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Based on the popular doujin and games of Ryukishi07/07th Expansion comes the popular series Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. It is a 26 episode mystery thriller anime with a special episode, second season and OVA.
One guy surrounded by 5 cute girls. It might look and sound like your typical harem anime but as the story progresses, the seemingly innocent and peaceful setting turns into a dark and gory mystery which will surely leave you confused even after only the first 4 episodes.
The story starts with 16 year old, Maebara Keiichi, whom just moved to the peaceful village of Hinamizawa. Since there aren't many students, all kids of different levels share the same classroom and because of that, Keiichi quickly bacame friends with girls near his age. Ryuugu Rena, the cute girl with a desire to take home any cute things she finds; Sonozaki Mion, the eldest in class and the tomboyish class president; Hojou Satoko, a cute little trap master and her best friend, Furude Rika who is at a young age is the shrine maiden and head of the Furude shrine.
All seemed well until Keiichi found out about the "Dam War" because of the dam construction which could have drowned the village and the "Mysterious Deaths" that came with it which happens at the villages "Watanagashi Festival". As Keiichi digs deeper into the mystery, the more we learn the shocking truth about Hinamizawa.
1st of all, the songs are good and catchy. The theme song which has the same title as the anime suits dark theme of the show. The art is also good and you won't have too much complaints. The characters are all lovable even with their scary side.
The story is also good but for those looking for romance, this anime doesn't have too much of it. The story centers on gore and mystery. The anime is cut into different chapter called "Question Arcs" which have same characters and theme but different ending. Each arc leaves off clues for you to piece together to solve the mystery of Hinamizawa and all of these are explained in the 2nd season so don't worry if you don't get them.
A bit of warning though, there are many disturbing scenes in Higurashi so don't watch if you can't take it but if your into animes with cute girls, a good story, mystery and gore then Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a must try.
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But I don't agree with it. Higurashi is quite a good anime. I personally love it's non-linear story-telling style and how you can see many different sides to each character.
Higurashi is a horror-mystery anime, revolving around a small town called Hinnamizawa, where strange things are happening. This series is told in scenarios that are seemingly unrelated, and slowly shed light on the events of the summer.
Let's start with the good parts. Higurashi has HORRIBLE art. Like, horrible. The cutsey moe style doesn't work with the dark tone at all. (I swear, I'm getting to the good part.)
However, it has some of the best uses of sound and lighting I have ever seen.
The animation is passable, I suppose. Some parts are extremely choppy and awkward. Higurashi, however, makes brilliant use of shadows and sound. They add so much more to the scarier scenes, and they even make the choppy animations seem so much smoother. I applaud you, Higurashi. *hands cookie*
Another good point is how Higurashi paces itself. This is an example of horror done well. Higurashi successfully manages to create a creepy atmosphere, you constantly feel like something is looming over the characters, waiting to strike. This anime particularly likes to throw in plots twists at you, as well.
The characters are pretty interesting. Cute girls with dark pasts killing each other? Fine by me. *brings out popcorn* They exude a certain air of mystery and often seem intimidating. At times, yes, I was indeed creeped out. I will say that this is one of the creepier series that I've watched.
Many seemingly innocent characters get brutally murdered in one arc, yet in the net arc, the positions are switched. God, I didn't know that cute little girls could be so sadistic...
Voice acting is pretty good, the VA's do a good job at capturing both the innocent and sadistic sides of their characters. Dub is pretty bad, but watch-able. Hell, I watched the entire thing dubbed.
Again. BGM is amazing. OP and ED are average, nice and catchy, but nothing that makes them stand out from the filthy masses. And I'm not horribly sound oriented anyways.
That being said, this show is extremely shallow. Higurashi is very good for a causal watch, but there is nothing exceptional about it. There is nothing beneath the surface. Brush aside the blood and gore, and what's left? I'm not horribly fond of shows that rely on graphic scenes to sustain the plot. The characters don't have much depth or development and I can't say I got attached to anyone.
But once again, it's not bad at all. I never said that. Don't get the wrong idea.
I really do like it. Higurashi is purely horror. It focuses on scaring you, and nothing else. And to it's credit, it managed to do so very, very well. However, I do think that Higurashi would be ruined if they tried to throw in something deep and thought-provoking. While I love it when animes do that, sometime's it's just not the right place to do so. Higurashi is one of those.
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I loved this anime, to say the least. The beginning of it all is very interesting, it really pulled me in. I liked to be able to have a good introduction to all the characters. Of course, if I hadn't seen the opening credits, I would have thought this was shojou anime. Of course, it gets... brutal.
I thought the story line was amazingly creative, but it did get a bit confusing.
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With it constantly switching to past and present, I got a bit confused. It felt like the episodes were out of order.
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The killings, though, were very well thought out and quite creative.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
is a very good anime and I highly suggest it to anyone looking for an exciting new anime. This anime is strong on the horror/mystery side, its also a little bloody/gory, so if your not into that kind of stuff then this isn't an anime for you. Now then, onto the review. Higurashi doesn't work like most animes you may be familiar with. Every few episodes the storyline resets and takes a different path, kinda like different "arcs" for lack of a better term. Basically its like watching several different versions of the same anime,
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the first arc is only four episodes long,
but don't let something like that put you off, because the first arc was in my honest opinion, the best one, and I quickly became hooked on the series. The background of Higurashi is about this small close-nit town where they hold a festival every year. However, every year on the night of the festival someone dies. Every arc is pretty much wrapped around this background, but they all end different ways with different characters. Their isn't much of a pattern between the arcs except that the first episode is usually really light-hearted and extremely funny with little to no cause of suspicion. The second episode introduces/heightens the suspicion/suspense greatly, by this episode your likely thinking, "Holy crap this is creepy, what's going to happen now?" The third or so episode is where stuff starts happening, where the story is starting to get revealed little by little. Since the length of each arc is a little different, there isn't much of a trend in each one after this point. Anyway, Higurashi is an excellent anime, i highly suggest watching it, even if just for the first four episodes. ;3
When They Cry: Higurashi (More commonly known as "Higurashi No Naku Koro ni") is, without doubt, one of the best (if not THE best) psychological series I've seen. A perfect blend of horror (the death scenes come not only as a shock but full of gore for those who need to see the gruesome), terror (seeing characters you've grown attached to slowly descend into insanity is truely scary) and humour. The latter seems out of place, but it works perfectly; the calm and serene enviroment is perfectly shattered every time.
The only fault there is to this anime is that you need to remember every important scene or action throughout the series, on several occasions I became confused at events and had to rewatch parts to get the full experience. Nevertheless, this work pays off in not only this series but the sequel "Kai" which rounds the story of Higurashi well.
sure its kinda violent and weird and mysterious . but its kinda confusing. each episode has the previous characters from what happened to them. didnt they like die? well rika is kinda freaky but kawaii.
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This Anime is based on a visual novel adaption from 7th expansion which first came out in comiket 62 august 10th 2002, and the squeal arcs where released up until 2006 comiket 70. There is a full English adaption out for this visual-novel from manga-gamer and as of now you can also get the first arc free on your Ipod/Iphone and Ipad via Itunes. Also you can download a free demo from manga gamer.com for the first arc. The link for the game/visual novel is provided below, if you wish to buy a full legal copy go here as well.
What an I say about this series That I do not like... If there is only one thing it's the animation done by "studio deen" and it's so obvious where it falls flat but the series as a whole with it's story telling, sense of mystery and horror elements kick all of that out the window so I can care less if the animation drops a bit here and there. Not once in the entire time that I was watching this was I bored, EVER, I genially cared about every single character that came along "even the main villain of the series".
This is one of the few series, That I can recommend to anyone that I personally and not feel weird about it.This series starts off with our male lead Keiichi Maebara who has moved to the country side with his parents in small town called Hinamizawa "usual set up for the typical harem anime and slice of life series but hell was I wrong..". The town or village that he moved to is in the rural country side so he is in for a bit of cultural shock as well, "Again I do realize this is cheap set up however it fits the series just perfectly.. thus adding more a sense of realism to the series".
Keiichi unlike most male leads adapts pretty quickly since he had a reason for wanting to leave his old home town but I will not spoil that for you. He makes friends with one of the main heroine's "Rena Ryugu", who has a fascination with cute things and quote "wants to take them home", since the town is so small everyone goes to the same school not matter what grade you are in so he is friends with mainly "females" but still it doesn't fall into the harem territory unless you want it to. Something called "Oyashirosama's curse" or the local deity there.
The so called curse has been for the past five years. It is where some one dies and some one disappears from existence, but why who is doing this and for what reason? It's not until kai the squeal series we learn who the real lead character and why the murders keep happening over and over in loop or rest in deusexmachina.. but that's no fun at all, watch the anime to see. The town it's self dipped in traditional Japanese culture all over the place, from the festival of departed souls to main head family and being ousted for what your family did even though your child, even with all of these barriers it is still so enjoyable to watch.
Hmm.. The main focus of the series "now if if you watched kai as well is the murders/mystery behind it.." but why is this happening?? What is the rational behind it?? Who is the person pulling the strings.. to kill over two-thousand people ? There is a another reason.. why does the story it's self (resets) every five to six episodes, but play out differently each time? For some this might be a bit of set off but for others it adds more to the mystery of the series. If you truly want to find out why this happening or why people descend in to madness and kill their best friends for so little reasons.. then this is up your ally.
This is in a true sense a good style of Japanese horror, even the creepy cicadas that "cry hence the name for the series". I will say this however it is not for the faint of heart or newcomers to anime, you will be lost with out a sense of some direction in Japanese customs/traditions. This is also not for the faint of heart either.. If you have a problem with gore or even "child abuse" ... yes it goes there in some arcs then avoid this series. However unlike many shows this has a an ending and doesn't leave much open. For the mystery genre more or less they established who done it, how they done it, and the most important WHY they done it. Well I could go on but there isn't any need, I will catch you all later and leave some feed-back will ya..
Age Rating 17+
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a murder mystery anime. All though the characters may seem cute and innocent they all have dark secerts. The storyline is well developed and fast paced. At times, the show can be bloody and gory. Even if your squeamish when it comes to that stuff you should still give it a try. The music is very well composed and matches the anime
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In Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, there are seven main characters who appear in almost every scenario. The main protagonist is Keiichi Maebara, a young boy who has recently moved to Hinamizawa with his family, and begun to adapt to life in the countryside. Keiichi has a natural charisma which allows him to make friends easily. Since Hinamizawa is a small town of about two thousand people, with only a single school, there are not many children around his own age; he easily meets the others his age and becomes friends with them.
One of these good friends is a girl named Rena Ryugu. She, like Keiichi, is new in Hinamizawa, having only returned from Ibaraki a year before the story begins. She has an obsession with things she considers to be cute—generally, others do not agree—and will often scavenge for such things at the local dump and bring them back home. Before she met Keiichi, Rena became friends with a girl one year older named Mion Sonozaki, who is looked at as the leader of the group and is the president of their club. Mion has a tomboyish personality, a façade for a girlish side she keeps hidden from the others. Mion has a twin sister, Shion, who lives in the nearby town of Okinomiya. Although their personalities are quite different, she and Mion have switched places in the past, and the change is nearly indistinguishable.
There are other girls in the club younger than Keiichi, Rena and Mion. One is Satoko Houjou, a clever girl who is quite skilled at setting traps when playing games with her friends. She usually has an energetic and mischievous personality, but this hides a past full of trauma. Satoko also had an older brother named Satoshi. Her friend, Rika Furude, is revered by the villagers as the heir of the local shrine and plays the role of a miko in the annual Watanagashi Festival. Despite her young age, she sometimes expresses a type of wisdom which would normally be beyond her years, and is quite fond of sake. Rika is also the girl who becomes the central figure, so that Hinamizawa can avoid a tragic end. Helping her is Hanyū who appears late in the story but in fact has been with Rika for a very long time, though only Rika could see her.
Of the remaining cast, there are those such as Kuraudo Ooishi, a veteran police officer who is dead set on solving the mystery of the yearly murders that occur in Hinamizawa before his retirement. A freelance photographer named Jirou Tomitake comes to Hinamizawa occasionally; he seems to be friends with Miyo Takano, a female nurse at the local village clinic who has a keen interest in Hinamizawa's past and culture. She works with Kyousuke Irie, the head doctor of the clinic and "coach" to the village children. Irie feels a strong connection to Satoko and cares for her deeply. During the Tatarigoroshi-hen arc, Irie expresses the desire to either adopt her, or to wait until she is of age and marry her.