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
Themes: GoreGore, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.881 (scored by 392956392,956 users)
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Ranked: #8062
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Popularity: #232
Members: 800,334
Favorites: 21,312

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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Danno, Yoshito
Assistant Producer
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


Feb 7, 2024
Higurashi is one of my favorite anime! So, I watched it a bit out of order. Season 2- then 1 last. I'll do the ova soon. But WOW i really enjoyed this season! I do understand why people say its confusing. Of course watch season 2 to understand it better! I really loved this series so much. I love this season since it doesn't repeat as much as the others. Which can get a bit boring. So I half watch where I know what happens. I really love this series so I will definitely try out the game sometime soon! Over all it ends so ...
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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