As an April Fool’s prank, the gacha game Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei from the horror franchise Higurashi: When They Cry contended they were going to put cute Sanrio characters in their world, along with a theme park.
— TVアニメ「ひぐらしのなく頃に卒」⛩6/19開催綿流し祭2022 (@higu_anime) March 31, 2021
And while it was a joke, fans actually really, really wanted this. And so from now till May 3, gamers in Japan can play the game with Hello Kitty, Pom Pom Purin, Kirimi, and Cinnamoroll. (We’re assured that this part is sweet and the Sanrio characters will not be bloodily murdered.) If you live outside of Japan, you would need proxy applications and VPNs to get access to play.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.