Yeah, but one of the surprising things about When They Cry and it’s presence as a popular horror series has always been it’s moralistic nature. Unlikely a lot of horror franchise, the When They Cry series is all about expressing a positive message and moral through its horrific and tragic stories. While there’s always been a moral grey, heck the theme of Higurashi was forgiveness, it’s always been utilized to express a singular message. Eva and Natsuhi, for example, can’t see eye to eye because they refuse to understand one another. The reason for their complicated background was to establish that they both have valid reason and motives behind their behavior, even if their behavior is nasty and shortsighted.
I can’t really see Ryukishi taking “morality” as a theme, when he usually uses the morality of his characters to express his themes.