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Encased by trees that are used to make grave markers, Sotoba is a village thought to be surrounded by death - a fact that soon literally becomes the case. One summer, a series of mysterious and untimely fatalities begins to plague the small rural town. With a higher than normal mortality rate for the time of year and each cause of passing remaining unknown, Toshio, the local doctor, and Seishin the temple’s vice chief monk become suspicious and take it upon themselves to investigate. However, as the deaths begin to pile up, more people begin to wonder just what is behind this sudden epidemic; could it have anything to do with the bizarre Kirishiki family that recently moved to the village?

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26 years ago, something terrible happened in a middle school’s third year classroom. A popular, talented student named Misaki suddenly died, and the ramifications of that incident have caused each third year class since then to live in fear. It is now 1998, and Kouchi Sakakibara has just transferred into the notorious classroom, curious about the mysterious secret that his peers are hiding from him. He’s drawn to one enigmatic girl named Mei Misaki, a quiet student who wears an eye patch and warns him about getting involved with her, and continues to seek her out against the pleas of his classmates. And that’s when people begin to violently die...

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Both animes are about a small town where weird things happens and had a mistery aura that makes you want to watch them over and over again.


Both Another and Shiki take place iin a sleepy, if somewhat homely, town that soon gives way to the chaos and paranoia flowing within everyone's psyche. Both Shiki and Another have mysterious girls whose presence proceed to psychologically bash everyone else's sanity in the head (metaphorically speaking) once they've dug their heels in and made a home in the sleepy town. Their existence causes a train-wreck, chain-reaction-like phenomenon that leaves many dead and others messed up from the sheer horror and unspeakable events that unfold. If you like psychological horror with a creepy, unnerving girl who seems to reek of death, then I recommend both ways.


Both series have the same dark atmosphere. Although Shiki is deeper in terms of what emotions it plays on, another has a less obvious plot.


With a mixture of mystery, horror, and a little bit of chaos, these shows feel very similar to me. I would say that Another is more focused on one main character and his development, while Shiki is more about how the events effect a small town and the different reactions of the people living there. I think if you liked one you should definitely give the other a try.


same style of drawings, nice storyline. Both stories have something evil mysterious in them, people die etc


both animes are similar because they are about a small town and people keep dieing. The main characters in both are guys who begin to investigate more into it as the story continues and then they find out something they wish they would have never known. both shows are equally creepy


Both Shiki and Another have a paranormal aspect, horror and mystery. They both involve deaths and a desperate race for survival which keeps the audience engrossed until the end.


Both shows take place in a peaceful environment, when suddenly deaths start occuring. You begin to wonder what causes these deaths and when you find out what exactly is happening you begin to hope that they can put the number of deaths to a stop before everyone dies. It constantly puts you on the edge of your chair. If you liked one, you'll like the other as well.


It's all in the mood the shows create. Both anime have that eerie, unsettling atmosphere which invokes the same type of dread in the viewer.Furthermore, they are both slow-paced mysteries with plenty of horror elements, and both are set in seemingly peaceful backwater towns that in fact hide certain secrets.


I agree that and i recomend another and shiki because they boath are about terror and have some intense storys and are quite wonderfull.


Both shows are about kids who move to a small town in the middle of nowhere. It isn't long after they move that strange things start to occur around them. Both main characters fight to figure out the mystery and solve the problem that is harassing their home.


Both of these take place in a small town in which people start to mysteriously die. The main characters go and try to solve what is killing townsfolk and get rid of the cause.


Another and Shiki are similar in that they are both excellent examples of gruesome, well-written psychological stories. There is no distracting intrusion of any other genre here--no ecchi, no comedy--just good ol' horror.


both involve the supernatural, a large cast of characters, and dangerous mystery. Also with both you get the feeling that no characters are "safe"


Both animes take place in a small town, where weird stuff starts happening. And both have a really good story, but there are some terrifying scenes. Highly recommended!


The animes Shiki and Another have both a great story. They are both situated in a small town where everyone knows everyone, and in both animes there are some weird things happening.


If you like Shiki you would like Another and vice-versa. The plot is similar. Moreover, both story takes place in a small town.


Both shows are about kids who move to a small town in the middle of nowhere. It isn't long after they move that strange things start to occur around them. It's not long before people keep dying, with paranoid students or residents blaming the events on someone mysterious within the community or school. Both series have the same dark atmosphere.


Both series are seriously scary, and have parranormal aspects. I like Shiki the most, but I have enjoyed Another as well. I hope you will watch them both!

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?

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First Shiki and Higurashi no naku koro ni had pretty similar structure a lot of murders happen without know the reason for keep emotion both of them success in that part, then a small and peaceful town in both of them. Higurashi adds to the main story comedy, shiki is pure "horror" and paranoid situations. In my opinion Higurashi is better (when Shiki finish i´ll know if that is totally true for now is true XD) but i think if you like one of them you like the other one      


I started watching Shiki because of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. I'm a huge fan of Higurashi. :] When I read a description for Shiki, it reminded me of it-- they both involve a string of murders occurring in small towns. The two series have similar atmospheres at times, and some characters are very similar. The daughter of the strange couple in Shiki looks and acts a lot like Rika Furude, one of Higurashi's main characters. Plus, both series have "color-coded" characters, as I like to say-- they have unique hair colors and styles that identify them. This is nothing good or bad, but it's just another peculiar similarity between the two series. ;D If you like either of the two, be sure to watch the other. (Let me also note that Higurashi is probably the much better series of the two, but we'll see how that assertion holds up as Shiki continues to air.)


Certainly there are similar themes in Higurashi and Shiki. A seemingly peaceful village turns into a living nightmare as the main character attempts to solve the mystery of seemingly random deaths from an unknown cause. Both have episodes structured around intensity and horror and often end with a cliffhanger. Higurashi seems to do this better than Shiki, but if you liked one, you'll likely enjoy the other.


For horror lovers there are a few must-watch shows. Higurashi no naku koro ni and Shiki two of them. Both shows are a great piece of candy for horror, suspense and mystery fans. If you like the bloody-tragedy-in-an-innocent-village theme then there's no time to waste. Go watch it NOW!


Mixing suspence, horor, and the unknown, these series do a great job at keeping the viewer on their seat. These series each leave the viewer guessing for a long time, and, after that, in awe and rooting for the characters.


Having a rather excellencent blend of horror and suspension both shows do a rather good job in getting the viewer interested quickly and keeping them interested throughout the entire series.  While Higurashi is comprised of several multi-episode arcs with the series basically resetting after each arc and Shiki just having one large story with some episodes mainly focusing on one or two specific characters.


Higurashi and Shiki are both horror series that provide a vast amount of gore, yet also manage to develop a plot that becomes more complex with each passing episode. If you were a fan of one, I am sure you will be in for a pleasent suprise once you check out the other.


If you like Mystery/Gore then you will probably like Higurashi and Shiki. Both are filled with lots of suspence and great variety of ways to die...


Both Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Shiki give me the impression that moving into a small isolated village is a pretty bad idea.First of all everyone knows each others business, second of all you have nothing to do... finally someone you know is bound to get murdered - atleast that gives you a mystery to solve I suppose


Both, Shiki and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, take place in a small, isolated town in which mysterious deaths start to occur and the mystery is unraveled little by little. Both series also have this similar kind of dark, closing atmosphere, even though it is relieved slightly by the means of comedy.

If you liked one, do yourself a favor and watch the other as well. You will soon find yourself unable to stop watching until the series is over.


Shiki and Higurashi have a lot in common:

1) complex and vivid storylines, with abundant mysteries and apparent plot holes

2) very mature ideas (more so in Shiki) which will make you change or at least ponder about your biases

3) well thought and well designed atmosphere, which will keep you on the edge of your chair


Higurashi no naku koro ni and Shiki are awesome anime of Mystery and Gore. Both anime have a enigmatic village that develops a mystery story and is the nightmare for the villagers. If you liked one of this you must watch the other


Higurashi and Shiki are both amazing psychological mystery thriller animes. Higurashi develops by following different characters throughout different arcs of the same timeframe, where  Shiki develops over the course of a single timeline, but both of them leave you shaking in your seat waiting for what comes ahead. People going insane? Mass slaughter? Village Epidemic? If you've seen one, the other is a must. 


both shiki and higurashi are about a village that seems peaceful.both have characters that are easy to love.higurashi has more mystery to it. if you like one you'll  like the other 


A small, secluded little town is the setting for a string of mysterious murders. Higurashi and Shiki are both psychological horror anime with plenty of blood and disturbing images to please anyone. Also, a fun little note-if you like a character in either anime and that character dies, don't worry. Chances are you will be seeing him/her again.


Both start in a quiet village, when suddenly deaths begin to appear. Slowly you're figuring what is happening in the village and you keeps you wondering how they are going to solve the deaths from appearing. Both shows keep you on the edge of your chair. Higurashi has more gore in it while Shiki has more of a horror feeling to it. If you liked one, you will definitely like the other as well.


brooding mystery in the countryside, characters becoming dangerously unstable, and lost of death/paranoia/blood

Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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Although the plot is entirely different, Death Note and Shiki are extremely similar in many ways. Both of them flesh out the two sides well enough so that you can't call any of them right or wrong. Both of them have main characters(Light in Death note and Toshio in Shiki) who don't stop at anything to achieve their goals and aren't afraid to make sacrifices or take underhanded measures. Not to mention these characters actually make the audience feel for the antagonists. Shiki has much more despair than Death note but both of them can get your heart racing


Both Shiki and Death Note examine the psychology of murderers. These are both incredibly dark series with a "grey-and-grey" mortality to them. Can either Light or L be called a hero? Are the shiki or humans in the wrong? Both series are a visual treat to boot. If you like morally ambiguous, psychological horror-thrillers, these series are both excellent choices.


1) Both will make you change sides, as you dig deeper into the thick plot

2) Both will have you wondering what is actually good and what is evil

3) Incredible main characters, with alot of depth and realism


Both of these anime involve a string of deaths that seem unsolvable at first. With a mixture of realism and the supernatural, the plots are complex and twisting. Both sides of the struggle are given detail that makes you wonder which side is "good".


Shiki is an anime about mysterious death occcuring in a village. Also, this anime is about what finding out is causing them, and putting an end to it. Death note is an anime about solving a mystery, too. Much like Death Note!


Though both of them have a complete different plot, they are similar when it comes down to the choice: what is good and what is evil? In both of these series it's the main question you're asking yourself. Though Death Note is more down-to-earth and one big mindgame, Shiki is supernatural and a very good horror show. If you liked one, you might just like the other one as well.

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Dance In The Vampire Bund

Dance In The Vampire Bund

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At first glance, Shiki looks a lot less sophisticated and grown up than Dance in the Vampire Bund, but the opposite is true. Shiki starts out slow, but steadily unfolds into the horror/vampire anime that it truly is. If you like DitVB, You'll love Shiki.


Each of these series focus around a vampire like existence and attempts to show their side of the story whilest they blend in with human society.


If you like Shiki, you'll love Dance in the Vampire Bund (and vice versa). Both have a scary and devious story, and both tell a unique tale of vampirism and humanity.


Probably the biggest similarity between the two is that it sort of revolves around vampires trying to find a place for them to call home and settle down at.  While the vampires in Shiki take a much more violent approach to the matter than those in Dance in the Vampire Bund.  Both do a rather good job in keeping things interesting especially if your a fan of vampires.

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Highschool of the Dead

Highschool of the Dead

When the infected approached Rei and Takashi's school, it led to a gruesome blood bath that left the majority of students and staff dead or turned into the zombie-like monsters that have spread throughout the world. Together with a handful of other survivors, Rei and Takashi set forth to find their families in a world that is rapidly detoriating. Governments have collapsed, the killer disease is out of control, and people everywhere are trying their best to simply live through each day...

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If you have seen Shiki or HotD and you feel warm inside when you think about all the blood and violence then you should definitely check out the other.


Highschool of the Dead and Shiki are both relatively new animes, that truly capture what it is to be a good horror. The graphics are astounding, the humans are both terrified, and brave, and the enemies are familiar.


Both of these anime deal with monster pandemics, have some interesting fashion choices, and for much of the anime centers on the teenage population dealing with the sudden outbreak. While Shiki has vampires, and Highschool has zombies, they both deal with horde-like monsters.


Both are horror genres that I tend to avoid, which are zombies and vampires. Only solidified by the recent popularity of Twilight, I have never liked vampires, however Shiki was instantly riveting and continued to be throughout the entirey of its duration. I never once felt like "oh crap, another predictable vampire story". It has something indredibly special. So if you're about to pass this series over just because of the vampire thing, think again because I'm glad I gave it a chance.

Highschool of the Dead didn't compltely obliterate my zombie stereotypes. I've always felt that most zombie stories are similar. And Highschool of the Dead was no different. On the other hand, it had a strong cast of characters and developed them in an enjoyable way. I don't compeltely understand the whole "ecchi" thing, I guess. I felt that all the nudity was relatively unnecessary and proved a lot of people's negative stereotypes about anime. Defintaely, Shiki's the better series, as far as holding your interest with an amazing mood and tone. But I would definately reccomend both of them. 

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