HIGURASHI NO NAKU KORO NI / When the cry By Juanita Elam

Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, also When they Cry to western audiences, takes places in a quiet village named Himanizawa in the year of 1983. Himanizawa seems to be a peaceful little place, but its inhabitants have been plagued by strange deaths and unexplained disappearances every year after the watanagashi festival. Some believe it's the petrifying curse of Hinamizawa's legendary deity, Oyashiro-sama, causing victims to be spirited away by monsters, but is that really the case?

themes within higurashi no naku koro ni

One of the themes found within Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni is domestic violence. In the manga for the Tatarigoroshi (Curse Killing) arc, a pair of siblings that go by the names of Satoko and Satoshi Hojo were taken in by their aunt and uncle due to their parent's death earlier in their lives. Once taken in, the siblings were verbally and physically abused by their aunt and uncle. As the sibling's mental states worsen, their home lives start to mold into a greater nightmare than what it already was. This gives input into later events that occur within the arc.

Another theme found within Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni is research ethics. Throughout the series, the village the story takes place in holds a disease known as Himanizawa syndrome. In hopes to find the cure for the disease, Dr. Tanako decided to test her treatments on Satoko. The role of the research ethics and medicine also give input into early and late events within the manga.

the person behind it
Ryukishi07 is the pen name of the man who created Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni (his real name is unknown). He originally made Higurashi as a visual novel, but the game was later on developed into a manga thanks to his help with the scriptwriting. He is very well known for creating horror and psychological games.

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