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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Wow! Not seeing or knowing about the events of the first series, I came into this one clueless as to what previously happened or what to expect here. This was good!|
Art, Animation & Character Designs
Artwork was average. It didn't really stand out but there were some nicely done backgrounds with a good amount of details. Characters were more or less on the same level.
The OP was near perfect. Loved how it started off... slow, quiet female vocals, and mixed in various sudden flashes of artwork. Then it takes off and the animated sequence went perfect with it. Great piece. The ED was a light ballad with female vocals. It didn't seem like it quite fit the series.
Series and Episode Story
After watching this one through, I'm now forced to pick up the first season to find out what happened and how it lead to this series. First and foremost. This series can be disturbing. Little kids being abused and brutally killed are just some of the topics. Although this is considered a horror, there really wasn't a ton of spilled blood or anything really gory. It's more a suspense.
The plot I thought was interesting, how certain events continue to occur in different variations and different dimensions. The idea was the victims of these occurances wouldn't know about their other selves in these other times.... except one of our characters, the protagonist "Rika". Thus, Rika tries to change "fate" to stop this endless repeat of slaughters. The way the series plays out and forces you as the viewer to piece together various bits of information, is what makes this storytelling good. However, I believe it was flawed. For the most part, Rika believes that she's doomed to follow the same fateful demise as herself in the previous lives (or dimensions) and it's not until midway through the series that she slowly accepts that she just might be able to change fate with the help of her friends. The flaw I speak of, is why did she barely realize this as opposed to realizing this a long time ago.... and I mean in the previous lives. If i know i'm repeating a sequence of events for the second time, then I would immediately work to alter the events by immediately informing my "friends" of the scenario. Rika doesn't really do that.
The ending was a slight let down. The "culprit" was for the most part let off with virtually a slap on the wrist. As horrible as she was, her end or demise just didn't work for me.
Overall, this was an excellent series. We get plenty of suspense, mystery, some humor and good storytelling. Now onto the first season.
Last updated Friday, December 17 2010. Created Friday, December 17 2010.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
This wasn't exactly the way in which I wanted to see the Higurashi series conclude after I seen the glorious first season. But, it could have been worst. Pretty much, this season trades in its horror-mystery approach for a more dramatic mood as Rika decides to halt the repeated tragedies that have been taking place throughout the Higurashi series. All the major mysteries that were left unaddressed from the first season get fleshed out and resolved. Questions like what happened to Satoshi, the perpretrators surrounding Rika's repeated deaths and the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, and the mysterious disease Rena learns about from the finale of the first season are unveiled. Much of what is finally unveiled I could find credible and take in without any doubts.|
But, the switched approach from mystery to drama works against the series quite a bit. Rika's repeated angstings about facing and overcoming fate got on my nerves. While the identity of the true antagonist of the series was quite surprising for me, what is revealed of their past still didn't make me sympathize with their goals since it felt quite melodramatic thanks to some forced angsty elements. Compared to the past problems faced by the younger cast, I couldn't relate to the antagonist and just couldn't wait for them to be finally offed. And when the series finally does end, I couldn't take how things ended. It just didn't seem too credible considering the type of enemies that Rika and her friends were up against.
This series is worth a look at least if you want to see the resolution to the series. Just don't go expecting things to be as engaging as the horror-mystery mix from the first season.
Last updated Tuesday, December 30 2008. Created Tuesday, December 30 2008.
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