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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Alternative Titles

English: When They Cry
Synonyms: When the Cicadas Cry, The Moment the Cicadas Cry
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Premiered: Spring 2006
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:30 (JST)
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.071 (scored by 236,101 users)
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Ranked: #4792
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Popularity: #103
Members: 487,523
Favorites: 16,455


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 
report Recommended by arnxx
Horror, Supernatural & a lot of bloodshed (neither recommended to be watched past midnight) *shiver* 
report Recommended by Puvi2Groovy
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. 
report Recommended by Cloud668
Both anime have completely psychotic characters and an insane story line. 
report Recommended by Lolicon
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. 
report Recommended by RanKizama
Both have a male main character being stalked by a group of creepy girls. 
report Recommended by monopura
They share a similar eerie mood and atmosphere. 
report Recommended by Yamaro
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.  
report Recommended by Kirroha
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. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Higruashi, like gakkou gurashi will have you building crazy theories on who's going insane and what is really happening all the way through the series. 
report Recommended by Ooblagato
Both are horror series that makes your skin crawl. :D awesome art style and amazing music.  
report Recommended by OtomeXOtaku
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. 
report Recommended by kokopuffs591
Crazy girls "harem" for the main character, mystery and torture. 
report Recommended by Fukurou
the stories are completly different but the way how the plot change and they repeat the same thing over and over again reminded me of Higurashi! also both anime have female tsundere/crazy characters! and a guy involved with them xD 
report Recommended by lady-leen
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. 
report Recommended by XieJinhua
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. 
report Recommended by rainbow_heart
Both stories are not exactly linear, and both have some comedy dispite the violence. 
report Recommended by Jessikitax
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 ^___^ 
report Recommended by StabbyPWNS
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. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
The both have Psychological experiments as a premise. They take place in a mysterious village tucked in the middle of nowhere similar themes of ghosts, characters with strange personalities, and legends  
report Recommended by nekonapping
Both series contain things/people that control others, except in Higurashi it's not obvious what it is.  
report Recommended by Hachen
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 
report Recommended by Tekky99
While Higurashi no naku koro ni is a lot more Mystery and about mysterious murders, both of them contain a lot of gore. 
report Recommended by -Sora-
If Steins Gate and Higurashi had a child, it would be Boku dake. Boku dake has the same dark vibes as Higurashi. The aim of both is to stop a tragedy by gaining new knowledge with each iteration of events that have happened. 
report Recommended by xxwattcherxx
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.  
report Recommended by Ozey
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). 
report Recommended by PockyLoveLove
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. 
report Recommended by lithiumflower
Both deal with characters who are paranoid and question reality. If you enjoyed one you'll likely enjoy the other as well. 
report Recommended by Danish
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. 
report Recommended by Cheating
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  read more 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both horror with a lot of mystery and questions. You may think you know something but then later you find you that you were totally off. Full of surprises. 
report Recommended by MosaicSplash
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) 
report Recommended by mooncrypt
Normal teenagers go crazy and kill each other. Great psychological anime.  
report Recommended by Fujaku
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.  
report Recommended by kkwt
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. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
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  
report Recommended by Megadedhed
Repeat... repeat again... and again... Both Anime utilize a storytelling idea utilizing alternate universes, but the stories unfolding in each transpire in a manner where the viewer is left wondering what happened - a mystery element, but each world has a different who-done-it to leave viewers intrigued.  
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
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. 
report Recommended by Namida_ne
Both are psychological horror and contain blood + gore. Higurashi has more of a plot and is actually more mysterious and interesting because of that. Both of them are really difficult to stop watching, because you just want to know what is going to happen in the end. 
report Recommended by Kipsi
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.  
report Recommended by J_to_S
Both are psychological horror anime. Higurashi or When They Cry in English, has more depth in the plot and character developments. It's also more mysterious. Higurashi is also stranger and deals with more topics including mass hysteria, romance in powerful families and... just a whole lotta craziness. While Happy Sugar Life takes place in a city, Higurashi takes place in a small village and at times the neighbouring town.  
report Recommended by Heron_Over
well...they are both really awesome horror anime, and they have tons of bloodshed. also dont watch ether if its nighttime :D 
report Recommended by Amaya-Kiro
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  read more 
report Recommended by chibifox27
While not necessarily about murders, it is a twisted tale of paranoia (hence the title), strange stories and odd plot twists. 
report Recommended by mmmeyeballs
Both have this feeling of "moe, gore and harem" with them and are based on visual novels. Grisaia no Kajitsu's first ep ended up just like Higurashi would, with this dark feeling on it. I must admit I was going to drop it, but for some reason I ended up watching the whole ep, and I'm glad I did. It's not so bad, however, it has this feeling of "getting worse during next episodes" that I hate. I guess that if you liked Higurashi you'll at least have this nostalgia feeling with Grisaia, since they're pretty similar. 
report Recommended by sabinseparte
Both are violent, bloody series that show the dark side of humanity in an unflinching manner. 
report Recommended by Kimura
Both are psychological violence that have characters with cute designs are overtaken by fatal violent encounters. 
report Recommended by doudurden
Both start off as cute moe comedies before switching to a horror style. 
report Recommended by Dubbledees
Both of them are horror anime with their main strong point being the plot. The gruesome killings from the Kiseijuu can also be found in Higurashi or even more. There is another strong resemblance with Kiseijuu but it's a huge spoiler so only those that watched Higurashi will understand.  
report Recommended by clowred
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. 
report Recommended by Keikochan-1228
Although both of these shows have quite different seting (the first is Magical Girl and the second is Supernatural Horror), they are very similar in their performance, since both series explore the inner "madness" of the person and the use of violence to save from abusive people. Expect also many yandere characters and bulging eyes.  
report Recommended by RobertBobert
Characters in both fight against their fate and dare to make their lives their own even when struck with unimaginably sad truths. ...The obvious difference, of course, is that Higurashi has its basis in horror while Tutu steps into fairytale. While that may seem like complete opposite sides of a spectrum, the substance beneath is an intelligent design that becomes more twisted and beautiful as the story progresses. A glaring hope defines both these titles. 
report Recommended by CMYK
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. 
report Recommended by owlf
Same atmosphere and both are supernatural. Both contain blood scenes. 
report Recommended by Tomegatherion
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. 
report Recommended by darx
several of the characters from higurashi are in one of the episodes of this series. While there is unfortunately no yuri or even shoujo ai, the feeling you get when you watch it is pretty much the same. so are some of the themes. 
report Recommended by HeWhoHasNoName
These 2 shows are very similar and i couldn't believe i didn't see it as a recommendation. One guy surrounded by crazy girls.....trust me there similar. 
report Recommended by gtcooliekidd
These anime involve a large group of kawaii moe friends experiencing the painful events leading up to their emotional breakdowns. There is also a unique blend of comedy sprinkled in here and there. The true meaning behind both series' plots are not revealed until their respective second seasons. The aforementioned plots share a striking resemblance that shall not be spoiled, however Higurashi is for the most part a horror mystery series while Little Busters is a light-hearted dramedy. 
report Recommended by delightfulweebs
Both shows are very dark themed and very gory but RIN is slightly more adult but both offer plenty for the adult anime fan 
report Recommended by jordanhig92
While Higurashi has more gore and is my personal favorite. Both Higurashi and Bakemonogatri have several smaller stories in it. They both keep you wondering whats gonna happen next, a very edge of your seat thriller. 
report Recommended by TheYandereLover
Another show with several spooky tales to enjoy.  
report Recommended by GarlandReese
Genre: Both shows are mystery and psychological anime while Higurashi is based also on the supernatural. Both share strong and mature visuals representing the characters' madness. Story: Both have great stories while Higurashi is structured in story arcs and answer arcs. Sound:Both soundtrack have been composed by the masterful Kenji Kawai. The OST is amazing in both anime. The animation/art= Both anime take the concept of deconstructure: taking a more mild tone to contrast with a more dramatic tone. The animation goes amazing after every episode 
report Recommended by Tsundiego
Somewhat similar art style, gory, and equally, if not more crazed characters. Well, never really got the plot of it, but hey; mad people, acting out their madness. (Also, note that Higurashi, is part of a series.) 
report Recommended by hauken
They essentially have the same plot line except with different circumstances, characters and genre. To be honest, both these stories could potentially be in the same universe as some sort of fan theory and I wouldn't be that surprised. 
report Recommended by DangoDoom
Both mix school life with horrorful killings, as well as characters fighting for their lives. Both have some fantasy/Sci-fi elements. 
report Recommended by requimcompany123
Both of these shows have a combination of sweet and innocent moments but before you know it turns on its head and turns disturbing fast. You will be standing on your feet for much of the scenes wondering what is going on and what will eventually happen. They like to delay the darker moments and you can differently feel the fear the characters of both series are experiencing under different circumstances. Both shows follow a group of children trying to solve a mystery. The characters have a similar feel around them, and the shows are of the same genres (Horror & Mystery).  
report Recommended by Glompo
Violence, horror, blood, murder That's all you need to know 
report Recommended by osamajamm
Both titles include some kind of supernatural. Also both start off as cute slice of life, to later take sinister turn. 
report Recommended by Piromysl
FLCL and Higurashi are very similar because you will not have any idea about what is going on whatsoever. The only diffrerence is that FLCL could be called very bizarre and Higurashi is rather slightly extremely grotesque.  
report Recommended by WiloKing
Time paradox? Yep. Both of these series have really confusing time lines, and a lot of mystery, that will have you wondering what even happened prior to the main story line. Note: While both contain some violence, Higurashi has a lot of gore, and is not for the faint of heart. 
report Recommended by Nyaominyan
Things start mysteriously repeating, as time itself seems to bend around freely while keeping many secrets from the viewer up until the very end.  
report Recommended by bigfoot1291
While the studios are different, both anime series draw the audience into a mystery that requires some answers. They both give the same task for the audience, and that is to create theories to understand the events that happened before later episodes provide the answers. The premise is nearly the same, where it's about a protagonist that ventures into a new setting and discovers the mystery that encircles a specific day. From there, unforeseen events are beyond the characters' control and lead them from one event to another. They are both expository in story format, but Higurashi makes the events much more clearer than MCA's due it's  read more 
report Recommended by reversereality
Both involve time loops with one girl returning to the same past to change the future. Both involve certain rules to change the past. While Ushinawareta Mirai is more slice of life with a hint of science fiction, Higurashi is more horror. Also Higurashi's story is much more fleshed out than Ushinawareta mirai and has better character development.  
report Recommended by Branime
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! 
report Recommended by iiHugglez
Both anime have a very innocent look, which contradicts their true nature, because these anime are quite dark. In both anime, the main protagonists are young girls. Also, in both anime, there are several timelines with the events changing in each of them. Apart from these, both anime have a similar feel to them. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both anime have a very innocent look, which contradicts their true nature, because these anime are quite dark. In both anime, the main protagonists are young girls. Also, in both anime, there are several timelines with the events changing in each of them. Apart from these, both anime have a similar feel to them. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both anime have a very innocent look, which contradicts their true nature, because these anime are quite dark. In both anime, the main protagonists are young girls. Also, in both anime, there are several timelines with the events changing in each of them. Apart from these, both anime have a similar feel to them. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
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.  
report Recommended by Moonbeam009
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. 
report Recommended by punktina16
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. 
report Recommended by AngryButler
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. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
What do these two anime's share? They share a build of suspence, a mystery that involves both the psycological and the supernatural, with a destinct building of the plot line. Both are dark, but also have an underlying aura to them or some sort of hope. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both very Bizarre and Mysterious and stay that way throughout pretty much the Entire Series Also they were both made by the Same Producers  
report Recommended by GokuXXY
Both of them share the same blood and gore effects, but they also have a similar feel to it. People killing and getting killed but no one can figure it out. 
report Recommended by XxZeroxX
Yandere, yangire, and everything in-between! 
report Recommended by XanthReborn
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. 
report Recommended by 2Pack
They're both horrors that both have relations with living life more than once, and they both have their funny moments too that softens the horror a little bit. 
report Recommended by TsuruyaSonozaki
Both Anime's have a rather... dark motif to them, plus a supernatural twist in them that is not always evident, or becomes less evident as one goes on. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
I'll be simple and to the point: Both animé's make your head spin. It gets you on one track, and the next episode your expectation of what's gonna happen is completely changed! If you like animé's that you seriously need you to pay attention, these are the ones. Both also offer a small dose of comedy too. 
report Recommended by rakusu_klein
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. 
report Recommended by Archaeon
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.  
report Recommended by Yuunagi
This has similar mystery and detective story elements to Monster. Has a little bit more of a horror tone to it. 
report Recommended by ragnar
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. 
report Recommended by Numi
Both of them involve crazy girls trying to kill the main male character. And has blood and gore. The main girl characters have very similar/sharp weapons. 
report Recommended by RenaSaga
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. 
report Recommended by ddrcrono
If youre attracted the beautiful gore and blood and guts found in Berserk, you live absolutely love the cute little demons in Higurashi. 
report Recommended by Talamare
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. 
report Recommended by Minata
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  
report Recommended by lalazoe
Both focuses on the paranormal and scary aspects of storytelling. While Higurashi can be downright wicked, gruesome, and horrifyingly disgusting, Ghost Hunt dwells more on a Scooby-Doo type of investigations that can be just as scary and horrifying. 
report Recommended by Ghostalker
If you have noticed the end and you liked that searching for the paradise or the perfect end of the word you might also like this anime. but you have to wacht it in summer, not in another season, don't forget its a horror/spatter story so its made to make you feel mad. 
report Recommended by YUE3899
Haruhi Suzumiya(second season specifically) and higurashi both deal with repeating time and i found the atmosphere of clubs, brigade leader to be similar. 
report Recommended by Morocks33
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. 
report Recommended by Deagle_zero
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. 
report Recommended by BrightOasis
Both have: - Male protagonist who tries to uncover mysteries - People who believe in curses - School setting with humor - Supernatural elements - Horror 
report Recommended by Kipsi
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. 
report Recommended by Anvica
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) 
report Recommended by kaleidome
While they are both EXTREMELY different, they both involve cute characters(...Well, in Pussycat, mainly just the cat) being bloody and crazy. 
report Recommended by HatchetGirl
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  read more 
report Recommended by Otaking09
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  read more 
report Recommended by Die_Mann
Both of them have lots of gore and psychologic drama in them, that makes them great, and you'll get hooked up with the story! 
report Recommended by _Ahkemi_
Déjà vu and unexpected deaths. Nice visuals and characters. Misleading shows which alternate joy/harmless moments with thrill moments. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Both have lots of gore and senseless violence also they both have characters with a hidden past. 
report Recommended by Chuxie
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 :) 
report Recommended by Lylaaz
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.  
report Recommended by Shinryu1284
Both are happy on the outside but you can sense a darker plot forming 
report Recommended by chizururaikoji