Higurashi When They Cry Anime Review

Scaredy cat

This is only a review of season 1.

I actually had to start skipping the opening song every episode, because it was too catchy. I ended up losing sleep because I couldn’t get it out of my head and it made me remember all the scary bits in the show it was from. I’m such a scaredy cat.

Higurashi is a show with a really unique format, because it consists of relatively short story arcs that each occur during the exact same point in time. With different events happening in each arc. I think that this was the best way a visual novel adaptation could be approached, especially in the horror genre, simply because it contributes so well to the eerie atmosphere.

All of the main characters in Higurashi become extremely well developed throughout the progression of this series, which makes it all the more brutal in the end. Disregarding genre, developing these characters so well also creates a richer story, which always improves the experience of watching any show. The fact that they were able to do this with so many main characters is truly amazing.

Most secondary characters were given almost no development, but as something adapted from a visual novel it makes perfect sense for most secondary characters to be rudimentary. It is also possible that they are given more depth in the second season.

Another element that makes this show so well done is that you see so much more than the horror elements. Without the slice of life type beginning to each arc this show would be quite mediocre, because it’s the change in the tone and not the tone by itself that makes it a good horror.

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Changes in perspective, as were also seen throughout different arcs, contributed more to the mystery within the show. Giving you small clues that eventually build up, providing a chance to see what’s really going on.

Within season 1, much of the plot is explained and wrapped up, leaving only a few questions which I’ve heard are answered in the second season. The way the story appears scattered at the beginning and converges towards the end is masterful.

I believe that any fan of anime probably should watch this show at some point, because it really is a unique and brilliantly made show. Although it is horror so if you’re a scaredy cat like me, feel free to skip it.

 

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Hibiki Kuze Nendoroid Review

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Hibiki Kuze is a character from the anime series Devil Survivor 2 the Animation, which was in turn an adaptation of a video game.

This nendoroid comes with two faceplates, two hoodie attachments which can show the hoodie either up or down, his phone, a summoning circle and Byakko (One of the creatures he summons).

You can move the “ears” on his hoodie and Byakko’s tail.

I love the detail on the screen of his phone. It shows the demon summoning app they use in the series.

This figure is easy to pose. Arms, legs, and neck joints can be positioned. It also fits nicely on the stand and can even be carried around while fully assembled, without needing to worry about it falling apart.

Personally I like to display him with his hoodie up and the smiling faceplate.

Personally I like to display him with his hoodie up and the smiling faceplate.

This is my first nendoroid and I must admit I’m now a fan. The only issue I had with this product is that I thought it was a shame that it only had two faceplates, because I would have loved to see more expressions.

All in all I love this product, although unfortunately nendoroids are fairly expensive so I can’t imagine being able to buy them on a regular basis.

 

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