Review: Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Series

When The Cicadas Cry

Alex: If it wasn’t obvious from the title, this is a review of the entire Higurashi franchise to this point(Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Rei). I’d like to review and possibly blog the upcoming Kira OVA series, so this seems like the best time to lay down my opinion on one of the best series to be created.

In the first series, Higurashi is “creepy loli’s” on the surface. The the more it plays, the more you wonder…just how is that happening? It’s like placing you in the role of an observer. You can only watch time and time again as everyone hacks each other to a miserable pulp, but every time it ends, you get a step closer to finding out why it happened. Series 1 is an amazingly well paced horror, which makes you beg for more and more every time, hoping and preying that somehow, the characters will survive.

The second season is much slower. To give you an idea of the source material, Series 1 used Arcs 1-6, and Series 2 used Arcs 7 and 8. That gives you a whole series devoted almost completely to the character development, and it just takes the mystery that little bit further. I don’t want to discuss the spoilers of the series, but it puts you into the shoes of the observer, and you follow them as they try to change “Fate” into a way for them to escape past the endless June they’ve been trapped in.And it’s brilliant. It takes the bonds of friendship and the funny moments, and lets you really feel them.Friends are the most important thing, and Kai is all about friends helping friends. (Wow, that sounds cheesy)

It finishes up with an OVA series. Many people, including myself, were actually pretty confused by this, considering the story had wrapped itself up perfectly in the 50 episodes it had, leaving almost no plot holes left over or any unanswered questions.The OVA animates a bonus arc from the PS2 Visual Novel, surprisingly. It IS just plain fun, but when you have such a lively cast, it’s going to be amusing and entertaining.
Or is it? Rei throws you a very well played curveball, turning the entire series on its head and providing some amazing development for the characters, alongside some of the best moments in the entire series.It’s the perfect definition of what any OVA should be, and it’s actually the best OVA I’ve seen.

So basically, Higurashi is a simple story. It’s a girl who is stuck in a month that will endlessly repeat, and will always end with her death.But that doesn’t stop it from being great. It’s probably the best horror ever written, and one of the most OMGWTF mystery’s you’ll see from the Japanese. I don’t know if Mimi wants to add onto this, but Higurashi remains the Number 1 for overall story and overall atmosphere to be brought into the anime world. (Hell, it’s got to be amazing for Mimi to rank it at Number 3 on her favorites list)


Mimi’s Score: 10 Meeps out of 10 (Masterpiece)


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