YouTube channel Ani-One of Hong Kong content distributor MediaLink Entertainment Limited’s announced on Saturday that it will stream the new anime project Higurashi: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) on October 1 at 9:00 p.m. IST. The episodes will air every week close to the Japanese broadcast.
Along with Hong Kong and India, Ani-One will stream the anime in Brunei, Cambodia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Macau. .
The anime will premiere in Japan on October 1 on Tokyo MX and BS11 after being delayed from its scheduled premiere in July due to the effects of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the production schedule. The first 13 episodes will air starting October 1, and episode 14 will premiere on January 7.
Ryukishi07 and 07th Expansion are credited with the original work. Akio Watanabe (Monogatari series anime franchise) is designing the characters, and Passione (Citrus, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, High School DxD Hero) is animating the project. Infinite is producing the series. Naoki Hayashi (Black Fox, Citrus) is in charge of series composition for the anime. Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) returns as series composer.
The other staff members are :-
- Assistant Director: Takashi Ikehata
- Art Director: Kazuhiro Inoue (Kusanagi)
- Background art supervision: Saho Yamane (Kusanagi)
- Key Color Artist: Arisa Komatsu
- Director of Photography Composition: Yuichiro Tozawa (Graphinica)
- Edition: Ayako Tan (Graphinica)
- Sound Director: Hiroto Morishita
- Sound Effects: Shota Yaso (Swara Pro)
- Music Production: Frontier Works.
Returning cast members include Sōichiro Hoshi as Keiichi Maebara, Mai Nakahara as Rena Ryūgū, Satsuki Yukino as Mion Sonozaki, Mika Kanai as Satoko Hōjō, and Yukari Tamura as Rika Furude
The other cast members are:-
- Chafurin as Kuraudo Ooishi
- Toru Ohkawa as Jirō Tomitake
- Miki Itō as Miyo Takano
- Toshihiko Seki as Kyōsuke Irie
- The new anime will have a manga adaptation by Tomato Akase.
The first television anime series Higurashi: When They Cry ran for 26 episodes in 2006, and the anime When They Cry II: Solutions (Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai) ran for 24 episodes in 2007. Geneon Entertainment Inc. launched the first anime on DVD in 2007-2008. Funimation then released the anime on DVD in 2009 and 2010. Sentai Filmworks recently released both anime on Blu-ray Disc and on DVD in 2016.
07th Expansion released the first chapter of the visual novel software Higurashi no Naku Koro ni in 2002 at Comiket. The story revolves around murders that coincide with an annual festival in a quiet rural town. Ryukishi07 and 07th Expansion released Higurashi: When They Cry Hou for PC in Japan in 2014 as a “thank you” to fans of the series (the kanji used for “Hou” is used in the word “hōnō”, “dedication”).