English: When They Cry
Synonyms: The Moment the Cicadas Cry
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Producers: Geneon Universal EntertainmentL, Studio Deen, Frontier Works, Sotsu Agency, FUNimation EntertainmentL, DAX Production
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.371 (scored by 101853 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy drama horror mystery psychological
Nov 26, 2008
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 itself into several arcs, each of which begin exactly the same. A teenager moves into a remote countryside village, and befriends a group of sweet fangirls that could have come out right from a harem rom/com. Then, explicably, thing go wrong... very wrong.
The pacing is excellent, the suspence pulpable. You know terrible things are going to happen, but you don't know exactly what. Higurashi would appeal to two types of people. The maglomanics who cackle madly in seeing a happy community descend into the depth of oblivion, and the curious scientist who watched each arc with intense interest... for they want to know exact *why* everything goes wrong (though they can also cackle madly just a little).
The true draw of Higurashi is the mystery. The series will leave you guessing, postulating all manner of reasons why the sweetest girl in the class is now butchering every child in sight with a giant cleaver. Each experiment you run (arc you see) reveals a few more clues, and you formulate a new theory, only to find it shattered by another totally unexpected horror in the very same arc. The beauty of Higurashi is that a mystery of such grand scale, every detail is meticulous, and while every bloody event seems random at first, they all eventually fall into place
Not only are the characters are memorable, and filled with interesting secrets, and unlike school days, they're actually also extreme likeable. This is no small achievement, given what they're portrayed doing to each other.
Higurashi is really the pinnacle of a dark mystery. You'll start off the mad scientist, watching those innocents in the test chamber with morbid curiosity. Yet, slowly, that morbid curiosity will be transformed into sympathy, and as you fall in love these victims, that initial curiosity will into turn a genuine desire to figure out whats going on so that they can be saved.
As always, I welcome feedback!
Apr 14, 2010
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 deep in the mountains. It’s not long before he makes friends with a group of girls. At first glance they seem like the average group of teenage girls but all is not as it seems because they’re actually hiding things from Keiichi, things like the mysterious string of murders that seem to occur the same night every year and the gruesome dismemberment of a dam construction worker. The more Keiichi learns about these past events and about his new ‘friends’ the more danger he begins to find himself in.
It is important to remember that Higurashi is divided into 6 separate arcs that feature completely different scenarios. This means that if a character were to meet their unfortunate demise in one arc they would return once again at the start of the next arc. It is this separation of the arcs that often confuses or deters people from watching the show. I too confused by the sudden, miraculous ‘revival’ of a few of the characters at first but the sooner you adjust to the ever-changing alternate storylines the sooner you can start to piece together the puzzle and work out why the murders are being carried out in the first place.
The art style of this anime is nothing spectacular; in fact it seems pretty inappropriate for this particular genre of anime. The girls could very well have been plucked straight from a harem anime, but for some wacky reason that seems to work for this anime. The outward ‘Lolita’ appearances of the girls only make their actions more shocking in contrast; in a sense their design lulls you into a false sense of security.
Unlike in other anime of this particular genre it is difficult not to find someone to like in Higurashi, which is highly unusual considering the sickening acts of torture these girls perform on each other and with those around them. As you begin to get to know the characters better, you begin to sympathise with them and hope that they too won’t meet an untimely fate, thus you begin to feel more involved. Each character has their own interesting perspective and heart-breaking story to tell, it is this that alleviates the anime from being a bloodbath to a bloodbath with depth.
Both the Higurashi OP and EN themes are hauntingly beautiful and nigh on impossible to fault. Shimamiya Eiko does an amazing job at capturing the show’s otherworldly aspect with her almost ethereal voice during the OP theme. The instrumental themes used throughout the show can both send chills down your spine or even cause you to laugh out loud given the right moment. I found that the show’s use of chilling piano solos or mellow flute pieces helped to build tension and inspire fear within myself as a viewer, so by keeping the themes themselves simple they’ve helped to accentuate the atmosphere of the show rather than outshine it completely.
As the viewer becomes more intertwined in both the storyline and with the characters their desire for the characters to be set free from the horrific chain of events grows stronger, it is this that hooks the viewer into watching episode after episode. So overall, for being able to manipulate its viewers emotions so well I’d give this anime a near perfect score of 9/10.
May 25, 2013
People start watching Higurashi only knowing about a guy, Maebara Keiichi, who moves to Hinamizawa and creepy stuff is supposed to happen next. So until you get to the 2nd season I would totally suggest you not to pay very much attention in the show, but enjoy it instead. It will be gore, lots of blood and numerous crime scenes. That's what Higurashi is all about. If you're into that, just go for it without second thought. But if you're not a fan of animes which include violence and deaths, you're definitely in the wrong path.
Also, another feature Higurashi has, is to make you totally confused. One of its specials, actually. But don't worry, if you do as I said and just enjoy the show up to the last episodes, then Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kaku (2nd season) is going to answer to all your questions.
So now i shall continue to my rating.
Multiple ways of deaths, a lot of creepy behaviours, sources of mystery and of course gore. All that, while at the same time the viewer trys to find out what's going on. Sounds pretty cool, right? :P
-Art: 9- -Sound: 9-
I found the expressions of the characters the most creepy part of the show. Seriously, when I first checked Higurashi out, I thought: "Some friends/classmates spending time together and having fun, what's wrong with that?"
When I decided to try it out, even from the first minute (especially when I got to the opening, which is an AMAZING song) my mind was blown out.
Who could imagine that such ordinary faces for an anime would be actually the most creepy and violent ones I've ever seen. Big eyes. Loud laughter. Powerful voice. They all look and behave like that when they turn into their 'creepy side'. That was the most decent about the show which was accompanied with excellent backround music, which I gave it a 9. Epic success.
I mentioned above what I liked about the characters, still not all of them acted like that, not all of them turned into 'mad' ones. Some of them were very week, not understandable to even childish at times. That is according to my opinion, 'cause at the same time someone may relate to a character I didn't even like, so that depends on tastes most. But all of them had a story behind them, a past. Well, I might learned some things from that. And not only me, but every viewer. Trying to overcome your fears, yourself, your mistakes. Trying harder and harder in order to please or thank someone, fighting for someone or even dying for someone. The creators sure would have liked the characters to pass those messages about life to the viewers, and there are many messages like that, referring to family, love, relatioships between people, and many more as well. All I have to say is that they definitely managed to do it.
I really enjoyed Higurashi and I'm definitely watching it again in the future. It's a really unique anime while it can cause you a mindblown but in a really decent way. I don't know how it does it, but what i know for sure is, that makes me enjoy it and consider it as one of the best animes I have ever watched.
Well, the truth is that this anime is worth a 10 BUT. I dont think the perfect anime exists and I also believe that each every one has it's own beauty, its own "perfection".
So, I will bring my review to its end by saying that Higurashi is an amazing, creepy, gore, mystery and psychological (and horror/thriller as well) anime, giving you the chills by its characters (the most of them), but relaxing you by its art and making you puzzled by its twists and special plot. You should totally give it a chance.
*Note 1: Do not drop it if it scares you, you'll miss the whole action and *advice* watch it on day
*Note 2: Same goes for if you get confused. You'll never manage to find out the main story of the anime, even if you go to the 2nd season you won't understand anything
It's a really good anime, so if you intend to start it, please don't drop it for any reason!
I am sure you are going to enjoy it, as I did! read more
May 7, 2013
The main appeal of this anime is, of course, its storyline. The Moment the Cicadas Cry is divided into chapters, each are about 4 or 5 episodes long. Each chapter, we see the story unfolding from other perspectives. I don’t think that it’s something new to the anime world, but in when they cry, they made it flawless.
Number one criteria for me if I can guess the whole idea from 1-3 episodes. If I can, the anime is trash, nothing more.
Here we have an extremely intelligent puzzle.(If you guess the main idea from 1-6 episodes you are genius). When I first watched it, theories and ideas on what was happening overfilled my brain. When I re-watched it for the 2nd, 3rd time, I still found clues placed so obvious but at the same time, so masterfully hidden. That's another major plus of this series: you can rewatch it again and again, and still find some new facts.
All in all, you will be a detective who starts with a minimum of information and gradually build your own theory. I’ve never felt rushed or bored, when I was watching this anime.
So, it's a SOLID 10 for the storyline.
Let's move on to
For an anime of the year 2006, the animation is pretty good. The backgrounds are extremely well done; the characters move naturally and are well drawn. I really liked how they showed characters emotions. I haven’t seen anywhere else such superb characters feelings. You will see it yourself yes you will see (evil laugh…)
The opening is just...beautiful, thrilling and epic. The ending, is so-so in my opinion, but it does give some kind of closure, like it's putting you back into the real world.
In general, the music and BG effects of Higurashi creates the terrific atmosphere of the anime. It doesn’t disturb you. It sends shivers down your spine and keeps you strained. Without a doubt masterpiece!
At first glance, it's looks like your some harem anime: 1 guy with 4 girls.
Thanks god, it's completely not. Although romance is hinted, but there is none.
There are not that many characters. Both protagonists and secondary characters placed in the anime for the sole purpose of adding special atmosphere. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has a role to play in the mystery, yes not only protagonists are important even the secondary characters are important. Because all of them has their backgrounds, motives, ideas. They made character development masterfully.
When I completed Umineko no Naku Koro ni it left me in madness. Yes, it was left unfinished. Thanks to my friend I completed cicadas and I destroyed that madness.
Before I state my conclusion, I would like to give you a small suggestion: watch this anime at night, with the lights off and with your headphones set to max bass. I did the same thing. You'll thank me later.
Meet Agatha Christie in anime form.
In the end I would like to say if you find this anime dull go watch Naruto and SAO. This anime is for those who does have a good taste.
This anime is unique diamond of anime industry.
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Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
Aug 23, 2007
Story: I can confidently say that the story/plot is the strongest aspect of this series. I congratulate the original game designer who created this series. The execution of the plot is genius. This series mainly consists of arcs. Although these arcs seem disjointed at first, it is all part of the plot and is actually an important part of solving the mystery of the Hinamizawa murders. However, this is not a simple, generic murder mystery where the solutions are force fed to the viewers; it is up to them to decide between what is true and what is not. This way, it makes the viewers think and interact with the story, and this is what I love most about Higurashi.
Art/Animation: If there is one reason why I did not give this series a 10, then it is because of the art and animation. The art itself is not too bad, but the animation... How do I start? It can be extremely inconsistent at time with all those emo face contortions, sometimes out of sync, and was probably animated with a relatively low budget. Thank goodness the director of season 2 learned from those mistakes, and the animation greatly improved in Kai. One good thing I have to say is that the background and setting is very well done.
Sound: The voice acting in this series is amazing. With a series filled with psychotic laughter, blood-curling screams, and in some cases, extremely cute voices, the voice actors/actresses are extremely versatile. The Opening is one of my favorite openings of all time. It sets up the mood extremely well and sent shivers down my spine when I first saw it. There could not have been a better fitting opening. The ending, a slow rather mellow piece, suffers from horrible Engrish. I do love the piano part in the end though. Finally, the background music set the mood nicely, but can get repetitive at times. I did like the sounds of the cicadas; it gave a feeling of impending doom.
Characters: After the initial shock of their mental instability, the cast of characters are extremely well written and developed. Sure, none of the main cast of characters is emotionally and mentally stable; it does not take away from their personality and interaction. One of the best things about this series is that there is no throw away characters that only appear once, does something, and leaves. Every character serves a purpose in the mystery and plot, either directly and indirectly.
Enjoyment: As I have said earlier, I love how Higurashi is not a passive anime where I can just sit in front of the computer and shut off my brain. Then again, I love psychological anime. Higurashi was the first series that forced me to watch raws because I could not wait for the subs.
Overall an excellent show. This would definitely be a 10 if not for its mediocre animation. Final rating: 9/10
Oct 10, 2013
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni tells the tale of a group of ordinary high school students who live their happy lifes together in their weird little club in this little town. However, everything is not what it seems in this little town. Every year, one person dies and another person disappears on the night of the Cotton Drifting Festival. Villagers blame it on the curse of the town's local deity, Oyashiro-sama. And so, the group of high school students find their lives intertwined somehow with these events.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has a very interesting format. Every arc starts out all happy until the characters go all insane. Then once the stories wrapped up in four episodes or so, everything resets and we get another story involving the same characters, but different things happen. This allows us to see different sides of all of the characters and how they react to different situations, allowing us to get a deeper understanding of them that greatly adds to the show. The format also helps as when an arc ends, you really want to know what happens next and who's going to go crazy next arc (as a lot of people go crazy on this show, trust me). And so that adds to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni's experience and makes it such an addicting, show.
And really, this show is so addicting. While I didn't find Higurashi no Naku Koro ni to be scary at all, I did love the suspense. While episodes do not always end with cliffhangers (there's very few actually) due to the mystery of the show, you need to watch another episode so you can try to figure out what's going on. The events that happen to the characters in the show are horrific and you truly pity them, even the ones who go absolutely insane. And while this season doesn't tie up all loose ends (the equal Kai, which I haven't seen but will very soon), it still ends well enough that even without a season two, it's just a really melancholy conclusion instead of a mess like other shows do.
The best part of Higurashi are the characters. While at first glance they seem like your normal harem stereotypes such as the dull harem lead, the moe girl who likes cute things, the tomboy, the moe loli, and the tomboy loli, they are not. All of the characters have hidden sides, almost like split personalities, inside of them. No one in this show is how they seem upfront, and finding out the character's true sides is part of the fun of the show. However, having characters with personalities that can change with a drop of the hat does mean that they can be however the story wants them to be with no pattern. While it does typically come off more as cool than lazy, I can see this angering some.
And now let's talk about the animation. Ah, the animation. To put it simply, Higurashi is one of the most badly animated anime I've seen. While it isn't the worst, it does come really really close at times. Characters almost never look on-model, people do not move when they talk, and their faces are commonly hidden. They always make these really silly faces that are supposed to be scary, but they are not, they are silly. Faces are covered in shadows often, and don't even get me started on the fight scene in the last episode. While Higurashi is not an action anime and good animation isn't necessary, there was more than one time where I thought that if Studio DEEN had just a little more budget, the scene would be more awesome.
Fortunately the soundtrack fairs much better. The opening theme is haunting and fits the mood of the show perfectly, with a slow-paced ending with haunting Engrish lyrics. The background music, while it doesn't have any standout tracks, does fit the show perfectly and adds to the tension. However, these voice actors are awesome. While they do sound average when the characters are normal, when the characters go insane, they just sound so perfect with some of the best acting I've seen in an anime and they really make their characters more believable.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is an addicting anime, and once you start watching you cannot stop. I recommend it to any anime fan. read more
Mar 17, 2010
The very first episode of Higurashi can be off-putting, as it introduces a cast of characters that seem at the time more like a collection of overused anime tropes from a slice-of-life anime than people the viewer would want to care about. Here's Keiichi, the stock new kid in town. Here's Rena, the stock girl-next-door girlfriend-type. Here's Mion, the stock tomboy. Here's Satoko, the brat. So on down the line. This is not the way people will view the characters by the end of the show, but it ends up being a smart choice to use character types that will be initially familiar to regular anime fans. The show is made much more disturbing and emotionally jarring by the juxtaposition between the light comedy parts that happen at the beginning of each story arc and the grim, violent results after events and character psyches degrade. The great contrast between the Azumanga-esque comedy bits, complete with super-deformed characters and great exaggerations, and the paranoia and psychotic murders, is one of the best artistic devices of the show. If these were dark characters more suited for a horror show, there would not have been the same emotional impact.
Style aside, Higurashi takes an interesting format in basically retelling the same story again and again, but changing key details and character perspectives each time to keep rehash almost nonexistent. During this first season especially, each retelling of the Hinamizawa tragedy reveals more truths behind the town, the background of the characters, and the surprisingly deep interpersonal relationships between them. Facts you learn towards the end of the season will give entirely new meaning to events you saw in the first part of the season. Each story arc peels away layers of the juicy truth, which gives each story arc something that enhances the whole.
Even putting aside the conclusions the viewer makes by putting the arcs together, each story arc is also its own rich self-contained story. Each time you start a new arc, the protagonist may be different. The killer may be different. The protagonist may be the victim or the killer. An arc usually focuses on one or two of the main characters and gives them their own story, subtly replacing the original image you had of them as a stock anime character with a new image of them as a fleshed-out character with a strong personality and motivations.
Without giving away any spoilers, the arc that begins with episode 16 is for me the highlight of Higurashi. It encapsulates everything one can love about the show. It creates great revelation about an earlier story arc. It has really intense and disturbing horror scenes (that are still tastefully done). It also is a great character study, showing how a seed of resentment and great trauma can push a normal person to the brink of madness.
After having watched both seasons of Higurashi once before and knowing the entire truth, watching the show a second time still filled me with a range of emotions from laughter to sadness to horror to thoughtfulness to excitement, all delivered to great effect and in a refreshing way. If you are not a horror fan, it may be hard for you to get past some of the content, but at the same time most of the gore is just off-camera so that you can feel the disgust without it being gratuitous. For those with adult sensibilities, it is easy to fall in love with a show and a story as breathtaking and unforgettable as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. read more
Feb 20, 2009
Basically, there are two approaches when watching Higurashi. You may choose to view it as any other anime: wait for the story to unfold, wait for the characters to develop, wait for the plot to advance. It isn't a wrong choice; this way, you may either like or dislike Higurashi; yet you will probably never get beyond the 'killer lolis', 'aww Rena is so adorable', 'okay, something is seriously wrong with this anime' stage. Yes, you might like, maybe even love it; but you will certainly NOT enjoy Higurashi to its full potential, for everything it has to offer.
If you choose the other road, however, you're in for a big torment. You will be annoyed, hurt, growling, and most of all, you will get headaches from the fake hints; to put it easier, you will be mindfucked. Higurashi manages to do something that very few series have succeeded in doing: involve the viewer by making him interact with everything that unfolds on the screen.
Higurashi's main characteristic is that it's intelligently and elegantly indirect. You are shown almost opposite images of the same place, person or event and left to judge by yourself whether that's relevant or not, whether there's something hidden behind the apparent motives and whether it's the correct portrayal of what's actually happening. What may be the correct deduction of a sequence of events at some point is completely overthrown later on; the theories you may have built in the very beginning, some more far-fetched than the others, all crumble as the story progresses. Because Higurashi is so brilliantly created, it actually presents a lot of fake hints, irrelevant tips and confusing matters; but that's all the more reason to enjoy it in the very end and re-watch it as many times as possible.
To put it simply, it's not wrong to view Higurashi as a math problem. You may wait for it to be solved by a teacher or someone in your class and understand it along the way. Or you may try to solve it yourself, by bumping upon walls and dead ends, reaching incorrect results and choosing the wrong parameters – but having a feeling of a much deeper satisfaction once you finish it.
Higurashi's story is its strongest point. The viewer is presented a series of 6 of the 8 main sound novel arcs, all beginning at approximately the same point, having certain common characteristics, but unfolding differently. If you are not a fan of 'what if?' scenarios, then this certainly isn't for you. However, if you do enjoy putting the pieces together and forming a puzzle (which lacks the very core—the margins, only to be completed on season 2), then you will find this extremely entertaining.
Checking Higurashi's synopsis, you will see that there are question arcs and answer arcs. Do not be naive. Answer arcs might solve apparent issues, but they only bring up even more questions – related to the overall story. Don't watch Higurashi expecting to see that if 'a+b=c, then b=c-a'. Higurashi will simply say: 'a + something = c, I'll only give you bits and scraps hinting to what that certain something is, so use your brain to figure out the truth, 'cause I'm not gonna tell ya directly.'
If you are to take each of Higurashi's arcs separately, they all follow the same pattern. Each scenario begins with a peaceful, tranquil Hinamizawa in the summer light, only to end up in a diametrically opposed atmosphere. This might sound quite repetitive in the beginning, but do not forget that it's only a means of hiding the true face of this show. Also, don't make the mistake of thinking each arc can be seen individually; Higurashi does have an overall plot that links together the sectioned, secondary stories.
Higurashi's characters are all really refreshing, strong-determined and easy to recognize. Although their evolution throughout each arc might seem a bit inconsistent, they do develop from scenario to scenario, which only adds up to the enjoyment.
Keiichi is a strong main male character. And he should be, considering what he has to face. It's not just unusual club activities or dealing with a lot of girls; Keiichi has to have the willpower to take what he sees as the (often regretful) right decision at the right time. Keiichi isn't a person to back up when it comes to challenges or teasing; if it's within his reach, he'll do anything to have the best possible outcome.
Rena is a character that might seem extremely likable in the very beginning, but her patterns of acting do tend to get a bit overused as the series progresses. Rena is a typical, nice, charming girl; however, remember that this is Higurashi, so nothing actually is as the first impression suggests. Rena has her dark sides too; quite a lot, in fact. She's one of the elements that give the series its most eerie moments.
Mion is the sanest of all the characters. She's pretty much a walking contrast between how she acts and how she feels. Mion is a game freak and a challenges and penalties lover; that, and the fact that she refers to herself as 'an old man', give off a tomboy aura. Despite this, Mion also has a lot of girly sides, which are mostly shown throughout the second and fifth arc, which center around her and her sister Shion.
Most of the times, Shion is missing from the main, 5 club members group. However, she has an entire arc shown through her perspective. Shion's story is one of the most touching and well executed throughout the show; it clearly shows how easy it is for a person's completely logical and functional world to be thrown upside-down through a series of misunderstandings that pile up and make it crumble eventually.
Satoko is quite a controversial character. Most of the time, she acts like an annoying brat that tries to show off – however, she also has a darker side of the story, materialized through the torments received from her (adoptive) parents and the disappearance of her brother Satoshi. Satoko's arc might seem a bit repulsing in the beginning; however, it only gives her the right portrayal of her personality.
I deliberately left Rika for the end; she's the only character that doesn't have her very own arc in the first season, and there's a good reason for that. As the first 6 scenarios suggest, there's something more that comes to Rika than her joyful 'Nii~pa' or her habit of patting the heads.
ART AND SOUND
Higurashi's art is probably its only flaw. It certainly differs from the symmetrical, big-eyed, perfectly aligned bodies the viewer might be used to. This might seem like a turn-off in the beginning, but it actually manages to catch the unstable spirit of the anime quite well after a while. Despite this, there is a good part too: a big effort was put into backgrounds; they look realistic and flow nicely, deepening Hinamizawa's tranquility.
Unlike the art, the sound of Higurashi is excellent. The actors did an extraordinary job managing to capture all voice fluctuations, especially the negative inducing ones. Shion's laughter is probably one of the creepiest things you'll find in an anime; Rena's 'Uso da!' will surely give you a chill down your spine; Keiichi's paranoid screams will make you paranoid as well. It's not easy portraying such a wide range of emotions, yet Higurashi doesn't fail. There's also the constant chirping of cicadas that can be heard in the background; hence the series' name. This often compensates the background music, which is only above average. OP theme is terrific, being one of the very first elements that might attract the viewer into watching the anime, since you'll just feel like listening to it countless times; still, ED might seem a bit unusual, since it's sung in (a pretty weird) English.
Like I mentioned before, Higurashi isn't a series for everyone. If you watch it expecting to be a horror, bloody show or just another harem, then you'll probably not like it. Higurashi's main function isn't to have horror, fanservice, tragic pasts or cute moments. Sure, it does contain its fair share of all of these; but Higurashi's purpose is to involve the viewer into a really intricate and entertaining mystery and make fun of him being fooled by fake pieces of information. If you do expect something different, however, you might just discover a hidden behind the curtain masterpiece – for Higurashi is certainly special and extremely enjoyable.
In a world where a lot of anime series offer fans simple, almost nonexistent plots with cliché and predictable characters, humor that's either brilliant or fail, tons of useless fanservice and many other simplicities just for the sake of existing, Higurashi certainly stands out – as being an intelligent series where a lot of effort was put into breaking the boundaries and giving the viewer an overall extremely satisfying impression and enjoyable (though often confusing) watch. read more
Aug 21, 2008
So, where do i begin? Right from the very first the story has you thrown, the opening few sequences quell your thirst as you watch the first of many entangled mysteries, involving the initial main character Keiichi Maebara play out a horrific opening few minutes.
All of the main characters remain likeable, this despite the stories and events that unfold. Unlike much other anime, where the story unravels gently as the episodes flow, Higurashi cleverly (and at times annoyingly) allows you to observe whats is essentially the same story many times over, each time with differing events and consequences. These seem at first unrelated however as the series goes on we find the stories cleverly intertwining themselves.
The story itself in the first series is composed mainly of the 4 question arcs, each of which takes the viewer down the same path and ultimately the same end, each time a different character becomes embroiled in tragedy, with a big climax ensuing as each arc ends. There are also the first 2 answer arcs, which allow the viewer to see some of the reasons behind the stories and events, but never revealing enough for complete understanding.
How is the music you ask? The musical accompaniment is excellent and captures the emotions of all the key points throughout the series, as i write this i am in fact listening to Higurashi soundtrack music. The opening intro (name same as series itself) becomes very quickly catchy, and whilst the end theme 'Why, or why not?' is not my cup of tea, it is a very appropriate song.
If there is one 'flaw' in the series it is some of the background art, which seems a little bit under detailed at times, however this never has or never will spoil my vast enjoyment of this series (and indeed of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, the second season). The ending episode is also a masterpiece of storytelling, yet it still withholds much of the answers from it's viewers, leaving you wanting yet more.
Overall the series is excellent and well worth a watch, even if the excess violence isn't your cup of tea it is used very well to tie in with the storylines, not just senselessly thrown in for effect.
Not quite my favorite anime (Ranma 1/2 will forever have my heart on that one) but certainly my favorite watch this summer, highly recommended.
Sep 13, 2007
Story: The story focuses on the village of Hinamizawa, and it's hidden and very chilling secrets. Keiichii Maebara has just moved to the countryside village, and is enjoying his new life with his new friends Rena Ryuugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude and Satoko Houjou. But underneath the peaceful times, is the chilling mysteries of the Hinamizawa Dam Construction murders, and the Watangashi festival. With this season split into the 4 question arcs and the first two answer arcs, not everything is answered yet. But the crazy plot twists will keep you eager to watch the next episode, even if you see a gruesome scene or two.
Animation: All the characters (Especially Rena and Rika) look very cute, and the backgrounds are all quite well animated. The art style is wonderful too. But unfortunately, their faces distort to X-stream when they're in psycho mode. These inconsistencies with the animation is sometimes an added plus when it comes to scaring you even more.
Sound: I'm addicted to the OP and ED. I adore the little touch at the end when they do the next episode preview while the piano plays at the end of the ED. The background music also fits in very well, and the voice acting is superb. How can they laugh so well? Must be practice.
Character: I enjoyed every character in at least one arc. I even liked Satoko and Shion in arcs 2 and 3. Though nothing can beat Rika's cute phrases and Rena's graceful style. They all develop through the story at a steady pace. Keichii's behavior changes quite a bit throughout the show too, but I believe that he will be a very strong character in Kai. His determination and his will to trust his friends will pull him through. Oishi and Irie was also great minor characters, but I'm unsure on which side they are really on, and their motives...
Enjoyment: Simply put, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is the perfect anime for anyone that enjoys to really interact, predict and think with the storyline and it's characters. An unbelievable horror anime, and a decent comedy too. Hey, i liked the lame comedy scenes. This is Studio DEEN's masterpiece. read more
Mar 14, 2008
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 watch more of it.
The animation is pretty cool, but also kind of lame, especially their facial expressions at times. It's a pretty mediocre result, really.
All in all, this is a really good show, but it has its flaws. As long as you can tolerate some confusion and bloody murdering, you're gonna like this show.
To 'Not Helpful' voters (and you 'Helpful' voters too): Feedback greatly appreciated =)
Dec 6, 2007
The characters for this anime are what deceive you, into a false sense of security, as someone who may not much about it will think of this as a harem (1 guy + cute girls). However these mysterious characters help bring genuine fear, to those who watch this, as you just don’t know what to expect when you add mental instability to the mix.
The one thing that lets this anime down was the animation, as it is incredibly inconsistent. There was very little detail put into the character designs but worse was the disfigured faces as a means of portraying insanity. Nonetheless the animation was pretty fluid and the characters facial expressions were fairly frightening, to suit this creepy anime. The music does a great job in setting the right moods, with creepy melodies to go with eerie tone and sinister music when someone’s being bludgeoned to death.
Overall it’s hard to find a series that that portrays a murder mystery as well as this one; as it perfectly executes suspense, climax and shocking moments to make it exciting to watch. It was quite troubling that it left a lot of questions unanswered, but that is what the 2nd season is for. The real problem was how poorly executed the ending was, as it didn’t make the slightest bit of sense. Taking that into account, the overall feeling got from watching this anime isn’t lost. So I recommend Higurashi no Naku Koro ni to any anime fan, who can handle a bit of mind torture.
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Sep 8, 2007
On the surface, Higurashi seems like a cute and moe anime that’s chockfull of loli girls forming their own harem for the main character Keichi. It’s not. Seriously, a small village separated from the rest of the world has “murder” written all over it.
Who knew cutesy characters and blood would make a psychotic anime that’s absolutely fun to watch? I’ve always liked cute anime and violent anime but I never thought I’d find one that incorporates both. Whoever made this into an anime knows me too well. It’s even funny sometimes, and I love watching anime that makes me laugh. It also makes me think and come up with conclusions, another aspect I like about it. Combining all four elements I mentioned is no easy feat, and yet this anime was able to accomplish it.
I like how the characters have split personalities. For the first episodes of each arc, they’re all happy, cheerful and cute, then all of a sudden, they become psychos. That’s when I think “So this is when the real fun starts”. My favorite character would have to be Rika Furude. She’s so cute and innocent looking, but you can’t help wonder if that’s just a façade. I’m still confused about her. She and the other girls are sort of like angels with dirty faces (or plain old schizos).
However, as for the voice actors, seiyu Mai Nakahara will have to be my favorite. In the series I’ve watched, she always played the upbeat and cheerful girl, but by playing Rena you get to hear her voice in a different way. I love how the girls’ voices change from happy to psychotic in a heartbeat.
The animation is sort of a mixed bag. As a whole, everything looks great, specially the backgrounds. However, the character designs need some work. It’s just too inconsistent, and there are times when the characters end up looking deformed and pretzel-like. I like the choice of color though – it’s a fine mix of pastel hues and vibrant colors.
The BGM was good, but the sound effects were even better. The sound effects were very convincing, and it heightens the tension and feel of those especially violent scenes. Hearing the sound of bodies being mutilated was enough to send chills down my spine. I liked the OP very much, I have heard nothing like it before, but I like the Engrish ED too. It’s mellow but creepy.
This isn’t really a spoiler, but more of an explanation on how the storyline operates. Basically, Higurashi is divided into arcs, the longest arc had 6 episodes and the shortest had 2 episodes. In the first season, there are 4 question arcs, which pose a situation that’s left unsolved, and there are 2 answer arcs (the other 2 will be featured in the second season), which will explain the question arcs. The 4 question and answer arcs are distinct from each other, with some constants (Rika is still the Miko, Keichi is still a transfer student, etc). I think they made the series that way because that was how the video game was.
If you’re not into anime that will potentially have you scratching your head, then this isn’t for you, but I urge everyone who reads this review to give Higurashi a try, because in all honesty it is one of the best series I’ve seen in my life. read more
Oct 5, 2008
It starts off like your standard anime with several lighthearted moments all the way through the first episode. However, you’d be a fool to think that this is all there is to it. This is not that type of show. Higurashi masterfully combines physiological, mystery, horror and comedy in a way that is simply remarkable. The anime is mind breaking and murderously genius. It is so brilliant and unique that it’s almost criminal to not give it the credit it deserves.
It takes physiological and horror to a different level, it makes you feel secured using lighthearted moments to give the audience a feeling of false security. The next thing you know, you might be looking right at death and despair. Trust me, it will happen.
The main five characters are Keiichi, Rena, Mion, Satoko and Rika. They all play important roles in the series and their actions throughout each chapter decide the outcome of the Arc (good or bad ending). They all seem to lead carefree lives in Hinamizawa but in reality, they all possess a much darker and sadder history behind them than they appear to have. Throughout the series, they somehow get involved several times with Oyashiro-sama’s curse (the local God) and unfortunate chain of events are triggered every time.
The anime/manga is divided into “Arcs” or Chapters (-hen). The first part of the anime are the “Question Arcs”, showing us the mysterious deaths, Oyashiro-sama’s curse, and the mystery behind the bizarre town of Hinamizawa. The second part, “Answer Arcs”, provides us with answers to several events that happen in the first part. The events in the following arcs may seem similar but the way in which they unfold and the events are quite different than the past arcs. Additionally, throughout the series there are plenty of clues, speculations and theories that are hinted to help you solve the mysteries behind the town. It is imperative to pay great attention to them and you’ll see that the mystery behind the town of Hinamizawa slowly unwraps.
Overall, the music in Higurashi (Kai) perfectly fits the anime. The opening song “When they Cry” flawlessly portrays the dark, raging, and murderous feeling of the anime while contrasting it with scenes of serenity, sorrow and uncertainty. Similarly, the ending theme “Why or why Not?” and the other OST songs are calm and pleasant to listen to.
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni is a show that should not missed, nonetheless, it is not a show for the overly sensitive, feint hearted, and simple minded due to the bloody scenes and complexity of the show itself. If you are not into physiological-mystery or cannot handle graphic scenes you will not enjoy to the fullest and you will fail to appreciate it. If you are looking for an incredibly unique, very complex and extremely engaging show, this anime is right for you.
Jul 13, 2007
This story is actually made of several completely seperate but loosely related story arcs. At the begining of each things are almost exactly the same each time. They all start right before the festival begins and follows through the mysterious killings and to the conclusion of what acctually happened. And it's always the same person who gets killed and the same person who goes missing. The diffences come in the hows and whys (Kind of like the end of the movie 'Clue' "This is how it could have happened...") . The past events and explainations for the deaths are completely different everytime. And in the end you are left wondering what really happened.
It's a pyschological thriller, and overall a very twisted anime. It will have you shaking your head asking yourself, "What the.....?" and running in fear of any girl under the age of ten. So needless to say I highly recommend it.
Mar 7, 2011
This show contains scenes of graphic lolita violence , as well as numerous murders commit by green haired girls. If your hearth is weak or you dislike seeing a river of blood coming out of a person's neck , you might want to stop reading and head to over to watch Kyoro-chan.
Ok , now all the girls and sissy men have left , let's take our magical briefs and jump right into the bloody mess of confusion called Higurashi.
The anime contains all the required otaku elements for the creation of harem oxide. The elements in question are : twin sister , a compound of two lolis , a moe neutron (she always uses the phrase "I wanna take it home" , which implies she wants to form a covalent bond with a certain chemical) and a gay carbon atom.
This anime also introduces the concept of different dimensions which means love shapes such as love triangles and rectangles can turn into love cubes and triangular prisms.
The plot itself is made of reusing the same goddamn concept without explaining jackshit , each alliteration of the crimes is basically a spin-off show of the other - one of the characters goes loko and kills everyone.Hooray!
The story is divided into 3 parts : the question arcs ( also knows as the 'WTF arc') , the answer arcs (also known as 'MINDFUCK arc") and the filler arcs (also known as the 'actual plot').
After finding out that K wasn't the main character I couldn't help but feel that the whole anime was designed for the single purpose of trolling the viewers.
The anime takes place in a village called Hinamizawa , which is situated in the upper middle equatorial subhemisphere of the pacific indian ocean. The village lacks any technology , which makes the villagers very frustrated as they are unable to fulfill their anime-related desires. When such an otaku is deprived of moe for too long he starts to develop what is called the Hinamizawa syndrome. It's basically like having suicidal intent but instead of having a clean death by hanging yourself , they use their nails to chop of their own necks. Lovely. The moral? Never take anime away from an otaku - he is going to break your kneecaps and then rip your hearth out to show it to you. Then proceed to shove it down your throat just to steal it AGAIN.
Like most viewers , I was very pleased to see some characters die.
THEY JUST WON'T STAY DEAD. DIE BITCHES- DIE.
I mean seriously , in MY anime , people DIE WHEN THEY ARE KILLED.
Not this anime , oh no. Logic won't work here , the only way to understand the work of a troll is to become one!
The characters are BUTTS.
So here they are in all their glory:
Maebara 'K' Keichii - A man must have big balls to go through a populated village in a maid suit. When you start the anime you might think : " Oh this guy looks like a complete loser - surely he must be the main character. And oh look is that Harem member #1? " But no , fuck you Ryukishi07 , misleading us like that.
Sonozaki Shion and Mion - They trolled us by [huge fucking spoiler ahead] ....... having green hair. Also they are very similar in appearance - I just can't seem to figure out why. Uncle Mion is just there for no good reason , all she does is stay behind K and use her green hair to blend in with the trees around her.
Ryuugu Rena - Why does the writer think it was a good idea to make a moe character stronger than Aizen? I mean she could K.O John Cena using her pinky . Not only that but she is also a kleptomaniac ( aka she steals everything she finds cute - like the dead remains of zombie or a deathly hallow laying in a far away forest) and further more she often implies that she wants to kidnap children ( pedophilia) and take home K's manhood ( I am not even sure how to categorize this .... reverse rape? ).
Hojou Satako - A bunch of fucking traps made by this kid destroyed a whole professional military squad. Does this mean the Hinamizawa Branch School 's After School Games Club could effectively declare war to Japan and eventually conquer the whole fucking planet?
Rika Furude - She is a completely unimportant character - she has no relevant role in the story , she is not the actual main character and I guarantee she is not a person capable of traveling through different dimensions in any way. Seriously - that would be the mindfuck of the century - a loli for a main character and more so a WOMAN? Blasphemy!
Tomitake Jirou - He comes , takes a few pictures and then drops dead.
Takano Miyo - She always dies in a fire probably.....
Akasaka - Not wearing a shirt while piloting robots and wearing sunglasses that make you look like a fucking retard doesn't make you manly. Kicking ass at a vital point in the plot by nonchalantly rescuing the main character tends to have that effect.
Ooishi - 20 years of full time donut eating career made him wider than standard door width. His speed exponentially increases when he rolls on his stomach rather then using his tiny legs. Has a detective tie so I guess he is a detective.
So those are all the characters that are worth mentioning.
Like all of Ryukishi07's works , the name of the anime involves crying - I guarantee that you will cry tears of happiness when Rika takes a chair and proceeds to beat the living crap out of Satoko.
The anime is actually an animation of the visual novel made by the most trollastic company in the industry - 07 Expansion ( no relation with 07 ghost or 007) - and all I can say is thanks god they didn't copy the ENOURMOS hands the characters have because that would make the anime to easy to figure out - the Hinamizawa syndrome makes your hands bigger so you can more efficiently claw your throat.
This anime will most likely leave you scarred for the rest of your life. You are going to constantly check your food for needles , mistake markers for syringes and randomly make references:
Teacher : "There are only 8 planets in the solar system - Pluto is not a real pla--"
You : USODAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Let's talk about Watanagashi . What the fuck is Watanagashi?
It's a festival where those dumbwits throw their junk into the river which is why there is no sweetfish in the river (get this reference and I will personally email you a napkin) - they basically take their old fridges and old corpses from the basement and throw them in the river . This is done as to purify themselves - even tho I fail to see how throwing garbage is an excuse for being a duchebag. If I was the king of Hinamizawa I would most certainly construct the most unethical harem ever created and the Watanagashi would basically be a huge paintball game - only instead of paint - we use actual m47 shotguns - HOORAY!
But enough about blowing heads off , tell me , do you regulary cut your nails? No? Then what are you waiting for? Come Hinamizawa's Nail Remover Shop - it's as easy as putting your hand in an apparatus which strips your nails in the most painful way possible! If you call now , we will remove not 3 , not 4 , but 5 NAILS AT THE PRICE OF ONE! If you make a reservation we will even take a picture of your agonized face that you can share with your friends! Nail Remover (tm) is fun for the whole family! Don't stand there like an idiot - call now!
This review was broght to you by Sonozaki Tortures (R).
I'm sure we all enjoy a good torture , especially after a bath in boling water , but we must think about less fortunate people , who don't have the resources to get a quality torture.
There are three anime arcs:
1. No Naku Koro Ni ("McDonalds Arc")
Onikakushi-hen ( "Milkshake Drinking Chapter")
Watanagashi-hen ("Fried Fish Chapter")
Tatarigoroshi-hen ("McChicken Eating Chapter")
Himatsubushi-hen ("Mascot Killing Chapter")
2.Kai ("Filler Arc")
Meakashi-hen ("Celestial Squirrel Chapter")
Tsumihoroboshi-hen ("Octopus Riding Chapter")
Minagoroshi-hen ("Reverse Harem Chapter")
Matsuribayashi-hen ("Haruhi Worshipping Chapter")
3. Rei ("Pockemon Arc")
Saikoroshi-hen ("Pikachu Choosing Chapter")
Batsukoishi-hen ("Charizard Choosing Chapter")
Hirukowashi-hen ("Bulbasaur Choosing Chapter")
The moral of the story is not to give up hope just because it's hopeless and punch fate in the face. However we all know , hard work is overrated - I'd much rather sit on my ass all day.
The main character is forced to repeat her life all over again , never being able to get past June , now - I don't know what the fuck she is complaining about - just imagine the POSSIBILITIES. You could eat all you want , be over 150kg and then BOOM , back to being a fucking sack of bones - you could kill the president of 4kids all over again and watch every single anime ever created. You don't have to study because you've already done your homework a few hundred times and so you eating icecream while watching a Haruhi Suzumiya special for ALL ETERNITY. No pain , no side effects . Although if you are actually inside a game controlled by witches you might get your ass handed but that would be just silly.
The school those guys are attending to is just ridiculous , it's basically a hut with only one class , one teacher and one chair (which can be used as a weapon). The whole building is surrounded by vegetation where wolfs often look for preys. That's why leaving and going to school is often regarded as a struggle for your life.
Oyashiro-sama (Pi-mp-G-o-d) is the deity of the village , like all loving gods he often kills people that are sexier then her (all tho I'm not sure why Tomitake was killed). tHE name of this demonic creature is Hanyuu - her favorite food is cream puffs and tofu and she doesn't like spicy foods. But don't be fooled - she will smugger you with a pillow in your sleep.
Maids were supposed to be a major plot device in this anime , sadly Keiichi is the only one. Just imagine his parents surprise when he gets home late in a maid suit , they must've been speechless.
Keichi : I'm hoooome!
Mother : "Welcome home , swee-........ah......um , dear come here a second...."
Father : "Is it that son of mine again? Has he----...."
Keichi : " Problem , father?"
Father :"I am disapoint , son ---------you would look much better in a nurse suit"
Mother :" He looks just like you when you were younger , dear. Guess the transvestite genes run in your family."
Keichi :" THE FUCK?"
Father :"Dunno , I looked much more moe - remember when I confessed to you while wearing a bikini?"
Mother : " How could I forget , you did it in front of the whole school"
Keichi: "Father , Mother , this is a misunderstanding , it's a punishment ga-"
Father :" Son."
Keichi :"W-what is it?"
Father :" You have been trolled :))))"
Keichi : FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
And thus we have come to a conclusion in our journey to understand this zombie pile of flying bee-weasels . I am pretty sure reading this review will serve you well during the Armageddon as you will need plenty of chairs to bring down the army of human eating time vampires ( you know , like those from twilight and other failed books).
I lift my arm up , and gently touch the surface of the toast with the butter soaked knife which will fabricate the delicious combination that is my breakfast. The flagrant texture of the bread has been refined by the hot and entrancing flames of hell from the toaster and shall serve as a tool to satisfy my culinary needs for this sorrow morning of sunday. The hot surface of the toast would incinerate any life form and melt even the strongest metal - but fear not , for I have the only true god in the palm of my hand. I fold the napkin and use it to grab the incandescent toast and raise it at a comfortable 45 degrees angle while slightly opening my mouth. Time passes as the toast seems to challenge me - I hold the napkin like my life depends on it and quiver the shape of my mouth in to a round hole to attempt to cool down the infernal toast , as the cold air travels towards the toast it reaches the surface of hell and emits a monster of steam that envelops my hand - but I'm not afraid because the napkin protects me. I bow my head forward. And then I like flippin' chew on the goddamn toast LOL
I hope you have enjoyed reading this. Because if you didn't you are gonna see me in your nightmares dressed in a maid suit and holding a rose in my mouth.l will then proceed to cover your body in honey and make a bear lick it off.
But no pressure , feel free to rate this review unhelpful . But before you do that , I advise you to say farewell to your loved ones.
Have a nice day!
Sep 18, 2009
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni [Higurashi] is a monstrous franchise that has spawned manga, anime, novels, films and drama CDs, but its roots began humbly enough as a dojin soft sound novel made by a small group of guys by the name of 07th Expansion. The small town of Hinamizawa, a sunny town in rural Japan, was born on that summer afternoon. Wild birds dot the vast landscape, and soft waves of veridian grass wash across the landscape. It's a small place, the local school only having one classroom with about fifteen students. Here we meet the young Keichii Maebara, a newcomer to the town. Here he spends time innocently enough, playing card games with his friends Rena, Satoko, Rika and Class President Mion. The sunny days idly roll by as the friends joke about without a care, a luxury offered to those not yet immersed in busy adulthood. These days of youthful joy seem like they will never end.
Tomorrow is the Watanagashi festival where the townsfolk let small balls of cotton swell with the misfortune of their lives and float down the river, erasing them from the tiny reality of Hinamizawa. The group of friends spend the day continuing their games, horsing around till the sun has finally set and the stars and moon paint themselves across the sky. Tomorrow will just be another day to celebrate.
A woman was found, her corpse burned, while another man had clawed on his own throat till he bled to death. The night of Watanagashi is anointed with their deaths. It's just a coincidence, right? Keichii finds out that this is the fifth set of murders that has occurred on the darkness of the town’s only festival. It can't just be... coincidence. Hinamizawa holds many secrets within the vile folds of its history – too many.
Higurashi’s plot left me guessing. Until the last few episodes, I never really knew what was going on. The story is dark and twisted, filled with blood, guts, death, insanity and despair. The innocence of the first few minutes of the show is quickly thrown away for an ominous atmosphere, which left me disoriented, but gave the story that much more impact.
The plot of Higurashi is structured into seemingly separate story arcs, each representing a separate story. Characters are reused and those that died in previous arcs come back for another round of horror and misfortune. At first, this structure makes a bright, flashing LED “WTF” sign go off in your head, but trust me, by Episode 26, it all comes together.
The characters gave the same feeling as the plot, apparently naïve and childlike at first. They appear to be two-dimensional clichés from any other slice-of-life anime, but as each arc develops, each character is given personality. Higurashi has some of the most memorable characters I’ve had the pleasure of seeing animated, as each tragedy adds layers of depth to each student.
The production was aimed for effect, not eye candy. The characters are of the super deformed variety: huge heads, large glassy eyes, barely visible noses and shoebox shoulders. Usually, I dislike this sort of design, but in Higurashi it works. The large eyes properly reflect the disturbances in the character’s souls, adding to the disturbing atmosphere, not detracting. The cuteness of the models against the backdrop of the gore makes terrifying scenes all the more unsettling.
The town of Hinamizawa itself is deliciously ironic. The art directors did a wonderful turning cheery settings into ominous stages for the next scene. The background itself isn’t anything special to look at, but it gets the job done.
The cinematography was excellent. I’ve heard Higurashi called disgusting, but most of the gruesome scenes are composed with cutaways and indirect shots. Episodes of brutality become that much more intense when all you can see is a silhouette, and all you can hear is the clank of a baseball bat shattering a skull.
The sounds of Higurashi were disappointing. The music did its job humbly without stealing much of my attention. My real complaint lies with the voice acting. Keichii and Rena’s voices have an annoying timbre that grated at my senses. Souichirou Hoshi work generally pleases me, but when delivering Keichii’s lines, his acting felt somewhat uninspired. The rest of the seiyuu do a plausible job, but nothing stood out as amazing.
Watchability and Enjoyment
Higurashi will be a hit or miss for the masses. If you can't sink your teeth into the morbid violence, you’ll instantly be turned off. But if such a thing tickles the fancy of the little voice hidden in the corner of your head (the one that asks you to buy a chainsaw and play lumberjack in a crowded train station), then Higurashi will keep you hooked. The mystery is addicting, every arc answering a few questions, but adding another set of riddles to be answered. I enjoyed Higurashi a great deal. I looked forward to each episode, shivering with sadistic anticipation to find out the many ways to skin a cheery, well-mannered anime schoolgirl. I mean, eating entrails is awesome! Did I tell you that this show is not for everyone…?
Higurashi poses an interesting question: how much can you take till your moral fibers snap, your iron rusts and crumbles and the tendrils of your sanity can no longer hold onto the edges of reality. Higurashi is an experiment of sorts: in what ways can you contort the mind without breaking anything? The answer: not many.
Sometimes, there is no hope. There is no light at the end of the tunnel; it just gets even darker. Higurashi is about annihilation, not just of the body, but the metaphorical death of identity, belief and ideals. Certain problems can’t be solved, and certain battles can’t be won. The piece serves to show that the hero can’t always win; sometimes he is trapped, waiting for the system to eventually turn him to ashes.
The depth of the show is immense, not only focusing on human interaction, but the psyche. Higurashi is ambitious in this regard, surprising considering it all began a doujin sound novel.
With an interesting mystery, deep characters and a twisted atmosphere, Higurashi is a unique show worth the watch. While some of the sound production could have been improved, it’s only a minor gripe. The story can more than compensate for the small flaws. So turn off the lights, grab your favorite plushie and hold it close because Higurashi no Naku Kori Ni will grab you by the neck and won't let go till the cicadas cry. read more
Feb 12, 2011
With that in mind, watch it.
The tags are lying. It isn't horror at-
Had you going.
This show would do a wonderful job at deceiving you if not for that intro tacked right onto the first episode. If not for that, you'd think you were watching a cute, slice-of-life anime.
The whole show is a puzzle for you to solve. Why is everybody dying? What drives a perfectly normal teenager to go Freddy Krueger on two of his best friends?
At times, the underlying problem of Higurashi seems supernatural, at times psychological. Right until the end of the first season, you'll wonder about this show, and more than likely, you'll be wrong.
My advice is not to overlook Kai. While it may be a whole nother ballgame, it will provide some much-needed clarity.
Story- The anime opens up on Keiichi Maebara, an average enough kid- except you just saw him hack up two people with a baseball bat.
The two people, you find out, are Keichi's friends, Mion Sonozaki and Rena Ryuguu. For the first episode, you might wonder when you'll get to see that baseball bat again.
It's coming. And soon.
Art- The art is decent. I've heard people knock on it, but I thought it was really quite refreshing. The show deceives you by taking a lighthearted character design and shifting and mutating it into a slasher movie.
Sound- I don't watch an anime if it doesn't have an intro theme that doesn't immediately hook me, and Higurashi's has almost become the standard for that judgment.
It's beautiful. It's wicked and mysterious. It's mythical.
It's exactly like the show itself.
Beyond that, the soundtrack works with the show rather well, rather than detracting from it. When you want suspense, the show's soundtrack plays suspense... and it does it damn well. The soundtrack also plays cute, and mysterious, and... well, you'll just have to hear for yourself.
Character- This show is very plot-driven. As such, the characters are hard to follow and to sympathize with at first, because you're never sure whether to run away from them or to hug them. That's why you hold onto characters like Rika Furude, who carry the show's cuteness on their shoulders, and you try to understand the other characters all the while.
Enjoyment- At first, watching this show was a chore. I think I might have seem the first episode, then I shoved it aside, thinking "Eh. My friend's crazy for recommending this."
Then I picked it up again, and I couldn't stop watching. I wanted to know what was going on.
And so I kept watching, and in no time at all I had finished with the first season. Then I went onto Kai, and then Reii, and I bulldozed through those.
Hopefully, you will too.
Overall- For all of the above reasons, I'd strongly recommend Higurashi. The show requires a fair amount of patience, but if you keep watching, you simply won't be able to stop.
Well, the key to continuing is to knowing that there is a rhyme or reason for what you're watching. read more
Oct 8, 2008
The Story: The story mainly focuses on the mysterious deaths that always seem to occur during the time of Watanagashi Festival. There are three question arcs and three answer arcs. Each question arc has a different murderer and victim. The Watanagashi Festival and the dam construction project are the only consistancies between them, along with the main characters.
Art: I've avoided watching this series for a long time because I'm picky when it comes to animation and this one certainly lacks detail. The background has barely any detail and the character designs are okay at best. But in a series like this, the art isn't of much importance, plenty of blood though.
Sound: The voice acting was amazing in Higurashi. There are many times when the creepiness is all in the hands of the voice actors and they did a fine job. At times, their voices would make me jump out of my skin with terror and at other times, their sweet innocent voices would make me believe whatever they had to say. The opening and ending songs had just enough creepiness to be perfect for this show.
Character: The characters were very original and cute. They were so well rounded it was easy to believe the character was adorable even after they murdered someone in the previous arc. Each character developes beautifully throughout the series and it's interesting to see the different ways they interact with each other going from arc to arc.
Enjoyment: Much to my surprise I really enjoyed Higurashi. The way it's broken down into arcs with different scenarios made it nearly impossible for me to hold off watching the next episode. Although, with all the build up to the end of an arc, it makes you want more, only to have to start off at the beginning of the next arc. Which made the first few episodes of the new arc a bit boring.
Overall I say that this is definitely anime that most should check out, even if you're not much into horror. read more
Nov 8, 2007
I do have a rather disturbing view on animes such as this, as well as others that are mature, violent and have tragic, jealous love stories - they are my favorites if done correctly and this one is done amazingly and that is only one part of what I love. There are an assortment of murders, but you are never sure what to believe or what to think, nor what is good and what is wrong and they are all done for the best reasons - the reasons that I look for in anime, books, movies and anything else because they are the true human emotions - love, jealousy, family, fear, protectiveness of those that you love, abuse, sibling love, first love, first crushes and everything else that makes a person what they are. Things that would be precious memories are nothing more than a myriad of blurs and confusion in which the main character sometimes does not know what is real and neither does the viewer. If you can top a psychological thriller with supernatural elements, then I am in my glory and this anime does just that.
Aforementioned, the first moments of the anime immediately will let you know if you can stand this kind of anime or not - a lot of is done like the beginning, which you see a rather vague vision of a guy beating something on the ground most likely to death with what looks like a bat, but you have no idea why, obviously and you do not see the actual beating, it is left to the imagination and much of the anime is like this and if you have an active imagination like me, filled with theories, then this anime is perfect for you!
Once the shocking beginning is over, if you are still watching and did not get disturbed and turn away from your screen, you are put into the normal setting for an anime - or so you think. You see a bunch of beautiful girls that look very different and act very different, as well, and the main character guy that was just doing the beating in the beginning, and they are all in school having a dandy time.
By now, you already know that this is not a happy, simple anime, so nothing obviously is what it seems and your mind immediately starts racing as to what just happened and if the violence started so soon, when could the next thing happen and it could literally happen at any moment!
The main characters live in a tiny little village away from main cities and civilization and they only have about 2,000 people in the entire town. The school where the main characters go is nothing more than one classroom which houses all the students in the town, from grade-school to high school, all in one classroom and there are only 15 students altogether, so once you learn this, you are creeped out even more because this is a very unique and disturbing setting. The town is in the middle of a beautiful, huge forest and the whole area is very majestic and isolated.
The storyline of this anime is so intricate and woven that it really is hard to explain in words and I sat for a while before even trying to write this. You will want to watch the scenes again to make sure you didn't miss anything and so many things will rush through your head when you watch this anime because so many things happen unexpectedly and you have no idea why.
Contrary to what I thought, there isn't really an awful lot of actual violence on screen and the first animation I saw was one of the worst ones in the anime. However! There are a ton of different horrific things that happen, but you only get to see the beginning of them for most of the anime and your mind is left to figure out everything else, but really is hard to do!
For me, once again, this anime was perfect. I love watching things where you have to think and have theories and it makes your mind work, and this anime does just that. I was constantly trying to figure out what was happening and who was really who and even though I was right a lot of the time, when I was right, it was just totally more disturbing because the things I thought were very creepy.
This is a psychological supernatural thriller. There are very horrible things that happen very often, but you, the viewer are left to figure out what is real and what is not and who is really in the wrong and in the right. The first season of the anime covers four question arcs and two answer arcs, where the second season will hopefully finish the rest up.
The voice actors... oh, the voice actors were possibly among the best I have ever heard and they were totally satisfying for reach situation. Sometimes someone screams in a situation or laughs insanely, but they are not good at it - that is not the case in Higurashi. All the voice actors are extremely talented at their roles and most of them will actually give you chills at one point or another.
I loved the art! The facial expressions and the different ways the characters eyes would change were absolute genius and I loved how the screen would slowly go over to their faces, so that you, the viewer, would have to wonder what their expression would be - would the character be sane at the moment, or would they be out of their mind? They also did not only have one expression for when people were upset and mad and insane, there were many different expressions for the different characters - they all have their own personal insanities!
The music is absolutely awesome for the anime. I got two of the soundtracks afterwards and have been listening to them non-stop. The music goes perfectly with the anime and sometimes it's happy, but generally it's creepy, psychotic, mysterious and makes you very nervous and scared, but it's also beautifully done. The opening theme will capture you and drag you in and you will have it stuck in your head non-stop and trust me, that is a good thing because it is awesome!
I highly suggest this anime to anyone that liked animes such as Elfen Lied, which is another of my favorites. This anime is now among my favorites and I highly await watching the sequel, which I have not started yet and I am so happy to have come across this anime, I will admit... I LOVE THIS ANIME!