Well, this is awkward.
I wasn’t planning on blogging about Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW past first impressions but considering the big reveal in this episode, a quick update is in order. Friends be warned, there are spoilers though for once, you may actually benefit from knowing them.
First off: while I’m still using the Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW title for this post, this isn’t actually the title of the show. Turns out, that was just used by marketing (though Funimation and Hulu still use it). The real title is Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou; the new subtitle presumably meaning “karma”. Furthermore, this is apparently not a remake of the original anime but presumably more a sequel/soft reboot to it. At least that’s what the fandom is saying on MAL and Reddit. As a newcomer, I can’t say with 100% confidence. I do however buy it as the second episode immediately opens with a seemingly older version of Rika waking up in some sort of astral plane, talking to another girl with sheep horns named Hanyuu (Yui Horie) about the past and future. In other words, it’s implied the original anime has already happened and Rika is seemingly traveling back in time for some reason (I had no idea time travel in this series).
Clearly, I’m at a huge disadvantage here. I can’t tell what’s old and new unless I check discussions online or consult with a friend who has seen the series (both of which run the danger of spoiling things for me). On top of that, I sure as hell can’t tell what the aim is in resetting the Higurashi canon while simultaneously continuing it.
At the very least, I do find it pretty intriguing. Rika is immediately more peculiar as she seemingly knows what’s ahead and yet acts the way she presumably did at this point in time. A similar case can be said about Rena as she’s far more dangerous than she lets on though I’m getting the feeling she was like this begin with. And yet, we’re still doing the slice of life antics here. We still have Keiichi putting up with the girls’ shenanigan’s in and out of school and we are expected to save the mystery surrounding said girls to the back of our minds. It feels so unnerving when combined with the more horror and supernatural tinted undercurrents running in the background. I’ll admit, it’s pretty engaging stuff…too bad I can’t appreciate it in its fullest.
So I guess I’m not watching Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW/Gou 2020, whatever you call it. I mean, I could continue to do so but if this is truly a stealth sequel as longtime fans are deducing it to be, than it’s best that I stop here. I want to say this show is on hold but the thing is that in order to come back to it, I’d need to watch all the preceding seasons first and who knows when that’ll be.
Thanks for reading!