TDOMMX wrote:I just finished playing through the disc versions of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Higurashi Kai - I would have loved to play them with voices, but my familiarity with the anime let me imagine the voices in English no problem.
It's funny, but this is precisely why I can't watch the Higurashi animation- the voices didn't come close to the ones I imagined when I played the games originally. =P
Really? I'd recommend against watching it because it suffers from heavy adaptation decay, the first season has QUALITY animation, and the directors seem to have no idea how a Chekhov's Gun narrative device works - nothing to do with the voice acting. Instead of showing things chronologically with appropriate pacing and detail, they rush over or flat-out skip key points the first time, then show flashbacks immediately before or immediately after those points come into play. These points come across as asspulls as a result.
Just a couple of things that come across as hokey or outright don't make sense, off the top of my head:
- In the Cotton Drifting / Eye-Opening chapters, the anime leaves out that the wrong twin received the demon tattoo; the private school escapee / waitress is really Mion, and the spunky club leader is really Shion. This removes a good chunk of Mion's reason for seeking revenge against Shion ("Give me back my name!!"), as well what Mion means when she tells Keiichi that Shion really loved him.
- The anime ending of the Eye-Opening Chapter ruins Mion's
tear-jerking moment of regret after she slips and gets a concussion (right before she decides to commit suicide by letting herself fall from the elevator). In the anime, her shirt suddenly gets caught on a hangnail, and her sudden fall is accompanied by a seemingly knee-jerk "Oh crap! I'm sorry!!" moment...
- The first five episodes of Kai shoehorn the omitted events from the first six arcs while changing the epilogue of the Atonement chapter and having Satoko play the part Keiichi originally did during the epilogue of the Curse Killing chapter.
- When Rika's friends visit her in the Massacre Chapter when she pretends to be sick with a cold, the anime version changes the time of their visit to afterschool. The discussion they have in which Rika explains everything lasts until sunset. After the eyecatch, Rena comments that the next shift of police guards should arrive soon to relieve the ones currently there since they had been standing guard since noon. Only, the guards weren't there since noon in the anime; they didn't arrive until past sunset.
Personally, I love Satsuki Yukino, Soichiro Hoshi, and Mai Nakahara. Yukari Tamura makes the nipa~
without them coming across as completely pants-on-head retarded. Miki Ito is a great Takano. The only voices I didn't like were Satoko's and Hanyu's (you can't hear the auau
without thinking ugu~
I'm about to check out the manga version; I'm told it fares much better than the anime despite having multiple artists; we'll see just how well it stacks up.
This is TDOMMX signing out.