Originally slated to air in July of 2020, the reboot of “Higurashi: When They Cry” got delayed all the way to October 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on a visual novel written by Ryukishi07, that had aired back in 2006 and ever since has been a staple for horror anime viewers.
The anime follows the life of Keiichi Maebara, A highschool boy who just moved to a small town called Hinamizawa. Upon reaching there, he soon made some inseparable friends in Rena Ryuugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude, all of whom seem very nice. Just when the anime seemed like a typical slice of life, romance anime, the anime does a complete 180º. The town of Hinamizawa is prevalent for people being murdered or disappearing, most people assume it’s the wrath and judgment of the Spirit God of the town.
When Keiichi tries to get to the bottom of this mystery by asking his new friends for more information about this mystery, they start avoiding the question and dodging the conversation. This makes Keiichi start wondering if the mystery is more than just what it seems. The original Higurashi: When They Cry back in 2006 was animated by Studio Deen and the Anime was Directed by Chiaki Kon.
Higurashi: When They Cry (2020) | The Reboot
The Reboot of the Classic is set to air with the Fall Anime Lineup Of 2020 and does not only cover the story of the old Anime but also add on to the story based on the Visual Novel. Higurashi: When They Cry (2020) will be handled by Studio Passione and will be having some members from the original run, returning cast members include Sōichiro Hoshi as Keiichi Maebara, Mai Nakahara as Rena Ryūgū, Satsuki Yukino as Mion Sonozaki, Mika Kanai as Satoko Hōjō, and Yukari Tamura as Rika Furude.
The new Anime adaptation of the visual novel will be having a very experienced staff behind the scenes. Akio Watanabe is leading character designing, and Passione heading animation project. Production of series will be undertaken by Infinite. Naoki Hayashi is in charge of the series composition for the anime. Kenji Kawai is returning as the composer for the series.
The Promotional Video for the Anime’s Reboot was released on the 21st March 2020 by AnimeUS on YouTube.
The fans are very excited for the reboot of the iconic anime, yet are very skeptical about the new reboot. Due to the explicit nature of its content along with a very old formula of story writing, it’s very difficult to think the anime will be as successful as it’s the previous run.