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!
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.
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 normal characters trying to live normal lives but supernatural happenings cause them all to go mad.
Both have so many cute girls in a similar horrorific atmosphere, both involve time travels and a very good soundtrack
Both anime start out very different from how they actually portray themselves later in the story, leaving gaps in the plot which only get made sense of as the story goes on - i.e. very psychological. Both contain a lot of deaths, and a mix of "moe" slash gruesome atmosphere. It's not what it seems.
Both start off lighthearted but soon take a turn to the dark side.
Both feature time loops.
Both are very emotional series.
Both anime are dark with excellent character development and are placed in a time loop. Additionally, they are both horror with lots of sickening twists to further on the story.
Both put the design of moeblob characters and add them into dark scenarios.
Higurashi has gore and is more focused on mystery and murder.
Madoka is less violent, but still surreal.
You can see some similarities in the plot elements as well, such as replaying time.
Both are recommended for brutal moe fans. But Madoka has 99% less blood than Higurashi so far as I know, so pick your poison.
Highly recommended for horror/thriller fans as well.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Puella Magi Madoka Magica are both shows that are pretty deceiving at first. Both shows start with a cutesy, moe atmosphere until revealing their true colors eventually. Both shows can be somewhat disturbing at times. Both shows have a similar concept to them. Both shows have a solid cast of characters. And finally, both shows are great at what they do. Higurashi is a solid horror, mystery anime while Madoka Magica is my definite go-to magical girl anime. I definitely recommend both of these anime cause chances are that if you enjoyed one, then you'll most likely enjoy the
Like things that seem sweet and cute on the surface but actually have some darker themes and elements under the surface? These two anime do a good job on delivering that.