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MangaGamer is an English visual novel localization company responsible for the official English releases of the When They Cry franchise.

07th Expansion Titles

Higurashi When They Cry

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[1]. The localization of Higurashi Hou was announced at Anime Boston 2015 (April 3)[2].

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.[3] Higurashi Rei was announced for a June 2, 2022 release date on May 5, 2022.[4]

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Question Arcs (original localization) — December 15, 2009

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (original localization)

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei — June 2, 2022

Umineko When They Cry

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[5] 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)[6].

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

Ciconia When They Cry

MangaGamer announced an official worldwide English release of the series on Steam in collaboration with Witch Hunt at Sakuracon 2019 (April 19).

Other Licenses

On February 7, 2014, MangaGamer started distributing the Higanbana and Rose Guns Days VNs for explicit usage with existing English patches.[7] The licenses have since expired.

Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni

Rose Guns Days


  1. "Announcements from Anime Expo 2014!" on the MangaGamer staff blog http://blog.mangagamer.org/2014/07/03/announcements-from-anime-expo-2014/
  2. "Anime Boston Announcements!" on the MangaGamer staff blog http://blog.mangagamer.org/2015/04/03/anime-boston-announcements/
  3. Kaitsu: "Nothing has been dropped." https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723626767067381801/907262656057061376/unknown.png
  4. https://twitter.com/mangagamer/status/1522063604207521792
  5. "Announcements from Anime Expo" on the MangaGamer staff blog http://blog.mangagamer.org/2015/07/05/announcements-from-anime-expo-2015/
  6. "Announcements from Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016" on the MangaGamer staff blog http://blog.mangagamer.org/2016/10/02/announcements-from-anime-weekend-atlanta-2016/
  7. "New Releases From 07th Expansion!". MangaGamer Staff Blog.

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