Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou (ひぐらしのなく頃に業 When the Cicadas Cry Karma) is a 2020 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni anime project created by Studio Passione. It has been licensed for streaming by Funimation under the name Higurashi When They Cry - New.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

New kid Keiichi Maebara is settling into his new home of peaceful Hinamizawa village. Making quick friends with the girls from his school, he's arrived in time for the big festival of the year. But something about this isolated town seems "off," and his feelings of dread continue to grow. With a gnawing fear that he's right, what dark secrets could this small community be hiding?[2]

Production[edit | edit source]

While under a new studio and team, the new anime inherits the composer of the 2006 Studio DEEN adaptation, Kenji Kawai. All music tracks used in the anime so far are from the soundtrack of the previous adaptation. In addition, the official twitter account of the 2006 anime is reused for the promotion of the new anime.

Ryukishi07 was in charge of writing and supervising the 2020 anime[3]. He stated that he included little details that only those who are already familiar with the story would get[4]. The voice actor of Mion, Satsuki Yukino, similarly mentioned that it is something both those who have seen it before and are seeing it for the first time can enjoy[5]. The new series was always intended to be called Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou, something not publicly revealed until the airing of the second episode.[6]

The English subtitling for the anime is done by Katrina Leonoudakis[7].

Promotion and Release[edit | edit source]

The new anime project was first announced on January 6, 2020, along with the unveiling of its official website and key production staff[8]. On March 21, the first promotional video for the anime was released, also placing the air date in July 2020. A manga version of the new anime illustrated by Tomato Akase was also announced to be released alongside it[9]. The anime was postponed on May 21 due to production issues caused by COVID-19, and was confirmed for a Fall season release on July 3[10]. A second PV was released on August 21, along with the broadcast information for two cours. A new radio show hosted by Mai Nakahara and Soichirou Hoshi began airing on the online radio station Otoizumi on September 25, 2020.[11][12]

The first episode of the anime was released on October 1. The first cour of the anime airs on Tokyo MX and BS11 at 23:30 Japan time, and an hour later on Sun TV. The second cour of the anime (episode 14) is slated to begin on January 7, with all broadcast times being an hour later[13]. The dates indicate that there will be a one week break some time before the second cour begins.

The series was marketed as a "new anime project" in both English and Japanese, and the PVs showed only scenes from the original story, with the exception of one new club activity. The first episode also used the opening of the 2006 Higurashi anime as the ending song, while hiding the name of the anime and story arc. With the more distinctly different events of the second episode, the true title of the anime, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou, and the name of the first arc, Onidamashi-hen (officially translated as the Demon Deceiving Chapter) were revealed. The promotional materials and website for the series were also updated accordingly, and a third PV was released[14].

The series is licensed by Funimation, which airs the English subtitled episodes one hour after the first Japanese broadcast. It is available through the main Funimation site with a subscription in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Ireland, available in Australia and New Zealand via its subsidiary AnimeLab, and available in Europe via its subsidiary Wakanim, which also includes subtitles in German, French, and Russian. The anime is also licensed by Ani-One in several Asian countries, specifically Brunei, Cambodia, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, Macau, and Hong Kong, where it is available on the company's Youtube channel free of charge.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Onidamashi-hen[edit | edit source]

  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3
  4. Part 4

Watadamashi-hen[edit | edit source]

  1. Part 1

Voice Cast[edit | edit source]

Character

Japanese VA
Keiichi Maebara Soichiro Hoshi
Rena Ryugu Mai Nakahara
Mion Sonozaki Satsuki Yukino
Satoko Hojo Mika Kanai
Rika Furude Yukari Tamura
Shion Sonozaki Satsuki Yukino
Jirou Tomitake Toru Okawa
Kuraudo Ooishi Chafurin
Kyousuke Irie Toshihiko Seki
Miyo Takano Miki Ito

Trailers and PVs[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://twitter.com/AIR_News01/status/1314221318401740801
  2. https://higurashianime.com/intro.html
  3. Funimation Fall 2020 Season Preview Ryukishi07: "It may sound weird reiterating that I'm in charge of the original story, but as the creator, I'm in charge of supervising the adaptation as well as writing it."https://youtu.be/gYs7V3xbHE8?t=2935
  4. Funimation Fall 2020 Season Preview Ryukishi07: "So they won't think, "I've seen the old series, so I don't need to see the new one," we've made sure to include little things here and there that you will only get if you've seen the original anime." https://youtu.be/gYs7V3xbHE8?t=3104
  5. "Cast Comments" on the official Higurashi anime website Satsuki Yukino: "前に見た事のある方も、初めて見る方も楽しめる内容になってます。" https://higurashianime.com/special02.html
  6. https://www.funimation.com/blog/2020/10/08/higurashi-when-they-cry-scores-special-commissioned-key-visual-true-anime-title/
  7. Translator's Twitter account https://twitter.com/katrinaltrnsl8r/status/1311690498168426497
  8. Official Higurashi Anime Twitter Account https://twitter.com/higu_anime/status/1214109350588899328
  9. Tomato Akase's Twitter Account https://twitter.com/zorane_chama/status/1241247568375373825
  10. Funimation Twitter account https://twitter.com/FUNimation/status/1279082606559211522
  11. https://twitter.com/The07thNetwork/status/1297699753451380736
  12. https://twitter.com/pappy_info/status/1308300882941935616
  13. Official Higurashi Anime Twitter Account https://twitter.com/higu_anime/status/1296461998507675656
  14. "Higurashi: When They Cry Scores Special Commissioned Key Visual, "True" Anime Title" Funimation https://www.funimation.com/blog/2020/10/08/higurashi-when-they-cry-scores-special-commissioned-key-visual-true-anime-title/

External Links[edit | edit source]

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.