Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
When They Cry 2
Continuing from the first series, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai begins to shed some light on the dark mysteries prevalent in the preceding season. The young group of friends in the town of Hinamizawa continue to enter terrible conflicts with one another in their never ending summer of 1983, often ending with the brutal murder of one of their numbers. Furude Rika, with the help of her spiritual friend Hanyuu, tackles challenges over and over, trying her best to keep their lives from coming to a tragic end. With no end to the torture in sight, Rika must call upon the bonds of friendship and trust among her friends to discover the true villain of this eternal June.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Thriller
Age Rating: Teenage and above (may contain bloody violence / bad language / nudity)
No. of Episodes: 24 episodes
This anime is direct continuation from its prequel, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. So, if you haven’t watch it, please do so before watch this series. in this review, I’ll refer Higurashi no Naku Koro ni as “Higurashi” while “Kai” as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai.
To make it simple, Higurashi is the question while Kai is the answer.
I reviewed that Higurashi left a big question mark on my head, yes, a really big one. However, Kai destroyed the question mark by answering all the mysteries happened in the Higurashi. I get to understand more and more of the story when I watch Kai, it felt like Higurashi is the past, while Kai is present. All those things falls together and form an extraordinary great story.
All the characters are very well developed. In Higurashi, the story is quite rush, thus not all the characters are well developed. In Kai, all the characters are properly developed even those characters that you thought are minor characters, for example, Tomitake, Takano, Irie, Ooishi, Oryou and more…
I’m very very very satisfied with this series. The way it continues the story, the way it explain everything and the way it solve everything. Wonderful.
I’ll have it rated: 36/40
Studio: Studio DEEN
The animation quality of Kai has improved a lot if you compare it with Higurashi. Characters has better artwork, thus looks more natural, balanced and moe(?)… Even the background artwork and some minor details are properly drawn.
The animation is also improved. Unlike Higurashi has unnatural or out of sync movements, Kai has everything fixed and improved.
Overall, I’m glad that they increased the budget for the animation production. Or else, such a great story would gone wasted.
I’ll have it rated: 25/30
- “Naraku no Hana (奈落の花)” by Shimamiya Eiko
- “Taishō.a (対象.a)” by anNina
Same as its predecessor, the sound work is brilliant. The first season is more to the mysterious side, thus the opening theme is creepy and dark. While this season is different, it explains those mysteries, show how Rika struggle through her fate. Therefore, the opening is more to sad and struggling feel.
Didn’t notice much changes regarding the BGM, some match the atmosphere and increase the mood. Otherwise, just so-so.
I’ll have it rated: 17/20
I enjoyed both seasons in different ways. Higurashi series have great story. Would recommend to others.
36 + 25 + 17 + 9 = 87points
87points, EXCELLENT anime [06/10/2009]