Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Confused Memories

    This AMV is made from one of my favorite animes, the Higurashi series. The Higurarshi series is a mystery, horror, and psychological thriller anime where the story is told in a series of different scenarios. The song isn't to bad either, it set's the mood just right. The editor KOCTONPAB did an amazing job with this AMV, and look forward to exploring more of his work.



Song: Before the Dawn
Artist: The Bitter End
Anime: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Watch this Anime
Editor: KOCTONPAB


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About Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni happens to be a particular favourite of mine, not because of its horrifically high gore content, but for the number of times it managed to catch me off guard. I found it hard to believe how a group of seemingly normal, innocent girls could commit such stomach-churning acts of violence and mental torture. It’s the original shock at this fact that compels the viewer to continue watching this highly addictive bloodbath of an anime.

    The concept of the anime is simple enough. It follows a teenage boy, Maebara Keiichi adjusting to his new life in Hinamizawa, an isolated village buried deep in the mountains. It’s not long before he makes friends with a group of girls. At first glance they seem like the average group of teenage girls but all is not as it seems because they’re actually hiding things from Keiichi, things like the mysterious string of murders that seem to occur the same night every year and the gruesome dismemberment of a dam construction worker. The more Keiichi learns about these past events and about his new ‘friends’ the more danger he begins to find himself in. 

    It is important to remember that Higurashi is divided into 6 separate arcs that feature completely different scenarios. This means that if a character were to meet their unfortunate demise in one arc they would return once again at the start of the next arc. It is this separation of the arcs that often confuses or deters people from watching the show. I too confused by the sudden, miraculous ‘revival’ of a few of the characters at first but the sooner you adjust to the ever-changing alternate storylines the sooner you can start to piece together the puzzle and work out why the murders are being carried out in the first place.

Reflection

Awesomely eerie instrumental.