Okay, I’m gonna be straight with you. I might not be the best person to review this anime. Truth be told, I haven’t actually seen the original and I know that it’s a big deal but I thought that I should give this anime a go regardless. So, now that the obligatory disclaimer has been made, we can get on with the review.
This is clearly a messed up gore murder fest, isn’t it? I can already tell just by watching the first episode that this is going to be bloody. Weird village: check. Seemingly sweet but mysterious girls: check. Weird murderous backstory: check. Various early superficial hints that will evolve into gruesome developments later: check. Yup, this has the makings of a classic horror flick. To be honest if you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all. Well, there are some exceptions obviously. And although it is clear that the main attraction this genre has is its suspense and gratuitous violence, it’s not as if stories like this can’t have more going for them than simple mindless killing and comically shallow plot. Whether When the Cicadas Cry is an exception to the rule or simply a conformist, I don’t know. However, what is clear is that it will not skip out on the gore. Yes, there are some hints of a mystery but my guess is that it will merely act as a device to trigger violence rather than being the main point of the story. Meaning that the mystery is not the point, it’s just the spark that flairs up the violence and then everything just snowballs into a big bloody mess. Still, like I said, no idea.
Whatever the case, even if this is just another mindless B-rate gore fest, it can still be entertaining in its own right. There is a place for horror among all the kawaii anime out there. Truth be told, there simply isn’t enough of it going around. Hence, whatever the case, Higurashi will not be unappreciated. As a pallet cleanser at the very least. Bad analogy, I know.