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?
Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...
Boogiepop Phanton is a horror anime series with a story that has a similar set up to Higurashi. All of the characters profiled in each episode are in some way linked to each other; a mysterious beam of light, a series of murders that took place 5 years before the anime, and Boogiepop, the "Angel of Death". Boogiepop Phantom, like Higurashi, needs to be paid attention to closely so you can be able to fully grasp what is going on.
Both Boogiepop and Higurashi have a similar build up. Plot twists and multiple points of view are nothing unusual for these anime. Even though Boogiepop is weirder and harder to keep up with, the atmosphere in both is very dark and frightening.
Both anime tell a stoy in a non-liniar fashion. The stories skip back and forth through time, and nothing really makes sense until near the end.
Graphically, Boogiepop and Higurashi couldn't be further appart from each other; while Boogiepop has a grim world design and color palette, with realistic looking characters, Higurashi is filled cute lolis and bright colors. However, both shows tell stories with plenty of despair, mistery, murders and disappearances. Now, that alone wouldn't make any of these shows a particularly good recommendation for the other... The main link in the style of these shows is the narrative. Both make use of non-linear storytelling and change of character's focus, building the plot slowly, bit by bit of information. Boogiepop is harder to grasp, but Higurashi also takes longer to start making sense. If you've watched Boogiepop and wants to watch Higurashi, be aware it's plot complexity takes some time to be fully realised, if you've watched Higurashi and pland to watch Boogiepop, be aware that Boogiepop don't have (initial) scenes with cheerful scenarious and characters.
Yuu Yuuzawa is a tough kid in a rough town. One day, he is approached by an odd girl by the name of Ame, who claims that she was connected to him in a past life and insists on serving as Yuu's knight. His first reaction is to ignore her, distancing himself as quickly as possible. However, when a serial killer murders one of Yuu's classmates and Ame seems to know something about the killings, he is forced into cooperating with her to get to the bottom of the mystery. Can this enigmatic stranger really be trusted?
Denpa Teki na Kanojo and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni both deal with murder and mystery as a concrete theme, so blood and elements of horror is imminent. Right in the begining of the animes is the introduction to some blood and murder. For the people that have already seen Higurashi, a character in DTnK resembles closely to Rena, almost as if they were twins. In the end of the first episode of both animes, they leave you wanting more!!!
So so alike! Higurashi is more sinister but Denpa is also really mystirious. Its a must watch if you liked Higurashi and vice-versa
The two series take a seemingly average school life and drag it though the mud, having it's hopless male lead wind up in horrible siuations that would not be have happened if these crazed women had just left them alone.
Yes, whether big city or small village, the murder plots are written amazingly well and you never know where the next twist is coming from.
Both center on a mystery-esque theme with teenagers, which quickly escalates into something that is horrific enough to tear at the very fabric of their minds. They're both psychological, with them dealing with the killings and trying to prevent it in whatever ways they can. Each deal with how people percieve reality and what it looks like when people start losing their grip.
The main difference between them is that the supernatural element is somewhat more omnipresent in Higurashi (in certain arcs), and Higurashi has the 'reset button' that goes off in between each arc. There is a slight supernatural element to Denpa Teki na Kanojo, but it's mostly only mentioned. In both, it is... debatable as to whether or not the supernatural element exists, and is probably just in the minds of the protagnosists.
Rin is a private investigator with an advantage: near immortality. Thanks to the spores of the Yggdrasill tree, both she and her assistant Mimi have lived many years longer than the average person. That isn’t to say that being immortal doesn't have its problems. With 'angels' wanting to devour them, the being Apos sending wave after wave of professional assassins to kill them, and constant hangovers from long nights of drinking, being immortal still has its downsides. With Apos' attempts at removing them from the picture increasing, can Rin and Mimi figure out what he is after so they can return to their morning shots of Vodka?
If you get thrilling goosebumps from the torture and horror found in Higurashi, then you will surely get that same feeling from watching Mnemosyne. Their plots may differ significantly, but both anime really know how to make you wince through bodily torture and astonish your mind with a deep mystery.
Mystery, mystery and one more mystery a person who likes mysteries, unknowns, and madly passing plot, this is the anime for him.
Are you looking for blood? Half crazed people of various backgrounds? Mystery? Either of these shows may satisfy that need. Higurashi centers itself around mysterious deaths in a small town while Mnemosyne's mystery focuses more around the protagonist's origin and relation to the world around here. Both contain blood and violence, though in different ways. Both are interesting shows for anyone looking to dabble their toes in some macabre.
Both series really plunge you into a supernatural mystery and includes some very painful scenes. They don't just stop at blood and torture though. The stories start twisted but become more interesting and sad as you think about the experiences you are forced to watch. You'll find yourself putting together puzzle pieces that weren't even acknowledged during the show. Give it a try.
When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Perfect Blue are both psychological anime in that they effectively depict the descent into madness and paranoia of their main characters.
If this aspect of one was of interest to you then the other would be well worth watching.
If you enjoyed how Higurashi no Naku Koro ni messed with you head you need to see Perfect Plue. like Higurashi, Perfect Blue has violence, blood and that "what just happened feeling" you get from time to time.i would say you at least need to rent Prefect Blue, if you enjoyed Higurashi.
Both Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Perfect Blue tell us what happens when the thin line between reality and fantasy fades away, when fear and paranoia start to kick in. They leave you guessing till the end and if you liked one, you'll probably like the other.
Even though these two animes do not seem particularly similar upon first sight, I belive that people who like one will be able to enjoy the other as well. They both explore the instability of the human mind and the fine line beween sane and insane. They are both absolutly fantastic.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
Monster is by far the best recommendation for Higurashi that I can think of. Why? Monster surrounds itself with so many theories, questions, and deep mystery that it is not all that different than Higurashi. Monster contains an intelligent plot that darkens as a horrifying factor slowly reveals itself. It is in fact a classic psychological thriller that delivers a mature masterpiece. If you loved Higuarshi, then you are probably looking for another intelligent mystery series that will keep your heart pumping for more. Pick smart. Pick Monster.
In Both cases the material is very drastic, the atmosphere is dense and you do not know what exactly will happen. Both are good horror shows.
Monster and Higurashi share a strong psychological aspect that I find is rare in anime. Both are heavily violent at times, yet it is not excessive. The two shows also have their differences though–At times Higurashi is peaceful and if not even comedic while Monster remains true to its dark and serious self the entire way through. All in all both of these shows are a great watch for anyone looking for their share of quality, unpredictable psychological mystery anime.