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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira (ひぐらしのなく頃に煌, lit. When the Cicadas Cry Glitter) is an OVA series of the Higurashi When They Cry series by Studio DEEN. The series consists of 4 episodes that were released in Japan from July 21, 2011 to January 25, 2012. It adapts Batsukoishi from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei previously omitted in the namesake OVA series, followed by 3 original single episode arcs. The series is followed by a Pachinko-OVA, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak.


「ひぐらし」10周年記念作品 『ひぐらしのなく頃に煌』




Each episode was released individually over the course of six months from mid 2011 to early 2012.

Episode Name Release Date
1 Batsukoishi-hen -Ki- (罰恋し編 -喜-, lit. Penalty Loving Chapter -Pleasure-) July 21, 2011
2 Ayakashisenshi-hen -Do- (妖戦し編 -努-, lit. Demon Battling Chapter -Toil-) September 22
3 Musubienishi-hen -Ai- (結縁し編 -愛-, lit. Affinity Chapter -Love-) November 23
4 Yumeutsushi-hen -Raku- (夢現し編 -楽-, lit. Dream Appearing -Joy-) January 25, 2012

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
Satoshi Houjou Yuu Kobayashi
Miyo Takano Miki Itou


According to someanithing.com. the anime made 97.4 million yen (US equivalent: approx. $1,220,000, taking into account 2011 conversion rates) from DVD and Blu-Ray sales.[2]

As of September 3, 2021, the anime sits at a score of 6.54 on MyAnimeList and an average score of 61% on AniList.



  • Each episode has a Kanji character as the subtitle. They together form the phrase 喜努愛楽 (kidoairaku, lit. happiness, toil, love, and joy). This is a pun on the Japanese phrase 喜怒哀楽 (kidoairaku, lit. happiness, anger, sorrow, and joy), which refers to the emotions of life.

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