I’ve heard many things about this anime. Some loved the suspense. some didn’t like the murders and blood. Until an online friend of mine let me borrowed his copy of the series.
It took me a couple of episodes before I got used with the suspense and blood. If its a real-life suspense, I might end up discontinuing this. One reason would be, I raised my expectations for each episodes. I simply expected the worst. In that way, i wasn’t really shocked with what I’ve seen.
The series is intriguing and confusing at the same time. Questions like who is Oyashiro-sama, what happened to the victims who were demoned away, and such, kept on my mind the whole time. I’m grateful to all those spoilers around the internet and to siyata-san who provided me clarifications and others. Spoilers about Higurashi. It confused me because I’m trying to connect all the chapters in a single story line. I failed. 😀 The story will really made you think what happened and how did it happen. Thus, the story itself is a big mystery. It’s not as simple as the first episode seemed to be.
One downfall of this series would be too much violence. This is really isn’t for those who don’t like bloody scenes and killings. Plus the fact that those who are committing murders were minors. You won’t imagine what those who may seem young, innocent and cute characters can do. I swear, you wouldn’t want to get in their way. ^_^ But the story is not at all about the dark side of Himamizawa. There are also scenes where you can see the peaceful days at Himamizawa.
Before I forgot, the music really suits the atmosphere of the anime. It plays a big part in the introduction of the anime. You can feel the mystery even on the opening song. Personally, I really like it. You can also can get hint from the opening video. On the other hand, the ending song relates to the sad theme of the story.
To put it bluntly, it wasn’t able to boggle my mind that much. The anime didn’t give the intense feeling I am expecting while watching it (I’m not trying to compare this to Death Note and Code Geass but those two series really caught me with its twists and turns). Okay, you may blame me for reading spoilers ahead but I’ll tell you, spoilers never affected me in such a way that it will lessen the intensity of the story. It’s just giving me and overview of what will happen next.
So if you want mystery and can take gore, then watch this.