Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai both say "Welcome to Hinamizawa..." and "WHEN THEY CRY..." on the cover.

Umineko no Naku Koro Ni says "Welcome to Rokkenjima" and "WHEN THEY CRY 3".

I thought Umineko was the follow-up to Higurashi.

Where's "WHEN THEY CRY 2"?


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Although it's not said anywhere officially, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai is widely considered to be When They Cry 2.

Contrary to Jon Lin's answer, "When They Cry" is not purely an English licensing name. It may be used for the licensing name, but it is actually relevant to the original creation.

The creator of the original sound novels, Ryuukishi07, uses this name and numbers to distinguish/count the works in the "When They Cry" series.

These titles can be seen on the official cover art as proof. I've linked pictures of these covers to the related titles above.

However, interestingly enough, "When They Cry 2" is quite odd. It does not appear on the cover of the sound novels, manga, PS2 version, DS version, novels, or drama CDs. The (original/Japanese release) anime DVD cases and boxes don't even mention "When They Cry"

However, despite this lack of "When They Cry 2", even the Japanese somehow know that 2 = Higurashi Kai, as seen in this Yahoo Chiebukuro question where both answerers reply that 2 = Higurashi Kai.

Additionally, a fanmade Japanese Umineko wiki site's FAQ page mentions the following definitions:

  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei - When They Cry 2+
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa - When They Cry 4+

So it seems that Higurashi Kai was not defined as 2 anywhere officially, but it has been accepted as such by both Japanese and Western fans due to either Umineko being called 3 or the Higurashi Kai anime being dubbed as 2. Who knows where Ryuukishi07 got the idea from. If I stumble upon an official Kai work using When They Cry 2 somewhere, I'll be sure to update this post.


When They Cry 2 refers to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, as indicated on the side-label of the sound novel:

Back cover of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Matsuribayashi-hen

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