Higurashi Visual Novel released in English

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Visual Novel in English

Ryuukishi 07’s first visual novel Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, which became a great hit and got the anime adaptation that has a large worldwide fanbase, was released in English by MangaGamer yesterday. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is the first part of Higurashi visual novel and comprises four chapters referred to as question arcs. The second part Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, consisting of four answer arcs, is scheduled to 2010 release.

It’s great that Higurashi VN is finally available in English. Yet, I find it a bit regrettable that MangaGamer offers only “pay download” and not the regular CD purchase. I believe that vast majority of fans would prefer to have the tangible version of Higurashi, because when you have the CD, it evokes the pleasure of owning something you like. You can look at the nice CD box, or at the round plaque itself. But that’s not the case for the “virtual ownership”. You can’t appreciate it with your senses, and you can’t really, physically, add it into your collection. I’m sure that you understand my reasoning.

Anyways, you can purchase the game at MangaGamer’s site.