What I Liked: The writing felt better structured and had more of a focus on the psychological aspect than last series, the animation (while average) was a damn-sight better than last series, the adorable Hanyuu, the character development surrounding Takano.
What I Didn't: The Hinamizawa Syndrome still sounded like a bunch of crap. Animation was still nothing to write home about.
Final Verdict: Kai answers a lot of the questions left behind by the series that came before it, while expanding on the characters of Hinamizawa with great detail. It's thoroughly more interesting than Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, trading most of the B-grade shock and gore for psychological thrill rides and suspense worthy of praise.