| Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku|
|Original Air Date(s)||August 15, 2013|
|Number of Episodes||1+|
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku -Outbreak- (ひぐらしのなく頃に拡～アウトブレイク～, When the Cicadas Cry Expanded -Outbreak-) is an OVA project for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. It was confirmed on December 15, 2012, and it began airing on August 15, 2013.
The project was helmed by Toshifumi Kawase, the series script supervisor of the previous Higurashi anime projects and the director of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei.
Higurashi Outbreak is set in the same Hinamizawa village of the previous stories. The village has been completely sealed off due to a mysterious virus outbreak in 1983, and Sonozaki Mion, Maebara Keiichi and Ryūgū Rena deal with the repercussions. But this time, they do not know whether the virus is Oyashiro-sama's curse or simply a conspiracy. It is also shown that Rika might be infected by the virus. Not much is known about the story yet, but in an interview the makers of the OVA revealed that the ending will differ from the original story. So far, only one episode has been currently aired and it is currently unknown how many episodes will air and when the second episode will air.
The original sound novel version of Outbreak has been confirmed to be featured in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō.
Disappearances and Deaths
All deaths and disappearances are listed only as they are told in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku -Outbreak-. Spoilers are only for the individual arc, not the overall series.
- Ryūgū Rena's father, shot to death by the maddened villagers.
- 8+ JSDF Soldiers, killed each other in a firefight at the Irie Clinic.
- Irie Kyōsuke, committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth.
- Numerous villagers from Hinamizawa, were killed by Keiichi and Rena while they were rescuing Satoko.