New Higurashi Anime Reveals New Title and Key Visual

It turns out that the new Higurashi anime’s title, Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW, isn’t its real title.

Funimation revealed in a blog post that the anime is actually called Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU, with the initial title deception being an intentional move. The meaning behind the title remains a mystery, but Funimation offered a hint by writing, “Gou, or 業, is a Japanese kanji that has multiple meanings and usages, but can be used to mean karma, or the fate resulting from one’s actions in past lives, based on Buddhist concepts.”

In addition, a new key visual was released that raised even more questions. In the center of the key visual are two Rikas the young one that fans will recognize, and an older teenage-looking one. 

What this all means will undoubtedly be revealed as the series progresses. But at the moment, it looks like Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU could either be a sequel of sorts or a Final Fantasy VII Remake-esque take on the original story. Either way, this is certainly an unexpected turn of events.

Source: Funimation

Melvyn began his journey at Anime Trending in early 2018 and currently contributes as news writer and occasional reviewer. In the years since, he has experienced the unexpected advent of multiple legal anime streaming platforms in Southeast Asia, changed his Warhammer 40k army twice, and started collecting Infinity and Battletech miniatures. Outside of gaming and watching anime, Melvyn spends his free time self-learning Japanese and reading manga and light novels in their native language.
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