Higurashi no Naku koro ni Telephone Card Edited for Content

topAkiba Blog reports that recently telephone cards from Akihabara shops, which featured Rena and other characters from the new PS2 adaption of the visual novel Higurashi no Naku koro ni, were toned down due to inappropriate images.

However, there has been no official statements from the creator of the game regarding the edits, and any questions were met with the vague response: "Due to reasons that can't be made public." According to leaked info, the edits were related to recent government effort of keeping inappropriate content away from children.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a Japanese visual novel made by the doujinshi group 07th Expansion. The story centers around a murder mystery in a small Japanese village. The game became extremely popular among fans and was later adapted into drama CDs, anime and manga. Recently a second anime TV series was announced, which will be broadcasted in April 2007.

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