English: When They Cry
Synonyms: The Moment the Cicadas Cry
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.351 (scored by 111033 users)
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comedy drama horror mystery psychological
Recommendations Submitted by Users
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.
Horror, cute psycho girls.
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.
Lots of blood and both extremely scary :(
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
Action, Drama, Horror, Psychological
~ 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.
Plot is quite different but both have cute girls with horror, gore, violence and supernatural.
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
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.
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
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.
Both are horror anime. Both anime start off with the main character moving to a new place where there is a curse in which people die. Both contain many death scenes.
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.
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
Very similar murder mystery feel
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 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..
It's similar for the mysteries and the curse
both has the same creepy aura
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.
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'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 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 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
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
What seems to be innocent romances.. turns out to be gruesome
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 series promise murder and suspense, but where Chaos;Head fails to follow through, Higurashi delivers.
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
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.
-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.
Cute girls doing not so cute things.
Maybe it's not how I should put it, but there are psychopathes in those both psycho thrillers, so expect lots of blood. Indeed, characters are similarly once cute and kind while on other moments extremely dangerous. Both anime are about fighting fate or destiny, and to achieve the goal, you have to kill. You have to see the second season Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai to get well what I mean. The matter of time and space is present in both anime.
Both have the same theory of " diferent worlds " and for the plot, is high recommended for those who like a good story.
Mirai Nikki and Higurashi both have Yandere girls and a lot of gore and violence. Higurashi is definitely more of a horror while Mirai Nikki leans towards an action romance but they share many similarities between character personalities and both have similar plot devices and elements.
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.
Both are thriller anime with a great deal of suspense and mystery. They both start out with a light almost happy go lucky feeling then everything turns dreadfully..dreadfully wrong. They both have great plot's, and while at first they may actually confuse the other. Higurashi just has a considerably greater amount of gore than steins;gate, but both are excellent watches. IF you like one you will probably like the other too.
Both series dramatically change in tone as the season progresses. Both deal with time loops and trying to change fate.
Both animes talk about parallel worlds. In either cases, it is about getting out of a vicious cycle of death and murder around a specific plot dimension: While Higurashi suggests to breaking a folk town's curse, Steins;Gate revolves around the creation of a technological device while fighting against an organization's conspiracy. Violence will be involved in both plots, however Higurashi has a tendency to have very gory moments. Steins;Gate will, on the other hand, keep some of its humour around.
Bloodshed, parallel worlds, thriller, both are very interesting and worth watching
Both involve mysterious events that drive the main characters to attempt to change their fates.
I've found the same atmosphere in the second season of Higurashi as for Steins;Gate. The characters are fighting against their tragic destiny.
Both are at the same level in the way of mystery and in both the time it's relevant.
both have similar themes about trying to change the past to avoid death
I can't really fully say the reason why they are similar, as that would be a spoiler, but if you watch one I do recommend you watch the other one
Both anime deal with time loops and defeating fate.
Quite similar in terms of how the story/plot is showed and supernatural. The only difference I would say is Higurashi contains horror while steins gate doesnt
Both start with a lot of humor and cute girls making cute sounds (Mayushii's "tuturu" vs Rika's "nipah") until bad things start to happen, very bad things. Both anime are essentially about going back in time, trying to prevent this from happening; thus you will see this bad thing happening over and over again in a different way.
Warning: Higurashi is much more disturbing and gory.
Looking for an anime to blow your mind away? With these two you really can't go wrong. Whether you're looking for an interesting story about time travel that turns darker towards the end (Stein's Gate), or you want to indulge yourself in horror and sadistic torture (Higurashi) that makes you want to keep your eyes open at night, you don't have to look any further. These anime are strong from start to finish and once you find out what's really going on, you'll be intrigued by how well both are put together.
Both are about revolving time to reach a better future
Both start off with a GREAT BANG that will keep you hooked the ENTIRE series.
Both have AWESOME characters you will LOVE.
If you enjoy a good mind scramble these anime will BLOW YOUR MIND
Both are based off of visual novels and repetition is central to the advancement and understanding of the plot of the show.
Both have intense realization through the idea of world lines/time travel.
Although Steins Gate is more viewer friendly, Higurashi offers just as good, if not better thrilling experiences.
With Ookami Kakushi, think of a much softer, less violent version of Higurashi. Except, what we seem to be dealing with isn't a festial revolving around a god of death, but a wolf god. There are enough changes, for it to be it's own story, yet simular enough to ask, did the creator get some ideas from Higurashi? That includes some of the sound effects.
Both are about someone moving into a mysterious mountain town where the main protagonist is really popular. They have the same "Everyone is dying" feel to them... and they both have a big town legend mystery that you have to try and solve.
You get the same feeling from them; cute characters, but a mystical atmosphere.
Same creator, but not same awesomeness.
Secrets, festivals, mysterious killings, legends and innocent school life are the things connecting those two series. If you liked one you might like the other, but Higurashi is much, much better.
Just by seeing it, it gives off the feeling that everyone is hiding a dark secret from the new guy, just like in Higurashi. People disappearing and cover ups, all relevant. Loved Higurashi and this one looks like it will be just as good.
Both start with a boy joining a new city, and have no idea what is in store for them, they son find out that there is more to the city than they first thought, and that close friends seem to be keeping everything from them.
Both have a guy that moves to a new town that is constantly surrounded by girls, a festival, and a mysterious secret.
they do give the same vibes. the normal days in this anime is kind of lighthearted to the point that it almost looks like just some kind of a happy anime with normal stuffs going on but later on the much darker and much more serious stuff will come out just like higurashi
Ookami Kakushi is from the same guy who wrote Higurashi (Ryukishi07). Also, both animes features cute characters inside a mystical atmosphere (Yandere).
They both have a lot of similarities, with the upcoming festival, girls surrounding the main character, a new transfer student, a lighthearted feel covering a sinister undertone, and the new and old town resembling the dam construction project in Higurashi. And they're both by the same author.
They both take place in small towns with killer lolis.
Both have a similar plot: A boy transfers into a town where there's a curse that turns people insane
-both have a boy moving in to a town
-in both is a curse which turns people insane
-both are from the same author...but Ookami Kakushi is less violent then Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Horror, Crime & Detective, original ideas, but still different from each other
Both series contain things/people that control others, except in Higurashi it's not obvious what it is.
Both are series filled with murder and mistery. However, Higurashi is quite more gory than Death Note.
both suspenceful and have a cat and mouse chase for the protaganist to find out the identity of the antagonist. Both animes explain things so it makes it easier for hte viewer, although Higurashi can be a bit confusing at times. Both are ranked pretty high too.
Both are of the horror and mystery catagory. They deal with people solving crimes that have to do with mysterious/random murders. Also both have lots of killing in them.
Both animes are suspense. Higurashi is a psychological terror, holding the attention until the second season, which resolve most of the mysteries of the first season.
Both have a sense of mystery and don't always give answers without long winded explanations. A Warning though, Higurashi doesn't give most of the answers until the second season. Also, it does have a lot of murder in both.
If u liked Deatn Note u will enjoy Higurashi, both share kills, blood and mistery. Higurashi will catch your attention from the first chapter.
Death Note and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni not only both have interesting, tragic, and well-written/developed characters, but also a purpose of depicting the perils and wrongs in trying to take on the role of God.
Both have amazing writing,story and suspense.
One major inspiration for Madoka Magica - a show which starts off like a bubbly, innocent anime but eventually descends into madness, mass hysteria and distrust among people, as well as murder - but ultimately shows the idealistic themes of friendship and trust.
Higurashi and Madoka Magica share cutesy character designs juxtaposed by graphic scenes of physical violence and psychological disturbance. Both series begin with a misleading carefree mood - which quickly transforms into an atmosphere of horror and suspense.
Both shows have a light-hearted side to them which is fairly quickly overtaken by madness and violence. There is a focus on friendship in the beginning, adding to the drama when the friends get pulled apart. The characters appear very cute and lovable and the art has similar elements to it as well. Both shows have cute art that remains when the violence and madness come on. I love both of these series to bits and would recommend them both to anyone who likes a thriller!
Both have visuals that become misleading of the dark nature of the series, plot centered around friendship bonds.
Are Phycilogical thrillers that have characters with moe designs
Psychological, horrific and sets thinking. Both affect the real friendship; comrades, who lost their way; deceiving. Step by step the troubles resolved which caused a complicated ending. And both of them have the things, you expect the least.
Madoka and Higurashi are strikingly similar to eachother but deal with completely different scenarios. The characters are similar to eachother. The series's have cute characters that add an air of innocence to the series while at the same time the plot is dark and confusing and may be hard to follow at first. They both contain very deep plotlines and hidden meanings to their stories. The characters are very likable and have very bright and eye-catching color schemes. The characters also have to deal with all of the problems life gives them.
Both anime play with the audience by misleading them with cute little moe characters and then putting them in incredibly violent scenarios.
Both commit psychological warfare upon your brain.
Both have outstanding and memorable characters and an intense story build up!!! (WITH A BAD ASS FINALE)
Both have a crazy amount of action and innovation that will keep you hooked for hours
Both have so many cute girls in a similar horrorific atmosphere, both involve time travels and a very good soundtrack
Crazy girls "harem" for the main character, mystery and torture.
The similarities are evident.
Stalkers, mysteries, murders, blood, baseball bats, tasers, red-haired psychotic girls, blue & white uniforms, 1 guy & many girls: all these things surely will remind you of Higurashi.
Mysterious murders, psychopathic girls, blood and horror. These shows have them all and if you enjoyed one, the other would be a great watch too.
Both anime are mysterious.
What's more some characters are similar... eg Miya Satsuki looks alike to Rena Ryuuguu, Ame Ochibana resemble to Rika Furude...
Both involve crazed girls trying to kill everyone.
Same ambiance ; Mystery, horror, serial killers and an innocent main character surronded by suspicious girls. It's enough violent , tripped , and as interesting as Higurashi.
A bunch of lunatics, along with torture and murder, but a somewhat normal guy. Very Similar, except Denpateki isn't nearly as close to a mindf*ck as Higurashi. Both are brilliant!
Both are harem murder mysteries
Both series features some prominent violent scenes involving death and murder. There is blood to be spilled as well as a strange mystery-like atmosphere present in the background of the series.
Both series also have the school setting, contain yandere like characters, and plot twists.
Both series are horrific and intelligent performed in a well way that are sure to be worth the time to watch.
Both stories are not exactly linear, and both have some comedy dispite the violence.
In both you have to pay close attention, or you may miss something important. Lots of blood and gore fill each series, and both have a great story line.
Also, both are worth watching. :D
Doesnt exactly have any similarities but I find both their plot amazing and unique for their own reasons,plus both have comedy even with all the gore going around.
Gore, blood, mystery, violence, killers, insanity, drama, and... comedy. :-D
Both are non-linear and complex, and have a fantastic and unforgettable cast of characters.
Pretty obvious that both are unique masterpieces and 110% worth watching (and re-watching).
Both have a bunch of gore and the whole mind-games/going insane themes going.....
There are very mysterious, eerie, and supernatural aspects at work in each anime. The legend of the rail tracer is much like oyashiro. The story is very well told in both anime too, but the styles are very different from each other. There's also a lot of gory bloodshed in the process.
Both start at "the end". So there is a mysteri to be solved. And you find out more and more.... They are both great anime!
It's only similar in this way that everyone's insane. Baccano is so good. 16 episodes of stories all together with great characters and lots of blood. The anime is so well done with the art, the music, and the story that you can't stop watching and the anime will have you hooked.
both are very good horror animes, although not very similar. And both have 3rd seasons to be out this year ^^
They're not really THAT similar... but they're alike cause they're both creepy horror-type Anime... and they both have repetition.... and a bunch of stories in one Anime.... Higurashi's definitely the scarier of the two in my opinion... but only cause Jigoku Shoujo doesn't have as much gore... and they both have 2 seasons and a third coming out this year ^___^
Both are Studio Deen horror animes with 3 seasons.
Jigoku Shoujo and Higurashi are quite similar to the fact that both involve death, as Emma Ai is similar to Oyashiro-sama by 'dealing' with those who have sinned
Both these animes are dark and really focus on the darkness of humanity, and for people like me, thats freaking hilarious. People killing each other over reasons of miniscule importance, fighting over things that may or may not be real... A truly dark beauty.
Jigoku Shoujo and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni share quite some similarities. Both series deal with the supernatural like spirit, demon, and hell. They go into dept about the psychology of human and the kind of thing they are willing to do to reach their goal.
in terms of girls being the center of ones destruction, might be a far stretch, but still both worth seeing if you enjoyed one
Ghost Hound and Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni is similar in terms of the psychological things it might give the viewer while watching it. Although Ghost Hound has a more complicated and professional way of showing and stating things, it is still similar with HNNKN in terms of boggling your mind.
Both anime are playing in little village . Both anime have psychodelic story
There are unexplained phenomenons, transfer students, shrine maidens and things that may not be all what they claim to be. In both anime story is about group of friends, who live in mysterious small town, which have a dark past.
“Everything seems so peaceful on the surface, while beneath something eerie is hiding.” [Masayuki]
Group made of kids (each of them with several issues and a trauma in their past) lives in a quiet, small, remote Japanese village surrounded by nature which actually hides some scary secrets.
Both are psychological, creepy, dark, mysterious, supernatural, and addicting to the max, and both screw with your brain (and you love it).
Also, in both we have: a dam, a school, at least 1 transfer student, a young, cute, purple-eyed miko, and a scary, ugly, hateful grandmother.
Main differences: Ghost Hound doesn’t have neither gore and comedy, and is way slower than Higurashi, and the latter has only 1 male protagonist & many girls, while in Ghost Hound it’s the opposite.
A seemingly normal town with deep-rooted dark secrets that are related somehow to a dam, girls in shrine maiden outfits, students with crazy mental-illnesses, and sometimes disturbing imagery.
All of these are things these shows have in common.
both is some kinda creepy and scary...
Same feeling, same dark atmosphere. Both anime involves certain religion, contruction Dam, and bunch of kids in isolated town
Overall mood and storytelling is similar
They share a similar eerie mood and atmosphere.
Both are set in small villages, starring a young group of friends who slowly become aware that there's a hidden sinister side to their world.
Both are set in a small village seemingly far away from the world, and have creepy undertones and occasional gory deaths. Many of the village's terrifying secrets are kept from the main characters (a group of children) in both.
For both series the animation style is incredibly moe and big-eyed for the genres that they are as well.
Both take place in small villages in Japan. Both have similar atmosphere of "fairytale that goes wrong" with a lot of drama.
These two series both give off a similar feeling with a mysterious-like aura.
Both series involves a group of friends where there is a feeling of unease with what's going on in the backgrounds.
Both series takes place at a small village setting where the population is minimal but secrets are numerous. There are questions that needs answers with which the main characters tries to solve and explore.
Both of these animes deal with villages that harbor a dark secret. Both of the villages have residents that take justice into their own hands. In Higurashi, the secret is much more hidden. In H2O, not a lot of effort is made to hide the secret
The art is strikingly similar. What's more, the setting is identical - a village with a dark secret.
The stories obviously are totally different, but I got the same creepy village feel from them with the secrets and such in a small town o_o.
These two are similar in that at first everything starts out innocent but soon they reveal tragedies and secrets that the main character has stumbled upon. They are both happy on the outside and that is what makes them all the more sad when it gets into the storyline.
*in both series the action takes place in a village full of strange/twisted people
*Kohinata(H2O)'s past resembles Satoko's(Higurashi)
*both have great characters
*both have some really funny moments,but they can be serious at times
*the artwork&music is great in both,but IMO Higurashi has better grafics,while H2O has that amazing OST!
if you enjoy mistery anime then you will like both of these series :-)
Be aware though,Higurashi can be bloody,while H2O is a little "cleaner"(it still has some violent moments)
The setting reminds me of Higurashi a lot for some reason. The main female lead of both seem really similar, like Dark Nipah and Hayami. And also the identity swap is present in both of these animes. Both main male leads have brown hair, even though that doesn't really mean jack Sh*t but just felt like throwing that out there. One HUGE thing though, from time to time i would hear the cicadas make that noise that they do in Higurashi.
With their story wrote by the same author, both animes are adopted from visual novels with the same name. Focused on -somewhat supernatural- murder mysteries, both stories feature some of the many possibilities which could happen in a period of time.
They are both made by Ryukishi07. They share the splatter and the style: " many possible development of one event which happens again and again".
multiple ways of deaths, mystery and creepy characters (also made by the same creators)
Both hold a dark and mysterious plot, and boggles the intellectual mind.
It has the same mysterious element and its based the same way.Also its made by the same studio and its really amazing.
Umineko & Higurashi are similar because they both have a dark, psychological plot. It's the sort of thing where you would have to see the whole Animes to understand them. Umineko is basically just like an alternate ending for Higurashi. Plus, the characters are similar, creepy and psychotic at times. If you enjoyed Umineko or Higurashi I'd recommend the other to you :D
Both deal with characters who are paranoid and question reality. If you enjoyed one you'll likely enjoy the other as well.
They both make no sense, but that's why we love'em.
This movie isn't as strong as Higurashi with the "Detective" part nor the plot twist but still it will make your brain feel like it was in a blender after you've watched it (hopefully, wont guarantee it though..). With it's physiological effect and mental instabilities you really feel like the character ARE suffering from the effects.
Similar eeriness and bloodiness. Oh, and mind fuck.
If you like Perfect Blue for its psychological horror that blurs the line between fantasy and reality, you are going to love Higurashi. Higurashi plays with your mind like cat and mouse, making you think and assume one thing only to be proven wrong by a twisted plot twist over and over again. This show is the definition of unpredictable. The first season is initially confusing, but trust me, everything ties together perfectly. Don't let your confusion drop this show for everything has a purpose.
Both have the same "Groundhog Day" theme, though Higurashi isn't as repetitive or annoying in my opinion.
The Endless Eight episodes will definitely bring back memories if you watch this excellent horror anime.
Higurashi has an eternal June, while the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya had an eternal August.
Both are solved by the most simplest/unlikely of solutions.
As well, everyone will definitely enjoy how the end results of Higurashi actually DOES change (unlike in Endless Eight, where Yuki Nagato states how some things were omitted, but those changes where never actually animated).
The "Infinite Eight" plot of Season 2 of Melancholy will give you a whole new appreciation for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (and vice-versa). That I can guarantee.
Most of Haruhi season 2 contained a Time Loop arc (Endless Eight), similar to Higurashi's Endless June (which I have dubbed Endless Six), however, Haruhi's was much more repetitive and annoying.
However, keep in mind that Higurashi contains copious amounts of High Octane Nightmare Fuel, which is not present in Haruhi. At all.
Both have time repeating as a central plot.
What I liked about Higurashi was the way it spun a tale, even though it could be a tad violent at times. The storyline was one that kept you guessing, and I had been looking for something of simular storyline, perhaps not as violent or into the horror genera as that. I found that in Durarara!!... which has it's own unexpected twists into the realm of stretching the believability in just the right ways.
Both have a big range of diverse characters, all of which play a central role and have their own background stories.
Both have complex storylines (both are mindfuck, although in different ways).
Both have a supernatural element to them (Higurashi = Gods, DRRR! = Myths).
Both very enjoyable.
Besides being another superb anime, they both have the same 'moral' to them: "If you don't doubt your friends and don't try to hide things from them everything would work out fine instead of absolutely going to hell"
If you liked ''Higurashi no Naku Koro ni'' i really think you will like ''Durarara'' because the way they tell the story and have a mystery is similar.
Both centre around the unique features of a small, remote village and the events that have transpired there. Kamisama Dolls is less severe about it, since the majority of the series takes place in a more urban setting and deals with the repercussions, whereas Higurashi definitely tends toward the worst case scenario -- but as each piece of the backstory for Kamisama Dolls is revealed, it becomes increasing obvious that it's not exactly sunshine and lollipops either.
Oyashiro! : O
There is a shrine, a village, a boy included in massive murders made my insane murderer... Also we have cute girls.
Involves a series of killing. These supernatural anime is centered around a mysterious village with something dark inside it. Both of the main protagonists try to escape each of their ties with the town, however, it'll never be easy for them to do so.
Sounds dumb, but hearing Oyashiro reminds me of Higurashi.
Yup, old town with crazy people. But I guess Higurashi is more mind-bending still.
This may sound weird, but both have a guy that somehow changes, affects the other girls' life. Both have drama. In both we can see how a person changes the other's life and life is full of possibilities.
I know they aren't very similiar, but both are really beautiful.
Main girl characters, Rena and Nagisa are very similiar (the same seiyuu, brown hair, and they are so cute!).
And Higurashi and Clannad shows happy and funny moments and sad moments too.
All girls in both series looks happy, but they have some sad memories too.
Eh, sorry for my English.
Ryukushi07 has been inspired by Key's novels for his Higurashi Novel, and we can find similiarities between Clannad and Higurashi (considering Higurashi's Moe, Dramatic and Comic part).
In each show there is a comic character (Keiichi and Suhonara), a female who acts like a boy (Tomoyo/Kyou and Mion), the male character who helps the others (Satoshi and Okazaki), the moe and shy female character who is the principal character's best friend (Rena and Nagisa, they are also dubbed by Nakahara Mai). Both shows have a lot of drama, a lot of moe and a fair amount of comedy.
Sorry for my English...
They both involve alternate realities. Both can be very traumatic at times
Both are psychological, mindfuck, thriller, and for a mature audience.
Both creep you out, keep you wondering about what’s happening, and mess up your brain.
Both anime, in a way or another, deal with mysteries, split personalities, paranoia, and deaths.
Both have intricate plots, a dark atmosphere, and very few light-hearted moments.
Both anime even have a non-conventional god. :-D
Even though in Higurashi there are several protagonists and in SEL the only main character is Lain, in both anime the girls protagonists are young and cute, but actually hide something and can be scary at times. Higurashi is way more violent and bloody, but Lain also has some creepy moments.
Both are awesome and unique anime.
they both deal with the mental aspect of things more then anything else, and both do a good job at it.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Serial Experiments Lain are both creepy animes that screw with your mind. Each of these animes also have split personalities and weird deaths.
If one is looking for a dark horror, somethig that pulls on the senses, but not necisarily something that makes you to afraid to go to sleep at night, perhaps these are it. Each is unique in their own way, not to mention they both have a crisp style, floating from dark to light, a gothic feeling through the whole thing.
both of these anime have unexplained events like people being killed ,without a clue or trace,also both of these anime are classfied into a mystery type anime ,
also these anime have characters whose powers are unique.
if you have like the anime Higurashi naku koro ni -which is mystery,horror anime
then im surely you will watch to the anime kara no kyoukai-whose events shows similar to the anime higurashi naku koro ni
Higurashi is a supernatural horror/ mystery show. Kara no Kyoukai is similar in that it is a series of 'movies' in non-sequentioal order, and you must peice together what was happening and when. It is a story of a girl who is given supernatural powers and eventually comes to work for a supernatural detective agency. She isn't quite sane, has no compunction about killing when it's needed, and is drawn into several happenings that are of the otherworldy variety. Blood and gore aren't the only things that make these series, a smart plot is, too! And that is what these shows have in spades.
Horror anime involving a group of students where many people die gruesomely (but the gore is much more extreme in Corpse Party than Higurashi). Some characters are driven insane and just about everyone acts unnaturally due to the extreme psychological pressures and fear at one point or another. They both have some supernatural elements.
Both are extremely gory and are mainly based around horror and suspense. Corpse Party is actually more gory than Higurashi while Higurashi is a lot more complex in plot. Both anime have an evil force that is causing major trouble and both have the main characters trapped in the world in the which everything is happening.
Well, both of them are based on video games. They are depressive, dark and really gory and violent. I love Higurashi and Corpse Party, they are interesting and different, that's what makes them special. I highly recommend both Higurashi and Corpse Party to all gore and mystery lovers.
If you liked The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, you would find Higurashi no Naku Koro ni to be quite similar, as the atmosphere in both series is the same. Both series start off very ordinary as the characters go through their normal school lives, but as the series progresses, the plotline goes from boring and ordinary to quite fascinating and extraordinary. The whole genre of these two series is practically identical, so I would recommend Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and its sequel, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, for anyone who enjoys mystery and a litte horror, and anyone who had fun watching The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Both of the animes center around a group of school kids where their life starts out ordinary, but then it turns out not to be what seemed like a normal slice-of-life anime at the beginning.
Both are a LOT deeper than they initially seem and both feature those incredibly cuddly female leads that hide dark secrets. Haruhi even had a little murder mystery of her own in a few episodes.
both series have very happy beginnings, leading the viewer into immense shock and terror later in the series. in other words, both series's are very effictive works of shock and horror involving children as the perpetrators
These are series that deal with the effect of violence and abuse when experienced by children. While Higurashi no Naku Koro ni might be more graphic and more consistently so, Shadow Star Narutaru's later episodes are extremely disturbing. Both series force the viewer into a tour de force in which the duality of innocence and horror is pervasively effective.
Both Shadow Star Narutaru and When They Cry are anime series that apear to be "cute", a little childish (more so in Narutaru]), but can change on a dime and turn into horrible horror animes! Terrible, disturbing, and gruesome things happen in both of these anime series. Narutaru tends to cut away when the worst things are happening, or shows it in the shadows, or from an interesting/odd point of veiw (good use of camera angles) so you don't acually see everything happen. However it's still very compelling (I'd argue more so then actually seeing it), however it still is very graphic. When They Cry keeps the the camera with whatever horrible thing is happening! Both series accomplish what they want, regarding with showing or not showing the horrible things.
Both series are very creepy, but start off a little childish. Both series have GREAT music, and use of music, that really sets the mood. Both series are very disturbing, and will freak you out/scare you. Both series are part of the "killer loli" genre (they have children getting killed and children killers, mostly girls). Both series are great horror animes, and have lots of violence. Sadly Shadow Star Narutaru has bad animation/art (still passable), while When They Cry has great animation and art. If you love one of these, check out the other. Fans of one series, will love the other!
I know these two series may seem not similar at all- Higurashi's action takes place only in one small village and there are only a few characters, while Code Geass talks about a world conflict and have a lot of charas. But, in my opinion, both animes have the same message- you have to trust your friends, and take responsibility for your sins.
Code Geass and Higurashi both initially seem kiddish, but manage to overcome that impression by the end of the first episode. The sheer quantity of emotion contained in each series is almost overwhelming, as is the ability of each to switch between being light-hearted and series almost instantaneously. Both are gripping and excellent for marathoning.
Both of these shows feature time loops where the same plot is acted out, taking a different turn each time, and frequently overlaps, with things being told slightly differently. Higurashi is a lot more bright colors and slapstick humor, whereas Tatami Galaxy is somewhat darker humor, with less emphasis on little kids killing each other and laughing.
The use of recurrence of time to make characters come to realizations about the world around them and themselves.
Both involving strange/mad/problematic girls around a new man in town, temples and holy things. Both had alternative feelings (higurashi:comedy and horror, air:comedy and that sad drama)
The never ending cycle of life and death of Air is on the same lines of Higurashi, where it's main characters struggle to find the perfect ending, only to have it taken away at the last minute. These two make you think outside the box in terms of the same patterns repeating over time.
Higurashi is not a reverse harem, but both have a time loop plot that is triggered by a death. Keep in mind Higurashi will show that gore that this show has decide to leave out in place of a soft hearted love story, it seems.
Both have a bit of mystery.
They both deal with time loop and death an a mystery that is slowly unraveled. However higurashi is very graphic at points. be warned.
Most people think that Higurashi is a violent anime. But I think Kara no Kyoukai is even more so. While Kara no Kyoukai's plot development is not as strong as Higurashi's, it offers better action scenes with good graphics and an even better soundtrack. Both are high quality anime.
Both the Aoi Bungaku Series and the Higurashi series are dark in their own way, and both anime stories consists of arcs, which are smaller storylines that helps piece together the anime as a whole.
Both male main characters look kind of gloomy (i can say they look kind of similar) and there are girls around them who do crazy stuff, and because of that they do crazy stuff, too. Blood involved.
Stories are actually VERYY different but i don't want to spoil :)
11Eyes has that same horror/mystery feel that Higurashi provides. It's always making you wonder "What the hell is going on?!" And it eventually tells you, as the plot picks up.
Both anime start off seemingly as a slice of life, but actually are both situated in worlds that have more to it than meets the eye, with antagonists in the shadows aiming for the main character's life.
Both anime have the main character grabbing a baseball bat to defend himself when he feels threatened by something observing him from a distance. Both main characters have cute girls attempting to kill them constantly for a deeper reason than just mindless violence.
Both shows revolve around the theme of friendship and youth, with a mystery element.
The two shows definitely have some similarities. Both have kids as the main character/characters, and both contain a mix of light comedic moments overshadowed by some seriously dark stuff. Kuroshitsuji is probably the lighter of the 2 (although it definitely has its share of disturbing moments)
Both are set in an isolated town that is quiet or 'boring' if you will. Experiments are conducted and both shows have a lot of gore and...just...both are very MINDBLOWING!
Both are mindscrewing have deep plot and mystery, involve fate, have comedy moments and cute characters, if you like the atmosphere of mawaru penguin drum or higurashi no naku koro ni and want to watch something that leaves you wondering whats happening , im sure you're going to enjoy both higurashi no naku koro ni (all the seasons) or mawaru penguin drum.
Both animes are very strange and somewhat horrifying at times. They also have the ability to alternate between the mundane and much more intense scenarios. Both have superb characters, though those in BRS tend to be more believable and those in Higurashi tend to be more unique.
Things are really confusing at the start of both these anime but get clearer as they go on. The way that Horizon is set up with the first 4 episodes reminds me of how Higurashi is set up. Higurashi is more of a horror where Horizon is more action. Both have little bits of romance in them
Both of these shows are high school dramas which swing from comedy to blood shed. Also they can both get away with killing all of the main characters but not have them actually die.
Both concepts are a bit twisted. (I would recommend reading Aku no Hana because the anime isn't done yet.) I love them both and thought that they fell into similar categories because of the darkness of them both.
They are both seemingly cute on the surface. one more than the other. However the characters have to deal with emotional struggle, bloodshed, and unforeseen plot twists. At the core of these series though there is a deep message about love and friendship.
Both storylines are dark and bloody. In Higurashi, one is left wondering who is controlling things from behind the scenes, while in the other, one is left wondering about the people's motives.
Both of these shows are pretty misleading at first, with Shigofumi seeming like a magical girl anime, and Higurashi a harem/slice-of-life show. Both shows are also school-muder-dramas, and both shows have characters who scream "USODA" repeatedly.
Both involve a series of murders happening in a city.
In both the main characters are teenagers who have to deal with deaths and strange disappearances.
Both have scenes that repeat themselves, but seen from the point of view of different characters.
Both are gory, violent, creepy, confusing, and have a “desperate” feeling in them. Both are pretty psychotic. Both have a great soundtrack. Both also have a “god” or mysterious entity of sorta.
Both are amazing psychological anime.
They both screw with you right from the get-go. Where Ga-Rei becomes somewhat normal after the first two episodes, Higurashi just keeps it up all the way to the finish line without ever stopping.
Surprisingly, both have similar themes about protecting the town and countryside from urban development, in both cases a dam, and both inolve the supernatural to a degree.
Sure, Higurashi is gruesome and disturbing while Zettai Shounen is a violence-free series that goes at a lethargic pace. However, the two are somewhat similar since both involve characters trying to figure out supernatural mysteries occuring in rural settings.
Once you dig in a little, there's this feeling of wrongness in the atmosphere and the characters. Murder mysteries that carry on for generations, curses, murderous impulses bequeathed upon people for X reason, usage of instruments of torture and murder, that sort of thing. The Higurashi series is far more bloody and maimy as it does follow through with maiming, murder and mayhem and we get to see a lot of that to a graphic degree, whereas Crime Edge is more about characters wielding cursed instruments of murder and controlling their murderous impulses by only imitating murder in order to stay sane.
This is the same ideology, which prove, that parallel worlds exist. After few episodes, there's reset and the plot is going diffrent way (including protagonist and one of main characters) and, in the very end, all storyline pieces are connecting to one.
That's the only similarity between this series, in fact, they've got totaly diffrent genres.
In general, the similarity of these anime is that the heroes of the anime, hitting a certain area, are under the influence of so-called curse.
In Higurashi, it is called - "The Curse of Oyashiro-Sama", but Umi no Yami, Tsuki no Kage called "The Curse of Tutanhamon's".
Also, those cursed to be a physical explanation is that this is some bacteria, cat. alter the consciousness of the brain.
Accordingly, people exposed to this curse begin to lose their sanity and give vent to his goals and desires. And on the way to achieving its goal will not stop at nothing, even before the native twin sister.
Blood and dismemberment attached. ^__^
Both are fairly standard stories executed FAR better and without many of the weaknesses most modern series possess.
While both series already have a scent of being "different" from the get-go, it isn't really touched upon until the final stages of the show.
Genres, lack of depth, and true coordination aside, these are some of the most enjoyable animes one can experience without any strings attached.
Oh, and they're not for those who can't tolerate blood and gore(especially When They Cry!).
Utawarerumono is a fantasy that, while based on a video game, bears NO weaknesses of similar adaptions.
When They Cry is based on a visual novel and uses a more extreme and puzzling storytelling method than most series do. Despite that, or rather because of it, it's even more alluring and fascinating than most animes in general.
Both animes are about a guy surrounded by many cute girls. Both protagonists join a club and both experience weird things during their school life. They also both attend to a school situated in a creepy location.
Both start of as funny, but gradually turn into dramatic and psychological anime, both also have different arcs which take place on the same day every arc.
Yosuga no Sora is Ecchi and Romance, while Higurashi is Horror
Both have Harem references in both however.
There is no incest in Higurashi but there is in Yosuga no Sora
Both involve a boy going to a town he once knew
Both are taking place in one city/village. They also have a mystery murderer, some bloody scene and violence. Fate stay night is a lighter anime than higurashi, but if you like the other one, you probably like the other.
Exept the funny moments in Higurashi, they both gives the same "bad" feeling.
In Mononoke, just as in Higurashi, is some blood, you'll feel the creepiness and your head will be full of mystery. Yeah, mystery is the top of this recommendation - both, Higurashi and Mononoke, stands on this. It is very... psychotic.
If you liked Higurashi, you'll like Mononoke too.
If you liked Mononoke, you'll like Higurashi as well.
Both are somewhat disturbing (though be warned Higurashi has A LOT of blood in it)
Both have the common theme of fate
Both have different story lines every couple of episodes
Both are quite violent mystery animes taking place in small villages; in both crimes at first are thought to be committed by a demon, but everything turns out to be way more complicated.
Both anime use cute girls and supernatural elements, Higurashi turns them into murders, Elena into sex slaves.
Both rely on Horror, but Higurashi is a softer, Elena is Hentai, Higurashi isn't