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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (ひぐらしのなく頃に解 lit. When the Cicadas Cry Solution) is the second half of the anime adaptation of the Higurashi main story by Studio DEEN. The anime was aired in Japan from July 6 to December 17, 2007. It adapts the contents of the last two Answer Arcs following an adaptation of a TIP from Tsumihoroboshi and an exclusive arc named Yakusamashi. The series is followed by the OVA series Higurashi When They Cry Rei.

The anime was licensed by Sentai Filmworks under the English title When They Cry: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai in 2015 along with Rei.[1]


Death follows a young group of friends in the deceptively quiet town of Hinamizawa. In the summer of 1983, despite trying their best to avoid disaster, the girls continue to experience terrible conflicts which, inevitably, rack up the body count. In a desperate attempt to save their lives, Rika Furude works with a spirit named Hanyuu to discover the truth behind the calamities. Return to Hinamizawa in When They Cry 2.[2]


A total of 12 DVD box sets, each containing two episodes, were released between September 21, 2007 and August 22, 2008.

Main article: List of Higurashi home video releases#Higurashi When They Cry Kai
Episode Name Release Date
1 Reunion July 6, 2007
2 Yakusamashi-hen Part 1: Playing Tag July 13
3 Yakusamashi-hen Part 2: Powerless July 20
4 Yakusamashi-hen Part 3: Pre-established Harmony July 27
5 Yakusamashi-hen Part 4: The Great Hinamizawa Disaster August 3
6 Minagoroshi-hen Part 1: Rules of the Labyrinth August 10
7 Minagoroshi-hen Part 2: How to Change Destiny August 17
8 Minagoroshi-hen Part 3: Fluctuation August 24
9 Minagoroshi-hen Part 4: Negotiation August 31
10 Minagoroshi-hen Part 5: Confrontation September 7
11 Minagoroshi-hen Part 6: Strong Will September 14
12 Minagoroshi-hen Part 7: Hinamizawa Syndrome September 25
13 Minagoroshi-hen Part 8: Finale October 1
14 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 1: Miyo October 8
15 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 2: Wriggling October 15
16 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 3: The Beginning of the End October 22
17 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 4: Strategy October 29
18 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 5: The Final Piece November 5
19 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 6: Opening November 12
20 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 7: Trap November 19
21 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 8: 48 Hours November 26
22 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 9: Offense and Defense December 3
23 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 10: Bloody Battle December 10
24 Matsuribayashi-hen Part 11: End December 17

Voice Cast

Main article: Voice cast of Higurashi
Character Voice actor
Keiichi Maebara Soichiro Hoshi
Rena Ryuugu Mai Nakahara
Mion Sonozaki
Shion Sonozaki
Satsuki Yukino
Satoko Houjou Mika Kanai
Rika Furude Yukari Tamura
Hanyuu Yui Horie
Kuraudo Ooishi Chafurin
Jirou Tomitake Toru Okawa
Miyo Takano Miki Itou
Kyousuke Irie Toshihiko Seki
Mamoru Akasaka Daisuke Ono
Rumiko Chie Fumiko Orikasa


Ura☆Higu (うら☆ひぐ) is a parody series that consists of 24 episodes included only in the home video releases of the anime. It contains dubbing by the original Japanese cast. Each episode only lasts a minute or less.


According to someanithing.com. the anime made 511.2 million yen (US equivalent: approx. $4,370,000, taking into account 2007 conversion rates) from DVD and Blu-Ray sales on its first release.[3]

As of September 3, 2021, the anime sits at a score of 8.20 on MyAnimeList and an average score of 80% on AniList.


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