Even through the alterations it has faced in the past, true fans continue to love Higurashi in the midst of magnificence or turmoil, a tolerance actually quite necessary given the series can never remain consistent.
No need to turn the page again, we’re already on the road once more – Higurashi is coming back with a fresh installment as confirmed some time ago. Sadly however, as much as anyone may love the series, it’s admittedly disheartening to see it transform yet again – a series that simply never receives a break, nor the full-extent of recognition for its success.
Rei’s beautiful visuals remain a one-shot transcendence, and now, in spite of the fact that Higurashi had a winning formula, it seems we’re forced to forget the past, and embrace this latest take on the nightmarish party of death. Instead of taking after any of the previous anime series, or even an anime look in general, the PV shows Outbreak will be boasting an aesthetic that spot-on resembles the visual novel. And it’s not simply a similar appearance that the visuals are promoting, but even dynamics that act one and the same.
Just give a bit of focus on any moving element, be it the characters’ motions, or something more specific like their mouths, it’s not a fluid expression at all – but rather, it indeed seems like we’re merely witnessing pictures brought to life with simple transitions. It’s interesting, but it’s nothing noteworthy on the animation front – aside from the fact that this style will definitely affect the experience the series manages to provide.
Whether this is for the greater good, or a backfired attempt at enhancement, it’s truly up to the viewer to decide. Outbreak seems to be significantly different from former branches of Higurashi not only in appearance, but also in general focus. Note how the PV emphasizes not our familiar school cast – but rather, it highlights conflict. A village is in uproar, and calamity is breaking loose as weapons are making waste of living creatures like they were merely bushes in the way of an adventurer with a machete.
It’s a changed Higurashi, a return of an age-old friend – although as for whether they’re the same companion they once were, we’ll have to hang around them a little more until we can find out.