbing of her bum on a window making ecchi noises really got to me, she's what - nine?
Higurashi fans will probably watch this simply because it's Higurashi, so will I, but that doesn't mean you'll enjoy it. Frankly, it'd be better off not existing.read more
Ok, so the Commemoration of the infamous Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni's 10th Anniversary, DEEN gives us a Comedy and at the moment, It is rated...ok.
On the Other hand. Type Moon is making a 10th Aniversary anime for the horror anime/LN Tsukihime and the Action Anime/LN Fate Stay Night. AND IT IS ALSO A COMEDY.
Talk about Double Standards people. People Slam Higurashi kira for not being serious. Carnival Phantasm is just as Serious as Kira. Get over it. For the 10th Anniversaries of Studios and Famous Serious anime the Animation Companies decided to do something Lighthearted.
So Why the Hate all on Kira? It is essentially doing the same thing as Carnival Phantasm. They both have Injokes and have Comedic Versions of the Characters.
Sure Kira is more Fanservice-y but then again, Higurashi wasn't an Eroge to begin with. People need to stop having double standards. The Art is Deen. The Characters are the same as if the first episode of arcs, before everything got serious happens. It is basically a break from all that is Serious. We have gotten Two long Series of Seriousness. Two Episodes of Relief and then a three episode serious arc. Fate Stay Night and Tsukihime have Two long serious Animes with now getting 14 episode of Relief (If you want to compare by 30 minutes then 7), which is more than Kira.
Take a Break people. Relax and don't take anything seriously, if you are hating on Higurashi Kira and loving Carnival Phantasm, you have double standards.
Oh yeah the Review. I liked it, it even parodied itself.
(P.S. Sorry about all the mentions of Carnival Phantasm and anything Type:Moon. Just had to point it out on this Rant/Review)read more
This is likely the only review I will every write on this site, and it's going to be a fairly brief one. The reason for this is that people give this show way too much hate.
First of all, anyone that watches Higurashi for the gore will not particularly like this OVA. But then again, Higurashi is in no way about the gore; it's about the characters and what they go through. And this fact is exactly why I am giving this an 9/10. Over the course of the series, we have all seen just how much suffering the characters have gone through. Don't you think they need a reprieve? Do you really think they deserve to go through such hell and not live happy lives afterwards?
Next, I've noticed that many of the hateful reviews of Kira are by people who have only seen the first episode. The first episode is pretty much the only episode with immense amounts of fanservice(other episodes only have minor fanservice in the fact that Shion's breasts occasionally Gainax), and that is the entire point of the episode. If you don't like fanservice, then simply skip episode 1. Episode 2 is a parody of the magical girl genre, and fulfills its job well.
In my opinion, where this OVA really shines is in the third and fourth episodes. The third episode is a comedic side-story about Mion, Shion, and Rena all vying for Keiichi's love, and it manages to have that signature Higurashi comedy that we all know and love. I won't spoil the ending of the episode, but it elicited more than a few chuckles from me. Episode 4, unlike the other three, is a relatively serious one-shot mainly about Hanyuu and Rika. This episode is considered canon to the series and is definitely worth a watch, even if you do not watch the rest of Kira. The ending even manages to nearly make my eyes water, and I am not one who cries easily.
In short, this OVA is nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be(as long as you are a fan of Higurashi for the right reasons(such reasons being things such as the characters, the story, the comedy, the message it gives off, etc.)). I would highly suggest giving it a try, and even if you end up disliking the first episodes, go ahead and finishing it. You will not regret it, trust me.read more