Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou

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Higurashi: When They Cry - New
New higu anime.jpg
Promotional image from Kadokawa
ひぐらしのなく頃に業
(Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou)
GenreMystery, Psychological horror, Supernatural
Anime television series
Music byKenji Kawai
StudioPassione
Licensed byFunimation (North America)
AnimeLab (Australia, NZ)
MediaLink Entertainment Ltd (SE Asia)
Original runOctober 1, 2020 - March 18, 2021
Episodes24

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou (ひぐらしのなく頃に業 lit. When the Cicadas Cry Karma?), licensed in English as Higurashi: When They Cry - New, is a 2020 sequel to the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni visual novel and 2006 anime created by Studio DEEN. The new project, animated by Passione, began airing on October 1, 2020. A sequel, titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu, was announced on March 18, 2021.

Plot

The story was initially marketed as a remake of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. On one hot summer day in 1983, a transfer student named Keiichi Maebara comes to a peaceful rural village in Hinamizawa. There, he befriends his classmates Rena, Mion, Rika, and Satoko. Accepted as a full-fledged member of the "club," Keiichi and the gang plays all sorts of activities ranging from card and board games to hide-and-seek. But just as Keiichi was beginning to be assimilated in simple rural life, he stumbles upon the dark history of Hinamizawa. As Keiichi dives deeper into the mystery, he finds that his new found friends may not be all what they claim to be.

Eventually, the story was revealed to be a sequel rather than a remake. Rika Furude, the hidden protagonist of the original story, is forced back into the cyclical June of 1983, despite her success in Matsuribayashi-hen. Rika endeavors to discover why she is being tormented again and learns the dark truth about what occurred after she previously escaped the endless loops of Hinamizawa.

Production

The anime project was announced by 07th Expansion and Kadokawa on January 6, 2020. Akio Watanabe serves as the new character designer and Keiichiro Kawaguchi serves as director. Kenji Kawai is returning as music composer and the original cast from the 2006 anime all reprise their roles. The series was originally slated for release in July 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An official trailer was released by Funimation on July 3, 2020, citing a Fall release date. On July 6, 2020, the release date was narrowed to October 2020.[1] On August 21, 2020, a collaborative event promoting the release of Higurashi: When They Cry - New and the mobile game SINoALICE took place. On September 19, 2020, Hong Kong distributor MediaLink Entertainment Limited announced it would simulcast Higurashi: When They Cry - New.[2]

Episodes

No.TitleOriginal air date
1 "Demon-Deceiving Chapter, Part 1"
"Onidamashi-hen, Part 1" (鬼騙し編其ノ壱) 
October 1, 2020
2 "Demon-Deceiving Chapter, Part 2"
"Onidamashi-hen, Part 2" (鬼騙し編其ノ弐) 
October 8, 2020
3 "Demon-Deceiving Chapter, Part 3"
"Onidamashi-hen, Part 3" (鬼騙し編其ノ参) 
October 15, 2020
4 "Demon-Deceiving Chapter, Part 4"
"Onidamashi-hen, Part 4" (鬼騙し編其ノ四) 
October 22, 2020
5 "Cotton-Deceiving Chapter, Part 1"
"Watadamashi-hen, Part 1" (綿騙し編其ノ壱) 
October 29, 2020
6 "Cotton-Deceiving Chapter, Part 2"
"Watadamashi-hen, Part 2" (綿騙し編其ノ弐) 
November 5, 2020
7 "Cotton-Deceiving Chapter, Part 3"
"Watadamashi-hen, Part 3" (綿騙し編其ノ参) 
November 12, 2020
8 "Cotton-Deceiving Chapter, Part 4"
"Watadamashi-hen, Part 4" (綿騙し編其ノ四) 
November 19, 2020
9 "Curse-Deceiving Chapter, Part 1"
"Tataridamashi-hen, Part 1" (祟騙し編其ノ壱) 
November 26, 2020
10 "Curse-Deceiving Chapter, Part 2"
"Tataridamashi-hen, Part 2" (祟騙し編其ノ弐) 
December 3, 2020
11 "Curse-Deceiving Chapter, Part 3"
"Tataridamashi-hen, Part 3" (祟騙し編其ノ参) 
December 10, 2020
12 "Curse-Deceiving Chapter, Part 4"
"Tataridamashi-hen, Part 4" (祟騙し編其ノ四) 
December 17, 2020
13 "Curse-Deceiving Chapter, Part 5"
"Tataridamashi-hen, Part 5" (祟騙し編其ノ伍) 
December 24, 2020
14 "Cat-Deceiving Chapter, Part 1"
"Nekodamashi-hen, Part 1" (猫騙し編其ノ壱) 
January 7, 2021
15 "Cat-Deceiving Chapter, Part 2"
"Nekodamashi-hen, Part 2" (猫騙し編其ノ弐) 
January 14, 2021
16 "Cat-Deceiving Chapter, Part 3"
"Nekodamashi-hen, Part 3" (猫騙し編其ノ参) 
January 21, 2021
17 "Cat-Deceiving Chapter, Part 4"
"Nekodamashi-hen, Part 4" (猫騙し編其ノ四) 
January 28, 2021
18 "Village-Destroying Chapter, Part 1"
"Satokowashi-hen, Part 1" (郷壊し編其ノ壱) 
February 4, 2021
18 "Village-Destroying Chapter, Part 2"
"Satokowashi-hen, Part 2" (郷壊し編其ノ弐) 
February 11, 2021
18 "Village-Destroying Chapter, Part 3"
"Satokowashi-hen, Part 3" (郷壊し編其ノ参) 
February 18, 2021
21 "Village-Destroying Chapter, Part 4"
"Satokowashi-hen, Part 4" (郷壊し編其ノ四) 
February 25, 2021
22 "Village-Destroying Chapter, Part 5"
"Satokowashi-hen, Part 5" (郷壊し編其ノ五) 
March 4, 2021
23 "Village-Destroying Chapter, Part 6"
"Satokowashi-hen, Part 6" (郷壊し編其ノ六) 
March 11, 2021
24 "Village-Destroying Chapter, Part 7"
"Satokowashi-hen, Part 7" (郷壊し編其ノ七) 
March 18, 2021

References

  1. higu_anime (6 July 2020). "放送時期決定" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. "Ani-One Simulcasts Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW Anime".