A twisted dark tale enough to give viewers the creeps along with the unpredictable story and supernatural and biological horror aspects just makes it perfect to watch for viewers who are looking forward to something in the horror/ psychological horror/ biological horror genre. The characters are unique and at some point might leave the viewers awestruck.
The story follows the characters through many arcs each having the same narrative but a different way of how the story progression yet the story never gets boring not gets repetitive which makes it longer and more gripping of a rollercoaster ride. Studio Deen was behind the production. The series has 1 season and 26 episodes in total. Each arc is broken into different segments and is unevenly broken yet placed sequentially. Ryukishi07’s light novel is what the anime is based on.
Higurashi: When They Cry Season 2 Release Date-
The second season was confirmed officially for July 1, 2021. Fans have been waiting for this announcement for a while since they wanted to see the entire mystery of the Hinamizawa village unwrap.
Season 2 Plot Premises-
This anime consists of a very distinct plot filled with twists and turns. The story gets extremely dark-wrapped up in themes like bio-hazard and supernatural fiction, a rare mixture of the genre but still, the anime executes it pretty well. The main story is set in the year 1983 and is divided into certain sub-divisions each telling the same story but from alternate realities and different outcomes.
We get to follow the life of an individual named Keiichi Maebara whose father happens to be a popular artist. After having a tough time in his hometown ended up in Hinamizawa, where he joined the local school. Keiichi is an outgoing extroverted guy who is widely regarded, he is also quick in making friends, he had no trouble in getting endangered in clubs and other activities even though he just moved away. In the town of Hinamizawa, Keiichi meets Mion Sonozaki along with her sisters Rika Furude, Satoko Hōjō, Shion, Rena Ryūgū who were his classmates in his school in Hinamizawa. The story at first seemed like a daily slice of life anime.
The town of Hinamizawa seemed like a usual village where the villagers living in peace and tranquility. But things took turn for worse soon. Keiichi didn’t even have the slightest of a clue as to what he was getting into and what kind of horrifying secrets are hidden within this very village of Hinamizawa. It all gets revealed and things get clear following the Watanagashi Festival, a local festival that is celebrated every year in the village of Hinamizawa.
This festival involves worshiping ‘Oyashiro’ a deity highly regarded by the local villagers. But for a few years, a natural disaster happens every single year which involves getting two people killed after the festival gets over. This disaster is a complete mystery and all the investigations have led to failure only. The superstitious locals consider this mysterious tragic happenings as the “Oyashiro Curse”.
Keiichi along with his friends then set off to investigate these mysterious happenings. But he had no clue what was there in front of him. Things just went grim and also took a supernatural turn. Keiichi and Rika get involved in complex supernatural happenings and spirits which allowed jumping through alternate realities only to divert and possibly avoid the doom that awaits up. It was also revealed that a parasite that causes serious lethal hallucinations turning its victims suicidal and a serial killer is the reason behind the deaths of the people after the annual ceremony.
The story they propagate as it deals with the complications and the mysteries that surrounds the parasite and the serial killer. Each arc portrays the different realities and the way they end. Cast- Keiichi Maebara– Souichirou Hoshi from Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan provides the Japanese voice of Keiichi in the anime Higurashi: When They Cry. Rena Ryūgū– Mai Nakahara who is famous for her roles as Nagisa in the Clannad series, Juvia from Fairy Tail series, and others also provide the voice for Rena in Higurashi:
When They Cry. She was born on Feb 23, 1981, and she is from Kitakyuushuu, Fukuoka, Japan. Rika Furude- Yukari Tamura, the Japanese voice actress who provided the Japanese voice of TenTen in the Naruto Shippuden series has also provided the Japanese voice for Rika Furude. She is from Fukuoka, Japan, and was born on Feb 27, 1976.
Trailer- The official trailer of Higurashi: When They Cry Season 2 is available on YouTube.