Horror, Supernatural & a lot of bloodshed (neither recommended to be watched past midnight) *shiver*
Both have dark/creepy subject matter, violence, and tend to start episodes happy so they can fake you out for the batshit crazy ending. Basically if you\'ve seen Higurashi, you\'ll probably like Elfen Lied more than that. It doesn\'t quite work in reverse though, because Elfen Lied\'s plot is more cohesive than Higurashi\'s, so if you saw Elfen Lied first, Higurashi might not be your thing. Both are very enjoyable in their own ways though.
Appearance is deceiving; deranged characters. Both involves gory serial murders. If you wish for a nightmare at night, watch Higurashi.
both have a similar cuteness meets brutality feel to them, EL is far more brutal, however Higurashi is far more frightening.
Crazy females, Blood and violence, good story.
Both have incredibly cute girls who like to kill people. They also have main protagonists who have absolutely no idea what's going on.
Both of these series pull at your emotions at times, yet also include terribly violent acts committed by girls that aren't even adults. Basically, you get the blood and the tears in both of these series.
This series is brutal and cute in some aspect just like Elfen lied, however there are many twists and a creepiness to this anime. If you enjoy bloodshed, violence, cute anime girls (not as innocent as they look) and something to make you think, this is the anime for you!
Cute characters engaged in bloody acts of violence, torture and death: both Elfen Lied and Higurashi deal with children turned vicious killers and victims of sheer brutality. Yet these series, as disturbing as they get, have a message of hope amidst the chaos. Higurashi's plot is a challenge while Elfen Lied is more straight forward; both are inspired by hauntingly pervasive soundtracks and are not for the faint of heart.
well its because their both horror anime and they have lots of blood and stuff in them..*i sugest not watching both with all lights out at night on halloween unless you watn bad dreams* and their both very good ^^
cuteness VS killing. both very good but i recommend higurashi.
They both keep you in suspense and their horror genre is awesome. It's pretty gorey.
Both feature cute, psycho girls with double personality, and young males who aren't aware of their friends' killing spree.
Both have an extremely complex plot and theme, both are frightening (Higurashi moreso) both have epicly cute girls too ^_^, both are 10's in my book.
Both animes have an interesting storyline full of blood and gore. ^^
they are both with gory scenes and both guys got involved in all the fights and dramas and both are surrounded with girls.
Both are extremely violent and gorey
Blood... check!! Violence... check!!! Demon killer loli-type girls?? CHECK!!!
They're both scary Anime... Elfen Lied has more of a sci-fi feel and Higurashi has more of a supernatural feel... but they're two of the most violent Anime that you will ever see!!
Two great Anime... that aren't for squeamish people ^_^
Although Higurashi leans more towards character tension, while Elfen Lied relies on shock value: Both are bloody, scary, and suspenseful.
Both series also have bipolar moments where they completely switch genres and look "innocent".
They both have plenty of violence and gore, which reminded me of the other. Although Higurashi has more of a creepy vibe to it rather than violence. They both have well developed characters that make you feel sympathic and disguested at the same time.
They are both flipped out and both very good not really much to say besides both are 10/10 IMO
Both are very violent, and have children as the main characters. Personalities are pretty similar, and both can switch from very cute to very dark almost instantly.
Blood drama and psyhology, horror. If you like to turn your brains on, you'll like it ;)
Blood, cute girls and some more...
You must watch both series
If you like a lot of gore, bloodshed and suffering children, this is for you.
both of these great animes contain alot of blood and gore
While both appear to be a simple, moe/bishojo on the surface, they reveal rather complex stories very quickly. I suppose the violence/gore is what links the two in my mind and lead to this rec, but while Elfen typically gets the nod from the reviewers, I feel Higurashi is the more complex of the two by a wide margin. That, and creepy little girls never go out of fashion in Nihon... Most of you have given Elfen the time, now show Higurashi some love!
Both anime are often scary. In both animes story is very mysterious and intresting.
Both shows seem to focus on the dramatic switch from sweet, likable characters to chaos and murder. These are both shows where the cast is shown throughout to be sweet and nice, as in any other normal anime, only to have terrible things happen in their lives. That particular duality is often hard to find, so if you enjoyed Elfen Lied, you'll likely enjoy Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
There's a lot of gore in both but beyond that there's a lot of psychological depth in each if you're into that.
Cute anime girls with crazy violent gore.
Both have great story lines and similar psychological horror aspects, and both have you sympathizing with both the murderer and the ones being killed (most of the time). Elfen Lied is a lot more gory, but Higurashi still has some gore in it. Higurashi isn't as fan-servicey, though.
Both series feature a whole show of blood shed. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) is a little more towards a mystery as you watch multiple arcs of an awesome story.
If you enjoy watching cute characters creating havoc and destruction through horrors, then you should watch Elfen Lied.
(Elfen Lied has a mature rating due to nudity and slight adult situations)
Both are very gory and violent. Also there is the simularity in Lucy and Mariko and the cute violent loli's from Higurashi. Both of the anime have this macabre and depressing feeling all over.
Both are very dark at times. In both series, episodes start off on a lighter note, but something bad almost always happens. Elfen Lied is more graphic than Higurashi from what I've seen, but Higurashi gets in your head more imo.
Both shows have great story lines filled with blood, gore and girls. Both shows contrast themselves with a use of humor and comedy at times while at other times they are dark, scary and bloody. These two shows are some of the best anime out there and if you've watched one make sure to watch the other.
Both series explore dark subjects existent in this society - child abuse, justifications for homicide, etc. LOTS of blood in both. Several female leads in both series can be classified as yangires (i.e. Higurashi - Rena, Shion, Miyo; Elfen Lied - Lucy, Nana, Mariko)
A confusing story, but some excellent thought invoking scenes.
And of course, BLOOD.
Both are very Violent and bloody.
In both series there are a lot of violence scenes.
Similar as in both are dark and twisted animations. You can't go wrong with either of these two.
cute girls doing insane things
Both are gorey and violent. Plus both have some real pyshological elements in them. It's not just blood and violence but it makes you think as well.
The only way to describe these anime is to use the word MASSACRE. I don't think there is an episode of either where at LEAST 3 people don't die in some way/shape/form. This is a bloody murder-fest, if you are hardcore about it, this is about to be your best friend.
Both involve cute, shoujo-ish teenage girls violently tearing eachother to pieces. If you think you were "hardcore" enough to watch Elfen Lied, you just might be hardcore enough to watch Higurashi.
Both are Bloody and frightening. Elfen lied is more brutal and bloody, while Higurashi is more frightening and has more character development. Both are extremely good and both are must watch animes. if you liked one, you'll most likely like the other. don't watch if you're week of heart.
If you liked Elfen Lied you will love this show, there is fabulous gore. When the cicadas cry is all about curiosity, and wanting to know why every year one person will die, and one person will disappear.
The second season just gets better.
unapologetic gore, but still a great plot
both are dark brutal animes with some romance between the main characters
both have an innocent looking girl as a badass killer.
and both have a vain male surrounded by powerfull women.
they both have gore and psyco people :3
~ blood, blood, blood and one again BLOOD :333
~ both Higurashi and Elfen Lied shows us nightmarish fate of the main characters
~ soo... we can see dismembered bodies that are lying in the corners
What more I can say? I love these two anime and I recommend Higurashi and Elfen Lied to everyone who likes horros :3
Both anime turn innocent characters and twist them into dark soulless blood thirsty monsters, They will each keep you interested and at the edge of your seat, whilst also having some moments of fresh air with light comic relief but when they start to get serious, Questionable outcomes arise in both leaving you questioning the morality and sanity of the characters
These anime are same. They have gore genres with a lot of bloody stuff. When They Cry is better than Elfen Lied for me. Both main characters are yandere/yangire!! Elfen Lied is extremely ecchi while also comedic. You will like Elfen Lied if you like When They Cry.
Both anime are known for their excessive amount of gore and violence. Despite those, they are splendid masterpieces with unique storylines and outstanding characters that will remain unforgettable even with some disturbing scenes.
Both anime have a lot of gore, but they aren't stupid. Really, both anime have interesting story and sense.
- both have too much killing and gore.
- both have crazy girls!
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
Do you like blood and gore and messed up plots?
Then Higurashi is the anime for you!
Though Higurashi has a lot more of everything compared to Elfen Lied, but if you liked Elfen Lied and want more "psycho" anime then watch Higurashi. It has everything just x10
These two shows are probably the bloodiest two i've seen. They're both horror and mystery genre's with thriller. The plot on both are really well done and at first may be confusing really get you into the show!
Both have decent amounts of blood, gore, and conventionally attractive women with odd colored hair. I watched them one after the other.
Both anime are very bloody and and brutal anime with cute girls to comfort you.
Elfen Lied has much more fanservice than Higurashi and is considerably bloodier
Higurashi is much more psychological and requires a lot of piecing together to completely understand.
I believe Higurashi is the scarier one of the two though that's just me.
Both are give away suspence and confusion
Very plot twisty and events are surprising
Elfen lied is about another species while higurashi is about a curse
Everything eventually gets connection but unlike elfen lied higurashi is much more complicated then that.
I HIGHLY recommend watching higurashi cant give anymore away or spoilerssss
Crazy girls and gruesome murders with dark atmosphere and psychological plot. If you liked Higurashi, probably you'll like Elfen Lied too.
Mistery, violence and gruesome murders, it all fits in the same genre. If you liked Elfen Lied but were left hungering for something longer than a 13 episode anime, you NEED Higurashi no Naku Koro ni! Starts off a bit slower and it is terribly confusing in the beginning, but as soon as it starts unraveling its secrets you are going to love it and you won't be able to quit watching it, just like Elfen Lied. Elfen Lied is Hirugashi's more explicit and less psychotic cousin.
Deep Story.Much blood.Psycho girls.Dark atmosphere.Boys as main characters.Violence.Supernatural aspects.
It is both about children that undergo something horrible, but are cute at the same time. Both are very gore and have much violence and an interesting plottwist that is also kinda sad, that gives both series a mystery/thriller-ish impression.
Both series have beautiful feeling of contrast between slice of life harem and BLOOD ,VIOLENCE, and INSANITY.
In addition both involve psychologically broken characters.