Ranked #117

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

Alternative Titles

English: When They Cry 2
Synonyms: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni 2, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni 2nd Series, Higurashi no Nakukoro ni 2nd Season, The Moment the Cicadas Cry 2
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に解


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2007 to Dec 18, 2007
Premiered: Summer 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.461 (scored by 105,513 users)
Ranked: #1172
Popularity: #153
Members: 184,716
Favorites: 3,971
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai continues the story from the first series and sheds light on many of the dark mysteries prevalent in the first season. 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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Characters & Voice Actors

Ryuuguu, Rena
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Nakahara, Mai
Nakahara, Mai
Furude, Rika
Furude, Rika
Tamura, Yukari
Tamura, Yukari
Sonozaki, Shion
Sonozaki, Shion
Yukino, Satsuki
Yukino, Satsuki
Sonozaki, Mion
Sonozaki, Mion
Yukino, Satsuki
Yukino, Satsuki


Kon, Chiaki
Kon, Chiaki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Gouda, Hozumi
Gouda, Hozumi
Sound Director
Sokuza, Makoto
Sokuza, Makoto
Episode Director
Shimo, Fumihiko
Shimo, Fumihiko
Script, Screenplay

More episodes Episodes(24/24)

Episode Title Aired
1 Reunion
Saikai (サイカイ)
Jul 6, 2007
2 Disaster Awakening Chapter One: Playing Tag
Yakusamashi-hen Sono Ichi: Onigokko (厄醒し編 其の壱 鬼ごっこ)
Jul 13, 2007
3 Disaster Awakening Chapter Two: Powerless
Yakusamashi-hen Sono Ni: Muryoku (厄醒し編 其の弐 無力)
Jul 20, 2007
4 Disaster Awakening Chapter Three: Pre-established Harmony
Yakusamashi-hen Sono San: Yotei Chouwa (厄醒し編 其の参 予定調和)
Jul 27, 2007
5 Disaster Awakening Chapter Four: The Great Hinamizawa Disaster
Yakusamashi-hen Sono Yon: Hinamizawa Daisaigai (厄醒し編 其の四 雛見沢大災害)
Aug 3, 2007

Opening Theme

"Naraku no Hana (奈落の花)" by Eiko Shimamiya

Ending Theme

"Taishō.a (対象.a)" by anNina

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May 12, 2008
In this review, I am including both Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni and Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai in my comments. I will be calling the anime simply "Higurashi" in my review to save time. During the few times that I do choose to differenciate between the two seasons, I will refer to "Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai" simply as "Kai".

Story: Higurashi's storyline is stellar. It starts off as a horror/thriller anime where numerous mysteries arise in the small town of Hinamizawa. These mysterious storylines are filled with tension and suspense as the viewer fears for Keiichi's (the main character) life. Since Keiichi read more
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Jan 3, 2008
I will say this now, if you have not seen the anime called Higurashi no Naku koro ni, then this review will be as useful as the dust that lies under your bed.

With that said, most of what I have to say about Kai will be a rehash of what I said in my season 1 review; therefore, I will not be giving a detailed review. Instead, I will say what I thought were the stronger aspects in Kai compared to that of the first season. No doubt, both seasons of Higurashi were wonderful and one cannot exist without the other. Because of this, it read more
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May 10, 2008
After finishing the first Higurashi series, I was actually looking forward to seeing what Kai had in store for me. Despite my dislike of the horror genre, I was more than willing to give this one a chance too, since I was proven wrong by the former. I was proven wrong, all right, but it was not for the right reasons.

Where the first Higurashi was centered on shocking the viewer at every turn, Kai went for a slower, more suspenseful approach. Because of this decision, this approach turned out to be exceedingly slow. With only two major arcs present and twenty-four episodes to use, many read more
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Nov 28, 2008
Imagine you are an Olympic boxer, about to enter the gold medal match. It's going to be you're toughest fight, the world title holder thrice in a row. You've studied his moves, you're prepared, you know you can win and relish the challenge. You enter the ring and prepare for the greatest fight of your life. The bell rings! You launch forward... only to find your opponent collapsed on the ground due to a heart attack.

You won! But what's the feeling? Elation? Disappointment? Or a weird mixture of both?

Whatever that emotion is, that's what'll you feel upon completion of Higurashi Season 2. Brilliant twists, unparalleled read more
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