Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

ひぐらしのなく頃に解

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
TitleHigurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Original titleひぐらしのなく頃に解
AliasesHigurashi Kai, When They Cry 2, Higu2
LengthVery long (> 50 hours)
LinksWikipedia, Encubed
Developer07th Expansion
Publishers Entergram, Inc. & MangaGamer & Seams & Kaga Create Co. & 07th Expansion & Alchemist
 Hinamizawa Club & Seams & MangaGamer
 Pbsaffran
 -07-
 Higurashi Eternal
Relations
Shares characters
[unofficial] Minagoroshi Hen Bad End ~Rika Hen~
Fandisc
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
Prequel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Sequel
[unofficial] Mayuhogushi -Kagariito-
Same series
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Related anime[DB-ANN] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (2006)
[DB-ANN] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (2007)
Available atEnglish Download Edition for Windows at MangaGamer for US$ 7.95 »
English Download Edition for Windows at MangaGamer for US$ 7.95 »
Japanese PlayStation 2 version at Play-Asia.com for US$ 124.99 »
Japanese PlayStation 2 version at Play-Asia.com for US$ 44.99 »
Japanese PlayStation 2 version at Play-Asia.com for US$ 41.99 »
Japanese Nintendo DS version at Play-Asia.com for US$ 64.99 »

Description

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa, which has a population of approximately 2000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Hojo. Keiichi joins their after-school club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and punishment games for the loser, usually him.) Hinamizawa appears to be a normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro-sama. Keiichi learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro-sama. In each story arc, he or one of his friends become paranoid, and a crime is committed. Usually, the crime involves the murder of one of their own friends. While it seems impossible to tell their delusions apart from the mystery of Hinamizawa, slowly the truth is revealed.

[from Wikipedia]

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai is the second set of stories, including the "Answer" arcs.

Releases

 Japanese
2004-12-3017+  Meakashi HenNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CD  
2005-08-1417+  Tsumihoroboshi HenNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CDIncludes the previous arc.  
2005-12-3017+  Minagoroshi HenNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CDIncludes the previous arcs.  
2006-08-1317+  Matsuribayashi HenNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CDIncludes the previous arcs.  
2007-02-2217+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri - Omochikaeri~ SetNon-freeCommercial1 DVDIncludes all four arcs of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (v67), three arcs of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (v68), and three completely new ones. Also has voice acting and completely new art.

This limited edition contains a special booklet, a lyrics card, a 2-CD soundtrack and a set of postcards.  
2007-02-2217+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri - Regular EditionNon-freeCommercial1 DVDIncludes all four arcs, three arcs of Higurashi no Naku Koro no Kai, and three completely new ones. Also has voice acting and completely new art.  
2007-12-2017+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri: Kakera Asobi (Append Version)Non-freeCommercial1 DVDActs as an add-on disk to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri (r257/r1679).

-Adds voice acting for Keiichi in the first three arcs.
-Adds more TIPs
-Adds voice acting during the TIPS.
-Adds Wrap-Up parties for cleared scenarios.
-Adds various system updates.  
2007-12-2017+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri: Kakera AsobiNon-freeCommercial1 DVDStandalone game comprising Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri (r257/r1679) and its append disc (r2482).  
2008-11-2717+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.2 -Sou- Angel Mort Omochikaeri BoxPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes:
Himatsubushi
Meakashi
Hirukowashi, a new scenario based on the original Hirukowashi in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei.
Kageboushi, an all new scenario.

This limited edition also includes among other things a hand towel and a drama cd.  
2008-11-2717+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.2 -Sou- Regular EditionPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes:
Himatsubushi
Meakashi
Hirukowashi, a new scenario based on the original Hirukowashi in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei.
Kageboushi, an all new scenario.  
2009-05-2817+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.3 -Rasen- Limited Edition BoxPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes:
Tsumihoroboshi
Minagoroshi
Yoigoshi, a new scenario based on the Yoigoshi manga.
Tokibogushi, an all new scenario.

This limited edition also includes among other things a mini calender, dice and a drama cd.  
2009-05-2817+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.3 -Rasen- Regular EditionPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes:
Tsumihoroboshi
Minagoroshi
Yoigoshi, a new scenario based on the Yoigoshi manga.
Tokibogushi, an all new scenario.  
2010-02-2515+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.4 -Kizuna- Limited Edition BoxPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes:
Matsuribayashi
Miotsukushi, a scenario from the PS2 version
Saikoroshi, a scenario from Rei
Kotohogushi, a new scenario.

This limited edition also includes a fan book and a drama cd.  
2010-02-2515+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Vol.4 -Kizuna- Regular EditionPartially voicedNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes:
Matsuribayashi
Miotsukushi, a scenario from the PS2 version
Saikoroshi, a scenario from Rei
Kotohogushi, a new scenario.  
2010-04-0917+  Higurashi no Naku Koro niNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialNon-standardInternet downloadContains the first arc (Onikakushi-hen). Arcs 2-8 available through in-app purchase.

Does not include the voice acting, BGM, CGs, or any other additions that were made in the PS2 and DS versions.  
2012-01-21  Meakashi HenNon-freeDoujin  
2012-02-04  Tsumihoroboshi HenNon-freeDoujin  
2012-03-08  Minagoroshi HenNon-freeDoujin  
2012-03-29  Matsuribayashi HenNon-freeDoujin  
2014-08-17All ages  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni HouNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4802 DVDsContains the following:
• Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
• Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
• Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
• Higurashi Outbreak
• Higurashi Outbreak ~Kamikanshi-hen~
• Hinamizawa Bus Stop  
2015-03-1217+   Higurashi no Naku Koro ni SuiFully voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialHigurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui has all 19 chapters of the console ports, and also includes the drama cd arc, Hajisarashi-hen, which unlocks upon clearing the game. All the arcs are now fully voiced.  
2017-04-28All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.5 MeakashiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2018-06-14All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.6 TsumihoroboshiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2018-07-2617+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni HouFully voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial1 CartridgeIncludes all 19 console arcs, the drama cd arc, Hajisarashi-hen, plus the three Hou exclusive arcs (Outbreak, Outbreak -Kamikashimashi-, and Hinamizawa Bus Stop).

Character design for Hinamizawa Bus Stop was done by Tomozo.

Runs in Full HD while docked.

Includes Oyashiro Quiz (2018 Version)  
2019-01-2417+  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni HouFully voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialPort from Switch to PS4  
 English
2007-0317+  Minagoroshi Hen (patch)FreewareInternet downloadReleased versions of the patch translate the prologue and chapters 1-7 of Minagoroshi-hen.

Further work on this translation has been abandoned.

Versions of this patch exist for r260 and r261.
2010-02-28All ages  Higurashi When They Cry Kai "Meakashi"Not voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadWhile new Meakashi music is the same as in original, old music tracks from arcs 1-4 (which are used here also) -- are the same as they were in Mangagamer's version of Higurashi When They Cry. Also, many sound effects were changed from the original game.  
2010-04-15All ages  Higurashi When They Cry Kai "Tsumihoroboshi"Not voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadMany music tracks and sound effects were changed from the original game due to copyright issues.  
2010-05-31All ages  Higurashi When They Cry Kai "Minagoroshi"Not voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadNote that unlike r260, this release does *not* contain the previous two arcs; it contains only "Minagoroshi".

Many music tracks and sound effects were changed from the original game due to copyright issues.  
2010-07-15All ages  Higurashi When They Cry Kai "Matsuribayashi"Not voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadMany music tracks and sound effects were changed from the original game due to copyright issues.  
2011-02-10All ages  Higurashi When They Cry Kai Bundle PackNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadThe contents of each chapter are the same as the individual releases.  
2011-07-01All ages  Higurashi When They Cry Kai - Package EditionNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x4801 CDHard copy of Higurashi When They Cry Kai. First available at AX 2011. DRM-free.

Due to copyright reasons, some BGM is replaced. The Music Room has also been removed.  
2012-05-1512+  Higurashi When They Cry Kai (Ep5) - MeakashiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercialInternet download  
2017-04-28All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.5 MeakashiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Has been released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
2018-06-14All ages    Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.6 TsumihoroboshiNot voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeCommercial640x480Internet downloadA re-release on a new engine with updated art and a complete re-translation. The updated art contains only all-new sprites contracted by MangaGamer, drawn by Kurosaki of Caramel Box. No CGs or new backgrounds have been drawn.
Players have an ability to switch between old and new art, and English/Japanese languages.
The original soundtrack and content, previously cut from the English release of the game, have been restored.

Released on Steam as well as MangaGamer's site. Each chapter will be released separately as translations are completed.  
 French
2011-05-21    Le sanglot des cigales R - Tomes 5 et 6Not voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CD  
2012-05-25    Le sanglot des cigales R ~cycle des résolutions~Not voicedStory: No animationsNon-freeDoujin640x4801 CD  
 Chinese
2011  Hanchan Mingqi zhi Shi Jie (patch)FreewareInternet download
 Russian
2014-07-07    Kogda plachut cikady: Otvety — Glava o raskrytii tajnyFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
2014-07-13  Kogda plachut cikady: Otvety — Glava o raskrytii tajnyFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
2014-12-31    Kogda plachut cikady: Otvety — Glava ob IskupleniiFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
2015-01-04  Kogda plachut cikady: Otvety — Glava ob IskupleniiFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
2015-07-07    Kogda plachut cikady: Otvety — Glava o Massovoj KazniFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
2015-07-24  Kogda plachut cikady: Otvety — Glava o Massovoj KazniFreewareDoujinInternet download  
2016-05-09    Kogda plachut cikady: OtvetyFreewareDoujinInternet downloadPort to Ren'Py engine.  
 Portuguese (Brazil)
2017-12-19All ages Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.5 Meakashi (patch)Freeware
 Spanish
TBA  Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.5 Meakashi (patch)Freeware  
TBA Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.6 Tsumihoroboshi (patch)Freeware  

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Character summary

Protagonist Furude Rika
Voiced by Tamura Yukari
Protagonist Maebara Keiichi
Protagonist Ryuuguu Rena
Voiced by Nakahara Mai
Protagonist Sonozaki Shion
Voiced by Yukino Satsuki
Main character Akasaka Mamoru
Voiced by Ono Daisuke
Main character Houjou Satoko
Voiced by Kanai Mika
Main character Sonozaki Mion
Voiced by Yukino Satsuki
Main character Takano Miyo
Voiced by Itou Miki
Main character Tomitake Jirou
Voiced by Ookawa Tooru
Side character Chie Rumiko
Voiced by Orikasa Fumiko
Side character Houjou Satoshi
Voiced by Kobayashi Yuu
Side character Houjou Teppei
Voiced by Houki Katsuhisa
Side character Irie Kyousuke
Voiced by Seki Toshihiko
Side character Kasai Tatsuyoshi
Side character Kimiyoshi Kiichirou
Voiced by Tsukada Masaaki
Side character Kumagai Katsuya
Voiced by Kawamura Takuo
Side character Mamiya Rina
Voiced by Hikami Kyouko
Side character Ooishi Kuraudo
Voiced by Chafuurin
Side character Sonozaki Oryou
Voiced by Okohira Shizuka

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