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A new anime project for the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Higurashi: When They Cry) visual novel was announced by doujin circle 07th Expansion on Monday. Kadokawa simultaneously opened an official website, revealing a key visual (pictured) and a promotional video.

The new anime project is being produced by animation studio Passione (Rokka no Yuusha, Joshikousei no Mudazukai). Akio Watanabe (Bakemonogatari, Grisaia no Kajitsu) is in charge of the character designs. Infinite is credited for production.

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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 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. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Studio Deen produced the first Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Higurashi: When They Cry) television anime in Spring 2006, which aired in 26 episodes. A 24-episode sequel titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (When They Cry: Kai) premiered the following Summer. The five-episode Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (When They Cry: Rei) original video anime series debuted in 2009.

Geneon Entertainment USA originally licensed the first season in North America and released it on six DVDs before going defunct in 2007. Funimation re-released it on DVD in 2009 and 2010, but did not renew the license due to poor sales. Sentai Filmworks reacquired the anime series in 2015 and shipped the first and second season, as well as the original video anime on Blu-ray and DVD in March, May, and July 2016, respectively. The licensor also released a complete Blu-ray collection of all three installments in December 2017.

07th Expansion released the first chapter of the psychological horror visual novel, Onikakushi-hen (Demoned Away Chapter), in August 2002. The eighth and final chapter in the original series, Matsuribayashi-hen (Festival Accompanying Chapter), was published in August 2006. Three extra chapters were released in a fandisc in December that year. The latest installment in the franchise, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou (When They Cry: Gift), was released in August 2014.

MangaGamer released the original visual novel in English from 2009 to 2010. The company also plans to release Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou in 14 chapters. The seventh chapter launched on July 18.

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Official site: https://higurashianime.com/
Official Twitter: @higu_anime

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Shin Project) on MAL
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I wonder if they will try to actually make it a new metaseries for this decade, something that will expand the way Nasuverse, and Monogatari series did.
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And yet again, about time to catch up to this!

Didn't expect such an announcement at all so I'm looking forward to seeing more news on this. Definitely keeping a very close eye on this!
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This came so much out of the left field.

I'm willing to give it a shot.
 
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Woah what? Is this a remake or something?
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Alright, wow. Now I just need politics to calm down so I can watch this and play Cyberpunk in a few months.

Never thought we'd get another Higurashi.

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Wow ok. This is some interesting news to wake up to. Hopefully this’ll pave the way for a readaptation of the Umineko series as well. This is honestly so random lol. I never expected this to get revived.
 
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What? Well that is unexpected, I'm really interested though

Passione being on the production list worries me though....
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Yeah boiiiiiiiii Higurashi is back!

Now I just need to start the anime :l
 
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My heart skipped a beat when reading the title. God fucking damn, that's brilliant news, it's so good to see Higurashi series is getting something. I hope there's a chance for Outbreak continuation. It's also great news that Watanabe is in charge of character designs, I really love the look of his characters.
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Passione? I still have DxD Hero in my head.......... NO,nononono NOT THAT!
 
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Spin off ?? , Remake ?? Sequel ???
 
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Say WHAT?!! I guess it could be one of those OVAs but if this is a sequel then Nypa~h hype! And you cannot stop me!

But that chopper Rena! Goosebumps!
 
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This is the perfect time to catch up on all the other sequels then, I guess.
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Spin off ?? , Remake ?? Sequel ???
Most likely completely new project of adaptations from the beginning.
I will never forgive myself for adding voice actress Inori Minase to MAL database.
 
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Studio Passione, meh
 
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Nice, remaking Higurashi when Umineko is by far the superior When they Cry work and is also much more deserving of it... Higurashi's adaptation by DEEN is already fine lol, what a fail. And it's by a studio that usually only does ecchi series, can't see what even made them think about adapting Higurashi.
 
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Say WHAT?!! I guess it could be one of those OVAs but if this is a sequel then Nypa~h hype! And you cannot stop me!

But that chopper Rena! Goosebumps!
Don't see how it could be a sequel when they already adapted the whole VN

Gotta be either a spin off or a remake


Think it would've been much more worthwhile to remake Umineko instead in that case though lol

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shanimebib said:
Say WHAT?!! I guess it could be one of those OVAs but if this is a sequel then Nypa~h hype! And you cannot stop me!

But that chopper Rena! Goosebumps!
Don't see how it could be a sequel when they already adapted the whole VN

Gotta be either a spin off or a remake


Think it would've been much more worthwhile to remake Umineko instead in that case though lol


I have not played the VN but it could enter another route? I dunno. I am not a big fan of Umineko but that is probably because of the botched adaptation.
 
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shanimebib said:
HaXXspetten said:
Don't see how it could be a sequel when they already adapted the whole VN

Gotta be either a spin off or a remake


Think it would've been much more worthwhile to remake Umineko instead in that case though lol


I have not played the VN but it could enter another route? I dunno. I am not a big fan of Umineko but that is probably because of the botched adaptation.
Higurashi is linear. There is only one route and all of it was animated... so yeah. Granted Deen's artwork in it isn't exactly stellar so I guess that's one reason to remake it but compared to the Umineko anime which was not only butchered but also wasn't even close to covering the full story anyway, that would definitely have needed it more

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That's a good surprise I guess. I don't know what to expect at all!
 
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Wow is this going to be a Sequel ?? or is it just a remake with better animations and stuff ??.Anyways in the mean time i will watch umineko.
 
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Will it be a Sequel or Remake ? Or a different route ?
And I love Higurashi but If it is going to be a remake I would have prefer Umineko instead, Higurashi was decent while Umineko was shit and İt didn t even cover the half story
 
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With Akio Watanabe as the character designer and Studio Deen out of the picture, there's hope that the production of this season will be a complete overhaul compared to the previous adaptation. I've been re-watching the 2006 anime over the holidays... and the art & animation are both horrible! Honestly! Off-model character designs, dull backgrounds, just a lack of fine detail overall. It's one of those situations where, as a young anime fan, you simply don't pay attention to. My first experience with Higurashi dates back to 2008; I didn't give much of a damn about the production side of things but rather the story itself, which is still pretty good and the reason the franchise blew up in popularity in the first place.

I'm holding out hope that the rest of the staff with be good too. But with anime, you just never know lol. Wonder who the director with be, though?
 
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Little children and excessive violence. This cringe again. Just when you thought international terrorism was the worst way to begin the decade, the gift keeps on giving... Stay strong people, the trials are coming.
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I love this already
 
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Well, this is a genuine surprise. Will it be a remake or something new entirely? I'm hoping the latter, but we'll see.

Can Umineko get some more love too, while we're at it?
 
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Little children and excessive violence. This cringe again. Just when you thought international terrorism was the worst way to begin the decade, the gift keeps on giving... Stay strong people, the trials are coming.


What in the goddamn hell are you talking about?
 
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Little children and excessive violence. This cringe again. Just when you thought international terrorism was the worst way to begin the decade, the gift keeps on giving... Stay strong people, the trials are coming.


What in the goddamn hell are you talking about?

You will know when you see it.
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Daniel_Naumov said:
Phlaryx said:


What in the goddamn hell are you talking about?

You will know when you see it.


You’re scaring me man
 
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I haven't read or played the VN but I hope this is a remake, i can't see how they can continue the story honestly.. and the animation of the old anime is quite questionable at times so i'd like to see what they can do now after 10+ years.

Now the real question is, Umineko remake and full adaptation when..?



 
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YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
 
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Phlaryx said:
Daniel_Naumov said:

You will know when you see it.


You’re scaring me man

It is not me, it is the age we are entering, accelerating towards uncertainty with alarming speed. All we can do is hope the friction does not catch up to us. Speed and friction, of the new decade.
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I was just talking of Higurashi the other night and have been wanting to re-watch the series. Timing is awesome, I'm pretty excited for this!
 
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Higurashi is good, but I don't think I can or should be excited with no available information

And umineko still needs an actually good adaptation. It's too good for it not to get one if this is. Maybe the re-release of the novel and that english release that is still in limbo will bring the needed demand.

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Umineko needed it far more if you ask me, but alright. 07th Expansion getting recognition must be good ig.

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I still would've preferred Umineko, but this is good too. Both stories have numerous arcs that have yet to be animated.
 
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That's good news.
But I'd like it more when Umineko also get animated in better way.

 
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Finaly we'll get rest of Ayakashisenshi-hen!


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If this is a sequel, I'm probably never going to bother watching it , but if it's adapting this then I may watch it since I never read the manga for it. However if this is a reboot done by a good studio I'm probably going to watch it because the original When They Cry went downhill when
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Hoping for them to adapt many unadapted arcs from the manga and games.
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What? Well that is unexpected, I'm really interested though

Passione being on the production list worries me though....
My guess this show is probably going to be rated on MAL as low as OPM s2 or lower.
The word elitist is stupid since it's just used by people who can't defend their favorite shows and use it on people who criticize their favorite shows.


 
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its what it deserves ! more 07th expansion content yeah
 
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All these people saying that Umineko needs a remake and failing to understand how monumental of an undertaking that actually is. The Umineko VN is almost 400,000 words longer than the KJV Bible (cementing its place as the longest work of mystery fiction ever penned), and in order to properly do the series justice in anime form, it'd require at least a 200 episode adaptation (lowballing of course, as that would still be cutting quite a bit of content).
 
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Well, I wasn't expecting this... but I'll take it.
Hype!
 
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God, I loved the original anime. Is this a remake?
 
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What? Well that is unexpected, I'm really interested though

Passione being on the production list worries me though....
My guess this show is probably going to be rated on MAL as low as OPM s2 or lower.


Which is sad because Higurashi is a good franchise... I won't have my expectations high just in case but at least Infinite studio is also named as Producing and they have good series under their belt so there's that.

We can't say much without further information though.
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Awesome, random tho, what are they even going to do, maybe a remake
either way, I'm hyped to see more Rena!!
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I wonder if they'll keep up the tradition of having sub-par animation. That was the true horror of the show tbh.
 
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I guess this will be a remake with with some of the unadapted material from the VN or a sequel. I'm excited anyway.
 
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