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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni a series surrounding a small traditional village and a series of murders that happen every year after the cotton drifting festival. The last of these the fifth murder repeats itself over and over again until Rika the hidden main protagonist doesn’t die. Each repeat is slightly different and is suppose to give you certain clues to the overall mystery of what’s happening.
The first season, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, itself to say the least is designed specifically to leave far more questions than answers setting it up for the vastly superior second season. The fist season itself is often riddled with over dramatization not matched up with the voice acting. Plenty of people freaking out, but sounding rather calm while everyone seems to just nod their heads and ignore that the other one seems to be having a breakdown; It’s as if the voice actors were just given lines with short cues instead of letting them watch what they were suppose to act out (modern practice). Much of the show is disorientating constantly switching out who is the good guy in this one and the bad guy and that one
. It seems more akin to a large number of short stories then an over arching fiction. The major blemish throughout the show is simply self obsession with gore. The show seems to want to make you take it seriously, but then constantly goes over the top with crazy without even giving a good reason why. More shock and awe tactics then anything. There is even an arc in which Shino kills a bunch of people for a punisher-esk reason only to do so by means of torture devices right out of a bad anime SAW movie; complete with a device that rips off your figure nails.
However the show is not without some good points. If you’re willing to wriggle your cleaver through the self obsessed gore and B-rate antics the actual story and over arcing mystery is flipping fascinating. The subtle ques seem there and the comedy hits on pad every time and it hooks you in making the INTENSELY better sequel matter. Though it feels more like a slow and painful precursor to its better younger brother It’s at least worth a look at if nothing else, but to expand your pallet. No matter how a feel about it I am glad it was made for you can tell they made exactly the anime they wanted earning them 3 torture devices out of 5