Higurashi: When They Cry Gets New Anime Finally!

07th Expansion and Kadokawa announced on Monday that the Higurashi: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) game and anime are getting a new anime project. Kadokawa is streaming a video for the project.

It has not been specified yet if the new anime project will be an OVA or not like other adaptations we have gotten from the franchise. It hasn’t even been solidified if it is a TV series. It was however, announced that the project will be animated at Passione (Rail Wars, citrus) with character designs by Akio Watanabe (Monogatari series, The World God Only Knows).

The first Higurashi: When They Cry television anime series aired for 26 episodes in 2006, and the When They Cry II: Solutions (Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai) anime aired for 24 episodes in 2007. Geneon Entertainment Inc. released the first anime on DVD in 2007-2008. Funimation then released the anime on DVD in 2009 and 2010. Sentai Filmworks most recently released both anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2016.

07th Expansion launched the first chapter of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni visual novel software in 2002 at Comiket. The story revolves around murders that coincide with an annual festival in a quiet rural village. Ryukishi07 and 07th Expansion released Higurashi: When They Cry Hou for PC in Japan in 2014 as a “thank you” to series fans (the kanji used for Hō is used in the word Hōnō, “dedication”). MangaGamer released the original visual novel in 2009, and has been releasing Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou as 14 individual chapters.

Sources: Higurashi: When They Cry website, Comic Natalie

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