When They Cry: Complete Box Set
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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 .Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Transfer student Keniichi Maebara has grown a liking to his new town, the quiet village Hinamizawa. He becomes fast friends with four girls around his age. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Luquillo
I was lucky enough to purchased this box set for the cheapest price i've seen in years since watching this anime a few years ago so I'll finally write a review of this box... Read morePublished 21 months ago by AZVKA
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 morePublished 21 months ago by JDH
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Stephen Jeffcoat
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 morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Bambi L. Tuckey
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 morePublished on November 14, 2013 by HappyBlushCalayapie
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 morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Scrimshaw
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 morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Aron Arnett