English: When They Cry
Synonyms: The Moment the Cicadas Cry
Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisAfter moving into the quiet town of Hinamizawa, Maebara Keiichi spends his days blissfully in school often playing games with his local friends. However, appearances can be deceiving. One fateful day, Keiichi stumbles upon news of a murder that had occurred in Hinamizawa. From this point on, horrific events unfold in front of Keiichi, as he soon learns his close friends may not be all that they seem. Based on the amateur mystery game by 07th Expansion, the story is told in a series of different scenarios.
BackgroundGeneon Universal Entertainment initially licensed and distributed the first season of Higurashi until their closure in 2007. Funimation eventually picked up the series along with multiple Geneon titles, but then dropped the license in 2011 due to poor sales. It remained unlicensed until 2015 when Sentai Filmworks announced that they picked up the series, along with several other titles.
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||The Beginning (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 1)
Onikakushi-hen Sono Ichi – Hajimari (鬼隠し編 其ノ壱 ハジマリ)
|Apr 5, 2006
||The Secret (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 2)
Onikakushi-hen Sono Ni – Kakushigoto (鬼隠し編 其ノ弐 隠しごと)
|Apr 12, 2006
||Suspicion (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 3)
Onikakushi-hen Sono San – Gishin (鬼隠し編 其ノ参 疑心)
|Apr 19, 2006
||Disturbance (Chapter: Spirited Away by the Demon, Part 4)
Onikakushi-hen Sono Yon – Yugami (鬼隠し編 其ノ四 歪)
|Apr 26, 2006
||Jealousy (Chapter: Cotton Drifting, Part 1)
Watanagashi-hen Sono Ichi – Shitto (綿流し編 其ノ壱 嫉妬)
|May 3, 2006
Opening Theme"Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" by Eiko Shimamiya
Ending Theme"Why, or why not" by Hiroyuki Oshima feat. Rekka Katakiri
Watching Higurshi is like locking a group of happy people in a test chamber, only coming back to find they've hacked each other into a bloody mess. Its horrific, its shocking, and yet a part of you, cannot help but wonder, how did it happen?
The curiosity takes over... and so you repeat the experiment, knowing full well that those cute looking teenagers you just sent are going to end up as bloody pulps. But hey, at least each time they die, you're one step closer to figuring out why they died, it's all good.
Higurashi essentially places you in the role of the scientist. It divides itself into several arcs, each of which begin exactly the same. A teenager moves into a remote countryside village, and befriends a group of sweet fangirls that could have come out right from a harem rom/com. Then, explicably, thing go wrong... very wrong.
The pacing is excellent, the suspence pulpable. You know terrible things are going to happen, but you don't know exactly what. Higurashi would appeal to two types of people. The maglomanics who cackle madly in seeing a happy community descend into the depth of oblivion, and the curious scientist who watched each arc with intense interest... for they want to know exact *why* everything goes wrong (though they can also cackle madly just a little).
The true draw of Higurashi is the mystery. The series will leave you guessing, postulating all manner of reasons why the sweetest girl in the class is now butchering every child in sight with a giant cleaver. Each experiment you run (arc you see) reveals a few more clues, and you formulate a new theory, only to find it shattered by another totally unexpected horror in the very same arc. The beauty of Higurashi is that a mystery of such grand scale, every detail is meticulous, and while every bloody event seems random at first, they all eventually fall into place
Not only are the characters are memorable, and filled with interesting secrets, and unlike school days, they're actually also extreme likeable. This is no small achievement, given what they're portrayed doing to each other.
Higurashi is really the pinnacle of a dark mystery. You'll start off the mad scientist, watching those innocents in the test chamber with morbid curiosity. Yet, slowly, that morbid curiosity will be transformed into sympathy, and as you fall in love these victims, that initial curiosity will into turn a genuine desire to figure out whats going on so that they can be saved.
As always, I welcome feedback!
Higurashi epitomizes how you should never judge something by its cover. At first glance, it looks like a simple, generic harem series or a lame, cliched romance. This anime, however, is nothing short of genius. The whole setting, atmosphere, and mood are incredibly well executed. The plot may seem simple at first, a new kid moving to a strange, new town and meeting new friends. Beneath the exterior appearance of this seemingly tame series, however, lies a dark story of murder, violence, and mystery.
Story: I can confidently say that the story/plot is the strongest aspect of this series. I congratulate the original game designer who created this series. The execution of the plot is genius. This series mainly consists of arcs. Although these arcs seem disjointed at first, it is all part of the plot and is actually an important part of solving the mystery of the Hinamizawa murders. However, this is not a simple, generic murder mystery where the solutions are force fed to the viewers; it is up to them to decide between what is true and what is not. This way, it makes the viewers think and interact with the story, and this is what I love most about Higurashi.
Art/Animation: If there is one reason why I did not give this series a 10, then it is because of the art and animation. The art itself is not too bad, but the animation... How do I start? It can be extremely inconsistent at time with all those emo face contortions, sometimes out of sync, and was probably animated with a relatively low budget. Thank goodness the director of season 2 learned from those mistakes, and the animation greatly improved in Kai. One good thing I have to say is that the background and setting is very well done.
Sound: The voice acting in this series is amazing. With a series filled with psychotic laughter, blood-curling screams, and in some cases, extremely cute voices, the voice actors/actresses are extremely versatile. The Opening is one of my favorite openings of all time. It sets up the mood extremely well and sent shivers down my spine when I first saw it. There could not have been a better fitting opening. The ending, a slow rather mellow piece, suffers from horrible Engrish. I do love the piano part in the end though. Finally, the background music set the mood nicely, but can get repetitive at times. I did like the sounds of the cicadas; it gave a feeling of impending doom.
Characters: After the initial shock of their mental instability, the cast of characters are extremely well written and developed. Sure, none of the main cast of characters is emotionally and mentally stable; it does not take away from their personality and interaction. One of the best things about this series is that there is no throw away characters that only appear once, does something, and leaves. Every character serves a purpose in the mystery and plot, either directly and indirectly.
Enjoyment: As I have said earlier, I love how Higurashi is not a passive anime where I can just sit in front of the computer and shut off my brain. Then again, I love psychological anime. Higurashi was the first series that forced me to watch raws because I could not wait for the subs.
Overall an excellent show. This would definitely be a 10 if not for its mediocre animation. Final rating: 9/10
Higurashi no naku koro ni happens to be a particular favourite of mine, not only because of its horrifically high gore content, but for the number of times it managed to catch me off guard. I found it hard to believe how a group of seemingly normal, innocent girls could commit such stomach-churning acts of violence and mental torture. It’s the original shock at this fact that compels the viewer to continue watching this highly addictive bloodbath of an anime.
The concept of the anime is simple enough. It follows a teenage boy, Maebara Keiichi adjusting to his new life in Hinamizawa, an isolated village buried deep in the mountains. It’s not long before he makes friends with a group of girls. At first glance they seem like the average group of teenage girls but all is not as it seems because they’re actually hiding things from Keiichi, things like the mysterious string of murders that seem to occur the same night every year and the gruesome dismemberment of a dam construction worker. The more Keiichi learns about these past events and about his new ‘friends’ the more danger he begins to find himself in.
It is important to remember that Higurashi is divided into 6 separate arcs that feature completely different scenarios. This means that if a character were to meet their unfortunate demise in one arc they would return once again at the start of the next arc. It is this separation of the arcs that often confuses or deters people from watching the show. I too confused by the sudden, miraculous ‘revival’ of a few of the characters at first but the sooner you adjust to the ever-changing alternate storylines the sooner you can start to piece together the puzzle and work out why the murders are being carried out in the first place.
The art style of this anime is nothing spectacular; in fact it seems pretty inappropriate for this particular genre of anime. The girls could very well have been plucked straight from a harem anime, but for some wacky reason that seems to work for this anime. The outward ‘Lolita’ appearances of the girls only make their actions more shocking in contrast; in a sense their design lulls you into a false sense of security.
Unlike in other anime of this particular genre it is difficult not to find someone to like in Higurashi, which is highly unusual considering the sickening acts of torture these girls perform on each other and with those around them. As you begin to get to know the characters better, you begin to sympathise with them and hope that they too won’t meet an untimely fate, thus you begin to feel more involved. Each character has their own interesting perspective and heart-breaking story to tell, it is this that alleviates the anime from being a bloodbath to a bloodbath with depth.
Both the Higurashi OP and EN themes are hauntingly beautiful and nigh on impossible to fault. Shimamiya Eiko does an amazing job at capturing the show’s otherworldly aspect with her almost ethereal voice during the OP theme. The instrumental themes used throughout the show can both send chills down your spine or even cause you to laugh out loud given the right moment. I found that the show’s use of chilling piano solos or mellow flute pieces helped to build tension and inspire fear within myself as a viewer, so by keeping the themes themselves simple they’ve helped to accentuate the atmosphere of the show rather than outshine it completely.
As the viewer becomes more intertwined in both the storyline and with the characters their desire for the characters to be set free from the horrific chain of events grows stronger, it is this that hooks the viewer into watching episode after episode. So overall, for being able to manipulate its viewers emotions so well I’d give this anime a near perfect score of 9/10.
This show is suspenseful, dramatic, creepy, confusing (in a good way), and it's got some good horror.
The storyline follows a small group of friends who live in a village called Hinamizawa. Not all seems be like it should be here, though...
The characters are pretty interesting, to say the least, and they're pretty well "built up". It's pretty obvious that they're a bit crazy at some point, depending on which story arc you're watching.
The story is pretty good, because it leaves you guessing all the time, and even though it may seem a bit confusing at first, don't be discouraged; you start to understand as you watch more of it.
The animation is pretty cool, but also kind of lame, especially their facial expressions at times. It's a pretty mediocre result, really.
All in all, this is a really good show, but it has its flaws. As long as you can tolerate some confusion and bloody murdering, you're gonna like this show.
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Horror, Supernatural & a lot of bloodshed (neither recommended to be watched past midnight) *shiver*
Both have dark/creepy subject matter, violence, and tend to start episodes happy so they can fake you out for the batshit crazy ending. Basically if you've seen Higurashi, you'll probably like Elfen Lied more than that. It doesn't quite work in reverse though, because Elfen Lied's plot is more cohesive than Higurashi's, so if you saw Elfen Lied first, Higurashi might not be your thing. Both are very enjoyable in their own ways though.
Appearance is deceiving; deranged characters. Both involves gory serial murders. If you wish for a nightmare at night, watch Higurashi.
both have a similar cuteness meets brutality feel to them, EL is far more brutal, however Higurashi is far more frightening.
Crazy females, Blood and violence, good story.
Both have incredibly cute girls who like to kill people. They also have main protagonists who have absolutely no idea what's going on.
Both of these series pull at your emotions at times, yet also include terribly violent acts committed by girls that aren't even adults. Basically, you get the blood and the tears in both of these series.
This series is brutal and cute in some aspect just like Elfen lied, however there are many twists and a creepiness to this anime. If you enjoy bloodshed, violence, cute anime girls (not as innocent as they look) and something to make you think, this is the anime for you!
Cute characters engaged in bloody acts of violence, torture and death: both Elfen Lied and Higurashi deal with children turned vicious killers and victims of sheer brutality. Yet these series, as disturbing as they get, have a message of hope amidst the chaos. Higurashi's plot is a challenge while Elfen Lied is more straight forward; both are inspired by hauntingly pervasive soundtracks and are not for the faint of heart.
well its because their both horror anime and they have lots of blood and stuff in them..*i sugest not watching both with all lights out at night on halloween unless you watn bad dreams* and their both very good ^^
cuteness VS killing. both very good but i recommend higurashi.
They both keep you in suspense and their horror genre is awesome. It's pretty gorey.
Both feature cute, psycho girls with double personality, and young males who aren't aware of their friends' killing spree.
Both have an extremely complex plot and theme, both are frightening (Higurashi moreso) both have epicly cute girls too ^_^, both are 10's in my book.
Both animes have an interesting storyline full of blood and gore. ^^
they are both with gory scenes and both guys got involved in all the fights and dramas and both are surrounded with girls.
Both are extremely violent and gorey
Blood... check!! Violence... check!!! Demon killer loli-type girls?? CHECK!!!
They're both scary Anime... Elfen Lied has more of a sci-fi feel and Higurashi has more of a supernatural feel... but they're two of the most violent Anime that you will ever see!!
Two great Anime... that aren't for squeamish people ^_^
Although Higurashi leans more towards character tension, while Elfen Lied relies on shock value: Both are bloody, scary, and suspenseful.
Both series also have bipolar moments where they completely switch genres and look "innocent".
They both have plenty of violence and gore, which reminded me of the other. Although Higurashi has more of a creepy vibe to it rather than violence. They both have well developed characters that make you feel sympathic and disguested at the same time.
They are both flipped out and both very good not really much to say besides both are 10/10 IMO
Both are very violent, and have children as the main characters. Personalities are pretty similar, and both can switch from very cute to very dark almost instantly.
Blood drama and psyhology, horror. If you like to turn your brains on, you'll like it ;)
Blood, cute girls and some more...
You must watch both series
If you like a lot of gore, bloodshed and suffering children, this is for you.
both of these great animes contain alot of blood and gore
While both appear to be a simple, moe/bishojo on the surface, they reveal rather complex stories very quickly. I suppose the violence/gore is what links the two in my mind and lead to this rec, but while Elfen typically gets the nod from the reviewers, I feel Higurashi is the more complex of the two by a wide margin. That, and creepy little girls never go out of fashion in Nihon... Most of you have given Elfen the time, now show Higurashi some love!
Both anime are often scary. In both animes story is very mysterious and intresting.
Both shows seem to focus on the dramatic switch from sweet, likable characters to chaos and murder. These are both shows where the cast is shown throughout to be sweet and nice, as in any other normal anime, only to have terrible things happen in their lives. That particular duality is often hard to find, so if you enjoyed Elfen Lied, you'll likely enjoy Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
There's a lot of gore in both but beyond that there's a lot of psychological depth in each if you're into that.
Cute anime girls with crazy violent gore.
Both have great story lines and similar psychological horror aspects, and both have you sympathizing with both the murderer and the ones being killed (most of the time). Elfen Lied is a lot more gory, but Higurashi still has some gore in it. Higurashi isn't as fan-servicey, though.
Both series feature a whole show of blood shed. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) is a little more towards a mystery as you watch multiple arcs of an awesome story.
If you enjoy watching cute characters creating havoc and destruction through horrors, then you should watch Elfen Lied.
(Elfen Lied has a mature rating due to nudity and slight adult situations)
Both are very gory and violent. Also there is the simularity in Lucy and Mariko and the cute violent loli's from Higurashi. Both of the anime have this macabre and depressing feeling all over.
Both are very dark at times. In both series, episodes start off on a lighter note, but something bad almost always happens. Elfen Lied is more graphic than Higurashi from what I've seen, but Higurashi gets in your head more imo.
Both shows have great story lines filled with blood, gore and girls. Both shows contrast themselves with a use of humor and comedy at times while at other times they are dark, scary and bloody. These two shows are some of the best anime out there and if you've watched one make sure to watch the other.
Both series explore dark subjects existent in this society - child abuse, justifications for homicide, etc. LOTS of blood in both. Several female leads in both series can be classified as yangires (i.e. Higurashi - Rena, Shion, Miyo; Elfen Lied - Lucy, Nana, Mariko)
A confusing story, but some excellent thought invoking scenes.
And of course, BLOOD.
Both are very Violent and bloody.
In both series there are a lot of violence scenes.
Similar as in both are dark and twisted animations. You can't go wrong with either of these two.
Both have the obvious element in common; cute little girls involved in a story that concerns gruesome and gory murders. But then there's also the level of gore present, the intensity of the violence and the emotional material present in both that make them similar. That's not to say that they are very different when it comes to story at least, but if you enjoyed one you should enjoy the other.
cute girls doing insane things
Both are gorey and violent. Plus both have some real pyshological elements in them. It's not just blood and violence but it makes you think as well.
The only way to describe these anime is to use the word MASSACRE. I don't think there is an episode of either where at LEAST 3 people don't die in some way/shape/form. This is a bloody murder-fest, if you are hardcore about it, this is about to be your best friend.
Both involve cute, shoujo-ish teenage girls violently tearing eachother to pieces. If you think you were "hardcore" enough to watch Elfen Lied, you just might be hardcore enough to watch Higurashi.
Both are Bloody and frightening. Elfen lied is more brutal and bloody, while Higurashi is more frightening and has more character development. Both are extremely good and both are must watch animes. if you liked one, you'll most likely like the other. don't watch if you're week of heart.
If you liked Elfen Lied you will love this show, there is fabulous gore. When the cicadas cry is all about curiosity, and wanting to know why every year one person will die, and one person will disappear.
The second season just gets better.
unapologetic gore, but still a great plot
both are dark brutal animes with some romance between the main characters
both have an innocent looking girl as a badass killer.
and both have a vain male surrounded by powerfull women.
they both have gore and psyco people :3
~ blood, blood, blood and one again BLOOD :333
~ both Higurashi and Elfen Lied shows us nightmarish fate of the main characters
~ soo... we can see dismembered bodies that are lying in the corners
What more I can say? I love these two anime and I recommend Higurashi and Elfen Lied to everyone who likes horros :3
Both anime turn innocent characters and twist them into dark soulless blood thirsty monsters, They will each keep you interested and at the edge of your seat, whilst also having some moments of fresh air with light comic relief but when they start to get serious, Questionable outcomes arise in both leaving you questioning the morality and sanity of the characters
These anime are same. They have gore genres with a lot of bloody stuff. When They Cry is better than Elfen Lied for me. Both main characters are yandere/yangire!! Elfen Lied is extremely ecchi while also comedic. You will like Elfen Lied if you like When They Cry.
Both anime are known for their excessive amount of gore and violence. Despite those, they are splendid masterpieces with unique storylines and outstanding characters that will remain unforgettable even with some disturbing scenes.
Both anime have a lot of gore, but they aren't stupid. Really, both anime have interesting story and sense.
Both feature intense scenes of violence committed by and on super cute characters and nearly whiplash inducing tonal shifts. If you like one you'll probably enjoy the other.
As both series are remembered for their gore aspects, I definitely recommend watching Higurashi. It takes the gore scenes, but adds more suspense, a story that will boggle your mind until the second season, and both shows are just excellent watches. If you're into gore and suspense, I highly recommend Higurashi
These two shows are probably the bloodiest two i've seen. They're both horror and mystery genre's with thriller. The plot on both are really well done and at first may be confusing really get you into the show!
Both have decent amounts of blood, gore, and conventionally attractive women with odd colored hair. I watched them one after the other.
Both anime are very bloody and and brutal anime with cute girls to comfort you.
Elfen Lied has much more fanservice than Higurashi and is considerably bloodier
Higurashi is much more psychological and requires a lot of piecing together to completely understand.
I believe Higurashi is the scarier one of the two though that's just me.
Both are give away suspence and confusion
Very plot twisty and events are surprising
Elfen lied is about another species while higurashi is about a curse
Everything eventually gets connection but unlike elfen lied higurashi is much more complicated then that.
I HIGHLY recommend watching higurashi cant give anymore away or spoilerssss
Crazy girls and gruesome murders with dark atmosphere and psychological plot. If you liked Higurashi, probably you'll like Elfen Lied too.
Mistery, violence and gruesome murders, it all fits in the same genre. If you liked Elfen Lied but were left hungering for something longer than a 13 episode anime, you NEED Higurashi no Naku Koro ni! Starts off a bit slower and it is terribly confusing in the beginning, but as soon as it starts unraveling its secrets you are going to love it and you won't be able to quit watching it, just like Elfen Lied. Elfen Lied is Hirugashi's more explicit and less psychotic cousin.
Deep Story.Much blood.Psycho girls.Dark atmosphere.Boys as main characters.Violence.Supernatural aspects.
Guy moves into a town which holds a mystery that unravels troughout the show. Higurashi has some lighter slice of life episodes, but that's cool because it's pretty long including -kai.
Highly reccomend both
These both have an extremely eerie and dark mood to them making the viewer curious and wanting more. Both start out relatively calmly, with the tension gradually building up into something a lot more gruesome. No holding back with the terror and blood!
Small towns with big secrets. Horror series that show how terrifying normal school kids can turn out to be when pushed to their limits by the darkest horrors their towns have to offer. Both also have themes of cyclical repetition, with Another's events happening year after year and Higurashi repeating the same summer over and over again. The main character are very similar.
Both anime show the same theme of mystery and random deaths. However, If you continue to watch "Higurashi", all is explained towards the end of the series. Throughout "Another" the conspicuous deaths and murderers are somewhat explained all together towards the end.
Both have a main character who moves into a town where mysterious deaths occur. In Higurashi, however, the deaths were caused by murder, rather than other circumstances found in Another.
During watching both of them you get the same feeling. The plot is simillar - a boy going to a new school, meet new friends and everything seems great till.. boom, everything is getting creepy, there's a lot of blood and inexplicable deaths. If you enjoyed one of theese you should see the other one.
Both anime are misleading in that everything "looks" normal when they arent. Blood and death is prominent in both series with a mysterious undertone.
Both are some of the best horror animes out there. Both have violent scenes.
Characters go mad in these. Great suspense and atmosphere. In the beginning (of both) is hard to the viewer to understand the story.
In both you will frequently ask what's going to happen next.
If you liked one of them you should also like the other. :)
Another and Higurashi have lots of similarities
A new boy comes to town;
Mysterious murders starts to happen
something about a curse
Another feels like Higurashi compressed into one arc. Dieing people, classmates hiding something, dark feeling overall. One thing Another lacks in comparison to Higurashi is comedy.
Main character's family moves him to a new town with dark secrets. Blood and murder and sinister atmosphere. The classmates of the main character have secrets that they'd rather keep hidden from the main character, and are willing to go to great lengths to do so. They also both start off calm, lulling you into a false sense of security before turning up the horror.
A normal boy moves house and settles in fairly easily, only to later discover that -his new home (and friends) harbour dark secrets.
Both are very eerie and tense throughout, and they both contain plenty of horror violence.
While I was watching Another, the entire time I kept thinking 'this is so similar to Higurashi'.
An ordinary teenage boy moves into a strange rural town where his classmates seem to be keeping a dark secret from him. There's a horror and a mystery atmosphere. Both are set in the past (Higurashi in 1983, Another in 1998).
Just like another, Higurashi is a bit darker anime, with a lot of mystery, suspense and gore. It'll keep you guessing till the very end, and the atmosphere is simply amazing. The series is also spiced up with various funny moments, which surprisingly enough don't take away from the creepy feel, but only reinforce it in turn. Definitely a must watch.
Both of these anime lean towards a dark aspect with many creepy undertones. However from what I've seen of Another it has much less gore an insanity than Higurashi, so if you want something with more of a creep-out factor than gore, watch Another.
Both series are about boys who recently move to new towns and are oblivious of the creepy things taking place, but they get dragged into them anyways.
Creepiness and unpredictability are present in both series, yet Higurashi starts off as more lighthearted and funny in addition to the fact that it is composed of several arcs.
Those who loved Higurashi for it's mind-racking mystery and gruesomeness will surely love this one.
A normal boy moves to a new town. Within the first 3 episodes, we see this boy get involved with many creep factors. Both the series consist of blood, mystery, girls who are more than they seem, and just all out thrillers.
Even before finishing this series, I knew that there was something similar between Higurashi and Another. MC arrives into a small town, meets new people, and let the psychological twists begin. Murders and mystery play a central theme as the thriller-like sequences repeats over and over. In both series, a calamity that has not been lifted repeats in a Groundhog Day-like loop.
Horror animes with some bloody death scenes. New guys move to small towns that hold big secrets. The deaths in both series are believed to be the result of a mysterious curse. Both show ordinary high school students driven to insanity and committing horrifying crimes. Both take place over 10 years in the past.
Both anime are about some curse/a chain of deaths occuring. Also, the story is full of mystery and confusion at the start, and it contains gore.Very similar, yet different.
It gives you the same feeling.. And it is although kind of the same because in the beginning of both animes, Kouichi's classmates seem to hide something dark from him, while in Higurashi, Keichi's friends are also hiding something 'dark' from him. I love both of these anime, they give you a creepy feeling. I highly suggest watching these two.
If you wished Another was longer and more terrifying, definitely check out Higurashi. It really seems like Another drew a lot of inspiration from the series.
Both animes involve a young man who moves into a new (small) town. Certain dark events have happened before and it starts to repeat itself again. In the two animes, both stories keep blowing your mind; changing everything when the main character finds things out.
We're dealing with the same dark atmosphere and horror situation, coming from a curse that we discover throught the episodes.
Small town with big secrets, all keep to themselves until something happens, very mysterious characters, you get the same feel from both animes
Boy moves to a new, seemingly normal and quite town. That is until past events start to unravel and everything isn't what it seems. If you enjoyed Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, you should defiantly give Another a try.
Both involve a main character moving into a new town. The town has mysterious things going on.
Each is a horror anime revolving around a mystery and the graphic deaths of students; however, Higurashi is more light-hearted (at points) and less generic than Another.
Curse related horror animes. Both have gore and suspence.
- People going absolutely crazy
- Involving unknown disease or curse
They are both very extraordinary horrors that have a great plot, story, sound and have a polished art style.
It seems to have much murders and also have a great story behind it, what ever you liked, Another or Higurashi, I can assure you, this is a must watch. I gave it a 9/10, and I'm slightly strict on my ratings.
They are similar in characters, the flow of the story and the flow of the whole series.
(Higurashi has a sequel and OVAs, while I believe the prequel for Another is to be watched after the T.V. series)
But go check it out. You have nothing to lose. You will be hooked by the 3rd episode. Enjoy this masterpiece.
In a remote village in Japan before the great internet age, a group of high schoolers find themselves at the center of a series of mysterious deaths. They must find out how to survive and stop the deaths.
Both of these series also have terrible communication between friends causing most of the drama. Especially in Another where the whole plot could be solved in three episodes if everyone just talked to each other. However, if you like a suspenseful atmosphere and violet, sometimes silly deaths, then try out both of these interesting anime.
Both series start off whit a boy who moves to an unfamiliar town,which holds a curse.
A loth of mysterious,and gory deaths occur due to this curse.The horror in both is very well made,and also they are both confusing at first.
Both are Horror anime and have great animation and music
The starting premises are extremely similar, young man moves to a new town, odd occurrences, both have horror and a bit of gore.
These two animes are horror and everything is mysterious...
If you watched anime Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni then you will definitely like Another.
Genre for Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni : Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Thriller
Genre for Another: Mystery, Horror, Drama, School :3
Another is much more like Higurashi than Elfen Lied. They both have a main protagonist who goes to a school in a new place and both try to figure out the mystery that is killing people. There are lots of murders and bloody scenes in both.
Another and Higurashi are similar because in both stories they have a calamity which people die from but the plots are completely different. Both are very great anime but are different an alike. Higurashi consist on more of a different plot rather where in Another it focuses on the death both have surprise endings and unexpected event. Even though Another has a shocking ending, unexpected, Higurashi has a lot of turns of events and is longer. Both series are different while Higurashi has more than 30 episodes while Another had about 12 or so :]
Supernatural mysteries are indeed interesting, but what if it's being packaged with a little gore scene? Another is more mild but gives a serious atmosphere all the time, while higurashi has a slight changes in the atmosphere but when it comes to gruesome scenes, higurashi offers more.
Both anime are ready to fulfill you desires!
Both have supernatural elements, a somewhat dark atmosphere and are the what-the-hell-is-going-on type of suspense anime. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni however seems to operate at a higher level of the latter, I swear I had no clue what I was watching until after reading up on the series' origin. Plot twists, nail-biting action and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your chair/couch/bed (and at times knock you off of said furniture and into the floor, much like the corpses of characters in both animes). Blood, dementia, and oh did I say blood?
Both series have an unaware main character who wants to find out more about his surroundings. Both anime hold a strong horror element and seem to have an "avoiding death'" feel to them.
Both have a similar storyline.
A guy moves to a new town where mysterious deaths keep happening.
Another and Higurashi both have really creepy scenes, and a few death scenes which are similar because of the amount of blood.
They say you shouldn't watch either of these alone at midnight 0.0
I love both of these shows.
If you like Another, you'll probably love Higurashi..
- New guy moves in to town
- Both Keiichi and Kouichi are very similar.
- Classmates won't tell them the secret of the "curse."
- Both involves a "curse" where someone dies every year.
- Overall mood very similar.
It's similar for the mysteries and the curse
both has the same creepy aura
People start dying in a high school class. Both are super gory and both heavily focus on the reactions of the people in the schools.
Both are school anime
Both are gore
Both have mysterious girls
both shows involve people being slaughtered to death. even both of the main characters are similar.
btw, I wouldn't recommend watching these in the dark
Both shows have sudden plot twists and their endings are both just 'wow' when the culprit is revealed.
The main characters' names for both of the show are almost the same:
Another: Koiichi Sakakibara
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Keiichi Maebara
Both of them move into a new town/village and school only to find out that people are hiding terrible secrets from them.
The supernatural theme is in both anime, though very different (one more to do with death, the other to do with, well, you'll find out).
One great similarity is how they both make you think that something specific is happening at the start, however, they lately reveal something entirely different is happening or is at work.
Both are horror series involving a city boy moving to a small town and discovering the bizarre tragedies that occurred there years earlier. His friends act strangely when he asks about these events. Another is very short (12 eps) whereas Higurashi is very long (50 eps)
Both series have that sort of "Guy transfers to a small, new village and goes to school and everything is quite dandy until OH WOW okay people are dying frequently and brutally... well then" feel to them. While both plots have been done before, they're done in a verry riviting way that kept me watching intently form start to end. Highly recommended!
This anime more like higurashi couse this anime action mystery and romantic
The main characters move to a new town. Both series start off calm, but things soon take a turn for the worst as gruesome murders begin occurring. Mysteries are solved as the shows progress.
both Higurashi and Another are centered around what is called a curse, and both have more of an in depth complex idea at the very end. For example in Higurashi the main character, Maebara Keiichi only recently moved to Hinamizawa and has been there for around a year or six months, which is quite like the main character in Another, Kouichi Sakakibara who only recently transferred to Yomiyama north and stayed in the town. If you're looking for violence and gore both of these share an equal amount, and are very well made. You also find out what's going on through each one, bit by bit, so it's quite suspenseful and has an element of mystery. The story lines are quite different yet they have similar ideas, so give another or higurashi a try, you won't be disappointed.
Both of these spine-chilling horror animes have a surprisingly similar setting: Your somewhat typical highschool guy MC moves to a small village, only to find himself in the middle of a vicious mystery. However, they are definitely not completely the same - The 'Higurashi' series is more focused on the story and suspense with it's super complex plot, while 'Another' is more focused on the artstyle, atmosphere and the fountains of blood.
It is also a horror story. If you like another you might as well like Higurashi....
-both of the anime has the exact atmosphere for the entire season
-both are horror and mysterious :p
-Higurashi has murder and so on while Another doesnt really have(except for the last episode)
-Higurashi's horror is centered on one specific at a time while Another isnt
When I first started watching Another, I was 100% sure it'd be extremely similar to Higurashi.
- Both of them start with a student who just moves into the village and strange murders start occuring around him.
- Both of them involve students dealing with most of the investigations.
Although Another can't be called as brutal as Higurashi, it's still a very similar show.
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.
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.
The animes both take place in a small town where strange and bizarre things begin to occur. Both have seemingly innocent girls in them who turns out to be murderous.
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 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
Both are set in a rural ton where unknown horrific events unfold
-Both have mysterious deaths in a small village
-Both say that there is a cursed/legend that is causing the deaths but neither believes in it at first
I think Higurashi no Naku Koro ni relates to Shiki more than Another. Shiki and Higurashi are both set in villages. Also, Another focuses quite a bit on school. Though Higurashi does a bit, not near as much as Another. I don't recall the school ever shown in Shiki.
Both are horror/psychological shows are set in very secluded areas in Japan and involve many people dying. They both have strange art styles but still manage to pull off being horror anime very well and give off similar feelings.
Supernatural thriller-horror. Takes place in a village with a secret. A lot of death, mayhem and confusion. Dark, paranoid undertones.
Both have great, intense stories, both are quite gory, both involves an isolated small village surrounded by a mystery that involves the death of many people. Shiki will fill the void caused by Higurashi better than any other series in the same genre.
Both has a mysterious chain death in some village, and had a similar storyline. both story contain some light gore and produce a same expression. totally enjoyable
Even though one has to do more with the supernatural and vampires, Each centers around the story and characters than action. Higurashi is bloodier, but shiki is easier to follow. However each treats the audience like intelligent adults instead of stupid kids looking for there next fan-service fap-fest. They have aspects of both surprise and wonder that drags you to the next episode. If there is one thing i want to warn you about though - Watch higurashi subbed, because the dub SUCKED ASS!!!!
They are both of the horror/psychological/thriller genre. Both revolve around mysterious, rural towns with some sort of secret (a curse in Higurashi, 'monsters' in Shiki). There is a fair amount of gore and a generally creepy atmosphere in both.
Both shows are verry good if you love horror and gore. If you are a horror fan you should give it a try, its one of the best.
- Both the shows focus on mysterious deaths happening in a rather isolated village.
- Both of them involve students investigating majority of the time.
- Both have murders which are disturbing as hell.
- Both are extremely depressing to watch. (Trust me)
Although Higurashi has different arcs which involve a 180 degree turn, I would still suggest that those who liked Higurashi (I feel sorry for you if you liked all those murders, unless you deeply hated many of the characters, just like I did) will surely like Shiki as well.
Both anime have completely psychotic characters and an insane story line.
There is a lot of blood shed and similar supernatural concepts brought into play in the story line. It is a case of kill or be killed and figuring out how everything links together.
Beware the seemingly innocent children -- when push comes to shove, they can be the scariest. Both series explore the increasingly horrific circumstances that come to pass when desperation leads to sanity slippage and an ever-increasing body count. Sometimes the most important thing is knowing who to trust, but even that's not foolproof.
Just because you're cute doesn't mean you can't creep someone out, as both these anime can show that being silly is only part of their plan, catching you off guard with a knife wielding character among other disturbing things laying in wait is what these anime have in store.
Both use time shift as a plot element, and feature survival games that the protagonists play to determine their future. Both examplify using yandere characters and gory scenes.
Both of them have a teenager (who suddenly finds himself in a situation with lots of blood and mystery) as a main character. Also, there are really strange cute characters with multiple personalities and a character of an older guy who helps the main chracter to solve the mystery.
Both have lots of gore with scary moments. Both series have a cute girl that chases the main character around, use the wide-eyed look for creepy characters and use disgusting splats for blood shedding scenes. Also, Both the main characters in Higurashi and Mirai Nikki have one objective-- to stay alive.
The same feeling that one gets. Higurashi takes a little longer to get the feeling, while mirai nikki jumps right in.
They are both thrillers, you can't tell whether a character is sane or not, Mirai Nikki might not be as gorey as Higurashi, but you can see the similarities when watching the two.
Psychotic killers and changing the future.
These anime's are both psychological thrillers and I enjoy both very much. Characters are similar also.
Interested in bloody animes with a complicated non-linear timeline? Or maybe you like cute kids doing not so cute kiddy things such as killing each other. Both Mirai Nikki and Higurashi have that 'creepy girl' and that sort-of useless male protagonist, with the 'Supernatural' parts in it as well.
-blood and killings
-2 faced characters. They might seem okay and cute but there's an inner psycho brought about by past events like abuses.
-Time is a vital point in both animes
Both are incredibly violent and feature a unique cast of psychopaths that combine innocence with insanity.
If you loved the yanderes/yangires from Higurashi, you'll LOVE Yuno from Mirai Nikki. She will be your favorite Yandere of all time.
Both have the same theory of " diferent worlds " and for the plot, is high recommended for those who like a good story.
Both are high caliber psychological thrillers. While Mirai Nikki has one character who can snap at any moment, this is true for the entire cast of Higurashi. If you love that atmosphere of never knowing when someone is going to snap and never knowing what horror is about to happen, then I'd recommend both of these shows to you (I'd recommend them to anyone, but especially to you).
Both contain intense psychological and character development as well as everyone's favorite: a yandere. :)
There are thrilling aspects as well as heart-wrenching, and I found both of them to be excellent by my standards.
Average male protagonist with psychopat girls around him.
Bloody scenes and horror.
- Both of them have got engrossing story
- There is much blood in both of them
- There are psychotic characters
Psycho relationships with the male main character of the show, showing a good example of yanderes.
Thrillers with weird storylines and very violent scenarios.
And pretty moe artstyles.
Mirai Nikki isn't really a "harem".
Higurashi hasn't a Hunger Games like plot.
With a strong gore sense to this Anime, Higurashi and Mirai both have a Yandere character to this Anime and for people who love gore and horror this is a good series to start.
If you like horror anime, you're at the right reccomendation. The two of these shows are dark, funny at times, and really mind boggling.
If you like yandere characters and a lot of violence, you're in for a treat.
ever seen future diary? if you have you know that yuno is one crazy yandere son of a bitch.....imagine the same thing........but with more death and blood....
A compelling high-school romance-drama with a gruesome twist, School Days takes everything people love about the high-school romance genre and combines it with the suspense and bizarre twist of Higurashi.
Both animes are seemed to be your average anime but are slightly twisted.
They both have similar type of psycho-horror and one very, very dangerous yandere girl...
Both of these are seemingly harmless at first, but then get pretty violent later >3
Did episode 6 of School Days creep you out? Did you love all the revenge in episode 12? Did you love the loli killers? Higurashi's got this, times 10. Less about love, but an amazing series with a diversity of scenes.
It's basically like School days minus the harem scenes. Plus cute psycho loli characters!
School Days portrays the innocence of High School Drama and intensifies it with a little more disturbing conclusion than others. However, if you're looking for extreme "disturbances" with" innocent and cute" Anime girls then look no further than Higurashi's twisted masterpiece.
if you watch higurashi no naku koro ni then watch school days,after watching 12 episodes of school days it's reminds me of higurashi i have no idea why but it's just pop up of my head after watching the ending.*(it's an anime that you have to watch till the end)
Both have that "mind fuck" element. School days is easy to follow b/c it doesn't have multiple overlapping arcs. Higurashi is a must watch if you like crazy twisted violence!
Both start out pretty nice, but get really dark later on.
Both start off innocent and harmless at first but ends in gruesome violence. For mature audiences.
- Both were visual novels adapted to anime.
- Some psychological drama.
- Yandere fans probably will like it.
I actually watched School Days because I read so many times that people who liked Higurashi would probably like it. And I did, it was great. In the start, School Days seem pretty normal, but towards the end, it's not that normal. I'm not a fan of this type of anime, but I liked it a lot! So, if you like School Days, watch Higurashi, and if you like Higurashi, watch School Days.
Both Higurashi and School Days are psychological dramas and have crazy plot twists. ^_~
Both are based on a Japanese horror VG, and both have a bunch of moe characters placed in a creepy situation.
If you enjoyed the creepy, disturbing and totally unexpected [if you ask me Oo"] ending og School Days you will certainly enjoy watching Higurashi. :)
Higurashi has taken out the element of sex and added in more murderous intent. Same feeling that makes you think that b****es be crazy. School days has more stupid characters while you don't mind the consequences that they recieve but in Higurashi you know that bad things are gonna happen and you try to not get attached to the characters but your heart still surges when something happen
Both anime's start off with a nice simple setting that's peaceful then later on the anime gets very intense in a very short period
school days is much more, how you say, disturbing, but higurashi is much more, gruesome
both awesome (in my opinion) and change your view on happy school students
Both Higurashi and School Days are thrillers that take you on a phycological rollercoaster ride!
School Days starts of with a boy named Makoto Ito who sees this incredibly gorgeous girl at the train station named Kotonoha Katsura. He takes her picture and dreams about asking her out but doesn't know how to!
Ito's friend, Sekai Saionji, decides to help him with his girl problems.
Over the course of the episodes Sekai starts noticing she has feelings for Ito and secretly wants to be with him. She tries her best to hide it from him and keep the relationship between them lighthearted and fun.
The story is built for you to start hating Ito as he becomes incredibly selfish wishing to have this beautiful, kind and generous girlfriend when she's interesting. And then using his friend Sekai as a seemingly 'back-up' when his girlfriend, Kotonoha gets "boring".
But when Ito's lies and promises start tangling up, and one girl is pushed past her limits, some things can go TERRIBLY wrong!!
(A/N: This is more towards romance and leans towards Shions story during Meakashi-hen if your comparing to Higurashi!! )
At first glance, the show seems to be nice and fluffy, with pleasant characters. However, once the show gets dark, the characters go absolutely insane, and they may be blood when everything's over.
• Both anime have a WTF?! moments.
• Both have unexpected plot / twists.
Psychological, yanderes: If you like those you'd definitely want to check out this.
Both have a male main character being stalked by a group of creepy girls.
The entire series of Chaos;Head is basically a drawn out version of the "Onikakushi-hen" arc in Higurashi... just add superpowers.
Both have 1 guy with girls around him. Lots of blood and gore and unansered questions.
Both are creepy, feature cute murdering girls, and have a lot of unexpected events. Both have the same feel.
Both Chaos Head and Higurashi focus on a young man's life being flipped upside when he discovers a murder. Takumi's paranoia reflects Keiichi's own during Onikakushi-hen. Both boys are also surrounded by girls who they have trouble trusting after their life-changing discoveries. The chains of deaths around them lead them to shrink from the people they were, seeing the murderous sides of the girls before them and then their sweeter sides in school. Both have the same genres and atmosphere around them.
Both base on game, Will make you think about stuff you'll never thought of, kinda same mood when they are at the major parts, and 1 guy alot of girls.
Both of these anime series Show Unexplained Mysteries and the ones involves are students who also goes into the same School aslo these anime series are both classfied as horror,Mystey,supense Thriler,for Those anime Fans Who like watching anime Series That will make them think as they watch each episode,will surely like anime Chaos Head because the anime chaos Head can offer the exciment Mystery and Horror they would like to see
Both anime are about creepy girls killing people where the protagonist is paranoid and thinks they are trying to kill him. Similar feel except ChäoS;HEAd is set in a large city while Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is set in a rural village.
Mysterious characters and an unexplained truth behind the psychotic and horrific events taking place...
If you watch Higurashi no naku koro ni you would like to watch this,lots of goosebump in chaos head then in Higurashi no naku koro ni.
If you want to see more mysterious events and some confuse scenes, Higurashi is a must!
If you liked one of these two then you'll definitely like the other one. Both are psychotic thrillers that will keep you hanging till the very end. Higurashi may be a bit more confusing but its still quite good. You'll enjoy both of them if you're a fan of horror, suspense, blood & gore. Plus a bit of supernatural in higurashi, but Chaos head has a bit more supernaturality
Paranoia, ilusions, misterious/suspicious girls, miths/urban legends.
Both animes centered on a boy who sorrounded by a lot of beautiful girl. And also it's all about murder & mistery. Both of them adopted from Visual Novel.
A very interesting TVs, you can't understand everything fully to the end of it ^^
Full of blood and cute girls
Weird events involving murders happening in a city where everything seemed to be normal. A young student is dragged to this situation along with some girls.
Both have a twisted story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Higurashi has A LOT more violence/killing/blood compared to the 3-4 scenes in Chaos head.
Its kinda sad the Way Higurashi plays with my emotion the way it did and how chaos head try to eperiment with this but absolutely failed. Chaos head is an unenjoyable watch as things start to happen for no reason but is very similar to higurashi if you want a lot of WTF moments.
Both psychological thrillers, they are similar in that they deal with unique unknown forces in the beginning with very confused/scared protagonist, and shed light on them later. Just as a good psychological thriller should do =P
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