So I watched the first and probably also the last episode and I decided to make this short review for those who are not sure about this OVA.
Basically you can think of it as another world where things went bad but this time you will see how everything continued until the end I guess. Who knows how will it end. We can meditate about it.
The style is similar to the previous Higurashi series but different from OVAs that were more like parodies. Kaku is very serious and you can see again everyone (yeah especially Rena and her insane face) covered in blood. You will meet
all the already known characters and see the good old Hinamizawa again. Hmm yea, not good at all but you know what I mean... :D
The OVA is about 50 minutes long so it's like two anime episodes in one. I actually didn't believe in the end that it is already over. It really got me so I forgot about time etc. Don't wanna say that it's the best anime OVA ever, some scenes and moments in the plot are a bit childish and naive I would say and could have been done better. (don't wanna spoil much) However, I got caught by this OVA and I am sure that every fan of Higurashi will feel the same way. The plot is very fast (of course, just 50 mins for all the stuff in there) thus it's not boring and it ends in the best. In other words there is no time for boring scenes.
This OVA also helped me a bit to understand more about the whole mysterious plot. Especially Hanyuu and Rika's short dialogue is very interesting. To tell the truth, we never saw any of the paralel world coming that far as this one.
Btw, you know the song called “Dear You” from the Higurashi game? I remember tons of comments on the Internet that this song should be used also in the anime. Well, some dreams that may seem impossible sometimes come true. Thanks Oyashiro-sama.
The result? If you liked previous Higurashi series (and felt that you need more of Hinamizawa), definitely watch this OVA. No more to say. Even if you ignored the rest of the OVAs that were just weird parodies made for fun, this one is different.
I was actually very excited when I heard about a new Higurashi. I have been a die hard Higurashi fan since I watch the first series and have now almost read and watched everything that even sllghtly related to Higurashi.
Considering how disappointed I was with a large proportion of Kira, I was trying my best not to get my hopes up for this OVA but upon seeing the trailer, I found it difficult not to. It looked serious, it looked exciting; Rena had her cleaver and Keiichi is armed with the bat. What's not to instantly get excited about?
In general, it was an interesting
episode and longer than your typical episodes so that it is about the length of a double episode. It did however have a few flaws that with some careful thought about the plot could have been easily smoothed out.
This may be an obvious point but you should have watch series 1 and 2 before watching this.
Story: In general, the story is interesting. It deals with the 'Outbreak' (unsurprisingly) of the "virus". I will avoid going into too many details but it deals with the action from external groups and more importantly the reaction of the villagers themselves. The plot-line is very reminiscent of the original Higurashi episodes. It is dark, there is plenty of violence and you can see the connection between the club members.
Character: With a couple of exceptions, I felt this is where the episode really fell down. It was without... 'love'. Both Rena and Keiichi in particular seemed to do things that had very little emotion attached to them - unlike in the previous series, their violence seemed a little... like a spree rather than for any particular reason.
Actually Rika, despite her small part in the episode as a whole, gets me applause. Everything from her expressions and her 'Bern-esque' voice got me. I'm pretty sure there may have been some gentle underlying suggestions about the links to Umineko.
Overall: Overall I enjoyed it despite the little character flaws, it made a nice change from Kira and the 'happy-happy-love-love' Higurashi to something just that little bit darker. There seems to be doubt as to whether this is the last episode or whether there will be more. It seemed to me that the episode lent itself to a little more storytelling.
- Director: Alright staff! Lets recup: What did the audiences like in the Higurashi series?
-Staff 1: I know, I know! The mystery and never really knowing what's going on.
-Staff 2: How human and full of flows the characters were. Even the killers had times when they were afraid, confused and in complete disarray about their emotions.
-Staff 3: How the community was a quiet, eerie place on the surface, full of dark secrets and people who moved in the shadows in the background. Also how cut it was from the outside world!
-Staff 4: How the characters are slowly slipping into insanity, starting
to doubt if what they're seeing is real?
- Director: Excellant! Excellant! You pointed out everything that we will NOT do in the movie!
- Staff1: But wouldn't that just piss off all our viewers and send our ratings skydiving without a parachute? I mean we already fucked up with the OVAs...
- Director: Exactly! Now on to create a zombie apocalypse movie!
Yes, yes, it's not EXACTLY a zombie apocalypse but, come on! The similarities are waaaay too obvious. The madness that covers the whole village takes the form of a plague that the world goverment is afraid of, there are killers walking around the streets missing a lot of brain cells and our protagonists go all Rambo on said killers. Oh and I do mean "all Rambo"
Supposedly EVERYONE in the world already had parasites living inside them which were the cause people became divided in religions, countries etc, depending on the parasite type. (Really movie? We're going there?) And suddenly these become actively hostile towards the different variations of parasites meaning people go into a mindless manslaughter against people with different parasites. Well, that's towards the middle part of the movie and the end. The movie actually begins with the world goverment putting the whole village our protagonists live in under quarantine. Yes, with tanks, soldiers, etc etc. Don't you remember how you just loved seeing the world outside the village interract with the people in the village blowing away all the eerie atmosphere?
Anyway the people of the village consider Satoko the source of the evil curse that has befallen them and prepare to sacrifice her to the local deity. So the club members decide to rescue her! Aka Mion gets K.O.ed in an instant and is effortlessly moved around as a package by the protagonist's family, while Keiichi and Rena singehandedly rescue Satoko. And oh, my God! There are over 100 people wondering around with guns and other weapons looking to kill them! How will the Keiichi and Rena manage to sneak past them? (Since... You know, they're humans. With no super powers whatsoever. And they're not Batman.)...Sneak past them? Man up you cowards! As Keiichi brilliantly puts it before grabbing his baseball bat : "A hundrend? Only a hundrend?"
Yes, I'm dead serious. Keiichi and Rena easily slaughter 100 people on their own while being cocky as f$"% about it. Are you starting to see the problems of the movie? It's NOT HIGURASHI. Hell, even the OVAs were closer to the original Higurashi than this. It's like making Sadako from Ringu a news reporter. The fact that she has something to do with TV doesn't mean she fits there!. Same goes with the Higurashi cast. The fact that zombie apocalypse is a type of horror and Higurashi also belongs in the horror genre doesn't mean that the Higurashi cast fits in a zombie apocalypse!
In the end they manage to rescue Satoko, escape the city through one of Mion's family secret passages and Rika decides to stay behind and wait for civilization to begin again... Directors, if you can't axe-off a cast member DON'T invent some stupid reason to get them seperated from the rest. I mean, there are writers who can pull that off, but clearly you're not among them. If you can't kill them let them stay. Anyway... Our protagonist go outside the village, into a world destroyed by the sudden mania the parasites have caused (boy we sure skipped fast through that one).
To sum up: It's not Higurashi! Not even a fun spin-off. Stupid, uninspired, terribly written and doesn't have anything that made you like the original series.
Well, in short, This wasn't what I expected.
The thing I am most disappointed with, is the story. I really loved the whole Higurashi series, and I was very happy, when I heard that Higurashi didn't end yet, and there will be a new OVA soon. I looked forward to watching it. But now, after I finished it, the movie seems to be a trailer for something bigger. It just simply seemed short. I couldn't find the curve of the story. There was no beginning. It jumped right into the middle of the story. There was no problem to develop, because it jumped right into a
problem that had already developed. And there was no conclusion. No happy ending, no bad ending. There was nothing in the whole movie.
About the art, it was like the rest of the series' : great. Well I have to say one very important thing: there is no lazy 3D animation in it. And that is very important. That describes how high quality it is.
I don't really have anything to say about the sound. Maybe that the OST is pretty good, and sometimes the girls' voices can be annoying, but that is how it is usually in the anime these days.
There were no new characters in the series, or no important new characters. There were the parents of Keiichi, Rena, Satoko, Irie, Rika, Keiichi, Mion and Mion's grandma. Some of my favorite characters were left out of the OVA. For example, I really missed Takano Mio. She was my very favorite in the series. And I also missed Shion, and her bodyguard. Some of the main characters' personalities were screwed up. For example, Irie acted so strange... In a way he would never act.
I definitely did not enjoy this OVA. I was waiting for a good story the whole time. And the fighting scenes were disappointing too. Not even close to the level of the rest of the series.
All in all, do not hope for some good Higurashi quality OVA when you are watching this.
So I'll start by getting to the main point that might help you decide on whether to watch this or not. It was a great addition to the first two original Higurashi seasons. Not a continuation, but it gives you the same vibe.
However, there are key things that need to be pointed out. Just note that some of these points might only apply to the unknown fact of this OVA being the only one to come, or if it will have more episodes following it.
The story moved very fast (if it's a single OVA, then that's more understandable) and the mystery vibe of the Oyashiro's
curse seems to be non-existent; which I thought was one of Higurashi's greatest elements.
The villagers were also a bit more insane than usual, but they definitely added to the tension.
Above all, the soundtrack was definitely amazing. It was, might I say it, one of the higher ones in many animes. I'm not good with words describing music (that's for someone else whose talent is there to do) so I'll just leave it at: watch it and find out.
To be general, this was interesting to watch, but I personally couldn't say it was that close to the feel of the original two series' episodes.
Well, you could say I've been waiting to review it. This OVA has been out for like two years or something.
Set in 1983 (like every other Higurashi) an unknown virus has spread around Hinamizawa, and Keiichi and Rena go kill mother fuckers everywhere to try and escape. That's pretty much the story. But, the funny thing being that while killing people they don't even give a shit. They keep a straight face while doing it. Well, not straight face... Not like that buff parasite in Parasyte -the maxim- who was smiling while killing an entire group of people.
may be a spoiler. But not for this anime. So, I don't know if it matters. Most of you, are probably new to horror anime, well... that's a little far-fetched to say. I'm new to anime myself, I've only watched 9 of them. But, from the ones I've watched included this, I'm going to continue my journey.
Enough of that. The story for this OVA is pretty legit, considering it kind of sounds dumb. It sound really weird, but I was really excited for this OVA back when it came out. Higurashi was the only anime I watched at the time, and in fact, I've watched it ever since 2006. I was very young, I think I was only 7 years old back then, but I liked it. The gore was incredible. I enjoyed all the psychological scenes. I was a fucked up little kid. But, I'm turning 16. So, it doesn't matter. All that is in my past (not really, I still remember it).
The animation is pretty basic. It's pretty much Kira but, with some psychological beating the shit out of everyone scenes. If you've seen Kira or Rei, that's pretty much the animation summed up. But, that's actually a pretty good animation, I think. I can never tell what animation is good or not anymore.
The soundtrack actually... it's incredible. The songs used in this particular OVA are awesome. Especially the ending song, Dear You, the only time I ever listened to the ending credits of an anime. I did listen to the season end credits of SAO, only because it was the end of the season. And, you got to listen to the first opening again, which that opening was fockin' epic.
I intended to spell that wrong.
Characters. Pretty much the exact same from the previous two OVAs. All the good characters, Hanyuu, Rika, Keiichi, Rena... name em' all. But, you never see the parents faces in the anime, rather than the manga. I haven't read much of the manga, which is why I haven't put it in my list. But, on other terms, the characters are really awesome. Which is what you should expect, if you've seen previous Higurashi seasons.
I quite enjoyed this OVA. Didn't think I would, since Kira was actually kind of bad. But, I did enjoy Kira, because I think I rated it 6 or something. But, this was actually quite good to see some psychological shit back in Higurashi. Hopefully, they will deliver more in the near future. Or not. It's their choice.
But, I rate this an 8/10. Only considering the fact that some of the scenes didn't make sense. Blocks shotgun bullets with metal baseball bat. Waht? Anyway, be gone!
This OVA is a sort of take on the whole end of the world scenario in the setting of Higurashi. It's set in a parallel Hinamizawa where things took a turn for the worst.
I think this OVA hits home more the vibe of the first Higurashi season the n the second, because of the the fact that Kai didn't hit home with me as being horror the way the first season did. Also we see Rena in her creepy mode again.
A pleasant surprise for me, that I didn't notice before was the length of the OVA. The fact that it's twice as long as a
typical episode lessens the con that this is, as of writing this review, the only episode in the Kaku OVAs. Furthermore, the pacing of the story is very fast, covering story that would normally fit into 4-5 standard episodes.
As a conclusion I want to say, that this is a very good OVA and I recommend it to everyone that enjoyed Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, especially the first season.
I've been a fan of this fiction for a long time : anime, manga, visual novels.... I love them all and am probably biased toward them, but I don't care. Little did I expect to one day come across something related to it that would be this horrifying. Because under this pretty design mimicking the Anime, this is very far away from the original material, in an awfully negative way.
Did you ever come across an original fiction that seemed like a fanfiction to you ? I did : The Knights of Emerald, Akame ga Kill, Zenbu
Choudai, The Witcher (novels), Fire Tripper (OVA), etc. Oh, I stop you there, just because something is "fanfictionish" doesn't make it remotely bad, Knights of Emerald for example remained entertaining despite that. After all, some fanfictions are really well done. When it comes to this OVA, though, we're among the bad fanfictions.
To me, it looks like the product of a fan : he/she took his favourite elements of the show/manga/visual novels and tried to bring to life some of his/her phantasms. Even if it doesn't fit the Higurashi universe.
Do we have the implication of the virus ? Yes, right from the start it's thrown into our face without any type of introduction, which, I would have accepted if there had been a counterpart for making it right retroactively, but, nope, cross that. This OVA may be long, but it didn't have the time for that, instead, it took plenty of time showing us how absurdly epic Keiichi and Rena are. The others you ask ? Who cares !? Let's find an excuse to have them as little as possible on-screen. Show the build-up insanity from the villagers ? (because this time around it's their turn to become mad) Who cares ? Keiichi's parents are present....even if they aren't really important in the end, considering the lack of care Keiichi shows overall of their....disappearance.... Er....what happened during that ellipse ? (oh and they are very, very understanding parents, or incredbily irresponsible...I hesitate....) which matches Rena's reaction perfectly when it comes to her own loss.
I could rant and piss about this story for ages, make a fuss about close to every elements, but I should cool down a bit, so I won't. Let's just say it focuses on everything that matters the least and avoids sharing with us, viewers, the most important information ON-SCREEN. It could also pull the various elements in better ways. All in all, even though the story is easily understandable, it has many pieces missing to bring a decent continuity to the plot, you just have various fragments brought together with poorly done transitions.
I would like to add a word about the end however.... Is it me....or is it suggesting Mion, Keiichi, Rena and Satoko (and Rika) are the only surviving beings ? Or are living in a post-apocalyptic world with "zombies" killing each other and only them as "normal" humans ? .....Well, Adam will have three wives this time, how lucky !
To say a word about the dialogues....they mainly sound off or forced, like they weren't put in appropriately.
Aside from the story, the characters are also very fanfictionish.... They look like the one of Higurashi, they share traits with the one of Higurashi, but everything feels off or incomplete.
Irie kills himself ? Ok, why not ? But you have to develop it, not throw it into our face.
Keiichi and Rena are perfectly ok from a second to another to kill people and have thorough FUN with it. Isn't there some middle path first ? Usually, between point A and point B there's something to develop. Oh and also, they are....ninjas ? Don't know, but they are really good at killing many opponents on their own, and yes, they tend to show these types of qualities in the "every day" life, but in case you didn't notice, these absurdly awesome moments are purposefully restricted to the "fun days", while the more psychologically hard moments make them more human....again for a reason. Something this OVA seems to have completely forgotten.
Mion ? Useless....with her weak self being specifically worked out so you're sure to get she won't be of any (real) use.
Satoko ? Damsel in distress, we know close to nothing about her, because telling us how this virus is behind every religions and everywhere in the world is much more important.
Hanyu ? She turned evil. Because it was decided so !
And to come back to Keiichi's parents, for once that they had a minimum of role to play, I do not understand the choice of avoiding to show us their face, it just increases the lack of empathy for them.
The only one I could praise, to some extent, is Rika, even if during the last part of it, she was also of.
All in all, none of them react as they would normally, even their "insane" self. There are in-betweens missing to justify said attitudes.
Art & Sound :
They are the best part of the show. Well, the soundtrack is mainly what we had already, but it still nice to hear them again. Nothing to say about those two elements all in all. The seiyuus did a good job, overall, but there was some lack of...."soul" ? "Heart", "implication", however you want to put that.
....Wait ? I've just been told it was based on a short story written by Ryukishi07 ? ...................Without further information about it, it may be wiser to turn yourself toward that version, at worst, it'll be as bad as the anime, at best, it'll be better............................
Now I shall go back into my horrified corner again.
Well have you watch Higurashi?
First of all, ignore Kira because its just a Spin-Off.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku, or simply said : Kaku,
The story is similar from Hinamizawa, except this is from Outbreak, like virus spreading into the town, like Zombie outbreaks. Story has been forward, like its a story where you understand what is the Parallel World should be, and try to get the ideas how this happens. In short form, how the "virus" effects the person, rampaging and kill anyone. Its like a Speciment A vs Speciment B, killing is common.
But if you know the flow of the story, this not
follow any of the arc, its a new story and theme.
But enough said, not exploiting the whole story.
Suprisingly the animation and the art is hundred times better than previous Kai episode, and its a major improvement + its less censored content than previous main series. Sound and voice acting still good.
Characters/themes are less introduce since you already get the facts from the previous Higurashi series, and from what I didn`t understand is what Hanyuu short conversation with Rika conversation.
Overall, its for a Die-Hard fans of Higurashi, if you are new who stumbled into this ova, I suggest not to watch this first.
Read the other reviews if you want a more thorough explanation of everything, I'll just keep this short and sweet.
This OVA sets up a really cool apocalypse type setting. The characters do make some pretty reckless/insane choices, but it's entertaining and kinda needed for the story, so I guess that's okay. The story was good, but it really needs to continue on longer. If they make more after this OVA, then everything about it will be more awesome, but right now it gets you excited and wanting more, and then it stops.
The art and sound were fine, and stayed familiar to most of the rest
of Higurashi stuff.
They are the same characters that you like/love. Sometimes Keiichi and Rena do act unrealistically reckless and commit some pretty emotionless violence toward other people, but it's fun to watch and you'll still probably like it.
It's definitely worth watching if you've seen and liked other Higurashi. They better make more because the ending of this sets it up to be able to have so much more!
I'm gonna warn everyone: this isn't a story about the curse of Oyamiro-sama. The story is about the villahe of Himazawa being in quarentee by the goverment and the villagers go crazy. Keiichi and their friends has to manage to survive and escape. The story is good, and i was glad it was different. And don't worry, you're gonna see Rena kill some people.
The final piece of the When They Cry is a nice throwback to the usual situations we knew and loved or terrified of from the first two series and what I really liked about this 1 hour OVA is that it could make way for a new story in the future.
The story is set in another one of Rika's worlds where she is trying to break the cycle except this time the village has been quarantined and our group of characters must find a way to escape the village.
I really liked the way this OVA went because it felt like the usual situations
that happened in the first two series probably more season 1 than 2 and it definitely went back to being more of a horror thriller than a mystery thriller because you definitely see our main characters killing people again luckily it was all in self defence this time.
It was fairly action heavy and despite the main characters killing the village occupants it still showed the teamwork they could pull of together and it was pretty tense with some moments that happened like Keiichi almost getting shot by someone with a rifle so if you're looking for some intense action then you've come to the right place.
What I also like about this OVA is the way it ended as our main characters do survive yet Rika had to stay behind because of her connection to the village and along with the fact that the whole country has pretty much turned into hell like a new apocalypse has begun which makes me think this could lead to a new story for the franchise and it would be pretty cool seeing our main characters trying to survive in a destroyed world.
Now at this point we pretty much know what the characters are like, but this OVA does continue to show the teamwork they pull off together, but the difference is that in season 2 during the final battle they weren't killing the soldiers whereas in this they are which is kinda surprising since they don't go crazy or at least don't go crazy on each other, plus it was strange how Shion was nowhere to be seen in this OVA which begs the question what is she doing during all this?
The artstyle was definitely good at making this look pretty gorey since some of the attacks Rena on the village occupants looked nasty as hell I'm pretty sure she almost sliced a dude's head in half at some point which was pretty sick, but that seems to be the only that stands out with something different in the artstyle which is just new ways for When They Cry to look even more gorey than usual.
This OVA definitely concentrates on action because we get to see Keiichi and Rena kick some ass during the second half, but it still has that mystery element like why the Government has arrived to quarantine the village which gives the impression that they have discovered the virus that inhabits the village so they have cut if off from the rest of the world, it also continues to show the psychological aspect to great effect because when the situation gets pretty drastic in the village we see everyone going insane and picking sides as they lose trust in each other whereas the main characters continue to trust each other much like they do in the final battle from season 2.
Overall I thought this was a very tense, action packed and interesting OVA because from the way things end it feels like there'll be a sequel to this someday though that may never happen I still hope they might make a series for an aftermath of this which could be very interesting seeing how the characters adapt to a dead world.
“It was like a can of air refresher after someone took a nasty shit” [Godzillathon #24 “Godzilla 2000” Cinemassacre]
You obviously have to watch the original Higurashi and Higurashi Kai (or play the visual novels) before watching this OVA. Also, there'll be some spoilers for those two seasons in this review.
When I first watched this OVA, I was pleasantly surprised! I had just been watching Rei and Kira, so I was naturally skeptical of anything beyond the first two seasons. Rei and Kira were the "nasty shit" mentioned in the quote above, by the way.
This OVA is an interesting take on Hinamizawa Syndrome. It shows how
the government would actually respond to such a bug; they send the military in to quarantine the area. It was very fun to watch. I also really enjoyed seeing all Hinamizawa descending into insanity and chaos. I really enjoyed watching Keiichi and Rena take down crazed townsfolk.
Studio Deen really brought their A-game with the visuals. I especially praise the action scenes for their fluidity. Rena slicing through people with her nata has never looked so great!
I definitely praise the music! My favourite piece of Higurashi music ever is the ending music, You –Visionen im Spiegel by Yuzuki. The music during the action scenes is epic too!
The story is very much self-contained. However, I personally believe that this OVA is something you MUST watch after finishing the first two seasons of Higurashi. Rei and Kira can go eff of in a corner.
I give this a 9/10. For a worst recommendation (I can't think of any horror OVA's that are better than Outbreak), I suggest the Corpse Party OVA's- ACTUALLY, NO! Pick up the game from Steam or whatever. The Corpse Party OVA's sucked!