Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei Concept Art + OVA delayed

>> September 25, 2008

The concept art for the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei OVA has been released on Famitsu's official website. It features all of the main characters' new designs plus several of their designs in swim suits.

Additionally, it has been announced that the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei OVA has been delayed its first release until February. The new release dates are as follows.


DVD Edition Release Date

Blu-ray Edition Release Date

OVA First Volume - Hajisarashi-hen

2/25/2009 Expected Sale Date

3/25/2009 Expected Sale Date

OVA Second Volume - Saikoroshi-hen : First Chapter

3/25/2009 Expected Sale Date

4/2009 Expected Sale Date

OVA Third Volume - Saikoroshi-hen: Second Chapter

5/2009 Expected Sale Date

6/2009 Expected Sale Date

OVA Fourth Volume - Saikoroshi-hen: Third Chapter

6/2009 Expected Sale Date

7/2009 Expected Sale Date

OVA Fifth Volume - Hirukowashi-hen

8/2009 Expected Sale Date

9/2009 Expected Sale Date

Source: Famitsu.com


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei OVA character design

>> September 20, 2008

The Higurashi no Naku Koro ni OVA, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei's official site has been updated with a commercial promoting the series whilst revealing the new character design to be used for the series.

The character design is quite similar to the style used in the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai anime series, but holds a slightly more simplistic tone.

The picture provided at the right is the promotional picture demonstrating the new design. It was scanned from a magazine promoting Rei.

You can view the promotional commercial at the official site located in the source link.


Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Shikata Akiko

>> August 30, 2008

Akiko Shikata's latest album "Umineko no Naku Koro ni" has been released. It contains songs from the Umineko no Naku Koro ni visual novel, the sequel to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai in the When they Cry series.

  1. Fukukatsu no Hi ~Prologo~
  2. Umineko no Naku Koro ni
  3. Kiniro no Chousou ~Uruwashi no Bansan~
  4. Katakoi
  5. Kuro no Liliana ~Melancholia~
  6. Umineko no Naku Koro ni -Alternative Instrumental Suites-


When they Cry... Website Makeover

Hi everyone. I'm going to do a major makeover on higurashi∞infinity to make it more suitable for the upcoming Umineko stuff. I am asking today if any of you have any ideas I could use as the name for the site. For some ideas, higurashi∞infinity was chosen as the name to represent this site with the "infinity" representing the endless June in Higurashi no naku koro ni. The infinity sign is also located on the logo for the animated series, and therefore was chosen. I need a name for both

  • An umineko no naku koro ni website portion
  • The entire "When they cry" series portion
I prefer original names so that my site is easily distinguishable from other websites, and that nobody else would want to make a site with the same name. If you have any ideas please post them in the comments!


Series Character Song Remix CD - Nanikagachikaunodesu

>> August 15, 2008

The first Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Character song Remix CD, "Nanikagachikaunodesu" has been released. It includes previously released songs recomposed by famous remixers. The album was created for two of the most popular and catchy Higurashi character songs- Nano desu☆ and Keiichi-Ooishi Uwasa no Jikenbo ABC. You can download the CD below.

  2. Nano Desu☆ ~HIGH SPEED AuAu TRANCE~
  3. Nano Desu☆ ~deep smoke mix~
  4. Keiichi, Oishi no Uwasa no Jikenbo ABC ~North Europe Mix~
  5. Keiichi, Oishi no Uwasa no Jikenbo ABC ~PSYCHO SPACE MIX~
  6. Keiichi, Oishi no Uwasa no Jikenbo ABC ~type-R~


Umineko no Naku Koro ni soundtrack announced, to be released soon

>> July 25, 2008

The Umineko no Naku Koro ni visual novel soundtrack will be released August 15th at comiket, and will be fully on sale at anime shops on August 29th. Shikata Akiko, who is the already known artist for the theme song of the Umineko visual novel, will have a large role in the soundtrack, and will release a new song within the soundtrack titled "Katakoi", a full version of the song "Umineko no Naku Koro ni" and several other songs. Hiroshi Yoshino, who arranged the Wolf & Spice soundtrack, and Takashi Yoshi who did soundtracks for many movies will also contribute in the soundtrack. It will cost 1,500 Yen, with the catalog code The tracklist is below.

  1. Fukukatsu no Hi ~Prologo~
  2. Umineko no Naku Koro ni
  3. Kiniro no Chousou ~Uruwashi no Bansan~
  4. Katakoi
  5. Kuro no Liliana ~Melancholia~ (instrumental)
  6. Umineko no Naku Koro ni -Alternative Instrumental Suites- (Instrumental)


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei Update

>> July 23, 2008

It has been announced that the upcoming Higurashi no Naku Koro ni OVA, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei, will contain 5 episodes. I am getting the impression that it will go straight to DVD, with no TV release, as the DVD release dates have already been decided, but I'm deeply hoping it will be shown on TV because a two-month gap between episodes seems like a bit much. It will be released on a span of 5 DVDs with one episode on each, with a total of three arcs. The release dates are as follows.

OVA Vol.1 - Shamefully Bleached Cotton chapter
---DVD Release: Dec. 26th, 2008; Blu-ray Release: Jan. 23rd, 2009
OVA Vol.2 - Dice Murder Chapter, Part 1
---DVD Release: Feb. 26th, 2008; Blu-ray Release: Jan. 23rd, 2009
OVA Vol.3 - Dice Murder Chapter, Part 2
---DVD Release: Apr. 2009; Blu-ray Release: May 2009
OVA Vol.4 - Dice Murder Chapter, Part 3
---DVD Release: Jun. 2009; Blu-ray Release: Jul. 2009
OVA Vol.5 - Daytime Destruction Chapter
---DVD Release: Aug. 2009; Blu-ray Release: Sep. 2009


Umineko no Naku Koro ni Animation Official Site Opens

>> July 18, 2008

The official website for the Umineko no Naku Koro ni animated television series has opened its doors to visitors and fans.

The website already has a decent amount of material and a wonderful layout.

You can view the official site in the source link.


Funimation Licenses North American "When They Cry" Releases

>> July 8, 2008

A day I have been looking forward to for a while, Funimation has relicensed Higurashi no Naku Koro ni's North American release, or "When They Cry." The previous licensee, Geneon, went under and was forced to drop all of it's series'. As a result, the volumes following vol.3 were put on indefinite hiatus and were presumed to never have an official North American release, and the already released DVDs went out of print and are now extremely rare. Here are the announced release dates for the Funimation releases of "When They Cry" Whey They Cry, Vol.1 - $29.98 - 9/30/2008 Whey They Cry, Vol.1 + Artbox - $39.98 - 9/30/2008 Whey They Cry, Vol.2 - $29.98 - 9/30/2008 Whey They Cry, Vol.3 - $29.98 - 9/30/2008 Whey They Cry, Vol.4 - $29.98 - 9/30/2008


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Release

>> July 3, 2008

The DS port of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna has been released in Japan. If you haven't heard much about it until now, both are visual novels and the original story of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. They were originally computer visual novels but the graphics were redone and updated, with added extras, and made for the PS2. That PS2 game is now available on the Nintendo DS (with more arcs than the original). Keep in mind that this is a visual novel, which is not a traditional, completely interactive video game and involves a lot of reading (with occasional voicing-- lovely!) I've retrieved links to download the game so you can test it yourself. Of course, this game is in Japanese and unless you have a decent Japanese vocabulary you're going to have a hard time playing, but you can always grab the handy dictionary. If I find some time I'm considering to make an attempt to translate it and hopefully start an internet spur of translations... maybe. Enough talking! Here are your links. Qshare: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Filefactory: Download Uploaded.to: Download The downloads links are completely credited to: [Source] You will need a Nintendo DS emulator to play it. I won't be posting any because they are not mine to host and I can't say for sure which one will work on your system. Do an easy google search for "nintendo ds emulator". (You bitch! You could have posted the links, etc.)


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

>> June 20, 2008

The OVA set due for late this year/early 2009 has finally been confirmed to be titled "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei." The story was originally released as a fandisc game which was released at Comiket 71 on December 31, 2006 as a token of gratitude to the fans. (Rei means "Gratitude") It takes place directly continuing the final scene of the last episode of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai. If there is only one arc in the OVA, it will be titled "Saikoroshi-hen." If they decide to have more than one arc, it will also include "Hirukowashi-hen," however it is unlikely that it will also have the latter.


Character Song Remix CD~Nanikagachigaunodesu☆~

>> May 30, 2008

The tracklisting for the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Remix CD has been announced! It will include three mixes of Nano Desu☆ and another three of Keiichi, Ooishi no Uwada no Jikenbo ABC. To be a little honest, I'm actually a bit scared of what the outcome of the latter will be...

01. Nano desu☆ ~Oyashirosama BREAKS~    Remixed by DJ SADOI 02. Nano desu☆ ~High Speed Au-Au TRANCE~    Remixed by Tiibe 03. Nano desu☆ ~deep smoke mix~    Remixed by peachman 04. Keiichi, Ooishi no Uwasa no Jikenbo ABC ~North Europe Mix~    Remixed by Nishida Masara 05. Keiichi, Ooishi no Uwasa no Jikenbo ABC ~PSYCHO SPACE MIX~    Remixed by CHAMAR / TOD AQUARIUM RECORDS 06. Keiichi, Ooishi no Uwasa no Jikenbo ABC ~type-R~    Remixed by Shingo Ideta


Higurashi Fair: The Real-Life Watanagashi

A Higurashi fair will be held on May 31st to June 29th. It will be themed after Watanagashi (Cotton Drifting), for a real-life Watanagashi festival. To catch the atmosphere, it will also extend to a shrine that is to be named "Furude Shrine" for the days the fair is going on. It will hold mainly at the Animate headquarters in Ikebukuro. You can buy lots of limited-edition goodies from the festival, including Musubi file.04 that will not be officially released until late June. Additionally, I would like to die now. Source: [1]


Character CD: "Irie and their Counterattack" track listing

The (probable) final Higurashi no Naku Koro ni CD has been given a tracklist. As mentioned before, the CD will be sang by the voice actors of Irie (Doctor), Chie (Teacher) and Akasaka (Police Officer Investigator). Here's the tracklist for you all. It will be released on August 15, 2008. I honestly don't understand the extremely long release date, however.

01. HEAVEN's Door    By Irie (Seki Toshihiko) 02. BUCHIKAMACE Tekkabuto Dan!    By Mamoru Akasaka (Daisuke Ono) 03. Chie Sensei no Kareeraisu Ondo    By Rumiko (Orikasa Fumiko) 04. HEAVEN's Door -Irie off ver.- 05. BUCHIKAMACE Tekkabuto Dan! -Akasaka off ver.- 06. Chie Sensei no Kareeraisu Ondo -Chie Sensei off ver.-


Musubi File.03

>> May 17, 2008

The cover for Musubi File.03 has been released. This time it is none other than Satoko! I really like how most of the covers show a similar trend... Anyway, it contains episodes 17 and 18 of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, with of course extras! It will be on sale 5/23. You can also get the limited edition version with Box. You can buy it at almost any DVD store in Japan, or you can order it online at such sites as yesasia.com and cdjapan.co.jp . Source: Official site


Higurashi Photobook: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Illustrations

>> May 13, 2008

A new photobook is coming out titled "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Illustrations" (ひぐらしのなく頃に イラストレーションズ). It will be released on May 24th (2008.05.24) and will cost ¥2,500 (which is about US$25 in America's current economy). The images in the photobook will be all of the images used to promote Higurashi throughout it's entire anime airing. That includes all magazine illustrations, calendar pictures, box art, etc. Don't worry though- all of the images with be clean and textless unlike previous releases. Time to make some wallpapers and posters! Source: [1]


Umineko no Naku Koro ni to be animated!

>> May 2, 2008

The third story of the 'When they Cry' series is finally going to see it's adaption into the animation world. The animation will, like Higurashi, be animated by Studio Deen. The official site of higurashi - oyashirosama.com - has created a special page with small bits of information regarding the Umineko animation, which you can see directly here. Umineko is the third story in the 'When They Cry' series (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni being the first, and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai being the second). It made it's debut as a visual novel on August 17th of 2007. It currently has two releases with another planned for release, and more being made. _____ Regarding the site, though a site for Higurashi, I will continue to update on information and news of Umineko. If necessary, I will consider branching off into it's own blog. So from now on (for now) I will update with information of the Umineko series. For information regarding Umineko no Naku Koro ni only, you can here: Umineko no Naku Koro ni


Higurashi Third Series, Not Third Season

>> May 1, 2008

It has been reported that news for the Higurashi third season will not be a third season, but a third series. It will be released in the form of OVA (Original Video Animation). (For those who do not know, OVA's are usually around the length of 2 episodes.) It is still unconfirmed whether the series will be based off of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (two stories that were originally released on a fandisc in 2006), however suspicions are still high that that will be the case. Source: [1]


Sequel to Higurashi movie already in progress?!

>> April 28, 2008

OYASHIROSAMA.COM - the official website for the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni animated series has announced that the sequel to the first Higurashi movie has been planned and is already in progress. Whether you're for the production of another Live-Action movie or completely against it, it's coming anyway! Source: [1]


Higurashi Manga American Release

>> April 19, 2008

Higurashi has been acquired for American distribution by Yen Press. The publisher made the announcements during its Saturday afternoon panel at New York Comic Con 2008. It will initially run in the Yen Plus anthology magazine, the first issue of which will be sold starting on July 29. Standard volumes of Higurashi will go on sale in the first part of the next year. Source: [1]


WHEEL OF FORTUNE (運命の輪) single

>> April 15, 2008

Hello everybody. The WHEEL OF FORTUNE single is out today. Since you are a bunch of cheapskates and probably won't buy it anyway, I will post it for download here. Please enjoy it! 01. WHEEL OF FORTUNE (運命の輪) - download 02. ディオラマ - download 03. WHEEL OF FORTUNE (運命の輪) -instrumental- - download 04. ディオラマ -instrumental- - download


New Character CD & Remix Album

>> April 14, 2008

A new CD containing new character songs as well as a few previously released remixed character songs will be released. - Keiichi/Ooishi no Uwasa no Jikenbo ABC - Maebara Keiichi (Hoshi Souichirou) and Ooishi Kuraudo (Chafuurin) - Nanodesu☆ - Hanyuu (Horie Yui) The title for the new character CD is titled "Irietachi no Gyakushuu" (meaning: Irie and the others) The cast for that is Irie Kyousuke, Akasaka Mamoru, Chie Rumiko. --Anyway, it's very late and I can't stay awake any longer. Information on the character CDs and other shit ASAP



>> April 6, 2008

A day or so late but nonetheless here is the music video to "WHEEL OF FORTUNE (Unmei no wa)"from the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni movie by Eiko Shimamiya. Apparently it was not supposed to be released yet, but BARKS had it up just long enough to grab it. So here it is. You can also download the mp3 to the song here: WHEEL OF FORTUNE mp3 Please enjoy it!


Advanced Movie Tickets On Sale

>> April 3, 2008

Last weekend the advanced movie tickets for the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Movie were put up for sale. If you would like to purchase an advanced ticket, you can go to your local ANIMATE shop (Japan Only). If you do not live near an ANIMATE shop, you can mail-order your tickets. Here is a list of places that will be selling the tickets: 池袋シネマサンシャイン(http://www.cinemasunshine.co.jp/) 渋谷Q-AXシネマ (http://www.q-ax.com/) 名古屋ピカデリー(http://www.nnk-cinema.co.jp/) なんばパークスシネマ(http://www2.parkscinema.com/ticket/p0010.do?th=0101) シネ・リーブル梅田(http://www.cinelibre.jp/umeda/) シネ・リーブル神戸(http://www.cinelibre.jp/koube) And here's a list of places that you can mail-order your tickets: ・アニメイト(http://www.animate.co.jp/) ※徳島店を除く ・とらのあな(http://www.toranoana.jp/) ・メロンブックス(http://www.melonbooks.co.jp/) ・ゲーマーズ(http://www.broccoli.co.jp/gamers/) ・アニブロゲーマーズ(http://www.anibro.jp/) ・マグマニ(http://www.magmani.com/) ・アソビットシティ(http://www.akibaasobit.jp/storeinfo/game.html) ・PANORAMA LD‐DVD.COM(http://www.ld-dvd.co.jp/index.asp?sphp=special/higurasi/index.html) ・アニメイトTV通販(http://shop.frontierworks.jp/detail.asp?merchcd=TICKET-0087) The advanced tickets include special gifts that you receive with your purchase. Below is a compilation of what you can get with your advanced tickets. 1. Ryukishi07 newly-written TIPs, with a deluxe hardcover 2. Original Higurashi syringe mechanical pencil. Is filled with a "mysterious liquid." This special offer is worth over 2000 yen. The production of these items are limited, so please get them as soon as possible.
Translated from Higurashi Official site www.oyashirosama.com


Kizuna DS Trailer

>> March 16, 2008

The trailer for the Higurashi DS game "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna" is available. Maybe a little late, but it's here nonetheless.


"Wheel of Fortune" and "Hikari Nadeshiko" covers

>> March 13, 2008

The cover for Eiko Shimamiya's eighth single and theme to the Higurashi Live-Action movie has been released. I will post the tracklist once more. (Release: Apr. 16, 2008)

  1. WHEEL OF FORTUNE (運命の輪)
  2. Diorama (ヂオラマー)
  3. WHEEL OF FORTUNE (運命の輪) (Instrumental)
  4. Diorama (ヂオラマー) (Instrumental)
You can pre-order it at the following links: Regular Edition (CD Only): YesAsia | Amazon JP | CD Japan Limited Edition (CD+DVD): YesAsia | Amazon JP | CD Japan In addition, the cover for her 2nd full-length album as well as the tracklist has been released as well. Notable tracks include "Naraku no Hana," Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai's Intro theme. The tracklist is below. (Release: Apr. 2, 2008)
  1. Introduction
  2. ひかりなでしこ (Hikari Nadeshiko)
  4. 観覧車 (Kanranja)
  5. scheherazade
  6. 奈落の花 (Naraku no Hana)
  7. 青い果実 (Aoi Kajitsu)
  8. FLOW
  9. あすなろの木 (Asunaru no Ki)
  10. 十四の月 (Juuyon no Tsuki)
  11. ハルミチル (Haru Michiru)
  12. 愛のうた (Ai no Uta)
You can also pre-order it at the following links: Regular Edition (CD Only): YesAsia | Amazon JP | CD Japan Limited Edition (CD+DVD): YesAsia | Amazon JP | CD Japan


Kizuna Screencaptures

>> March 4, 2008

IGN has put up a page for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna, the DS adaption of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri. The page has a bunch of screencaptures from the game, if you haven't already you should check it out! IGN: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Screencaptures


Higurashi Kai - Musubi File.01 Cover and info released!

>> February 28, 2008

The cover for the next Higurashi dvd - musubi 1's cover has been revealed to the public. This DVD contains episodes 13-14 of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai. It will include tons of special features and extras. It will be released March 21st. Title: DVD 捜査録 - 結(ムスビ) - file.01 (DVD Sosaroku - Musubi - file.01) Price: 6,930 Yen (tax included) (About US$69)


New movie trailer and promotional poster released

>> February 25, 2008

A new movie trailer has been released from Phantom Film for the upcoming Higurashi movie due for theaters this summer, which you can watch below (coming soon) or at Phantom Film official site. It is more in-depth than the previous teaser that was released and I've developed more positive feelings towards the movie so far. Phantom has also released a promotional poster (chirashi) for the movie as well, which you can see to your right. (And in case of inquiry, the text on the paper is Keiichi's hidden 'suspicion letter' he placed behind the clock.)


Higurashi on the DS!

>> February 22, 2008

It has been decided that Higurashi will be released for the Nintendo DS! A quote from the official site as follows:

"The original software is very popular. With manga, anime, novels, live-action movies and other various media. The PS2 version has accumulated more than 20 million copies sold, that it was just a matter of time Higurashi on the DS would finally come. Please enjoy it on the new system and stay tuned!"
Title: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna (first volume) Model: Nintendo DS Players: 1 Price: 3990 yen (or 3800 yen including tax) (approximately US$25) Developer: Alchemist Source(s): [1], [2]


Advanced ticket sale rewards

>> February 20, 2008

For those of you who will live in or will be in Japan around the time of it's release, by buying your ticket before or on 3/29/2008 (Saturday) you will be given a gift with your ticket (they are apparently wrongly announced before). You can get either (1) Higurashi material collection (2) Injection syringe type mechanical pencil


Satoshi and Keiichi Character CD

>> February 14, 2008

The last of the character CDs! (for now) The third Higurashi no naku koro ni Kai cd has released, this time Satoshi and Keiichi's CD. Aside from the hilariously disturbing cover, the single is actually really good, and the drama is pretty funny as well. The song titles are YellowsicKING (Satoshi) and 'Cool ni nare!~Keep on our love~' (Keiichi). You can download it below!


"WHEEL OF FORTUNE" and "Hikari Nadeshiko"

>> February 8, 2008

The title of Eiko Shimamiya's upcoming album has been confirmed to be Hikari Nadeshiko (ひかりなでしこ). If you would like to purchase it, you can do so at these links: Yesasia - Limt. Edition | Reg. Edition CDJapan - Limt. Edition | Reg. Edition Also, information has been released regarding "WHEEL OF FORTUNE."

MAXI SINGLE WHEEL OF FORTUNE (運命の輪) 2008/4/16 FCCJ-0002 1,890 Yen Tracklist
  1. WHEEL OF FORTUNE (運命の輪)
  2. Diorama
  3. WHEEL OF FORTUNE (運命の輪)(Instrumental)
  4. Diorama(Instrumental)
Also, it has been announced that the second track "Diorama" will be the ending theme to the Higurashi movie.


Eiko Shimamiya Announces 2nd Album

>> January 25, 2008

To fans of Eiko Shimamiya, the artist behind the intro themes, her official site has announced a second album. A translation of the announcement is as follows:

"It has finally been decided that a 2nd album will go on sale. The day it will go on sale is April 2nd. As for the album title and song titles, that is yet to be announced."
The message goes on to details of her recent trip to the Grand Canyon. You can view the original message at her official site in the source below, or use the affiliations section at the left of this site. Source: [1]


Takano Miyo and Tomitake Jirou Character CD

>> January 15, 2008

I know there hasn't been much news lately, but there has been a little- Takano and Tomitake's CD released today! Of course it features the voice actors of their characters singing a brand new song about Higurashi. I especially love Takano's song! The songs are called "梵~karma~" and "愛のイナズマ閃光". Download entire single + scans Also, if you download and the tags are corrupt, you can click here for a list of all of the correct tags. (2KB)