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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni 3rd Season, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Dai San Ki, When They Cry Gratitude
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に礼


Type: OVA
Episodes: 5
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 15, 2009 to Aug 21, 2009
Producers: Studio Deen
Duration: 30 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.611 (scored by 45256 users)
Ranked: #12142
Popularity: #407
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The endless cycle of murders has been broken and Rika is finally able to settle down for a normal life with her friends. However, she is involved in a traffic accident and wakes up in a world where everything is different. A world where no one commited the sins that shaped them into the persons they are. It's up to Rika to discover the truth behind this world and whether or not it truly is perfect.

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Adaptation: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei: Saikoroshi-hen, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri: Hajisarashi-hen
Prequel: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

Characters & Voice Actors

Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui
Furude, Rika
Furude, Rika
Tamura, Yukari
Tamura, Yukari
Houjou, Satoko
Houjou, Satoko
Kanai, Mika
Kanai, Mika
Maebara, Keiichi
Maebara, Keiichi
Hoshi, Soichiro
Hoshi, Soichiro


Kawase, Toshifumi
Director, Script, Series Composition
Gouda, Hozumi
Sound Director
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement
Shimamiya, Eiko
Theme Song Performance

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Episodes  0 / 5
Aired  Feb 15, 2009 to Aug 21, 2009
Status  Finished Airing
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Oct 2, 2009
Since a review is ~not~ supposed to be an plot summary, I'll give a general feel of what to expect and my opinion about it:

This OVA is broken into two basic sections: Silly episodes (the first and last) and plot episodes (the middle episodes).

You will likely not enjoy the silly episodes if you did not enjoy the silly/cute side of Higurashi. If, on the other hand you liked the antics throughout Higurashi, the silly episodes will probably just make your day. (They were the highlight of the OVA for me, though that's just personal taste).

The plot episodes have more of a traditional Higurashi feel to read more
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Jun 14, 2011
To be honest, I was a little leery about picking up this installment of the Higurashi franchise. The first Higurashi series was a blast, but Kai left a bit of a bitter aftertaste with how it handled its two crucial arcs. Still, I wanted to see where the series could go despite not knowing what to expect and even after all of the questions were already answered. I’m glad I did.

Be advised: The first and last OVA are nothing like the rest of this short series. They serve as comedic buffers to the main storyline in which humor makes virtually no appearances at all. In read more
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Sep 21, 2009
Sea-bears and Skylines

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Rei [Rei] is the third installment of the Higurashi series based on the games created by 07th Expansion. Like the game, Rei covers the events after Furude Rika had finally escaped the meandering halls of fate, breaking the cycle of repetition.

Rei serves as more of a side story, giving small view into life after reiterating summer. The first and last episodes of the set OVA's are for purely comedic purposes. Nothing really happens and the only insight we get into any of the characters is that Rena finds Keichii's 'sea-bear' cute. Yes folks Higurashi went there... they read more
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Oct 16, 2009
Story: 8

For the most part, the storyline is good. It is well thought out, and even original, and rather enjoyable. However, there is a thing about the first episode of Higurashi no Naku ni Rei. It doesn't quite fit with the rest of the Higurashi no Naku that we know.

How to put it, it seems more like something we might see from "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya." Or maybe one of the random Omake from the end of Bleach This isn't a bad thing, but if one has come to expect something from a fandom, it might come across as an actual shock to read more
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The Haruhi movie and the Higurashi OVA are of similar lengths (150-160 mins,) yet require the viewing of two prior seasons to understand the stories.

Each presents a "what if?" scenario where a primary character (Kyon and Rika) end up in an unknown world, one that is similar to their own but differs in the lack of the supernatural elements that were the basis of the original storylines.  
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Opening Theme

"Super Scription of Data" by Shimamiya Eiko

Ending Theme

"Manazashi" by anNina

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