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When They Cry, Vol. 1 , With Box

When They Cry , Chiaki Koh  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: When They Cry
  • Directors: Chiaki Koh
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O77M00
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's tough being the new guy in town, having just moved into the small rural village of Hinamizawa, but when Keiichi joins an after-school club and befriends four cute girls, life doesn't seem too bad. That is, until he learns about demonic cults and a failed dam construction project, plus the grisly murders and disappearances that have occurred every year after the town festival. As shocking past events are unveiled through different viewpoints, Keiichi learns that things and even people aren't what they appear to be. How many of his club "friends" are involved and what are their plans for him?!
(Contains Episodes 1-5)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cover fool you. May 19, 2007
All descriptions and covers for this anime might lead you to believe that it's in some way cute or something a family could watch together. It's not. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is one of the most disturbing, creepy, and dramatic shows I've ever seen. Before this, I had never been scared by a horror anime before. The episodes play out in different arcs, revealing parts of the mystery as well as raising more questions, making it a very interesting show to watch and the story's well-crafted, indeed, but when I saw the cute pink box with the lolis, I felt I had to warn people who may not know much about the series that this is hardcore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An anime with everything... for real this time June 15, 2007
When They Cry is an anime that encompasses almost every facet possible. It starts off relatively cutesy but will slowly twist and decend into a violent sadistic world. All the while the tension is interjected with the return of cute moments. While at first it may sound like it jumps between different angles in some odd sort of plot just thrown together, it actually just heightens the tension within the viewer because it becomes hard to tell what is real.

The story revolves around a young man who has just moved to a new town and befriends a group of girls at his new school. He is somewhat forced to join their club in which they play games after classes to kill time. The loser must be humiliated (for instance he loses and they draw on his face with a marker to look like a cat). Slowly things turn a bit strange as stories begin to surface of the towns history. A history filled with murder, demons, deceit, and mystery. Who's involved? Who's safe? Who will be the next to die? The story keeps twisting and turning throughout.

Originally called "Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni" which translates more directly to "When the Cicadas Cry" the show is laid out in episode groups. Five or six episodes combine for one plotline and then the next set starts. Some new groups fill in gaps, others provide different angles or possibilities. It's up for a lot of interpretation. This is probably because the show is based off of a Korean Computer Game that was released episodically. As a result, the show reflects that in its presentation. But the art is beautiful, the story is ensnaring, and at 26 episodes long, I can't recommend it more. I rank it up in my top animes with Wolf's Rain, Hellsing, and Azumanga Daioh (yes I know it seems out of place but they are all similar to this show in a way). Stop reading now and start watching. You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brain Fry March 24, 2008
By Aion
In order to satisfy my inner eBay bargain hunger, I picked up Vol. 1, 2 and the art box of When They Cry on eBay.co.uk. Not bad for a total of £13.50!

Before actually getting into reviewing the anime, I'd like to talk about the When They Cry art box Geneon (RIP) released. The art box is pink, with images of the 5 main female characters (Mion, Rena, Rika, Satoko and Shion) in maid outfits, all looking either cute or sexy. I'm not sure what the people who designed the box art and picked the colour were on; the art box would give someone ignorant about the series the wrong impression of the show. No sane male would be seen walking out of a shop with it... Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be to pay for something that looks like animated child porn?

Thankfully, the reversible DVD covers had someone with a brain design them. One side of the DVD covers is a good (happyish looking, without pink or maid outfits) and the other side of the cover is evil, with shadowy versions of the characters showing. Unlike the art box, you could walk out of a shop holding copies of the DVDs themselves with your head held high. The only issue I have with the DVDs is the infamous Vol. 2 misprint where an intelligent person decided to put the episode descriptions for the first 5 episodes as the descriptions for episodes 6-10. Due to Geneon going south, not many copies were released and even less were re-released with the error corrected.

Whilst talking about the R1 DVDs, it's only right to inform those not in the know that only the first 3 volumes (there was going to be 6) ever got released.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Afraid May 29, 2013
Ian Malcom from Jurassic Park2 put it best. "That's how it always starts: "ooh, and aah," then comes the running... and the screaming..."

This is not a show to be taken lightly. It's based on a Visual Novel (game and book novel at the same time), and it is cute, then gruesome. It makes you like the characters, so you feel especially bad when they die in tragic ways. If you like it at all, look up the visual novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When They Cry October 3, 2012
This anime is one of the oddest and gorey i've seen. The story is in multiple parts also. Each chapter is a different situation or path that is taken. However, they take place at the same time. The first disc has 5 ep. on it. The first 4 are to one arc. The last ep. would start back like the first and has a different situation. This is based on the visual novel.
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Definately NOT a PG anime.
Um, not sure how you got this but the DVD's I have have a 16+ Japanese rating on them... this is their somewhat equivalent to an R rating in the states...
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