Movies and TV shows like When They Cry

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When They Cry (2006)
 7.9
 5K
When They Cry (2006)
Original name: ひぐらしのなく頃に
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: After moving into the quiet town of Hinamizawa, Maebara Keiichi spends his days blissfully in school often playing games with his local friends. However, appearances can be deceiving. One fateful day, Keiichi stumbles upon news of a murder that had occurred in Hinamizawa. From this point on, horrific events unfold in front of Keiichi, as he soon learns his close friends may not be all that they seem. Based on the amateur mystery game by 07th Expansion, the story is told in a series of different scenarios.
Style: mind bending, psychological, serious, suspenseful, adult animation, disturbing, sadistic, odd, non-linear, tense ...
Plot: murder, torture, psychopath, student, under the surface, psychic, village, fear, crimes, mystery, disappearance, danger, secret, deadly, split personality, curses spells and rituals, rage, folklore, dark past, mass murder, rain, brunette, murder witness, needle, gore ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: japan, asia

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Most similar movies to When They Cry

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, psychological and exciting films and TV series with plots about murder, danger, death, violence, blood, fear and supernatural mostly in Animation, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like When They Cry: Shiki (2010), Corpse Party: Tortured Souls (2013), Another (2012), Hell Girl (2005), Paranoia Agent (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
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Shiki (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Sotobamura is a small village with around 1300 residents; so small the village isn't even connected to a single highway. An isolated village in which old customs, such as the burial of the dead, are still practiced. One day, the bodies of three ...
Style: dark fantasy, scary, suspenseful, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, imaginary, murder, danger, insanity, deadly, violence, desperation, mass murder, panic, good versus evil ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls (2013)
Genre: Animation, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 29 min.
TV show
Story: Heavenly Host Elementary School is a legendary elementary school for ghost stories due to its mysterious past. It was torn down following the murders and disappearances of several of its staff and students and now another school called Kisaragi ...
Style: dark, scary, disturbing, serious, sadistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, danger, brutality, young heroes, youth, imaginary, survival, dark past, murder, prank, student ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.6
 12K
Another (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: When Kouichi Sasakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kouichi is immediately drawn to her ...
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: mysterious character, classmate, death, supernatural, classmates, curses spells and rituals, school, school life, curse, teenage life, high school life, accidental death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1998
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Umineko: When They Cry (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: As customary per year, the entire family is gathering on the island for a conference that discusses the current financial situations of each respective person. Because of the family head's poor health, this year involves the topic of the head ...
Style: dark fantasy
Plot: naughty child, love, teenager, witch, pool of blood, abuse, arrogance, stabbed in the arm, torture, beating, single mother, murder ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.5
 2K
Hell Girl (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Hell Girl, also known as Jigoku Shōjo: Girl from Hell, is an anime series produced by Aniplex and Studio Deen. It focuses on the existence of a supernatural system that allows people to take revenge by having other people sent to Hell via the ...
Style: exciting, scary, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, justice, supernatural, teenage boy, torment, grudge, heaven and hell, murder, danger, supernatural power, teenage girl, anguish ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.1
 10K
Paranoia Agent (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: The infamous Shounen Bat (Lil' Slugger) is terrorizing the residents of Musashino City. Flying around on his rollerblades and beating people down with a golden baseball bat, the assailant seems impossible to catch—much less understand. His ...
Style: mind bending, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: stalking, investigation, murder, who done it, police investigation, partners against crime, police detective, monster, serial killer, danger, deadly, mind game ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Angels of Death (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Most girls waking up without any memory and meeting a serial killer would panic, but not Rachel. In fact, far from being her biggest problem, killer Zack might just prove a convenient resource when it comes to finding a way out of the building in ...
Style: captivating, psychological, suspense, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, fear, adventure, evil, mercilessness, rescue, violence, quest, brutality, bad guy, supernatural, haunted by the past ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Boogiepop Never Laughs: Boogiepop Phantom (2000)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Boogiepop Phantom is a twelve-episode anime television series produced by Madhouse Studios, based on the Boogiepop light novel series by Kouhei Kadono, particularly that of Boogiepop and Others and Boogiepop At Dawn. The series is directed by ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, serial killer, mysterious character, nobody believes, evil force, murder, deadly, danger, high school, alter ego, urban legend, memories ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Lunar Legend Tsukihime (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Shiki Tohno is a boy who, after an accident as a child, is able to see strange lines coming from objects and people. He has to wear special glasses to stop seeing them. If he cuts some of these lines, he destroys people connected to them. One day he ...
Style: gothic, suspenseful, stylized, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, reincarnation, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability, deadly, mystery, danger, haunted by the past, imaginary, heroes, rivalry ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 415
Golgo 13 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Golgo 13 is not his real name. Then again, neither is Duke Togo, Tadashi Togo, or any number of the aliases he goes by. A man of mystery, not even the world’s most prominent intelligence agencies can determine who Golgo really is, or just where he ...
Style: exciting, suspense, captivating, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sniper, hitman, danger, crimes, tough heroes, murder, mission, assassination, attempted murder, mysterious death, terrorism, seduction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
 454
Tokko (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: When 108 demons free themselves and start killing people, Special Public Safety Task Force, or "Tokko" for short, is formed to stop them. Some of the members have demons inside of them and can use them to enhance their own abilities.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting crime, supernatural, private detective, rivalry, supernatural ability, special agents, murder, vengeance, riddles and clues, injustice, mind control, partners against crime ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 7K
Gantz (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Gantz is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. Gantz tells the story of Kei Kurono and his friend Masaru Kato who die in a train accident and become part of a semi-posthumous "game" in which they and several other ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, exciting, ecchi ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, danger, rivalry, save the world, alien encounter, paralysis, deadly weapon, afterlife, heroes, deadly, chases and races, gory ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 31K
Elfen Lied (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possesses two horns in their heads, and has a "sixth sense" which gives it telekinetic abilities. Due to this ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, dark fantasy, rough, bleak ...
Plot: split personality, life is a bitch, supernatural, childhood trauma, supernatural ability, sadism, sexual abuse, memory loss, experiment gone awry, mutant, evil, social misfits ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
Psychic Detective Yakumo (2010)
Genre: Animation, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: In order to help a friend possessed by a spirit, Ozawa Haruka knocks on the door of her university's movie research association. There she meets Saitou Yakumo, a rude, unkempt young man with a red left eye, who is said to have spiritual powers. ...
Style: serious, mind bending, suspenseful, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, supernatural ability, investigation, mysterious place, mysterious character, danger, crimes, deadly, college, college life, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Highschool of the Dead (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: When the world is struck by a deadly pandemic that turns humans into zombies, Takashi Komuro and several of his classmates at Fujimi High School try to survive the apocalypse.
Style: ecchi, bleak, exciting, bloody, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, hot and sexy, survival, apocalypse, survivor, plague, supernatural, dark humor, student, end of the world, zombie apocalypse, chaos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Mafia is rife in America where assassinations are a regular occurrence on the streets. Inferno, a mysterious company, is behind most of these dealings through the use of their near-invincible human weapon, "Phantom." One day, a Japanese ...
Style: serious, exciting, tense, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, crimes, memory loss, danger, teenage life, adventure, escapades, undercover, youth, assassination attempt, attempted murder, group of criminals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, mongolia, america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 308
Madlax (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Madlax is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced in 2004 by the Bee Train animation studio. Kōichi Mashimo directed Madlax and the soundtrack was composed by Yuki Kajiura. The DVD version was released by ADV Films in North America ...
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, stylized, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, undercover, on the run, heroic mission, heroes, rivalry, criminal's revenge, danger, good versus evil, crimes, hitman ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 9.0
 262K
Death Note (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: anti hero, mind game, anti heroes, secret identity, intelligence, vigilante, crimes, law enforcement, supernatural ability, battle of wits, artifact, supernatural ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 5K
Berserk (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Spurred by the flame raging in his heart, the Black Swordsman Guts continues his seemingly endless quest for revenge. Standing in his path are heinous outlaws, delusional evil spirits, and a devout child of god. Even as it chips away at his life, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: demon, supernatural, danger, death, murder, violence, sword, blood, military, deadly, hate, anger ...
Time: middle ages
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.6
 23K
Monster (2004)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Kenzou Tenma, a Japanese brain surgeon in Germany, finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, psychological ...
Plot: mastermind, moral dilemma, doctor, murder, hospital, protagonist as suspect, guilt, false accusation, track down, orphanage, police detective, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: germany, europe, czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 4K
Kite (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Sawa may seem innocent and naive, but don’t be fooled. She is a cold-blooded killer, and if you’re on the wrong side of the law, you may be her next target. Not content to just watch as the imperfect justice system lets more and more criminals ...
Style: hentai, adult animation, rough, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, orphan, rape, psychopath, investigation, crimes, teenage girl, pedophilia, police detective, good versus evil, chase, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, future, 1990s, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 1K
Ghost Hunt (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Ghost Hunt, originally titled Akuryō Series, is a light novel series written by Fuyumi Ono. It follows the adventures of the Shibuya Psychic Research Center as they investigate mysterious occurrences all over Japan with a team of other ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, offbeat, mind bending ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, paranormal activity, danger, clergy, afterlife, supernatural ability, mystery, teenage life, monk, spirit, psychic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 664
Ga-Rei -Zero- (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Follows two friends, daughters of exorcists, who are now members of the government's secret Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division that fights demons when they appear in Japan.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, rivalry, supernatural ability, danger, escapades, government agency, deadly creature, heroes, heir heiress ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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B: The Beginning (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: In a world powered by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic nation of Cremona. Genius investigator Keith Flick rejoins the royal police force just as serial killer "B" emerges. Mysterious youth Koku may be an ...
Style: dark fantasy, suspense, captivating, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: brainwashing, revenge, investigation, massacre, secret organization, police, supernatural, danger, violence, anti hero, anti heroes, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.9
 13K
Death Parade (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: There is a place after death that’s neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too. From Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon) comes a thrilling ...
Style: psychological, suspense, exciting, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: death, game of death, afterlife, memory loss, morality, heaven and hell, gambling, regret, desperation, reincarnation, fear, game ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.6
 6K
Ajin (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: 17 years ago, immortals first appeared on the battlefields of Africa. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, bleak, twists and turns, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: gunfight, murder, immortality, crimes, life is a bitch, villain, danger, creature, destiny, police investigation, vengeance, heroes ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Flowers of Evil (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Takao worships the class beauty, Nanako, from afar. When he is alone in the classroom one day after school, he notices her bag of gym clothes on the floor. He can't resist picking it up. He plans to return it, but the next day, all the girls ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, psychological thriller, psychological ...
Plot: psychopath, school, rotoscoping, youth, romance, love and romance, teenage love, psycho, evil, dysfunctional relationship, student, eccentricity ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Promised Neverland (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: The one adored as the mother is not the real parent. The people living here together are not actual siblings. The Gracefield House is where orphaned children live. An irreplaceable home where 38 siblings and Mom live happy lives, even with no blood ...
Style: dark fantasy, touching, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: friendship, survival, murder, death, adventure, hopes, demon, distopia, farming, betrayal, vengeance, danger ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.3
 11K
Baccano! (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 384 min.
TV show
Story: During the early 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot, is starting its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. At the same time in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, mad, suspense ...
Plot: immortality, supernatural ability, supernatural, paranoia, rivalry, danger, uncontrollable, vengeance, heroes, alchemy, imaginary, murder ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1920s
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
Story: A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his mind, and his hands deal death without mercy. At last, the ...
Style: disturbing, adult animation
Plot: psychopath, origin of hero, yakuza, fight, brutality, mental illness, corruption, murder, rage, good versus evil, sadism, panic ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%