Higurashi no Naku Koro ni was pretty darn good. Sure, the art was a little sloppy in places, but if you've ever played the visual novel, you'll know that pretty much anything would be an improvement in that department. It had just the right mix of everyone being normal and having fun to mindless throat-clawing and murder, so no complaints from me there. It's from here where the road changes from tarmac to crazy paving.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai wasn't bad. It offered a nice enough explanation of all the events, even if we did get stuck in way too much back story. It wasn't ever going to be as shocking as the first season with all that explaining to do, but it wasn't so bad. Rei had an interesting premise, but ultimately the two actual episodes weren't that great, and the filler in between was a waste of time. I don't even want to waste my time with Kira.
But now we know that it is making a return to the anime format, under the guise of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku. Apparently it will be adapting a short story called "Higurashi Outbreak", so whether this means we'll be getting a nice addition to the story or a Rei-like mixed bag isn't immediately obvious. No word on who has the anime, either. I'm sure that's quite an important question to many Higurashi fans, so we'll keep you posted.
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