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: 6.741 (scored by 3994039,940 users)
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Ranked: #53262
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Popularity: #1869
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Preliminary Spoiler
Sep 30, 2021
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.
Sep 30, 2021
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 ...
Jul 15, 2021
Preliminary (4/15 eps)
At this point in history, I can say that Higurashi is a masterpiece in the true sense of the word. A UNIQUE story, told in a PHENOMENAL way. As a kind of puzzle, of which initially, we only have one piece, and as time goes by, each piece begins to accumulate, and to be placed in the right position, to arrive at the truth.
The basic plot, albeit simple, and in principle suggests a simple slice of life, transforms and develops into something extremely larger, full of mysteries, Gorgeous characters, exciting moments and just as many moments of pure suspense.
This and more, is Higurashi, a ...
Jul 15, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/15 eps)
This review will not be spoiler free, so please watch Gou and the current 4 episodes of Sotsu before reading this.

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni: Sotsu is sequel to Higurashi Gou, and technically the 5th season of the anime installments. After having a bait and switch with Gou, and resulting in a mixed bag of reactions throughout the entirety of its run: Sotsu had a big role to fill in terms of story, characters and engagement. It had to managed to bring in and lure those fans that didn't seem to really enjoy Gou, while also satisfying fans that loved it but are hoping for ...
Jul 17, 2021
Preliminary (4/15 eps)
For those who have not watched this show yet, this anime is based on popular digital novel created by and amateur (refered as 'Doujin' in Japan)writer.

Unlike other anime series, this one splits itself into several stories(arcs). Each arc consists of about 2-5 episodes. All episodes tells the story of main characters(some side characters) encountering different/same/similar events in small countryside village called 'Hinamizawa' (This feels like parallel universe setting, after each story ends, good or bad they go back in time and start again but this time something else happens with new characters, and more mysteries are created or answered).

First few episode of each arc are ...
Sep 24, 2021
Preliminary (15/15 eps)
After the finale of Higurashi Gou I was very excited to see the crazy places where this plot would go, boy I was wrong. What we ended up with was 13 episodes of recaps of plots that we have already repetitively read and seen 4 times but with a poorly written antagonist shoved into it. And when you finally get past the recaps you might believe that you'll get rewarded with the good ryukishi plot you came for but that never happens, nothing but pure rubbish.

I have not been this disappointed in a long time. I expected better from Ryukishi.
Sep 30, 2021
Without love, it cannot be seen.

Massive spoilers for Higurashi to follow after the next paragraph. If you want my advice, whether you like the series or not, go watch the new one.

I love this show to the bits. I despise this show to the bone of my soul. Higurashi Sotsu is both the best and the worst anime I have seen in 2021 (and 2020 counting Gou). It is both utterly brilliant and completely insulting, both paying great respect and developing the characters 20 years on in nuanced and intricate ways as well as shitting on them from a great height. It loves the ...
Oct 1, 2021
Higurashi Sotsu is a miserable experience. It's a huge troll of an anime in the worst of ways. It respects neither the intelligence nor the time of its viewers. The first 13 episodes of this 15 episode series are glorified recaps. Recaps which add little to no new relevant plot information that couldn't be assumed by having watched the end of Higurashi Gou.

To those unfortunate enough to want to know then end of the story after watching Gou, it's best to just skip to episode 14 of Sotsu.

This show is has the genre labels horror and mystery, but the only horror to be found is ...
Sep 16, 2021
Preliminary (13/15 eps)
So... Gou happened and we're half through sotsu and only now we're back to the same point from which the halfway point happened in gou. It's very rare to talk about a show thats pacing is obliteratingly slow.

I have to praise studio passione on the utter balls they have. They managed to stretch the content as thin as possible and make 39 epsiodes out of 12 episodes worth of animation.

The art style is still really unfitting (and not in a "Subversive" way), though it does have a scene here and there where they actually try something interesting. But for the most part, it is literally ...
Oct 10, 2021
This anime made me wish I was 11 again because it reminded me of childhood classic "happy tree friends"

-Hilarious black humor
-Comic amounts of blood and simplistic gore
-Predictable plotlines
-Everything is spelled out for you by one-dimensional villain so just turn off your brain and enjoy
-Fights that remind me of another childhood classic, "dragonball z"
-antagonist with relatable goals "I don't want to study school is hard"

Nov 4, 2021
When no one expected it, 07Ryukishi returned to Hinamizawa for a new anime storyline. Everyone thought he was over and done with, considering the original Higurashi spanned 8 visual novels, nearly 40 manga volumes and 50 anime episodes, and that’s before you factor in the spinoffs. Running at 39 episodes long, the new anime is more substantial than a typical 1 to 2 cour series. For the purpose of this review, my thoughts refer to both Gou and Sotsu.

Unlike the earlier anime adaptations, this one was co-written by Ryukishi himself. Character designs were by Akio Watanabe, best known for his work on the Monogatari anime ...
Sep 30, 2021
As I watched the final episode of this season, I felt I could relate to something one of the characters said:

"I tire of this." -Eua (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu, episode 15)

Going into Higurashi Gou, I decided to watch through the first three seasons made by Studio Deen (that being Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei). I'll write a review for Gou shortly after writing this one, but I will say, when I finished Higurashi Gou, I at least felt that there were ...
Oct 1, 2021

This is possibly the greatest anime ever made. I'm a long time fan of Higurashi since 2006 so my expectations for this story are extremely high. Yet somehow this show not only delivered but surpassed all my realistic expectations and just blew me away. Never before has an anime story had such great buildup and payoff in the end.

I was excited getting into Gou with it going down a neat new story direction and expanding upon the Higurashi universe further. Sotsu is a continuation of the saga that Gou set up and revisits a lot of the murders from the previous season from a fresh ...
Jul 29, 2021
Preliminary (5/15 eps)
The beginning concept of Higurashi isn’t that original — a boy moves to isolated, rural town and slowly discovers things are not what they seem. But it’s a “classic” story setting for a mystery anime, as opposed to one that’s “overused.” Higurashi is also impressive when you consider how it blends perfectly a bunch of genres that don’t usually go together. It’s a harem/ horror/ mystery/ drama/ comedy/ psychological anime that even has some slice-of-life. The detail and originality of the Higurashi story is splendid, with puzzling mysteries, exploration of the “curse,” and the way the world resets with each arc. I’d say more, but ...
Sep 30, 2021
(Minor spoilers)

I am a real fan of this franchise, even if know that Gou was not the best sequel, I am still like it because has the same vibes as the 2006 original show.
But when we talk about Sotsu I would really like to say the same, but no.

Satsu starts strong with the story of Rena, which was left out of Gou, but then we a lot recaps episodes with almost no new information about the main plot. Just some scenes about Satoko and how she got a gun. We also get tiny information about Eua's character, but nothing really relevant.
13 episodes after comes ...
Sep 24, 2021
Preliminary (14/15 eps)
I tend not to write reviews, and yet here I am again writing a review for the second season of the Higurashi reboot. I don't even know where to begin anymore. At first I was just frustrated at many components of Gou and Sotsu, but now I'm just utterly defeated. I haven't even seen the final episode yet as of this review, but seeing as how completely and thoroughly Sotsu has destroyed the legacy of Higurashi, I don't feel like waiting another week only to voice the same opinions. Before this review turns into an incoherent rant, let me attempt to try and bring some ...
Oct 2, 2021
This anime was just recaps from the previous season... which was already recycled material from the original higurashi.
The plot is downright nonsensical and all the characters you loved in the original Higurashi are either irrelevant or have butchered characterization (remember Rika caring about her friends? the writers sure don't, she'd kill them all if it meant being with her gay lover Satoko).
Oh, but it has an umineko reference at the end, wow! I guess ruining higurashi was worth it then. Jesus christ.
Do not ever watch this. It's up there with Mayoiga as one of the worst anime I've ever watched. I pity the poor ...
Nov 11, 2021
I loved the original Higurashi anime and VN, so I was extremely excited when they announced a new anime in the franchise. I didn't care if it was a remake of the original or a new story arc like Higurashi Outbreak. I would have even been fine with a lighthearted comedy spinoff similar to episodes 1 and 5 of Higurashi Rei. Instead what we got was a "sequel" that straight-up mocks the original story and performs a complete character assassination on many of its beloved characters.

I'll give a spoiler warning here, but since this anime is so irredeemably bad that nobody should watch it, I ...
Nov 25, 2021
I had the pleasure of watching the original higurashi when I was in my early twenties and the combination of the art style plus the story was an experience that goes far beyond these two recreation series. It makes me sad that anyone who gets into the higurashi storyline watches these two abominations prior to actually seeing what higurashi is really about. You don't get a sense of dread and terror from these remakes, despite them literally recreating every single bit from the original with slightly better art, if you could call it that.They also hardly explored the 2nd seasons Arc with Takano, whom was ...
Sep 27, 2021
Preliminary (14/15 eps)
There were two things that made the original Higurashi so good: Mystery and Despair. The constant confusion and anxiety formed by each loop were strangely delightful to experience and it constantly kept you engaged, wondering how is this connected to this, why is this happening, etc. The second part is the despair, the violence, the suffering, the dark stuff some of us enjoy a lot. It wasn't only the gruesome gore and deaths themselves, some of the events that aren't bloody are terrifying as well, like one of the arcs where satoko is the last one alive in Hinamizawa after the "gas" eruption, who is ...