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Death Note

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English: Death Note
Japanese: デスノート


Type: TV
Episodes: 37
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 00:56 (JST)
Licensors: Viz Media
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.731 (scored by 625,508 users)
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Ranked: #362
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Popularity: #1
Members: 875,525
Favorites: 64,704


Anime: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
This seems to be a pretty common comparison - probably because Light and Lelouch are practically the same character. Both shows feature quite a bit more intellectual sparring than your typical shounen fare, and both main characters have very similar personalities (they're closer to being villains than heroes) and abilities (ridiculously powerful but with prominent weaknesses that require careful planning to circumvent).  
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Anime: Monster
They both deal with 'monsters' in people. By this, both shows are portraying the 'good' that each person thinks is 'right'. 
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Anime: Mirai Nikki (TV)
Both of these Anime deal with notes that fortell things. On one side, you have a strong male lead who writes the death futures, on the other side, you have a weak male lead who sees his own future predicted and his possible death. 
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Anime: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2
Both are about someone with a hidden power that is trying to change the world. 
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Anime: Zankyou no Terror
It's rare enough for an anime NOT to pander to otaku with sexual fetishes disguised as female characters. Death Note and Terror in Tokyo have roughly FOUR noteworthy female characters between them, much less fanservice! I could recommend the two based solely on that aspect... even though Terror is undermined by its two plot device female characters. But there are NUMEROUS far more concrete similarities, ranging from the tone / direction (subdued real-world grit) to the characters and plot that made me automatically link them in my head.

DN and Terror are mind-game series where geniuses go head-to-head with one another. A police investigation  read more 
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Anime: Psycho-Pass
You know when you find a series that just blows your mind, and when you finish it you have a meltdown because you feel like nothing in existence will ever be able to top it? That was Death Note for me. I had been trying to find another intense series such as this with great characters and excessive mindfuckery - and I'm happy to say, Psycho-Pass was the one that fulfilled that. If you loved Death Note, you will absolutely love Psycho-Pass, and vice versa. I highly suggest you give it a watch, but maybe when you have a lot of time on your hands,  read more 
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Anime: One Outs
If you've ever found yourself wondering about what would happen if Light Yagami was a pitcher in a baseball series, instead of attempting to become a God using his notebook of death, then the answer is simple: One Outs. It was made by the same studio, Madhouse, and every aspect of the show - ranging from the dull colour choice and realistic art style to internalised thought emphasis - highlight this fact. It's impossible for anyone aware of Death Note to watch One Outs without thinking 'DEATH NOTE!'. Both the series itself and the way it was adapted are just too similar. Even the vibe  read more 
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Anime: Jigoku Shoujo
There is a fine line between revenge and justice. Death Note has Light (Kira) hell bent on bringing justice and order to a new world by killing the criminals and ruling by fear. Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl) will exact revenge upon your enemy at the price of your soul. At first, right and wrong seems pretty clear cut for both anime; bad guys get punished but as the serieses progress, the lines get blurred. The person in the wrong isn't always the one getting killed/sent to hell. 
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Anime: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Both animes are very similar to each other, both heroes plot an ingenius plan to survive, both keeps you guessing until the end and hunger for the next one, both has amazing storyline.

Kaiji is a genius anime without the supernatural stuff from Death note. 
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Anime: Durarara!!
Both of these series have a similar vibe for me. Both the main characters are highschool students bored of their current lives, who accidentally end up with power over a huge amount of people. They both keep their real identities a secret from their followers, and their followers are a mixture of old, young, rich, poor, etc.

Both series also have darkly fantastical creatures; in Death Note, the Shinigame, and in Durarara, the Dullahan. However, despite their ominous appearances and folktales, neither being is evil. They both give guidance to the main character, without supplying all the information and working for their own cause./>
I would definitely recommend Durarara to anyone to enjoyed Death Note, and vica-versa.  read more 
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Anime: Death Parade
As soon as I saw Death Parade, I couldn't help but associate it with Death Note. Both series revolve around death and even though themes/plots are different in a sense, the atmosphere is quite similar.
An ideal watch for those who enjoyed either of the series and if you are new to anime and only just finished Death Note and are looking for more, Death Parade is your next best bet. 
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Anime: Higashi no Eden
doing what's best for the world is the aim in both..
in death note using a note to get rid of criminals, in Higashi no Eden there is a mobile phone that grants any wish for it's carrier.. and they both have some rules that makes it more like a game..
they also share that there is a companion with each one (shinigami in death note, and juiz in HNE)  
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Anime: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
Both are about how the people who have powers use them in the right and clever way to outdo their opponent, and not that if one person has a slightly better power that he wins by default or something like that. They both have that detective vs. plotter, and also they both have that mid-episode cliffhanger where you really have no idea how they would solve or handle the solution, but then they come with the most awesome things that you really never would have thought of. PS: they're both very good animes by default, you should watch them both anyway. 
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Anime: Kuroshitsuji
Mysteries, dark settings, detectives..If you liked Death Note you might like Kuroshitsuji, though it's not that serious and a more funny setting. (There are Shounen-Ai hinted themes in Kuroshitsuji, so for the LxLight shippers, you can get your moments in Kuroshitsuji too) 
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Anime: Detective Conan
it is somewhat similar because both is about solving a case.., in detective conan there are random cases in death note it ahs only one case, the Kira case~ ... both are good ., those two are anime to watch for! 
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Anime: No Game No Life
Death Note turned comedy. MC from both series are intelligent and confident in their abilities. Playing mind games with anyone who faces them. In Death Note: MC uses the power of the Death Note to create a new world. While in No Game No Life: Sora and Shina ( Siblings) are transported to a fantasy world where they play a game. Both series involves Life and Death situations. One is dark while other comedy and ecchi at times.  
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Anime: Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna
These anime both has a similar supenseful approach in solving mysteries by out wittting their opponent. Both animes have their characters think of detailed and ingenius plans. Both keeps you guessing.  
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Anime: Another
Very similar in that there is a supernatural cause making people die. They are both thrillers but Death Note has some deep thinking aspects while Another is Horror 
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Anime: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
There are definitely parallels between the main four geniuses that become engaged in mind-game warfare in Death Note and Legend of the Galactic Heroes; to such an extent that it's very possible for LotGH to have been an inspirational factor for DN's author.

On one side you have pampered pretty boys (Light and Reinhard) that ALWAYS seem to hold all the cards and have events play out in their favour. Their handsome appearances and manipulative abilities are used to their advantage.
On the other, you have pure geniuses (L and Yang) that have to contend with never having the advantage due to  read more 
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Anime: Zombie-Loan
Both are packed with: - shinigami and shinigami eyes - hot bishies - cool storyline 
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Anime: Steins;Gate
Both animes are about the main characters trying to change the world through unnatural means (Death Note / time travel). The protagonists Light and Okabe are both geniuses, but while Light is a self-confident evil mastermind, Okabe is a good-hearted 'self-proclaimedly mad' scientist with a fair bunch of ridiculous inventions. Both have clever plotlines that will always keep you on attention and at the edge of your seat, wanting to learn more. 
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Anime: Shinrei Tantei Yakumo
Both of these happen to have a dark side to the story line, both deal with the supernatural and have a majorly gothic style to the drawings. 
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Anime: Code:Breaker
characters fight for their own sense of justice 
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Anime: Bakuman.
From the same creators as Death Note, Bakuman will certainly not dissapoint you. There are some small similarities in the story, as it's all about reaching your goals, and there is also a lot of rivalry between the characters. If you have an interest in maybe slightly autistic characters (as far as I know it was never really confirmed), Eiji Nizuma from Bakuman makes me think of L from Death Note. 
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Anime: Btooom!
Although the main storyline is completely different, I had a feeling like I watched Yagami Light adventures in a different universe... Why? First of all the character design is similar, secondly how he thinks and acts, yes an anime character that actually thinks!!! In many cases the action felt like it was a battle of minds with careful strategy rather than mindless chase/shoot... I didn't expect the anime with title like that would be so good, I was impressed and I would put it next to Death Note... 
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Anime: Shigofumi
This anime has the same level of thrill. It's not as good as the death note masterpiece but it is really good. I recomend it to all thrill seekers 
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Anime: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Both series contain things/people that control others, except in Higurashi it's not obvious what it is.  
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Anime: Aoi Bungaku Series
Both are great, mature, serious psychological anime made by the same studio (Mad House) and with the amazing character design of Takeshi Obata (but only for the first 4 episodes of Aoi Bungaku).
Raito & Yozo are very similar: both are handsome, well-known young men with their own vision of the world and who don't have a good relationship with society. Oh, they both have a lovely crazy laughter, too. 
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Anime: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
These anime have overall a very similar feeling to me.
Firstly, both are serious, dark, mature, and psychological anime which deal with crimes, death, making plans and strategies, murders, secret identities. Both have secret organizations, mystery, police, guns, bishounen, some violence, and no comedy.
In both we see the male protagonist’s life and personality changing completely after a certain event.
Plus, some characters are incredibly similar (Raito=Zwei, Reiji Namikawa=Raymond McGuire, Shingo Midou=Shiga, Misa=young Cal).
Both have a good OST, and I’ve instantly found Death Note’s 2nd OP & Phantom’s 1st ED visually very similar (not to mention that Zwei’s sexy grin in the ending theme  read more 
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Anime: Gantz
Both of these series deal with the concept of Human life and essentially how much it's worth. They both are commentaries on how people devalue human life. 
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Anime: Switch
These two are both similar genres containing mind tricks, undercover agents, secrecy and the aspect that sucks you in. they both keep you well at the edge of your seat. It's understandable after watching it. 
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Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion
While it wouldn't seem they have much in common i felt both were amazingly deep and both kept me interested all the way through and made me have this feeling like "This is awesome." 
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Anime: Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro
Same Animation Studio, OP by same band, deals with the supernatural, overall both are excellent series. 
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Anime: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
While both of these shows have different storylines, they both feature a clever and somewhat cold protagonist who plans his every move very carefully. Both are very entertaining. 
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Anime: Ergo Proxy
Both Ergo Proxy and Death Note are anime that present battles of wit instead of pure strength and flashy moves. Anyone who feels up to it should follow up Death Note. And vice versa... 
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Anime: Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
Both shows:
*Produced by Madhouse.
*Main characters are accompanied by a being that is outside of their ''normal'' world.
*Main characters hide their secret from everyone else.
*People having ''mysterious deaths'', although the causes are different in each show.

Although there are many differences, they are both great if you enjoy series with good quality and dark undertone. 
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Anime: Shiki
Both are about unexplainable deaths related to supernatural. In both, fighting and surviving is a matter of intelligence and there are twists and surprises. Personally I enjoyed Shiki more, because it gives a deeper development to its characters and a more intricate plot. Still, Both are awesome animes that will keep you thrilled till the end, so if you enjoyed one, you will probably enjoy the other. 
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Anime: Kamisama no Memochou
*This is a three way reccomendation, as this (likely threw coincidence) has taken popular elements out of Durarara and Deathnote, added a few modern cliche character types and tried to turn it into something new*
*Kamisama almost meets Durarara!! and Deathnote in the middle; whether or not it is of equal or even half good quailty is still yet to be seen*

Kamisama and Deathnote:
- Starts with young, passive highschool boys who come across as intelligent
- A 'high power' who goes by one name and acts threw technology
- Creepy smart child who still harbours innocents playing the high-up boss (Alice  read more 
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Anime: Hikaru no Go
Both series start with an average boy encountering the sole fantasy element in an otherwise true-to-life setting and being irresistibly drawn into a world in which is allowed to demonstrate his true abilities and judgment. And of course they both have a flair for the dramatic: board games and notebooks have never been so thrilling! 
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Anime: Zetsuen no Tempest
It's a original and also deep thinking story where the characters face each other choosing what they consider to be right or wrong, leading to a big development of events. 
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Anime: Shinsekai yori
These shows do touch on dark themes such as power-abuse, betrayal, crimes, and deaths, giving them a mystery and psychological thriller feel, along with tragedy, so I feel they may be similar in that way. 
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Anime: Bleach
They are similar by the share intensity of each and every episode. You just want more and more. Its kind of hard holding back untill two episodes go past. But in comparison these two are both great 
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Anime: Hyouka
Though not similar in atmosphere and plot, both male protagonist have an incredible ability to solve problems heuristically and analyze situations in a way no other characters can.  
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Anime: Ookami to Koushinryou
Spice and Wolf is the Death Note of romance anime. You have a similar plotting protagonist - not one who's out to rule the world, but rather the marketplace. If you enjoyed the "out-thinking my opponents" and "conceiving and executing a plan in the face of adversity" of Death Note, Spice and Wolf will give you more of the same.

In addition, both have supernatural companions who have enhanced senses that help them in their plotting. Light, however, isn't in love with Ryuk =p 
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Anime: Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai
Both series leave you constantly at the edge of your seat with your heart pounding. Both manage to create a rather sinister atmosphere in the background. That being said, an anime about Mahjong may not have the generic appeal that a Death Note has, so don't follow this advice blindly. 
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Anime: Gosick
Both these anime involve solving supernatural mystery (singular for death note, plural for gosick)
The differences show where the super smart protagonist is male in Death Note but female in Gosick.
Victorique has wierd habits and solves mysteries insanely fast and police often rely on her, just like L. She also only takes cases that interest her, just like L. Also Gosick is told from protagonist point of view, where as Death Note is told from antagonist point of view (mostly) 
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Anime: ChäoS;HEAd
Both are psychological, and will keep you at the edge of your seat. 
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Anime: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Dig out your sleuth hats. Both series follow a plot that is very challenging to figure out. While Ghost in the Shell has a greater focus on action, Death Note and GitS share the ability to baffle with plot twists and complex schemes. 
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Anime: Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Both have logic and psychological fights and death involved 
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Anime: Gankutsuou
This may seem a bit of a stretch, but both series have very dark storylines involving lots of delicious manipulation and mind-screwery. They also each have characters pursuing their own controversial brand of justice. 
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Anime: Elfen Lied
Lots of death and dark storylines, characters that arent who they appear to be to other characters in the series, great music. 
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Anime: Mousou Dairinin
Both anime revolve around constantly changing plots and unique characters with intense thrilling moments and complex character profiles. If you like mystery and psycho thrillers these are the anime for you. 
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Anime: Vampire Knight
both has more on drama,action and especially more on blood thing xD... 
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Anime: Shingeki no Kyojin
Both have a dark, gritty atmosphere. The main characters are interesting, and very well-developed. Death lurks behind every corner in both anime, and the Japanese voice acting is professional. Make sure to check them both out, as they both are really good and stay true to the manga. 
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Anime: Hunter x Hunter
Brilliant minds. Life and death situations. Story gets darker just as Death Note does. 
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Anime: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku-hen
Both animes are very similar to each other, both heroes plot an ingenius plan to survive, both keeps you guessing until the end and hunger for the next one, both has amazing storyline.

Kaiji is a genius anime without the supernatural stuff from Death note. 
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Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
The "chained" events is a common feature in both of the animes and do drive you to think. They share Tragedy and happiness moments that are somehow alike (it's like a projection from the world of fullmetal into the world of death note).
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Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist
Believe it or not ... It is a bit like Death Note. I feel like some of the themes are the same. "Every one loses" is one of them. It feels ... gritty ... but clean at the same time. And I feel that the elements tie together into one big great anime.  
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Anime: Tokyo Ghoul
Protagonist non-intentionally stumbles upon a supernatural power. The power poses a danger for mankind and the protagonist (as well as other "ghouls" in Tokyo Ghouls) must avoid a police-like group. 
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Anime: Shion no Ou
The elements of mystery and suspense are all there. Though the plots are both very different, I think if you enjoy the type of anime Death Note is, then you'll definitely love Shion... 
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Anime: Fate/Zero 2nd Season
Both series have a protagonist with a determined way for victory. Death note has more mind battles, while Fate/zero has more fights. 
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Anime: Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation
Not many people may think of Death Note related to Danganronpa but the two series shares a number of similarities.

On the surface, both series involves mystery where the main character uses their intellect to solve problems and conflicts. The main characters from both series are intelligent and often uses clues and their own experiences, observations, and are capable of dealing with complex situations.

There is a sense of psychological atmosphere as the episodes progresses where the mysteries gets more and more complex. Among these mysteries revolves around death and discovery of crucial evidence in order to combine pieces to a puzzle  read more 
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Anime: Zetman
Both are mature anime with both fantastic and horror elements. They pose philosophical questions regarding justice, morality and perspective, showcasing the contrast between two strong male leads that represent the dark and light sides of the moral issues posed. They show gritty realism and mature themes, both are awesome shows for people who like to think as well as be surprised by something new and immersive. Zetman is much shorter, a little more science-fiction-based, and full of action, while Death Note is longer, more analytical and supernatural, and full of suspense and thrills. Both are interesting, well done anime on the borderline between seinen and  read more 
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Anime: Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Both are anime about how to find the criminal among usual people and to prove his guilt. Also, both have supernatural moments, though Boku is a smarter one. 
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Anime: Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
- psychologically messed up main character who is being accused of murder, but on the outside looks like a good person, very intelligent and observative
- prodigy detective trying to solve the case
- murder, violence, gore
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Anime: Hunter x Hunter (2011)
-Both animes have a type of "intellectual" battle going on. They both feature battles of wits. Even though Hunter x Hunter focuses more on action and Death Note with more psychological aspects, they still closely coincide with each other.
-Both protagonists are in pursuit of a goal. Light to become God and Gon to find his father
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Anime: Mouryou no Hako
The psychotic killer vs brilliant mind is the same, though from opposite perspectives. However, where the killer in Death Note is pretty sympathetic and likable, the killer in Mouryou is truly disturbed and sadly plausible (minus some technology) which sets up an entirely different feel. Death Note is a balance between action, psychological drama, and comedy. However Mouryou is almost pure psychological thriller, and requires a more intellectually mature audience. 
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Anime: Aku no Hana
Aku no Hana gives some kind of dark vibe, grain of interest out similar to Death Note. Also, it seems like both of the stories are involved with a weird book/notebook that plays a role in the story. So if you liked Death Note and are up for calm, yet creepy stories, you should give Aku no Hana a try. 
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Anime: Guilty Crown
Both anime have a main character who gains a special ability and use it to "save the world" but Ty end up getting corrupt in the process.  
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Anime: Sin in the Rain
There is the expression in Russia "Scandals, intrigues, investigations". This phrase most fully opens similarity of these two works. Blood, murder, a detective, extraordinary history - all is here. 
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Anime: Nobunaga the Fool
Main character is voiced by Miyano Mamoru (in the same timbre as well) - also the main characters of both shows are very crazy, spontaneous and have a "badass" vibe to them. Both shows in general pull lots of twists and have very unnatural situations. A supernatural aspect lies in both. Both main characters' love interests are blonde (and are full of fanservice). 
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Anime: Hellsing
gives you the same feeling of the anime, and shares the dark and sinister p.o.v 
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Anime: Pandora Hearts
Both are really dark anime and have someone and something from another world.In Pandora hearts Alice gives Oz a power that she has and in Death Note Ryuk gives Light a power that he has.Both are just really good anime and I love both. 
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Anime: Speed Grapher
Maybe it's just me, but "notebook that kills people" is kind of like "camera that explodes shit".
There's a slight difference: The theme of Death Note is justice/morality, while Speed Grapher is about corruption and vice. 
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Anime: Kurogane no Linebarrels
Both have main characters that gain power and go nuts with it. Both classic examples of ultimate power corrupts absolutely. Light and Kouichi both have that evil laugh.  
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Anime: Ghost Hunt
Both are dark series that deal with the paranormal. The paranomal dealt with is ugly, in each series own way. And that is not meant as an insult. 
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Anime: Himitsu: The Revelation
Both series focus on psychological issues, crime, and motivation. An eccentric yet brilliant detective also figures prominently in both anime. 
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Anime: Hunter x Hunter OVA
Both are dark, involve moves that cause instant heart failure, things like hostage situations and car chases, and characters that have to think very carefully before executing complex plans. 
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Anime: Layton Kyouju to Eien no Utahime
Both anime feature a genius detective who must investigate a strange case, which might involve supernatural forces. 
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Anime: Persona 4 the Animation
Persona 4 sometimes give off the same dark feel that death note emits. Also Yuu and Light's physical character design are the same. Only difference is that Light has a red hair. 
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Anime: Fate/Zero
Both of these shows involve a ridiculous amount of plotting and tactical gambits. They both take place in a modern day setting, but both have a supernatural element involved. Fate/Zero has a lot more major characters and different motivations whereas Death Note has a 1v1 feel, but there is a life-and-death competition in both and plenty of suspense as you wonder what the characters have up their sleeve next. 
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