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~).

トライアンソロジー~三面鏡の国のアリス~ OP
「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.