Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (ひぐらしのなく頃に礼 lit. When the Cicadas Cry Gratitudes) is an OVA series of the Higurashi series by Studio DEEN. The series consists of 5 episodes that were released in Japan from February 25 to August 21, 2009. It adapts the contents of two of the arcs from the namesake visual novel title following Hajisarashi-hen, an adaptation of a namesake light novel. The series is followed by another OVA series, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira.
With the cycle of brutal murders finally broken, Rika can finally ease into a normal life with her friends in Hinamizawa. However, everything changes when she's a victim of a traffic accident, and she wakes up in a world where everything is very different... almost perfect. No one around her is guilty of committing the sins that have shaped them in her world, but is this new world as perfect as it seems?
Each episode was released individually over the course of six months in 2009.
|1||Hajisarashi-hen||February 25, 2009|
|2||Saikoroshi-hen Part 1||March 25|
|3||Saikoroshi-hen Part 2||May 22|
|4||Saikoroshi-hen Part 3||June 24|
- Main article: Voice cast of Higurashi
|Keiichi Maebara||Soichiro Hoshi|
|Rena Ryuugu||Mai Nakahara|
|Satoko Houjou||Mika Kanai|
|Rika Furude||Yukari Tamura|
|Jirou Tomitake||Toru Okawa|
|Miyo Takano||Miki Itou|
|Kyousuke Irie||Toshihiko Seki|
|Rumiko Chie||Fumiko Orikasa|
According to someanithing.com. the anime made 224.1 million yen (US equivalent: approx. $2,380,000, taking into account 2009 conversion rates) from DVD and Blu-Ray sales.
As of September 3, 2021, the anime sits at a score of 7.42 on MyAnimeList and an average score of 71% on AniList.
- Sentai Filmworks Licenses "Higurashi - When They Cry" and Anime Sequels https://www.sentaifilmworks.com/a/news/sentai-filmworks-licenses-higurashi-when-they-cry-and-anime-sequels
- Catalog page on Sentai Filmwork