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Disturbing but great.,
This review is from: When They Cry, Vol. 1 (DVD)
"Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" or as it has apparently been incorrectly translated into "When they cry" (it should have been "When the Cicadas Cry"). Is a grade A anime, for those of you who enjoy long drawn out stories that keep a central mystery hidden from the viewer until the end of the series (around 50 episodes or so). In that way the series is sort of like "Lost" except far, far, far more violent and disturbing. Though unlike "Lost" this anime does have an ending with an actual answer.
So if you can handle a long drawn out show and have the stomach for some truly brutal violence directed at children or children directed at other children or children directed at adults then by all means get this anime. Not to make it sound like that happens in every scene, most of the show is dedicated towards the relationships between the characters, progress towards figuring out what is going on and usually a problem for that story arc that confronts them, that at least in beginning usually ends badly.
If you're wondering what a Cicadas is. It's an insect that can make a loud buzzing sound. You hear it a lot in this anime and others as the insect enjoys warm tropical weather. So as you can see the title doesn't exactly mean cry, as in I'm sad, it also means cry like a baby kitten's cry for its mother. Get it, cry = sound. The whole title is a round about way of saying summer time, which is what the characters of this anime find themselves reliving over and over.