07th Expansion Wiki
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 - GOU.

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 When They Cry Kai.

The anime was licensed by Geneon Entertainment under the English title When They Cry: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni in 2007.[1] The license is currently held by Sentai Filmworks along with Kai and Rei since 2015.[2]


Transfer student Maebara Keiichi enjoys carefree days of playing with his friends in the sleepy town of Hinamizawa. However, one fateful day, Keiichi hears news about a local murder, triggering a set of horrific events. His friends Rena, Mion, Satoko, and Rika, as well as the other residents of Hinamizawa, hide a dark secret, and Keiichi is sinking right into it.[3]


People who ordered all nine 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.[4]

Main article: List of Higurashi home video releases#Higurashi When They Cry (2006 anime)
Episode Name Release Date
1 Onikakushi-hen Part 1: The Beginning April 4, 2006
2 Onikakushi-hen Part 2: The Secret April 11
3 Onikakushi-hen Part 3: Suspicion April 18
4 Onikakushi-hen Part 4: Disturbance April 25
5 Watanagashi-hen Part 1: Jealousy May 2
6 Watanagashi-hen Part 2: Takano May 9
7 Watanagashi-hen Part 3: Lies May 16
8 Watanagashi-hen Part 4: Wish May 23
9 Tatarigoroshi-hen Part 1: Older Brother May 30
10 Tatarigoroshi-hen Part 2: Bond June 6
11 Tatarigoroshi-hen Part 3: Borderline June 13
12 Tatarigoroshi-hen Part 4: Lost Item June 20
13 Tatarigoroshi-hen Part 5: Apology June 27
14 Himatsubushi-hen Part 1: Hinamizawa July 4
15 Himatsubushi-hen Part 2: Sign July 11
16 Meakashi-hen Part 1: First Love July 18
17 Meakashi-hen Part 2: Responsibility July 25
18 Meakashi-hen Part 3: Oni's Blood Line August 1
19 Meakashi-hen Part 4: Revenge August 8
20 Meakashi-hen Part 5: Cold Hands August 15
21 Meakashi-hen Part 6: Condemnation August 22
22 Tsumihoroboshi-hen Part 1: Happiness August 29
23 Tsumihoroboshi-hen Part 2: Place to Return September 5
24 Tsumihoroboshi-hen Part 3: Document 34 September 12
25 Tsumihoroboshi-hen Part 4: Earth Invasion September 19
26 Tsumihoroboshi-hen Part 5: Retake September 26
Bonus Nekogoroshi-hen July 27, 2007

Voice Cast

Main article: Voice cast of Higurashi
Character Japanese VA English VA
Keiichi Maebara Soichiro Hoshi Grant George
Rena Ryuugu Mai Nakahara Mela Lee
Mion Sonozaki Satsuki Yukino Megan Hollingshead
Satoko Houjou Mika Kanai Jennie Kwan
Rika Furude Yukari Tamura Rebecca Forstadt
Kuraudo Ooishi Chafurin John Snyder
Jirou Tomitake Toru Okawa Kyle Hebert
Rumiko Chie Fumiko Orikasa Sam Carr
Ichirou Maebara Yasunori Matsumoto Dave Mallow
Aiko Maebara Naoko Matsui Barbara Goodson
Miyo Takano Miki Itou Karen Strassman
Kyousuke Irie Toshihiko Seki Dave Mallow
Shion Sonozaki Satsuki Yukino Megan Hollingshead


According to someanithing.com. the anime made 359.8 million yen (US equivalent: approx. $3,100,000, taking into account 2006 conversion rates) from DVD and Blu-Ray sales on its first release.[5]

As of September 3, 2021, the anime sits at a score of 7.92 on MyAnimeList and an average score of 76% on AniList.


External Links