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#52 Oct 14 2009 at 7:47 PM Rating: Good
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Edit9: Episode 11. That decides it. Tomitake-san really needs a freaking break. I'm cosplaying as him for Halloween.


Now that you've stated it on the boards, you have to post pics. You know the rules. Smiley: grin

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Hahaha, I guess so! The outfit shouldn't be hard, actually; it's basically a military outfit. I have a green hat already, and green pants that will suffice. I'd need a tight dark green sleeveless shirt, dog tags, boots, and to figure out how to get and put some little pouches on the side of my belt. I have a camera that I'd use; it isn't like his (since it's 1983, it's an old Kodak; mine is a cheap digital camera from Wal-Mart), but I'd have to get a strap for it and paint it black for it to work. My hair isn't long enough, but his isn't long enough to warrant a wig. I already wear glasses.

I also figure a generous amount of fake blood for my neck and hands will work :-P

Edit: The shirt is actually a dark enough green to let me get away with a black version, I think. I'm using these pictures as a model Looks like I need a watch as well.

Edited, Oct 8th 2009 8:35am by LockeColeMA


Update on the outfit. After shopping around at Wal'Mart, I found an appropriate shirt in the women's section. I'm a little weirded out by shopping there, but oh well! I also got a belt. I still need to figure out what to do about the side pouches, and I need dog tags. And I also need a strap for my camera, and my camera should be black, not bright green. But so far, so good! Apparently I look like a Floridian hick, haha.

Edit: I'm thinking a generous helping of fake blood around my neck and hands, and maybe a made-up newspaper article posted to my back would complete the ensemble.

Edited, Oct 14th 2009 9:48pm by LockeColeMA
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#53 Oct 23 2009 at 2:21 AM Rating: Good
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I've just finished watching the first and second season. Awesome series! I have some thoughts about Locke's questions.

Spoilers imminent. Don't read if you haven't watched this!


1. How/why do Mion and Rena have the level 5 virus to infect Keiichi at the end of episode 4, season 1? And why do they stop going psycho once they inject him? The closest answer I can find is that Keiichi is already showing Level 5 symptoms due to his stress level and imagines everything that happens with Rena and Mion, including them injecting him with the virus.

I believe so too. Becoming paranoid and delusional is part of the Syndrome. Keiichi became paranoid and was delusional by then, and likely imagined everything about Rena and Mion. They never suddenly turn creepy and asked who he had been talking too. There never was any needle in the food. And they never injected him with anything. It's the same situation in Shion's arc when she believed that the Sonozaki House was involved in the yearly killings. Everything that the villagers said, or which Mion said which indicates they were responsible, may all have been her paranoid delusions. As we learn later on, the Sonozaki House was not connected to the killings at all.


2. Why does Rika have the virus at the end of the Shion-is-evil arc? She tries to inject Shion, but it never explains, in my mind, where she got the syringe. It's POSSIBLE that it isn't the virus in the syringe, but it seems implied that it is.

I think you got this totally wrong. Remember the time when Keiichi talked to Rika but did not want to admit he entered the forbidden shrine? That was when Rika talked about cats (Keiichi's group) entering the shrine and a dog (Oyashiro) was watching them? At the end of that conversation, Rika promised Keiichi she will do everything she can to protect Keiichi.
After that Shion (pretending to be Mion) confronted Rika and gave an order to Rika to kill the last shrine intruder (Keiichi). Now Rika knew it was Shion all along, since she's lived through it many times. To keep her promise to protect Keiichi, Rika decided to subdue Shion, whom Rika knows is on a rampage. The needle Rika had was not the virus, but it was likely one of Dr Irie's virus-suppresion + sedation drugs, which Satoko had been using. When she failed and got hit with the sedative injection instead, she knew the crazy Shion would torture her, so Rika killed herself before Shion could.
That is my personal opinion anyway. I don't think Rika would ever try to kill anyone.


3. Was everything just REALLY lucky at the end? I mean, it seems like a lot of the choices made aren't made by the main characters, but happen on a whim of the side characters.

I think there are a lot of luck involved, especially the involvement of Shion + Kasai was pure luck. And also the fact that Satoko's traps worked against trained soldiers is a bit far-fetched. It wasn't clear what the kids' plan really was. My understanding is this: They will fake Rika's death and show that the villagers are still ok after 48 hours, and hopefully Takano will buy it, thinks her research was wrong, and stop her plan. Oiishi's main role was to fake Rika's death. There's a good chance this wouldn't fool Takano, so the kids will slip out of their house and hide in the Sonozaki dungeon. They will make their stand in the mountains which is connected to the dungeon, where Satoko will have laid all her traps. And the last backup plan is to have Tomitake hide in a hotel, and notify the Banken if things turn ugly. It is not clear who the Banken is loyal to, but they are definitely not sympathetic to Takano or her superior's cause. Having 2000 dead villagers would be troublesome politically for the Banken's superiors I am guessing.


4. Not a big question, but what happens to Keiichi at the end of the Satoko arc? He's the sole survivor. Later both Satoko's end and Rena's future are explained. Actually, in that same idea, why do Rena/Satoko/Keiichi, in separate worlds, survive the effects of Rika's death?

Good question. I have no answer.

Edit: After giving it some more thought, I've come up with a theory. In Rena's arc, she was suffering from level 5 terminal disease, she was scratching her neck. But after her fight with Keiichi on the roof, she overcame her terminal disease and regained her sanity. Essentially her disease was cured. So she survived and lived to become a depressed, withdrawn adult. Yay.
Now no one else overcame the disease. In the world where Satoko survived, she was killed the next day, it was indicated that a nurse was responsible for her assassination.
In the world where Keiichi survived, his future was not shown at all. I would presume he would've killed himself after 48 hours.

Edited, Oct 23rd 2009 10:12am by McGame
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I understand there are 5 OVAs for ~Rei. Anyone know if that's all of it, or is it ongoing?
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I understand there are 5 OVAs for ~Rei. Anyone know if that's all of it, or is it ongoing?


Yup, that is all of it. Those were just extra side arcs.

The order of the "When they cry" series is this.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru

Chiru is only 25% done though, so theres going to be about a year and a half long wait till its complete.
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#56 Oct 30 2009 at 6:37 AM Rating: Good
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One last update before Halloween.

Found some dog tags (my ROTC housemate had extras, haha!), so that's all set. No luck on side pouches. I also need to buy fake blood. However, I just realized that since Jiro's outfit it basically casual soldier gear, covering myself in fake blood might seem a little... disrespectful. So I printed up a fake Hinamizawa newsletter, with a large caption reading "Freelance Photographer found dead" and a smaller one reading "Police say victim clawed out his own throat.

I actually wrote up little articles on the newsletter just in case I'm at a bar and anyone reads it. I figure I'll just stick it to my back, so if I get any flak, I just show it off. There's a secondary article on the disappearance of Takano. I'll try to take a good picture and post it later.

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I need some sort of free picture upload site to get the proof up. Any suggestions?
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#58 Nov 01 2009 at 9:31 PM Rating: Good
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I just YouTubed that "Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni" thingy and watched some of the clips.

Maybe I've watched too many gore and blood movies to find the violence and blood in it noteworthy. Perhaps I've watched too many psycho thrillers to find their behavior at all rattling. Perhaps I need to watch it in a language that isn't Asian because not knowing what they say can be quite a mood killer. And Asian films have a tendency to not know what emotions go where and when, thereby destroying the built-up tension.

I didn't even find it all that creepy. Just seems like a violent and more random version of any other anime out there.

Creepy anime for me is stuff like Paprika. Perhaps because I've got this thing about dreams and messing around with them. Smiley: wink
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#59 Nov 01 2009 at 10:17 PM Rating: Good
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It's really more of a suspense series, so you have to watch it from the start to get creeped out.
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#60 Nov 02 2009 at 4:14 AM Rating: Decent
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You'd be missing out if you watch it in a language you don't understand. It's mainly a mystery serious about bizarre happenings in the small village, where people descend into madness. In each arc it shows the story through the eyes of the person who turns mad and violent, and likely you'd at first be agreeing with the character's actions, given the situation. All their actions seem to make sense, although you'd always have the feeling something is not right, until the character finally massacres the other kids.

The solution of the mystery doesn't happen until the end of the second series, but all through the story arcs hints are given.

Edited, Nov 2nd 2009 5:51am by McGame
#61 Nov 02 2009 at 9:04 AM Rating: Good
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LockeColeMA wrote:
I need some sort of free picture upload site to get the proof up. Any suggestions?


Photobucket is what I use.
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#62 Dec 08 2009 at 8:59 PM Rating: Decent
Mangagamer.com has translated the original game this is based on. I'm not sure how to post links, so I'll copy and paste:

"As some of you may know already, MangaGamer has given AnimeNewsNetwork 5 copies of our Higurashi release to give away. This offer is available to all new members who signed up today or choose to sign up before the contest ends on December 10th, 11:59PM Eastern Time. The copies given away will be of the official release which contains all 4 question arcs: Onikakushi, Watanagashi, Tatarigoroshi, and Himatsubushi. For those of you who do not win the contest or are too young to enter the contest, the game will also be available for purchase on December 15th for 36.95 Euros."

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