The new “Higurashi: When They Cry” anime announced that it is officially titled as “Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU” (ひぐらしのなく頃に 業) after streaming the second episode on 8th October. A new PV has also been revealed for the announcement.
Asaka is performing the opening theme song “I believe what you said,” while Ayane is performing the ending theme song “God Syndrome” (神様のシンドローム).
The official website also reveals a new cast; Yui Horie as Hanyu. The TV anime series premiered on 1st October and its 2nd cour (14 episode ~) will start on 7th January 2021.
The story takes place in the fictional village of Hinamizawa in June 1983. Shortly before then, the main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to the village and befriends classmates Mion Sonozaki, her twin sister Shion, Rena Ryugu, Rika Furude and Satoko Hojo. Keiichi soon learns of the village’s annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local deity Oyashiro. Hinamizawa initially seems calm and peaceful, but shortly before the festival, Keiichi learns that for four consecutive years, people in the village have been killed or have disappeared on the evening of the festival. These crimes remain unsolved and have been named the “Oyashiro Curse” by the local populace.
▍Staff and Production
Original Story: Ryukishi07 (竜騎士07)/07th Expansion
Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi (川口 敬一郎)
Series Composition: Naoki Hayashi (ハヤシナオキ)
Character Design: Akio Watanabe (渡辺明夫)
Assistant Director: Takashi Ikehata (池端隆史)
Art Director: Kazuhiro Inoue (井上一宏) from Kusanagi
Background Art Supervision: Saho Yamane (山根左帆) from Kusanagi
Color Design: Arisa Komatsu (小松亜理沙)
Photography Director: Yuichiro Tozawa (戸澤雄一朗) from Graphinica
Editing: Ayako Tan (丹 彩子) from Graphinica
Sound Director: Hiroto Morishita (森下広人)
Sound Effects: Shota Yaso (八十正太) from Swara Pro
Music: Kenji Kawai (川井憲次)
Music Production: Frontier Works
■ Keiichi Maebara (前原圭一) – CV: Sōichiro Hoshi (保志総一朗)
■ Rena Ryūgū (竜宮 レナ) – CV: Mai Nakahara (中原 麻衣)
■ Mion & Shion Sonozaki (園崎 魅音 & 詩音) & – CV: Satsuki Yukino (ゆきの さつき)
■ Satoko Hōjō (北条 沙都子) – CV: Mika Kanai (かない みか)
■ Rika Furude (古手 梨花) – CV: Yukari Tamura (田村 ゆかり)
■ Kuraudo Ooishi (大石蔵人) – CV: Chafurin (茶風林)
■ Jirō Tomitake (富竹ジロウ) – CV: Toru Ohkawa (大川 透)
■ Miyo Takano (鷹野三四) – CV: Miki Itō (伊藤美紀)
■ Kyōsuke Irie (入江京介)- CV:Toshihiko Seki (関 俊彦)