I’ve been watching a little more of Higurashi: When They Cry today and I have just finished the first arv of the first series. While it seemed to almost be the ‘introductory’ arc, the narrative was well paced and set the scene for what I’m guessing will be a chilling series to come.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Higurashi: When They Cry is a horror/suspense based anime series which has achieved much of it’s fame/infamy due to some highly graphic depictions of torture, violence and gore.
Honestly, I’m yet to see much influence of this, with the first arc placing far more emphasis on intrigue and a sense of dread than simply being a gorefest akin to Deadman Wonderland.
At this stage my biggest points of confusion are the seemingly dualistic natures of most of the characters; it almost seems as if the entire cast is suffering from dissociation identity disorder. I assume more information regarding that will come, but currently all I really know is, when you see a girl with cat-eye pupils, run. run far, run fast.
From a technical standpoint, I’m not the first to point out how lack lustre the animation and art is, even for it’s time. That being said, unless your hyper sensitive to animation and visuals, I would highly suggest giving this series a try, as in terms of narrative, particularly narrative structure, Higurashi: When They Cry is sizing up to be a largely enjoyable series.
Anyway, that’s all for now everyone, I hope you have a great day!