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Oldtaku no Radio # 037 – Higurashi When they Cry

There are several reasons why Higurashi When They Cry consistently finds itself on so many must-watch series when October rolls around, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a show for everyone. Listen in as Jared and Ink are joined by AGP’s @QX20XX and Reverse Thieves’ Alain Mendez to dig into the origin and makeup of this iconic series about a series of gruesome murders and mysterious disappearances in the small village of Hinamizawa. If you’ve yet to see the series, there’s a spoiler-free section, and if you have seen the series, there’s an indulgent, spoilerific section that follows. Enjoy!

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Runtime: 1 hour, 47 min

Show Notes

  • Opening Song: “Return to the Black Star” by Deep Space Destructors
  • 0:00:00 – Let’s visit Hinamizawa(-zawa, zawa-zawa)
  • (To clarify the Hitchcock reference, check out Ink’s Otaku USA review of When They Cry.)
  • 0:42:45 – Spoilers
  • 1:16:00 – Questions
  • Ending Song: “End of the Movie” by Cake (lyrics removed)
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  • Ink has also written for Otaku USA Magazine and The Fandom Post as well as talked about bad (and good) sports anime over at the Taiiku Podcast.
  • Jared also writes for The Electrum Edition and has written for Wave Motion Cannon.
  • David also writes for Otaku USA magazine.
  • Alain writes and podcasts for Reverse Thieves.
    • Ink's profile

      Ink contributes his own pieces and edits those of others pertaining to anime, manga, and games. His reviews and analyses have also appeared in the pages of Otaku USA as well as online over at The Fandom Post and Taiiku Podcast.

    • Jared Nelson's profile

      Jared discovered anime in the early 1990s through stacks of third-hand fandubs and Streamline Pictures tapes. By the tender age of 16, he was humming Macross 7 songs in art class, dreaming of Asuka Langley and hanging Rurouni Kenshin posters on his wall. A few years later he moved to Japan where he worked as an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Ibaraki and Fukuoka Prefectures. While he returned home with a deep appreciation for Japan, its culture, and its public transit system, Jared fell out of anime fandom and only returned in 2010. A self-proclaimed 3rd-level bard, Jared enjoys tabletop gaming and game design, video gaming, giant robots, history, comics, and most recently manga. He is also eternally late to the party.

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