I’d been beating around this anime for quite a long time. On the one hand it’s a horror show, which itself is a plus, and it can boast huge amount of positive reviews everywhere. On the other – very specific visual (and rather specific-bad than specific-good), and a very long and boring scene based on Umineko No Naku Koro Ni we watched during one of anime festivals.
Unfortunately, eventually Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni disappointed. The first arc was incredible, I was watching first 4 or 5 episodes non-stop (I’m a horrible anime fan and get tired pretty quickly usually) and was soo looking forward to such a story where tentatively the main character dies basically at the beginning.
When I saw the same character again I started suspecting something. When events of the second arc appeared to be different from those of the first one – I realized that I shouldn’t have hoped on the clever and gracious movement through time revealing the plot piece by piece.
Yeah, I know, the authors do show those pieces to us and probably that’s interesting to understand such things as that “Supervisor is Supervisor” is actually the doctor, or what the full history of the dam was. But being too sensitive and fragile I felt like it was just a sort of charlatanry. It was unemotional “Okay, that’s why Mion said that phrase the other day, because it actually was Shion, got it”. The characters, the event of the first arc were edgy, were playing with my nerves, it felt so great when, for example, the main character started training with a baseball bat because he wanted to defend himself or how he shut the door not paying attention that the Rena’s hand is going to get hurt. Other parts of the story… That’s the characters bursting out tirades about friendship and burying a corpse together, characters ferociously falling in love and characters shooting each other using water guns. The further it went the worse everything was getting – and ended up with multiple world. Oh, come on!..
This deserves a separate paragraph. The main character’s vest is probably the most terrible costume part I’ve seen in anime. And we have to enjoy it for perhaps 13 of 26 episodes!
As a weird conclusion… I still want to watch the second season of Higurashi… masochism maybe or maybe the synopsis inspired me – if I recall correct this is going to be about “live the same day again and again”.