Back in 2014, I started to watch more anime. I mean, I have watched quite a few in my childhood, like "Digimon", "Pokémon", "Tenchi Muyou" and "Yu-gi-oh!" But I was looking for something more... Adult.
Then I found out about "Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni". I loved it. It was dark, it had likeable characters, and a very good story. That was the same time when I started to enjoy Visual Novels. Then I tried "Umineko no Naku Koro Ni". It was made by the same author, so it could be cool. However, Umineko was so great that it made it to the top of my favorite VNs of all time.
Ryukishi07, the creator of the "When They Cry" series announced last year "Ciconia no Naku Koro Ni", the new entry in the When They Cry series, and for the first time, it would have an english release along with the original japanese, so I wouldn't have to wait for a fan-translation. However, I was very skeptical about Ciconia because:
- Higurashi and Umineko takes place in the past. Ciconia is in the future.
- Higurashi and Umineko are about murder mystery and horror. Ciconia is about sci-fi.
- The characters in Higurashi and Umineko are regular persons. In Ciconia, they use a Gauntlet that gives them "superpowers".
Honestly, I was excited, but at the same time, very worried about what was coming. I thought maybe Ciconia would be the first in the series that I would give up after a couple of chapters.
I finished the first episode (out of 4) yesterday, and... Man, that was incredible! Ryukishi07 is a genius!
The story is about the possibility of a fourth World War, and the young Gauntlet Knights fighting to prevent it. But that's not all. It has secret organizations, betrayal, and even a main character that maybe doesn't exist (?) and the soundtrack... The soundtrack is amazing.
Is it better than Umineko? Probably not. It's going to be very hard to top Umineko, at least for me. But if you enjoy Visual Novels, give Ciconia When They Cry a chance. I will stop here to avoid spoilers.
However, I would recommend to wait for a price cut or a promotion, because it's kinda expensive on Steam.
And yeah, I support this coming to consoles.