Live-Action Higurashi Show Gets Sequel in November

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
4-episode series covers Meakashi-hen, Tsumihoroboshi-hen arcs

The live-action television series based on Ryūkishi07 and 07th Expansion's popular When They Cry - Higurashi (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) horror software will get a sequel in November. The series will be titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai and consist of four 60-minute episodes. The main cast will reprise their roles.

The sequel series' story will cover the Meakashi-hen (Eye Opening Chapter) and Tsumihoroboshi-hen (Atonement Chapter) arcs from the original software. Meakashi-hen and Tsumihoroboshi-hen are the first two answer arcs in the original series.

The first live-action television series debuted on May 20 and ran for six episodes. The show covered the Onikakushi-hen (Spirited Away by the Demon Chapter), Watanagashi-hen (Cotton Drifting Chapter)), and Tatarigoroshi-hen (Curse Killing Chapter) arcs. The series told the story of each arc in two episodes.

Yuuma Ishigaki (Black Jack: The Two Doctors Of Darkness's Rock, Azumi's Nagara) starred as the first show's lead, Jirō Tomitake. Yū Inaba (Kamen Rider Drive's Go Shijima; pictured right) starred alongside him as Keiichi Maebara.

Tomohiro Kaku (The Case of Hana & Alice's Asanaga-sensei) played Kyōsuke Irie, and Tomohiro Waki (live-action Gokusen's Teruo "Kuma" Kumai) and Shinobu Tsuruta played Teppei Hōjō and Kuraudo Ōishi, respectively.

The members of AKB48's sister idol group NGT48 also featured in the main cast:

  • Minami Katō as Rena Ryūgū
  • Rika Nakai as Mion Sonozaki, Shion Sonozaki
  • Reina Seiji as Satoko Hōjō
  • Hinata Honma as Rika Furude
  • Rie Kitahara as Miyo Takano
  • Moeka Takakura as 'the mysterious girl'

07th Expansion's original Higurashi no Naku Koro ni visual novel software revolved around murders that coincide with an annual festival in a quiet rural village. The software inspired two television anime series, several video anime projects, two live-action films, and manga adaptations by several artists.

Source: Oricon Style

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