The Otaku's Study: ''While Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Under the title of When They Cry) was released in North America by Geneon Entertainment, with the company discontinuing their anime publishing wing the series was left stagnant.
In Australia however Siren Visual charged ahead and due to the popularity of the first season chose to publish the sequel Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai as an Australia-exclusive English anime release.''
I thought this was a really good series. I got it few months back and have been waiting for season 2. I hope I will be able to get this because I want to find out the mystery of their situation.