Ranked #249
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: 8.271 (scored by 139514 users)
Ranked: #2492
Popularity: #45
Members: 256,210
Favorites: 11,087
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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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Episodes  26 / 26
Aired  Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Status  Finished Airing

Related Anime

Adaptation: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Onikakushi-hen, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Watanagashi-hen, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Tatarigoroshi-hen, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Himatsubushi-hen, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Meakashi-hen, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Tsumihoroboshi-hen
Sequel: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Side story: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Special: Nekogoroshi-hen, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak
Alternative setting: Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Other: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira

Characters & Voice Actors

Furude, Rika
Furude, Rika
Tamura, Yukari
Tamura, Yukari
Houjou, Satoko
Houjou, Satoko
Kanai, Mika
Kanai, Mika
Maebara, Keiichi
Maebara, Keiichi
Hoshi, Soichiro
Hoshi, Soichiro
Ryuuguu, Rena
Ryuuguu, Rena
Nakahara, Mai
Nakahara, Mai


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

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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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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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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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Mar 17, 2010
June 1983, a sleepy rural town in Japan. This is the auspicious setting of a tragedy that will befall a small group of classmates and their entire community. This is a tragedy that is destined to happen again, and again, and again. How and why is Hinamizawa doomed to this fate? What dark secrets does the town hold? This is a tale that seems simple on the surface but the use of character, perspective, and story-telling helps to make Higurashi one of the greatest anime ever made.

The very first episode of Higurashi can be off-putting, as it introduces a cast of characters that seem at read more
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Horror, Supernatural & a lot of bloodshed (neither recommended to be watched past midnight) *shiver* 
reportRecommended by Puvi2Groovy
Guy moves into a town which holds a mystery that unravels troughout the show. Higurashi has some lighter slice of life episodes, but that's cool because it's pretty long including -kai.
Highly reccomend both 
reportRecommended by arnxx
Both are very enticing supernatural murder mysteries 
reportRecommended by Dynneekx
A compelling high-school romance-drama with a gruesome twist, School Days takes everything people love about the high-school romance genre and combines it with the suspense and bizarre twist of Higurashi. 
reportRecommended by RanKizama
Both series promise murder and suspense, but where Chaos;Head fails to follow through, Higurashi delivers. 
reportRecommended by miki_sei
Both anime have completely psychotic characters and an insane story line. 
reportRecommended by Lolicon

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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