Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place in a rural village called Hinamizawa in June 1983. Keiichi Maebara recently moved in, and he befriended four classmates: Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Hojo, and Rika Furude. Keiichi thought of Hinamizawa as a peaceful place, until he heard from the other villagers that when the annual Watangashi-festival is held, a person ends up getting murdered and another ends up missing. Keiichi learns that these murders and and disappearances has to do with the local deity god, known as Oyashiro-sama. Keiichi gets paranoid about this, and a crime is actually committed (mainly involved by the murder of his friends). But the truth slowly reveals itself on the mysteries of Hinamizawa. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Episodes 1-26. Aired: April 5, 2006- September 26, 2006 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Episodes 27-50. Aired: July 5, 2007- December 17, 2007. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Dai San Ki: Episodes 51-?. Airing: 2008?.

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AIRED ON 12/17/2007

Season 2 : Episode 24

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  • Such a good series. Something that fans of animated shows and mystery shows should watch.

    I have to say, when I started watching Higurashi no Naku Koro Koro ni, I was pretty surprised to say the least. When first looking at the artwork and characters for Higurashi, I expected it to be more of a "cute" and/or girly style show, but even in the first few seconds of the show, there is already a lot darkness and violence shown. Needless to say, the "unexpectedness", the confusing yet deep storyline, and the awesome characters were all a factor in making this one of my favorite series ever.

    The story of Higurashi takes place in the summer of 1983, in the small and relitively unknown villiage of Hinamizawa. A boy named Keiichi Maebara is a new resident of the small villiage, and quickly makes friends with fellow classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satako Hojou, and Rika Furude. Around that time he discovers that a chain of bizarre deaths have been happening years prior during the villiage's annual Watanagashi Festival, which is a celebration for the villiagers to give thanks to Oyashiro, the villiage's local god. Every year for four years, one person had either been killed, or just dissapeared. The story of Higurashi is usually done in story arcs. In each arc, the perspective of the mysteries is different, and is usually lead by a different protagonist. In every arc, Keiichi, or any of his friends, becomes paranoid, and as a result crime, murder, and trust issues happen among the group of friends. The first season consists of "question" arcs, then the second season (Higurashi Kai), the "answer" arcs take place. The story is pretty confusing and hard to follow, but is very interesting nontheless. The more episodes you watch, the more you'll be able to understand it. The storytelling in Higurashi is some of the best I've seen in any series.

    The characters featured in Higurashi are one of the reasons why it is so good. As seen in my description of the story, the show revolves around a group of classmates Keiichi, Rena, Mion, Shion, Satako, and Rika, as well as many other side characters. Each have a lot of personality, and each have a pretty interesting storyline. They also get a lot more developement as the series goes on. You'll surely have a favorite character or two, but there's a couple you'll just simply hate or not like that much.

    The animation of Higurashi is... okay. For the most part the animation is pretty well done, especially during the really violent, gory scenes, however, some of the characters' expressions are laughable at best, and might even take away the creepiness factor. Thats a bad thing considering it usually happens during serious moments, but it's easy to get past that though and shouldn't make you want to stop watching. Overall, the animation is alright, but certainly not the best though.

    Higurashi is a very misleading anime, but in a good way. The characters have a pretty "cutesy", happy, and colorful appearance. Something that wouldn't lead you to believe that this is a psychological horror and mystery anime, but that alone is one of the reasons I like Higurashi as much as I do. One moment, everyone is all happy and having a good time, then one moment they're all angry and paranoid, and then they are all sad and serious. It's even pretty funny at times. With all of the happiness seen in Higurashi, it makes the sadness and creepiness that much more intense and effective.

    Overall, the story, the characters, the creepiness and mystery surrounding the setting and characters make Higurashi no Naku Koro ni very intense and enjoyable. It's not for everybody, but the people who really like anime and mystery should have no problem enjoying Higurashi as much as I have. I definitely reccomend trying it out.

  • A series like no other. One moment it Looks like a cute Girly anime and the next moment it is Freakishly Disturbing and Gory!

    Higurashi is Very confusing, i had a hard time Figuring out the plot. The plot kept resetting. I absolutely had no idea on first watch But i didn't care,When i first heard of Higurashi, i expected something else but it turned out be a Violent, Suspenseful, Gory and freakishly disturbing series. Horror at it's best, some of the scenes might give you nightmares. The plot may not make sense but it is Very enjoyable. This is not for the squeamish, The Nail Ripping scene is Absolutely Brutal. The Plot slowly Falls into Place and starts making sense. As the story started making senes, It kept me gripped till the very end. If you like Anime with A lot of violence, blood, Gore or Suspense, with a surprisingly interesting Point of view. Higurashi is Perfect for you. oh, and Watch the Subbed version, the screams feel a lot more realistic and painful.moreless
  • Hinamizawa, a small village in June of Showa 58, or 1983, seems to be a normal rural area, but for the past four years on the night of Watanagashi (Cotton Drifting Festival), someone is killed and another goes missing.moreless

    I first heard of this show on Youtube when I saw AMV Hell 4. When I saw the clip, I was thinking, "Maybe I should start watching this; it looks pretty freaky." So several days later I started to watch it, and soon after I became addicted to it because of its suspensfulness. However, I was extremely confused as to why time kept resetting. To me it didn't seem to matter because it was still freaky and kept me on my toes.

    People should definetely watch this show. The first time one watches it, they will be very confused, but as the show gets to the answer arcs (the final four chapters), everything will start to make sense. I'm really not in to horror anime that much and I still love it. Anyone that likes blood, gore, suspense, psychological, thrilling, or downright confusing anime will love this show.moreless
  • A pretty good anime. *Minor spoilers*

    This anime may be VERY confusing (Especially from eps 5-8 which is the Second arc) but once you see Kai (Second season AKA the answer arc) you will understand EVERYTHING for this season.

    It's pretty rare to find such a good anime like this. At first when you watch the series it will be a bit comedic, but at the end of every arc it will get Bloody, Exciting, and somewhat disturbing and with a twist. Season 2 is an ok season, mainly because it doesn't have alot of action or blood like the first season. It explains all the plot holes left in season 1, at times however it may get boring.

    Though I like this anime alot and I'll give it a 9/10.moreless
  • This anime was the first trulel gory anime that I had ever seen and I loved it.

    Anime fans will love this show, there is almost no denying it. Others may find it a little strange, and get confused real easily.

    The show starts out so funny and happy, but then out of nowhere it sneeks up on you and throws gore and suspense right in your face and I love it for that reason. This is an anime that you really need to watch the beginning to end to actually understand what is going on, when you rewatch some old episodes you will have a lot of "oh now that makes sense" moments.

    Season 3 first episode is freaking the king of wierd, I swear it's wierdness kind of scared me, not with gory images or anything, you just need to see it yourself to understand.

    Anyways good show you should go watch it, I didn't want to ruin anything for people so I didn't go into much detail, sorry. (A lot of my reviews are like that, they are also filled with typos :D)moreless