Note: This part of an anime reviewing series called the 12 Days of Redemption. This is for Day VI and contains very mild spoilers.
Higurashi: When They Cry: Rei is a 5 episode OVA that mainly takes place after the events of Higurashi: When They Cry: Kai. One day, a terrible accident gets Rika in another timeline, but this time, it isn't affected by any sort of bloodshed or disasters like the previous ones. Feeling that something isn't right, Rika quests to find a way back to her previous timeline; The timeline that she fought for.
Storyline The actual main storyline is in episodes 2 through 4 due to the first and last episodes being side stories. While the first and last episodes are an optional watch in the case that a viewer doesn't like the cute and silly side of Higurashi, they are quite funny and welcoming instead of it being a hinderance to the plot. For the main storyline, it presents a new conflict for Rika and Hanyuu and it manages to not only amp up the mystery elements, but also managed to patch up most of what Rika was feeling during these past conflicts from there. The end result of this was not only quite surprising, but also felt like a real epilogue instead of just added airtime to the series as a whole.
Characters Rika and Hanyuu are already quality characters, but they both become even better as people here. There was a hinted, spoiler trait that was mentioned in plain sight for Rika, but that further made her interesting, considering the origin of said trait. Everyone else happens to be in the same great standing as Kai, even in the alternate timeline, with Satoshi and Rika's Mother as high-neutral characters in there.
Pros and Cons The art style is polished up for the better and the same went with the animation, being an OVA aside. The music is good here this time around, but it's not as strong as the music from back in both seasons. This time around, there was only a bit of blood instead of the high amount of blood, gore and torture that the franchise is well known for due to most of the show being in a peaceful route despite the main plot's conflict. The small episode count doesn't hinder anything at all for the series as a whole.
The gore lovers might not be into just one episode having a bit of blood, unless they are more focused on the plot instead of the substance and although the fanservice within the silly episodes wasn't too over the top at all, some may not be into that sort of thing at all for this OVA, despite them being easily skippable due to the order of the episodes.
Final Verdict This also ends up with a 10/10 for being an expansive epilogue to the story. Rei is worth trying out for those wondering how the expansion and conclusion of an already great story went in this case. Just don't expect anything on the more bloody departments (this time around) and you should be perfectly fine.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT