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New Higurashi: When They Cry Anime Reveals 'True' Title, Visual, Songs

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Yui Horie joins cast as Hanyu

The second episode of Higurashi: When They Cry - New, the new Higurashi: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) anime project, announced the anime's title as Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU on Friday. Funimation reported the title as the series' "true" title "that the creators intentionally did not reveal to the world until Episode 2."

Funimation revealed "a special commissioned key visual for the series, as part of a direct collaboration between Funimation and KADOKAWA to make this happen" on Thursday.

Additionally, the anime's official website revealed Yui Horie as Hanyu, as well as the anime's theme songs on Friday. Asaka is performing the opening theme song "I believe what you said," and Ayane is performing the ending theme song "Kamisama no Syndrome" (God Syndrome).

Episode 1 premiered on October 1.Funimation is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan. The manga adaptation by Tomato Akase launched in Kadokawa's Young Ace Up service on October 2.

Returning cast members include Sōichiro Hoshi as Keiichi Maebara, Mai Nakahara as Rena Ryūgū, Satsuki Yukino as Mion Sonozaki, Mika Kanai as Satoko Hōjō, Yukari Tamura as Rika Furude, Chafurin as Kuraudo Ooishi, Toru Ohkawa as Jirō Tomitake, Miki Itō as Miyo Takano, and Toshihiko Seki as Kyōsuke Irie.

The anime was originally scheduled to premiere in July, but it was delayed due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the production schedule.

Returning cast members also include Sōichiro Hoshi as Keiichi Maebara, Mai Nakahara as Rena Ryūgū, Satsuki Yukino as Mion Sonozaki, Mika Kanai as Satoko Hōjō, and Yukari Tamura as Rika Furude.

Ryukishi07 and 07th Expansion are credited with the original work. Keiichiro Kawaguchi is directing the series. Akio Watanabe (Monogatari Series anime franchise) is designing the characters, and Passione (Citrus, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, High School DxD Hero) is animating the project. Infinite is producing the series. Naoki Hayashi (Black Fox, Citrus) is in charge of the series composition for the anime. Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is returning as the composer for the series.

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 "hou" 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.

The software also inspired several video anime projects, two live-action films, and manga adaptations by several artists. The game most recently inspired a stage play that ran in July 2019.

Sources: Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU's website, Funimation, MoCa News


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