When They Cry

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When They Cry (2006)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (2007)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (2009)

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (translated as "When the Cicadas Cry" and released in the U.S. as "When They Cry") is an anime adaptation of a series of sound novels released by 07th Expansion. The majority of the story takes place in June of 1983 in the rural Japanese village of Hinamizawa. Most of the story arcs shown in the anime are in fact alternate versions of the same events, with the arcs starting out in a similar fashion but ending in drastically different yet equally gruesome ways.

The anime consists of three separate installments: Two television series ("Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" and "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai"), and a five episode OVA ("Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei"). So far, only the first season has received an English release (originally by Geneon later by Funimation Entertainment, with both releases now out of print), and the latter two remain unlicensed. All three are included in this article.

See also: Umineko: When They Cry

Note: Due to the nature of the series, this article may contain some spoilers.

The following firearms were seen in the Anime When They Cry and its sequels Higurashi No Naku Koro ni Kai and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei:



Tokarev TT-33

Two Tokarev TT-33 pistols are seen; used briefly by a member of the Yamainu.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm
A Yamainu soldier with a TT-33.

"First Model" CZ 75

Akasaka uses an early model CZ 75, distinguishable by its short slide rails.

"First Model" CZ 75 - 9x19mm
Akasaka with an early CZ 75 while infiltrating the Irie Clinic.

Nambu Model 60

Detective Ooishi carries a Nambu Model 60.

Nambu Model 60 - .38 Special
Ooishi with his Nambu Model 60
Ooishi threatens a member of the Yamainu

Nambu Type 14

A Japanese solder stationed in the Hinamizawa area during WWII is seen with a Nambu Type 14. He succumbs to the Hinamizawa Syndrome, and attacks his fellow solders with his sidearm.

Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
The deranged solder draws his Type 14

Smith & Wesson 39

The Yamainu soldiers' standard sidearms are Smith & Wesson 39 pistols. Occasionally these weapons are seen outfitted with sound suppressors. One S&W 39 is given to Takano by the leader of the Yamainu.

Smith & Wesson 39 - 9x19mm
A Yamainu soldier with a silenced MK.22
A closeup of the S&W 39
Takano examines the S&W 39


Takano's weapon of choice is an M1911.

Colt M1911 - .45 ACP
Takano with her M1911
A closeup of Takano's M1911
With only one bullet remaining, Takano takes aim at Mion...
...and missed due to divine intervention.



Shion is seen using an AK-47 that she retrieves from the Sonozaki family armory.

AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
Shion readies her AK-47.
Shion reveals just how intelligent she thinks Keiichi is.
A closeup of the AK-47


The soldiers from the special forces Banken carry M16A2 rifles outfitted with short 20 round magazines. It's presence could be seen as anachronistic, as the M16A2 was not approved by the D.o.D. until 1982 and languished in limbo until it was first issued in October of 1984, making its presence in the hands of a rogue Japanese government agency before it was even issued to U.S. forces very improbable.

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
Rika, Satoko, and Rena look on as the Banken soldiers put a stop to the Yamainu's operations.
Banken solders surround and arrest Takano.

SVD Dragunov

Kasai, an employee of the Sonozaki family, uses a SVD Dragunov to wound a Yamainu soldier. The handguard is painted black.

SVD Dragunov - 7.62x54mmR

Other Weapons

Ithaca 37

Kasai uses a sawed-off Ithaca 37 as his weapon of choice.

Sawed-off Ithaca 37 - 12 Gauge
Kasai takes aim with his Ithaca
Kasai with his Ithaca 37 during the raid on the Irie Clinic
Kasai empties the Ithaca's magazine.


The H&K MP5SD3 is the primary weapon used by the Yamainu soldiers.

H&K MP5SD3 - 9x19mm
A glimpse of the Yamainu's weapons cache.
Several Yamainu solders search the mountains surrounding Hinamizawa.
Two Yamainu solders with MP5SD3s during the raid on the Irie Clinic.
A closeup of an MP5SD3


A Yamainu solder is briefly seen with a RPG-7 that has been outfitted with a PGO-7 scope.

RPG-7 with PG-7VR tandem warhead rocket and PGO-7 scope - 40mm
A Yamainu soldier takes aim with the RPG-7


During a gag episode in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei, Kasai is seen using an (exaggeratedly large) sawed-off M79 grenade launcher loaded with "stun rounds".

M79 - 40mm


Airsoft Gun

Mion (and occasionally her twin, Shion) is often seen with a generic airsoft pistol in a shoulder holster. She never draws it in the anime, thus making it impossible to determine what gun it is modeled after (although in the "Higurashi - Daybreak" PC game, it is depicted as a Tokarev TT-33). It's only real purpose is to help solidify her "tomboy" image.


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