Anime Review: Higurashi: When They Cry

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Holy crap, this series is so crazy. But I loved it. It was great.

Sounds good. Sounds real good. You make this sound like good competition for Erufen Rito for the best Anime I have ever seen.

Loop Stricken:
Wanna know what convinced me?
this.

Hahaha such a disturbing series of images, such a happy-go-lucky Disgaea song. This was the final nail in the coffin, I have to see this show.

If you want more along the lines of Higurashi, try Bokurano, Except with more kids dying and "OH GOD WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT!"

I can't actually stand horror and I hate Bokurano for being the Polar Opposite of GaoGaiGar and more depressing than Evangelion

I finished the 1st season and HOLY F***ING BALLS that was awesome
What I liked most was
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OH, THE RAPE FACES :D
Also Heard about Rei, but don't know what it is...

No joke. This is one of THE greatest anime, heck, series ever created. Absolutely fantastic characters and great plot development. You spend 30 minutes getting to know a decceptively adorable 16 year old girl, and only then find out she's actually a raving, axe-wielding maniac. Every episode is so unique that perhaps its best aspect is the inconsistent nature of it all. One minute, everything's cliched anime-cutesy stuff, the next its horrifically violent dismemberment and torture. The fact that every episode is so different is what makes it a great series, yet it still comes together so well at the end. Was blown away by every second of its relentless atmosphere. Was by far the scariest anime I have seen. This anime PROVES that japanese animation is not just for children and can be intelligent and mature viewing.

And let's not forget the
'YOU'RE LYING!'
bit... honestly had nightmares after that. The artist needs an award for 'scariest faces in anything ever'.

The series can best be summed up as thus: Break the Cutie

Motakikurushi:
No joke. This is one of THE greatest anime, heck, series ever created.

I couldn't agree more. That's why it owns all three slots in my personal Top 3 list.

I'm sorta liking the first season, I generally love mystery anime and am also loving it's spiritual successor, Umineko, but the pacing of Higurashi is making it really hard to finish for me.

I mean I'm intrigued to find out the details behind the so called curse, and why all of the girls in this town are batshit insane, but I don't know if it is worth the time of sitting through another season and a half to have my questions answered.

RollForInitiative:

Motakikurushi:
No joke. This is one of THE greatest anime, heck, series ever created.

I couldn't agree more. That's why it owns all three slots in my personal Top 3 list.

I'm afraid I have to disagree with you there. Having watched Higurashi, go on to watch Umineko no naku koro ni. See what Bernkastel does next. It's... horrifying and brilliant at the same time. And never NEVER have I been trolled so repeatedly by an anime and yet come back begging for more at every turn.

RollForInitiative:

Bobby_C:
Actually, to be technically correct:
[snip]

They say you learn a new thing every day. I was aware of the question/answer delineation between the arcs, but I've never come across the original sound novels so I didn't realize they were completely linear. Fascinating stuff.

They can't be, at least not when you look at the original. There's the possible outcome in Rika's re-encounter with *ILLNESS NAME CENSORED* where everyone could die rather than the happy ending that was there.

The best Anime series I've encountered yet! Only (the utterly different) Spice & Wolf gets even close.

The first season is especially strong with both excellent horror and setting up a mind-blowing mystery. The innocent setting tenfold increase the unsettling once you (quickly) learn that everything and everyone is far from what they appear to be on the surface (and that perhaps even the surface itself cannot be trusted), creating an almost bipolar-between-scenes experience which you just can't turn away from. It truly succeeds in being a horror mystery at its very finest. Tying together the story from different angles was a great idea in Baccano!, and it works great here as well, even if you'll still have little clue what's going on by the end of the first season...

I'll also have to seize the day and shamelessly mention the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni user group for fans of the franchise.

Ah yes...I remember this Anime series very well. It was amazing, sure conflicted in the most wicked ways and all mixed up situations of course, but... the Series itself was far better ploted then expected. Let's just say you must watch Season 2 to understand it all.

My reason for loving this Anime so much is because even though they are all mentally psychos in some formality, they overcome it and embrace it with such faith that most would simply give up (Admit it, if you know the show like I do it'd be hard to be stable after going through all this) Not to mention it's original and different from most other Animes.

Then again... the latest episodes are pretty "Funny" and mostly like Bloopers. But overall, I will certainly not forget this Anime what so ever. Thank you for the post, I loved reading all you had to say summarizing the Anime! Much appreciated

This anime was crazy as hell...and i loved every second of it.

And the creepy laughs they do make the anime Legendary!

I found Higurashi to be awesome in every way.
I also seemed to laugh my ass of at the most bizarre moments. Which was weird...

Daaamn!

I want to watch this freaking anime, but I really, really can't stomach the brutality. D: I easily feel sick - I had troubles with Elfen Lied(still do, a bit) when I started watching it. :/

Maybe... one day...!!

Higurashi is by far my favorite series, and definitely worth watching. Also, for anyone interested in Umineko no Naku Koro ni the visual novel is available here: http://witch-hunt.com/stage.html (links to purchase download site and English patch)

RollForInitiative:

Motakikurushi:
No joke. This is one of THE greatest anime, heck, series ever created.

I couldn't agree more. That's why it owns all three slots in my personal Top 3 list.

Let me begin by saying I dont watch a lot of anime. I liked a few of the old school shows like yu yu hakusho and outlaw star. Im usually driven away from most animes by how strange they can be. I stumbled across this review and thought I would the show a go. After the first episode I was hooked. Let me finish by saying this is definitely one of my favorite shows period. Great atmosphere, great suspense, and great writing all come together to form higurashi.

luckycharms8282:
Let me begin by saying I dont watch a lot of anime. I liked a few of the old school shows like yu yu hakusho and outlaw star. Im usually driven away from most animes by how strange they can be. I stumbled across this review and thought I would the show a go. After the first episode I was hooked. Let me finish by saying this is definitely one of my favorite shows period. Great atmosphere, great suspense, and great writing all come together to form higurashi.

Well, I'm delighted that my review lead you to the series and even happier to hear that you enjoyed it as much as many of us did. Did you check out the Higurashi Kai as well, to get the answers to it all?

I couldn't get into the second season, I fell asleep one too many times. What was it all about then? Was it some gas leak?

RollForInitiative:

Well, I'm delighted that my review lead you to the series and even happier to hear that you enjoyed it as much as many of us did. Did you check out the Higurashi Kai as well, to get the answers to it all?

Yes, I had watched the two seasons and the few bonus episodes afterwards. The second season was kind of slow, but I never the less enjoyed all of it.

I love how it tells you to do something illegal.

MassiveGeek:
Daaamn!

I want to watch this freaking anime, but I really, really can't stomach the brutality. D: I easily feel sick - I had troubles with Elfen Lied(still do, a bit) when I started watching it. :/

Maybe... one day...!!

There's actually not that many explicit scenes of ultraviolence in Higurashi - certainly not compared to the somewhat overblown gorefests Elfen Lied regularly gets up to - it's more about the build-up and crushing sense of certainty that it'll all end dreadfully than actually showing it. Given this heavier buildup it's arguably played more straight than Elfen Lied does though, and it clash so severely with the setting it might ultimately still be more unsettling.

lokun489:
I love how it tells you to do something illegal.

How so?

Imperator_DK:
How so?

It says to watch the japanese dub online which is illegal. It's kind of like pirating. Creator gets no money when you do that.

lokun489:

Imperator_DK:
How so?

It says to watch the japanese dub online which is illegal. It's kind of like pirating. Creator gets no money when you do that.

From the review:
Once you've driven yourself crazy, pray for a North American release of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai or learn Japanese. Now.

That's all I can find in terms of encouragement about ways to watch the show.

The Japanese voice-over is included in the American release (thank god), and it's possible to import the second season from Japan as well if you know Japanese, so it's perfectly achievable through legal means. At least provided you learn/know Japanese as it explicitly tells you to.

I even believe Crunchyroll legitimately streamed the first season at one point as well, so that might account for any reference to online watching; though as mentioned I for one can't seem to find any.

Higurashi, When Seagulls Cry, and Future Diary are 3 titles I would consider in the different depth department besides ones like Battle Royale and Berserk (both which are brutal graphic violence cult classics with a twist of irony and betrayls.)Maybe even Ninja Scroll.

Is Higurashi as good as Battle Royale? Nope. Battle-Royale did not excuse any violence or taboo terms in the manga. Higurashi focused on more on the torture of the characters with shock when Battle-Royale was more about survival and the cruelty of higher-ups in position using students as mere pawns on a chess-board to play a game.

Berserk did not excuse any of the taboo or violence in it's own series too. Many of the demons the main-character battled with were creatures who would not hesitate to torture or kill humans in 'various'ways.

Other than using the shock-factor of the characters apperances, I would say Higurashi is on a scale of medium compared to Battle Royale or Berserk.

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