Ranked #115

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
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.471 (scored by 101,644 users)
Ranked: #1152
Popularity: #145
Members: 177,176
Favorites: 3,801
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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 numbers. 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
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Furude, Rika
Furude, Rika
Tamura, Yukari
Tamura, Yukari
Sonozaki, Shion
Sonozaki, Shion
Yukino, Satsuki
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Sonozaki, Mion
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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

Write a review | More reviewsReviews

Nov 6, 2015
You know, after playing the excruciating visual novel of Higurashi for PS2
Or the PC game. I told myself that when the anime adaption I'd
Undoubtedly hate it. To my shock the anime was such an improvement I
Just could not get over myself. The story, just like it's previous season is Unique and a bit confusing, however, this season is where things are finally
Starting to be explained. All of the "wait I don't get it" and "I'm confused"
That you may have been saying to yourself or out loud stop. In Kai,
Losing for Rika & Hanyū are not an option. The read more
I found this review Helpful
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
I found this review Helpful
Jun 9, 2015
Probably the biggest reason Higurashi no naku koro ni Kai fails as a sequel is because of a matter of expectation. Now, you might be thinking I just spoiled the entire review right there, but give me a moment, I'm not done, because Higurashi Kai is a very complex thing to pin down why exactly it is the way it is. I guess where you need to start is to consider that any mystery must inevitably have an answer. And when that mystery is played through a dark and chaotic mess, in other words, most of what season 1 of Higurashi encompassed, well, you'll need read more
I found this review Helpful
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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