When They Cry - New
MyAnimeList - 7.73
Anilist - 7.2
Kitsu - 7.6
New kid Keiichi Maebara is settling into his new home of peaceful Hinamizawa village. Making quick friends with the girls from his school, he’s arrived in time for the big festival of the year. But something about this isolated town seems "off," and his feelings of dread continue to grow. With a gnawing fear that he’s right, what dark secrets could this small community be hiding? (Source: Funimation)
Synonyms: When They Cry, Higurashi: When They Cry – New, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (2020), When the Cicadas Cry, The Moment the Cicadas Cry
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 2020 to Mar 19, 2021
Premiered: Fall 2020
Broadcast: Thursdays at 23:30 (JST)
Producers: ELF-IN, Kadokawa, Daiichi Shokai, BS11, Infinite, Tokyo MX, MAGES., Sotsu, Frontier Works
Source: Visual novel
Genres: Suspense, Supernatural, Mystery, Horror, Avant Garde
Duration: 23 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080p
Type: Dual Audio
This is a remake so you don’t need to watch the old seasons. Just dive into it!
Edit: Bastards lied to us. It’s not a reboot, it’s actually a sequel disguised as one. The “true” title of this season is “Higurashi – Gou” which wasn’t revealed until after the second episode aired. The post has been updated to reflect that and Dual Audio remuxes have been added. Sotsu Hype!
Characters & Voice Actors
Hiroto Morishita – Sound Director
Takeo Takahashi – Storyboard
Asaka – Theme Song Performance
ED1: #1: “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (ひぐらしのなく頃に)” by Eiko Shimamiya (ep 1)
ED2: #2: “Kamisama no Syndrome (神様のシンドローム)” by Ayane (eps 2-17)
ED3: #3: “Fukisokusei Entropy (不規則性エントロピ)” by Ayane (eps 18-23)
ED4: #4: “I believe what you said” by Asaka (ep 24)
Cute girls doing cute things like DISMEMBERMENT!
While the animation is objectively better, it doesn’t feel as eerie and unsettling as the original. Reusing the OP got me, tho.
An overly ambitious take on Higurashi with pointless and infuriating twists around every corner. Fairly entertaining, even though it sucks.
I’m going into this 99% blind. I can’t wait to find out what all the excitement is about. This’ll be interesting…
On HULU and Funimation
Just do yourself a favor and either watch original two series first, or play the visual novels.
You will be glad you did.