Morning comes and Keiichi is still alive, but becoming increasingly paranoid. For fear of having to face Rena and Mio, he decides to call in sick to school and stay home. Despite fearing for his life, he still talks to the detective about events in Hinamizawa. Again, Rena knows that Keiichi has been talking with the detective and comes to visit him later that night with Mio under the premise of seeing how he is. While they kindly give him some food, there is a needle in one - proof that they are trying to kill him (it could be entirely accidental, but I seriously doubt this). Fearing that he's going to be killed, Keiichi writes down what he knows on a piece of paper and hides it behind his wall clock.
Keiichi now becomes super-paranoid and tries to distance himself from Rena and Mio, also bringing along a bat for protection. Surprisingly, Rena comes up to him later to ask why he is taking the exact same actions Satoshi took before he 'transferred'. Just before she reveals what really happened her eyes change and she reiterates that he transferred.
Rena and Mio appear to have two personalities, one normal personality and one demonic personality, as indicated by their eyes changing. It would seem that their normal personalities are completely unaware of their demonic personalities.
Now, we start to find out more about the violent past of Hinamizawa. It seems that every year at the cotton drifting festival, someone dies. This year, [spoiler]Tomitake (the photographer)[/spoiler] dies and someone else disappears. The police start probing this death and call upon Keiichi to assist them. Now, he already strongly suspects Rena's involvement - going behind her back and working with the police is surely something that's not good for his health? Well, as long as he can keep it secret he'll be fine right?
Wrong. Rena sees him talking to the detective in the car and then later overhears him talking to the detective on the phone. Uh oh. If I was Keiichi i'd be watching my back very carefully at this point.
Unfortunately, unlike the opening, the ending is nothing special. The animation used is quite simplistic and uninteresting. A good song would have made up for this, but unfortunately the ending doesn't even manage this. The song, Why, or Why Not is sung by Hiroyuki Oshima in English. While i've got absolutely nothing against songs being sung in English, this one hasn't been sung very well. I think i'll be skipping the ending of each episode rather than watching it like I do for most endings.
So we start with a scene of someone violently beating up people with a baseball bat. Straight away, I can see that Higurashi is going to be quite a violent anime. After the opening plays, we get a general introduction of the characters and normal daily life (which does not appear to include violent murder at the moment). However, when Keiichi talks to a visiting photographer, instantly our view changes. He mentions a violent murder which occurred some time ago. As Keiichi attempts to investigate further, he is repeatedly blocked by the other girls, Rena and Mion and investigates on his own. What he discovers is quite unnerving and nicely sets the tone for the rest of the series.
When They Cry - Higurashi (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni/ひぐらしのなく頃に) is a murder mystery set in the town small of Hinamizawa. The series focuses on Keiichi, who recently moved to the town and quickly finds out about the town's dark past. The series sounds very interesting and i'm sure that it's plot is going to be very unpredictable and leave me in a state of suspense between each episode.
The opening nicely sets the tone for the series, being very creepy and giving a strong sense of foreboding. The opening song Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (yes, same as the anime's title) is sung by Shimamiya Eiko, a video can be found at the end of this post.