MangaGamer is an English visual novel localization company responsible for the official English releases of the When They Cry franchise.
07th Expansion Titles
The Higurashi series was released under the title Higurashi When They Cry. The initial release had the Question Arcs as a single game, while the Answer Arcs were split into individual releases. A Steam release of the titles was announced at Anime Expo 2014 (July 3) with an added Hou subtitle, featuring a redone translation and new art by Kurosaki. The localization of Higurashi Hou was announced at Anime Boston 2015 (April 3).
As of September 12, 2021, MangaGamer staff have confirmed they have not stopped translation work on Rei and Hou, according to a message in their official Discord server.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Question Arcs (original localization) — December 15, 2009
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (original localization)
- Meakashi — February 28, 2010
- Tsumihoroboshi — April 15, 2010
- Minagoroshi — May 31, 2010
- Matsuribayashi — July 15, 2010
- Onikakushi — May 15, 2015
- Watanagashi — November 13, 2015
- Tatarigoroshi — June 17, 2016
- Himatsubushi — October 7, 2016
- Meakashi — April 28, 2017
- Tsumihoroboshi — June 14, 2018
- Minagoroshi — July 18, 2019
- Matsuribayashi — May 14, 2020
The localization of Umineko under the name Umineko When They Cry was announced at Anime Expo 2015 (July 5). The official release includes a rework of the fan-translation by Witch Hunt and additional art from the pachinko game by Kei Natsumi. Both halves of the story later received hardcopy releases. A localization of the fighting game under the name Umineko: Golden Fantasia was also announced at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016 (October 2).
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Question Arcs — July 8, 2016
Umineko no Naku Koro ni (hardcopy) — August 18, 2017
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru — November 17, 2017
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru (hardcopy) — July 12, 2018
Umineko: Golden Fantasia — December 8, 2017
MangaGamer announced an official worldwide English release of the series on Steam in collaboration with Witch Hunt at Sakuracon 2019 (April 19).
- Phase 1: For You, the Replaceable Ones — October 4, 2019
On February 7, 2014, MangaGamer started distributing the Higanbana and Rose Guns Days VNs for explicit usage with existing English patches. The licenses have since expired.
- "Announcements from Anime Expo 2014!" on the MangaGamer staff blog http://blog.mangagamer.org/2014/07/03/announcements-from-anime-expo-2014/
- "Anime Boston Announcements!" on the MangaGamer staff blog http://blog.mangagamer.org/2015/04/03/anime-boston-announcements/
- Kaitsu: "Nothing has been dropped." https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723626767067381801/907262656057061376/unknown.png
- "Announcements from Anime Expo" on the MangaGamer staff blog http://blog.mangagamer.org/2015/07/05/announcements-from-anime-expo-2015/
- "Announcements from Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016" on the MangaGamer staff blog http://blog.mangagamer.org/2016/10/02/announcements-from-anime-weekend-atlanta-2016/
- "New Releases From 07th Expansion!". MangaGamer Staff Blog.