When They Cry
Continuing from the
amazing story from Part One of When They Cry, volume 2
builds on this exciting premise of this strange rural village in
Hinamizawa. If I could describe this in Western terms, it would be Twin
Peaks meets anime because it contains mysteries and some very bizarre
and sometimes disturbing storylines.
For those who have not watched part 1, the
story revolves around Maebara Keiichi, a student who has transferred to
this "quiet" village. Thankfully Maebara is not that shy and he
easily befriends some of the local children, Rena, Mion, Rika and Satoko.
However as Maebara becomes part of this town, he soon learns that not
everything is what it seems. From mad gods to murders and missing
people, this village has a dark psychological secret that touches all
denizens of those who liove in this village.
The series is also broken into chapters and
generally involve some murder or missing person and not all the
characters play a prominent role in the stories. Without spoiling the
story of Part 2 of When They Cry, it is a psychological anime story and
with every action, there is a reaction. There's also some great back
histories revealed in Part 2 of this series.
On more than one
occasion, the main characters clash with each other and although the
artwork appears quite innocent, the characters are far from it. In part
2, the series commences quite slowly with a policeman investigating the
child kidnapping in this village. There is a surprise cameo from Rena
who is actually quite creepy in this episode in classic Japanese
fashion. I really hope this goes to live action.
As the stories progress, we learn more of
the Sonozaki family and there deadly curse of murdering newborn twins.
They are also blamed for the deaths and missing people in this village
but once again things are not always black and white in this series.
Part 2 ends with a truly WTF cliff hanger type story and revolves the
mentally disturbed Rena who does the unthinkable.
This is really a thinking man's anime and
never have I been glued to my screen than this series. I for one cannot
wait until more volumes of this amazing series unfold about one boy and
his four female friends. This is one severely f**ked up series... in a
Video, Audio & Special Features
The animation is a joy to watch in this
series and fortunately the video quality is quite impressive that
compliments the earthy colours. Add in Dolby Digital 2.0 for English and
Japan and this series comes together rather well in widescreen. Any
complaints? Just the lack of anything substantial when it comes to
special features but unfortunately this is staple of most Japanese
Nonetheless, this is a
brilliant series and I hope I didn't spoil it for anyone!