Higurashi: When They Cry Scores Special Commissioned Key Visual, “True” Anime Title

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Nicholas Friedman
Nicholas Friedman is a career pop culture journalist and Sr. Managing Editor at Funimation. You'll likely find him talking about Mob Psycho 100.

Look, y’all, when you heard that the Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW anime series was announced, you knew something was afoot. We’ll get to that in a second.

First up, we’re unbelievably excited to share a special commissioned key visual for the series, as part of a direct collaboration between Funimation and KADOKAWA to make this happen!

This is the first time the visual is being revealed to the public worldwide, so let us know what you think!

Higurashi When They Cry NEW Anime

Fans of the original series and games might recognize the disturbed expressions of the characters in the glass shards, but probably the biggest surprise of this key visual is the presence of two Rikas—a younger-looking one from the original series and what we’ve seen in the new anime, but also an older-looking one in what appears to be a high school uniform.

What does this mean for the new series?

Oh, and surprise. Remember when it was revealed that the title of this series was Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW? Well, that’s not entirely true. The series is actually called Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU, a new title that the creators intentionally did not reveal to the world until Episode 2.

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Gou, or 業, is a Japanese kanji that has multiple meanings and usages, but can be used to mean karma, or the fate resulting from one’s actions in past lives, based on Buddhist concepts.

Confused? Curious about the mystery? There’s more to be revealed, but you’ll just have to stay tuned. Until then, be sure to stay caught up on Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU. You won’t want to miss this.


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