Keniichi is a pretty normal teen who moves to the quiet village of Hinamizawa, becoming friends with a small group of bubbly girls Rena, Rika, Mion and Satoko. They forge a fast, close friendship in the quiet town, but every town has secrets and legends- Hinamizawa is no exception. Keniichi attends a local festival paying respecting an ancient god, a god of obedience and blood. Its not long after that the curse of the town kicks off and bodies start mounting and every question Keniichi asks is met with malevolent glares and his friends start acting strange. Secrets can destroy you, Keniichi will soon discover.
I seriously ate this damn show up; not since Another and Corpse Party: Tortured Souls had I been so wound up in a anime. The characters have some pretty messed up backstories that caught me off guard and the overall story has plenty of twists of turns I really wasn’t expecting. The story deals with a series of scenarios gone horribly wrong and how the friends you hold dearest, you don’t know at all. I’m going to say, if bodily torture and child death get under your skin, this anime isn’t for you. This anime would easily be in my top three, but this series has a glaring flaw I both love and hate about it- this series is NOT linear and it’s really confusing if you aren’t open minded and willing to see it through to the end and pay close attention, and even then you might have to watch it a second or third time before it makes perfect sense. In the end, I loved this series, flaw in all, and I highly recommend it for multiple viewings. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
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