Interesting. Higurashi fanboy here so I'll be watching, filler crap or not lol. The useful thing about Higurashi is that you can go back and retell "bad end" arcs without mucking up the continuity of the end of the story, so provided they've got a good one that adds to the mythology and character I'm all for it.
The first volume will adapt the original software's Batsukoishi-hen storyline, while the remaining volumes will have all-new original stories.
There will be limited edition volumes with deluxe bonus extras, as well as regular edition volumes. The limited edition volumes will each have a "magical box" illustrated by Tomoyuki Abe (the character designer of the new anime), a tentatively titled "magical disc" CD with the ending theme and mini-drama, an original booklet with collaborative comics by famous creators, and a card for mail-away present. Buyers of all the volumes can receive a tapestry.
Ryukishi07/07th Expansion created the original story, and Toshifumi Kawase is again supervising the scripts. Hideki Tachibana is directing at Studio DEEN.
I'm expecting the worst and hoping for the best, so hopefully I won't be disappointed. I'm really hoping it's not like the fanservice/"comedy" episodes of Rei, but if it were an actual story arc then waiting for several months until the next episode would kill.
Anyway, I'll definitely be watching it either way.
Oresund said: i hate you people that only watch Higurashi for blood and gore and expect the same in this ova.
Sorry to disappoint you, but I watched Higurashi for the interesting plot and likable characters. I don't give two fucks about the amount of gore per episode (I mean, shit, was there any gore in Kai)?
The comedy in Higurashi is absolutely terrible, and that's why I won't be watching - at least the first episode of - this OVA.
To that end, Rei was boring as hell, not because no one died, but because nothing freakin' happened (in a literal sense, even) in the story portion and the two comedy episodes were just garbage. Umineko had tons of blood and gore, but it was still complete trash because, objectively, nearly everything was wrong with it.
Yay, more Higurashi :3 Hopefully this isn't like Rei.. I mean Rei was good, but it was kinda pointless. I'm kinda hoping that each chara (Mion, Rena, Satoko and Rika) get an episode more about their past.. Especially Rena. There's hints at her past but it would be nice to actually watch it.
If this ends up being a Keichi related OVA, I will probably murder someone. He's the most useless character in the series >.<
Higurashi no naku koro ni Kai had the perfect ending. The series needn't say any more. Then they made Rei, it was an abomination, and I really like to pretend it never happened. It made me hate the characters that I once was so attached to.
I guess I'll still watch it. I hope it does some justice to what was an amazing series, and doesn't ruin everything AGAIN.