* AdaptationDisplacement: Most fans of ''Higurashi'' and ''Umineko'' tend to be more familiar with their respective anime adaptations than the visual novels they're based on. This is largely due to the visual novels suffering from NoExportForYou for many years.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Both series of this franchise has many character who had more than one side. Listing them here would be very long.
* CompleteMonster: [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry "Staff Leader" & Nomura]]; [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Bernkastel & Black Battler]].
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: It's a sound novel after all. The music captures the mood so well that the entire series really does deserve [[AwesomeMusic/WhenTheyCry its own page.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Ryukishi was inspired by [[Creator/KeyVisualArts Key]], replacing drama with horror in his version of the formula. Years after ''Higurashi'' and ''Umineko'' became successes, Ryukishi actually wrote for a Key VN, ''VisualNovel/{{Rewrite}}''. What followed was a DarkerAndEdgier Key story with a much stronger split between the "happy school life" and "mystery of the world" sections.
* NightmareFuel: Just from the basic premise, having to relive the last days before your murder over and over again, while watching everyone you care about being murdered too. And one of those people you care about's the murderer.
* ParanoiaFuel