When They Cry followers bought a a lot welcomed shock when the announcement of a brand new Higurashi anime undertaking was announced again in January 2020. Initially offered as a remake of the unique anime underneath the title Higurashi – New, the sequence was revealed to be a sequel to the unique story in the course of the second episode. Going underneath the title Higurashi Gou, the sequence had some imprecise similarities to the unique however managed to current numerous story parts with a brand new twist.
Gou undoubtedly tells its personal story, although there are tons of call-backs to occasions within the unique. Aside from that, it actually does really feel like a sequel, doing tons of issues in another way from the primary sequence. As followers went by way of each episode making an attempt to decipher parts of Gou’s thriller, these variations are what actually caught out essentially the most.
10 The Remake That Never Was
When what can be generally known as Higurashi Gou was first introduced, everybody concerned with the undertaking tried to move it off as a easy retelling of the unique story. The Deen anime is strong in its personal proper, however sequence creator Ryukishi07’s involvement with the Studio Passione undertaking had followers considering that this new sequence can be a extra devoted adaptation of the VN.
Gou definitely seems like a remake at instances, however the present solely makes use of that sense of familiarity as a manner of deceiving viewers. Passione has finished an incredible job with telling the sequel narrative to this point, and would have probably finished simply nearly as good a job with a remake ought to which were the plan.
9 Rika Is Alone This Time
Rika turned out to be the true protagonist of the unique sequence, continually looping from timeline to timeline as a way to forestall her loss of life and stay a cheerful life. Hanyuu stayed beside her by way of all of this, each aiding her along with her looping and serving as an emotional help for the younger woman.
In the present set of loops, Hanyuu is nothing greater than a lingering hint of herself. She can’t do a lot to assist Rika, save for giving her the flexibility to recollect her deaths publish “Curse-Deceiving” arc. Without Hanyuu there to help her, Rika should depend on her personal self-control to beat Satoko and Eua.
8 The Watanagashi Festival
The Watanagashi Festival has all the time served as the purpose of degradation for every loop. The continuation of Oyashiro’sama’s curse within the type of Takano and Jirou’s deaths are what push whoever of Rika’s buddy group nearer in the direction of madness, bringing about an irreversible tragedy.
In Gou, the occasions are subverted. Takano and Jirou disappear in the course of the competition, escaping Hinamizawa earlier than the same old occasions can go into movement. Despite this transformation, Satoko’s intervening in every loop ensures that the tragedies proceed. With all of those exterior parts now in play, the occasions of the competition aren’t vital in the identical manner they have been within the unique.
7 A Stronger Emphasis On The Supernatural
Higurashi has all the time had supernatural parts to it. But the preliminary thriller of Oyashiro-sama’s curse served as a mere crimson herring that obscured the true thriller of the sequence. Rika is caught between these two worlds, with the sensible thriller of who kills her being her purpose to maintain looping, and Hanyuu’s help serving as her technique of doing so.
Satoko’s connection to Eua mirrors this dynamic not directly. With Satoko serving as the brand new main antagonist, and her main technique of instigating Rika being their shared looping capacity, this new sequence has positioned a a lot stronger emphasis on Higurashi’s supernatural parts.
6 The “Deception” Element In Each Arc
Four of the 5 arcs offered in Gou revolve round deception, as indicated within the title. Each of the primary three arcs play out much like those they’re based mostly off of from the unique. But on the subject of the essential moments in every one, an enormous divergence happens the place one thing surprising turns issues upside-down.
Audiences later study that this subterfuge is because of Satoko’s data of previous fragments, resulting in her direct intervention of their occasions. At least that’s the way it appears to this point. With Satoko’s secret now uncovered, it appears to be like like Rika gained’t be so simply deceived in Sotsu.
5 Rika Knows What To Do This Time Around
From the viewers’s perspective, the unique sequence appeared to be a busy set of inexplicable occasions. That’s how the query arcs have been supposed to look. When it got here to the reply arcs, followers see Rika making an attempt to intervene and cease these tragedies from occurring immediately.
Treating every new fragment much like how she usually would, Rika makes an attempt to cease issues from escalating with data gained from the unique loops. Of course, issues don’t precisely go as deliberate. Though she has all the precise solutions, a sure somebody is actively manipulating issues to play out a lot in another way.
4 Changes of Heart
A very attention-grabbing component of Gou that might very nicely play a giant function in Sotsu is the how sure characters have skilled the occasions of previous fragments in goals. This has led to some fairly attention-grabbing adjustments of coronary heart for among the sequence’ most villainous characters.
Miyo experiencing her loss of life and seeing all of the horrible issues she does all through the unique fragments evokes her to return clear to Jirou, resulting in their escape in the course of the Watanagashi within the new loops. Teppei seeing his numerous deaths has him rethink his way of life and drives him to redeem himself and attempt to make amends with Satoko. Both of those will probably play into Sotsu’s narrative, and this phenomenon might very nicely have an effect on different characters as nicely.
3 A New Culprit
The tragedies of the unique sequence have been its driving power and will all be traced again to Miyo and the key group, Tokyo. When the brand new sequence of loops start, Rika rightfully suspects Miyo’s involvement although she will get cleared of any suspicion down the road.
Gou’s largest shock was the reveal of Satoko being a looper alongside Rika. Despite being a part of the principle solid, Satoko all the time felt like she was pressured right into a extra overly supporting function in comparison with the opposite membership members. With Gou and Sotsu set to flesh out her character, Satoko fortunately took on the function of villain this time round. Whetherr or not she will redeem herself is but to be seen.
2 Post Festival Accompanying Events
The unique VN ends with the “Festival Accompanying” arc, and whereas there may be some content material that discover a few of what occurs after the principle solid’s miraculous win, Gou actually expands upon the sequence narrative. Fans are launched to the fact of Rika attending St. Lucia early on within the sequence, however it’s solely when Satoko’s perspective is provided that audiences actually get to see what occurs between the 2 buddies after the unique story.
It’s a bitter-sweet sequence, as Satoko and Rika’s friendship is regularly bolstered whereas the opposite membership members get older and the group step by step drifts aside. This period might very nicely play a task within the upcoming season, relying on if and the way Rika will get out of those loops.
1 St. Lucia School Life
An enormous a part of establishing why Satoko ended up how she is in these new loops was exploring her and Rika’s differing experiences at St. Lucia. While Rika’s demeanor and e book smarts make her an ideal match for the college’s educational life, Satoko struggles in each regards and is totally ostracized by her friends.
Satoko’s confrontational perspective definitely doesn’t do her any favors, however Gou does a superb job at displaying simply what sort of faculty St. Lucia is and highlighting the problematic ambiance the establishment encourages.