Liked Higurashi no Naku koro ni (When They Cry)? Watch Happy Sugar Life!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2018 - September 2018
Satou Matsuzaka is a girl in pursuit of love. She has never known it before in her life, so when she meets Shio for the first time, she learns what love is. Sweet and filling, Satou feels fulfilled. She knows thought that this won't last forever. So, in order to extend it as long as possible and preserve her happy life, she is willing to do anything to keep this feeling of happiness. That means that anything and everything goes including blackmail, lying, committing crime, and even murder. Note: Watch out for Episode 9.
Major Similarities Between Higurashi no Naku koro ni (When They Cry)? and Happy Sugar Life
1. It’s a Thrill From the Get Go.
The great thing about Happy Sugar Life is that while the OP may be deceiving, it hits the ground running. We immediately learn that Satou is hiding Shio, she has killed someone to have access to the apartment that she does, and there is a switch that can flip inside her making her into a monster. We do not get the whole story, but only end results, and have to watch on in order to find out what has happened. The same is true for Higurashi which starts out okay, but you know it’s horror going into it and the initial warning flags from Rena are all we need to know that something seedy is going on.
2. All the Murder!
Something Higurashi does painfully well, is its depiction of murder and torture. While Happy Sugar Life will not drive it home until a certain point, when it does, it’s gruesome. Not to mention too, whenever we think something good is about to happen, it never does and it twists and twists. Then there is the web of lies in both series that characters have to tell only gets more complicated as time goes on.
Liked Higurashi no Naku koro ni (When They Cry)? Watch Satsuriku no Tenshi (Angels of Death)!
- Episodes: 16
- Aired: July 2018 - October 2018
Satsuriku no Tenshi is based on a very successful horror game of the same name. 13-year-old Rachel wakes up in a building where she has no idea why she is there nor anything other than her name. Memories gone, she just wants to get out. Then she meets a boy in bandages with a scythe named Zack. He wants to kill her, but she wants to get out before she dies. So, she makes him a deal: if he can get her out, then he can kill her. Simple enough right? Well, as they journey towards the surface, the floor guardians are going to try and stop them… buy killing them!
Major Similarities Between Higurashi no Naku koro ni (When They Cry) and Satsuriku no Tenshi (Angels of Death)
1. Dark Environments
While Satsuriku might not be the greatest horror anime there ever was, it does do plenty right. It doubles down on everything dark as possible in order to hype up it’s creepiness. Something Higurashi does through story-building, Satsuriku no Tenshi does through it’s art. It is a good watch visually and works hard to keep up the horror aspect for as long as it can throughout the series.
2. Death at Every Turn
Much like with the main character of each story arc in Higurashi, Rachel and Zack do not have an easy time getting out. Death is watching constantly and ready to strike in the form of the floor guardians. Where Higurashi usually shows you who is doing the killing, you know quite clearly who is going to try to kill the pair next. Not only that, but when they take down an adversary, that foe is dead and isn’t coming back unlike in Higurashi. Still though, if they are not careful, they may only scrape by a bit worse off. It’s not easy when it’s kill or be killed!