The official website for the new Higurashi: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) anime project has announced last Tuesday that the anime will premiere this October! At first, the anime was originally scheduled to premiere in July, but it was delayed due to the increased influx of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
As per usual, Akio Watanabe from the Monogatari anime franchise is designing the characters, and Passione (most known for their work on Citrus, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, and High School DxD Hero) will animate the project. Infinite will start production on the series. Naoki Hayashi will be in charge of the series composition for the anime, and Kenji Kawai (you might know him froms his work on the Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, and Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is returning as the composer for the series.
The new anime will also have a manga adaptation by Tomato Akase.
The first Higurashi: When They Cry television anime series aired for about 26 episodes during 2006, and the When They Cry II: Solutions (Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai) anime aired for 24 episodes during 2007. Geneon Entertainment Inc. released the first anime on DVD in 2007-2008. Funimation then released the anime on DVD in 2009 and 2010. Sentai Filmworks most recently released both anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2016.
Now, Funimation plans to stream on October, this fall:
Don’t let the cute veneer deceive you. The plot centers around the murders that coincide within an annual festival in a quiet rural village. Ryukishi07 and 07th Expansion released Higurashi: When They Cry Hou for PC in Japan in 2014 as a “thank you” to series fans (the kanji used for “Hou” is used in the word “hōnō,” “dedication”).
The software also inspired several video anime projects, two live-action films, and manga adaptations by several artists. MangaGamer released the original visual novel in 2009, and has been releasing Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou as 14 individual chapters.