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This article is about the first season of Studio DEEN's Higurashi anime adaptation. For the 2020 Higurashi anime by Studio Passione, see Higurashi: When They Cry – New.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (ひぐらしのなく頃に lit. When the Cicadas Cry) is an anime adaptation of the visual novel series of the same name by Studio DEEN. The anime was aired in Japan from April 4 to September 26, 2006. It adapts the contents of the four Question Arcs along with the first two Answer Arcs, and is followed by Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai.

People who ordered all 9 DVD box sets had a chance to acquire the OVA Nekogoroshi-hen. It was included as a bonus episode of the series in the Blu-ray box set released in 2014.[1]

The anime was licensed by Geneon Entertainment under the English title When They Cry: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni in 2007.[2] The license is currently held by Sentai Filmworks.



  1. The Beginning
  2. The Secret
  3. Suspicion
  4. Disturbance


  1. Jealousy
  2. Takano
  3. Lies
  4. Wish


  1. Older Brother
  2. Bond
  3. Borderline
  4. Lost Item
  5. Apology


  1. Hinamizawa
  2. Sign


  1. First Love
  2. Responsibility
  3. Oni's Blood Line
  4. Revenge
  5. Cold Hands
  6. Condemnation


  1. Happiness
  2. Place to Return
  3. Document 34
  4. Earth Invasion
  5. Retake

Bonus: Nekogoroshi-hen


  1. Higurashi When They Cry official site http://www.oyashirosama.com/web/news/index.htm
  2. Geneon to Release When They Cry - Higurashi https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-03-05/geneon-licenses-when-they-cry
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