Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (2020)
|Higurashi: When They Cry - New|
Promotional image from Kadokawa
(Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
|Genre||Mystery, Psychological horror, Supernatural|
|Anime television series|
|Music by||Kenji Kawai|
|Licensed by||Funimation (North America)|
AnimeLab (Australia, NZ)
|Original run||October 2020|
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (ひぐらしのなく頃に Higurashi no Naku Koro ni?, lit. When the Cicadas Cry), licensed in English as Higurashi: When They Cry - New, is a 2020 adaptation of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni visual novel and an alternate version of the 2006 anime created by Studio DEEN. The new project, animated by Passione, features new character designs and is set to begin airing in October 2020.
On one hot summer day in 1983, a transfer student named Maebara Keiichi 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.
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. On August 21, 2020, a collaborative event promoting the release of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni anime and the mobile game SINoALICE took place.