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).
Current Situation: It's too late. They drank all the chocolate milk.
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.
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Sept 17, 2020 0:56:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: Update with Three Callaberos. Only about halfway through it at the moment. Because it's a package film with a series of animated shorts, been taking my time getting through it this past week. Never got around to seeing it last night since I got swamped...
Sept 17, 2020 15:44:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...in my freelance work. But will try to get through it as I have time to do so.
Sept 17, 2020 15:44:42 GMT
Old Man Dream: Done with Three Callaberos. See if I can do some sort of review for it tonight or if not, tomorrow at the latest.
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