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When They Cry: Kai 

Higurashi no naku koro ni: Kai (original title)
In this continuation of the hit horror anime, secrets are revealed as Rika Furude desperately attempts to save Hinamizawa and her friends from their tragic fate








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Series cast summary:
Yukari Tamura Yukari Tamura ...  Rika Furude 22 episodes, 2007
Mai Nakahara Mai Nakahara ...  Rena Ryugu 20 episodes, 2007
Mika Kanai Mika Kanai ...  Satoko Hojo 20 episodes, 2007
Satsuki Yukino Satsuki Yukino ...  Mion Sonozaki / ... 19 episodes, 2007
Sôichirô Hoshi Sôichirô Hoshi ...  Keiichi Maebara 18 episodes, 2007
Miki Itô ...  Miyo Takano 18 episodes, 2007
Toshihiko Seki ...  Kyosuke Irie / ... 18 episodes, 2007
Yui Horie Yui Horie ...  Hanyu 17 episodes, 2007
Chafûrin Chafûrin ...  Kuraudo Oishi / ... 17 episodes, 2007
Katsuhiro Ota Katsuhiro Ota ...  Yamainu / ... 14 episodes, 2007
Tôru Ohkawa Tôru Ohkawa ...  Jiro Tomitake 13 episodes, 2007
Gen Nakano Gen Nakano ...  Yamainu / ... 11 episodes, 2007
Daisuke Matsuoka Daisuke Matsuoka ...  Shokuin / ... 10 episodes, 2007
Satoshi Tsuruoka Satoshi Tsuruoka ...  Yamainu / ... 10 episodes, 2007
Daisuke Ono ...  Mamoru Akasaka 9 episodes, 2007
Nobuyuki Kobushi Nobuyuki Kobushi ...  Yamainu / ... 9 episodes, 2007


The young group of friends in the town of Hinamizawa continue to have terrible conflicts with one another in their never ending summer of 1983, often ending with the brutal murder of one of their members. With the help of her spiritual friend, Hanyuu, Furude Rika tackles these challenges over and over, trying her best to keep their lives from coming to a tragic end. With no end to the torture in sight, Rika must call upon the bonds of friendship and trust among her friends to discover the true villain of this eternal June.

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5 July 2007 (Japan) See more »

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When They Cry (Series Two)
10 February 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

In series one we saw the same few weeks in 1983 in the village of Hinamizawa playing out like a twisted 'Groundhog Day'... each time ending in paranoia, insanity and murder. We are told that there is a curse that caused the deaths but we don't know why time is repeating or the cause of the curse... that was the 'questions arc'; now in series two we get the 'solutions arc'.

Over the course of this season we learn that one of our school-aged protagonists is fully aware that this time is repeating and has endured the weeks leading up to their murder over and over for about a hundred years... different actions may change how things come to pass but the end result is the same. The something happens; others have ideas of what happened before leading to the hope that the events may finally end. Intertwined with this we learn that another character has far more to do with events than anybody could have suspected.

Season one of 'When They Cry' earnt a reputation as a particularly disturbing horror anime with scenes at least as disturbing as many mainstream horror movies... this series sees a change of direction. The gore is almost all gone but there is a decent amount of action instead; particularly towards the end of the series. We also get some really good character development; not just for the main cast but also for the person revealed as the main antagonist. I liked the fact that this character was given a good back story that made it possible to have some sympathy for them even when their behaviour is clearly wrong. The animation is good; certainly better than the first season and while the character designs haven't changed they look better drawn. Overall I certainly enjoyed this and was pleased to see the questions raised in season one answered; I'd certainly recommend watching this if you enjoyed the first season; just don't expect the disturbing scares.

These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles.

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