Streaming service ABEMA has announced a special program “Watanagashi (Cotton Drifting) Day 2021: Higurashi Challenge”. This program includes a marathon broadcast of all the episodes from “Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU” as well as a lottery to win autographs of the cast and staff.

“Higurashi: When They Cry” is based on a visual novel game created by Ryuukishi07. The game depicts incidents that happen in the fictional village of Hinamizawa, where the ancient tradition of “cotton drifting” still remains, from the perspectives of various characters. The series is popular for portraying characters, including the protagonist Keiichi Maehara and the charming heroines, transforming overtime and the truth-pursuing storyline riddled with foreshadowing. The TV anime, which is the 3rd work based on this story, “Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU” has been airing since October 2020. “Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU” is also scheduled to air in July, 2021.

ABEMA’s “Anime LIVE2 Channel” will hold a special program called “Watanagashi (Cotton Drifting) Day 2021: Higurashi Challenge”. All the episodes from “Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU” will be broadcast from 12:00 on June 20th, which is the “Cotton Drifting Day”. This is a great opportunity to look back at the previous episodes in preparation for the sequel that will be released in July.

As a present to celebrate this broadcast, three winners will be selected by lottery to receive autographs from the cast, and one winner will receive an autograph from Ryuukishi07. To be eligible for the lottery, it is required to retweet the tweet that will be posted by the official ABEMA Anime Twitter page on the day of the special program, with the hashtag “#Higurashi Challenge”.

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