Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Higurashi: When They Cry

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: When the Cicadas Cry, The Moment the Cicadas Cry
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に
English: Higurashi: When They Cry
German: Higurashi: Das Onikakushi Kapitel
Spanish: Cuando las Cigarras Lloran
French: Higurashi: Hinamizawa, Le Village Maudit
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Premiered: Spring 2006
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:30 (JST)
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Visual novel
Genres: HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: GoreGore, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.881 (scored by 397043397,043 users)
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Ranked: #8232
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Popularity: #233
Members: 809,101
Favorites: 21,317

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Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983, and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead.

As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in the recent years, and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village's patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi tries to ask his new friends about these incidents, but they are suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he needs. As more and more bizarre events occur, he wonders just what else his friends might be keeping from him, and if he can even trust them at all.

When madness and paranoia begin taking root in Keiichi's heart, he will stumble straight into the mysteries at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a story that is told across multiple arcs.

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Geneon Entertainment USA initially licensed and distributed the first season of Higurashi until their closure in 2007. Funimation later distributed the Geneon release, but dropped the license in 2011 due to poor sales. It remained unlicensed until 2015 when Sentai Filmworks announced that they picked up the series.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni adapts the first six chapters of 07th Expansion's eight chapter visual novel.

Characters & Voice Actors


Urasaki, Nobumitsu
Okamura, Takema
Assistant Producer


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 26, 2024
holy crap is this one GOOD anime. the premise of a small village where the mysterious "oyashiro-sama" inflicts a violent curse on certain people, and the division of a master arc into different subplots with unique setups makes this a bona-fide psychological thriller, with an emphasis on the psychological part. the series makes you constantly question who the villain is going to be for each arc, and how this ragtag group of friends unravel every few episodes. while i'm not usually a fan of supernatural anime since it most often tends to follow a similar trajectory across most, but with Higurashi, the focus is less ...
Apr 29, 2023
Mixed Feelings
After dropping this series for about 2 years (or technically putting it on hold), I finally came back to try and finish this anime just because of how renowned it is as a psychological horror. I didn't want to miss out and was curious about it. I'm quite glad I finally am able to finish it.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is definitely hard to get into and understand without any background knowledge of how it works. Going into it, all I knew was how gruesome, twisted, and shocking it is. What confused me the most is how every few episodes is a different arc. While ...
Nov 4, 2023
Fans may tell you that Higurashi When They Cry is an "emotional rollercoaster". It's more like a drive-thru. And you've ordered a nothing burger.

Touted by internet typewriter monkeys as "the best horror anime," Higurashi When They Cry apparently proves that there is no good horror anime. Or, at least, there wasn't any in 2006. Anime fans of the time were so starved for a decent scare that you'd think a white bedsheet with cut-out eye-holes would have done the trick, so Higurashi When They Cry certainly must have blown a handful of otaku minds clean open when it first aired. But the year is ...

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