Higurashi 2020: When They Cry is a reboot of the series of the same name. The original series was based on a visual novel. Higurashi progresses its a story in the form of arcs. Like the story branches out according to the choices made by the protagonist.
UPDATE: According to the tweet from Passione Studios the anime is going to release on October 1st, 2020. They also gave us some visuals. This was also confirmed by their website which you can check here.
— アニメ「ひぐらしのなく頃に」公式アカウント (@higu_anime) September 28, 2020
Like I already said, the base of the story is a Visual Novel by the 7th Expansion back in 2002. It was a really popular Visual Novel in terms of the story and the amount of Gore it had and the murder Mystery and soft Dojin theme quickly became popular.
Higurashi had two seasons before it was called off for being too violent. The first season was released on August 13, 2006, and it had 26 episodes. It covers the four question arcs and the first two answer arcs. The Second Season for Higurashi also met with a good response from fans. But it was deemed too violent.
Higurashi was a highly controversial anime, as it was canceled by a lot of TV stations for being too gory and too visual but that doesn’t change the fact the story and the visuals for this anime are totally unique. So basically, this anime is for someone who is more adventurous and wants to watch something new.
Higurashi 2020 Reboot
Back in January 2020, we got hints from Kadokawa and the 7th Expansion that a reboot for Higurashi is coming. The main reason for this would be because the original anime skipped over a few story arcs which the fans were a bit disappointed about. The new Reboot will include these story arcs along with new and more updated visuals.
In any case, if you want to watch the old Anime you can do so on Netflix.
Release Date for the 2020 Reboot
— アニメ「ひぐらしのなく頃に」公式アカウント (@higu_anime) July 6, 2020
Back in July, we got a tweet from the anime’s twitter account about the reboot dropping in October because of the Delay due to COVID. Higurashi was going to air in July but got delayed. The anime is going to drop sometime in October possibly 1st October 2020.
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Visuals and Trailer
“Higurashi no Naku Koro ni” (When They Cry) new TV anime staff and character designs. The original main cast will reprise their roles https://t.co/FWoMtjIX5U
Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Series Composition: Naoki Hayashi
Character Design: Akio Watanabe
Music: Kenji Kawai pic.twitter.com/qU1mck0Roh
— A.I.R (Anime Intelligence (and) Research) (@AIR_News01) March 21, 2020
This tweet shows some visuals and character designs for the new anime. Passione Studio is responsible for the Reboot. Passione Studios is famous for some of the best Ecchi titles out there like High School DxD and Interspecies Reviewers.
There are actually a lot of Trailers for the anime also Check them out.
Story and Spoilers
The story is famous for blending the slice of life moments but with the most disturbing things, you can imagine. The story arcs function as a differentiating standpoint and like mini storylines showing us what would happen with every decision.
The anime takes place in a fictional village named Hinamizawa. Our protagonist for the anime is Keiichi Mebara. He moves into the village and becomes friends with the Sonozaki twins, Rena, Rika, and Satoko. Higurashi is kinda like a harem anime but also isn’t one. You probably get what I mean. That’s why I don’t wanna get that much into the story and let the viewers experience it firsthand.
The best thing about Higurashi is how things progress in the forms of Arcs where every decision results in a different outcome. I think you have to experience them for yourselves if you really want to get to know the show and enjoy it to its full potential.
This is all I have for Higurashi 2020 Reboot. I will update this post as more information is available. Stay tuned for the updates. Meanwhile do check out the many Reviews about upcoming Fall 2020 anime like Danmachi Season 3, Burn the Witch, and Bungo Stray Dogs Wan.
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