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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  • Masky
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:48 PM)
    I have at moment faith enough in author that it won’t be one of two latter ones, so I’ll be curious if ending will be sadistic or if Subaru will go through enough character development to have appropriate ending that isn’t torture :D
  • Masky
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:47 PM)
    Its really exciting to not have a clue how Re:Zero will ultimately end though. I mean, from the genre, I can see three ways for it to end: Author is sadistic and subverts the standard endings by playing realism/grimdarkness, Subaru will become godlike entity somehow which will be trippy or story will have somehow happy shonen ending even though it doesn’t seem that type of story.
  • Masky
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:44 PM)
    Ah, you hate the “Hey let’s teach reader random science trivia!” thing a lot of japanese writers seem to do thing? xD Makes sense
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:44 PM)
    It’s bound to end incomplete seeing as their are three more arcs to get through. I say Subaru is going to be a fairly broken human by the end of this.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:42 PM)
    @Krista, Really?! Well whatever floats your boat I guess.
    @Masky, the writer just pisses me off with his shoehorning real facts into his stories to justify so supernatural bullcrap.
  • Masky
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:42 PM)
    Seriously though, I doubt Rem will be permagone in anyway. I wonder if its too early to guess if story will end in really sadistic way, really weird way/bittersweet or in “Happy” way
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:40 PM)
    @Mario the joke that our old friend Kevin was saying is for us to review Boku no piko. A Hentai OVA about an older man screwing a young effeminate boy. In anime fandom it is essentailly the equivalent of horse porn, something you send to other people as a practical joke.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:18 PM)
    @afg: so he been doing this since 2011? Boy the guy sure is persistent. But If I gonna review Penguindrum surely he will be pissed off since I love Ikuhara and his works to death
  • Masky
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:11 PM)
    Aww man, you hate Zero Escape’s writer? Well anyway, so only now Re:Zero has reached the point where you wonder if it is going to get even more sadistic? xD
  • afgm
    (Monday, Jul 25. 2016 10:06 AM)
    But don’t be too hard on him. He is a symptom; not a disease.

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