This is likely the only review I will every write on this site, and it's going to be a fairly brief one. The reason for this is that people give this show way too much hate.
First of all, anyone that watches Higurashi for the gore will not particularly like this OVA. But then again, Higurashi is in no way about the gore; it's about the characters and what they go through. And this fact is exactly why I am giving this an 8/10. Over the course of the series, we have all seen just how much suffering the characters have gone through. Don't you
think they need a reprieve? Do you really think they deserve to go through such hell and not live happy lives afterwards?
Next, I've noticed that many of the hateful reviews of Kira are by people who have only seen the first episode. The first episode is pretty much the only episode with immense amounts of fanservice(other episodes only have minor fanservice in the fact that Shion's breasts occasionally Gainax), and that is the entire point of the episode. If you don't like fanservice, then simply skip episode 1. Episode 2 is a parody of the magical girl genre, and fulfills its job well.
In my opinion, where this OVA really shines is in the third and fourth episodes. The third episode is a comedic side-story about Mion, Shion, and Rena all vying for Keiichi's love, and it manages to have that signature Higurashi comedy that we all know and love. I won't spoil the ending of the episode, but it elicited more than a few chuckles from me. Episode 4, unlike the other three, is a relatively serious one-shot mainly about Hanyuu and Rika. This episode is considered canon to the series and is definitely worth a watch, even if you do not watch the rest of Kira. The ending even manages to nearly make my eyes water, and I am not one who cries easily.
In short, this OVA is nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be(as long as you are a fan of Higurashi for the right reasons(such reasons being things such as the characters, the story, the comedy, the message it gives off, etc.)). I would highly suggest giving it a try, and even if you end up disliking the first episodes, go ahead and finishing it. You will not regret it, trust me.
Ok, so the Commemoration of the infamous Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni's 10th Anniversary, DEEN gives us a Comedy and at the moment, It is rated...ok.
On the Other hand. Type Moon is making a 10th Aniversary anime for the horror anime/LN Tsukihime and the Action Anime/LN Fate Stay Night. AND IT IS ALSO A COMEDY.
Talk about Double Standards people. People Slam Higurashi kira for not being serious. Carnival Phantasm is just as Serious as Kira. Get over it. For the 10th Anniversaries of Studios and Famous Serious anime the Animation Companies decided to do something Lighthearted.
So Why the Hate all on Kira? It is
essentially doing the same thing as Carnival Phantasm. They both have Injokes and have Comedic Versions of the Characters.
Sure Kira is more Fanservice-y but then again, Higurashi wasn't an Eroge to begin with. People need to stop having double standards. The Art is Deen. The Characters are the same as if the first episode of arcs, before everything got serious happens. It is basically a break from all that is Serious. We have gotten Two long Series of Seriousness. Two Episodes of Relief and then a three episode serious arc. Fate Stay Night and Tsukihime have Two long serious Animes with now getting 14 episode of Relief (If you want to compare by 30 minutes then 7), which is more than Kira.
Take a Break people. Relax and don't take anything seriously, if you are hating on Higurashi Kira and loving Carnival Phantasm, you have double standards.
Oh yeah the Review. I liked it, it even parodied itself.
(P.S. Sorry about all the mentions of Carnival Phantasm and anything Type:Moon. Just had to point it out on this Rant/Review)
As of the first episode of Kira, it's absolutely terrible. I knew from the trailer that it was going to be bad but the whole thing turns out just to be an extended eroge sequence involving each of the main girls in turn.
DEEN have an opportunity to make an OVA for Higurashi, one of my favourite series, and they make this... this... abomination. Maybe the three episode arc will be vaguely less disgusting but going off this first episode I don't even know why I should bother continuing to watch it.
Rei had a similar thing with a silliness fun episode at the start but the
main difference is that while Rei's first episode is the fun times which are more reminiscent of the actual Higurashi series Kira's first ep is entirely dedicated to Keiichi and three minor characters (being totally OUT of character) just fantasising perverted things. I have a high tolerance for fanservice but I had to say Rika's rubbing of her bum on a window making ecchi noises really got to me, she's what - nine?
Higurashi fans will probably watch this simply because it's Higurashi, so will I, but that doesn't mean you'll enjoy it. Frankly, it'd be better off not existing.
I love the original Higurashi and find this to be just a composite of fan service scenes that really don't have the same plot or impact. The art is good and theres noting really wrong with fan service but it's a major disappointment if you liked the original series and lacks any real conflict or plot.
Since there are a lot of conflicting viewpoints on this 4 episode OVA, I thought I would just clear things up for those of you who are trying to decide weather or not to watch it:
First, let it be noted that there is no gore what so ever in the OVA; something that Higurashi is infamous for. However, if you were only watching Higurashi for its gore, then you were watching it for the wrong reasons, because it's not a show about mindless blood and gore. Higurashi is and has always been about the journey of the characters,the struggles they have had to go through,
and their friendship. People who understand that will enjoy SOME of this OVA, but certainly nobody will enjoy all of it.
The majority of the hate that this OVA receives comes from people who saw the first episode and then simply refused to continue, and understandably so. Episode 1 of Higurashi Kira is complete and utter garbage that NOBODY should ever have to sit through. They turn the awesome characters of the Higurashi series into mindless vessels for SHAMELESS fan-service that serves no purpose to the true plot, has no side-plot of its own, and is just physically painful for a Higurashi fans to watch. Whatever you do, DON'T watch episode 1.
Episode 2 is better then episode 1, but that's not saying much. It's a goofy, over the top, and downright silly parody of the magical girl genre with the Higurashi characters. If you really liked some of the more light-hearted moments of the series and wouldn't mind seeing another full episode dedicated to the writers and animators dicking around, then I suppose this one could be worth your time. It's still not what anybody wanted or expected out of a Higurashi OVA though.
Episode 3 is where the OVA starts to redeem itself, with a very solid episode about the romantic/sexual tension in the club that has been present throughout the series, mostly between Mion and Keiichi, but Rena and Shion are involved as well. While I really do not like what they did with Shion in this episode, it is still worth watching as it's a nice change of pace to see the club members experience normal problems for once, and provides a bit of closure as far as the romantic feelings of the club members are concerned.
Episode 4 is the true saving grace of the OVA and is definitely worth watching if you are a Higurashi fan. It's a heart-warming story about Rika and Hanyuu and really is just a delight to watch; that's all there is to say.
Overall, Higurashi Kira is worth watching for episodes 3 and 4 alone, as true fans of the series will take great pleasure in watching them. Maybe I could recommend episode 2, but holy mother god, words can not describe how horrible episode 1 is. DON'T watch it, but if you do anyway, don't let it turn you off to the rest of the OVA.
As the latest addition to the Higurashi-franchise, this OVA follows in the footsteps of the two less-serious and more comical arcs from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei. Aside from the usual comic relief, this time there was further emphasis on fan-service, mainly seen during the first episode. In today's market it isn't surprising to see such content surface in the Higurashi-franchise, though evidently many Higurashi fans don't quite fit in the moe-loving masses, targeted by said content.
In short, if the intriguing story or the splatter-filled scenes from the original work are what you're after, you'll have to look elsewhere. But if you wish
to take a further look at the peaceful and comic side of Hinamizawa and the lives of our original characters, this OVA is probably worth your time.
To make this review just a bit review-like, I'd like to say something about the actual properties in regard to which I was supposed to rate this OVA. 3 out 4 episodes can be considered pure comic relief, so the story exists mainly to make you laugh - a fait accompli, at least in my case. The final episode differs from the rest in this aspect, and has a slightly more meaningful plot, taking a little peak at the past of one of the characters. The art-style, animation and soundtrack are all satisfying at the least, given the genre. Characters are the same as in the previous works, though this time around we get to see more of their comical, playful and ordinary sides.
I myself enjoyed this piece, and in my opinion it provides a fitting sort of a continuation to the way things ended in Matsuribayashi-hen. It's nice to see how Rika and company get to finally enjoy a normal everyday life, after experiencing a hundred or so years of recurring death and violence.
Do recommend for all those wishing to see more of the "ordinary", serene Hinamizawa, or simply have a good laugh.
Wow, looks like many people are really hating this right now. Many people want the mysterious and twisted stories back with this, but instead they get some fan service. What do i say about it? Well since it's just an OVA, you can obviously not expect Anything storylike in it, which many people don't seem to understand (OVAs like Hellsing are rare okay, you don't really get story filled OVAs). More than 80% of OVAs are just for fan service, if you haven't known.. I know it may have seemed like it tainted the killer loli character, but some of us like to see them
fooling around for once. If you don't want to see that then well, just don't watch this.
Alright now for the review. It actually has that higurashi feel to it, so it's not complete BS. K and the Soul Brothers are here(returning from Rei) and while Kei is complaining about losing those punishment games, the Soul Brothers! encourage him into winning and they imagine all these kind've of things if they win with each female character(Takano Miyo was my favorite;D).
The animation is the best out of all the series and the imaginations they have are just funny as hell.
I am a little disappointed in how Eiko Shimamiya hasn't sung the Op, but I guess she can't do every one. Right, the Op and Ed are really different compared to Rei in the more happy, joyful way so... well yeah thats that ( I honestly liked the others better).
But all in all, i thought this was pretty decent and can't wait to see what embarassing situations they have ready to show us next.
[Ep 2 Edit]
Ummm, alriight... the 2nd ep has what all the 1st ep haters were screaming for, No Fanservice! Just a complete mess really. So they killed the fanservice and turned it into a elementary school magical girl story. And well it just sucked. It starts out with Rika and Satoko dreaming and landing in another world. Then "Tokyo Magika" wreaks havoc on Hinamizawa and a foggy mist which confuses everyone besides those two makes everyone crazy and delusional. Rika and Satoko somehow deal with that and then what? A Giant Monster appears and its mahou shoujo Rika time! How original!(Well it wasn't as if i was expecting something original from that story) Not interesting at all and it makes you feel like you just wasted 30 precious minutes of your life.(Nope, there are no hot Takano Miyo scenes in this one...I actually think it ruined her image.)I Highly suggest you Skip this one, but continue on watching the others.
It looks like all of them will be a certain kind of genre, 1st was Fanservice, 2nd was Mahou Shoujo, and now the 3rd one will be romance. Yes finally! All the Keiichi and Mion couple lovers will have their dreams come true!! Or will it be with Shion? Who knows, we'll have to wait 'till the 3rd OVA comes out.
Ahhh Higurashi Kira what breath of fresh air on the series of Higurashi. I will say first that this story is not a creation of Studio DEEN but actually a creation by Ryukushi07 himself. This is a simpler anime then the others and allows laughs and TONS OF FANSERVICE. If you are a true fan of higurashi who loves the show for its story and not its violence you may enjoy this funny OVA. This will not be a long review just enough to get my thoughts out about this show
First off Story:4
I gave the story for episode one a 4 because well it
was a bunch of guys fantasizing about girls doing very seductive things to themselves or eachother.
The art in this was fantastic it fits with the more light-hearted feeling of this series OVA. It was fantastic a.lthough I didn't really wanna see Rika do "THAT" in this style but whatever.
The sound and music is what you would come to expect of Higurashi beautiful. The music is like the art style happier and more fun filling. Fitting with the new enviroment of the show.
It really just potrayed all characters has "All men are perverts"
It was funny and entertaing I can't wait for Ep.2. I liked how it all went. Some of the fantasy's will either leave you disturbed or in a concussion from falling off your seat laughing so hard and you hit your head especially "THAT" part.
It was enjoyable it felt like a nice editon to Higurashi to make it funny. I loved it wanna see episode 2 coming out next month can't wait.
Ok, I'm going to start off by saying this: If you are a hater, go ahead, hate. But I am a Higurashi DIE HARD. And I can completely explain my review. Of course, Kira has just started, and ohoho there's still more to judge.
Story - 8
Although it's basically unrelated to happenings of the actual - at the lack of a better term - "timeline" to Higurashi no naku Koro ni, it gives a fun and comedic spin off. Some may not like this because they want more questions answered, and honestly, I think they all were (play the game!). I must admit that
I do miss some of those mysteries, but it's time for some fun. At some parts you'll laugh until you are lacking in air, at least I did. This ojii-chan is not a big ecchi fan as well, but to this I proudly say "nipaー☆".
Art - 10
Auuu~ DEFINITELY improved. Kai made it better especially, but with nowadays technology and animation skills - kanpeki na no desu!
Sound - 10
Soundtrack, amazing as always, adding a nice touch to the comedic tragedy of Keiichi's failure of a life and everything else. Voice actors, of course, very fitting as usual. Opening and ending, a great twist the the usual "kowai"-ness, giving us some "kawaii". Plus, Happy! Lucky! Dochy! is way too catchy.
Characters - 10
I must say this must be the one of the only series I've seen in which I love almost all the characters (Ooishi, go die.). And I'm going to take Satoshi-kun home.
Enjoyment - 10
Overall - 10
Afterall, this is probably the last Higurashi work: EVER. Why not make it fun, kana? As I said, there's still more to go, so don't start rejecting it completely yet. And you ask, why continue? Because unless your a reincarnation of Oyashiro-sama and can tell if it'll be bad in the future, you should continue.
Or else you'll make a certain purple God very angry....
Okay guys real talk. I know a lot of times studios put out fan service anime and people bash it and say things like, "this show has no plot" and "this is a bunch of mindless ecchi crap" and the like. I'm not one of those people. I like a good service anime, and this isn't one. I watched the original Higurashi, and if I was told (and I was) that they were making a nice dirty ova series with the original characters, I'd be about that (and I was). Here's the problem, there's really nothing erotic about this episode. The E scenes comprise maybe
four minutes of a thirty minute OVA. The rest of the time consists of overly drawn out segues between each segment.
What's worse is the so called fan service is, in my assessment, impossible to get off to. You get to see Shiyon covered in deserts which her sister licks them off of her, but it's not done in an erotic way.Everything is suggested (though not even in an erotic fiction kind of way) and next to nothing is shown. The school teacher poses for a still life where K draws her ass (don't worry she's fully clothed T T). Maybe the best you can hope to enjoy is watching Rika scrub a window with her ass cheeks. And trust me it's not even as good as it sounds.
What's still worse is the last ten minutes or so, seem to want to establish some kind of ham-handed plot for the ovas which is sure to fill more time with ridiculous exposition. I don't think this write up does enough to say how terrible this OVA was. Suffice it to say it's enough to make insects cry.
The first episode was honestly a disgrace. It made the whole anime seem like a mindless fanservice anime. Although, continue watching. Each episode, it gets better. The ending episode, and the episode before that, are extremely awesome. Any Higurashi fan should watch this, even with the horrible first episode. The animation quality is high, and the sound quality is too. The opening theme song is a little odd, considering the other three openings were much darker, but, it's sort of a nice change of pace. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira!
Not a lot of people have written a review since the last episode so I felt I should.
I have to admit I REALLY didn't like the first episode. It made me cringe a little bit and for a long time I considered not continuing with the OVA at all. I won't turn this review into ranting about why I didn't appreciate the first episode (I think the other reviews do that quite successfully)
However, I actually really enjoyed the second episode. I know a lot of people are saying that they don't appreciate the 'magical girl' or 'mecha' storyline but I felt it was a very
clever parody of the world that Rika was used to fighting in.
The reason I enjoyed this episode so much was just little things more than anything. Mostly how tiresome 'alternate' Rika found it all and of course, the usual suspects being the 'masterminds' (Takano, I'm looking at you).
Of course, I can't give it any more than a 4 since my absolute adoration of the original Higurashi seasons would not allow me. I enjoyed the episode, but in the end, it is still not in classic Higurashi style (death, murder, mystery) but Rika is still her old self which I'm very glad to see after how she was portrayed in the first episode.
The next episode looks slightly more sensible... but we will have to see.
While it is true that Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira is far more light-hearted than any of the other installments, with the exception of the second episode, (which I just think of as Hanyu screwing with Rika’s dreams like she has been known to do) they all fit perfectly well with the Higurashi world built through Ni, Kai and the first OAV. Even the second episode still had the same feeling as the others and it was nice to see the two boys finally get some screen time together.
The series of disasters have ended, Rika and everyone else is safe. I think they’ve
earned some fun! I would strongly suggest watching the first OAV before watching this or you will be lost during the first episode. Also, please remember that even Higurashi Ni had some fan-service moments. By no means will the viewer be constantly bombarded with images of bouncing boobs. I only counted less than ten for the entire four episodes. The biggest (no pun intended) offender was Shion.
If you enjoy bouncing back and forth between genres like I do, if you enjoy the occasional harem anime (as long as the fan-service isn’t crazy gratuitous), and if you are not a complete purist, you will enjoy this anime. Just take it in the spirit it was intended… a fun watch. This probably won’t be your favorite anime, and if you think harem animes are horrible, if you only stick to one genre, and if you want to see an anime where everyone has a fun time then someone dies, go re-watch the first or second season.
This installment of Higurashi is much more episodic than any of the others. None of them have anything to do with the previous episode. However, they each tell a story. The best story-telling episode (and the least humorous) was the fourth one. Except for the first episode (which was funny but I really couldn’t tell what the heck was going on), each episode had a different story to tell and told it rather well I thought.
The art was a little more “cutsie” than some of the other Higurashi installments and I did have a few problems with one of the characters from the fourth episode, but all in all, it was standard Deen art, absolutely beautiful. I loved how clean the lines were in this one!
The sound fit the anime quite well. The opening and ending songs were VASTLY different from any other Higurashi, but, then again, so was this installment! Both songs were catchy and I can’t get the opening song out of my head! I loved the piano music that came in at certain points and the sound was certainly up to Higurashi standards.
The main characters haven’t changed one bit. Keiichi is still a perverted dependable guy (lol), Rena and Rika are the same, Mion and Shion don’t change. If you haven’t watched the first OAV you will not get the conduct of the Chief Inspector, Irea, and the photographer that I am not looking up a name for. The grandmother gets a truly adorable part that had me almost crying with laughter.
I truly enjoyed this anime. Just don’t start watching this expecting classic Higurashi. This is just everyone having a good time, beginning to grow up, and looking back on the past and acknowledging their long, hard journey for what it was, worth it.
The only reason that I gave this any form of 1 was because it had no story.
As the writer of the original series said. You need to put in some comedy with the depressing and disturbing stuff. It keeps the viewers attention. And with a new disturbing arc and a few more seasons covering the other outcomes that the player of the games could have gotten.
I really enjoyed this arc. Even though it doesn't take the same disturbing feeling of the other three seasons. It felt good to have it here. And how could you people not expect Ryukishi07 to put this into action.
Around 4 years ago I was one of those people who watched the 1st episode of Kira, gave it a rating of 2 and wrote a review bashing it immensely. Feeling nostalgic lately I've decided to re-watch and complete the series, coming to the realisation that Kira is actually a very fitting conclusion to the Higurashi saga.
While the 1st episode still aims to deliver more fanservice than an avid fan of this series would ever expect to see, it still does so in that creepy mysterious Higurashi way. Many would argue still that it is not the best way to start off a new instalment
of a series that mainly focused on drama and the horrific hardships of its characters. However, all of it is done with Higurashi's creepy aura intact and makes perfect sense. It is not as bad as a lot of people (myself included) made it out to be at the time of its release.
Likewise the second episode, though wacky, never derails from Higurashi's main themes. Parallel worlds, mystical fogs that turn Hinamizawa's inhabitants into murderous lunatics etc. It's still all here, albeit under a different packaging.
However the third and fourth episodes are the real highlight of Kira and in my opinion constitute what I'd consider to be one of the best endings to an anime saga ever made.
The third episode touches upon something that we've all known existed since Higurashi's ancient times. The immense sexual tension between Keiichi, the twins and Rena. To have an entire Higurashi episode focused on that aspect alone is a godsend because while present, that sexual tension was never acknowledged by the characters in all the previous series. Now, with the curse broken and Hinamizawa saved, Keiichi and the girls can't dance around the issue any more. It's a hot summer, both parties are really thirsty and it's time to make something happen. Hilarity ensues.
If I was to rate each episode individually, the fourth one would deserve a 10. It is truly a heart-warming conclusion to everything that has happened in Higurashi since the beginning. The episode focuses on the bond between Rika and Hanyuu with a very nostalgic and emotional twist. It's hard to describe it without spoiling the plot but what I can say is that it will take the viewer to the very beginning and back again, rewarding them for having made it this far in the series. You've watched all the horrific suffering the characters go through in Higurashi to uncover the truth and this is the episode that will make you smile and release a sigh of relief.
As for art and sound, they remain unchanged from all the previous releases. Same style, though the quality may have improved a little. Same VAs, same music straight from Higurashi's OST so you feel at home. Same old Higurashi.
All things considered, Kira is a very good follow up to Higurashi Rei and in fact the whole saga. The first two episodes might not be the serious Higurashi we know but then again, the main story arc has ended so they don't have to be. They're a decent break from all the batshit crazy stuff that usually went down in the past. Episode 3 is what we've all wanted to see at some point and 4 is a masterful conclusion to the series.
This is an OVA to the popular and thoroughly enjoyable Higurashi anime series. I was utterly disappointed with Kira. Nothing in Kira even remotely made any sense and it seems to be just full of fan-service and parodies of the original Higurashi series. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against fan-service. I welcome them with open arms as long as they make the anime more interesting. But in Kira, it is completely disgusting and it adds no value to the Higurashi series and in fact insulted each of the lovely cast.
Seriously, this anime is as
bad as having gay scenes mixed together with magical girls. I know what you are saying. “WTF that was completely unnecessary and this is just an exaggeration to defame the anime. Now I can’t get the image out of my mind. Screw you!”. Well actually, Kira DOES have a gay scene and transforming mahou shoujos battling bad guys.
Yes, this is true, stop rechecking to see if you have read wrongly.
Now lets revise the plot (lol*) of each episode shall we? No this is not considered ‘SPOILERS’ because you are never going to have to waste precious seconds of your life to watch this piece of sh*t.
Episode One: Protagonist Keiichi contracts the ‘true Hinamizawa syndrome’ and becomes a delusional pervert. Mion fires a friggin’ AK-47 almost point blank at him and all six billion shots misses. He successfully escapes. Thankfully, Keiichi, who we at this point have no idea whether he’s in a delusion or not, finds himself in a classroom alone with three middle-aged men who smiles evilly as they corner Keiichi and closes in on him. Keiichi screams. The episode finishes. It won’t take an Einstein to theorize what had happenned to Keiichi. However, the million-dollar question is: Will Keiichi survive the gang rape? Well, I guess we’ll find out in Episode Two, wont we?
Episode Two: Nope! Apparently this whole chapter is about two lovely little girls transforming into magical girls to save their friends as they battle a gay giant nail-ripper monster. Gee, this completely ruined the heart-wrenching moment when Shion was forced to pull out three of her nails to save the one she loves earlier in the Higurashi series. What was meant to be one of the most iconic moments of the Higurashi anime to represent the sacrificial spirit of the character was crushed, diced, and flushed down the toilet along with the other crap.
I guess the producers thought that the fans will be satisfied with scantily-clad little girls, nurse and teacher as well as the gay scene for the 10th anniversary commemoration of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni. “Fans good! Fan-service good! We give good fans good fan-service! We good!” And then the director goes >:0 WHOA THIS IS THE BEST FRIGGIN’ IDEA EVER FOR A 10th ANNIVERSARY! LET’S DO IT !
Here’s a slight rundown. (According to MAL)
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni #84
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai #44
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Rei #639
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kira #4859
The series is still airing? Don’t give me that bullcrap.
Nothing about this anime is remotely funny and as a Higurashi title, it completely fails. Heck, I even enjoyed Rei because it still had an actual arc that actually made it INTERESTING and WATCHABLE. Kira? Yea right. More like Kill Us.
Now for the ACTUAL REVIEW. This anime is utter genius and it really expresses the human emotion well along with the unexpected twists and-…pfft BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH SOMEBODY HELP ME THE PAIN WON’T GO AWAY! TOO RIDICULOUS! TOO MUCH BULLSH*TTERY! GAH!
Kira does not deserve a serious review from me. It should not even count as a Higurashi title.
Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS but this may help suppress your murderous intention to harm the producers and director of this anime. Kira dies! OK? Kira dies in a completely different anime that involves a notebook. All right? Calm down!
And if you liked this anime, I apologise. But remember, succumbing to ecchi is never anything to be ashamed of. However, I still curse the existence of this anime as the innocence of the original Higurashi series is tainted.
For goodness' sake. There seems to be sea of angry reviewers patrolling Kira around the clock. Simply put, don't get into a 4 episode OVA expecting a vivid and meaningful addition to a franchise's story - now that's one to write down if you can't remember.
Higurashi is a franchise that i simply adore - Ni Kai making its way to my #3 spot...
The mystery, the depth, immersion, horror, and the unexpected twists allowed me to become enveloped in a story far exceeding my expectations.
Kira is quite the contrast, as for the most part: it covers a much more controversial, playful and nonsensical aspect
of life in Hinamizawa.
It's downright dumb to criticize this OVA for being unlike the rest of the Higurashi's animeography - as this is quite clearly the point.
It doesn't take long for anyone to realize that Yes, Kira is dumb. It's shallow for the most part. It bears no real relevance to the rest of the story. It's full of fanservice. The episodes don't connect. It majors in comedy, and usually reflects a carefree, uplifting atmosphere... The polar opposite of Higurashi's reputation as a psychological horror fest.
"How ironic, how refreshing" I personally say...
From a technical standpoint, as opposed to a personal one, i'm basically forced to kick Kira down to around 5 or 6 to conform to my normal style, and make MAL's rigid rating structure work for me - because the stories would technically require a lot more elaboration to function even remotely well alongside Ni and Ni Kai, the soundtrack is generic, the characters are expanded upon - a bit, but only in the concluding episode, and it obviously didn't carry that big blockbuster impact; prominent in the show's previous seasons...
BUT THAT'S ENOUGH NEGATIVITY!
Contrary to my previous points; i'm going to snap out of robot reviewer mode (a lot of people seem to forget how to do this), and say that Kira was actually a pleasure to watch.
Alike every other Higurashi fan, prior to watching Kira, the show has always been shrouded in a mist of "seriousness", and a brilliant though "weighty" atmosphere that lead me to doubt that there would ever be a pure, happy and silly part to the show or the characters - without SOMETHING looming just ahead.
For me, Kira put these doubts to rest, and i can appreciate the creator's intentions to bring forth a much more lighthearted array of aspects to the show - though i must say that fanservice is never really called for...
I laughed, a lot. The complete lack of belonging in this "mini-series" compared to the rest of the show never ceased to amuse me. Watching Kira is like watching the result of the directors uncut, wild ideas and thoughts - though instead of him cooping them up and keeping Higurashi under that reputable curtain of "seriousness" (i dislike that word), the animator, and all of the voice actors are actually standing right behind him, insisting that they do it anyway "for a laugh", "a little, completely unrelated tribute" - and that's exactly what Kira became.
It's a change of pace, and as an OVA, it's most definitely NOT to be taken deadly seriously.
Kira brings forth a refreshing, though arguably unorthodox side to Higurashi for the most part.
Think of it as the complimentary mint to your exquisite main course that is Ni and Ni Kai - you can choose to take it or leave it, because it's really only exists to appease your curiosity as to "what would Higurashi be like if there was no death?". The creators obviously realized that their show had become insanely popular, and renowned as a heavy-going, psychological anime...
So is it really SUCH a crime that they wanted to make you think twice as to
"do i REALLY know Higurashi inside and out?"
I think it's safe to say that they just wanted to experiment. To add a little extra in order to provoke the thoughts of the masses, and just generally leave you with a "good" (by which i mean happy (and contrasting) - which doesn't actually imply it being good) "taste in your mouth".
SO TO ANSWER THE QUESTION OF: SHOULD I WATCH IT?
I ask you this...
"Are you a "True" fan of all things Higurashi?"
(A) - No. I say that i am, and I REALLY loved Ni and Ni Kai, but the thought of nonsensical comedy and lightheartedness in a one-off Higurashi OVA sickens me.
(B) - Yes. I REALLY loved Ni and Ni Kai, and as long as this nonesnsical comedy doesn't interfere directly with my beloved story, i'd happily accept a little one-off "Silly" OVA.
(C) - No. Higurashi was lame.
If you answered (C) - then why are you here, and why are you reading... creeper!
*oops, the rest of the mark scheme was torn up by Takano, when she jumps into a monster and started using its destructive laser eyes (you'll see if you watch Kira)*
I think it's pretty obvious as to which audience should give Kira a try, and i'll let you work that one out yourself. Thanks for reading up to this point, i appreciate it, and man this is a much longer review than i had anticipated.
On that note, i bid you farewell!
All I'm seeing is scathing reviews. Especially the first episode which people think is absolutely stupid. Just to let people know that particular episode is adapted from the actual visual novel. Dang. It's a fan service OVA. Just watch it for what it is. There really isn't any story left to be made. If they tried it'd probably be far worse than this. The characters are back and are just as lovable. Honestly I'm glad that after 10 years they made anything at all. If you're a fan then I hope you will enjoy it. I'm a fan and I found this OVA to be
absolutely hilarious and adorable.
As a side note the previews for the last OVA file look to be more serious and explore Rika's past with Hanyu.
When I heard there would be a new Higurashi OVA, I was overjoyed! I couldn't wait for more fun from Hinamizawa, with the appropriate amounts of death, violence, psychological torture, the works.
Then I heard the opening...
That was enough to make me think thing's were bad, but I kept going none the less. Surely this would just be a nicer, somewhat happier set of episodes, maybe discussing all the good things that happened after Kai finished up, maybe a genuinely funny set of episodes, kinda like Rei's first and last episodes.
It wasn't. It was echii, all the way, and not the funny way. I don't know
about other people, but when I sit down to watch anime about death and murder, I expect somebody to die!
Having completed the first, I progressed to the second, hoping that it would be better, and it was... I actually laughed a couple of times. But still, bring back the death and violence damnit! We want Higurashi, not some echii mahou shoujo anime!
If you liked Higurashi no naku koro ni, I reccomand that you won't watch Higurashi no naku koro ni kira. It's not horror, it's not scary, it's shoujo, and highly pervert.
This series made me sick. They turned Keichi into a sick pervert who imagine all the girls doing really degrading punishment games, like cleaning windows with their butt.
And Rika chan and Satoko chan as magical girls? Excuse me but I have to throw up.
If you gonna watch it, just remember, I warned you.