When They Cry Rei (Season 3) Blu-ray
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About When They Cry Rei (Season 3) Blu-ray
Having finally escaped the brutal cycle of madness and murder that transformed the town of Hinamizawa into a hell on Earth, Keiichi, Rika, and their friends are looking forward to simply being teenagers and living a normal life. But as strange things keep happening, it soon becomes apparent that fate hasn't finished toying with them yet. Especially when the incidents escalate dramatically, transitioning from relatively benign and even humorous... to lethal.
Struck by a truck, Rika awakens to find herself in another reality, one where most of her friends are gone, yet other elements of her life that she'd previously lost are back. And in order to find her way back to the life she knows, she'll have to destroy something from this new life forever. No matter what... or who... she has to sacrifice. It's an all-new ordeal where every solution comes with a horrific price in WHEN THEY CRY - REI!
When They Cry: Rei contains OVA episodes 1-5.
Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing Animations.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Ratings & Reviews
A mixed bag of thought-provoking writing, and strange comedy
by MICHAEL -
These OVAs serve as a final epilogue to the Higurashi series in 3 stories of mixed quality and effectiveness. Episodes 2-4 are the most interesting, as Rika finds herself in a very different world than the one she fought for, and has to make a tough decision on whether to or not to stay. The character writing is excellent here, and while this arc is very dialogue heavy, it has what may be the only real 'depth' this series has.
Episode 5 is an amusing misadventure focusing on Reina, that parodies some key moments early in the show. Episode 1, however, is the worst piece of misconceived anime ecchi "comedy" I've ever seen. I heavily recommend skipping it entirely. The DVD art is also sexualized in an uncomfortable way; be warned.
Rei is an entertaining and thought provoking, if inconsistent, epilogue. It's not must-see material, but should interest anyone who already owns the first two seasons.
A decent release as an addition to the main series
by Christopher -
This release is on-par with the Season 1 & 2 releases in terms of bare-bones content that is primarily meant to offer its fans the basic opportunity of adding it to their collections. This case has a "buckle/clip" opening, so make sure you unclip the tab prior to opening so that you don't snap it off.
It's a very small release (5 episodes on the disc) where at least 20% of it (Public Embarrassment episode) is completely unnecessary (in my personal opinion, due to excessive fan service). The packaging also has a fan-servicey focus, because the back features Mion in her swim suit while the disc itself is Reina and Rika lying down in a risque manner.
This season is actually the best animated of the three, which is unfortunate because of how short it is. The audio is still crisp as described for previous seasons.
Overall, it is nice to have the third and final season (we all know Kira never happened) available for purchase. I recommend it, keeping the previous points in mind.
Not Dubbed like Season 1
by Blizzardtora -
Was alright but I wish it was in English like the 1st season so that my wife can enjoy it more.