Posted by psgels on 27 February 2009 with categories: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei



Short Synopsis: Keiichi and the others go to the pool
Episode Rating: 7,5/10 (There are going to be five episodes of this!?)
Uh… yeah. Here I was expecting Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei to deliver some more background information about the series, flesh some more characters out and all… yeah.

In the end, this turns out to be more Arusu The Adventure: random stories involving the lead characters. This one had everyone and his dog chase after Keiichi’s swimming trunks because it was supposedly cursed. In the end, the only clue that we have that it was indeed cursed was the word of the one who sold it to him.

In any case, the episode was as hilarious as it was disturbing (try to imagine Tomitake and Oshii in the pool….), and the thing turned into a huge self-parody. Interestingly, the original director didn’t return to the director seat, but instead the one who did the series composition created this… thing. And to think that there are four more episodes left!

On a completely different note, though: that OP rocked. It doesn’t quite beat the original OP of the first season, but I’m glad to see that it’s still experimenting with different exotic instruments and sounds. It works really well in this case.

7 Responses

  1. Miraclegirl says:

    There are 3 arcs in Rei OVA so I don’t think they will all be like this episode but still I am glad this series returned ^_^

  2. Senna says:

    Having just finished Kai, I’m glad to have more Higurashi to look forward to, even if it’s just goofy pool adventures (… for now).

  3. BlueYoshi says:

    The next arc is a serious one, consisting of episodes 2-4. Ep 5 I think is another goofy one.

    For now, all I can do is twiddle my thumbs and wait until subs come out.

  4. Windspirit says:

    Subs FUCKING where ?

  5. windy says:

    I didn’t expect something like that in the first ep as well ( some disappointment at first), but I think the passage with the pool is similar to games they used to play at school and all, so I have no doubt about it returning to horror in the other eps ( and be as good!), it was indeed good to have this series back after all this unbearable wait!!!!! By the way, there also the movies of Higurashi ( don’t know if you have seen it, I liked it a lot!), the second should be released on May 2009!

  6. lostty says:

    Although I still haven’t seen the episode myself…I’m guessing that this is one of the “fool” episodes that always appeared in the first season. They are to deceive you, so when the serious stuff comes round, it’s a surprise X) If my theory is correct, then the next one should go back to the old Higurashi ways :)

  7. kuro says:

    umm there’s no need to wonder ’cause Ithink 4 eps are enough for 2 more arc.
    “Dice Killing Chapter
    Saikoroshi-hen is an epilogue of Matsuribayashi-hen(second season last arc) which takes place two months after the events of it in August 1983″
    and “Daybreak Chapte” which is also “for fun” arc. Unfortunately there’s no more arc so anime ends with it. Now all we have to wait is Umineko ^^

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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:30 AM)
    While Macross zero may not have been the highest point of the franchise I almost felt Gargantia was a confused poor mans version of it.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:28 AM)
    Tsutomu Nihei’s works are criminally underutilized in the anime industry. I remember how hard I fangirled out when I heard the rumors of a Madhouse black&white Biomega anime that they called a ‘moving manga’, but all of that dissipated into thin air unfortunately =/
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:26 AM)
    Theres talk of a new macross coming out I think and man, oh man can I not wait, feck off sunrise, this deserved to be the big mecha franchise not gundam, geass or insert sunrise mech here.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:26 AM)
    @emma haha true
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:24 AM)
    Escaflowne never got to finish out its run properly, there are aspects I like of it such as the antagonist, the lead males background but it doesn’t always mix all of what it tries to do together as well as it thinks. And Dilandau…boo hiss…
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:22 AM)
    The old mecha shows are too campy for me X(
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    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:21 AM)
    @emma i also think Gargantia held its own pretty well. Although obviously not as well as sidonia, it was a mainstream mecha show that was fresher than the rest. As for Sidonia, I love the atmosphere. Its so rare nowadays to get an anime as atmospheric
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    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:21 AM)
    Then you get the odd mecha like shin mazinger or giant robo.
  • Emma
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    @Brendan: Geass was a sneaky show like shana at the time, I too left anime alone for a bit, then came back and initially those shows got me.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:18 AM)
    @Brendan: You’ve got that right with regards to the mech shows but every so often a rare modern one comes along like sidonia comes along. I have retrospectively turned against code geass.

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