Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983, and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead.
As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in the recent years, and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi tries to ask his new friends about these incidents, but they are suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he needs. As more and more bizarre events occur, he wonders just what else his friends might be keeping from him, and if he can even trust them at all.
When madness and paranoia begin taking root in Keiichi’s heart, he will stumble straight into the mysteries at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a story that is told across multiple arcs
English: When They Cry
Synonyms: When the Cicadas Cry, The Moment the Cicadas Cry
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Premiered: Spring 2006
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:30 (JST)
Producers: Geneon Universal Entertainment, Frontier Works, Sotsu, DAX Production
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks, Geneon Entertainment USA
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Visual novel
Genres: Mystery, Dementia, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Eng Sub/Eng Subbed
10bit Japanese (Audio)