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 that acts as a sequel to the original story.

The series was licensed by Funimation for streaming, which originally licensed it under the name Higurashi When They Cry - New. Subsequent advertisements and media changed the title to Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU.*

A sequel titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu will air in July 2021.

Synopsis

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

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

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.

An English dub of the series along with voice actors was announced on November 4, 2020 by Funimation on their Twitter account, with the first dubbed episode airing on November 5, 2020.[15]

List of Episodes

The first cour consists of three arcs, each named after one of the first three main story arcs in the same order with the second kanji in the name replaced with damashi (, lit. deceiving). Each of them also has the exact same length as their main story counterparts from the 2006 anime series in terms of the number of episodes.

The season is being released as home media in five box sets from February 24 to June 30, 2021.

Main article: List of Higurashi home video releases#Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU
Episode Name Release Date
1 Onidamashi-hen Part 1 October 1, 2020
2 Onidamashi-hen Part 2 October 8, 2020
3 Onidamashi-hen Part 3 October 15, 2020
4 Onidamashi-hen Part 4 October 22, 2020
5 Watadamashi-hen Part 1 October 29, 2020
6 Watadamashi-hen Part 2 November 5, 2020
7 Watadamashi-hen Part 3 November 12, 2020
8 Watadamashi-hen Part 4 November 19, 2020
9 Tataridamashi-hen Part 1 November 26, 2020
10 Tataridamashi-hen Part 2 December 3, 2020
11 Tataridamashi-hen Part 3 December 10, 2020
12 Tataridamashi-hen Part 4 December 17, 2020
13 Tataridamashi-hen Part 5 December 24, 2020
14 Nekodamashi-hen Part 1 January 7, 2021
15 Nekodamashi-hen Part 2 January 14, 2021
16 Nekodamashi-hen Part 3 January 21, 2021
17 Nekodamashi-hen Part 4 January 28, 2021
18 Satokowashi-hen Part 1 February 4, 2021
19 Satokowashi-hen Part 2 February 11, 2021
20 Satokowashi-hen Part 3 February 18, 2021
21 Satokowashi-hen Part 4 February 25, 2021
22 Satokowashi-hen Part 5 March 4, 2021
23 Satokowashi-hen Part 6 March 11, 2021
24 Satokowashi-hen Part 7 March 18, 2021

Voice Cast

Character

Japanese VA English VA
Keiichi Maebara Soichiro Hoshi Khoi Dao
Rena Ryugu Mai Nakahara Emi Lo
Mion Sonozaki Satsuki Yukino Michelle Rojas
Satoko Hojo Mika Kanai Brittany Lauda
Rika Furude Yukari Tamura Apphia Yu
Shion Sonozaki Satsuki Yukino Michelle Rojas
Jirou Tomitake Toru Okawa TBA
Kuraudo Ooishi Chafurin TBA
Miyo Takano Miki Itou TBA
Kyousuke Irie Toshihiko Seki TBA
Hanyuu Yui Horie Xanthe Huynh
Teppei Houjou Katsuhisa Houki TBA
Rumiko Chie Fumiko Orikasa Macy Anne Johnson
Eua Noriko Hidaka TBA

Trailers and PVs

Adaptations

Manga

  1. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou Manga Volume 1 (released: November 4, 2020)
  2. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou Manga Volume 2 (released: February 4, 2021)

Gallery

References

  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/
  15. "Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU English Dub Announced, Cast Revealed" Funimation https://www.funimation.com/blog/2020/11/04/higurashi-when-they-cry-gou-english-dub-announced-cast-revealed/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=org-social&utm_campaign=announcement&utm_content=higurashi-when-they-cry-gou-dub-announce&sf131739668=1

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