Higurashi Released in English by MangaGamer


07th Expansion’s hit sound novel series Higurashi is being released in English by MangaGamer, with the first installment having just been released.

The original Higurashi, whilst being a doujin visual novel with modest production values, was critically acclaimed and soon the series had spawned a full mixed media franchise, with a variety of games, manga and anime based on the original.

This release covers the first four chapters of Higurashi When They Cry, with later titles in the series set to be released in the new year.

The game is available for international download now.

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    Comment by H-Ero
    09:39 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Am I the only one that thinks the title makes sense? Fans of the series call it Higurashi so wouldn't it make sense to leave Higurashi in the title instead of leaving it out like the english version of the manga and anime do. When Umineko gets translated it will probably be called "Umineko When they Cry". IMO this sounds better than calling the games "When they Cry 1,2,3, & 4".

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would not be hard to just call it "When the Higurashi Cry" or something similar.

    But no, the idea of having titles that don't sound like shit is lost on these people.

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    Comment by g0rth0r
    11:49 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It would not be hard to just call it "When the Higurashi Cry" or something similar."

    Yes it would. That would be assuming the market knows what a "Higurashi" is. If you don't know what it means, the title "When the Higurashi Cry" would be cut in two, which is a bad marketing move.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one who buys this game will have not heard of it before.

    They are marketing to weeaboos. Weeaboos will know what a Higurashi is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol at the hypocrisy of so many sankaku-ites. One Piece is shit because it's art style is 'different'? Never mind the story, 'who wants to read a manga with art like this'?

    note: not particularly a OP fan, but damn that Higurashi art is worse than Touhou's.

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    Comment by Kay
    07:39 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm excited. :3 I'm hoping to get this for Christmas~

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This just proves how great Higurashi was.
    I bet Higurashi should have an enormous fanbase. Im happy Ryuguu Reina its still my favourite fictional character.

    USODA FTW!!!11

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This game is damn popular (it should be). So much that it was cracked 15 hours from release by an anon on /jp/. I'd encourage people to buy the game though; MG needs money to keep up the translations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Equality Now are once again equating games with real abuse, this time on a major UK news site. Fortunately there's a chance to post a reply:


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    Comment by syndicaterx
    06:12 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ZOMG Torrent Please!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    When they cry? they? who? us? pfffffffffffffffffft

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To read or not to read...?
    Is there any excessive graphic gore+violence in this game? That would put me off horribly. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Theres absolutely no gore in it.

    -from your ever reliable anon

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    Comment by g0rth0r
    04:06 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see why people are complaining about the title. Have you realized every other Higurashi English media uses the same title ? If you think media title translations always need to be a literal translation, you're dead wrong.

    As for me I'll probably buy, but I guess I'll wait. I already own the original first arc and while my Japanese is rather limited, it's still something worthwhile to have considering all the awesome that spawned from it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The whole problem is that it IS a literal translation. If it were something else that made sense in English...

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    Comment by A_Moose
    23:05 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1, fuck.

    It's the perfect combination of English and Japanese, IMO. "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" is a mouthful in English and "When They Cry" is written all over Japanese fanart anyway.

    "Higurashi: When They Cry" is perfect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:41 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another commercial from Sankaku ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Order your copy today.

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    Comment by Fonzer
    18:55 19/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mitsuo Kubo said:
    I love Higurashi, it's one of my favorite series, but I cannot for the life of me stand the artwork for this game...I cringe everytime I see it...

    does doujin have any meaning to you?

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    Comment by man1
    18:44 23/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAU-AU-AU-uuUU~~! [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9LPKcjAtp0]

    Oh wait... Does Hanyuu even appear in this installment? Ah haha... Seems like I spoke to soon. ;-P

    Comment by Mitsuo Kubo
    17:18 19/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love Higurashi, it's one of my favorite series, but I cannot for the life of me stand the artwork for this game...I cringe everytime I see it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 17/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want a box , a package or something , don't want to pay for a "virtual" copy

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 17/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, the way i understand it there wasn't a box in the first place even in japan since it was a doujin game distributed via internet.

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    Comment by tsukasa2600
    20:04 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I won the contest \o/, can't wait to play it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    MangaGamer sure charges a shitload of money. Their prices are higher than physical disc releases from other companies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:56 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because physical discs are so convenient and expensive, rite?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd imagine the expensive part is printing and distributing stock that oftentimes will rot in a warehouse somewhere because of the more limited appeal and market of VN games. Not to mention that the general market buying these games will likely download them without paying instead of purchasing them, physical release or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also I hope we dont pay for their ridiculous antipirate measures. I cant imagine more contraproductive thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The price is ridiculous - its more than twice as much as original doujin release even being only digital download.
    They could easily afford psysical release for that much.
    I will buy it but I will send them request to release Kai on CD. And I wont buy Kai if they dont cut the price or make the physical release.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone who thinks Higurashi/Umineko are about the art are ignorant.

    Still, it's nice to see that Ryukishi's drawing skills are improving.

    Having said that, what's with the horrid title translation? "Higurashi when they cry" doesn't even make sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Higurashi When They Cry" sounds kinda off...

    Comment by announ
    03:32 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They have come a long way from titles such as "Suck my dick or die!" or "Which girl should I choose?", if you ask me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll wait till the new year before deciding on what to buy. Maybe the later titles would better...

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    Comment by A_Moose
    22:56 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There won't be any "later titles" if this doesn't sell well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 18/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There will be Kai - That is fact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck yes!

    The When they Cry series has been one of my favorite of recent years. I've been hoping to play the game.

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    22:41 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't believe how many years this took to happen. I can see this as easily being their best selling product.

    Anyway this is a great move for VNs. And something that was just long overdue anyway. It's a notable series, but it's also one of the most unique, interesting, and innovative. Instead of being Eroge or Dating Sim, Ryukishi/DragonKnight makes it fantasy horror and mystery in his/their VNs.

    This could very well help to open up the English speaking world to VNs. Or at least familiarize it with some of the greater ones.

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    22:07 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too late for it now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the way the characters were drawn in the anime better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:02 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well of course. this is a doujinshi game

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:24 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    When all 7th expansion games will be out maybe i'll buy it. Maybe.

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    Comment by A_Moose
    22:53 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Congratulations, asshole, you're going to be waiting a long fucking time. Why would they release any of the others if this doesn't sell?

    I'm buying this solely in the hopes that Umineko gets an English release.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 17/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why if it have fantranslation? To get version without some features and powered by annoying engine? Also without any physical release - just some fucking download?

    I just dont see any sense in your post...

    Neither in previous post...

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    Comment by A_Moose
    13:28 17/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Gee I don't know, maybe I want to reward the author for his hard work and wonderful story-telling, especially since I've already read one of his other VNs for free.

    I realize paying for things you love is a novel concept amongst some readers here but for fuck's sake, people.

    Also, there is no fan translation past the first story arc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 18/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe you can buy the original japanese release and apply a fantranslation patch to it? You really seem to be an idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:18 17/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your policy of buying games that you don't actually want to play intrigues me. Please expand more upon this!

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    Comment by A_Moose
    13:24 17/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Of course I'm going to read it (by the way, it's a visual novel, not a game -- there is nothing to play). But I'm more interested in the author's other works (as in, Umineko) getting English releases.

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    Comment by bloodlust5
    22:04 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More importantly is it any good?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, it's quite good.

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