The new project will be entitled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku (ひぐらしのなく頃に 拡), and its plot based on Higurashi Outbreak (ひぐらしアウトブレーク), a short story from series author Ryukishi07 that was included in the original soundtrack for the Higurashi Daybreak doujin third-person shooter on the PC.
News of Higurashi no Naki Koro ni Kaku broke minutes ago at an Higurashi 10th Anniversary Fan Meeting (ひぐらし10周年ファンミーティング… it’s been that long already? 10 years?) event held at Tokyo Dome City today.
Several voice actors involved with the Higurashi anime series – Souichiro Hoshi (Keiichi Maebara), Mai Nakahara (Rena Ryugu), Miki Itou (Miyo Takano), and Chafurin/Hirotaka Shimasawa (Kuraudo Oishi) – were present, and the by-invitation-only event (fans had to ballot for entry tickets) was supposed to be just an opportunity for fans to meet the cast and hear them talk about interesting stories from when they were recording the dialogue for the anime.
There were also live musical performances by Rekka Katakiri and anNina, who were responsible for the Higurashi anime ED songs why, or why not and Taishou A (対象a or “Target A”).
According to Twitter user [email protected]さすらいのイベリーマン, the surprise announcement came during the event’s ending roll, where they listed the names of all the special guests in attendence and thanked everyone. The credits roll eventually culminated in the announcement of the new anime project for 2013, which hiro here described as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku Outbreak (ひぐらしのなく頃に 拡アウトブレーク).
Next, Satsuki Yukino, the voice behind twins Mion and Shion Sonozaki, was brought out on stage to perform a live rendition of YOU, which was a BGM in one of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai visual novels (Meakashi-hen). A secret guest, Yukino’s name was not mentioned in the original event listing.
It is unclear at the moment if the new anime project would be an original video animation (OVA) or a TV anime series, but judging from tweets from those in attendance, this is likely to be an OVA.