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 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.)