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Higashi When they Cry!


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Number of Episodes : 39

 

 

Subbed or Dubbed : Dubbed

 

 

Audio Quality : 5

 

 

Video Quality : 5

 

 

Overall Raiting : 9

 

 

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 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.

 

Story and Plot

 

[ATTACH]53[/ATTACH]Story (5): The narrative of Higurashi When They Cry is a haunting tapestry of horror, mystery, and psychological turmoil. The story unfolds in the picturesque village of Hinamizawa, which is anything but serene. It is divided into multiple story arcs, each from the perspective of different characters, which provides an evolving and multi-dimensional exploration of the sinister events plaguing the town. The storytelling is its strong suit, consistently keeping viewers on edge with its suspense and unpredictability. The narrative thrives on ambiguity, making you question the sanity of both the characters and the world itself. However, its complex and intricate nature can be challenging to follow, and the pacing occasionally feels uneven.

 

Granted the story is good it can get a bit graphic with all the dark scenes. If you are not comfortable with blood, gore, and death this is not the anime for you. you have to be in the right mind to understand this anime and it will get graphic. If you do watch this, Don't do what I did and start watching season 2 by accident. Season 2 will fill in a lot of the holes of Season 1 but if you watch it first It will not make any sense whatsoever. the episodes will spoil Season 1. I actually enjoyed this especially for a Halloween watch this year 

 

Characters and Development

 

[ATTACH]54[/ATTACH]Characters (★★★★★): The characters in Higurashi When They Cry are masterfully developed, starting as seemingly ordinary teenagers and gradually revealing their hidden depths and darker facets. The show meticulously explores their psychological states, portraying the thin line between sanity and madness, and delving into themes of paranoia, trauma, and the consequences of secrets. This psychological exploration makes for a captivating character-driven experience that is truly one of the series' highlights.

 

This is a time loop Anime, so each character has time to shine and show their darker side. A character you might think is all bubbly has one of the most sinister dark sides. you will be hit with surprise after surprise.  

 

Animation and Soundtrack

 

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Animation (5): The animation quality of Higurashi When They Cry can be somewhat inconsistent. Some arcs showcase superior production values, while others may fall short. The art style, though not a standout feature, effectively conveys the horror and brutality inherent to the series. The graphic violence and disturbing imagery, while integral to the story, might be too much for some viewers to stomach.

 

Soundtrack (4.5): The soundtrack in Higurashi When They Cry is a standout feature. Eerie and atmospheric, it perfectly complements the show's horror and suspense elements. The music, combined with unsettling sound effects, contributes significantly to the eerie ambiance that keeps viewers on edge throughout the series.

 

Overall (5): Higurashi When They Cry is a thought-provoking and chilling anime that stands out for its unique narrative structure, psychological exploration, and ability to keep you guessing. While the graphic content and occasional animation inconsistencies may be a drawback for some viewers, those who appreciate dark, intricate storytelling will find this series a harrowing and memorable journey into madness.

 

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