Both Higurashi and Steins Gate carry this notion of correcting time to create the perfect world. Both the main protagonists have to figure out what keeps making their world go wrong and when sent back in time have to use their accumulated knowledge to predict the best possible solution. In this situation the comparison is between Rika and Okabe, both finding themselves in similar situations bearing a great responsibility to protect their loved ones.
Although Steins;Gate is not as gory and bloody as Higurashi, both have the concept of repeating the same scenes over and over again.
In Steins;Gate the protagonist repeats the same events multiple times to save the people he loves.
In Higurashi, Rika repeats the same events over and over again to try and save the town of Hinomizawa.
Note: This is a recommendation for both seasons of Higurashi
These two shows are similar in the sense that they are both about defying fate to reach a more perfect world. Both shows are placed in a world that have a seemingly unstoppable impending tragedy and the shows revolve around fighting what is said to be "fated." They also include some good humor and a lot of exiting mystery; you will be entertained from the first episode to the last. Both are amazing works and I would highly recommend one if you liked the other.
Both involve a complicated and confusing story that unfolds itself in the end. Both involve redoing the same period of time over and over again(though its repeated more in Higurashi). I thought that Higurashi was more physiological but it doesn't mean Stein's Gate was any less interesting. If you liked one you'll definitely like the other.
Tragedy, frustration and efforts that seem vain are present in both of these series.
The sci-fi/supernatural approach is similar, but they have different plots overall.
The hooks in both series are also simlar, as they build questions and curiosity whenever they have the chance. Pretty much masters of pace.
The stories are very different, but have some significant similarities. Steins;Gate is a sci-fi, while Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai is supernatural. In both there are various circumstances which all lead to a terrible ending involving death and destruction.
There are some significant differences between the two anime, including Higurashi having a lot of gore and Steins;Gate having a romance subplot (granted, Higurashi has one to an extent, though it doesn't lead anywhere).
Warning: the following includes Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Higurashi season 1) spoilers
In both anime the main character needs to stop the inevitable destruction of the future by going back in time (in Higurashi's case, the timeline and circumstances slightly change each time) and trying to stop what happens. read more
Both deal with time travel in order to save someone and in every time loop, the protagonist discover something about the past of the characters involving him. Also, the two have an unexpected main villain (don't wanna say anything more so I don't give more spoilers...). Also have the rest of the main cast helping the protagonist in order to get their goals, and the same kind of humor.
And the most important!! Both are masterpieces having a well done use of the time-travelling. Worth watching!
Probably a huge spoiler, but their point of origin is exactly the same. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica seemed like the "sugar-pink contacts on for some tension" version of Higurashi series after I finished watching it.
Both of these series have a similar style, both have this naive design that may look like it's just childish anime even when they are so dark and deep. Not only this, but those two also have similar plotlines when it comes to the development of the series. Both are really great at character and plot development. With this said, I could not recommend a better anime that looks like Higurashi.
I was originally going to write yet another recommendation for Steins;Gate, but after a while I decided on recommending Higurashi Kai to PMMM instead. Here's why~
Well, both shows obviously use time travel as a major point of the plot. You can expect to see a character endlessly repeating the same sequence of events over and over again to attain a desired outcome in both.
However, the reason why I didn't just point you guys to the ultimate granddaddy of time travel anime, Steins;Gate, was because both Higurashi Kai and PMMM have a "mysterious" feeling to them. Both give you an uneasy feeling, which is supported by kawaii artstyles and adorable characters, with some seriously provoking themes in the background. Couple this with some immensely satisfying endings, and you have two very similar anime.
If you like one, watch the other. If you haven't seen either, you're missing out on some great stuff here. read more
Time travelling, an dark psychotic atmosphere, the main protagonist suffering like a bitch and a lot of deaths (Higurashi's are goriest). Is easy to see their similities cause Rika and Homura are practically the same character, both having to watch their beloved ones diying, having a very serious personality 'cause the timetravels, watch their friends going crazy in some timelines and both are a hidden protagonist. Although the reason why Rika and Homura go through time are different, the two have to be with saving another people.
Also, the two are masterpieces and this is practically demostrated with their high rating in MAL!
There are several factors that provide some similarities between both shows. For one thing, the main protagonist's have a mental age that surpasses far more than they appear to be, giving them the advantage of years of experience and wisdom.
The key theme between the two is mystery solving for the purpose of finding out the truth and uncovering the culprit behind the murders and preventing it by whatever means possible.
Both are centered around using time travel to prevent a series of murders, each loop becoming more and more tense. A major plot point centers around protecting a young girl (Satoko and Kayo) from their abusive relative, but the major goal is to uncover who is responsible, and the answer was right under their noses.
Both series are related to going back in time to stop things happening in the future. The main characters of each know exactly what will happen in the time line, and are trying to change things even though they are both children, however they both have the brains of people a lot older than they actually are.
Erased is very similar to Higurashi's "Minagoroshi" arc by the fact that both carry a prominent theme of friendship and are stories about a time travelling protagonist trying to save their young female friend from domestic abuse, while also trying to stop an unknown villain that lurks in the shadows.
*Both anime utilize well the "village-wide", isolated "disaster" theme.
*Both anime have dark overriding tones, intimate and manipulative perspective. shifts, and have their fair share of violence.
*Both anime are relatively psychotic, and use death as a major theme.
*Both anime escalate to the point best described as "war", and therefore tell a story of conflict - of great drama and friction.
Both MCs make a time leap into other parallel worlds after his/her death. They face into some tragedy and tend to change through the time leap.
Both are bloodies and gores.
Revolve around beautiful/cute characters.
Both stories are excellent in giving out suspense vibe
The tow MC want to save their friends and will try to change the future, Subaru in Re: Zero and Rika in Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai, in the two series are devil organizations trying to kill the MC friends, The two are very dark and gore. If you enjoyed Re: Zero you will enjoy Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai
Although Higurashi is less repetitive, both are second seasons with the idea of an 'eternal summer', only one person who remembers all of it, deja vu with the other characters, and a 'god' behind all of it.
The similarity shared with Endless Eight becomes apparent late at season 1 - with Rika being the keeper of time, and resets time in order to reach a happy ending, similar to the role for Yuki. Other characters eventually pass over memory between other loops and help to change fate. Even though being a Haruhi fan, I must say that Higurashi executes this much better in comparison.
In Higurashi, I was like " who's the next killer?" or "I wonder who's next to die heuheuehue" . But in Kai, I started to like the characters and cheer for them wishing to not be hurt or not to die again which is I why I chose the 2nd season of Higurashi in this recommendation. The same goes for Shinsekai Yori, at first you don't about the people in the story but they'll eventually grow on you, atleast that's the case for me. Both anime have great suspence, amazing developments, and mind puzzling stories.
There are a lot of questions which are unanswered to the protagonists of these 2 series as well as to the viewers, when the answers are revealed it brings shock not only to the protagonists but also to the viewers as well.
Both Boogiepop and Higurash kai have a similar build up. Plot twists and multiple points of view are nothing unusual for these anime. Even though Boogiepop is weirder and harder to keep up with, the atmosphere in both is very dark and frightening.
They are both about a MC that recently moved to a small village without knowing the backstory of it. They both give the same atmosphere when watching and you can relate both of these anime very strongly.
Note: This is for both seasons of Higurashi
Although this may not seem like the most likely paring of shows, when you boil them down they can be quite similar: The mystery (phantom to a lesser extent) as the story slowly unfolds, the layers of drama and tragedy, the drive for survival, the insanity. Both of these shows tackle similar ideas; however, they just present them in different ways. They both cover the themes of: trying to protect those you love, dealing with loss, and hatred. Most of all, they are both about obtaining freedom. On a more obvious note they are both great thrillers with a lot of mystery and murder. Both shows waist no time to grab your attention from episode one and send you on a thrill ride you will not forget. read more
For both of these anime, time plays an important factor in developing the story, more so than we might originally think. Redundancy within the shows hints at the importance of time. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai is more modern and Kurozuka is much less so. Supernatural ideologies are also important for the plots of each.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai's art style and school atmosphere make it less thought provoking and easier to relate to than Kurozuka. Kurozuka is less-straightforward, but has more action, more plot twists and more detailed art.
(duly note that both being the second seasons of their anime series, I choose those because they were most a like)
Yes this seems like a BIG jump, but is it really?
Both are hardships animes, all about friendship, no friendship then everything will fall into pieces. This is about trust, this is about development of friendship and it is about doing what ever to save one another, the sacrifice.
Of course the big difference is that Higurashi has all its gore and horror elements and Little Busters being much more light hearted with the comedy (but still heavy with its feels).
But without spoiling both then they have MAJOR similar plot elements which I will not go into. ^^ But trust me when I watched Little busters especially the second season I kept thinking about Higurashi.
Also duly note that both animes really unfolds themselves in their second season. :) both having clues in the first season but the explanation comes second season :) read more
The main characters do not resemble each other, but the side characters of the two animes are similar to each other. Most of the side characters are girls, and there are two little and mysterious girls in the two animations. One of the horror moments of fantasy kind is they have deep backgrounds and similar storylines to each other.
These series aren't alike at all really. But at the same time there is something that sort of reminds me of the other. While in Higurashi the characters are close they aren't so much in Bokurano. There is an hanging feeling of hopelessness and despair in Bokurano because of what happens to the pilots of the Zearth the same hopelessness and despair is easily found in Higurashi too.
In both anime main girl character (Rika and Pacifica) are trying to escape from their destiny which is their death. Also, many people want them dead. But all these girls want is a normal life with their friends.
I recommend not the whole 'Tantei Gakuen Q' series, but episodes 16-21 - that's another 'kamikakushi' (spirited away) story about an isolated village, including viruses, officers and mysterious murders and disappearences.
Two rather mature anime, there aren't all too many similarities other than slight bits of horror and quite a lot of blood. However, one thing that seemingly stood out is the character's experience of multiple deaths.
Both series have similar setting, in a small and quiet village. Both plot starts out with the main character trying to unravel the mystery behind the village mysterious occurrences. And in the end they find the truth and if everything that happened is supernatural or human doing. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has much more gore and violence than this.