Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

Alt titles: When They Cry 2

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Bokurano

Bokurano

When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?

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SaiAkuto SaiAkuto says...

Both series are stories about people who know that they are going to day. We can watch their movements and see what is happening to them just before the death. But both of them also show how we can change our life and face the destiny and fight it. If you like a deeply psychologic series you will like the one i recommend for sure.

Rfsancho Rfsancho says...

Both of the series have a dark plot to them, where characters must keep pushing toward a seemingly pyrrhic victory. You will enjoy how the plots unravel in a very similar fasion.

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

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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chii chii says...

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 Kai is more about the horror/mystery of what is happening. If you liked one you will like the other.

rickshaw94 rickshaw94 says...

These two animes are very similar. Both have an abundance of killing and gore, as well as a very emotional storyline/plot. Both shows also require a lot of thinking to understand the plot and you will be very eager to see what happenes next.If You liked one your sure to enjoy the other!

Jigoku Shoujo

Jigoku Shoujo

Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…

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piffleprincess piffleprincess says...

If you like either Jigoku Shoujo or any of the Higurashi installments, you will enjoy the other. 

While both series differ from each other in how the plot is carried out and specific situations, both deal with fate, destiny, curses, and psychological drama of a particular town.  Instances that seem unrelated in each seem to pull together in the end to complete the plot and give the viewer a good sense of closure.  Both have excellent scripts, pacing, development, and execution.  Higurashi, however, does tend to be more graphic in nature.

chii chii says...

Plot wise these are completely different but they are still very similar. In Higurashi Kai the characters are moving towards getting out of their fated situation loop and has an actual plot to the anime where in Jigoku Shoujo the characters are choosing their fate and it's episodic even with what little plot it has. If you liked one check out the other.

Ookami Kakushi

Ookami Kakushi

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x5ga x5ga says...

Both anime have a similar plot and characters. We have the small town setting, the boy who just moved in, local legends, the townspeople who seem to hide a grim secret and some mysterious disappearances.

Mind Game

Mind Game

Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?

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eaper eaper says...

This may seem like a stretch, but I believe that each show has a similar mentality that "will can defeat fate," that one shouldn't give up, and they both are centered around 2nd chances. Although completely different in terms of story and animation, they share a similar message.