Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Special: Nekogoroshi-hen

Higurashi: When They Cry - Cat Killing Chapter

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Cat Killing Chapter
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に 猫殺し編
English: Higurashi: When They Cry - Cat Killing Chapter
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 2, 2007
Producers: Frontier Works, Sotsu
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Genre: MysteryMystery
Duration: 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.141 (scored by 4378143,781 users)
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Ranked: #35652
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As a punishment for losing an intense poker game, Keiichi Maebara, Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude must walk around town dressed in costumes. Wanting to avoid being seen by more people, Keiichi convinces the group to visit Yagouchi—a deserted neighboring village.

Mion's mention of a nearby abandoned quarry spikes the attention of Rena and Keiichi. Still, as she tells them more about the mysterious incidents surrounding the place, they debate whether it would be wise to explore it.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Danno, Yoshito
Assistant Producer
Kon, Chiaki
Shimamiya, Eiko
Theme Song Performance
Katakiri, Rekka
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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"Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" by Eiko Shimamiya

Ending Theme

"Why,or why not" by Hiroyuki Oshima feat. Rekka Katakiri


May 14, 2021
Nekogoroshi-hen is fine. If you like Higurashi I don't see any reason to not watch it, its about what you'd expect from a small one-episode special for this series. It follows the general trend of Higurashi's chapters to start relaxed and lighthearted to then turn mysterious and spooky. Some people were a bit confused about the name "Cat Killing Chapter" which I'm pretty sure is a reference to the saying: "curiosity killed the cat." Whether you watch it is completely up to you, I don't feel too strongly about it, watch it if you want to. It has nothing related to anything else in Higurashi, ...
Oct 16, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this. In the series this OVA stems from, each episode has always served as a part to a greater arc. With this single episode, things are a lot more self contained - which is to be expected I guess.

You're not really missing much if you pass on this. It doesn't contribute to the greater story at all, and can basically be viewed as filler.

Mind you, none of this makes it a bad episode at all. It's just 'okay.' I'd only recommend checking it out if you're longing for more content of Higurashi or are otherwise here on your ...
Jan 30, 2021
What a weird special.

The first five minutes consist of the usual Higurashi club shenanigans and after that it's just 15 minutes of the gang standing around and talking about an urban legend in a location that was never mentioned and it never will be mentioned again in the series. The characters literally don't do anything, they just talk about the legend. The story isn't even particularly interesting and, while there are some implications that very loosely tie it to the plot of Higurashi, it doesn't fit in, anyway.

The art, sound and other technical aspects are all on the level of Higurashi Kai, which is fine.

I ...

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