Steins;Gate

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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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Asmageddon Asmageddon says...

Both Steins;Gate and Higurashi are about people fighting with fate, to prevent death of their loved ones.

There are more common themes, but I'll avoid spoilers.

Rawrcore Rawrcore says...

Basically, characters challenging and or trying to escape "fate", and "destiny", and plots alluding to the "Butterfly Effect".  Extremely similar.

Menchi Menchi says...

Higurashi and Steins;Gate are also a great match, because of the amount of suspense in both. Friends goofing around in a fixed location, which suddenly turns into a twisted game of thrill is the backbone of both titles. I definitely got equal amount of wtf-feelings during watching these, so I can warmly recommend.

PrvtChurch PrvtChurch says...

If you liked either anime you would like the other because they are both about characters trying to break the cycle of time, fate, and death to save the people they love.

Additionally both are some of the most suspensful anime EVER.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

Both shows feature a repetition of similar, but not identical events, as the world and the characters attempt to find a path that isn't as violent and dark as the one they are in.  I feel that both of these shows appeal to similar audiences.  They are both dark and psychological,, break the tension occaionally with a bit of humor, and feature the close bonds that form between people, particularly when they go through trials together.

Ryuju Ryuju says...

in both animes they are first goofing around and having fun, like everything is fine but then it comes the twist and it turns out in a very dark atmosphere. in both animes are characters trying to break the cycle of time, destiny, and death to save the people they love, so that everything would be the same as it was first.

theSentinel theSentinel says...

both animes have the sinking feeling of things going terribly wrong.  A fate that wont stop and wont diverge.  Two great stories that have good humor but brutal realities..

chrispwkoe chrispwkoe says...

If You like good thrillers, You will like both, Higurashi no naku koro ni and Stein's Gate.

Higurashi, however, contains WAY more blood and violence.

Welcome to the NHK!

Welcome to the NHK!

Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?

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Xplayer Xplayer says...

Both works involve people who believe they are caught in a conspiracy. Both protagonists are possibly slightly insane in this belief, but the viewer sympathizes with the character as the anime is portrayed from his point of view. They each feature quirky humor and a plot that features a creepily down to earth scenario, albeit slightly tweaked to fit the world of the anime.

Menchi Menchi says...

NHK and Steins;Gate both have a load of conspiracy theories, paranoia and even plain madness. At some points during both of them you really have to wonder what is actually happening and what's not. The atmosphere is dark and gloomy in both, and the main characters are equally effed up in ways. But if that's your cup of tea, like mine, then go for both!

 

doratai doratai says...

Both share a very clever juxtaposition of reality and delusion, though one turns out to be true, the other false. The 'truth' upheld by the protagonist is surreal but incredibly funny, and is reworked and remanifested throughout the series. They also end in a strangely reconciled romantic relationship between the protagonist and the another character usually caught in the middle of delusion and reality. Loved both!

FatalGlory FatalGlory says...

Both Welcome to the NHK and Steins;Gate revolve around eccentric protagonists trying to take down a conspiracy that has effected their lives to some extent. Both shows also feature strong psychological elements and character development, the level and scope of the conspiracies varies in both shows, but I am confident that if you were enthralled by Steins;Gate, then you will enjoy Welcome to the NHK and visa versa.   

bokusenou bokusenou says...

Both have a smart plot which play around with the main character's delusional mindset and "the nothing is what it seems" type series. In the end you can't help but cheer for the character you likely wrote off as crazy during the first episode. Also, they both have glances into the otaku subculture.

blitzmut blitzmut says...

Both successfully examine feelings of social awkwardness and isolation - with some cool mysteries/stories along the way. Both are also aimed at a more "mature" audience and focus a lot of characters and their relationships with one another.

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

Both are fun slice of life anime with a little spice just the way I like em. Very dark and suspenseful anime but both feature hilarious situations and a great cast of characters. If you like one I'm sure you'll like the other.

Durarara!!

Durarara!!

Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?

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aleatorio aleatorio says...

Durarara!! and Steins;Gate share quite a few interesting themes:

  • Both start off with a slow paced "slice of life" ambience that, very subtly, foreshadows the following...
  • ...Jump into a neatly intertwined plot.
  • Insane characters;
  • Norse Mythology references;
  • A sprinkle of metaphysics: Time Travel (in Steins;Gate) and Norse Myth Fairies (in Durarara!!).

If you liked any of these aspects in one series, you'll most likely also enjoy the other.

Also, there's the "same voice actor" bonus: Mamoru Miyano and Hana Kanazawa.

BlackEsper BlackEsper says...

DRRR!! and Stein both start out as fairly light-hearted explorations of new experiences, but, as hinted, slowly evolve into a much darker and more serious overtone.

It should be noted that Stein is much more of a mindrape than DRRR!!, but at the same time, DRRR!! has a fair bit more pure, ridiculous awesomeness than Stein.

kincokinco kincokinco says...

If you like the suspense and cant get enough of Steins;Gate then you are going to love DR3. Giving a little bit of thought in trying to figure out problems of the characters in DR3 makes it similar to Steins;Gate, watching this is something that you wont regret.

crimsonlotus42454 crimsonlotus42454 says...

I absolutely loved both of these animes. If you enjoyed the connections between the characters slowly surfacing in Durarara!! then you should give Steins;Gate a go and vice versa. 

Both animes are fairly intricate, and I recommend them both if you're looking for a great plot with some  humor thrown into the mix.  

RAQ154 RAQ154 says...

Steins;Gate and Durarara both have mystery to some extent and you are unable to predict what is going to happen next and thats the reason I love them both

GabiiTachibana GabiiTachibana says...

Both anime are about bizarre phenomena occurring in a city setting, with various events that all end up tying together in the end.

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Yesterday, Kyon was helping prepare for an SOS Brigade Christmas party. But today, he wakes up to a whole other world. Haruhi and the SOS Brigade are gone, Koizumi's class is missing, Asahina doesn't recognize him, Nagato is still a Literary Club member and even Ryoko Asakura has returned. As the only person who notices that everything has changed, Kyon is left to discover what happened to his friends and figure out if his life truly is better without aliens, time travelers and ESPers.

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Sakiji Sakiji says...

If you liked either of those shows you'll most likely like the other aswell - both feature time travel and protagonists who seem to be quite out of their mind.

Daleheart Daleheart says...

Both of these Anime feature great stories involving time travel. These anime do more than just provide entertaiment; they make you think. 

CanNotName CanNotName says...

 Time travel and Mystery, what more could you ask for?

Both shows have the MC trying to figure out what is happening to the time line and his friends. Which has the MC guessing where to keep the new would or save the old.

tootalls tootalls says...

Both deal with time travel and paralel time frames. There is a good deal of mystery to be solved in both. Other than the plost simularities they are both just plain great to watch.

OtakuSenseiHig OtakuSenseiHig says...

they both deal with the dissapperance and the yearning for a character that takes up most of the time of the show/movie

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

Slice of life with a little spice just the way I like em. Both the Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya and Steins Gate have plenty in common. There's time traveling, a great cast of supporting characters, and all of the romantic comedy you can ask for. If you like one I'm sure you'll love the other.

Robotics;Notes

Robotics;Notes

In the year 2019, the Robotics Club of Central Tanegashima High School has only one goal in mind: to create a working replica of the giant anime robot Gunvarrel! But doing so isn’t easy as the club only has two members: Aki, who took over the project from her now-graduated sister; and Kai, a lazy gamer who’d rather be elsewhere. What’s worse, the school’s vice principal has decided their club is a waste of school funds and plans to shut them down! Now, the duo must convince her otherwise by winning a fighting robot tournament and gaining new, machine-savvy members, but when Kai accidentally stumbles upon an unbelievable conspiracy, the Robotics Club becomes the least of his concerns...

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WickedHipsterPink WickedHipsterPink says...

Both Robotics;Notes and Steins;Gate are anime based off video games developed by 5pb. Though their plots vary pretty drastically, they have a similar feel, as they both start out simply, with slice of life elements, but turn out to be something much more deep and intriguing.

SuriZen SuriZen says...

Both are based off visual novels by 5pb, so they have a similair feel to them. Steins;Gate is darker, while Robotics;Notes is more light hearted. Both start off slow using humor to draw you in, but then unfold into something more intriguing. Steins;Gate pulls this off better than Robotics;Notes.

chisakuralucy chisakuralucy says...

Both stories derive from video games made by the same developers.

As for similarities, they are both based on a novel cast of characters who are united by a scientific hobby-related club, inventing in Steins;Gate and creating hobby/giant robots in Robotics;Notes. They are also both science fiction stories set in the present or near future of when they were written, so they are a different kind of science fiction story than you get if you are watching a show set far in the future.

FunnyCop FunnyCop says...

These two anime are very similar not in cast or story but in content. Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes both have a mysterious undertone and share the same love for futuristic technology.

veqtor veqtor says...

Same creator and part of the same universe (or so some have speculated). While robotics notes is slower, I would say it has different qualities while Steins;Gate is more "out there"

EruOtaku94 EruOtaku94 says...

same universe, although steins;gate had a somewhat better adaptation, but R;N has been on my list since I found out about it

if its from the steins;gate makes, should be somewhat decent