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Anime Expo 2015: Sentai Filmworks Licenses Higurashi

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Key Visual 001 - 20150702Take care, anime fans! The yandere are on the prowl again.

Earlier today, Sentai Filmworks announced that they acquired the domestic rights to When They Cry – Higurashi (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni). The company acquired both seasons of the series, as well as sequel OVA Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei.

Geneon Entertainment originally acquired the domestic rights to When They Cry – Higurashi in 2007. FUNimation acquired the license from Geneon a year later, and released the show’s first season title under their banner. In 2011, FUNimation revealed that they had no plans to license the rest of the show, and would allow their license to expire.

NIS America released Umineko – When They Cry on North American Blu-Ray in 2012.

Editor’s Note: while we have team members on-site at Anime Expo, we’d like to give kudos to Anime News Network for the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei news.

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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