For ages, I have been searching for a horror anime that actually makes you get goosebumps by just watching a few mere seconds. Higurashi no Naki Koro ni is one of those rare diamonds that I was suggested.
Here are my thoughts.
Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-schoolboy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?
As well as falling under the horror genre, this anime is also pretty mysterious and is great for creating theories as to what is happening. This show tends to drift away from having a linear story line as it divides the chapters into 3-4 question arcs and 3-4 answer arcs. These arcs then pan out into one giant story and it starts to make sense near the end.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this show is because in every arc there was a constant mention of ‘Oyashiro’s curse’ which made the audience believe that it was real yet in the answer arcs it gave us more of a ‘realistic’ viewpoint which was another feature that made the story more understandable. Another reason for this was to add tension to the scary parts which allowed me to feel more attached to the characters and their feelings.
Although this anime is quite old, the animation was quite similar to the style of Clannad, another older anime, as it followed similar features such as : massive eyes and petit faces. This gave the show a cute moe feel which mislead the audience as they probably thought that there wasn’t going to be any dark, horrific scenes.
Each character had a weird vibe about them as you would never know who you could trust aside from the main protagonist. The arcs featured stories from each of Maebara’s friends which allowed the audience to get to know the backstories of the characters a little more, but this still didn’t give us the whole picture which is what I enjoyed as something could surprise you at the last-minute which could give away a lot more information that was necessary to the story.
I would give this anime…
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