Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai

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I downloaded the first 10 episodes of the second season of Higurashi without realizing they weren't from the first season. I haven't seen the first season yet, and I've heard that the second season retells parts of the first season. Is it necessary to watch the entire first season, and is it any better than the second?