When the original first three parts of Higurashi aired, we had to wait 11 years for the newest season—Higurashi: When They Cry - New—to release. Luckily, studio Passione gave us the second season this newest Higurashi in only a few months. After diving into three extremely bloody episodes—we will talk more in detail about the hyper violence already being shown in a moment—we have some thoughts to share with you readers! Here is our first impressions of Higurashi: When They Cry - SOTSU.
Let the Blood Bath Commence Anew
Despite the revelations from Higurashi New, SOTSU returns us to the hells of June 1983 as the cycle of “loops” begins once again. Rena Ryuuguu is the first victim of the Hinamizawa syndrome but now we see a new side of the story we know all too well. Watching Satoko inject poor Rena with the virus confirms that, all along, she has been the reason our residents of Hinamizawa have become insane. However, we also see something that isn’t usually shown so early on, Rena at full insanity.
By episode 2 of Higurashi - SOTSU, Rena is already a killer thanks to her infection. Killing off one woman—due to reasons we won’t spoil—Rena begins to breakdown quickly and sees almost everyone as a possible “threat” to her small family. Then by episode 3, Rena and a few others are involved in bloodbaths that are quite surprising to see so early on in the Higurashi world. If this new season is already this bloody we can only imagine the future of SOTSU will be even darker, more violent, and insane than the previous seasons!
The Unknown Threat Is Gone. Rise Up, Satoko
Satoko Houjou, everyone’s favorite prankster, was outed as the main Higurashi antagonist last season and we’re finally aware of how much involvement she really has in this cruel world Rika has been reliving for 100+ years. Satoko has the same looping ability Rika has but, clearly, her powers are significantly stronger and that makes us fans wonder, how will Rika undo her never-ending hell? From the opening visuals we see Rika battling Satoko—literally—in that strange meta-world where they go upon dying but is this just a metaphoric series of images or will it end up being an actual fight? Higurashi - SOTSU is shaping up to be an epic conclusion and we hope it can deliver that sweet ending we all have praying for since the early 2000s.
The Loops Could Be a Double-Edged Sword
The one fear we have with SOTSU is that this will be yet another dozen-episode parade of restarts till we get to the final arc. As much as we love seeing that dark horror Higurashi does so well, it was quite tiring to see the usual characters go through mini-arcs killing each other and then restarting back to the early days of June. SOTSU has been nice showing us numerous other perspectives—such as Rika observing Rena and Keiichi—but we wouldn’t enjoy just re-watching what we already saw in Higurashi- New. We pray to the otaku gods above that Higurashi - SOTSU does some different loops at the very least or doesn’t make us wait too long for some new content.
Will Everyone Be Involved in the Grand Climax?
Rika and Satoko are the dominant forces in this Higurashi universe as evidenced so far but throughout the series, we saw other characters prove they had their own strengths overcoming the “loops”. Keiichi was often portrayed as one of the main factors in ending Rika’s pain as he seemed stronger than the others—due to his memories being able to shatter through the dimensions—but as of recent, it seems as if Higurashi only wishes to focus on Rika and Satoko. Yes, the others have been clear components as they kill each other, have fun occasionally playing their usual games and living in the twisted reality of Hinamizawa but will they become pawns ultimately to the supernaturally charged duo?
What would make Higurashi - SOTSU work flawlessly is if each character had a means to alter the battle between Rika and Satoko. Maybe have the kids—or adult versions of them—stop Satoko from attempting another loop or acting as a medium between the two to stop the horrible future arc that awakens Satoko’s powers in Higurashi - New. We just want every character to have a purpose in SOTSU and not end up as minor characters in this newest season.
We have a lot of mixed emotions with Higurashi - SOTSU as of right now. While the first three episodes seem like just slightly altered episodes from the first season of Higurashi - New, we wonder if this will continue or is just meant to show Satoko’s involvement in the horrors that we know all too well. If SOTSU goes beyond repeating arcs we’ve seen before, then this could be the best Higurashi season hands down. As of now though, it’s too soon to tell and we can see Higurashi - SOTSU be either amazing or okay at best.
We’ve talked about our impressions on Higurashi: When They Cry - SOTSU but now we give you readers the floor. What are your opinions of this season so far? Comment below to share your theories and thoughts for SOTSU as we’d love to see them! For more first impressions of the summer 2021 anime season keep stuck to our horror-loving hive here at Honey’s Anime!