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?
While visiting her grandparents on a remote island, Shiina Tamai, our young protagonist, inadvertently finds a strange star shaped creature, which she names Hoshimaru. This creature, while seemingly harmless and unusual, holds many secrets. As Shiina and her new friend Akira soon find out, their creatures are much more than they seem to be...and against their will, they are thrown into a dangerous and hostile situation of trying to save the world from others who would use their dragonets to enslave it.
1. I would categorize both animes as being in the thriller/horror genre, with some elements of dementia.
2. If you liked the disturbing elements in Higurashi no Naku Kori ni, I think you'd find Narutaru to be quite enjoyable. Just beware it's deceptive benignancy in the first three episodes or so.
3. Child-Centric Plots: Both animes primarily use children and young adults for both protagonists and antagonists.
These are series that deal with the effect of violence and abuse when experienced by children. While Higurashi no Naku Koro ni might be more graphic and more consistently so, Shadow Star Narutaru's later episodes are extremely disturbing. Both series force the viewer into a tour de force in which the duality of innocence and horror is pervasively effective.
Horror anime don't come around much, and when they do they're usually nothing but gore that's labeled "horror", without a thrilling feeling. With Higurashi and Narutaru you actually have two anime that build up great suspense and let everything turn into a horror fest. Higurashi doesn't waste much time though, while Narutaru takes its time to build things up.
Both Narutaru and Higurashi appear at first to be innocent mainstream shows, but soon horribly graphic and sadistic things happen. If you loved one, I'm certain you'll get a kick out of the other.
Dark and twisted through and through, both shows pack a punch by coming from far outfield and producing surprise after surprise.
Both can be quite difficult to watch at times, but are a must-see for anyone who likes horror and psychological thrills.
Both ShadowStar and Higurashi have elements of cute interspersed between the madness and violence. When I first watched both anime I thought "...is this the right anime?" because the cuteness put me off, but as both series grow, they both become more twisted and sick.
Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.
Both Gantz and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni have a weird feeling of horror, along with tons of blood and death. Gantz and Higurashi are phenomenal shows for a mature audience. They are both brilliant in desensitizing one to violence as well.
I'm sure you'll find one to be worth the watch if you enjoyed the other.
This is a good pairing because both of these series contain horror and mystery elements. I would say that GANTZ is mor sci-fi/horror while Higurashi is more mystery/horror. These shows are also both mind boggling and shocking and gory.
Both Higurashi and GANTZ are phenomenal, bloody shows. Though Higurashi is a bit more complicated, with its jumping and overlapping storylines, GANTZ is definitely more violent, and offers much more up on the side of fanservice.
If you like horror and gore. Plot wise these are quite different. However, there are a couple of similarities in terms of theme, such as the protaganists being caught up in circumstances they don't understand and the struggle against fate. Since initially the circumstances are unknown, there is also an element of mystery for the viewer.
Both Gantz and Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni are extremely violent animes focusing on messing with the mind of the viewer. Their both very psychologically disturbing too- although Gantz has more of a sexual theme run through it. However if you like one you will probably like the other.
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...
watching Highschool of the Dead reminds me of Higurashi--albeit with a lot of ecchi. this series really holds nothing back, as far as the violence goes. Higurashi is the same in that it captures the expressions of the characters really well. if you liked one, chances are you'll like the other.
i think they are similar in terms of gore, but higurashi is the greater horror. They both have teenagers who didnt want to be involved but had found themselves in the middle of it all.
The feeling of a cold chill slowly crawling its way up your spine... the feeling of dread as you watch the world's sense of humanity dwindling into the night... and the feeling of excitement as you eagerly feast your eyes on the next episode are all trademarks of Higurashi and Highschool of the Dead. They both deal with the same interesting topic... "In the face of danger would you forsake your humanity?"
Both are very interesting and very thrilling to watch. Higurashi leans towards the "creepy and disturbing" but nontheless entertaining; while Highschool of the Dead (a.k.a H.O.T.D) has many exhilerating action scenes which leave you begging for more.
H.O.T.D while having an interesting and very creepy foundation (world overrun by zombies, survival of the fittest) doesn't quite make the cut as a "horror" anime but rather an "adventure" anime, because of all the action scenes. Higurashi on the other hand has a much more gloomy, tense, grotesque and disturbing element to it which is surprisingly addictive (a warning though, Higurashi is NOT for the faint of heart, the very first scene of the very first episode is enough to turn off anybody who isn't a fan of horror.)
H.O.T.D has a much broader "scope" in that the world has been overrun by zombies a la Resident Evil and there is no "safe place" in the world. The sane have been driven mad from paranoia and succumbed to their primal instinct of "survival of the fittest." On the other hand, Higurashi takes place in a small village secluded from the city, which only adds to the creepy element; because of the village's seclusion there is no place to run for safety (unless you run for a couple of hours.)
From the superficial description provided it would appear that these two animes are vastly different; however they are the same in that they provoke the viewer to delve deeper for "what it means to be human" H.O.T.D capitalizes it while Higurashi may not directly pose this question to the viewer. All in all, both are very good animes and if you enjoyed one you would certainly enjoy the other.
Probably the strongest point of both series in my opinion are the graphics. Both series aren't afraid to show some of the mor graphic violence that they have to offer. While Highschool of the Dead as a lot more ecchi in than Higurashi which has little to none ecchi in it both series have a main plot the resolve around mysterous circumstances that keep the viewer wondering. With their rather dark tone and story watching either one is an extremely enjoyable experience for the viewer.
Both animes have gore, are kind of disturbing and had fanservice. Higschool of the Dead is like The Walking Dead meets Higurashi.
It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an alchemist is producing a liquor of immortality, and a homunculus tries to retrieve it; and upbeat thieves Isaac and Miria head to New York after failing to strike gold in California. They ride the novel train, the Flying Pussyfoot, across the continent. However they find themselves embroiled in a ruckus caused by gangs, terrorists, serial killers, and others as multiple stories intertwine and unfold on this fateful ride. All are haunted and hunted by the legendary Rail Tracer...
These series are united with one goal: catch you on a bait (of cute girls or stylish atmosphere of 1930s) and then give you blood. Gallons of the stuff. But while Higurashi is famous for it and can't be imagined without it, Baccano! isn't as dependent on it - the atmosphere and characters are worth watching even without murder scenes and such. And both series have nice humor. While I wouldn't recommend Higurashi to anyone who watched Baccano!, it's still worth trying. And I certainly would recommend Baccano! to anyone who watched Higurashi. Or just to anyone.
While they don't have exactly the same genre, where Baccano! is action/thriller/mystery and Higurashi ishorror/mystery they share a similiar style of story telling where you start off with having to try to piece together the story yourself and step by step the story unravels.
The gore-factor in both shows could also attract interest. Even though Higurashi greatly excels Baccano! in that aspect
Both series are a bit episodic, and someone dies in a diffrent manner. There's a lot of blood and quite a lot of drama. Both series are a good watch that leaves no regrets on the viewer. My only complain is that Baccano! doesn't have a sequel yet while HnNKn has already 2 sequels ;p. I know I know Baccano! is a very fresh series. Anyhow, If you liked one you might enjoy the other.
Both of these series are centered around some sort of super-natural phenomenon and seem to be a lot more... family friendly than they actually are. That means they are both extremely violent series with many different, and often cruel, forms of death in them. Beyond this, they each have an interesting, non-linear style of telling a story that will leave the watcher guessing what exactly is going on in some points.
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?
Recommending a horror and a non-horror anime might definitely seem strange, epecially when Higurashi is the only anime that actually succeeds 100% at bringing out the right feelings to make it a horror series. However, it manages to do this by creating an atmosphere, not by creating horrifying creatures like zombies or vampires.
With that said, creating an atmosphere and bringing out exactly those feelings of fear is what these two anime have in common. Both have characters who reflect on their lives to find a way out of messy situations, but are trapped by a higher power. This is one of the best recommendation pairs I've made!
Though lacking in the department of visual gore, Bokurano possesses many similar thematical elements to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Each series follows a rather sick, sadistic storyline with a number of twists and turns, and each makes a point to emphasize the seriousness of its events. There's no glossing over of the dark, brooding events that befall both groups of children, and that perhaps is what drives the emotional power present in each.
*It should be noted that Bokurano does not tend to visually show the consequences of its heavier scenes on screen. Higurashi, however, is quite graphic, and those with a low tolerance for gore should keep this in mind before watching.
Both Higurashi Naku Koro ni and Bokurano are stories of characters who are ‘trapped' in a situation and what different characters do in those situations. But what makes these two a match is there success at being a good horror. Death and terror with explanation is so much better than random killings.
Both shows show the struggle of children with coming to terms with their own inner turmoil, and the horrific outside factors that are destroying their lives. Reconciling these things is a major part of both series.
Higurashi is significantly more gory, and bokurano is more emotionally heartbreaking, but i think fans of one series will appreciate the other.