Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa, which has a population of approximately 2,000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Houjou. Keiichi joins their after-school club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and punishment games for the loser, usually him). Hinamizawa appears to be a normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro. Keiichi learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro. In each story arc, he or one of his friends become paranoid, and a crime is committed. Usually, the crime involves the murder of one of their own friends. While it seems impossible to tell their delusions apart from the mystery of Hinamizawa, slowly the truth is revealed.
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Higurashi: When They Cry I just finished rewatching this series, and since it’s been quite some time since the las time I saw it, I forgot what a masterpiece it is. It’s just one of those series I can’t watch on a regular basis because I don’t want to burn myself out on it. As a matter of fact there are more than a few titles like that in my little world.
is quite unique, I can only describe it as a blend of Tales from the Crypt, The Outer Limits, and the twilighty show about that zone. It will grab and hook you tight with its creepy nature, light slice of life humor, and secret hidden message. It is all centered around The Curse of Oyashiro, the Cotton Drifting Festival of Hinamizawa and the village's dark grizzly past. When watching it for the 1st time, don’t worry about the fact that every 4 or 5 episodes it seems to reset itself, just kick back and enjoy the bloodshed. The music:
Well not much to say here, because there really isn’t any interstitial musical cues to speak of but for some reason I do like the opening them enough to not skip though it very often. Voice acting
is top notch in either EN or JP. Little to nothing is lost in translation. Character design:
here is where there’s a minor quark: it looks as if all the chars seem to need to grow into their heads. The younger they are the bigger their heads are in relation to the rest of their bodies. Character development:
Quite similar to the various character paths of a Visual Novel, each section allows for the focus on an individual character's personality growth and development with a hardy helping of their background as well. In conclusion
This series keeps you coming back for more wondering: what’s next; who lives; who dies; who flies off the handle. It’s a fun, creepy, mildly suspenseful, psychological thriller that I have enjoyed thoroughly! Higurashi contains no foul language or nudity, but has plenty of blood, violence, and a bit of painful torture, with a great plot! I give it a 9.4(out of 10) Recommended as a must see! (At least if you enjoy scary films/shows with blood and violence.)