(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.
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
Age Rating: Mature Intense (graphic depictions of sex, drug use, or bloodshed)
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*