This was one of absolute favorite anime ever. It maybe because I'm into psychological horror or it maybe because of the great plot and lovable and mysterious characters. I've always loved it when an innocent group of people is caught up in a tragedy that keeps you guessing until the end. For those reasons I have decided that Higurashi is on my favorites.
The plot is about a group of friends from a remote village called Hinamizawa that get caught up in a tragic series of events. Within these events, in time, you find out that Hinamizawa has a dark past and that the group of friends have secrets of their own. The rising plot line intensifies that atmosphere of the show and the drastic actions taken make Higurashi an interesting, mind maze of an anime. You have the most satisfyingly psychological thrilling you'd have until the next season. Sadly, the end is vague and it is hard to understand. The Curse of Oyashiro was a topic that lives throughout and even when you think you've figured it out, another gruesome murder rips your logic in half. If you like a horror thriller with a hint of humor, I suggest Higurashi - When They Cry.
Total Rating: 4.5 out of a possible 5 The only reason it gets a 4.5 instead of 5 is because of it's unclear ending. Other than that, one of the best anime I have ever seen. I suggest it.