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When They Cry 

Higurashi no naku koro ni (original title)
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The story of a group of young friends and the mysterious events that occur in the rural village of Hinamizawa.
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Series cast summary:
John Snyder ...  Detective Oishi Kuraudo 26 episodes, 2006
Sôichirô Hoshi Sôichirô Hoshi ...  Keiichi Maebara 22 episodes, 2006
Mai Nakahara Mai Nakahara ...  Rena Ryugu 22 episodes, 2006
Satsuki Yukino Satsuki Yukino ...  Mion Sonozaki / ... 22 episodes, 2006
Yukari Tamura Yukari Tamura ...  Rika Furude 22 episodes, 2006
Grant George ...  Keiichi Maebara 22 episodes, 2006
Mela Lee ...  Rena Ryugu 22 episodes, 2006
Mika Kanai Mika Kanai ...  Satoko Hojo 21 episodes, 2006
Jennie Kwan ...  Satoko Hojo 21 episodes, 2006
Chafûrin Chafûrin ...  Kuraudo Oishi / ... 16 episodes, 2006
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a story of many chapters. It's about the town of Hinamizawa, and the people who live there, Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Hojo, and Rika Furude, as well as friends, relatives, and visitors dealing with Lord Oyashiro's curse. Every year on the night of Watanagashi, people mysteriously disappear and are murdered which is rumored to be a curse, though it has yet to be proven. However, certain people don't believe it, especially with the odd behaviors of some of of the residents of Hinamizawa. This story is explained in many Question and Answer chapters. Written by Fluffy Love Muffin

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Japanese

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5 April 2006 (Japan) See more »

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When They Cry: Higurashi See more »

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The restaurant that Shion works for is called Angel-Mort. In French Mort means dead or death, depending on how you use it. Therefore, it could be read as dead angel. See more »

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Rena Ryugu: Friends are nothing more than the people who you spend the fun yet meaningless times with. When those times get rough, they aren't there to support you.
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Higurashi no naku koro ni
Music by Tomoyuki Nakazawa
Lyrics and Performance by Eriko Shimamiya
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Surprisingly good animation with great voice acting and story
14 September 2006 | by kanegxSee all my reviews

For those who have not watched this show yet, this anime is based on popular digital novel created by and amateur (refered as 'Doujin' in Japan)writer.

Unlike other anime series, this one splits itself into several stories(arcs). Each arc consists of about 2-5 episodes. All episodes tells the story of main characters(some side characters) encountering different/same/similar events in small countryside village called 'Hinamizawa' (This feels like parallel universe setting, after each story ends, good or bad they go back in time and start again but this time something else happens with new characters, and more mysteries are created or answered).

First few episode of each arc are done average to near horrible (Personal Experience: I almost decided to stop watching the series after half way through the first episode,,,thank god I didn't!). It's probably due to the way they made it very 'comedial' and some of the ways characters talk, and also how they look.

However, real excitement usually starts from around mid-second episode. Everything will change dramatically! There are plenty of mystery you can try solve in each story (Later episodes reveals the answers to the mystery, so I recommend watching them in order, it is also hard to solve the mystery with anime version due to lack of details in the story compared to the original novel).

Voice acting is very well done, Mion/Shion Sonozaki are personal favorite characters, but everyone else does good job of making the overall warm/dark feel of the atmosphere!

I highly recommend this animation for people who likes mystery, suspense, violence with interesting plots and twists.

*Added - The same author of this series has released new digital novel called 'Umineko no naku koroni (Umineko - Japanese Gull/Black tailed gull)'. 'Umineko' is not a direct sequel to 'higurashi', but has similarity to higurashi. It has better character settings in term of 'realism' (People are a lot more believable), more serious (less jokes that was less appearing to 'serious story' seekers, and still contains a lot of gore. If you understand Japanese, I highly recommend all mystery loving people to read the novel!


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