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


Webmaster Review

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
Aired Year2006
GenresDrama, Horror
NextWhen 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 



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