Geneon Acquires When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koroni)

Mar 6th 2007
GENEON ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES ANIME MYSTERY THRILLER SERIES “WHEN THEY CRY (HIGURASHI NO NAKU KORONI)”

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc. announced today the acquisition of the television anime series, “When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni).” Based on the popular visual novel series created for PC and video game consoles, “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni” was made into a 26-episode anime series which first aired April 2006 in Japan. Reminiscent to the likes of Director David Lynch's “Twin Peaks” and “Blue Velvet,” with psychological shades of Director Satoshi Kon's “Paranoia Agent” mixed in, this rivetingly suspenseful and disturbingly bizarre series is animated by Studio DEEN (Fate/stay night, Read or Die, Fruits Basket) and scripted by Rika Nakase (Bleach) and Toshimfumi Kawase (director of Tenjho Tenge).

Synopsis:
It's tough being the new guy in town, having just moved into the small rural village of Hinamizawa, but when Keiichi joins an after-school club and befriends four cute girls, life doesn't seem too bad. That is, until he learns about demonic cults and a failed dam construction project, plus the grisly murders and disappearances that have occurred every year after the town festival. As shocking past events are unveiled through different viewpoints, Keiichi learns that things and even people aren't what they appear to be. How many of his club “friends” are involved and what are their plans for him?!

The first volume of “When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)” is scheduled for a domestic DVD release on June 05, 2007. With the English language version to be handled by audio post production studio Bang Zoom! Entertainment, volume 1 will contain five complete episodes (125 minutes) and will be available in two formats: DVD and also a DVD in a slipcase collectors box, with room for the remaining five volumes.


About Geneon Entertainment
A leading supplier of Japanese animation in North America, GENEON ENTERTAINMENT (USA) INC. (www.geneonanimation.com) is a full-service producer and distributor of entertainment content including film, music, animation and television shows on DVD, UMD, CD, and new media, including the Internet and mobile devices. Continually introducing new and classic anime and live-action programming, as well as anime CD soundtracks, the company also serves as a creative partner to many of Japan's top anime production companies. Additionally, Geneon Entertainment distributes critically acclaimed musical performances on DVD and CD from renowned artists. Headquartered in Long Beach, California, Geneon Entertainment (USA) is a subsidiary and joint venture between Tokyo-based advertising giant Dentsu Inc. and d-rights, Inc., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation.
Dentsu Inc., founded in 1901, is the largest advertising agency brand and the fifth largest marketing and communications organization in the world. Based in Tokyo, Dentsu offers national, multinational and global clients the most comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services through its unique “Total Communications Services” approach. Dentsu has pioneered and set global standards for integrated communications, which in latter years have been adopted by a number of major international networks. Dentsu's consolidated revenues for fiscal term 03/04 were recorded at $16.1 billion. Dentsu is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

d-rights, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation established in 1988, is a content producer of original characters, animated series, game software and websites; an intellectual-property rights management business, and terrestrial-broadcast, satellite TV and Internet campaign advertising agency. d-rights, Inc. is based in Tokyo.

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