Note: This is part of the XIV Days of Darkness reviewing mini-series. This review is for Day XI and contains mild spoilers.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) is a 24-episode horror/murder mystery series spanning six harrowing arcs with the start of it all about a newcoming person learning of the mysterious cotton-drifting festival and the supposed curse that gets people either killed or vanished on the very same night.
Storyline All of the arcs are mostly solid as they have the ability to lure the viewer in within its pacing rate, and it mostly ends up working. Part of the show is quite upbeat until the show's true face steps in and astonishingly changes the mood into a dark and demented one in huge ways. The story ends up keeping you guessing until the end of the season even though there are arcs that cover most of the gaps that are left out in the open (Especially with the beginning two arcs). The strongest of the six arcs is the "Eye Opening" arc for covering said gaps in a more interesting and twisted perspective.
Characters Everyone is handled very nicely here as I don't seem to find any problem characters as their roles are uncovered within each arc, even with the villains of those arcs (and you can guess what happened with them by now). The best characters in this regard end up being Keiichi, Rena and Rika. The former two are handled well for most of the arcs while Rika is called on for how mysterious she had been from the "Time Killing Arc" onwards.
Pros and Cons To start off, I loved how misleading this series was due to the art style, especially considering my experience with the Moe genre the first time I came across this show, which was years ago. It still feels that way today. The music is also very fitting with each of the opening and ending themes having their own eerie vibes (with the ending theme being the most eerie). I also like how the gory parts are displayed, especially the maggot wounds in one of the arcs.
Speaking of gore and dismemberment, this show is definitely not for the squeamish for even one bit, especially with how the first episode just puts it out there for a little bit. The animation and movements look really jank at a lot of times, even for the more serious moments of the show and that can put off some viewers to a point if they aren't put off by the art style at first.
Final Verdict This one gets an 8.5 overall, especially with how everything is handled. This makes me wonder how the other seasons fare here after re-discovering how effective that this show really is (in more ways than one).
Great review. I got this as a boxset, and when first watched it it confused the hell out of me. But watching it over and over I enjoyed it more each time. Rena is my fave by the way, and I used to sport when they cry avis every June on the old vice.
The anime got me in because of the mystery. Surprised I watched it considering I don't do good with horror.
I didn't like the first arc because it was confusing and felt rushed.
My favorite arcs were on the twins: Mion and Shion. The Shion one - really surprised me. It helped because they work together. One arc was from Keiichi who learned about Mion and Shion. The 2nd one complement and revealed the truth. They haven't shown what happened to that young boy who disappeared.
There were still unsolved mysteries.
Good point on the art style. I forgave them because it was an old anime. It definitely didn't age well.
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
Jan 24, 2020 1:44:49 GMT