Higurashi - When They Cry is getting a brand new art style for it’s Steam Release.

Mangagamer recently announced that Higurashi is getting another facelift for it’s release on Steam, so I made a little comparison. Original sprite on the left, PS2/DS sprite in center, and Mangagamer Sprite on the right.

I think part of what makes Higurashi so good is that the characters are all suffering from (mostly) ordinary life issues that everyone has experienced at some point. Family, abuse, neglect, social acceptance, relationship issues, self-loathing, anxiety, depression and loneliness, and for a series mostly noted for it’s extreme violence none of it is without purpose or just there for shock value. When these characters break, you see it and never forget it. Because they’re just like you, they’re human, and these horrible scenes are all things that you’re capable of if you were broken like that, it shows you the extreme results of suffering these ordinary issues, and it sticks with you because of that.

Higurashi's Ryukishi07 Writes New Horror Game for DMM
Iwaihime is slated for release this fall

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni creator Ryukishi07 announced a new horror adventure game titled Iwaihime over Twitter on Monday. Ryukishi07 will write the game, freelance illustrator Kina Kazuharu will provide the character art, and mocha will provide the background art. The game is slated for this fall from DMM Games.

Kazuhara posted images of the characters and a plot description.

For generations, the men of the Susuhara family have, upon reaching a certain age, left home and gone their own way, living alone with no one to depend on until they are acknowledged. The protagonist is a high school student who has left home and is comfortable at his new school. But there’s a strange girl named Toe Kurokami. She carries what appears to be Japanese doll, and he’s sure its hair grows and it whispers things. Meeting her might be his destiny.

Ryukishi07 stated that he’s kept the game under wraps for two years.

Ryukishi07 is also working with his doujin group 07th Expansion, along with Romeo Tanaka and Yūto Tonokawa, on a new project titled TRianThorogy ~Sanmenkyō no Kuni no Alice~ (TRianThorogy ~Alice in the Country of the Three-Sided Mirror~).

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「ひぐらしのなく頃に」「うみねこのなく頃に」シリーズでお馴染みの竜騎士07率いる「07th Expansion」。 2年ぶりとなる完全新作「トライアンソロジー~三面鏡の国のアリス~」。 今夏よりアニメもスタートする、VisualArt's/Keyのビジュアルノベル『Rewrite』。 このゲームに参加したライター...


I love the different art, and the song is hype as fuck! Also, hype for the return of Bernkastel and Beatrice, or at least, forms of them!

So things happened today that can only be described as a miracle. I went all over to find the autograph session for Ryukishi07. Staff told me about 4 different places to go so I got kind of lost. This kind staff member who actually knew told me where to go and took me there himself. When we finally got there, it had just closed the line for signings. I was in tears when at first because there was nothing staff could do because he was apparently late for his flight. I walked around, defeated and crying when a Sakutaro appeared. He told me to come with him and we can try to make something work. It was the end of the signings, people just left the line and Ryukishi was going to pack up. Sakutaro called him politely and he invited us over. He noticed I was upset, and offered to sign my notebook. In the notebook he drew a doodle. I thanked him in Japanese and called this a miracle and he smiled. I asked to shake his hand, and he did. We took a picture together, and it was sent to my phone. On top of that he gave me a business card for 07th expansion. Business cards are considered rare and personal and very important. Put it in my notebook but I can’t find it. Hopefully I find it eventually, but if I don’t this is enough though it will be disappointing.

Tl;dr, miracles happen. This guaranteed 0 percent chance turned into getting to meet him. This is something that he writes in his novels about.

Thank you Ryukishi07 for making me believe in miracles again. Truly from the bottom my heart I will remain a dedicated fan and I’ll continue to read and support everything 07th Expansion writes. Umineko got me through a very hard time so this means a lot to me to meet my hero.


If anyone who knows Japanese wants to translate it, please help! Below are the notes I managed to jot down via my cell phone and my memories of the answers he gave.

-When asked whether or not he likes 2D girls or 3D girls, (which he laughed so hard once the question was translated), he spoke of the merits of both, and after pondering in an animated manner, he decides he loves both.

- When asked which was his fav music tracks from Umineko and Higurashi, he stated that Golden Slaugther From Umineko and You from Higurashi was his favourites.

- When asked how the visual novels from the company Key Visual Arts (creators of Air, Kanon, Clannad etc) inspired him, he stated that with Key stories, it starts up normal and happy, but as the story develops, is slowly turns deeper and sadder as you reach its climax. He compared the story flow to the Tower of Terror in Disneyland, where the ride starts out straight and normal and calm, and then it rapidly plummets and freaks the riders out via a heavy drop, Key stories the sadness drops in, but for his stories, the horror drops in. A side note: Ryu07th has worked on a Key game, Rewrite, he wrote one of the scenario arcs in that game.

-When asked about his feelings on the creators or Fate Stay Night, Type Moon (whom he has a working relationship with, since Rumiko Chie is based off of Ciel from Tsukihime by Type Moon), he comments that they are like the gods of Doujin Visual novels. They walk in and he gets the urge to worship the grount they are on, and comments that the artist Takuechi has a large presence, which he compare it to a character from Fist of the North Star. It got harder to hear the translator at this point, but it seems that Ryu07th plays Mahjong with them quite a bit. If folks who know Japanese can help be clarify this point it would be appreciated.

- When asked who is his waifu, he boiled down his options to Beatrice and Lambdadelta.

- When asked about this thoughts of coming to Los Angles, he comments that the burgers here are much bigger and taste really good, that he will have a hard time eating burgers in Japan now since he tasted the good stuff.

- When asked the inevitable question on “what really happened on  Rokkenjima Island, his response was to exclaim in English : “ Halloween Party!” Everyone in the crowded burst into laughter. Ryu07th has such a awesome sense of humor. 

- When asked who the culprit really is , he said “ MEEE! “ in English. Again, laughter occurs.

- When asked what kinda of video games he like his works to be spun off  into, he comments a survival horror game similar to Resident Evil or Silent Hill would be pretty awesome.

- His favourite adaptation medium for Higurashi and Umineko were the mangas, and he worked closely with the manga artists to make sure the story was clear and clarified, so everyone in the manga should be considered canon.

- Fans have noted that the character Lion Ushiromiya from Umineko bears a similar physical resemblance to Saber from Fate Stay night, and her voice actress in the PS3 version is the same actress as Saber, Ayako Kawasumi. When asked if this was intentional, he stated that the voices were picked from many audition reels that he listened to, and it was coincidence that Ayako was picked. He also noted that scheduling recording sessions with Ayako was more chaotic due to her busy schedule.

- On another note regarding voice actors,  he said it is mandated that the voice actress for Ciel from Tsukihime and  Rumiko Chie from Higurashi must be the same actress, since Rumiko is based off of Ciel.

- When asked what kinda of story he would tell if he makes a choose your own adventure type story, he wants a tale where a boy has to choose between 2 girls, and one of them wields a hatchet. 

- When asked which version of Beatrice was his favorite, he said that he loves all versions, though the one in episode 1-3 is a particular favorite of his.

-His writing process involves him having a story goal in his mind, the end result so to speak, and then he has to figure out how to set a path for the story development to reach that goal. As he writes, the path to the goal is hardly ever straight foward and simple.

- When asked about the name choices in Umineko, he stated that since Higurashi had more oriental names, he wanted Western names for Umineko to differentiate it, though he is aware thanks to fans that Battler is still a weird name.

- He would like to do side stories with Umineko, like what he did for the Higurashi fan disks. A fan in the panel had an idea of a mystery in Umineko where everyone dies in one single room, and he thought that notion was interesting.

- When asked whether Keiichi and Rika could potentially form a romantic relationship, he feels that with Rika’s real personality, the chances of it being one sided from Keiichi is higher than the other way around, but then he joked saying that “Ryu07th has first dibs on Rika before Keiichi!”  EDIT: He thinks there’s a very good chance Rika will fall in love with Keiichi because of what he did during her 100 years. Plus, Keiichi is likely to turn out like Akasaka. But Ryukishi07 has first dibs on Rika.)

- With Rika’s real persona being a wise old woman, he coined the term “Lolibaba”, a mixture of the word grandma in Japanese with the english term Lolita.