Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

ひぐらしのなく頃に

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

TitleHigurashi no Naku Koro ni
Original titleひぐらしのなく頃に
AliasesHigurashi, When They Cry
LengthLong (30 - 50 hours)
LinksWikipedia, Encubed
Developer07th Expansion
Publishers Kaga Create Co. & MangaGamer & Taito Corporation & Alchemist & Inside-cap & Seams & Entergram, Inc. & 07th Expansion
 Seams & MangaGamer & Sonozaki Futagotachi
 Pbsaffran & Seams
 -07- & Otorhin
 Higurashi Eternal
 Hoshi Fansub
 CTH Translations
Relations
Alternative version
[unofficial] Ogranichenie
Shares characters
[unofficial] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Fun
[unofficial] Hinamizawa Kaiki Navigator Tsumikegare
[unofficial] Take Rena Home
Sequel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Same setting
[unofficial] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni ~Ikiutsushi...
Side story
[unofficial] Higurashi no Naku Kisetsu ni
[unofficial] La neige
Related anime[DB-ANN] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (2006)
Available atEnglish Download Edition for Windows at MangaGamer for US$ 7.95 »
English Hou version, Ch. 2 at MangaGamer for US$ 7.95 »
English Hou version, Ch. 1 at MangaGamer for US$ 5.95 »
Japanese PlayStation 2 version at Play-Asia.com for US$ 124.99 »
Japanese PlayStation 2 version at Play-Asia.com for US$ 44.99 »

Description

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa, which has a population of approximately 2000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Hojo. Keiichi joins their after-school club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and punishment games for the loser, usually him.) Hinamizawa appears to be a normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro-sama. Keiichi learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro-sama. In each story arc, he or one of his friends become paranoid, and a crime is committed. Usually, the crime involves the murder of one of their own friends. While it seems impossible to tell their delusions apart from the mystery of Hinamizawa, slowly the truth is revealed.

[from Wikipedia]

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (proper) is the first set of stories, including the "Question" arcs.

Releases

 Japanese
2002-08-1017+  Onikakushi HenNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CD  
2002-12-2917+  Watanagashi HenNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CDIncludes the previous arc.  
2003-08-1517+  Tatarigoroshi HenNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CDIncludes the previous arcs.  
2004-08-1317+  Himatsubushi HenNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CDIncludes the previous arcs.  
2005-02-0717+  Tenohira de Higurashi ga Naku (patch)Non-free1 CDThis release contains windows software that will convert a copy of r256 into a rom for the Gameboy Advance.  
2006-0617+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Trial EditionNot voicedStory: No animationsFreewareDoujin640x480Internet download  
2007-02-2217+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri - Omochikaeri~ SetNon-freeCommercial1 DVDIncludes all four arcs of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (v67), three arcs of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (v68), and three completely new ones. Also has voice acting and completely new art.

This limited edition contains a special booklet, a lyrics card, a 2-CD soundtrack and a set of postcards.  
2007-02-2217+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri - Regular EditionNon-freeCommercial1 DVDIncludes all four arcs, three arcs of Higurashi no Naku Koro no Kai, and three completely new ones. Also has voice acting and completely new art.  
2007-09-20 Higurashi no Naku Koro niNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet downloadFor BREW-compatible mobile phones.  
2007-12-2017+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri: Kakera AsobiNon-freeCommercial1 DVDStandalone game comprising Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri (r257/r1679) and its append disc (r2482).  
2008-06-2617+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.1 -Tatari- Limited EditionPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeThe Vol.1 -Tatari- includes Onikakushi, Watanagashi, Tatarigoroshi, and Someutsushi. Someutsushi is a NDS original story based on Onisarashi and supervised by Ryukishi 07.

Limited Edition includes Higurashi no Nakukoro ni Original DS Software Storage Box and Sonozakike's Can (includes Playing Cards, Original Eraser, Mini Calendar and so on)  
2008-06-2617+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.1 -Tatari- Regular EditionPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeThe Vol.1 -Tatari- includes Onikakushi, Watanagashi, Tatarigoroshi, and Someutsushi. Someutsushi is a NDS original story based on Onisarashi and supervised by Ryukishi 07.  
2008-11-2717+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.2 -Sou- Angel Mort Omochikaeri BoxPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes:
Himatsubushi
Meakashi
Hirukowashi, a new scenario based on the original Hirukowashi in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei.
Kageboushi, an all new scenario.

This limited edition also includes among other things a hand towel and a drama cd.  
2008-11-2717+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.2 -Sou- Regular EditionPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes:
Himatsubushi
Meakashi
Hirukowashi, a new scenario based on the original Hirukowashi in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei.
Kageboushi, an all new scenario.  
2010-04-0917+  Higurashi no Naku Koro niNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialNon-standardInternet downloadContains the first arc (Onikakushi-hen). Arcs 2-8 available through in-app purchase.

Does not include the voice acting, BGM, CGs, or any other additions that were made in the PS2 and DS versions.  
2011-11-15  Watanagashi HenFreewareDoujinInternet download  
2011-12-07  Onikakushi HenNot voicedStory: No animationsFreewareCommercialInternet download  
2012-01-07  Himatsubushi HenNon-freeDoujinInternet download  
2012-01-13  Tatarigoroshi HenNon-freeDoujinInternet download  
2014-08-17All ages  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni HouNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4802 DVDsContains the following:
• Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
• Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
• Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
• Higurashi Outbreak
• Higurashi Outbreak ~Kamikanshi-hen~
• Hinamizawa Bus Stop  
2015-03-1217+   Higurashi no Naku Koro ni SuiFully voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialHigurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui has all 19 chapters of the console ports, and also includes the drama cd arc, Hajisarashi-hen, which unlocks upon clearing the game. All the arcs are now fully voiced.  
2015-05-15All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.1 OnikakushiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2015-11-13All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.2 WatanagashiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2016-06-16All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.3 TatarigoroshiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2016-10-07All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.4 HimatsubushiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam (2016-10-14) as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2016-10-07All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou – Question ArcNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam (2016-10-14) as well as MangaGamer's site.  
2018-05-05    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - PS3-exclusive Arcs Patch (patch)FreewareInternet downloadPC Port and translation of Someutsushi, Kageboushi, and Tsukiotoshi arcs from PS3 version.
Requires 'r37236'  
2018-07-2617+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni HouFully voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes all 19 console arcs, plus the three Hou exclusive arcs (Outbreak, Outbreak -Kamikashimashi-, and Hinamizawa Bus Stop).

Character design for Hinamizawa Bus Stop will be done by Tomozo.

Will run in Full HD while docked.

Includes Quiz Oyashiro (2018 Version)
 English
2009-01-3017+    Higurashi Demo (patch)FreewareInternet downloadIs available as a patch and as a standalone release.
Latest version v 1.12  
2009-06-2817+    Watanagashi Day 1 (patch)FreewareInternet downloadIncludes the translation for "Onikakushi" and the 1st Day of "Wataganashi". Only works with the full "Himatsubushi" release.
Latest version v 1.1  
2009-12-15All ages  Higurashi When They Cry - Download EditionNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadIn official localization some music tracks from the original were omitted due to copyright problems. Instead, some tracks from "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai" are used. However, there are unofficial patches released already, which restore BGM from original Japanese "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni".
Also Music Room, Mini Game and Staff Room were removed too.  
2010-07-01All ages  Higurashi When They Cry - Package EditionNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x4801 CDLimited number (around 800-1000 by rough estimation) of physical copies were made for the 2010 Anime Expo.

Due to copyright reasons, background music has been replaced. However, there are unofficial patches released, which restore BGM from original Japanese "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni".
The Music Room, Mini Game and Staff Room were also removed.  
2010-07-2912+  Higurashi When They Cry (Ep1) - OnikakushiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet downloadAvailable via iTunes.  
2010-07-2912+  Higurashi When They Cry (Ep2) - WatanagashiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet downloadAvailable via ITunes.  
2010-09-1312+  Higurashi When They Cry (Ep3) - TatarigoroshiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet download  
2010-11-0112+  Higurashi When They Cry (Ep4) - HimatsubushiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet download  
2011-04-01All ages    Higurashi Minigame Patch (patch)FreewareInternet downloadTranslates all the minigames in "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni". Only works with the original Japanese version (r256).  
2011-04-04All ages  Higurashi When They Cry - Trial EditionNot voicedStory: No animationsFreewareCommercial640x480Internet download  
2012-03-1313+  Higurashi When They Cry (Ep1) - OnikakushiNot voicedStory: No animationsFreewareDoujinInternet download  
2015-05-15All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.1 OnikakushiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2015-11-13All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.2 WatanagashiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2016-06-16All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.3 TatarigoroshiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2016-10-07All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.4 HimatsubushiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam (2016-10-14) as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2016-10-07All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou – Question ArcNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam (2016-10-14) as well as MangaGamer's site.  
2018-05-05    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - PS3-exclusive Arcs Patch (patch)FreewareInternet downloadPC Port and translation of Someutsushi, Kageboushi, and Tsukiotoshi arcs from PS3 version.
Requires 'r37236'  
 Chinese
2009-07-3017+  Hanchan Mingqi zhi Shi Chuti Pian (patch)FreewareInternet download
 French
2009-10-317+    Le sanglot des cigales - Tomes 1 et 2Not voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CDContains the first and second Question arcs.  
2010-06-227+    Le sanglot des cigales - DémoNot voicedStory: No animationsFreewareDoujin640x480Internet downloadJust like the Japanese demo, this covers Onikakushi-hen in its entirety.  
2010-07-017+    Le sanglot des cigales ~cycle des énigmes~Not voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CDISBN: 9782953723502
PEGI rated only the mini-games and considered the main game as "literature", i.e. did not submit it to rating.
It has not been censored and contains all original music tracks.  
2013-07-0912+  Le sanglot des cigales Épisode1Not voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet download  
 Russian
2012-01-26  Higurashi no Naku Koro niFreewareDoujinInternet download  
2012-09-12   Kogda Plachut Cikady: Glava o Pohischennyh DemonamiFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
2013-03-01   Kogda Plachut Cikady: Glava o Hlopkovyh KorablikahFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
2013-12-31    Kogda plachut cikadyFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
2014-07-1217+  Kogda plachut cikadyFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
2018-01-0917+  Higurashi no Naku Koro niStory: No animationsFreewareDoujin800x600Internet downloadUpdate port on Android. Update Renpy Version  
 Portuguese (Brazil)
2015-11-11All ages  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou - Cap.1 Onikakushi (patch)FreewareInternet download  
2016-03-17All ages  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou - Cap.2 Watanagashi (patch)FreewareInternet download  
2016-11-09All ages  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou - Cap.3 Tatarigoroshi (patch)FreewareInternet download  
2016-11-10All ages  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou - Cap.4 Himatsubushi (patch)FreewareInternet download  
 Vietnamese
2018-0816+  Khi ve sầu cất tiếng khóc - Chương 1: Quỷ bắt hồnFreewareDoujinInternet downloadUsing graphics, voice patch version 5.6.1 from 07th Modding  
 Italian
TBAAll ages Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Onikakushi-hen (patch)Freeware
 Spanish
TBA  Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.1 Onikakushi (patch)Freeware  
TBA  Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.2 Watanagashi (patch)Freeware  
TBA  Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.3 Tatarigoroshi (patch)Freeware  
TBA  Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.4 Himatsubushi (patch)Freeware  

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Character summary

Protagonist Maebara Keiichi
Main character Furude Rika
Voiced by Tamura Yukari
Main character Houjou Satoko
Voiced by Kanai Mika
Main character Ryuuguu Rena
Voiced by Nakahara Mai
Main character Sonozaki Mion
Voiced by Yukino Satsuki
Side character Chie Rumiko
Voiced by Orikasa Fumiko
Side character Kumagai Katsuya
Voiced by Kawamura Takuo
Side character Ooishi Kuraudo
Voiced by Chafuurin
Side character Takano Miyo
Voiced by Itou Miki
Side character Tomitake Jirou
Voiced by Ookawa Tooru

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Screenshots

  Himatsubushi Hen

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  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri: Kakera Asobi

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