When They Cry

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983, and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead. As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in the recent years, and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village's patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi tries to ask his new friends about these incidents, but they are suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he needs. As more and more bizarre events occur, he wonders just what else his friends might be keeping from him, and if he can even trust them at all. When madness and paranoia begin taking root in Keiichi's heart, he will stumble straight into the mysteries at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a story that is told across multiple arcs.

User Rating: 4.44 ( 4 votes)


English: When They Cry
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に
Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Premiered: Spring 2006
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:30 (JST)
Producers: Geneon Universal Entertainment, Frontier Works, Sotsu, DAX Production
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks, Geneon Entertainment USA
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Visual novel
Genres: Mystery, Dementia, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 720p, 480p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Chiaki Kon – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Hozumi Gouda – Sound Director
Toshifumi Kawase – Script, Series Composition
Rika Nakase – Script
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni” by Eiko Shimamiya
ED1: “Why, or why not” by Hiroyuki Oshima feat. Rekka Katakiri

Episode List

01: The Beginning (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 1)
02: The Secret (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 2)
03: Suspicion (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 3)
04: Disturbance (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 4)
05: Jealousy (Chapter: Cotton Drifting, Part 1)
06: Takano (Chapter: Cotton Drifting, Part 2)
07: Lies (Chapter: Cotton Drifting, Part 3)
08: Wish (Chapter: Cotton Drifting, Part 4)
09: Older Brother (Chapter: Curse Killing, Part 1)
10: Bond (Chapter: Curse Killing, Part 2)
11: Borderline (Chapter: Curse Killing, Part 3)
12: Lost Item (Chapter: Curse Killing, Part 4)
13: Apology (Chapter: Curse Killing, Part 5)
14: Hinamizawa (Chapter: Time Wasting, Part 1)
15: Sign (Chapter: Time Wasting, Part 2)
16: First Love (Chapter: Eye Opening, Part 1)
17: Responsibility (Chapter: Eye Opening, Part 2)
18: Oni’s Blood Line (Chapter: Eye Opening, Part 3)
19: Revenge (Chapter: Eye Opening, Part 4)
20: Cold Hands (Chapter: Eye Opening, Part 5)
21: Condemnation (Chapter: Eye Opening, Part 6)
22: Happiness (Chapter: Atonement, Part 1)
23: Place to Return (Chapter: Atonement, Part 2)
24: Document 34 (Chapter: Atonement, Part 3)
25: Earth Invasion (Chapter: Atonement, Part 4)
26: Retake (Chapter: Atonement, Part 5)


Very atmospheric horror show. Slowly builds up the creepyness factor and advances the story. One of the best horror anime.


It’s definitely about cute girls, just not doing cute things this time.


A study of “show but don’t tell” executed to interpretable success.


Great horror mystery that constantly questions the viewer as to what is really going on.


Horrible Adaptation of a great VN. Do not bother to watch this, instead play the VN. It’s worth it


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