Ranked #277

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Alternative Titles

English: When They Cry
Synonyms: The Moment the Cicadas Cry
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Premiered: Spring 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.221 (scored by 159,346 users)
Ranked: #2772
Popularity: #54
Members: 300,048
Favorites: 12,495
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After moving into the quiet town of Hinamizawa, Maebara Keiichi spends his days blissfully in school often playing games with his local friends. However, appearances can be deceiving. One fateful day, Keiichi stumbles upon news of a murder that had occurred in Hinamizawa. From this point on, horrific events unfold in front of Keiichi, as he soon learns his close friends may not be all that they seem. Based on the amateur mystery game by 07th Expansion, the story is told in a series of different scenarios.


Geneon Universal Entertainment initially licensed and distributed the first season of Higurashi until their closure in 2007. Funimation eventually picked up the series along with multiple Geneon titles, but then dropped the license in 2011 due to poor sales. It remained unlicensed until 2015 when Sentai Filmworks announced that they picked up the series, along with several other titles.

Promotional Videos

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Characters & Voice Actors

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


Kon, Chiaki
Kon, Chiaki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Gouda, Hozumi
Gouda, Hozumi
Sound Director
Nakase, Rika
Nakase, Rika
Kawase, Toshifumi
Kawase, Toshifumi
Script, Series Composition

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Beginning (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 1)
Onikakushi-hen Sono Ichi – Hajimari (鬼隠し編 其ノ壱 ハジマリ)
Apr 5, 2006
2 The Secret (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 2)
Onikakushi-hen Sono Ni – Kakushigoto (鬼隠し編 其ノ弐 隠しごと)
Apr 12, 2006
3 Suspicion (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 3)
Onikakushi-hen Sono San – Gishin (鬼隠し編 其ノ参 疑心)
Apr 19, 2006
4 Disturbance (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 4)
Onikakushi-hen Sono Yon – Yugami (鬼隠し編 其ノ四 歪)
Apr 26, 2006
5 Jealousy (Chapter: Cotton Drifting, Part 1)
Watanagashi-hen Sono Ichi – Shitto (綿流し編 其ノ壱 嫉妬)
May 3, 2006

Opening Theme

"Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" by Eiko Shimamiya

Ending Theme

"Why, or why not" by Hiroyuki Oshima feat. Rekka Katakiri

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Nov 26, 2008
Watching Higurshi is like locking a group of happy people in a test chamber, only coming back to find they've hacked each other into a bloody mess. Its horrific, its shocking, and yet a part of you, cannot help but wonder, how did it happen?

The curiosity takes over... and so you repeat the experiment, knowing full well that those cute looking teenagers you just sent are going to end up as bloody pulps. But hey, at least each time they die, you're one step closer to figuring out why they died, it's all good.

Higurashi essentially places you in the role of the scientist. It divides read more
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Aug 23, 2007
Higurashi epitomizes how you should never judge something by its cover. At first glance, it looks like a simple, generic harem series or a lame, cliched romance. This anime, however, is nothing short of genius. The whole setting, atmosphere, and mood are incredibly well executed. The plot may seem simple at first, a new kid moving to a strange, new town and meeting new friends. Beneath the exterior appearance of this seemingly tame series, however, lies a dark story of murder, violence, and mystery.

Story: I can confidently say that the story/plot is the strongest aspect of this series. I congratulate the original game designer who read more
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Apr 14, 2010
Higurashi no naku koro ni happens to be a particular favourite of mine, not only because of its horrifically high gore content, but for the number of times it managed to catch me off guard. I found it hard to believe how a group of seemingly normal, innocent girls could commit such stomach-churning acts of violence and mental torture. It’s the original shock at this fact that compels the viewer to continue watching this highly addictive bloodbath of an anime.

The concept of the anime is simple enough. It follows a teenage boy, Maebara Keiichi adjusting to his new life in Hinamizawa, an isolated village buried read more
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Mar 14, 2008
This show is suspenseful, dramatic, creepy, confusing (in a good way), and it's got some good horror.

The storyline follows a small group of friends who live in a village called Hinamizawa. Not all seems be like it should be here, though...

The characters are pretty interesting, to say the least, and they're pretty well "built up". It's pretty obvious that they're a bit crazy at some point, depending on which story arc you're watching.

The story is pretty good, because it leaves you guessing all the time, and even though it may seem a bit confusing at first, don't be discouraged; you start to understand as you read more
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