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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Alt titles: When They Cry - Higurashi

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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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Kyuuta SAKAI Character Design
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Mika NOMURA Producer

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sheex 7.5/10 Jan 7, 2008
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For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...

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1. Killer Lolis: There is something inexplicably fascinating with the dichotomy of murderer and cute little kid. If this was a reason you enjoyed Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, you're sure to find plenty of it in Elfen Lied.

2. Graphic Depictions of Violence: If you're all about bloody bits of guts and severed limbs flying about, Elfen Lied won't disappoint.


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Elfen Lied have a lot in common on a very basic level. Most specifically, they are series that seamlessly blend the ordinary with the freaky, the normal with the insane and the cute with the bloody and gory. Neither series may be for those who are faint of heart, but a fan of one series is likely to enjoy the other.


Both series are gory with cute, killer girls in the main roles. Both are about the characters' desires to live a normal, peaceful life, without these horrifying and traumatic events. Higurashi has a better, more mysterious and twisted plot, while Elfen Lied is more heart-shaking and romantic (if you can say that about anime in which body parts float in air ;)). Oh, and both have fantastic opening tracks. ^^


Both Higurashi and Elfen Lied have a contrast of cuteness and psychosis, and distort fairly plain characters into something more human. And not to mention they both metaphorically disembowel the harem genre.


If you like Higurashi, you'll certainly like Elfen Lied as it also, amazingly, unites bloody murders and cute girls. Elfen Lied, however, doesn't have the light climate and funny anime cliché moments that can occasionally be seen in Higurashi. It is also more bloody and gory than violent, but equally scary. So if you've taken to the cruel side of Higurashi, Elfen Lied surely won't disappoint you.


Both Elfen Lied and Higurashi are jam-packed with an intense, creepy sense of horror. They are both pumped full of violence and gore, have a sensitive side, and very artistic opening sequences.

You'll enjoy one's extreme violence if you enjoyed the other's.


Elfen Lied and Higurashi are two stories for those who like seeing blood spilled. The producers of these anime didn't put a limit on bloody scenes, so they will satisfy your demands.


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.


Both of these anime bring together cuteness and violence in a great way. With both the innocent persona of Nyuu in Elfen Lied and the overly-fake cuteness in the starting arcs of Higurashi, the balance of psychotic and sweet is actually pretty good.


Maybe not as Twisted, but Elfen Lied does feel a lot like Higurashi, cute girls, lots of blood, and emo parts, definitively a must watch.


Both these animes have borderless violance, a gripping story and a few heart wrenching scenes. There were parts in Elfen Lied that left you thinking " theres no way shes going to do that" and then Bam she kills kouta's family. And Higurashi was a rollercoaster of events that is sort of confusing until the second season, but when it hits you, the series comes together so well its kind of scary. Both of these series have very similar animation styles.


Both series have a stark contrast between silly cuteness and brutal gore. Both also make a point of showing what young people are capable of when pushed into a corner. Neither series is for the faint of heart, or for people who don't like getting their heads messed with. Or their heartstrings torn, for that matter.


blood, gore, a little bit more blood and a little bit more gore...oh, and did i mention there was lots of blood and gore?

both series are of your basic horror graphical violence type, but each also manage to incorporate comedy (no folks, not black comedy, but actual funny haha comedy) tragic childhood memories, strange secret company conspiracies, and the sheer will to protect the ones they love the most.

fans of one are often fans of the other and would really miss out if otherwise.


Both shows may look complitly diferent at first sight but they truly have a lot in common. The main topic is a brutality and corruption of the world which couses the main haracters to act sometimes violently but sometimes also with devotion.


I think if you liked Higurashi, you need to like and Elfen LIed. Becauase it's the same horror, much blood, death's and strain of action ^^


Both casts contain cute little girls who kill remoreslessly. The series are dark, gory and both use great colour paletts. Bright for the characters, but dark in ordeer to invoke mood.


Both Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Elfen Lied have kids acting violently against eachother. Higurashi no Naku Ni seems to have more of a reason for the violence than Elfen Lied, but overall, fans of gore and mystery should enjoy both series.


Both anime have characters engaged in bloody acts of violence, torture, death, and brutality. Yet when they aren't killing they are very sweet and loving. Elfen Lied is more about the gore where Higurashi is more about the horror/mystery of what is happening. If you liked one you will like the other.


So much blood that you may cry! Or stay alert for the next thing to happen! These are the most likely reactions when watching either Elfen Lied or Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. So much killing that you may just like that either drop it or become addicted to it! Either way, the excitement is just too much. Don't watch if you are not prepared to withstand it!


Both anime include twisted tortures and gore.

Lucy (Elfen lied) is also kinda similar to Mion (Higurashi) because they both got this sweet and kind side and this crazy side, (killing without feeling guilt)


Both Elfen Lied and Higrashi no Naku Koro ni have plenty of blood and gore, but both series are also very character-driven, focusing a lot on their characters and their relationships with each other. Both shows also share a really creepy and intense atmosphere and incredibly disturbing stories. If you liked Higurashi no Naku Koro ni you will like this series.


Both Elfen Lied and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni share a intresting style where at one point during the show everything is fine and happy, and then the next it gets very sadistic and violent. As strange as that might sound, it works. Plus for those who enjoy the violent and sadistic part, you can be assured that both are VERY violent and sadistic. Honestly they are the kinds of anime that would give little kids nightmares.


Both of these series feature a substantial amount of horror and gore, with most of the killing done by deceptively innocent-looking characters. Higurashi no Kaku Koro ni and Elfen Lied both manage to balance the cuteness and violence found in them to keep the suspense level high.


Both series feature extreme amounts of gore (though When They Cry's gore is intense, but short while Elfen Lied's is prolonged) and many unique ways of torturing or killing that only the sickest people could come up with. They both also employ complex and deep stories to back up all the gore.


Both of these series are amazing suspense thrillers. While the story line of the two series are completely different, they share the same look, feel and most important the same intensity. Elfen Lied contains a bit more gore than Higurashi does, but they share the same intensity through out the series.


There are characters who doesn't look like killers, but they are. They're usually normal, like other people, but from time to time they shows their dark sides and kills other people.

You can find drama and also liters of blood in both.

If you like one of them, you'll like the other.


These shows both have the same dark feeling, and death plot. They both are about girls who you like and feel bad for even though they go around killing people. Both are depressing.


For those who love dark stories, Elfen Lied and Higurashi (both seasons) are great complements. Not simply because of the gore content (although none of those two animes are lacking), but also the depth of the story and the eeriness they emit.

What people would appreciate in those two animes would also be the contrast between funny and cheerful moments and the sudden ominous and serious tone that could appear unexpectedly. Characters are very likeable and can easily be connected to.

However, Higurashi is a longer series and offers more mystery and unexpected plot twists than does Elfen Lied.


Even though both always end with the basic brutality that both series bring, the characters are amusing and delightful at time. They will make you laugh and grab your attention while the true story takes place, I couldn't turn away while watching both.


I consider Higurashi to be very similar to Elfen Lied in its intensity of animation and found myself actually fearful when watching both series. As horror animes, both are very effective in instilling fear in it's audiences. Both series have an element of mystery which forces the viewer to watch to the very end.


Who doesn't love killer lolis and violence? Elfen Lied is slightly different in the fact that it is less of a mystery, but it still has the same "Holly Crap" effect when it comes to the action.


The blood content in both these animes is crazy. They both have young people, with love interests, who are going through some insane kind of drama.  Both main characters are apart of some kind of mystery that begins to reveal itself as the anime progresses.


both anime have a balance between ordinary 'slice-of-life' style and extreme mindf*ck style - as a side note, both also have, hidden in their midsts, an extreme fan-service ep which i appreciated greatly


Do you like gratuitous amounts of violence? If so you will find a great experience in either Elfen Lied or Higurashi, both of which don't skimp on the bloodshed.


Both Elfen Lied and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni have a similar theme of a male character surrounded by many seemingly-innocent (and secretly violent) females. Though the overall storylines are essentially different (Elfen Lied focuses more on romance and social ethics whereas Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has a sort of paranormal mystery going on), don't let that stop you from watching one if you've watched the other. They both feature murderous cute characters, some cringe-worthy torture scenes, and gruesome amounts of blood and gore.


Both Of these series have an extremely dark feel to them, leaving the viewer trying to piece together certain parts of the background behind the characters. Furthermore, both of the series are very violent, with a sense of insanity inherently placed in the series. Finally, both series do a very good job of making the impossible seem very real.


Both of them have for main theme kill and blood, you don´t understand very well what happened when you start to watch, you discover in the middle of the serie everything. 

The Characters don´t be like they seems to be...


Keiichi move to town, and so does Kohta.  They both have no knowledge of what psychopathic terror await them.  Both make new friends, and witness the horror of the slaughter brought from them. The main female characters also have split personalities, making these two animes very close to each other. If you love stuff that messes with your head, or blood and gore, both of these animes are for you! definitely not recommended for the weak of heart


If you are a fan of violent and gory horror stories then Elfen Lied and Higurashi are perfect for you. Both shows feature a normal male character surounded by females that can be cute one minute, but can turn deadly at the drop of a hat. Both shows juxtapose cuteness and violence in a way that makes the violence and horror all the more shocking. 


You know what's fun? Comedies that gradually turn into violent blood fests wrought with killing and comedies that can go straight to violence/insanity in a snap. Except- no, that's just about it. Both Elfen Lied and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni are twisted enough to do that sort of jazz. But that's what makes them fun (In a way). They both satisfy those with a taste of comedy who don't mind the occasional jets/squirts of blood and disturbing imagery.


Elfen Lied and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni are both excellent series. They both have a very serious tone in one instance--but in the next instance you'll laughing your butt off! Also the art for both series is very good, in my opinion however, Elfen Lied art takes more of a life-like stance as opposed to the more cartoonish art in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.


Both these animes have alot of gore thoughout so If you like gore then thats a good start, aswell as this the characters at first seem very normal, but they also have a killer side to them. So if you like higurashi for its brutal side, you will also like elfen lied and visa versa


Elfen Lied takes the same "cute on the surface, seriously disturbed underneath" concept and adds an excellent plot and moving story of alienation, betrayal, and life after tragedy. Along with si-fi elements and the gore of a horror, the series will test the weak of heart (or stomach).


These animes share a lot: overall dark mood, thriller/shock aspect and violence. Characters in both animes may not be who they seem. They take all of these similar aspects in very different directions, with both having some element of mystery. However, Elfen Lied focuses more on action and drama, while Higurashi is primarily a mystery.


Both Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Elfen Lied make the point that making friends with a cute girl may not always be such a good idea.Whilst they tell very different stories they both feature characters who whilst appearing harmless and adorable on the outside, actually have a ruthless violent streak hidden behind their childish exterior- both animes are gory and whilst they feature charming colourful artwork at times should not be recomended for a younger audience. Both these animes go beyond the violence, capturing a dark atmosphere full of dramatic tension and horror to leave their audience wishing they had a bigger edge to their seat.


So you like blood, guts, horror, and mystery? You're at the right place. Wether it's elfen lied, or Higurashi no naku koro ni (or when they cry) You get it.

Creepy, mysterious female characters, that cause absolute mayhem. Strange music, and errie undertones, with plenty of violence and gore. I would highly reccomend each of them from each other.

Not for those sensetive to animated blood!


Cute little girls? No cute little MURDERES!

Both Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Elfen Lied are dark, psychological animes that shows cute girls turning into killing machines which kills anyone who gets in the way, though Elfen Lied contains much more nudity and gore than Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

If you enjoyed either you should definitely watch the other.


Elfen Lied and Higurashi share quite a few things, among those:

1) both anime have an unique blend of comedy and mystery which will keep you entertained and in love with the characters

2) the storyline borders on genius, with enough twists, turns and cliffhangers to blow your mind

3) while Elfen Lied plays with rather tabu ideas but manages to wrap them up neatly, both leave you pondering about their actual themes and subliminal messages


Neither of them will baby you, you're watching a violent anime, that's what you get without faffing around. Both contain mystery and to some degree, until you are given the solution require you to come up with your own ideas.

Both are violent.

Both manage to balance casual happy life with horrific murders very well.


An anime with a lot of blood, but it also has a good story in it, just like this one. In both animes you'll feel sorry for one of the characters and you keep on hoping on a happy ending. I highly recommend it!


They're both horror anime and have more beneth the surface than what is initally revealed. With being gory and having unique complex characters I've you've enjoyed Elfen Lied or Higurashi whatever you watched first its likely you'll enjoy the other.


Both Elfen Lied and Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni are well known for explicit gore and  violence. Their very similar in the aspects that there is a lot of mutilation and horror taking place in both animes. Also in both of them characters slowly turn psychopathic and creepy.


Both animes are very gory and leave an impact. I personally recommend watching Elfin Lied first, seeing as it may get you ready for the mind destroying ways of Higurashi.


Both Elfen Lied and the Higurashi seires contain a lot of the same ideas. Both combione everyday things with the unexpected. Both have their fair share of blood and gore. But don't let that discourage you. Both of these shows have a superb storyline and completely worth watching. (Especially if you like the horror genre.)


it got the same psychological substance and a deep dark storyline higurashi is a little more deeper and darker than elfen lied  but thats the only diffrence between them  


I think Elfen Lied has more blood, but Higurashi is more F***ed up. Both feature split personality cases and child abuse, and both are VERY difficult to watch. However, Elfen Lied has a deep, heartrenching story; Higurashi's story is more confusing and thought-provoking. Elfen Lied has beautiful art, while Higurashi has ugly art (the anime, not the manga!). On the other hand, both have beautiful opening themes.

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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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They're both horror genre animes. A kid comes to a different town and weird things start happening. I'd say they are pretty similar in ways.


Higurashi and Another have the common ground of a secret all the kids are hiding for the newer boy while mysterious deaths start happening. They both share the combination of mystery, tragic pasts, and horror - with a helping a gore on top.


They are both horror, and a new kid comes to town and everyone hides a creepy secret from him until he starts investigating on his own


Love getting freaked out and scared half to death? Enjoy more than your average generic show?

Definitely watch these


they are so much alike but i personally think another is better. they both have to do with small towns. In both a new boy comes to a new place. it all has to do with why are people dying and what is wrong with their friends. They both have the mystery of who the people around them really are.


Very Similar Stories involving Supernatural events in a small rural town. Both involve high schoolers dealing with the everyday and the unatural. Both have a fairly large amount of gore and darker scenes and subjects.


Both main characters are very similar, Keiichi, and Kouchi has tranfrerred to a new village and new scholl. Higurashi and Another have mysterious atmosphere.


Both seems to succeed in being a good horror anime. Higurashi is more confusing (especially if you do not know about it originally being a visual novel).

If you liked higurashi you will probably like Another but the other way around is not necessarily true. With time, I have learned that Higurashi is not for everyone even though I liked it myself


Both are mystery/horror animes which are surrounded by mysterious circumstances that leaves you wondering what is really going on.  People die in unusual ways as everything slowly goes out of control and people get a little crazy.


Though Another lacks the harem and potential switch-up of possible perpetrators in the blood baths that Higurashi seem to overflow with as the focus of the story, it is still has the basic principle that Higurashi shares: A boy who has a seemingly insignificant connection to the town he just moves into seems to be the thread that binds his fate of possible death or worse; both the main characters comes across a deep dark secret that the supporting cast (supp. cast being the girls in Higurashi ...and the students of Grade 9, Class 3 for Another) tries desperately to hide from outsiders and newcomers, lest the demons that plagued them before return with renewed fervor. Both are also filled with disturbing images (graphic killing in both, as well as a creepy, lifeless doll motif in Another ) and psychological aspects that will undoubtedly make the viewer's blood run cold, or at the very least pass a glance over your shoulder to make sure you're not being watched...


both have a new boy that moves to a village with a curse that they must find out how to stop it or why its happening.


Another is based on a novel while Higurashi or 'When they Cry' is based on a text based game on the playstation.

Both Anime have lots of depth and gore. While Higurashi is more torture and vengence than mystery, Another is more based around mystery and has a Hunger Games feel to it towards the end.

Both Anime are amazing and both of the are centred around a girl, In Higurashi it is Furude Rika, Hojou Satako, Sonozaki Mion and Shion and Ryuugu Rena, another is centred around a girl called Misaki Mei.


Both shows involve alot of mystery, suspense and are focued around a series of deaths. Both contain a supernatural element that helps drive the plots forward in way that is neither cliche or forced. Both are centered around classmates and their relationships are imporant to the progressen of the plot and the ultimate conclusions, though in the case of Higurashi that doesnt come until season 2. If you liked one you'll more than likely find something to like in the other.


They both have alot of similarities, down to the names being nearly identical. If you like one of them you will like the other.


you will like these two because as you watch from tense episode to tense episode the fealing in the room is the same no matter what the enviernment you have a constent fear of what will happen next.


To avoid any spoilers, I would simply put it into that both series share the same gore/thriller/horror mood with a good plot


Higurashi and Another have their similarities, but Higurashi takes the insanity even further... in an awesome way.


Both start off with the main character moving into a new place. Both are horror anime centered around a series of mysterious deaths. Both anime have a lot of horrible death scenes.


Both anime offer killer lolis. And are farely bloody and gorey. I found both anime creepy to a point (when a 14 year old beats someone with a bat for example)


Both center on a new student transferring to new school. a supernatural mystery that's been happening for awhile in both series, lots of guessing wtf? is happening, psychotic breakdowns, disturbing/bloody scenes.


A new boy comes to town only to notice that everyone is keeping some sort of mystery from him, after which people start dying in hideous ways. While Higurashi and Another share basic plotlines, the mysteries are different enough to make you sit through both of them in all their gory glory.


The main character of Another reminded me constantly of Keiichi (I guess even their names are similar!).  Both series are about a yearly curse and the attempts to circumvent it, in both cases, leading to disastrous results.


Both anime are about a boy who moves to a mysterious and cursed village in which people violently die every year.


Another and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni are one of the few spooky Japanese animes that are out there.  Both are very good to boot.


Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni is like Another, and vice versa, because Keiichi and Sakikabara (Sorry for spelling!) are both new to this place, and they are hidden from everything. At first you think "Oh my god this is so stupid and confusing" but the more you watch, the more you're like "OHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"


wonderful is not enough for this two anime, they both have a fine plot and a storyline that doesnt get you bored they are full of thrill and are just beautiful


They have the same sort of feel, normal boy moving to a strange school. And by strange, I mean deadly! 


The general atmosphere and sense of mystery in both anime evoke similar feelings in the audience, the 'small town with big secrets' setting is present in and the male MCs are rather similar as well.


They both have the same creepy atmosphere, as well as a "new person in town" who is largely unaware of the town's bloody history


Both series' are very twisted. If you enjoy gore and gruesome deaths, you'll enjoy Higurashi and Another both. Both characters are harassed by a series of horrible occurrences. Neither show lacks in the gore department.


Both of these anime feature a boy who moves to a small town and ends up finding himself in a middle of a mysterious happenings and deaths. As the mysteries are slowly solved, you will soon find yourself unable to stop watching until you reach the end and the answers.


Get your gore-gasms over here. You want blood and horrific deaths, then you have the right anime for you here. While Higurashi can be straight up gore with mysterious goings on, Another has a mysterious force at work murdering all in sight. With the dark atmosphere of either, if you liked one, you'd definitely like the other.


Both stories are about a guy who moves to a small town, transfers to a small school and meets another kids at school.Then he starts thinking that the kids are keeping a secret.And even the secrets in the both shows are similar.


Well, from what I've seen yes the two are very similar. First off, they are horror genre and they both have horrific deaths that seem to be a prevalent theme. There is a mystery that goes along with both and they draw you into the story with the intrigue of finding out what happens next.


The series brings about mystery and horror  as it gets closer to revealing the solution to what is causing the events to happen. The narration is done well enough to make you think you understand it until it shows you the twists and turns to keep you wondering until the very end.


Both anime are not for the light-hearted -- involves gruesome deaths with definite not afraid to show blood.

The main character gets sucked into the world, and it appears everyone around him is hiding something causing a lot of suspicions, and introduces superstitions (e.g. curses).

Main difference is that Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is told in Arcs in order to "solve" the mystery, whereas Another is a continuous 12-episode story. However, give that, Higurashi has a lot of main characters, and character development, where Another has much less than you'd expect.


They are both no-holds-barred, gory, suspenseful mysteries.  You'll keep guessing who's going to die next :)


Both animes are a good scare, and lovly to watch if you enjoy the horror genre. Both are very mysterious, and you have no idea of what's going on until the last episode.


Both of these animes have themes of death and suspicion with high levels of suspense. They're both pretty dark and have a large amount of violence, although I would say that Higurashi has more violence. Despite being horror series, they can be pretty funny when they want to be. If you like one you will like the other.


Both anime have plenty of mystery and suspense in them and their stories are even a little bit similar, but not too much.  I have said it many times in my other recs but once again I'm going compare the mood (or atmosphere).  Higurashi has humor but it doesn't really affect the mood, it's still intense and it makes you grab onto the edge of the table as you wait what happens next.  Another on the other hand is even darker than Higurashi and it stays that way until the very end. 


They have kinda similar setting, story takes place in a small comunnity. There is the same feeling, you feel uneasy watching them, you know something is gonna happen and then btooom! it happens and you know you can't do anything else then continue watching even though you are scared fuck. Yeah. 


The horror aspect in both is the first obvious resonance between the two stories, but their similarities go beyond this - both are genuinely intriguing stories, with the viewer led down a twisting path which is ultimately satisfying and completely unpredictable.


Both series develop a similar horror plot. Whilst in Higurashi you will have to watch it for some time to get the whole mystery it does exist.

Both develop similar and have a strong flavour for gore and violense. If you liked Another i think it's worth giving Higurashi a try, the first season is Eposodic but the second answears the questions. If alternitively you like Higurashi you should love Another, it's a shorter watch with all your favourite elements included, with a little more mystery. Either way chances are you should like them both if you enjoyed one.


Both anime have that one new transfer student who everybody is keeping secrets from. In both anime the hero eventually finds out this secret and has many close brushes with death. In both anime people are also killed very frequently and there is lot of blood. If you're a horror fan its definitely worth checking out other if you've seen one of these anime.

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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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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.


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 


both animes build up unbelievably creepy atmospheres in small villages that are cut off from the outside and both animes stand out for the characters that are everything else than black-white-depicted and tend to drift off into insanity :D I´ve found shiki through one of these recommendations at higurashi and i swear i do not regret it in the slightest :) but give shiki some time at the beginning it´s quite weird ;D


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

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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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Like Higurashi, Death Note is also very much a "thinking man's" anime, leaving the viewer to form opinions about the events that have transpired and their likely effect on future events rather than spell everything out for you. There is no pre-defined "good guy" or "bad guy," you simply side with the character you prefer.


Death Note and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni are both anime series for thinking people. The amount of suspense and tension in both series is great.


If you enjoy anime that makes your brain go into overtime then you will be interested in taking a look at Death Note and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Both of these anime are chalk full of tension and suspense and will surprise you with new revelations around every corner.


Death Note doesn't really have the horror that Higurashi has; instead it has one of the best stories I've come across so far. But the keyword here is atmosphere: both series draw you in and make you live alongside the main character. The suspense is built up so well that you can't stop and need to watch the next episode.


Both anime revolve around unexplained deaths and the mentality of the killers. The scale of the murders is definitely larger in Death Note, while Higurashi focuses less on violence than deduction. In both the characters have to be extremely careful of what they say or else they'll be in mortal danger.


Both Death Note and Higurashi are brilliant tales that deal with the dark side of life. The shows keep you on the edge of your seat, craving to see what happens next. If you enjoyed one, give the other a watch.


Higurashi and Death Note are easily in my top three anime. They are two great psychological thrillers. While the themes and plots may be completely different, they gave me similar feelings and reactions. Both are great anime.


Death Note and Higurashi are both anime that draw you into a mystery and shows both sides of the story as they move along.


If you enjoyed watching Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, I believe that you will also enjoy Death Note. They both have a story line that always keeps you guessing, and a fair share of psychopaths.


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is more graphic, but both animes still have a dark feeling. They are full of suspense and an evil sense of humour that keeps you craving more. Warning: you may have to use your brain and actually think when watching Death Note and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni in order to comprehend the intriguing intricate plots.


Both in are about people taking it in to their own hands to get rid of evil around them. Both have murder and and good plots, if you like one you will like the other.


mystery, suspense, the power of gods and peoples will to change their fate, is that not what both these anime's are all about?


Both stories feature a complex mystery (though When They Cry does it with numerous endings) that carries on through-out the series. They also have the whole evil theme going on (from straight-A student Light Yagami to the insane girls Mion and Renna).


Death Note and Higurashi both share a great sense of complicated plot development, more so on the side of Higurashi. Both series are also no strangers to violence either, not by a long shot. Each features satisfyingly brutal and unique deaths. So if you liked one series for its mystery or violence, its a 100% chance the other will catch your interest as well.


Both of these animes have the ability to leave you wondering about what just happened. It is very easy to change which character you think is right as the series continues, and there is suspense and tension that continues throughout the entire story in each anime. Finally, both stories do a great job of getting you to connect with the main characters, even though both stories lack a clear cut hero.

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Yuki is a disaffected middle school boy who has no dreams or goals in life; in fact, the only thing he has is his diary. Writing down everything he observes and documenting every thought, the young boy uses it as an outlet for his imagination. One morning, however, Yuki wakes up to find his cell phone filled with diary entries for the next ninety days. Thinking nothing of it, he continues his morning until he begins to realize that everything on his phone is rapidly coming to pass, and it isn't just mere coincidence. Now, Yuki suddenly finds himself thrust into a survival game against other future diary owners to become the new Lord of Time.

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Both anime have a very strong cast of characters, which appear normal at first, but...you know...aren't :D. Likewise, the storyline is very thought-inducing and mystery orientated.

If you liked one, chances are you're gonna like the other one.



If you liked Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, you'd also like Mirai Nikki because both of them have a teenager as a main character who suddenly finds himself in a situations with lots of blood and mystery. Also, there are really strange cute characters with multiple personalities and a character of an older guy who helps the main chracter to solve the mystery.


Both shows are about a very average, if not shy, high school boy who's life becomes filled with girls and axes.


Both series introduce the carefree lead male characters to a world where it's kill or be killed. Taking sides, making allies and watching your back are necessary for all the characters in both series if they want to survive. The cast of Higurashi, however, could be considered a little more fortunate due to having more chances. The Mirai Nikki characters, not so much. Rena and Yuno are very similar - cute and girly with a yandere side. Despite Yuno showing far more of an interest in the lead male character than Rena, the two hold a striking resemblence to one another. Mirai Nikki definitely has great potential and I feel could do great things to the psychological thriller genre.


This series really reminded me of the physiological horror you would find in (When They Cry/ Mirai Nikki). You have your messed up nut jobs, your past-tormented charicters, and many insane plot twists!


Both Higurashi and Mirai Nikki (When They Cry & Future Diary) have a similar feel to them. You might even call Mirai Nikki a cross between Higurashi and Death Note. Future Diary is about survival of the fittest, with a touch of mystery and mindf*ck. Higurashi is about a mysterious curse that also has a mindf*ck that is later cleared up when the sequel series Kai is added to the mix. Overall both of these series are a great match for each other and play more on your mental state of mind than your physical (which is why i believe they are better fit for each other than Deadman Wonderland, which is more physical state of mind)


Quite simple: Rena resambles Yuno. Both are yandere girls which kills acording to their feelings.  Altough, Higurashi is not linear as Mirai Nikki, but both of them are psichological animes that you must see.


Both shows have a heavy emphasis on the psychological and have many moments that just leaved you stunned. They both are very dark with characters thrown into situations where they are forced to make decisions to stay alive whether they be good or bad. Both also have a very messed up cast of characters with deep pscychological problems. If you like anime with a dark tone, blood, messed up characters, and a very suspensful story chances are you'd like Mirai Nikki and Higurashi.


Both feature dark themes involving death and insanity. With characters of both shows having psychological issues. While Higurashi's core doesn't show instantly like Mirai Nikki's does they are both equally disturbing and entertaining. If you are a fan of either show theres a high chance you'll like the other as well.


Both animes contain characters you cannot put into black-white-depiction that easily.. They often like to drift off into insanity and therefore create unbelievable creepy atmospheres that will make you shiver :) Mirai nikki has got more dramatic and story within but Higurashi stands out for the amazing characters and their actions. I am sure if that if you´ve loved one you ll love the other!


Gasai Yuno (MN) is a psychotically obsessed yandere girl, like Ryuugu Rena (HNNKN). Both contain blood, cute killing girls, suspense and death. However, "Higurashi" is FAR superior to "Mirai Nikki."


Mirai Nikki and Higurashi are both psychological thrillers filled with bloody deaths and violence. Both series also contain supernatural elements, while remaining highly realistic.

While Mirai Nikki has a more direct plot, which advances faster, both series contains twists and turns. When it comes to characters, both anime have their share of properly developed personas walking on the brink of insanity.

If you enjoyed one of them you may certainly find the other to your liking.


Both Mirai Nikki and higurashi revolve around the whole psycological mystery idea, and they both yell at you to solve the various mysteries the main characters have thrown at them. (Higurashi to a larger extent). I also think that Yuno and Rena bare striking similarity to each other, they're both girls with sharp things who are cute for the most part but show a dark, ruthless side. I find that higurashi has alot more humour to it, especially at the start of an arc before shit goes down and everyone is having super happy game time, but if you like one anime, you'll definately like the other

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