The BEST Episodes of When They Cry - Higurashi

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2021

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.

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The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 1 - First Love

#1 - The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 1 - First Love

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 19, 2006

The events from The Cotton Drifting Chapter are retold from another point of view. After two years away from the village, Shion comes back to Hinamizawa.

star 10.11
57 votes
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 2 - Responsibility

#2 - The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 2 - Responsibility

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 26, 2006

The recent incident at school has left Shion feeling very uneasy. She is able to muster the courage to call Satoshi, only to receive an apology from him. Something doesn't seem right.

star 10.11
57 votes
Directors: Shunji Yoshida
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Atonement Chapter - Part 5 - Retake

#3 - The Atonement Chapter - Part 5 - Retake

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Sep 27, 2006

Rena has returned, but not for the right reasons, as she causes a serious crisis at the school, and demands the police investigate the Three Great Families' connection to Oyashiro-sama's curse. What will become of Keiichi and his friends?

star 10.11
57 votes
Directors: Chiaki Kon
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Time Wasting Chapter - Part 2 - Sign

#4 - The Time Wasting Chapter - Part 2 - Sign

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 12, 2006

Mamoru and Oishi discover some important clues, and head to the district of Takatsudo to continue the search for the Cabinet Minister's son. Little do they know, there are much more sinister forces at work.

star 10.00
28 votes
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Atonement Chapter - Part 2 - Place to Return

#5 - The Atonement Chapter - Part 2 - Place to Return

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 6, 2006

Rena learns of Rina's plot, and a confrontation at the deserted garbage dump triggers another disastrous chain of events.

star 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Tomoko Hiramuki
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Atonement Chapter - Part 3 - Document 34

#6 - The Atonement Chapter - Part 3 - Document 34

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 13, 2006

While studying Takano's scrapbooks, Rena starts to uncover the the truth behind Oyashiro-sama's curse and Hinamizawa's dark past.

star 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Matsuo Asami
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Atonement Chapter - Part 4 - Earth Invasion

#7 - The Atonement Chapter - Part 4 - Earth Invasion

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 20, 2006

By discovering the truth behind Oyashiro-sama's curse, Rena has become a target of one of the Three Great Families, and she decides to go into hiding.

star 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Yuji Hiraki
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
Prologue - Reunion

#8 - Prologue - Reunion

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 6, 2007

In 2007, after the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, Akasaka and Oishi return to the ruined village, and reflect on the events that happened twenty-four years before.

star 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Shunji Yoshida
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 1 - Tag

#9 - The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 1 - 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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Chiaki Kon
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo
The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 3 - Pre-established Harmony

#10 - 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 10.00
56 votes
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 2 - How to Alter Fate

#11 - The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 2 - How to Alter Fate

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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Yūsuke Onoda
Writers: Masashi Suzuki
The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 5 - Confrontation

#12 - The Mass Slaughter 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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Shunji Yoshida
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 7 - The Hinamizawa Syndrome

#13 - The Mass Slaughter 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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Hodaka Kuramoto
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo
The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 8 - Doomsday

#14 - The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 8 - Doomsday

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 10.00
56 votes
Writers: Masashi Suzuki
The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 6 - Strong Will

#15 - The Mass Slaughter 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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Akira Iwanaga
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 2 - Writhing

#16 - The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 2 - Writhing

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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Akira Iwanaga
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 5 - The Final Playing Piece

#17 - The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 5 - The Final Playing 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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Yuji Hiraki
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 6 - Curtain's Rise

#18 - The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 6 - Curtain's Rise

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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Chiaki Kon
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo
The Dice Killing Chapter - Part 2

#19 - 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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Shunji Yoshida
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Dice Killing Chapter - Part 3

#20 - 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 10.00
56 votes
Directors: Shun Yashiro
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 6 - Condemnation

#21 - The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 6 - Condemnation

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 23, 2006

Shion tricks Keiichi into thinking that he may have put his friends in danger. However, when he figures out the truth, Shion is confronted by Keiichi and Rena.

star 9.82
85 votes
Directors: Mujin Shako
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 3 - Oni's.Blood.Line

#22 - The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 3 - Oni's.Blood.Line

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 2, 2006

When Shion decides to investigate Satoshi's disappearance, she meets Takano at the library, who tells her more about the dark history of Hinamizawa. The very next year, the past begins to repeat itself.

star 9.80
85 votes
Directors: Matsuo Asami
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 4 - Revenge

#23 - The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 4 - Revenge

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 9, 2006

Shion overhears a conversation between Mion and her grandmother and begins to suspect her family may be involved in the recent events.

star 9.80
85 votes
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 11 - The End

#24 - The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 11 - The 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 9.64
106 votes
Directors: Chiaki Kon
Writers: Toshifumi Kawase
The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 8 - 48 Hours

#25 - The Festival Orchestrating 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 9.61
77 votes
Directors: Yuji Hiraki
Writers: Masashi Suzuki