Posted by psgels on 23 July 2011 with categories: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, OVA Impressions



Oh god no, it’s as I feared! This episode was horrible. Studio Deen, for God’s sake why!? Hideki Tachibana is an abysmal director. Why the heck did you put him on one of your most successful and popular series?

Look, an episode that would have shown the cast randomly goofing off is something that I would have understood. Higurashi had episodes like these in the past, and they were a lot of fun to watch. It would have been a pity that there wasn’t going to be a serious story, but at least I would have been able to get behind that. This thing however… I did not expect such a horrible premise for an episode.

This episode was an insult. It wasn’t about the characters having fun. It ENTIRELY consisted out of IMAGINATION. This episode just kept going on and on with Keiichi, Irie, Ooishi and Tomitake imagining the female cast in sexy situations and drooling over it. And it just kept going ON and ON, it’s unbelievable. Imagine that this episode was half an hour long! At a certain point the creators run out of females, and that’s where the episode really loses it and just delves into random gay and slaughter jokes.

Oh, and the new OP and ED are absolutely terrible as well. Did the creators even listen to the OPs that were created for the other Higurash-series?

The most shameless part was Tomitake taking pictures of Rika in his imagination and everyone getting a blood nose out of it. This like, completely misses every single point of Higurashi’s light-hearted episodes.
OVA Episode Rating: 5/10

15 Responses

  1. Will says:

    Aha, I have to watch that.

  2. Aline says:

    *sigh* I thought this might happen, but I was hoping it wouldn’t… and then it did.
    Very disappointing.

  3. Shirencel says:

    The whole premise of this OVA … saddens the hell out of me. Seriously, I’m FURIOUS about this! I’m a huge Higurashi fan and can’t believe what they’re doing there! I thought DEEN finally understood after the horribly adapted (but still classic) first season that Higurashi deserves a good treatment – Kai and Rei were really, really nicely adapted. But now … what… why??! I’m disappointed. I’m really, really disappointed! It’s not even like they don’t have any good material left to adapt – there are so many good additional arcs left from the PS2 Visual Novel, the DS Version, even Manga arcs. And what’s with the animation… it looks gorgeous, but WHY do they use it for *fanservice*?? I, I just … I don’t get it. I want more Level 5, DAMN IT! Instead of introducing Natsumi Kimiyoshi, Akasaka’s teenaged daughter in an alternative world or revealing more about the incident in Rena’s old school or show how Shion watched over Satoshi for 2 years … they do fanservice.

    Great, DEEN. Really, really great. At least the next episode of Kira seems to include Satoshi as well as Keiichi, that should be interesting…

  4. DmonHiro says:

    Higurashi fanservice. It is what I expected and wanted, so I’m happy.

  5. m says:

    “Happy! Lucky! Dochy!”

    Huh. I’m sure Eiko could have just hummed something over the phone and it would still have been better than whatever that is.

  6. Wandering Bunny says:

    Honestly before everyone goes on a blame-fest, you need to check what kind of side-story was this based on. It’s probably the source material not being that good~

    @Shirencel: Natsumi isn’t Akasaka’s daughter… Or did the DS rewrite that as well? Either way it seems nonesensical.
    Have you played the games BTW? It’s just that, some fans like to whine about the first season being poorly adaptated despite never playing the games themselves.
    And Im pretty sure those other two incidents were covered in the other arcs and are two insignificant to base arcs on them. But then again if you played the games you’d know~

  7. chounokoe says:

    @Wandering Bunny: There are some arcs that would work wonderful in animation. The terribly dark Tsukiotoshi-hen, the rather strange and macabre Yoigoshi-hen or Kotohogushi-hen which explores how “Hanyû” came to Onigafuchi and how Rika’s family line began.

    But I understand that this is supposed to be a celebration of Higurashi’s birthday…and celebrations are usually light and cheerful.
    I’m just going to ignore this one as much as I ignore terrible hardcore H-Dôjins…they’re just there to give some satisfaction to fanservice needs.

  8. Wandering Bunny says:

    @chounokoe: I didn’t say there arn’t any better material to adaptate though…

  9. chounokoe says:

    @Wandering Bunny: It wasn’t an attack, just picking up your point about people commenting who have at least read the sound novel.

  10. gecd says:

    now I just hope another studio will animate umineko chiru
    DEEN, you dissapointed me

  11. Wandering Bunny says:

    @chounokoe: Oh.
    I wasn’t attacking though, I just pointed out I don’t understand what it had to do with what you said. (Why would I attack you anyway?)

  12. Puran says:

    Woah… I actually watched this…. thing. I think 5/10 is super generous.

  13. Addicted says:

    Just watched the opening…just…
    *facepalm*

  14. Katsumi says:

    I’m just glad they put out another Higurashi episode OVA.I thought that was it.No more higurashi.But I was disappointed with this episode.Now that I know Studio DEEN isn’t dead,GET TO WORK ON UMINEKO!I WANT TO SEE A SECOND SEASON!

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:51 AM)
    Fury, like blackhawk down, weren’t really of note, they were just action movies, never poor, never great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:49 AM)
    Theres an old French documentary, it might be from the 50s or a bit later than that which dealt with the holocaust.
    Shoah is another long loooong doc about WWII.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:46 AM)
    Haven’t heard of men behind the sun.
    And I actually didn’t want to watch inglorious basterds because I was certain it was gonna treat a serious subject unseriously.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:45 AM)
    @;(: I had to watch boy in the striped pajamas twice to really appreciate it.
    Pianist is more my thing because its bleaker and in general I’m quite the fan of Polanski’s films.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:43 AM)
    @Emma: actually I found boy in the striped pajamas to be underwhelming in comperasion to how holocaust stories are. And the pianist is a great movie. But when you think about it, the guy kind of avoided a much worse fate by hiding and never being found.
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    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:42 AM)
    I still need to see all quiet on the western front.
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    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:41 AM)
    *goofy
    Men behind the sun shows the torture of the Chinese under the Japanese, its on the wrong side of exploitation cinema.
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    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:39 AM)
    Some war movies go the goo route like inglorious basterds and the black book.
    Unfortunately there are also films such as men behind the sun.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:37 AM)
    @Emma:
    Yes, it is controversial there.
    Both the attacks they received and especially dealt seem to be a taboo subject there. I think they omitt most of what they did in China from their history classes in highschool.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:37 AM)
    @;(: The bombing scene in Gen is still a pretty powerful thing. I believe theres something biographical in grave of the fireflies…

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