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When They Cry: Complete Box Set

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  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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 (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BWD75U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By trashcanman VINE VOICE on October 26, 2009
Format: DVD
"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 .
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By tsukuyomi on August 13, 2011
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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 By Frederica Bernkastel on September 10, 2009
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2009
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"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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Richard Meeks on October 12, 2009
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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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Why is This So Overpriced?!
Because the studio that produced the show is no longer around. Funimation picked up the distribution license but over time they let it expire I think so what you're seeing are people trying to gouge collectors prices for the show now.
Sep 18, 2011 by Jacob Minger |  See all 2 posts
I hope they do eventually... this box set alone doesn't conclude the story. "Kai" is just as good as the first season and has a stunning conclusion - it needs to be released ASAP!
Aug 26, 2010 by D. Rees |  See all 9 posts
when will this box set be availible?
If you can't find it anymore here, I believe this site is still selling them.
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