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 3766037,660 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #52002
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1870
Members: 96,687
Favorites: 687

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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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Sanpei, Hijiri
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Yui, Midori
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"Analogy" by Ayane

Ending Theme

"Missing Promise" by Konomi Suzuki

Sep 30, 2021
"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 ...
Sep 30, 2021
Full Sotsu Review from the perspective of a longtime When they cry fan.

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*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 ...

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