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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  • wicked
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 07:26 PM)
    Fire dragon arc! Fire dragon dies in the 5th episode
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.

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