Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu

Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU

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Synonyms: When the Cicadas Cry, The Moment the Cicadas Cry
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に卒
English: Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU
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Type: TV
Episodes: 15
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 1, 2021 to Sep 30, 2021
Premiered: Summer 2021
Broadcast: Thursdays at 23:30 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Passione
Source: Visual novel
Genres: HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: GoreGore, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.731 (scored by 4648846,488 users)
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Ranked: #55162
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Popularity: #1931
Members: 113,899
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Rika Furude and Satoko Houjou are best friends who have lived in the small village of Hinamizawa for their entire lives. Alongside their other friends, they spend every day together, and every moment is filled with fun and laughter. However, as Rika and Satoko begin to grow older, a life-changing opportunity presents itself to both of them. Rika is determined to follow her dreams and wants Satoko by her side.

Although Satoko is hesitant, she decides to walk this path with Rika. However, the realization of her dream forms a rift between them. This leaves the girls living in completely different worlds, with Rika enjoying her new life and making new friends while Satoko grows more and more isolated.

Longing to return to the nostalgic days in Hinamizawa, Satoko despairs and wishes things could be changed. Just when she is at wits' end, an encounter with a supernatural entity changes Satoko's perception and imparts new revelations about her best friend Rika. This begins her journey to get the future she desires—by any means necessary.

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"Analogy" by Ayane

Ending Theme

"Missing Promise" by Konomi Suzuki

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Jan 22, 2024
*Note: While this review does not have spoilers for Sotsu, it does have major spoilers for Gou.*

tl;dr: Slow moving and with an ending that is quite bizarre, but still enough worthwhile content to be pretty good.

Higurashi Sotsu is the sequel to Gou, and could be seen as the answer arcs to it. However, while the Question/Answer arc structure worked well for the original Higurashi, it does not work as well for Gou/Sotsu. The original’s answer arcs were interesting in that for the most part, they didn’t retread old material much but rather solved the mysteries of the question arcs while going through new stories. However, ...
Jan 15, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Before we start this review, I'd like to let you know I have not played the Visual Novel and have only consumed Higurashi content in anime form, so my perspective will differ from those who have read the Visual Novel.
It's also important to understand that both Gou and Sotsu are regarded as blasphemy by many Higurashi fans. I definitely can see why, but that doesn't mean the anime outside of a Higurashi perspective is bad or deserves to be rated a one, as the anime itself isn't that bad; it's heavily flawed and poorly executed, and its premise is quite interesting.

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Jul 13, 2023
I watched Gou and Sotsu back to back. I enjoyed Gou, so I was excited to see where things would go in Sotsu. But wow, was I ever disappointed.

This was not like a typical Higurashi series. It didn't evoke those same emotions and overall vibes of the first season. Even though most of Sotsu was a dumpster fire- like mess, I was hoping that by the final episode of Sotsu that things would get a bit better and that we would have a solid ending to this mediocre season. What I got instead was a bunch of unnecessary "but why tho" moments which I won't ...

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