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?
The life of a spiritual medium is not an easy – being constantly surrounded by spirits, each with a problem to solve! The albino Misaki Saiki is one such medium who finds herself solving mysteries, fighting spirits and even getting possessed on occasion; and since talking to spirits doesn’t manage to pay the bills, she’s also a dominatrix on the side. Together with her spirit-fearing and martial arts-loving partner, an apprentice, and her very own stalker, Misaki will help spirits come to rest while fulfilling the desires of her S&M clients.
Both Daydream and Higurashi have gore and ridiculousness in common. Though Daydream deals much more with the supernatural, Higurashi has more than its fair share of unordinary occurences. Both series are also composed of mini-mysteries with twists and turns. Though Daydream is much more adult in terms of subject matter, the intense amount of violence in Higurashi makes them about equal in terms of target age.
After a series of unfortunate events, the young Hirose Takuma was rendered blind. In an attempt to reverse his condition Hirose moves in with his uncle in a rural village, and upon his arrival he quickly begins to make new friends. However, Hirose soon discovers that one of his classmates, Hayami Kohinata, is being harshly bullied by her peers for reasons that neither she nor anyone else wants to explain. Even the seemingly honest and gentle Hinata Kagura, who had been doing her best to be friendly and helpful to Hirose since his arrival, acts harshly towards Hayami. Once a mysterious girl bequeaths Hirose with a life-changing gift, he takes it upon himself to help save Kohinata from her loneliness while working to uncover the truth of the situation.
You may think that these two anime have nothing at all in common, but when you look closer - there it is! Isolated, little village with terrible events from the past that stay as a secret influencing contemprorary life of villagers, and then the boy comming from Tokyo, making commotion, asking inconvinient questions, trying to change things from as they are now and protect his friends. Mystery and drama - this is what you will find in both of these series :)
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Without going into detail to avoid spoilers, both anime have similar themes about children's friendships redeeming them from sin that may have been committed in past lives, whether literal or symbolic. Keep in mind that that Higurashi is considerably more horrific than Haibane Renmei.
Kazuma and his little brother Ayumu have arrived at the countryside, eager to begin a new life at the Yorozuyo Inn – a place that Kazuma once visited as a child. There's fresh air, running water and relaxation – a perfect place for the sickly Ayumu to recover. But the pair's arrival is anything but uneventful, what with getting lost, Kazuma meeting and accidentally kissing the lovely Ui in the woods, and enraging her protective friend Ibuki in the process! Now, with a less than ideal first impression on his new classmates and more beautiful women popping up around him each day, Kazuma certainly has his hands full with misunderstandings and budding romances!
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Hoshizora e Kakeru Hashi both take place in a warm, cicada-cry filled, surrounded-by-wilderness location. As you delve deeper into each show, the aura of the town and woods begins to feel off and creepy, due to events in the past episodes. Though one includes violence whereas the other, not in the slightest, if you enjoyed one of these shows due to the slightly-off atmosphere of the setting that they both have and develop, you will enjoy the other
Enma Ai seems like an ordinary girl, but in reality she is Jigoku Shoujo: Hell Girl. If you live in Japan and hate someone deep down, she will take revenge for you, at a price. Access her website at midnight and her services are yours, but in exchange you will spend an eternity in hell once you die. After the events with the reporter Shibata, Ai and her assistants Ichimoku Ren, Hone Onna and Wanyuudo are back to their duties of ferrying more souls to hell. Only this time, they are joined by a mysterious girl named Kikuri whose intentions and nature are completely unknown...
Hell Girl: The Two Mirrors and Higurashi both have character that are deceptively cute but also harbor a dark side. However what really make these show similar is the growing air of paranoia and hatred that creates a really dark and twisted atmosphere.