Post by Master Menos on Sept 25, 2016 21:30:12 GMT
Note: This review is part of the "Before Redemption" reviewing series. This is for Day V-B and contains very mild spoilers.
This is the second season of the Higurashi: When They Cry anime franchise and this time, it delves into the "Answer Arcs" that contain the mystery that surrounds Rika Furude as she goes through a seemingly never-ending time loop of her demise. When she discovers that the events can be altered one day, she decides to quest for a world that spares her and her friends with the help of an spiritual force. Storyline This patches up the questions that the first season raised very beautifully and in a rather shocking way too. It truly makes a turn for the better from the point of the true villain of the disasters being discovered as well as the efforts of every character that helped out with the true conflict when things are already entertaining from around the starting arc of this season. The end result was well done and was more satisfying than I thought after all the answers get unveiled.
Characters Most of everyone actually was improved, even when the true villain of the major disasters in Hinamizawa was revealed and from there, they turned out to be a very effective villain of the show. Everyone also had some nice development within them, especially with Rika taking over as a protagonist in this season and their origins in this were very clear to understand. I found nobody to be disastrous here among the newcomers to the tale either.
Pros and Cons The art style is still in a great place and the animation improved on the most part in comparison with the first season. Some cute moments are contained, but they are handled really well considering how dark the show can be. The music in the show retains its great quality and the best of the themes turned out to be "Naraku no Hana" (A Flower in Hell) out of the OST. I also love how the theme is changed as soon as some important developments are revealed.
Just like the first season, this also has a lot of gore and brutality, and those that aren't into that or explicit child abuse in the case of this season at hand might have a pretty bad time here. There was a point where some useless side character events are about, but they were however forgiven in that same arc when agreeing to help a main character out of a major funk. Lastly, those who skip intros and endings must be aware that many episodes have scenes that go on after the end credits or they will miss out on any important details.
Final Verdict After seeing all of this, for the brutal execution performed, this receives a 10/10. Those that went through season one will most likely enjoy the second season. Last season and especially this season is well worth the watch if you want to see a murder/genocide mystery.
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