Channel streams double episode premiere on July 1 at 9:00 p.m. IST
Hong Kong content distributor MediaLink Entertainment Limited‘s Ani-One YouTube channel announced on Tuesday that it will stream a double episode premiere of the Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU television anime, the follow-up to the Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU television anime, on July 1 at 9:00 p.m. IST.
Alongside Hong Kong and India, Ani-One will stream the anime in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, the Maldives, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Nauru, Northern Mariana Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, the Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu Island.
The Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU anime premiered on October 1 and the 24th and final episode of Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU aired on March 18. Ani-One streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Netflix added the anime in India on May 1.
The anime’s second episode revealed the series’ true title as Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU on October 9. Funimation reported the title as the series’ “true” title “that the creators intentionally did not reveal to the world until Episode 2.”
Returning cast members include Sōichiro Hoshi as Keiichi Maebara, Mai Nakahara as Rena Ryūgū, Satsuki Yukino as Mion Sonozaki, Mika Kanai as Satoko Hōjō, Yukari Tamura as Rika Furude, Chafurin as Kuraudo Ooishi, Toru Ohkawa as Jirō Tomitake, Miki Itō as Miyo Takano, and Toshihiko Seki as Kyōsuke Irie. Yui Horie is playing Hanyu.
Ryukishi07 and 07th Expansion are credited with the original work. Keiichiro Kawaguchi is directing the series. Akio Watanabe (Monogatari Series anime franchise) is designing the characters, and Passione (Citrus, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, High School DxD Hero) is animating the project. Infinite is producing the series. Naoki Hayashi (Black Fox, Citrus) is in charge of the series composition for the anime. Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is returning as the composer for the series.
The first Higurashi: When They Cry television anime series aired for 26 episodes in 2006, and the When They Cry II: Solutions (Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai) anime aired for 24 episodes in 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.