That's right, we have an update on the actual title of Higurashi: When They Cry... and a special key visual - SURPRISE!

How impressive is this new special commissioned key visual for the series?! This artwork was part of a direct collaboration between Funimation and KADOKAWA!

If you take a closer look at the artwork, fans of the original series and games might recognise the disturbed expressions of the characters in the glass shards, but probably the biggest surprise of this key visual is the presence of two Rikas—a younger-looking one from the original series and what we’ve seen in the new anime, but also an older-looking one in what appears to be a high school uniform.

What does this mean for the new series?

Last but not least…

So, even though the title of this series was initially revealed as Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW… that wasn’t completely true! The series is actually called Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU, a new title that the creators intentionally did not reveal to the world until Episode 2.


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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.

More will be revealed in time, so keep your eyes peeled. Make sure you catch up on Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU so you don’t miss out!