Learn Japanese with Anime: “When They Cry” (Proficiency Level)

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85% Brilliant

The concept of the story is very good. The theme is friendship and trust, and a masterpiece story. In particular, last episode 26 is particularly wonderful. Characters are unique, cute and scary, and are well thought out character designs. The development of the story is scary, but the concept is the universal values of friendship, consultation and trust.

Although the drawing is unstable, the production is extremely good, and the camera work is particularly good. The background is rough or old. The theme song is very unique and matches the work. The sound is impressive and wonderful, and the latter horror music is very good. It has a scary sound production, and the second half provides impressive music. It is a unique work with no more. The OP is very good with horror songs and production.

  • Story/Worldview 100 %
  • Character 90 %
  • Animation/Background 60 %
  • Songs/Sound 85 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 90 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %

 

1. Information

Title (Eng)When They Cry
Title (Jpn)ひぐらしのなく頃に
TypeTV
Episodes26
Aired Year2006
GenresDrama, Horror
Prequel
SequelWhen They Cry: Kai

 

 

2. Synopsis

Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983, and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead.

As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in the recent years, and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi tries to ask his new friends about these incidents, but they are suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he needs. As more and more bizarre events occur, he wonders just what else his friends might be keeping from him, and if he can even trust them at all.

When madness and paranoia begin taking root in Keiichi’s heart, he will stumble straight into the mysteries at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a story that is told across multiple arcs.

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/934/Higurashi_no_Naku_Koro_ni?q=WHEN%20THEY%20CRY

 

3. Proficiency can Learn Japanese with This Anime

One of the characteristics of old anime is that there are a lot of strange characters. This trend is clearly shown in this anime. Rika uses strange honorifics and herself is “Boku”. Rena also speaks strangely, using “xxx kana, kana” and twice “kana” at the end.

In addition, due to the characteristics of the stage of the work, there are many lingering expressions and words about village society’s peculiar sense of blockage, closed ships, and solidarity responsibility. In addition, there are a lot of technical terms such as difficult conversation of adults, criminal and yakuza.

Contrary to the character’s appearance, it is very difficult to learn Japanese with this work because it is a super masterpiece anime with a story that is heavy even if the content is heavy. However, forgetting to study Japanese because it is a super masterpiece, please enjoy this anime with subtitles. Ensure that it will be a plus for your life (but be sure to watch the sequel)

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 12.5 terms/episode= 324 / 24
Difficulty Level20th grade= Graduate
Total Difficulty Score250.0 points= 12.5 * 20
   
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Hardover 310.0 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerProficiency 
JLPTN1 

 

The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=324 terms)
#よみ漢字Remarks
1 お持ち帰りSlang
2 会則 
3 生き埋め 
4 野鳥 
5 祟りReligious terms
6 誘致 
7 怪死事件Legal terms
8 神隠しReligious terms
9 失踪 
10 神主RE
11 転校 
12 素振り 
13 撲殺Legal terms
14 検死Legal terms
15 除け者 
16 穢れReligious terms
17 聖域Religious terms
18やしろReligious terms
19 贓物Religious terms
20 解剖Medical terms
21はらわたReligious terms
22 演舞 
23 焼死体Legal terms
24 拷問 
25 口封じ 
26 回覧板 
27 当主 
28 戒律 
29 牢屋 
30 自炊 
31 不法侵入Legal terms
32 現行犯Legal terms
33 お惣菜 
34 養子 
35 梅雨 
36 マジSlang
37 令状Legal terms
38 虐待 
39 覚醒剤 
40 愛人 
41 児童福祉法Legal terms
42 試練 
43 御曹司 
44 御三家 
45 通報Legal terms
46 保護師 
47 常習者Legal terms
48 診療所 
49 公安Legal terms
50 境内Religious terms
51 誘拐 
52 猛毒 
53 瘴気 
54 死滅 
55 他殺Legal terms
56 昏睡 
57 怪死Legal terms
58 奇病Medical terms
59 任意同行Legal terms
60 面子 
61 ケジメSlang
62 錯乱 
63 南京錠 
64 口封じ 
65 焼死体 
66 身代わり 
67 同盟 
68 滑稽 
69 命乞い 
70 弁解 
71 自首Legal terms
72 利子 
73 再婚 
74 美人局Legal terms
75 カモSlang
76 通称 
77 狂信的 
78 寄生虫Medical terms
79 病原体Medical terms
80 狂信者Religious terms
81 黒幕 
82 専売特許 
83 興覚め 
84 惨劇 
85 ご奉仕 
86 疑心暗鬼 
87 漬物 
88 寒村 
89 舌鼓 
90 被写体 
91 転校生 
92 異議なし 
93 貧民 
94 全会一致 
95 逆境 
96 擬装 
97 一矢を報いるIdioms
98 ビリ 
99 登校拒否 
100 立ち退き 
101 陳情 
102 根回し 
103 傷害 
104 精が出る 
105 負傷者 
106 斬殺 
107 供養Religious terms
108 両手に花 
109 不祥事 
110 汚職 
111 入水 
112 休止 
113 昇降口 
114 妄信 
115 孝行 
116 遺書 
117 覚醒剤 
118 拘置所 
119 擦れ違い 
120 駆け落ち 
121 謹慎 
122 投薬Medical terms
123 甲子園 
124 脅迫 
125 動転 
126 他言無用 
127 告発Legal terms
128 後遺症Medical terms
129 前兆 
130 巡回 
131 真相 
132 不本意 
133 奉仕 
134 奉納Religious terms
135 結束 
136 一部始終 
137 気配り 
138 診療所Medical terms
139 本陣 
140 忽然 
141 逢引き 
142 二股 
143 牛耳る 
144 徘徊 
145 禁忌 
146 一目瞭然 
147 手付かず 
148 ちゃぶ台 
149 連行 
150  
151 筒抜け 
152 内偵Legal terms
153 事情聴取Legal terms
154 お裾分け 
155 如実 
156 本家 
157 徒党を組む 
158 末裔 
159 悲願 
160  
161 即死 
162 禁煙 
163 別居 
164 甲斐性 
165 赤っ恥 
166 求婚 
167ほうぼう方々 
168 前兆 
169 絶交 
170 茶化す 
171 職務質問Legal terms
172 手解き 
173 白々しい 
174 面食らう 
175 非凡 
176 偏差値 
177 野犬 
178 起死回生 
179 役員 
180 瓜二つ 
181 虚言 
182 他殺 
183 鉄拳制裁 
184 悪態 
185 遺書 
186 重体 
187 機動隊 
188 子息 
189 穏便 
190 極秘 
191 陳情 
192 出産 
193 駆け出し 
194 配置 
195 遠路 
196 直訴 
197 持ちつ持たれつ 
198 呼び捨て 
199 家内 
200 安保闘争 
201 湖底 
202 直系 
203 右往左往 
204 処遇 
205 防塵 
206 警視庁 
207 新米 
208 駐在所 
209 廃村 
210 火中の栗 
211 辺鄙 
212 往診Medical terms
213 急患Medical terms
214 サツLegal terms
215 王手飛車取りIdioms
216 退職金 
217 撤回 
218 血生臭い 
219 水面 
220 未曾有 
221 シャバSlang
222 一卵性 
223 幽閉 
224 産湯 
225 脱走 
226 急性心不全 
227 村八分 
228 模範 
229 帝王学 
230 とばっちり 
231 差し入れ 
232 前触れ 
233 秘匿 
234 戸籍 
235 ご立腹 
236 時代錯誤 
237 世間体 
238 化膿Medical terms
239 留置場Legal terms
240 生け贄Religious terms
241  
242 チャラSlang
243 封印 
244 半ベソ 
245 萌え 
246 無念 
247 独断 
248 敵討ち 
249 宴会 
250 二日酔い 
251 土足 
252 狼藉 
253 一族郎党 
254 蔓延 
255 どこで油を売るIdioms
256 釈放Legal terms
257 夜更し 
258 肩書き 
259 大罪 
260 寄生 
261 拷問狂 
262 ご相伴 
263 ホシLegal terms
264 断末魔 
265 不死身 
266 一世一代 
267 威勢 
268 被弾Military terms
269 一騎打ち 
270 不問 
271 心機一転 
272 血祭 
273 担保 
274 連帯 
275 慰謝料 
276 あぶく銭 
277 手切れ金 
278 雀ゴロSlang
279 ヒモSlang
280 仁義 
281 ゴロツキSlang
282 博打 
283 鼻の下を伸ばすIdioms
284 後学 
285 お家芸 
286 次点 
287 境遇 
288 ホトケLegal terms
289 自暴自棄 
290 蠢く 
291 突拍子もない 
292 太古 
293 神聖 
294 降臨Religious terms
295 奇怪 
296 伝染病Medical terms
297 対処療法Medical terms
298 自然淘汰 
299 置き土産 
300 早退 
301 談笑 
302 陰謀 
303 懐刀Legal terms
304 雲隠れ 
305 良心の呵責 
306 少年法Legal terms
307 ほとぼり 
308 自首Legal terms
309 示談金Legal terms
310 チャラSlang
311 神々しい 
312 与太話 
313 拝見 
314 霊魂Religious terms
315 地底人 
316 献上 
317 尋問 
318 反故 
319 承る 
320 分校 
321 籠城 
322 雨どい 
323 看取る 
324 待遇 

 

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