Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni was actually subbed a while ago, but somehow eluded me until today. I remember noting it as the anime with the picture of the spooky girl from anidb. I don’t think I’ve ever been satisfied with a mystery/drama anime, but I decided to try this one out anyway.
Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni is a really schizophrenic anime. It starts off with the gruesome murder of some women by a guy with a baseball bat. Next, it’s time for some school harem fun. Then creepy murder innuendo, Colonel Sanders, creepy harem fun, and creepy axe girl!
As far as I can see, the real meat of this anime is the murder mystery. The harem fluff on top of it is just there to throw you off. Everyone in the town seems wary of the main character, Maebara Keiichi, who just moved in. It seems like they’re all in on the mystery, and it’s up to Keiichi (and us) to figure it out.
While Rena does have an axe at the end of the episode, that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s gonna cut up Keiichi. All of the girls seem like they’d be capable of bad stuff. Did anyone else notice the handcuffs and whip in their club locker!? It looks like we’ll have to watch more to get an idea of what direction the anime is headed.
The character designs all look pretty generic. There’s nothing really outstanding here, but I do like the crazy SD expressions they use. I think the contrast between the cutesy harem stuff and the spooky murder stuff really make the scary parts stronger.
I also noticed that the voice work is really good. Usually I don’t pay that much attention, but all the voices, especially Rena’s, are really cute! I guess the cute voices are another way that the girls try to cover up whatever happened in that town.
The OP is a mostly atmospheric song meant to get you pumped for the anime. In that context, it works pretty well. The ED kinda reminds me of “1000 Words” from FFX-2 because of the engrish and the style in which it’s sung. I still like the FFX-2 song better, though.
Download the OP: “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni” by Eiko Shimamiya
Download the ED: “why,or why not” by Hiroyuki Oshima feat. Rekka Katakiri
In the past, “horror” anime always seemed too cheesy or ugly for me to watch. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni gets past these problems by making the horror more subtle and the characters cute. I’ve already been sucked into the mystery, so I’ll keep watching this anime for now.