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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
Chiaki KON Director
Kenji KAWAI Music
Mika NOMURA Producer

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sheex 7.5/10 Jan 7, 2008
When They Cry - Higurashi Sheex 7.5/10 Jan 7, 2008

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One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...

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I think if you like Madoka Magical, you would enjoy Higurashi no naku koro ni and vice versa. Their plot is really similar.


These series each start in a rather innocent manner and then suddenly plunge into darkness. The viewer can't tell completely what is happening for much of the show and suddenly what you thought the show was about changes completely, and you realize how dark the show really is.


Both shows share an opening facade that masks a very dark and ominous storyline. They also share major plot devices (ie. special implementation of arcs). The main characters in both shows are trying to resolve a seemingly hopeless situation that most everyone else is unaware of.


Both of these shows seem on the surface to be happy-go-lucky stories with a group of cute Moe girls, but are actually extremely dark and deep.  The way the stories unfold and the inevitable unraveling of a complicated and gut-wrenching puzzle is very similar.  If you liked one I really think you would like the other.


There is one simple lesson that links these two great shows, appearances can be very deceptive.

While both shows are at first cute and happy, they soon show their true colours and each take a darker turn.


Mahou Shoujo and Higurashi are both excellent choices for a dark and dramatic anime. They both start relatively normal but as the characters and plot line begin to be introduced, you are awakened to find out that they both have a very sinister and dark aura.


With artwork suitable for children and the beggining of these animes it may be easy to get caught off guard.For those of you with children, don't be fooled, unless your kiddy wink has already lost his or her innocence, it's probrobly best they stay away from these animes, unless you want them crawling into bed with you every night.

However for those of you who are a little mature, and enjoy stoylines turning unexpectedly gruesome- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Mahou Shoujo Madoko Magica may very well be your cup of tea.


Both are seemingly lighthearted series which quickly turn a turn for the worse. Also, both storylines are understood on a completely different level after the endings.


These series might not look similiar on the first glance but after digging deeper into the storyline similarity is stunning.


They're very similar, little bit terrifying, very psychological. And halfway through you realize that the main character wasn't who you thought it was.


They both have dark plots that are both sad and psycological. They both have main characters dyeing.


Dark and somehow complicated plots, Higurashi is definetly more splatter and his plot is way more tangled and obscure

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Takumi is a reclusive otaku who wants nothing more than to be left alone to play online games and watch anime. He only attends the minimum necessary to pass his classes, and rarely leaves his cramped room except to purchase the newest figurines. One evening, while Takumi is chatting online with his friend "Grim," a stranger called "Shogun" joins the channel and, after "Grim" leaves, posts a series of disturbing photographs depicting a man impaled to a wall with metal stakes. The following day, Takumi is horrified when he wanders into an alley and once again sees Shogun’s images – but this time, the gruesome scene is reality. From then on, Takumi sees the world through a new set of eyes; imaginary delusions meld with reality, and he isn't sure who he can trust. With suspicions and confusion at every turn, Takumi must struggle to determine what's going on - but most importantly, whose eyes are those eyes?

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Both anime have cute characters surrounded by a dark mystery, are capable of grusome, evil things and characters which drown in acute paranoia. The two are very, very similar.


Both Higurashi and Chaos;Head have a deep story which will keep you confused for a while slowly giving away details to make sense of the whole situation. In both anime, you usually see the story from the main characters perspective where he is the least informed of the characters about what is happening and later on becomes the hero. Also, they both share the theme where the characters go a 'bit' insane because of psycological reasons.


Both share similar psychological aspects and do have some nice twists and turns. The story(plot) themselves aren't exactly very similar but the animation on both are amazing, the mystery elements on both are great and they are both titles that can be interesting throughout, can get you thinking and leave you with things to think about.


Although Higurashi is ALOT more gorey than Chaos, both these animes are the same when it comes to horror filled delusions. Both main male characters seem to suffer under paranoid delusions. Murder, unconceivable deaths, and two faced secretive characters make up these dark, and sometimes confusing animes.


Both animes are psychological wargrounds, and each one definetly keeps you holding the nearest blunt object for emergencies...


Both pretty dark anime, with a gloomy story behind them. Oh, don't forget the random murders/deaths(although higurashi is a bit closer to this).


Both series have a lot of tension and uncertainty. The main characters of both have a lot of trouble with trust.


In both Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Chäos;HEAd, you get this awesome feeling of paranoia. After all, "Whose eyes are those?"


If you liked Chaos;Head, i'm sure you'll like Hirgurashi and vice-versa, because they both have a paranoic and delusional main character, that is acused with crimes that he didn't comit , surrounded by beautifull, teenage, killer girls.

They also have that messed up story, that can put someone insane, when they try to understand.


Both shows seem kinda cute at the start, but quickly take a dark turn. They both have a story that makes you confused the first time you watch it. Please do note that higurashi is a lot gorier than choas;head if you don't mind that you'll probably enjoy both shows.

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Ookami Kakushi

Ookami Kakushi

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Both Ookami Kakushi and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni contain elements of mystery and suspense and while telling a general school days tale, have hidden aspects horror/fantasy elements buried underneath. 


Both have a similar story: A recently transfered boy now lives a town where there's a curse that turns it's citizens insane


if you liked Higurashi no Naku Koro ni or Ookami Kakushi, you'd like the other because both of them have a lot in common, both of them have a male protagonist who moves to a little town with a dark secret and both protagonist tries to find what's going on in the town. Also both are mystery/horror anime based on visual novels made by Ryukishi07 so, if you like one of them you'd like the other one.


It is fairly obvious to me that Ookami Kakushi was "inspired" by Higurashi.  Both have the same mystery story elements--outsider discovers remote town with a secret, and his closest friends may not be all they say they are.  If you crave more of one after finishing, check out the other.


Ookami Kakushi and Higurashi share quite a lot, since the same studio made them:

1) Intriguing first episode, which will have you hooked  by the end

2) Killer lolis. 'nuff said

3) Awesome and unexpected finale.


Ookami Kakushi is very similar to the first arc of Higurashi, the Hidden Demon arc, as well as some of the other arcs. They both have an intriguing mystery setting that involves local folklore and curses from local gods. They're both about a teenage guy moving to a new town that seems to have something more sinister going on behind the scenes. The main male character in Higurashi is a bit more outgoing and takes more of an initiative than the reserved character in Ookami. They both also feature cute females with hidden dark sides to their personalities as main/supporting characters.


These 2 shows are, pretty much, spitting images of each other.  Due to the enormous similarities between the 2 shows my wife and I have started called Ookami Kakushi "Higuarshi lite".

Both shows revolve around a boy whom just moved to a town that has their own (and seemingly archaic) traditions and culture and he tries to adapt to this lifestyle.  Both also are quite violent and in both the towns people seem to have a dark secret.

As someone else said, it is pretty obvious that Ookami Kakushi is heavily inspired by Higurashi


Think of Higurashi as a more refined version of Ookami Kakushi. 2 seasons long with more developed villains and characters in general. The plot isn't the same, but it's too similar to not compare the two. Just make sure if you watch Higurashi, you also watch the 2nd season, Higurashi no naku koro ni Kai.


Both voilent and twsited also same settings small town with a hidden seceret also main characters are guys


its pretty simular as theres mest up things the new kid sees so its pretty simular but with less episodes

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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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The mood in both of these is fairly dark, but also quite cute at the same time. Many murders take place, and often times are done to protect or avenge somebody else. Both seem to have a mystical and spiritual influence to the story, and a 'curse'. Hell Girl is newer though.


I found Jigoku Shoujo far beneath my expectations. Still the psychological build-up of every episode, supernatural subject and horrorish atmosphere makes it a good match for Higurashi. And who knows - maybe i'm just too demanding, and you'll find Jigoku Shoujo good?


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.  Just don't miss out on watching the "Kai" installment of Higurashi for the ending.  ^_^


Both Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Hell Girl are must watch animes for those who like something different x3 Both have amazing storylines and characters. So if you're sick of lovey dovey stories watch these instead =D


Both series have a very dark theme. Both focus on the evil that houses in every human. Higurashi has more of a story though, while Jigoku shoujo is more episodic.

If you liked one, check out the other.


Both contain the idea of a 'curse' and an aspect of mystery. Both contain short individual storylines or 'arcs' meaning that the anime doesn't have to be viewed from episode 1- the end.


If you like Jigoku Shoujo you really should check out Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, and vice versa. Although Jigoku Shoujo has a more consistent somber and sadistic tone to it while Higurashi no Naku Koro ni moves from a very upbeat tone to one of horror and violence, they share the similarity of destroying something beautiful. So if you're like me and for some reason gets captivated by that kind of stories then both of these two should be right up your alley.


The style of story-telling is the same. Episodic mini-archs give rise to a more ominious story: Hell Girl actually every episode while When They Cry has about 4 episodes to an arch. When They Cry is better, more engaging, as it has less repetition and is more trippy.

They differ in mood. HG tells sad stories that end with bittersweet justice, while WTC's archs start out saccharine and spiral out of control into senseless murder.


Both anime have a very similar dark theme. Another common factor is the different story arcs which take place. Jigoku shoujo episodes have a new story each time matches higurashi which has a new story every 5 or 6 episodes.

School Days

School Days

When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...

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If you liked Higurashi, you would probably like School Days. It has the same dark feel to it as Higurashi, and it's like a long version of the small 4 or 5 episode story arcs of Higurashi where someone is driven to murder. So, if you liked the dark feel and gore of Higurashi, you would probably like School Days.


Intrigued by cute characters doing terrible things? Enjoy watching people break? School Days and Higurashi have similar atmosphere filled with darkness and despair.


Both of these series have a dark atmosphere to them and have that special something that keeps you begging for more.  If you enjoy an anime with people breaking down in despair and doing horrible things, then these are the anime for you. Higurashi has more gore and violence than School Days, but if you enjoyed one then you are sure to enjoy the other.


Out of every anime I have ever seen, no two shows are more alike than School Days and Higurashi. I can't go into too much detail because doing so would spoil one or both of these masterpieces, but I can definitely say that both shows center on a group of characters in which mistrust and lack of communication leave the world in pieces. For those of you out there who really enjoy watching a train-wreck, (I admit it, I do), both of these are must-sees.


While Higurashi is more violent and horror and school days is more romance there are similarities as characters from both animes are pushed to the extreme due to their huge love of someone. if you liked one you should like the other.


Both these animes start off light hearted and simplistic, boringly so, but as it continues chaos, drama, and craziness insue. Both take place at a school, which is were the main characters meet and how the drama begins. Higurashi is twice the length of School Days and ALOT more gorey, so if thats not your thing, then you probably shouldn't watch this. But if you like dark animes filled with drama, horror, and increasingly crazy people then you'll both of these.


Both Higurashi and School Days start out pretty innocently, but gradually get darker as you keep watching.


School Days and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni have characters put in situations where they are pushed to the limit of their sanity. If you enjoyed that aspect of one of these shows, you will most likely find the other a good watch.

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