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When They Cry: Complete Box Set

 NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation/Geneon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BWD75U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
"When They Cry", or "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" (When the Cicadas Cry) is a unique murder-mystery anime series based on a popular Japanese video game. And how do video game adaptations usually fare, class? Well, consider the curse shattered. This is the best animated horror not named Hellsing that I have seen in many years and the opening credit sequence is wonderful and reportedly features backmasking in the industrial-tinged theme song. Creepy!

The first 5 episodes of this anime are beyond fabulous and the story is told in amazingly bold form. It closely resembles both The Wicker Man and Rosemary's Baby in tone and themes, but Higurashi adds that brand of cloying cuteness that can only be found in anime which only manages to accentuate the disturbing content. There have been two seasons total that have aired in Japan with a third just beginning and an OVA (original video animation) planned as well. Here in America, we've only had the first season so far. This is the season I'll be reviewing.

Keichi is a transfer student making friends at his new school in the village of Hinamizawa. he's already found his way into a club of energetic girls who play games and enact embarrassing punishments on the loser. It's adorable. But the village has secrets. Lots of 'em. And nearly as many endearing characters to go with those buried secrets. Each year they hold a celebration known as The Drifting Cotton Festival . Each year somebody dies on that night and another disappears altogether. Nobody talks about it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inflated Price... August 13, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't sucker in to these overly inflated prices..
it's a joke to pay over $60 for an English licensed Box set.
I highly recommend this series to anyone.. just not at this price.
I got mine on here for $20 a few months ago... they are trying to haggle.
It's not right. :(
highly suggest waiting for price deflation.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When they Cry September 10, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is what i've been waiting for, a complete release of one of my favorite series ever. The packaging is pretty top notch too, with a (menacingly) stylish outside cover to house your three thin packs. The story is anout a boy named Keiichi Maebara and his life in the village he just moved to, Hinamizawa. There he meets his friends Mion, Rena, Satoko, and Rika. There are many morals in the story you can spot if you look hard enough, like the impotance of trust and friendship. Now don't get me wrong if you think this is another sappy, "moe", slice of life, etc. You will be caught off guard by the spilling of blood, heartless murder and bone-chilling laughter. If gore and violence is a turn off, then this isn't the best choice to make. But if you're willing to make the sacrifice of not being able to sleep for a few days, then "When they Cry" is right for you!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Shocking but Awesome at the same time! October 12, 2009
This anime is by far one of the most unique and orginal ones I have ever seen. The story is so deep and vast that you will probably have to watch it a 2nd time through to find out the true details. I got this while at an anime convention in Dallas, TX and I saw it at a Funimation Booth. I decided to give it a try because the synopsis sounded interesting and I am very glad I did. The story is set in 1983 in a village outside of Japan. The series revolves around a re-occuring 8 main characters that are vastly connected to one another. What will blow your mind though is how the story has been "spliced" if you will, into various fragments and is told through each characters point of view. The sets of episodes that focus on one exact sub-story of the main story are called "Arcs" and will restart to a new after so many episodes. In the beginning you will be drawn to a certain arc but will only be confused as the characters that were killed or left at the end of it, all of a sudden reappear and the story resets for the next one. What is revealed though is that they are actually taking places at different perspectives and it will all come together in the end to reveal the true story of why these things have been occuring/past occuring (Still with me? ^^).

The characters also are so well potrayed that at many moments I found myself and my friend (whom I watched it with) actually cheering at certain parts for the main hero of that arc. It is a great anime but a very violent and dark one at that. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR CHILDREN OR CERTAIN PEOPLE FOR THAT MATTER. Each arc will always start off slow but will build up to a bloody conclusion or shocking ending. I was amazed at just how deep they went with the violence of these children for such a setting. Some may be turned off by the story but if you are into mysteries, love horror, and enjoy character developement and deep stories than definitely check this out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative murder mystery series with a real twist November 18, 2009
"When They Cry" ("Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni" or "When the Cicadas Cry," a colorful term meaning the summertime in Japan when the cicada's cry can be almost deafening) is one of the most unique adaptations I have seen of the Japanese computer game-type known as a visual novel.

Visual novels (although in the case of "Higurashi no Naku Koro" it was called a "sound novel" due to its use of mood-setting music and sound effects) are kind of like "Choose your own adventure" books for the computer. Players get a standard plotline that can be resolved in different ways based on conversations they have with other characters and choices they make in the game. In the case of "When They Cry," the game was a murder-mystery where the killer and victims could be any number of people depending on how the game was played. The anime for "When They Cry" replicated this by making a series of story arcs, each which resolves the main story in a different style.

The basic set-up is always the same. Five friends live in the small village of Hinamizawa home of the summer festival known as Watanagashi where bits of cotton are floated down the stream to do away with bad memories. Keiichi is a young boy who has recently moved to the village, where he quickly befriends a group of four girls, Rena, Mion, Satoko, and Rika. Things start out innocently enough, but slowly Keiichi learns of a local legend of a village curse by someone named Oyashiro, and that every year on the Watanagashi festival someone is murdered and someone disappears forever.

The twenty-six episode box set has six story arcs, "Spirited Away by Demons, "Cotton Drifting," "Curse Killing," "Time Killing," "Eye Opening (Actually "Cotton Drifting" told from a different point of view) and "Attonment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not $200 good.
Good, but not $200 good. I bought this in 2010 for about $50 and it's extremely entertaining and unique among anime for it's blending of horror and more typical anime tropes. Read more
Published 20 days ago by JDH
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Out of Print DVD
I love this series. I'm a fan of anime and horror so this series is perfect for me. When I heard it was out of print I was so upset but I found it here on Amazon and was so happy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Jeffcoat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anime but an INCOMPLETE set
Don't let the case fool you by it saying this is the "Complete Box set" because it is not. There are two seasons and this is only one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bambi L. Tuckey
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Own it
I love this anime. I'm glad that I bought it several years ago when the price was better. Right now, it's too high! Read more
Published 11 months ago by HappyBlushCalayapie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
I purchased these for a Christmas gift for my oldest daughter. I have not played them but I looked everything over and they look great, no scratches or anything, and the box looks... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dorothy H
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of Anime Horror
Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, or When the Cicadas Cry in the English version, is a murder mystery/psychological horror anime which is based off a visual novel of the same name by the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Scrimshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain teaser
if you like the hard to understand suspenceand mistery then this is a winner. it keeps you going and never gets to boring as these kids try to understand what is happening and why... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Aron Arnett
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Anime, but Overpriced
I really enjoyed this anime whenever I streamed it a few years ago (as I did with most Anime I watched). I recently decided I would like to go back and watch it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars great and interesting.
watched this a month ago and got to say...... this anime is not nearly as bad as what i saw. i thought this anime would just be a gory mess......but it wasnt. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. cox
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best anime ever!!
I've wanted this for months and couldn't find it anywhere. You NEED to add this to your anime collection. It's amazing!
Published 17 months ago by Adam
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