The BEST Episodes of When They Cry - Higurashi

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2020

Network: Kansai TV

Life couldn't be better for Keiichi Maebara. He’s just moved to the rural village of Hinamizawa and befriended four classmates — his life in the little village has been peaceful. One day, when he happens upon a story about a grisly local murder, his contentment turns to uneasiness as he finds himself drawn into a disturbing web of mystery that involves his newfound friends and threatens his very life.

The Dice Killing Chapter - Part 3

#1 - The Dice Killing Chapter - Part 3

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 24, 2009

Rika becomes gradually more torn between remaining in this new world that knows no sin, or killing someone she loves and returning to her old world.

star 9.89
62 votes
Directors: Shun Yashiro
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 11 - End

#2 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 11 - End

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 18, 2007

The Yamainu concede defeat, but Takano refuses to surrender. As she flees into the mountains, she has a final, emotional confrontation with Rika's group. At last, Rika and all of her friends are able to attend the Cotton Drifting Festival, finally free from fate.

star 9.87
93 votes
Directors: Chiaki Kon
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 8 - 48 Hours

#3 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 8 - 48 Hours

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Nov 27, 2007

False information regarding Rika is spread by Oishi's group at the precinct, leaving the Yamainu in disarray, and racing to prevent their plans from being foiled.

star 9.86
66 votes
Directors: Yuji Hiraki
Writers: Masashi Suzuki
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 9 - Offense and Defense

#4 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 9 - Offense and Defense

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Dec 4, 2007

Upon discovering that Tomitake has been captured, Irie rushes to escape and ends up meeting Shion and her bodyguard, Kasai, on their way to the Sonozaki Estate. Little do they know, they're being followed...

star 9.85
66 votes
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Massacre Chapter - Part 6 - Strong Will

#5 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 6 - Strong Will

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 14, 2007

The efforts to rescue Satoko reach a conclusion, and with the Cotton Drifting Festival the next day, everything seems to moving in the direction of a happy ending — until the true culprit finally comes forth.

star 9.85
65 votes
Directors: Akira Iwanaga
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Massacre Chapter - Part 4 - Negotiation

#6 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 4 - Negotiation

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 31, 2007

The fight to save Satoko from her uncle continues as the gang tries to appeal to the Child Counseling Center, first alone, and then they gather the whole class. But will it be enough?

star 9.82
65 votes
Directors: Makoto Sokuza
Writers: Masashi Suzuki
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 10 - Bloody Battle

#7 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 10 - Bloody Battle

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Dec 11, 2007

Irie, Kasai, and Shion head to the clinic to rescue Tomitake, and Irie finally reveals the truth about Satoshi's disappearance to Shion. Elsewhere, the gang battles the Yamainu in the mountains.

star 9.82
65 votes
Writers: Masashi Suzuki
The Massacre Chapter - Part 5 - Confrontation

#8 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 5 - Confrontation

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 7, 2007

The gang's struggle to help Satoko forces them to confront the village elders, including the leader of the Sonozaki family as Satoko's resilience nears its limit.

star 9.81
68 votes
Directors: Shunji Yoshida
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Dice Killing Chapter - Part 2

#9 - The Dice Killing Chapter - Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired May 22, 2009

Rika finally makes contact with Hanyu, who tells her that for her to return to her old world, she must find and dispose of a piece from her old world.

star 9.81
62 votes
Directors: Shunji Yoshida
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Massacre Chapter - Part 8 - Closure

#10 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 8 - Closure

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 28, 2007

The enemy closes in on the Furude house, and the gang comes to Rika's aid. As they fight the attackers, they realize that if everyone stands together and believes, they can indeed fight fate. But, does everyone truly believe?

star 9.79
67 votes
Writers: Masashi Suzuki
The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 4 - The Great Hinamizawa Disaster

#11 - The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 4 - The Great Hinamizawa Disaster

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 3, 2007

As mysterious men storm the Furude house, Satoko manages to hide, but Rika refuses to join her. When Satoko leaves her hiding place, she discovers many horrifying sights in the once peaceful village of Hinamizawa.

star 9.73
66 votes
Directors: Yuji Hiraki
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Massacre Chapter - Part 2 - How to Change Destiny

#12 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 2 - How to Change Destiny

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 17, 2007

Influenced by Keiichi's encouragement and the fact that her friends are starting to avoid repeating their mistakes by remembering glimpses of the other worlds, Rika decides to begin the fight against her own fate.

star 9.73
66 votes
Directors: Yūsuke Onoda
Writers: Masashi Suzuki
The Massacre Chapter - Part 7 - The Hinamizawa Syndrome

#13 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 7 - The Hinamizawa Syndrome

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 21, 2007

Rika tells her friends the truth behind the mysterious Hinamizawa Syndrome. Meanwhile, the enemy continues with their plan, eliminating any opposition.

star 9.72
65 votes
Directors: Hodaka Kuramoto
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 1 - Miyo

#14 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 1 - Miyo

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 5, 2007

Takano's past is revealed, ranging from her stay in an abusive orphanage, to the beginning of her research into the Hinamizawa Syndrome.

star 9.72
65 votes
Directors: Hideki Takayama
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 3 - Pre-established Harmony

#15 - The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 3 - Pre-established Harmony

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 27, 2007

During the Cotton Drifting Festival, the gang's club activities consist of eating contests and watching Rika's dance. After the festival, Satoko becomes convinced that she and Rika are being watched.

star 9.71
66 votes
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Massacre Chapter - Part 1 - Law of the Labyrinth

#16 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 1 - Law of the Labyrinth

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 10, 2007

Rika begins a new world, but is getting tired of the same events repeating themselves. However, Keiichi proves to her that fate isn't always set in stone.

star 9.71
66 votes
Directors: Makoto Sokuza
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 2 - Wriggling

#17 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 2 - Wriggling

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 16, 2007

Takano's story continues, including how she met her foster grandfather, and her determination to continue his work.

star 9.71
65 votes
Directors: Akira Iwanaga
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 4 - Plot

#18 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 4 - Plot

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Oct 30, 2007

Rika offers herself as a test subject for Irie and Takano's research. More light is shed on the deaths of Satoko's and Rika's parents and their involvement with the legend of Oyashiro-sama's curse.

star 9.71
65 votes
Writers: Masashi Suzuki
The Massacre Chapter - Part 3 - Fluctuation

#19 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 3 - Fluctuation

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 24, 2007

Rika's plans are hindered by the appearance of Satoko's abusive uncle, Teppei, and she starts to lose her newfound faith. Keiichi and the rest of the gang decide to find a way to release Satoko from the clutches of her uncle.

star 9.71
68 votes
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 5 - The Final Piece

#20 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 5 - The Final Piece

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 6, 2007

Details about Satoshi's past are revealed, including the reason for his disappearance. Rika and Hanyu make their final preparations for the impending struggle against destiny.

star 9.68
65 votes
Directors: Yuji Hiraki
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 3 - The Beginning of the End

#21 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 3 - The Beginning of the End

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Oct 23, 2007

As Hanyu hopelessly watches the cruel events that occur during the dam incident, she and Rika eagerly await the arrival of the one person who will be the key in bringing an end to the enemy's intentions.

star 9.66
65 votes
Directors: Yūsuke Onoda
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 6 - Opening

#22 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 6 - Opening

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Nov 13, 2007

Hanyu is physically introduced into the world as a transfer student to the Hinamizawa school. After a brief meeting with Takano and Tomitake, she remembers the past worlds and informs Rika of the enemy's intentions.

star 9.66
65 votes
Directors: Chiaki Kon
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 7 - Trap

#23 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 7 - Trap

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 20, 2007

Rika gathers her allies and starts to make plans, while obtaining more information about the enemy and those supporting their ambitions.

star 9.62
65 votes
Directors: Yūsuke Onoda
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo
The Shame Exposing Chapter

#24 - The Shame Exposing Chapter

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 25, 2009

Realizing that he forgot to pack his bathing suit while rushing to meet his friends at the pool, Keiichi borrows a pair of trunks from Mion's uncle, who claims that these trunks have the magical ability to make women attracted to whoever writes their name on them.

star 9.60
65 votes
Directors: Shunji Yoshida
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 1 - Playing Tag

#25 - The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 1 - Playing Tag

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 13, 2007

The gang plays a game of "zombie tag" at school, and on the way home, Keiichi learns of Oyashiro-sama's curse and the mysterious Hinamizawa serial murders.

star 9.56
68 votes
Directors: Chiaki Kon
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo