harukiproject (harukiproject) wrote in 1nm3hpan75,

Guess what? It's another post. Mostly about my new favorite series.

'Kay, show of hands. How many of you have heard of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni? Well, if you haven't, it's a popular visual novel/manga/anime/game series. The most simple way to describe it is a murder mystery, though it becomes far more complex than that. Every year, the otherwise quiet village of Hinamizawa is subject to a mysterious murder/disappearance after the Watanagashi festival. This year promises to be the worst of them all...
Anyway, it's a fantastic series, dragged down for our local community due to one irritating flaw: a depressing lack of a full translation. The anime is probably the only incarnation of the series with a full English translation available, and some of that is only on the internet. However, work is in progress, thankfully.

Also, if you decide to pick this up, the next part is super important: the games and manga are split into different arcs. Be sure you don't view them in the wrong order, because this series is already kinda confusing (it gets better once you reach the later arcs and stuff starts getting explained). For reference, it's Onikakushi, Watanagashi, Tatarigoroshi, Himatsubushi, Meakashi, Tsumihoroboshi, Minagoroshi, and Matsuribayashi for the main arcs of the story. Certain incarnations have side-arcs, too.

If you're able to not be put off by all this, I can definitely recommend the series as a whole. The only other gripe I have is that the anime's animation gets a little strange-looking at times. Otherwise, check it out!
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