Late starting the fall season, but here I am.
To me this is a show that I cannot take lightly with just viewing each episode one.
Clearly, the first episode showcases and suggests that the village is not what it seems to be peaceful at first beginning with the rumors spread around the school.
To me this anime feels like the film The Village if one pays close attention to the story from the villagers about the fiends and the nekodamashii, although I can perceive some real Higurashi tropes.
The group of childhood friends meeting up at school engaging in activities but confiding amongst themselves secret rumors that they've heard about the school and among other things happening.