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Having never heard of When They Cry before, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Within the first 8 seconds, though, I knew it was going to be a bloody good time. When They Cry is structured like a series of crescendos, with each arc starting as little more than cutesy dialogue and giggly girls. Over the span of four episodes, it culminates into a frightening bloodbath of nerves and paranoia. It's been a while since I've seen a horror series with such a carefully constructed atmosphere of fear. Then, once it ends, it resets itself, and tells a parallel story of death and destruction.

This show is really amazing.

What makes it work so well is that every arc is preceded by a scene that shows you exactly how the final death will play out. It balances out the slow build-up of tension perfectly, and frankly, who doesn't want to stick around to see why a girl would bash her head into a butcher knife?

The series has a core cast of five characters—Keiichi, a new transfer student to a small village school, and four other girls, who have been living there for a while. And, like all small villages, there's something vaguely unsettling about it—in the case of Hinamizawa, deaths occur every year during the Cotton Drifting Festival. Rumor has it, it's all the work of the demon that watches over the townsfolk, but then again, demons don't generally take the shape of little schoolgirls…

When They Cry is very unique, both in the way that the characters “reset” after every arc, and in the way that it blends in the supernatural so seamlessly with hints of paranoia and psychosis. Once you start watching, it's hard to rip yourself away, and the actors do such an amazing job of transitioning between Cute and Crazy that everything is completely believable. Plus, aren't you curious why girls are getting clubbed to death by a baseball bat?
Are you watching the dub?
Guessing a review from amazon.

Awww, it's adorable how he thinks it's going to stay good.
Typical of LOL AMERIKKKAN ANIME INDUSTRY, overhyping an average series.
Shame Higurashi couldn't stay as good as the first volume.
By which I mean, that's what it's like at the beginning.
Well, there's nothing really wrong about this.

I like this review because it follows my thoughts exactly. Higurashi was heavily modeled as a horror anime at first and when people who haven't read the visual novels - that is, most of us moonspeak challenged - liked it, they liked it for its strengths as a horror anime.

That's why the fanfags screaming "IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HORROR IT'S A MYSTERY GO FUCK YOURSELF GUROFAG" until they're blue in the face does not do them any favors, all they are saying is "it will never be good again and the fact that it ever was good for a brief while was just an error in adaptation".
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"I'm sorry...
I'm sorry...
I'm sorry..."
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