Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Anime)

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The cover of the first English DVD compilation released by Geneon Universal Entertainment.
ひぐらしのなく頃に
(Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
Genre Mystery, Psychological horror, Supernatural
Anime television series
Directed by Chiaki Kon
Produced by
  • Hiroyuki Oomori
  • Mika Nomura
  • Yasutaka Hyuuga
Written by
  • Rika Nakase (eps 5-8, 16-21)
  • Toshifumi Kawase (eps 1-4, 9-15, 22-26)
Music by
Studio Studio Deen
Licensed by Sentai Filmworks
Network UHF Stations
Original run April 4, 2006 – September 26, 2006
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)

An anime adaptation of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni visual novel series was announced by 07th Expansion and animated by Studio DEEN. The series contained twenty-six episodes, which aired between April 4th and September 26th, on a number of Japanese television networks, including but not limited to, Chiba TV, Kansai TV, and Tokai TV. The series is divided into six chapters, which are the first six chapters in the original visual novel series. First is Onikakushi-hen between episodes one and four, followed by Watanagashi-hen between episodes five and eight, and Tatarigoroshi-hen between episodes nine and thirteen, making the series half over. Next is Himatsubushi-hen between episodes fourteen and fifteen, making it the smallest of the story arcs. The last two chapters are Meakashi-hen, between episodes sixteen and twenty-one, and finally Tsumihoroboshi-hen, between episodes twenty-two and twenty-six.

Plot

On one hot summer day in 1983, a transfer student named Maebara Keiichi comes to a peaceful rural village in Hinamizawa. There, he befriends his classmates Rena, Mion, Rika, and Satoko. Accepted as a full-fledged member of the "club," Keiichi and the gang plays all sorts of activities ranging from card and board games to hide-and-seek. But just as Keiichi was beginning to be assimilated in simple rural life, he stumbles upon the dark history of Hinamizawa. As Keiichi dives deeper into the mystery, he finds that his new found friends may not be all what they claim to be.