Fresh of the heels, of the stupid, offensive and comically bad opener of this OVA series, Higurashi is back, and still in satirical mode. The focus of the second OVA is solidly on Rika and Satoko, but perhaps the best thing about it is that it might be the best vehicle yet for Hori Yui to showcase her talents as Hanyuu. The parody this time is the magical girl genre, and Hanyuu plays the role of familiar to the hilt – almost a Tinkerbell-like characterization. Rika and Satoko are somehow transported to an alternate world where an evil group called Tokyo Magica is using a hypnotic fog to mind control the townsfolk and create evil monsters out of shrine artifacts. Or something.
I suspect this sort of satire would be more effective to someone who was a die-hard fan of the Higurashi oeuvre, rather than the casual viewer I am. There were some amusing moments here, especially involving Hanyuu’s reactions to Rika’s adult personality and Rika’s disappointment at not growing boobs once she’d undergone her magical transformation. And at least it didn’t have the really vile and unpleasant tone the humor in the prior OVA displayed. Still, the mahou shoujou thing has been spoofed to death already, so there’s really not much gold left to be mined from it.
I’m ready for Higurashi to get serious again. No one loves a good comedy more than I do, but the humor seems to work best in this series when it’s embedded within the horror, not taking center-stage on its own.