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To err is human, to forgive divine

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To err is human, to forgive divine

  1. 1. To err is human, to forgive divine? Sin and sentiment in Higurashi no naku koro ni 19/11/2022
  2. 2. What is Higurashi? The When They Cry series
  3. 3. Other titles in the series
  4. 4. Influences?
  5. 5. Cultural Impact
  6. 6. Cultural impact Snoop Dogg and Scooby Doo?
  7. 7. Three ways to enjoy
  8. 8. 1. As a straight- up horror
  9. 9. The power of fear and ‘yandere’ appeal • Meek characters or ‘scary’ ones? Or is there something more complex at play?
  10. 10. 2. As a mystery to be solved
  11. 11. The visual novel is a ‘static’ experience • You play by assessing information presented to you, rather than by actively selecting the actions any character takes onscreen • Ryukishi07’s work, its structure inspired by a childhood spent reading mystery novels rather than playing video games, has inspired global connections and conversations, as readers posit theories to explain the novels’ enigmatic events.
  12. 12. 3. As a reflection on sin (tsumi), punishment, and atonement
  13. 13. This is Higurashi’s core theme. How do we make good on our mistakes? • Indictment of scapegoating? • Indictment of the death penalty?
  14. 14. 8 core arcs: Question arcs and Answer arcs You have to watch them in order! The Question arcs present mysteries pertaining to the village of Hinamizawa. The Answer arcs explain why the Question arcs unfolded the way they did. You will likely be lost after finishing your first Question arc or two, but don’t worry – everything WILL be explained!
  15. 15. Where to start? 1. Higurashi no naku koro ni (2006, Studio DEEN). VN available as Higurashi Hou on Steam. Start with Onikakushi (‘Abducted by Demons Arc’ in the English translation of the manga). 2. Higurashi no naku koro ni Kai (2007, Studio DEEN). Confusingly, the VN of this is also called Hou on Steam, but the chapter order is clearly ordered. These comprise the 8 main arcs! Onikakushi, Watanagashi, Tatarigoroshi, Himatsubushi = the 4 question arcs Meakashi, Tsumihoroboshi, Minagoroshi, Matsuribayashi = the 4 answer arcs
  16. 16. What about all the other Higurashis? Great question, but none of them are actually essential to understanding the core story. I would recommend the epilogue Saikoroshi-hen (particularly the manga adaptation) as the best continuation, but there are also random silly side stories and fanservice stuff available in the anime series Higurashi Rei (2009), Higurashi Kira (2011), and the movie Higurashi Outbreak (2013).
  17. 17. Higurashi NEW/Gou & Sotsu You may also have heard of the Studio Passione anime adaptations of Higurashi from 2020 and 2021. Fans were tricked into thinking this was a remake of Higurashi, but they are completely new stories. However, the content of these series was controversial in the same way that Madoka Magica: Rebellion was controversial. In fact, the plots are rather similar… Feel free to check these out as well if you want, but don’t expect them to have anywhere near the emotional depth as the original 8 arcs!
  18. 18. DEEN vs Passione

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