Random Thoughts on Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Anime/Manga)


Suika Ibuki (Touhou Project) and Hanyuu (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)

I keep telling myself not to stall time, the blog is up and what not, just go ahead and write a post already.

True enough, I end up writing this post after god knows when.

First and foremost, this post contains some mild spoilers regarding the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series. If you haven’t touched the series, much less heard of it, please do. If you did, feel free to read on.

Now, I’m sure a lot of people who read the Manga adaptations of the series would agree with me that the Anime is not perfect. There’s always talk of people comparing Manga and Anime, usually Manga retains victory while Anime is blamed for inconsistencies when compared with it’s counterpart. In some cases, it isn’t like that (e.g. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu). However in the case of Higurashi, it is.

Let’s take the first question arc, Onikakushi-hen for example. There’s a few differences here and there between the two adaptations, but generally the storyline is the same.

For example, there are more occasions of the Batsu Game group hanging out and doing what they do best, both before and after the Watanagashi festival in the Manga. It helps to give the reader more insight into the different characters, unlike the Anime which led to people declaring that they are just “Killer Lolis“.

Another example would be the needle incident. As we all know, Keiichi ends up eating the Rice Ball with the needle in it and he totally snaps. In the Manga, Keiichi spits out the needle along with blood. Now, some might say “It’s just a small detail who gives a flying ****?” but unfortunately in this case it does. At least it makes sense how a needle can “accidentally” puncture parts of your mouth if you “accidentally” tried to ingest it.

There are a lot more differences which I could touch on, but what I’m really trying to say here is that the Anime version is great nonetheless, but the Manga offers you much more insight into the world of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. This means that I like the Anime, despite it’s flaws. Perhaps the animators oversaw a couple of details, but all in all it still makes for a great experience.

Perhaps one day, I just might go through the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series in depth but for now, I’m done.

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