Synonyms: Corpse Demon
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2010 to Dec 31, 2010
22 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Both are very enticing supernatural murder mysteries
Higurashi and Shiki are similar to each other in that both take place in small villages where mysterious deaths occur. Higurashi, however, contains slapstick comedic scenes to a degree, which is kept to a minimum in Shiki.
Small village , mystery , serial murders ...
Similar gore, violence and wicked development
When i watched Shiki i felt from the very start the same atmosphere that Higurashi was used to give me. The more the story was going on, and the more that feeling was becoming stronger.
Yep, both series really have many similitudes:
- in both stories everything starts in those little and "calm" villages
- both series' main subjects are the weird deaths (murders) that will shock the villagers
- both anime have quite a well-made mystery atmosphere; whenever someone finds something, another thing will happen and you wont have to finish to realize all hints yet, until the end. The mystery affects both pubblic and characters, which i think is another good thing that both have in common
- still, both stories have supernatural factors leading the events
- and, even one of the main female characters are similar in both series (Sunako and Rika), be it in look and personality
So, to conclude: personally i advice to see both, since both are very well made.
If you liked the mystery in one of the series you'll surely like the other too!
ps: as personal opinion i especially liked Shiki's art style, since is quite particular and different from any other anime.
Both anime gives the same feeling overall, both plots start off mysterious & similar, in Shiki an unknown case of illness spreads around in a village while in Higurashi mysterious serial murders occur.
In both, the male protagonists (Natsuno & Keiichi) move from the city to the village thus more clueless than everyone & both are around the same age.
Both anime are set on a village far away, with a small population & surrounded by the woods.
Both involve supernatural genre while Higurashi also has some extreme realistic violence.
Both have a wonderful ost, though Shiki has better art.
Both animes have the same initial plot: a peaceful rural village that is suddenly surrounded by deadly mysteries.
They both carry the mysteries they hold very well, and go gradually solving them and at the same time throwing other hints at the viewers.
Coincidentally, Rika Furude (from Higurashi) and Sunako Kirishiki (from Shiki) share an strong resemblance. Both girls have blue-ish hair, both change moods from cute little girls to wise leaders, and also both are revealed to have a similar dark secret.
Also, both animes verge on the supernatural when showing the solutions to the crimes/mysteries.
The culture of the people, revolving around legends and myths, is also a subject that both animes bring. Higurashi's people believes in the Oyashiro-sama, a goddess that lays curse on people so that they are killed during an annual festival. Shiki's people on the other way, come with the legend of the Okiagari, people that die and come back to the world of living as a demon.
Other similarities related to characters, their jobs, and experiments, may come around too. Both animes are a masterpiece in the mystery genre. The only problem is that Shiki is shorter. :(
These animes are very similar .Peaceful villages where starts to happened very weird things.People that are dieing/disappearing.And many atoher similat things.
The three seasons of Higurashi are having the same dark atmosphere as Shiki and both anime contain an ''illness'' all over the village.
Both are set in an extremely small town where mysteries are appearing. Both seem pretty innocent and calm, but actually have deeper meanings in them involving death. Also, in both animes there is a type of illness or disease that only effect the people of the village.
Both Shiki and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni both take place in similar settings, country side villages. There is peaceful atmosphere waiting to shatter, however that is about where their relations end- other than the death and suspense, of course. Shiki is more of a mysterious string of murder cases that have a definite antagonist, whereas Higurashi is the tellings of a small group that switch off the role of the antagonist.
They really look like each other. If you like vampires.
Part of me feels like Shiki is trying to be Higurashi. Both are very psychological, filled with Horror, and set in a small villiage removed from the general world. Shiki also has moments of violence rivaling Higurashi.
Both involve a mysterious "curse" going around the village.
Both are about remote villages that start to experience strange deaths.
Both have a very mysterious and intense story. Similar in feel and mood, both kind of have a thriller/horror-like feel.. They're both shrouded in a suspense that keeps one wanting to know what's going to happen next.
They're both horror mystery anime.
They both have that creepy small-town, many horrible deaths going around & trying to figure out what's causing them.
- Both take place of small village.
- Both are Mystery/Thriller/Psychological.
- Higurashi got cute girls, Shiki got vampires :D
- Many peoples die on both anime.
- Insane feeling
The first few episodes both of these animes seem to have a calmer feel to them, but as they open up reveal something much darker. Both are packed with blood (At least in the last episodes of Shiki) and have a more psychotic side to them. They also have a good amount of mystery in it, too.
Both anime take place on a isolated village, where strange things start to happen, with a great plot behind everything.
both of them have a plot about a town and there is a disease in it but the difference is that in shiki, there are vampires and zombies
Higurashi and Shiki both take place in a closed town that is considered in the valley of death. Unlike Higurashi though, its more along the lines of Vampires instead of gods but there is a air of mystery that is in it. There is a terror about how small towns can become the breeding ground for something so dark.
Both are set in a rural ton where unknown horrific events unfold
They are both dark anime and both take place in small villages. They both also have slow starts especially Higurashi.
Both give a similar feeling: New guy arrives to a little village, and certain dark events start happening that are somehow related to a young mysterious girl. Slow and creepy atmosphere that makes you want to find out what´s going on. Brilliant ost and VA´s. Personally I enjoyed Shiki more, because it gives a deeper development to its characters and a more intricate plot. Still, Both are awesome animes that will keep you thrilled till the end, so if you enjoyed one, you will probably enjoy the other.
Well, both series are Mystery genres..
They give the same scary feeling due to the lots of creepy deaths all over the stories.
Yet, both show the main male character wiling to stop this "supernatural phenomenon".
Also a special mention to the cure of the music, which both serie have.
If you enjoyed one of those, you might probably enjoy the other as well!
The difference in shows is that in Another we don't know what is happening and why so it has to be investigated. However, in Shiki we know the cause of the deaths from the start and are simply observing everything from the distance, watching how characters will deal with the issue.
Other than that, shows are very similar. In both shows people suddenly start to die.In Another people from one class die and in Shiki in one of the villages.
In both shows characters try to find the cause and stop it. Both shows start slow but eventually end up in blood bath. Both shows have quiet a lot of under developed characters though in Another it is more eye burning.
Shiki and Another are mystery and horror anime that share the same type of overall dread for the viewer. They take place in a quiet and sleepy town that soon gives way to the chaos and paranoia flowing within everyone's psyche. They also feature mysterious girls whose presence and existence psychologically bash everyone else's sanity and causes a train-wreck, chain-reaction-like phenomenon, that leaves many dead and others messed up from the sheer horror and unspeakable events that unfold. Both series, especially Shiki, also offer really unique animation and creepy background music. If you liked watching one of them I highly recommend trying out the other.
Both fall under the horror genre and give off similar vibes by establishing a slow-paced mystery in order to create suspense. Shiki focuses on character and buildup, while Another uses foreshadowing and atmosphere.
Perhaps creepy at times, and shocking at others.
Worthy of mentioning is that the writer for Another is the husband for the writer of Shiki. Truly, the greatest love story ever told.
While Shiki is more of a thriller than a horror, they both take place in a small rural town. Mysterious, supernatural deaths are also something the two series share. The protagonist in each show tries to uncover the truth behind the deaths.
Both series involves events in small village involving deaths surrounded by mystery. Both anime(s) have that thriller like atmosphere that leaves cliffhangers and horror themed conclusions.
A great series for viewers interested in horror fiction and mystery alike.
Both have a creepy and mysterious undertone in the beginning, and both turn out gory in the end but Another is more extreme
Series of bizarre events had been happening since a certain guy moves to a certain village, the same intense, creepy atmosphere, and the panic from the numerous sudden deaths.
Both are small out of place towns, that are surrounded by nature, cut off from the rest of the world.
they also have a boy moving from the city to live in the town.
the sense of mystery is more blunt in Another, but they both portray horror thats absolutely wonderful, if you love blood and killing.
both have outbreak of killings as the story progresses, which are visually graphic, which is the BEST!
they both question humanity and how their brain works when put under pressure of murder and how they act accordingly towards finding an answer in different ways.
Both are a horror genre with a bit of mystery. Both are great anime, though I think I enjoyed another's finale more than Shiki. Both have a supernatural element that drives the story forward. Gore is also on the same levels.
Both seem to be pretty remote towns
Both have an outbreak of deaths
The citizens in both don't seem to have any idea for what to do
Both have a pretty good suspenseful aura
Both don't hold back on showing the killing
In both, a new guy moves to a small town. Shortly after, strange and sudden deaths start to occur, and the main character attempts to find out why. Both anime have gory scenes, involve the living dead, contain mystery, and give off that same eerie feeling.
Both are scary, creepy, and the psychological elements are both well-made!
Most important of all, THERE is MADNESS which leads to people to slaughter each other!
Shinsekai Yori and Shiki both deal with the human psyche and its tendencies. These series show how these tendencies could be flawed which in turn may lead to irrational behavior and unfortunate circumstances.
The setting is similar, remote/traditional/strict Japanese villages.
Both deal with a deviation in normal human genetics. (Zombie/Vampire-like people in Shiki and Esper powers in Shinsekai Yori)
Both deal with opposing factions that truly do not have a right or wrong side to them.
Both shows are very thought-provoking and would recommend one if you enjoyed the other.
- similar atmospheres that grow darker
- village-wide catastrophe
- super natural
In both series, there is a very mysterious background with similar mood settings.
Both series have similar backgrounds involving a village that deals with the world of supernatural. In fact, creatures in both series are feared and revered.
Both series focuses on how humans deal with them in the world that they live in.
Both series often have plot twists as well as thriller like endings involving the main characters.
Both have a very dark atmosphere and lots of mystery; and give a creepy feeling as a group of people try to survive against a supernatural threat.
Both great anime if you love dark mysteries.
-satisfying ending/closure (which you don't find in most animes nowadays)
The mystery, demon, magic, and slow progression from both anime are quite similar.
Just, Shinsekai Yori has clearer ending than Shiki. But, Shiki is still 'darker'.
Shiki and Shinsekai Yori are alike as they both present ethical and moral problems to the viewer. Although they are, in reality, two almost completely different settings and mechanics, both have mystery elements and the supernatural and make the viewer really think to themselves as they watch. I can say for sure that anyone who enjoys one will love the other just as much (perhaps more).
They both develop a similar theme: how forsaken creatures are seen by others. They also seem to criticise the narrow mentality of human beings and to show the darkest part of them. I think the original idea come from Mary Shelly's famous novel.
While Elfen Lied fails to be a good show and falls into a gore anime full of fanservice, Shiki remains thought-provoking and atmospheric, and, of course, surpasses the first one.
Also, the amount of gore is high in both, and the music is simply beautiful.
Both anime contain non-human beings who kill humans. Another similarity is the huge amount of gore and mass killing but worth mentioning is that they also make you pity these non-human beings.
It delves into the idea of humanity being the true monster- and that people are cruel to things they do not understand.
The series focuses around mysterious beings and happenings. Both filled with gore and horror and a bit of romance.
Shiki has a similar theme to Elfen Lied, questioning the humanity of people who aren't entirely... human, along with the humanity of humans themselves. In both cases, the non-human people have an instinct to kill humans, to survive and/or reproduce. There's a lot of moral grey areas; Shiki presents two characters with conflicting opinions, and with Elfen Lied, the question is tackled on a larger scale, although there is one character who is very conflicted about it.
The execution of Shiki is a bit better, both in terms of character and plot development, although both anime are unrealistic with blood, and for some reason breast size as well. Shiki clarifies and refines quite a bit what Elfen Lied tried to do, and as a result may be more accessible; however if you can look past the many flaws of Elfen Lied, it can be moving as well.
Found it "emotionaly-like" to elfen lied and it contains blood :3
Similar themes about how evil people can be, and both are very interesting
Both are about unexplainable deaths related to supernatural. In both, fighting and surviving is a matter of intelligence and there are twists and surprises. Personally I enjoyed Shiki more, because it gives a deeper development to its characters and a more intricate plot. Still, Both are awesome animes that will keep you thrilled till the end, so if you enjoyed one, you will probably enjoy the other.
Although the plot is entirely different, Death Note and Shiki are extremely similar in many ways. Both of them flesh out the two sides well enough so that you can't call any of them right or wrong. Both of them have main characters(Light in Death note and Toshio in Shiki) who don't stop at anything to achieve their goals and aren't afraid to make sacrifices or take underhanded measures. Not to mention these characters actually make the audience feel for the antagonists. Shiki has much more despair than Death note but both of them can get your heart racing
The styles and storylines are different, but they give you a similar feeling. Both are shounen thrillers with a lot of psychological tension. They keep you on the edge of your seat, and wanting the next episode. Modern setting, with a supernatural element. Death is a central feature. Later in the series, they cover both sides of the "warfare" somewhat sympathetically. Shiki additionally has horror. It also covers several characters in depth, while Death Note only covers a few.
Two men who disagree with each other:
Death Note - L and Light Yagami
Shiki - Toshio Ozaki and Seishin Muroi
Death Note - Misa Amane
Shiki - Megumi Shimizu
Is it ever wrong to do the right thing?
Both anime have so much in common and these two are definitely masterpieces.
Creepy mystery-thriller plots. Feature a stalker girl. And lots of blood and whacks. Shiki is a lot more mood-driven, and Mirai Nikki feels more mainstream.
both are scary anime!
both are Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller.
both have serial murders
both have detectives.
both have kill or get killed situations.
both have yandere characters .
both have same scary feeling and atmosphere and have same excitement"what will happen next ?"
Deep and dramatical action, unusual heroes, violent moments (lots of gore), unpredictable storyline. And brilliant art, of course.
Preatty creepy and bloody anime! Actually after seeing Megumi i realized how similar to Yuno she is!
Preatty, psyco, yandereish (imo) and also pink haired!
Personally i love both this anime even if the themes are not to similar
Supernatural intrigue runs rampant in a small town when the borders between the spiritual and psychological become intertwined.
Mysterious and compelling thrillers defined by their atmospheric settings - remote, isolated country villages with a knack for outbreaks of the supernatural variety (perhaps not the best real estate pitch!). Both series also offer a great character study, fantastically eerie background music, and a pretty interesting take on human nature. Shiki is probably the darker, more focused of the two, while Ghost Hound tends to have more slice of life.
The animes have a similar atmosphere. The setting is almost the same and they both tell a catching supernatural story, though they aren't really full of action but more easy going. Sunako and Miyako seem a bit similar, too.
These supernatural thrillers have similar plots in-which the regular world and a supernatural world begin to overlap. Each anime also has a similar atmosphere; a somewhat creepy but more mysterious feel. The audio and visuals of both are also of topnotch quality. If you enjoyed the feel of one then you will enjoy the feel of the other.
Although these two differ in a lot of ways, their atmospheres seem very similar. In both shows, all of the characters share an interesting sort of bond which is linked to the place in which they live and great emphasis is placed on the setting of the anime.
Both are slow, heavily plot-focused shows lacking a definitive "main character."
To me, the similarity is the scenario is so real, they talk about urban myths (Shiki is about vampire and DRRR! a headless woman), is very psychotic, the speciails in both animes is on the middle of the series and is a point of view of other angle. I think they are very similiar.
Both having FEARSOME vampires. Really, a lot of vampire stories are having soft vampire stories. Vampire Knight is awesome, but the vampires are lacking much things. Shiki and the Dance in the vampire Bund are both more like the myths. Both anime are having an dark aura and really get you into the anime. And in both anime the vampires are trying to take over the place.
-Both have Vampires
-There is death (especially in Shiki)
-Both take you back into the traditional myth of vampires
-In my opinion Shiki is better because there is mystery and horror involved
-Both hook you into the show
-And both are frickin AWESOME!!!
Both series deals with the supernatural and horror side of the anime world.
It focuses meanly on the theme of special people trying to fit into our society mixed in with horror and mystery. Although both series starts somewhat slow, as the episodes progresses, it gets to the point.
Both series are recommended for fans of vampire and horror fiction surrounded by mystery and elements of suspense and thriller like endings.
In both animes everything was peaceful, until suddenly people start turning into monsters, zombies in High School of the Dead and vampires in Shiki. Both anime contains an atmosphere of horror and mystery. If you want an anime with blood and slaughter, both are recommended.
Both animes begin with a normal world until an sudden outbreak of undead monsters occur (zombies in HOTD; vampires in Shiki). Soon people have to destroy these and stop them from spreading and killing more people. Both have a lot of blood, gore, action and killing.
Both are kinda similar, in both it starts with a rare decease and people figuring out what it is. Both contains the atmosphere of mystery and horror. The difference in Highschool of the Dead, the story takes place in the city and its about zombies. In Shiki, it takes place in an small village and its about vampires.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has a lot of similar aspects to this series, such as; a new boy from the city in a small rural town, yet there is possibly more to compare Shiki to in Umineko no Naku Koro Ni - same maker as Higurashi, and possibly sequelesque.
Supernatural aspect in both series' are made obvious from the begining (even the opening), which leads to the assumption unworldly individuals are involved.
There is a clear mystery element; creepy, mysterious and agonistic characters (mainly girls) and luxary, stand-out-houses holding harbouring aristocratic people.
It's mysterious in that sense that you have to be clever enough to understand the plots and in both ends,the problem was actually unsolved.Alot of thinking(gore in Umineko and alittle less in Shiki but it's good).
Both are from the same creator, and have a supernatural mysterious plot with some horror and drama. The characters are all great, and the main character is a anti social boy with a cold attitude but he really cares about his friends and tries to find the truth behind the events.
Both where created by the same person and they are interesting horror anime. Shiki is more about unexplained murders though, but it still has the same suspenseful and frighting feeling.
Superficially,Juuni Kokuki and Shiki are not so similar. Juuni Kokuki is a fantasy story about 12 asian-like kingdoms and Shiki is a horror story in a small village. However, Those two stories were originally written by Fuyumi Ono and both stories share the same concept about life and humanity. If you are in the mood to be disappointed with ugly part of human beings but also want to look for the beauty in this ugliness, Juuni Kokuki is definitely the first choice.
As Muroi (Seishin) was like in Shiki, Yoko in Juuni Kokuki is also like the person who has been lost in her life. For this reason, early part of Juuni Kokuki would be sometimes annoying because of her indecisive and immature attitude. However, she is going to learn a lot of things about life and she will grow up beautifully thorough this series.
Shiki would also annoy you probably until the middle part also because of people's indecisive and irresponsible attitude. However, People will change in many ways later and last few episodes would impress you because of dramatic change of story.
I recommend to see them because both series don't have a cheep sense of good & bad. It would attract people who are fed up with some cheesy animations.
Somewhat intense murder-drama-mysteries. Have a realistic feel, and delve into the human condition. Make you question who is REALLY the monster. Have doctors who act as detectives.
Both are familiar in a way that humans are living in terror/despair of "monsters".
Both contain absolute tragedy and despair, in the most inhumane ways and show the mentality of the humans and how there brain reacts in certain situations about the "monster" beings, as to what will they do, fight back, research, destroy, stay away from them, keep close to others; the list goes on.
Both are mysterious with their plot as they progress, and leave the viewer on edge, angst, frustration, envious, anger etc. Either way, it will leave the viewer wanting more.
Both contain action in the most brutal and cliff-hanging moments, which are always a do or die situation.
Both question humanity, and as the story progresses, personalities change, mindsets change from every distinct factor that has happened as the story progresses. Will they die like the rest or fight for survival? Either way, each character obtains determination towards their goal.
They are similar in a way that they are very interesting and yet different. You might like if you like the other, but it depends.
Both Shiki and Hitsuji no Uta contain intricat plots involving vampires. Instead of the run-of-the-mill KILL THEM ALL concept, both shows bring forth different spins, bringing a different respect to vampire-based anime. Granted, both of these shows have entirely different plots (Shiki focusing on vampires trying to take over a vilage and the morality of murder, where as Hitsuji no Uta focuses on the concept of vampirism being a hereditary illness), the two share common elements in their ability to create a tense, eerie atmosphere and possess a story told in a serious tone.
These two are my all time favorite anime (well, season 2 of Code Geass if I had to choose). They make me feel so much emotion, and I just love the ending in both. And if you liked Natsuno and Tooru from Shiki, then you'll probably like Lelouch and Suzaku from Code Geass, and vice versa. Both of these animes gave you a choice, to choose which side you root for. This choice will seem like: "Oh yeah, I totally think this side is correct", but after a while, you might not be so sure. And don't be affected by the 'vampire' genre in shiki, because that is not one of those (nowadays) everyday shojo vampire genres. And for people who've just had enough of cheesy romance, I recommend these two too.
The nature of the theme, the animation style, and the amount of action in both anime are what make them similar. There isn't many fight scenes but the ones that there are are pretty conclusive. The nature of the theme is similar because they make you think about ethics, morals, and philosophy in general. The character base is a similar as well. By this I mean that the characters in each anime are plenty, making the angle from which you see the story line like a kaleidoscope. Also, the endings kind of leave you asking for more... they were mostly conclusive but there was a chance for more.
Both are mystery animes taking place in small villages in the depths of the country. They share pretty alike atmosphere, though visual style differs a bit. Personally I prefer 'Moryou no Hako' to 'Shiki'.
I may be the only one to compare with Tatakau Shisho, but I have my reason. Both have a good plotting, and mostly, it is hard to say whom actually the leading characters because everybody takes their role and sharpen the story.
Even though Shiki is less tight than Tatakau Shisho, it still has the same quality as it also has mysteries, surprise plots, and hard to guess how it will end the story.
Both have tales to told (in Tatakau Shisho, it is the children fairy tale about the man whom taking "book" from a dead and deliver to the precious one. In Shiki, it's the novel written by the monk), respectfully speak about religious approach, questioning life and death, thicken with despair and pain.
Both also leave all characters in gray area. None are perfect people, each of them struggle with loneliness, the need of love, faith, and jealousy.
For some reasons, I feel that Chacoly from Tatakau Shishou and Sunako from Shiki have similar loneliness.
As a closing, both are originally from novel, then adapted into manga before ended as anime.
If you like dark/mystery anime like Shiki, you should watch xxxHolic, and the other way around. I couldn't get through with Shiki, but xxxHolic is a lot better. It is simplistic yet surprising, and the story is easy to follow.
Both have very dark supernatural plots where many people die and the protagonist tries to solve the mystery behind those deaths. While Kuroshitsuji focus on comedy, drama and demons, Shiki focus in psychological, drama and vampires.
The protagonist seeks revenge for something that happened to him. Both have an outstanding soundtrack and voice actors, as well a very unique art, where the outfits are great.
Although, Shiki is very slow paced and Kuroshitsuji fast paced, they will both leave you addicted if you watch them until the end~~
Both are intelligent takes on the vampire tale.
Shiki has a linear plot though, and takes its cues from Western vampire stories, while Kurozuka is far more complicated to follow and harks back to the more traditional Eastern vampire folklore.
The plot is probably different, but there is one theme - vampires. To be honest it seemed similar to me when Natsuno accepted with the situation and decided to give his blood to Tohru by himself. As far as i know (i can make a mistake, sorry if i will) in Blood+ Haji did the same to Saya and also (i can be wrong with the characters again) Kai did to Irene. Situations are quite different, but when i was watching that moment in Shiki, i thought about Blood+
Both are dealing with the occult, but difference is quite large too.
Shiki deals with vampires/zombies hybrid? and is more of mystery, psychological.
Occult Academy has some comedy, deals with a general mix of occult like spirits, witchery etc. and has a feeling of adventurous spirit and time-travel. A teeny little bit of romance too.
Both are in Summer 2010 anime season.