Funimation announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming an English dub for Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU, the followup to the Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU television anime, on Thursday. The dub will feature returning English cast members from Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU, including Apphia Yu as Rika Furude, Emi Lo as Rena Ryugu, Michelle Rojas as Mion Sonozaki, and Brittany Lauda as Satoko Hojo.
Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU premiered on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Sun TV on July 1. The debut aired the first two episodes together. Funimation is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan. Ayane, who performed two ending theme songs for Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU, performs the new show’s opening theme song “Analogy.”
The Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU premiered in October 2020, and the 24th and final episode of Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU aired on March 18. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. The company is also streaming an English dub. The anime was originally scheduled to premiere in July 2020, but it was delayed due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the production schedule.
The anime’s second episode revealed the series’ true title as Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU in October 2020. 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.