Post Reply [Review] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
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As titled: Kai in Japanese means 'understanding'. So this sequel to the first Higurashi is actually meant to enlighten confused souls who've seen the crazy killings and didn't understand what on earth was going on.

It starts off with Police detective Akasaka returning to the village of Hinamizawa. To be honest, I wanted to die at the first episode. It was boring my soul out of my body, but when the actual arcs begin again, we will see that Rika is the main star. If you started off with Kai, your enjoyment is going to dip as compared to people who finished the first season first then proceeded to Kai.

The show teaches us different things, from the most mundane, how different actions can cause different results and actions taken by people in different arcs, even if these characters have the same circumstances, the same personalities, (though this is not consistent, Ooishi the police officer wasn't as pleasant as was earlier in the episodes), and it sheds light on certain characters and their past, and how it leads to or possibly lead to the actions that they will take. We learn more about the village of Hinamizawa itself, what the curse of the Oyashirosama is. These things you must follow the anime to know.

Other issues that are more mature that they bring in, are manipulation, politics, rivalry, in modern context in a setting such as the peaceful Hinamizawa, where the village is governed by traditions, and culture and superstitions. Romanticised as a place of peaceful rest, Akasaka initially retreated there to have a break. Unbeknownst to all its villagers and tourists as well, these innocent people are swept into the horrible currents of politics, large organizations and secret projects.

It depicts power struggle even in the seemingly restful small village, if the viewers are sharp they would pick up nuances of similarities to Japan prior and up to WWII, their military status, bent on colonialising other Asian countries, until the Pacific bombing happened which led to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US. The characters in Higurashi consists of locals and other foreigners, note that Takano has blonde hair as well.

Of course, Higurashi is notorious for its gory and non-apologetic portrayal of the human survival instinct, pushed to the limits, even a deity would fight to live. Kai has considerably taken away about 70% of its potential gore, compared to its predecessor. This anime will teach you, never to judge people by their appearances and never to underestimate human limits.


If you like this series, there's a group on Higurashi, you can find the link from my profile. I'm lazy like that.
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Posted 3/1/08
Sounds too complicated. If i watched this i would most likely dwell on it and not focus on other things. So imma pass this one.
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Posted 5/5/08
Ooh! Now I can understand it more now, thanks! ^-^
WOOT! Now I love Higurashi more now
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Posted 6/12/08
it's an awesome anime. both of them, actually. they're too beautiful to pass up...but oh, well. You're missing out on something as fundamental as the next slice of strawberry cheescake. ^^
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