"Everyone, live on." – Higrashi: When They Cry S2 (anime) – 8/10 Pumpkins

The future is called “perhaps,” which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you. ~Tennessee Williams

Genre: Horror/Mystery/Psychological/Drama

Review Status: Full (24 Episodes/24 Episodes)

Licensed: Unlicensed in the US

Art/Animation: The art and animation is on par with the first season. Colors are still a tad washed-out, but overall decent.

Summary: Continuing from the first series, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai begins to shed some light on the dark mysteries prevalent in the preceding season. The young group of friends in the town of Hinamizawa continue to enter terrible conflicts with one another in their never ending summer of 1983, often ending with the brutal murder of one of their numbers. Furude Rika, with the help of her spiritual friend Hanyuu, tackles challenges over and over, trying her best to keep their lives from coming to a tragic end. With no end to the torture in sight, Rika must call upon the bonds of friendship and trust among her friends to discover the true villain of this eternal June. (MAL.net)

Review: If you wondered what happened to the town of Hinamizawa after all the death had finished, this series starts off with a glimpse into it. You gain a few more clues into the mystery of the town and what happened, and then are shot off into a few more mystery arcs before the true villain of the series is revealed.

This gives you the background of the happenings- why the people died, why the murderers were killing, and why the murderer was so determined to destroy Hinamizawa. And finally, you get the finale of whether the friends manage to stop it all in time to save themselves and their fellow villiagers.

While it does seem a little anti-climactic, it still was nice to see it all come to an end.

Overall, I loved seeing how all the characters came together to solve the mystery and defeat the bad guys. A must-see to complete the series!

Recommended: Yes. But since there is still some blood/gore, I still recommend this for those 16+

Other titles you might enjoy: Higurashi: When They Cry first season (anime),
Higrashi: When They Cry (manga),
Future Diary (manga),
Elfen Lied (anime or manga),
Bizenghast (manga),
Shiki (anime),
Denpateki na Kanojo (anime),
Hell Girl (anime),
Perfect Blue (anime),
Kara no Kyoukai (anime),
Monster (anime or manga),
Paranoia Agent (anime)
Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (manga)


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