Higurashi no Naku Koro ni News

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a franchise comprised of 4 movies, 6 anime series, 1 manga series
From Anime Vice
News Monday is Listurday 01/12/09 Jan. 12, 2009
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We all know that anime, is messed up. I don't think anybody can deny that. There is anime that will mind-f*ck you, and anime that is just plain gross, but which are the worst? I like to dance with the devil when I watch my anime, most of what I watch is dark and twisted... but what are the mist disturbing? Honestly it's very difficult for me to say because it takes a lot to creep me out, but what have, have done at least a passable job. Now, this list will include some anime video games, but I'm staying away from putting hentai or anything on here. That stuff doesn't need to be recognized as disturbing. Plus, this is only the anime I've watched.
 

4. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni

  And now when I hear the sounds of the higurashi I run for my life. Probably what was most disturbing about this anime was the English dub... but the second most disturbing part of this anime was all the little cute kids stabbing themselves and shoving people's severed arms into refrigerators. It was neat to see the different possible story lines and such, but I have to say that some were really, really messed up.

3. Baccano!

The Rail Tracer. Wtf people. A lot of people who have seen Baccano! don't (generally) remember it for it's violence because the plot out weighs the horror. There are just some awful deaths here. The Rail Tracer grinds somebody's face off on the rail road tracks. And the books go a bit farther too. Poor Czes throws himself into a fire, and an immortal is cemented into an oil barrel to drown for eternity. The worst ways to die are right here. It give me shivers thinking about going that way
 

2. Elfen Lied

 How many quarts of blood was spilled in the name of f*cked up little girls with invisible killer arms? A lot. There was quite a lot of nudity and unreasonable gore, but in general nobody can deny that this anime was messed up. There was some disturbing stuff with little girls, old girls and severed arms and legs. But... was it the most mess up that I've seen? Nope. Not quite.
 

1. Togainu No Chi

Well, the anime was pretty disturbing because it sucked, and the manga wasn't at all. But... lets take a lookie do over at the PC game shall we? No... actually please don't. I know I said I wasn't going to talk about hentai or anything, but I think Togainu No Chi needs a pat on the back for making me very... very creeped out. Well, we'll ignore the fact that Shiki drinks up all the blood in somebody for kicks and giggles, despite not being a vampire. We'll ignore the f*cked up pairings and personalities. And, y'know what.... we'll just let Kau and his skimpy leather outfit, scarred chest and flat out creepiness slip from under the radar. I think it really boiled down to allowing Keisuke to try a little 'Line'. What the hell? Oh, yes I just love to see people rip out other peoples intestines and bask in the glory of murder and rape (which happens immediately after). You also gotta shiver at Keisuke and Akira's idea of 'friendship'... or maybe it's 'love', f*ck I have no idea...
Oh... yeah, then there's that whole Nazi thing at the end of Shiki's gameplay, with poor... poor Akira.



 Well, there you have it. The most disturbing anime I have watched. But there are more out there. I haven't seen them all, but if you're curious here is a list of honourable mentions that I cannot tell you how messed up they are. Be warned my friends.
Texhnolyze
Gantz 
Berserk
Shadow Star Narutaru
T okyo Godfathers
Perfect Blue
Soo.... out of all the anime you've seen, what are the most disturbing?
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Anime has had its fair share of ups and downs over the past ten years from when it peaked in mainstream exposure via Cartoon Network's Toonami and Adult Swim blocks to its drop in quality on a majority of newer titles relying on the usual plot elements and otaku panderings due to the economic decline. But I've had my taste of plenty of titles that caught my interest throughout this decade that I thought I'd give a quick share of before the 2000s come to an end of the top ten anime titles I enjoyed from this decade.
 
10. Tokyo Godfathers
I've been a big fan of Satoshi Kon's films since I first seen Perfect Blue in college and this down-to-earth look at three homeless people on a wacky adventure throughout the city of Tokyo to find a baby's parents had me both laughing at their antics and sympathizing with the personal problems that landed them in their present lifestyles. Ironically enough, the movie is set during the holiday season from Christmas Eve right into New Year's Day.
 
 
 
9. FLCL
Whether you wanna call it a coming-of-age story cleverly wrapped in sexual innuendos and cultural references or a crazy comedy title that makes no sense whatsoever, FLCL was a title that I was very hooked on when I first seen it on Adult Swim in 2003. It was more manic-paced than any anime title I had seen up to that point come from Cartoon Network and Haruko Haruhara was my anime babe of choice thanks to her unpredictable behavior.
 
 
 
8. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Yes, some folks might be aware of my utter distaste of moe titles. But Higurashi's a far different creature from the comedy and dating sim predicaments I seen moe characters get placed in. Horror and mystery's the name of the game with Higurashi as this series did well at hooking me with its plot twists galore and various arcs at seeing whether or not the stories of the characters that I witnessed were truthful or a complete delusion as they went murderously insane. The use of demons, government conspiracies and secret torture chambers were nice additional touches to this unpredictable series. 
 
 
7. Kino's Journey
I've enjoyed looking into "thinking person's" anime titles since I first seen Serial Experiments Lain and Kino's Journey did well at continuing my interest of this approach to anime. The various countries and people that Kino comes across led me to think about another aspect of human living and Kino's neutral viewpoint of observing these various lifestyles made me more interested in the title as I wasn't being repeatedly preached over some direction the show wanted me to believe.
 
 
 
 
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. Azumanga Daioh
This comedy title was a bucketful of laughs for me thanks to the quirky personalities of both Chiyo's circle of friends and the teachers that they interact with in school. From the spaciness of Osaka to taking a reckless ride with Yukari-sensei in the Yukari-mobile, the humor of Azumanga Daioh never got old for me. 
 
 
 

5. .hack//SIGN
This isn't an anime for everybody since this show likes taking its time with developments and is more dialogue-focused than action-driven. But I really enjoyed this series when I first seen it on Cartoon Network in 2003. The mystery on Tsukasa's inability to log out of the World interested me, as well as getting to become familiar with the many characters who enjoyed playing the game. And you've gotta love the soundtrack. "Obsession" is one of my personal favorite anime OP sequences. 
 
 
 
4. Paradise Kiss
This romance title got me interested enough for its look into the world of fashion and the impressive looking artwork and character designs. The clothing designs made for some great eye-candy considering the great amount of detail they had. The character of George Koizumi was an interesting one to figure out as I wondered throughout the show whether or not he genuinely loved Yukari, given the guy's unpredictable actions as he led the ParaKiss group in their school fashion design project. The music of the series was another favorite of mine, especially its OP "Lonely in Gorgeous" and ED "Do You Want To", sung completely in English by Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand.
 
3. Koi Kaze   
I've seen my fair share of romance anime titles being focused on some sci-fi/fantasy element or focused on titles of couplings on the straight and narrow path. But you don't come across something like Koi Kaze often as it features a serious look at the increasingly incestuous relationship of high schooler Nanoka and marriage consultant Koshiro. While well written enough where I could feel for the forbidden path these two siblings were slowly getting themselves into, it did make me uncomfortable the first time I seen the series. But I've come to enjoy the series enough where it's one of my personal favorite romance titles.
 
 
 
2. RahXephon
While many anime fans see Eva as the definitive mecha title, I found RahXephon meeting my expectations better of a great quality mecha title. It had enough plot twists to catch my interest and characters that were easier to connect with than the psychological angstings of Evangelion's cast. The artwork and animation were high quality and fluid respectfully and the powerful soundtrack made for the best music I listened to in this decade. The series also tied up all its loose ends with plot, something that the original Eva series never did thanks to Hideaki Anno's questionable decisions in direction.
 
 
 
1. Monster
Now this was an anime worth every minute of my time. Monster had it all for its 70+ episodes: a large cast with plenty of depth, a building mystery focused around the main baddie's origins and the people who messed him up mentally, a hero whose moral resolve is pushed to its very limit, a haunting and dramatic soundtrack, visuals that remained consistent in detail throughout its run and a villain who does enough at playing mind games on everyone he encounters by either manipulating them to do his dirty work or driving them to insanity and death. I definitely consider this the best of the decade.
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 When They Cry
 When They Cry
After finishing up Minami-ke, I decided to check out Higurashi no Naku Koro ni aka When They Cry.  This anime is based of murder mystery dojin sound novel of the same name. There are two seasons of the show and 5 OVA episodes.
 
Let's start with season one.  For the best description of the story, I'm going to quote it form Wikipedia since it's very well done.
 
Story overview

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa which has a population of approximately 2,000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryuugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Houjou. Keiichi joins their after-school club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and punishment games for the loser, usually him.) Hinamizawa appears to be a normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro. Keiichi learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro. In each story arc, he or one of his friends become paranoid, and a crime is committed. Usually, the crime involves the murder of one of their own friends. While it seems impossible to tell their delusions apart from the mystery of Hinamizawa, slowly the truth is revealed.                ( When They Cry Wiki Page *Spoilers on the Wiki page*)

Watch out for Mion.
Watch out for Mion.
So that's the basic story.  During the course of the show there are different story arcs, 6 in total.  Each one of them is different but, some come together at a different view point.  Each arc starts out with the classmates having a good time with each other.  Then during the arc something usually bad happens and it goes down from there. During the show brutal acts happen.  From beating a person to death with a bat to get getting finger nails ripped off, it's all a gory mess.  There is also a very dark tone to the show as well.  Going along the show you start learning about the "Oyashiro Curse" and start find out that it's actually a parasite causing people to go crazy.  During the final episode of the season you learn that all of these story arcs are actually time paradoxes (Endless Either anyone?) and Rika knows about all of this and she is the reason for it.  Every time she is killed time paradox restarts.
 
Now for the second season.
 
 Peekaboo, I see you! - Rena
 Peekaboo, I see you! - Rena
The first season of the show seemed like it was all about the horror with deaths, gore, and intense situations happening a lot.  With the second season it's more about the story.  With the first 6 story arcs being considered "question arcs", the three story arcs during the second season are the "answer arcs" which clears up everything about the killings and such.  The first arc is basically just a short arc to clear up some stuff about the story and what not.  This is just considered an arc for the anime to help the viewers.  In the second story the classmates start doing their usually things but, Rika notices that some things happen that haven't happened before in the other time paradoxes like Keiichi giving the doll to Mion instead of Rena.  With this in mind, Rika tries to change the fate of destiny and tries to not repeat the time paradoxes again.  In the end she is killed and everything finishes in the last arc.   In the long run you find out that Miyo Takano is the one behind all this and she wants to use the "Oyashiro Curse" or the Hinamizawa Syndrome and take revenge on the people who didn't believe in here step father's research.  In the end she fails and we get a really cheesy happy ending.
 
 Keiichi and Rena do battle.
 Keiichi and Rena do battle.
Now it's time for my thoughts on the show.  I personally loved it.  The first season of the show felt like a horror/psychological with a few comedy parts here and there.  I thought the horror, psychological , and comedy stuff was all good.  With the second season it was less horror and more about the story, which was liked as well.  The characters were kinda standard but, there were good.  The artwork was solid as well.  I just thought Rika and Satako and small bodies with giant heads on them.  At first and had this intense felling about the show.  Once it rolled to the second season if just kinda thought "this show is about murders and intense situations with a bunch of school kids" and I kinda laughed once I realized that.  You got killer school girls in my show!
 
All and all, this show is easily about the horror and the story which is why I loved it.  I kept wanting to watch more and more as I went along.  The horror brought me in at first but, as the story got uncovered, I wanted to know more about the story as well.  If you are into horror stuff and you haven't watched this yet, this is a must watch.  If you are not into the horror genre, the you might want to stay away from this.
 
My Score - 5/5
 
Well, that finishes that.  I'm thinking about checking Bamboo Blade next.  I tried Lucky Start but, I think that show might be a little to random for me.  It's just so hard to pay attention with no story what so ever.  Anyways, time for bed and Happy Thanksgiving!
 
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Art History book for class...(and other books for class)
The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
1 terabyte External Hard Drive by Fantom Drives

What has not come in yet:
Louise Fairy Bustier Ver.(Can't wait for this especially)
Haruhi Suzumiya v.2 regular edition dvd(replacement to the copy that was stolen when my friend borrowed it...he never replaced it back for me some friend he was.)
Fate/stay night manga v.2
He Is My Master v.1 manga
Higurashi, When They Cry manga v.1
Aria manga v.1

That's all for now.
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FINISHED:
1) Code Geass R2
2) GANTZ
3) Higurashi

WATCHING:
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2) Soul Eater
3) Gundam 00 (finally getting around to it)

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