Sunday, August 31, 2008

Onikakushi Day 14 Release!

(Updated Aug 13 2009 to remove old links)
Hi everybody! Sorry for the long wait!

The Sonozaki Futago-tachi English patch for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Onikakushi (Days 1-5,9-14) is now ready!

This release features Keiichi's favorite cup ramen, ginger tonkotsu (pork-bone) flavor. The pictured ramen cup is not exactly the same, since it's just tonkotsu without the ginger. It does taste pretty good, though a little sodium-heavy like most cup ramen. (The image on the lid is pretty accurate, actually - it even came with the scallions!)

You'll need the original Japanese game Higurashi no Naku Koro ni in order to play this translation; go to our Getting the game post if you don't have the game already. Acquiring our releases will tell you how to get our latest patches.

As always, let us know what you think, or if you encounter problems playing the translated game.

We've made a number of changes to earlier days based on comments from our new native Japanese helper, so now quite a few scenes make a lot more sense - take a look! (At least our mistakes didn't affect the main flow of the story ^^;;)
We'd also like to warn everyone that we changed Rika's speaking style, so don't be alarmed if it catches you off guard.

Anyway, well. A lot happens to Keiichi today, and things go from bad to worse very quickly. Beware of reading this late at night! The creepy marches onward!


Friday, August 1, 2008

The Real "Hinamizawa"

Hi everybody, Shion here!

Sorry it's taking us longer than usual for the next installment. Day 14 is a looong day, but it'll be worth the wait - the creepy plot really 'swings' into action here ;-) .

Meanwhile, I recently stumbled on this neat website that shows a Higurashi fan's pilgrimage to Shirakawa-Go (official site), the UNESCO World Heritage site that served as the model for Hinamizawa. It's in Japanese, but those of you who've been playing along may remember seeing some of the images in slightly more blurred form. He even found the exterior model for the Maebara Mansion - which is apparently a treatment facility (poor Keiichi)....