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This Is What Higurashi Characters Would Like If They Were Real

This Is What Higurashi Characters Would Like If They Were Real

We used AI to recreate the characters from Higurashi When They Cry as real people and the results will scare your pants off!


In collaboration with Deep Learning Artificial Intelligence and a great deal of elbow grease, we were able to bring the characters from Higurashi When They Cry (ひぐらしのなく頃に) season 1 to life!

The anime adaptation of Ryukishi07’s manga turned video game, Higurashi When They Cry (ひぐらしのなく頃に) is one of the most popular shows currently streaming.

This psychological horror anime is said to have one of the most disturbing plots of all time in anime history.

Higurashi follows a group of friends in Hinamizawa, a rural community imprisoned by a terrible, bloodthirsty past. A sequence of inexplicable deaths has occurred on the night of Watanagashi, the Cotton Drifting festival, for the last four years.

The characters from Higurashi When They Cry ( ひぐらしのなく頃に ) inspired me to use artificial intelligence (AI) to build lifelike and realistic representations of them. Season 1 data was used to create these renderings of Keiichi Maebara, Rena Ryugu, Satoko Houjou, Rika Furude and the Sonozaki twins!

Keiichi Maebara

Keiichi Maebara real AI

Keiichi Maebara is a character in the series and one of the main protagonists. He was born April 13, 1969, and is about 14-years-old in the first season of Higurashi When They Cry ( ひぐらしのなく頃に ).

With his captivating demeanour and ability to speak any language fluently, he has no problem adapting to the town and making new acquaintances.

Rena Ryugu

Rena Ryugu realistic AI real

Rena Ryugu has become a recognisable character thanks to her repeated appearances in the first episode of the anime season.

She may only be 13-years-old but she has a bit of a naughty side. She’s a sucker for anything adorable. For some reason, when it comes to cute things, Rena Ryugu can’t resist the temptation to steal them.

Satoko Houjou

Satoko Houjou real girl

Satoko Houjo has one of the most disturbing backstories Higurashi When They Cry ( ひぐらしのなく頃に ) and she is only 11-years-old.

She has a tendency to speak in a childlike manner because she is still a child, but she is always nice. In reality, she’s hiding a personality trait that relishes drawing others into her web of deceit. I think she’s got a darker side to her. Many people think Satoko Houjou is a con artist.

Rika Furude

Rika Furude AI render

Only 6-years-old, Rika Furude is the youngest main character in Higurashi When They Cry ( ひぐらしのなく頃に ).

Because she is very reserved for her age, Rika Furude is a complete contrast to Satoko. Nevertheless, the two of them are frequently seen together and are best friends.

Mion Sonozaki

Mion Sonozaki

Mion Sonozaki is 14-years-old and also has a twin sister. She’s mature and responsible twin, too.

In spite of her assertions to the contrary, Mion secretly yearns to be a princess and be wooed by a prince charming, regardless of how tomboyish she appears to be.

Shion Sonozaki

Shion Sonozaki

Shion Sonozaki is Mion’s twin sister and works as a waitress at the Angel Mort restaurant. Identical in height and build to her sister, Shion is a tall and busty adolescent with teal eyes and long light-green hair.

She’s a little more flirty and outgoing than her twin, and she’s also a little more of a troublemaker than her sister.

Want more?

It took us a long time to create such accurate and real AI renders of the Higurashi When They Cry ( ひぐらしのなく頃に ) characters, so if you would like us to change your favourite anime characters into actual people, please leave a comment below with the anime series and characters you would like to see transformed into real people.

In the meanwhile you can catch the entire first uncut season of Higurashi When They Cry ( ひぐらしのなく頃に ) and the second season simulcast on Funimation!

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We’re also giving away a Blu-ray Box set of Higurashi When They Cry ( ひぐらしのなく頃に ) season 1 uncut to one lucky commenter. For more information on that make sure you follow us on Twitter or Facebook!

Lilly

Friday 7th of January 2022

Omg Rik is so cute!