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The drama CD adaptation of the main eight arcs of Higurashi When They Cry was produced by HOBiRECORDS from 2005 to 2012. Unlike other media adaptations, the drama CDs are characterized by their extensive use of music and sound effects from the original sound novels, as well as Ryukishi07 serving as supervisor and drawing cover art for the first six arc adaptations (with the Minagoroshi and Matsuribayashi CD covers being drawn by Namikai Harukaze). Each adaptation is over 200-300 minutes long and contains 3-6 discs. Each release also includes full-color booklets with text TIPS and passwords that granted access to audio TIPS if entered on a hidden page of the official website. Due to fan demand, audio TIPS from the first five arcs would later be released in CD quality on two Append Discs.

Release Information[]

The drama CDs for the first 6 arcs were published by HOBiRECORDS and distributed by WAYUTA in collaboration with Geneon Entertainment, while the final two arcs were both published and distributed by the former. As the amount of content for each arc increased, the two longest arcs, Minagoroshi and Matsuribayashi, were split into two and three CD sets respectively. The question arcs would later be rereleased, both separately and in a bundle pack, as part of the "HOBiRECORDS Selection" in 2013, distributed by HOBiBOX. Aside from updated copyright information, the content of the rereleases remained the same.

In addition to the main arc CDs, HOBiRECORDS also published two single CDs containing songs that play at the end of the Meakashi and Tsumihoroboshi adaptations, "you" and "Ano Hi, Ano Basho, Subete ni "Arigatou."" The CD for the former includes cover art by Fujiwara Warawara and a vocal version of "Thanks" arranged by dai, which was used as the opening theme for Meakashi. The CD for the latter includes cover art by Miharu and a new song called "Overload" by Hatori Fūga (who also provided vocals for the original version of "Ano Hi, Ano Basho, Subete ni "Arigatou"" included on the CD) which is interspersed with dialogue written by Ryukishi07.

In 2005 and 2007, HOBiRECORDS published two "append discs" which contain audio TIPS from the first five arcs originally downloadable from a hidden page. The first append disc includes a special drama "The Family Head's White Day" (当主のホワイトデー Tōshu no howaito dē) (6 minutes in length), which is based on the original story by Fujitaka, the artist who drew the cover illustration for the CD, and a booklet containing a special interview between Ryukishi07 and voice actress Kaori Mizuhashi. The second append disc's cover art was provided by Kurahana Chinatsu.

Voice Cast[]

As this was the first adaptation of Higurashi to feature voice acting, there are some differences in the characters' performances compared to later adaptations, such as the feeble, gloomy image of Rika's voice in the early parts of Onikakushi and other arcs. The cast of the drama CDs was also chosen by Ryukishi07 himself, though some of the cast was changed for the anime and PS2 versions due to scheduling conflicts and other reasons (according to the production diary on the official drama CD website). Subsequent drama CDs released by Frontier Works follow the cast of the anime adaptation.

Character Voice Actor
Narrator Yasunori Matsumoto
Keiichi Maebara Soichiro Hoshi
Rena Ryuugu Mai Nakahara
Mion Sonozaki Satsuki Yukino
Satoko Houjou Mika Kanai
Rika Furude Yukari Tamura
Kuraudo Ooishi Chafurin
Jirou Tomitake Toru Okawa
Miyo Takano Miki Ito
Rumiko Chie Fumiko Orikasa
Ichirou Maebara Yasunori Matsumoto
Aiko Maebara Naoko Matsui
Daiki Tomita Megumi Matsumoto
Suguru Okamura Fujiko Takimoto
Katsuya Kumagai Takuo Kawamura
Principal Yosuke Akimoto
Kyousuke Irie Toshihiko Seki
Teppei Houjou Katsuhisa Houki
Yukikazu Kameda Kazunari Tanaka
Mamoru Akasaka Takehito Koyasu
Oryou Sonozaki Shizuka Okohira
Kiichirou Kimiyoshi Masaaki Tsukada
Oyassan Kazuya Tatekabe
Sato Cho (Yuichi Nagashima)
Tatsuyoshi Kasai Fumihiko Tachiki
Kidnapper Juurouta Kosugi
Yukie Akasaka Rie Kanda
Makino Shoto Kashii
Satoshi Houjou Mitsuki Saiga
Rina Mamiya Kyoko Hikami
Akane Sonozaki Kikuko Inoue
Okonogi Juurouta Kosugi
Rena's Father Kazuya Ichijo
Old Guy in Forensics Kenchi Ogata
Hanyuu Yui Horie
Miyoko Tanashi Fuyuka Ono
Hifumi Takano Ikuo Nishikawa

Main story[]

Arc Cover Release Date
Onikakushi
Onikakushicd
May 27, 2005
June 28, 2013 (rerelease)
Watanagashi
Watanagashicd
December 22, 2005
June 28, 2013 (rerelease)
Append Disc 01
Higu appenddisc 1
December 29, 2005 (Comiket pre-sale)

January 20, 2006 (mail-order)

Tatarigoroshi
Tatarigoroshicd
June 28, 2006
June 28, 2013 (rerelease)
Himatsubushi
Himatsubushicd
December 27, 2006
June 28, 2013 (rerelease)
Meakashi
Meakashicd
June 27, 2007
Append Disc 02
Higu appenddisc 2
October 26, 2007
Tsumihoroboshi
Tsumihoroboshicd
February 22, 2008
Minagoroshi Part 1
Minagoroshicd1
January 28, 2011
Minagoroshi Part 2
Minagoroshicd2
January 28, 2011
Matsuribayashi Part 1
Matsuribayashicd1
January 27, 2012
Matsuribayashi Part 2
Matsuribayashicd2
January 27, 2012
Matsuribayashi Part 3
Matsuribayashicd3
March 9, 2012

Kataribanashi[]

Main article: Kataribanashi#Drama CDs

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