It is in the 58th year of Showa. The summer starts earlier than usual. In June, they’re enjoying the sound of cicada at noon and buzz of higurashi(*) in the evening.
Here, Hanamizawa Village, which locates on the rim of XX prefecture, is a small village whose popularion is less than 2,000. However, "it" repeats every year. Hinamizawa Village Consecutive Unnatural Murders (1979 ~ 1983). Every year, on the fixed day of June, one person dies and one person disappears. It is a death chain from the fight related to a big dam construction plan. The incident that was hidden in the middle of Showa revives. It is whether a plot or an accident...or a curse?
The person who’s supposed to be there doesn’t exist.
The person who must not be there does exit.
The person whom you met last night doesn’t exit.
The person who is there doesn’t live.
The tragedy is inevitable? You can do nothing but succumb to it? However, do not submit yourself to the tragedy. It is only you that can face it.
The series became very popular and was made into a set of drama CDs; the first, based on the Onikakushi-hen part of the story, was released in May 2005. A manga series adapted from the games began with eight different manga artists working separately on one to three of the multiple story arcs, and is published by Square Enix
and Kadokawa Shoten
. The manga was licensed for release in English in North America by Yen Press
under the title Higurashi (When They Cry) and the first volume was released in November 2008. Following the manga's release in Japan, two anime series have been produced by the Japanese animation studio, Studio Deen in 2006 and 2007; a third anime adaptation will be released as an original video animation series on February 25, 2009 and is directed by Toshifumi Kawase
.The first anime series was licensed by Geneon
in English under the title When They Cry - Higurashi, but became unavailable due to Geneon's decision to stop sales and distribution in the American anime market. On July 3, 2008, Geneon
Entertainment and Funimation
Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America, which includes Higurashi. A live action movie adaptation of the series, directed by Ataru Oikawa
, premiered in Japanese theaters in May 2008, with a sequel forthcoming.
The word higurashi is the name of a kind of cicada. Naku can mean "to make sound" (鳴く, "to make sound"), specifically referring to those sounds made by non-human organisms, or "to weep" (泣く, "to weep"). It so happens that the English verb "to cry" carries the same double meaning as naku. According to the original creator, Ryukishi07, the red Na (な
) in the logo is an official part of the title.