Ranked #251
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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


Score: 8.251 (scored by 147171 users)
Ranked: #2512
Popularity: #49
Members: 273,083
Favorites: 11,482
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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.


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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 9:24 PM
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 11:55 AM
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 12:52 PM
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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Oct 26, 2008 6:19 AM
This anime started off as what would be an amazing story, then devolved into repetitive crap.

The only thing it as going for it is high shock value, other than that, the story arcs are a literal torture to get through.

The art isn't good. It looks like they dragged out an art style that peaked in 1994 and used it.

The sound is pretty good. The OP and ED are totally cool.

The characters are good if they could just have ONE PERSONALITY. It's poor characterisation, honestly. It's like they couldn't decide how they wanted the character to act, so, quick fix solution: give read more
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