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: Avant GardeAvant Garde, HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: GoreGore, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.771 (scored by 3303433,034 users)
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Ranked: #49392
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Popularity: #1882
Members: 88,729
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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Kawaguchi, Keiichirou
Sanpei, Hijiri
Episode Director, Storyboard
Takahashi, Takeo
Suzuki, Konomi
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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"Analogy" by Ayane

Ending Theme

"Missing Promise" by Konomi Suzuki

Sep 30, 2021
RebelPanda (All reviews)
"Be careful what you wish for."

Higurashi Gou and Sotsu are exactly what people mean when they say that phrase. I love Higurashi, but admittedly the original adaptation has aged poorly. I always wanted to see one of my favorite stories remade. And now that it finally has gotten a reboot, I wish it hadn't been.

Over a decade after the original anime aired, they have resurrected the franchise for no reason other than profit. Gou was purposefully mismarketed as a remake to attract curious new viewers—then it rebranded itself as a sequel to get the old fandom's attention. Occasionally it had scary moments, but read more
Sep 30, 2021
Chargecoulomb (All reviews)
Full Sotsu Review from the perspective of a longtime When they cry fan.

Where do I start?

*Warning* Heavy spoilers ahead!

Story 1/10

The biggest disappointment to my parents since me. Everything was handled poorly and with sub par quality.

Higurashi is a story about friendship. Cringy as it may be that's what Higurashi always has been. I will go into methodical and surgical detail dissecting why Higurashi SotsuGou is the worst iteration of its series, a horrible sequel and a horrible stand alone.

The first Arc of Sotsu is Onikaashi. Focusing on our favourite girl Rena Ryuugu. You know what else focuses on Rena? That's right, Tsumiboroshi. Onikaashi is nothing read more
Sep 30, 2021
Ryuseishun (All reviews)
Do NOT watch this series. Whether you’re a fan of the Higurashi series or have never watched it before, do whatever it takes to avoid this at all costs.

The idolized Higurashi franchise, being part of the 07th Expansion series, is well-known for its blend of intriguing murder mysteries, conspiracies, and gripping horror / thriller vibes, juxtaposed befittingly with comedic lighthearted slice-of-life moments. Seven years after its last installment, the acclaimed creator Ryukishi07 was apparently either under some complicated contractual obligations or was in desperate need of easy revenue. So he decided to drop a new project advertised as a remake, except it turned out to read more
Sep 30, 2021
Luubie (All reviews)
- This Review contains spoilers -

Talking about Sotsu is really hard...

Going back in time, in 2020 we had the first part of the New Project of the franchise, which at the same time connected events of the original story, serving as a sequel for the anime, promoted a new experience, different from what was already presented.

It was confirmed that from the beginning Gou was a contradictory season for the show, as it involved a conflict within the very functionality and purpose of what was Higurashi until the end of the canonical arcs adapted from the Visual Novels. What marked the franchise for almost 20 years read more

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