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Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, i.e. "When Cicadas Cry/When They Cry"
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post Jul 23 2007, 04:48 PM
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Higurashi When They Cry (ひぐらしのなく頃に Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) The first anime series, produced by Studio Deen and directed by Chiaki Kon, covers the four question arcs as well as the first two answer arcs. The original Higurashi no Naku Koro ni anime adaptation aired in Japan between April 4 and September 26, 2006, comprising twenty-six episodes.
(Source - Wiki)

Am I the only person here that has bore witness to this amazing, yet at times, utterly confusing series?

It's an anime based off a series of visual novels that were released through 2002 to 2006. The anime came out last year and the first season clocks in at 26 episodes, while the second season, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, just started airing in Japan this month.

And since I suck at explaining plots, I'll quote Wikipedia's summary of it.

QUOTE (Wikipedia)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa (雛見沢, Hinamizawa) (based on the village of Shirakawa, Gifu, a World Heritage Site), which has a population of approximately 2000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Hojo. 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-sama. Keiichi learns that 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 implicated into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro-sama. 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.




Genres: drama, horror, mystery, psychological, thriller
Themes: death, gore, harem, moe, troublesome kids, twins
Episodes: 24
Age Rating:
Mature Intense (graphic depictions of sex, drug use, or bloodshed)
(Source: ANN)

I've seen up to episode 17, and am having extreme trouble refraining myself from watching more -- it's addicting as heck. Once I get the funds, I definately want to pick up the DVDs.

Also, this anime is not for the kiddies -- depictions of gruesome murder [some of which was actually "darkened out" when aired on Japanese television] abound. It made me flinch on numerous occasions, something which rarely happens to me when it comes down to it.

*hopes the thread doesn't die*
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- Tris the Reaper   Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni   Jul 23 2007, 04:48 PM
- - Nekokitty   Oooh, oooh pick me! I've only seen the fir...   Jul 23 2007, 05:46 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   OHMYGODAPOST *DIES* Mmmyeah, I wanna buy the DVDs...   Jul 23 2007, 05:58 PM
- - Nekokitty   I'd skip to the second season but then I'd...   Jul 23 2007, 06:04 PM
- - Blitz   My brother's been obsessed with this series as...   Jul 23 2007, 06:31 PM
- - Ailuro   I love this series. Nuff said.   Jul 24 2007, 05:56 PM
- - Carnal Malefactor   I've downloaded it but haven't started wat...   Jul 24 2007, 06:05 PM
- - Popogeejo   So is it just cute girls wiggin' out or does i...   Jul 24 2007, 06:12 PM
|- - Tris the Reaper   QUOTE(Popogeejo @ Jul 24 2007, 08:12 PM) ...   Jul 24 2007, 06:39 PM
- - Carnal Malefactor   DEADLYYYYYYY LOOOOOOLIIIIIIIIS!   Jul 27 2007, 11:24 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   I should totally edit my first post and put that a...   Jul 28 2007, 10:37 PM
|- - Popogeejo   QUOTE(Tris the Reaper @ Jul 29 2007, 06:3...   Jul 28 2007, 11:37 PM
- - Carnal Malefactor   Man, if they didn't darken some of these scene...   Jul 29 2007, 02:12 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   ^ I actually saw a screencap of Satoko after Shion...   Jul 29 2007, 02:15 PM
|- - Carnal Malefactor   QUOTE(Tris the Reaper @ Jul 29 2007, 05:1...   Jul 29 2007, 11:54 PM
- - Carnal Malefactor   On a lighter note, I think Rika might be related t...   Jul 29 2007, 02:22 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   It was? Ooops. Bad memory. And as did I. Well, it...   Jul 30 2007, 11:44 AM
- - Popogeejo   I'm not sure what's going on in the latest...   Aug 9 2007, 01:34 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   Yeap, I just got done watching episode six, and Ha...   Aug 12 2007, 05:05 PM
- - Popogeejo   http://www.oyashirosama.com/web/movie/index.htm ht...   Aug 13 2007, 12:00 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   ...The fact that Rika and Satoko's actors are ...   Aug 13 2007, 12:56 PM
|- - Popogeejo   QUOTE(Tris the Reaper @ Aug 13 2007, 08:5...   Aug 13 2007, 01:02 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   The full versions of Naraku no Hana and Taishou e ...   Aug 21 2007, 02:54 PM
- - Popogeejo   http://youtube.com/watch?v=mpGgG6kwglM   Aug 21 2007, 09:40 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   Hanyuu's tantrum was the best thing in that ep...   Aug 23 2007, 03:41 PM
- - Popogeejo   Anyone else download Nekogoroshi-hen? QUOTEShe...   Aug 23 2007, 03:55 PM
|- - Carnal Malefactor   QUOTE(Popogeejo @ Aug 23 2007, 06:55 PM) ...   Oct 3 2007, 07:13 PM
|- - Popogeejo   QUOTE(Carnal Malefactor @ Oct 4 2007, 03...   Oct 4 2007, 02:08 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   ^ I would pay good money for that. So episode 8 o...   Aug 28 2007, 04:09 PM
- - Carnal Malefactor   Scary Rika is SCAAAAAARY [not to mention very poor...   Aug 28 2007, 10:38 PM
- - Popogeejo   Gonna have to wait for the arc to finish. Some ver...   Aug 29 2007, 12:21 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   Or Shimon's "honest" face as she was...   Aug 29 2007, 05:32 AM
- - Popogeejo   I usually wait for WinD's .avi's and they ...   Sep 11 2007, 11:36 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   Thread, you will live. Thread, you will prosper...   Sep 12 2007, 10:02 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   And you all thought I was fretting for no reason. ...   Oct 3 2007, 07:18 PM
- - Carnal Malefactor   I was creeped out by her ever since the K1-goes-ba...   Oct 3 2007, 07:19 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   I never liked her from the start. I dunno, someth...   Oct 3 2007, 07:23 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   Shoot, I need to see episode 13. But, with those ...   Oct 4 2007, 11:27 AM
- - Nekokitty   Wow, the comparisons are so similar it's scary...   Oct 5 2007, 07:21 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   So I was watching the 13h episode of Kai [finally]...   Oct 6 2007, 07:57 PM
|- - Popogeejo   QUOTE(Tris the Reaper @ Oct 7 2007, 03:57...   Oct 7 2007, 05:56 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   Sadly, this time, I had to scrape the bottom of th...   Oct 7 2007, 07:04 AM
- - Carnal Malefactor   I'm watching Kai14 Aw. Loli!Takano is so ...   Oct 15 2007, 11:38 PM
- - Popogeejo   Finally watching ep 14. I like how people made a f...   Oct 16 2007, 08:00 AM
|- - Tris the Reaper   QUOTE(Popogeejo @ Oct 16 2007, 10:00 AM) ...   Oct 16 2007, 11:26 AM
- - Popogeejo   POPO TAKES A MEME TO SERIOUSLY I never go the kil...   Oct 16 2007, 11:47 AM
|- - Carnal Malefactor   QUOTE(Popogeejo @ Oct 16 2007, 01:47 PM) ...   Nov 5 2007, 12:07 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   I couldn't think of a better term to use. ...   Oct 16 2007, 01:30 PM
|- - Popogeejo   QUOTE(Tris the Reaper @ Oct 16 2007, 09:3...   Oct 16 2007, 02:16 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   Well either way, I did see eposode 15. Thoughts? ...   Oct 20 2007, 08:17 AM
- - Popogeejo   Tanako is becoming more understandable. Nice to se...   Oct 20 2007, 08:31 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   I felt rather sorry for Takano. I still don't ...   Oct 20 2007, 08:49 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   There was no sign of her in the most recent episod...   Nov 10 2007, 09:56 AM
- - Popogeejo   Subs for 22 are out. Very fun episode with Shion g...   Dec 7 2007, 05:27 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   THIRD SEASON ANNOUNCED ZOMG Honestly? I didn...   Dec 17 2007, 03:18 PM
- - Carnal Malefactor   So uhm... /Kai ends well for everyone except Taka...   Dec 25 2007, 10:06 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   Episode 1 was actually the ending of the final arc...   Dec 26 2007, 12:04 AM
- - Carnal Malefactor   ...maybe the first episode of the 3rd season will ...   Dec 26 2007, 12:24 AM
- - Popogeejo   From what I could tell Rika got sent back in time ...   Dec 26 2007, 05:41 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   After prodding around the Oyashiro-sama community ...   Dec 27 2007, 10:21 AM
- - Tris the Reaper   ZOMG double post, Imma terrible soul But this tho...   Dec 29 2007, 02:33 PM
|- - Nekokitty   QUOTE(Tris the Reaper @ Dec 29 2007, 01:3...   Dec 29 2007, 11:39 PM
|- - Tris the Reaper   QUOTE(Nekokitty @ Dec 30 2007, 12:39 AM) ...   Dec 30 2007, 12:39 AM
- - Legolas of Mirkwood   Right now I'm on ep 17 of Kai. I love everythi...   Dec 29 2007, 08:45 PM
- - Nekokitty   http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-...holog...   Apr 19 2008, 11:19 AM
|- - Tris the Reaper   QUOTE(Nekokitty @ Apr 19 2008, 01:19 PM) ...   Apr 20 2008, 08:10 PM
- - Little Washu   ^That's great. Any idea when they'll start...   Apr 20 2008, 04:05 PM
- - Popogeejo   It says in the article, Washu.   Apr 20 2008, 04:59 PM
|- - Little Washu   QUOTE(Popogeejo @ Apr 20 2008, 04:59 PM) ...   Apr 20 2008, 08:24 PM
|- - Tris the Reaper   QUOTE(Little Washu @ Apr 20 2008, 10:24 P...   Apr 20 2008, 09:07 PM
|- - Little Washu   QUOTE(Tris the Reaper @ Apr 20 2008, 09:0...   Apr 20 2008, 09:18 PM
|- - Nekokitty   QUOTE(Little Washu @ Apr 20 2008, 09:18 P...   Apr 21 2008, 01:46 PM
- - Little Washu   ^8D I hope they keep the same voices, though they...   Apr 21 2008, 02:06 PM
- - asunder   http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-...ei-vi...   Apr 30 2008, 03:20 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   About time SOME info came out. Sheesh. OVA? I...   Apr 30 2008, 04:56 PM
- - Popogeejo   Or it will be like Nekkowhatever or a 40/50 minute...   Apr 30 2008, 05:08 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   There's also an anime for Umineko in the works...   May 5 2008, 08:31 PM
- - Nekokitty   ^ I didn't find out till the other day either....   May 6 2008, 07:29 AM
- - asunder   the live action movie is (not surprisingly) being ...   May 7 2008, 08:21 AM
- - Nekokitty   Funimation now has the distribution rights for Hig...   Jul 3 2008, 03:26 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   OH MY GOD. You don't know HOW happy that make...   Jul 3 2008, 05:45 PM
- - Little Washu   Finally! I can finally finish the series. But ...   Jul 4 2008, 07:36 PM
|- - Nekokitty   QUOTE(Little Washu @ Jul 4 2008, 07:36 PM...   Jul 5 2008, 12:52 PM
- - Popogeejo   http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-...ially...   Jul 12 2008, 02:15 PM
- - Tris the Reaper   YES. <3 That makes me a happy little clam.   Jul 12 2008, 02:24 PM
- - Little Washu   Since no one's posted here in forever, and the...   Feb 28 2009, 11:15 AM
- - Forgiven   I have watched both seasons and both are awesome. ...   Mar 17 2009, 02:24 PM
- - Little Washu   ^Already out I believe. I've sen scenes from i...   Mar 18 2009, 06:58 AM
- - fmaexpert   i was COMPLETELY confused when i was watching higu...   May 17 2010, 01:30 PM
- - Little Washu   ^Well, the OVA scene where Rika gets hit by the tr...   Jun 1 2010, 07:46 PM
- - Flamez_Freak   I watched the first 20 episodes of this show , and...   Jun 5 2010, 06:04 AM


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