Ranked #32

Death Note

Alternative Titles

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: Unknown
Licensors: Viz Media
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.751 (scored by 571,126 users)
Ranked: #322
Popularity: #1
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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: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2
Both are about someone with a hidden power that is trying to change the world. Someone close to them is one of the main enemies. Something like that. 
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Code:Breaker
characters fight for their own sense of justice 
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: ChäoS;HEAd
Both are psychological, and will keep you at the edge of your seat. 
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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: 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: 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: Vampire Knight
both has more on drama,action and especially more on blood thing xD... 
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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Hellsing
gives you the same feeling of the anime, and shares the dark and sinister p.o.v 
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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: Persona: Trinity Soul
Both are supernatural dramas featuring teenage protagonists and police investigations. 
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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: 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: 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: Claymore
They both contain large amounts of blood and killing. 
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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: Kuro no Sumika: Chronus
Both are psychological anime about shinigami (death gods) that only selected can see. While in Death Note the main character is trying to kill people, In Kuro no Sumika he´s trying to save them. 
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Anime: Black Jack
Both are cerebral shonen that have little to no fighting in them. Both have a stylistic darkness in the art style. Both involve excellently executed melodrama. 
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Anime: Red Garden
Death is ever present in both of these anime. It's a main theme and kinda makes you have to realize tht death is an every day thing. Both show the consequences of death on the minds of people ...  
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Anime: Denpa Teki na Kanojo
Both are extremely captivating murder mysteries, while Death note focuses on the supernatural Denpateki simply relies on the darkness found in all humans. The mystery in both is quite entertaining as well as well written. Also Ochibana resembles "L" in many ways and provides the same type of detective prowess that makes Death Note so great.  
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Anime: Hamatora The Animation
Both have mc with incredible deducing skills, the stories involve police, detectives, both have a darker vibe to them. 
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Anime: D.Gray-man
D Gray Man and Death Note have very similar plotlines. The main protagonists are trying to rid the world of evil in their own unique ways, whether it be with a notebook that has the power to kill people or with an anti akuma weapon. D Gray Man has more action in it, but both series have a plot that will draw you in and will keep you addicted for weeks on end. 
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Anime: Hellsing Ultimate
If you love dark anime with gorry scens then these two are for you. The stoies have a dark premies about them that youll love 
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Anime: X
Death Note and X might seem impossible to compare at first glance, but when you look a bit more into it more similarities than you think may occur. Both series feature a protagonist who is caught between what they believe is right and wrong. Light is faced with moral conflicts regarding the value of human life, and also, Kamui is faced with conflicts between his own wants and the sake of the Earth. Both series have a dark feel to them and have supernatural elements. Also, both have large casts, so you're sure to relate to some one. The two distinct sides in each series  read more 
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Anime: Black Cat
The characters are very strong and proud. They don't doubt themselves at all. 
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Anime: Dantalian no Shoka
Dark animes with books and mystery/supernatural involved.

Both have contracts with demons. 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Fight to change the world (Death Note-Psychological and Gundam 00-Physical and Mecha), light and dark moments, tragedy, twists, and similar outcomes and conclusions 
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Anime: Devil May Cry
Another Madhouse over-acclaimed show that, imho, only deserves a watch for its awesome technical side: top notch OST, uncanny lighting, very fluid and detailed animation, outstanding directing and much more.
Of course and still imho, if you are looking for a rock hard story with thing like coherency and a well developed character psychology, I wish you good luck searching elsewhere... 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E.73: Stargazer
The point of view of the two main characters (Sven and Selene) is similar to Light and L (Villain Protagonist and Hero Antagonist). Both stories are dark, tragic, and intense. 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season
Characters fight to change the world back to the way it was against an enemy who changed it. Dark and gritty tone increased as well as suspense. 
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Anime: Chinmoku no Kantai
While I was watching "Silent Service" I couldn't help but thinking "damn this is like "Death Note"! Now here me out, I know it sounds odd at first that a submarine War drama set in the cold war, and a Mystery/ Psychological thriller set in modern day Japan would be anything alike, but let me explain.

Both animes have a type of "intellectual" battle going on. They both feture battles of wits. And while "Death Note" pits L verses Light, "Silent Service" puts Captain Shiro Kaieda against the world. In "Silent Service" you watch Kaieda use his wit, and unconventional use of a  read more 
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Anime: Jormungand: Perfect Order

-Both of these anime deal with the theme of trying to be as equal or greater than god

-Also deals with the sense making the world a better place to live in.

-Using violence in order to stop violence is quite present in both anime

*Death Note deals with killing criminals to achieve the goal and in Jormungand stopping all wars by shutting down the skies

*In order to achieve these goals, Light uses a death note while Koko uses satellites and a quantum computer 
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Anime: Kakumeiki Valvrave
Since this Valvrave is similar to Code Geass, you may be familiar with Death Note or either way. A lot of twists, suspense, funny moments, and dark moments happen out of nowhere in both shows. L-Elf is like Lelouch who is like Light Yagami as well. Characters use supernatural powers but in a different way: Valvrave-Mecha and Death Note-Psychological. 
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Anime: Naruto: Shippuuden
Pein and Light Yagami (Kira) wants to rule the world through their God Complex like traits only to be opposed by Naruto and L in their respective shows. Both are different in terms of character's point of views to change the world in different ways. Only the main story in both Naruto and Death Note are centered in that. Madara and Mikami also have similar design and personality as well.  
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Anime: Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito 2 - Hikisakareshi Yokuryuu
CG Akito like CG is mecha and tactics but takes the same approach as DN as they are both about dark stories that revolve around supernatural users who fight for their own cause. One aspect however catches me fascinating since Shin reminds me of so much of Teru Mikami and they have the same seiyuu. Death Note on the other hand is as good as CG while CG Akito is trying to be up there in the next 2 episodes which is potentially possible. Last of all the animation quality is superb and it enthralls you with every detail as possible to make the story  read more 
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Anime: Baccano!
both featured with superpower characters who have a certain goal to reach.
the main characters are competing against each in a destiny Competition Which would you rather win or die.for death note the competition is between L and Kira to solve the mystery before the other guy solve it, while in Baccano it's between our main characters and who will find the chemical mix for the immortality.
Death note is more darker then Baccano and mind blowing. but Baccano has more Action and Violante set into it.

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Anime: Aoki Honoo
Light and Ryuuichi share a lot in common: they're both sociopaths, they're both willing to use and discard women, they both view their families as expendable, and they're both more than willing to do anything to achieve their goals. They should be best friends, really.

Blue Flames is a lot more appealing to those lacking vaginas - that has to be said. Its story is about a guy sleeping with various woman, getting what he wants, and then moving on to his next target - not giving a damn about their feelings. It's captivating because so rarely does something show the true selfishness of  read more 
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Anime: Psycho-Pass 2
If you love the cat and mouse psychological chases in this anime, you will adore Death Note. 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Serious drama , and gloomy atmosphere and protagonists who are not the nicest people around. Both series have little to no humor and they have exciting action and have themes of justice , inequality and tragedy.  
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Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
If you are looking for popular dark and Gothic anime like Death Note, Madoka Magica is the best shot. Do not judge the anime by it's cover picture. Although there isn't any mind game in the series, if you enjoyed the dark and Gothic atmosphere that surrounded Death Note (drawings, music, ect) you will also enjoy Madoka Magica. Is like enjoying Death Note in a different genre with a different plot. 
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Anime: Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Death Note and Boku dake ga Inai Machi both deal with the matter of death and feature detective-style mystery. In particular, they share the same dark feel in both animation style and plot, though Death Note is undoubtedly even darker. If you liked that side of ERASED, then you will like Death Note as much, if not more :)  
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Anime: Akame ga Kill!
These two animes are kind of similar because they are both about killing for the good but in different ways. Neither are gory at all and they both hooked me with twists and shocks throughout. 
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Anime: Charlotte
Okay, let's see..
at first, I think its not really similar, its just similar in both hero evil laugh. But when i watch 8 eps of charlotte, i discover that some characters are too similar like Nao + Yusarin = Misa, Yuu = Light (in some case they're similar) and many more ..
and do you know? Some scene in this both anime are similar if u watched carefully ..
both hero are very potential to rule the world with his power (Yuu with his looting power and Light with his death note). But with these powers too, sometime both characters will looks like the  read more 
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Anime: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)
Particularly speaking to JoJo part 2, both shows have a brilliantly executed focus on strategies, plans, often shown through monological thoughts. What Death Note draws from the suspense of psychological mystery, JoJo draws from the suspense of action and character. I don't usually use MAL's recommendation system since it uses 1 on 1 comparisons, but I was surprised that this aspect of JoJo isn't mentioned much. I wouldn't quite call JoJo similar to Death Note, but it has very similar mind grabbing means of effecting the reader, albeit much farther on a dramatic line than a serious one. 
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Anime: Noragami
Anime that both worship gods and have spacial plot in the environment. The both consist of deep thoughs and inner emotion of the anime and continues with critical thinking to be made. 
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Anime: Petshop of Horrors
Both are dark. Both are philsophical. Plus, if you sqiunt, Count D kinda has traits of both Raito and L.  
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Anime: Magic Kaito 1412
-Both Light and Kaito are geniuses with crazy deductive skills while toeing the line between right and wrong (Light kills only 'bad' people and Kaito steals jewels in order to avenge someone dear)

-Both also really love to outwit people and will gleefully explain how exactly they did it. 
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Anime: Mushishi
Similar characters with a cold dark air about them but are highly intelligent, and have a special ability.
similar feel to the anime (if you truly watch anime you know what I mean) 
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Anime: Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini
Similar characters with a cold, dark air about them. They both kill in extraordinary ways and are lone wolves that use others/clients
similar feel to the anime (if you truly watch anime you know what I mean) 
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Anime: Mushishi Special: Hihamukage
Similar characters with a cold dark air about them but are highly intelligent, and have a special ability.
similar feel to the anime (if you truly watch anime you know what I mean) 
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Anime: Shakugan no Shana III (Final)
Both anime have similar characters, not so much a similar story line.
The main male character plays the anti-hero and get help from some sort of supernatural being

(watch the first two seasons in order to understand the relationship an story of Shakugan no Shana). 
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Anime: Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Duel Monsters
Light and Kaiba are similar due to their character and personality. Both shows involve strategy, intellectuals, spiritual beings, school, and rivalry. 
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Anime: Fate/stay night
The setting is similar in Japan and real life but deals with spirits as well. Sense of Justice, blood, suspense, twists, and dramatic moments are involved as well. 
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Anime: Highschool of the Dead
Both anime have a huge amount of fear elements worked into them, and suspense is a key element. Murder is the center of the story for both shows, and each has its own style of immorality. 
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Anime: UN-GO
Detectives and unreal stuff  
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Anime: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Both shows make you think - ''Who is the real evil in this world?''
Maincharacters have two options: do nothing or change everything.
Also, the artstyle is quite similar in both series.

If you have a mood for dark, yet amazing anime, give them a try.  
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Anime: Death Billiards
Well, to begin with, both anime have the main theme of psychology. There are twists and turns in the plot which leave you baffled and at the edge of your seat. On top of this, the Man in Death Billards and Light in Death Note both gradually spiral into insanity. 
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Anime: Hells
both are battles between diametrically opposed forces of dark vs. light with forces and both ends changing sides occasionally...both are about creating reality from our imagination and the responsibility we bear for what we create...both are morality tales that question why man commits murder and the world it has created.......and both show that redemption is possible (for some)........... 
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Anime: Mawaru Penguindrum
Both are about having notebooks that could change fate - one controls death while the other controls fate but comes with a price instantly. Deathnote has a darker tone and heavier messages/wordy whereas penguindrum has a deep tone but makes up for it using colorful artwork as well as whacky music and mahou shoujo theme anime. 
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Anime: Shuffle!
Both have dark story-lines and twist's.
conflict between the main characters
Super-natural themes
dramatic build up
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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: Sweat Punch
They both have the same dark theme. The art is dark, as so is the story.
And plus, Kigeki has to do with The Black Swordsman liking a certain type of book, while in Death Note, there's a book that can kill other people. 
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Anime: Bokurano
-Human(s) gain amazing power
-Fight to save the world
-Evil non-human comic relief character (Ryuuk and Dung Beetle)
-Many people die
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Anime: Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen
It's mysterious, amazing .. and Many characters are evil and dark.
Overall both have the same - this sad but in the end happy aura, which makes them both very good anime. well of course D.N. is more tragical. 
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Anime: Soul Link
If you like battle of wits and have plans that spans over time; these two have it! Both involve the main characters devising strategies and to out do the other opponent.  
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Anime: Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi
Both have detective type of story with paranormal issues. And watching both of them makes you want to see more and more! 
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Anime: Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu
A main character seeks to change the world in secret but must consider the sacrifices he must make in order to do this. 
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Anime: Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae
The 3rd season of Jigoku Shoujo now gives more emphasis on how injustice annihilates justice.

Both series deal with morality that ranges from white to black. In both series, there is no absolute good or evil, mostly everything is debatable. Both series focus on human morality (mostly dark shades of gray). ... Both series show that humans are bastards. There's a lot to be learned from watching these shows. 
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Anime: Battle Programmer Shirase
I wonder why nobody made this recommendation, as L and BPS are similar in many ways:
- similar outer looks (round back, sleepy eyes, shabby clothes);
- both are extremely clever;
- both are badly adjusted to the real world, and both need another person as a support (Watari in DN, Misao in BPS);
- similar way of working (both prefer freelancing and take only the cases they're interested in, main part of work is done via computer, both use nicknames).
However, L isn't interested in women while BPS may have a look under a girl's skirt. 
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Anime: Nana
Both can be realistic in a way and have very understandable human characteristics esp. NANA which actually made me cry at points. Death note is good for the psychological views of humans and our sadistic evil nature. 
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Anime: Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito 1 - Yokuryuu wa Maiorita
Adicted story lines with action and unpredictable endings. Both are created with clever minded scenes full of strategy and slice of fantasy.
Death Note is similar to the everyday life and Code Geass is similar to the World War with high advanced weapons.
These two anime fight to create a new and bether world with different methods. 
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Anime: Souten Kouro
The MC's are similar in their moral ambiguity, uncompromising ideals and the-ends-justify-the-means philosophy. 
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Anime: Ghost in the Shell
While Death Note does not include the science fiction elements Ghost in the Shell does and Ghost in the Shell does not have the one on one revelry of Death Note, they both deal with tough ethical dilemmas. In addition both of their stories have moments and ideas that are interesting and inventive. Both of them make you think and are full of brilliant ideas. 
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Anime: Tokyo Ghoul √A
Both anime revolve around death although in different ways.
Both anime are EXTREMELY supernatural & hard to explain
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Anime: Chrno Crusade
Chrno Crusade is similar to Death Note in that it digs into people's beliefs and mistakes.  
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Light and Char are extremists who are trying to end corruption through any means. The only difference is that Light is trying to create a utopia whereas Char wants to move people out of Earth. 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny
Conflicts revolve around moralities as well as peace seeking solutions, anti heroism, drama, villainy, and ends to justify means involved. Gilbert Durandal's motives and intentions are similar to Light Yagami. 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Peace solutions through the concept of "ends justify the means" are applied to both shows through characters who fight whether it's through good, evil, or neutral. Death Note however is between the battle of geniuses and wits whereas Gundam Wing is between pilots and soldiers. 
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Anime: Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon
Both have a gothic feel to them, both deal with mystery, not to mention they have a mild psycology effect to them. 
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Anime: Gun x Sword
Death note is similar to GunxSword down to two main characters...
'Light' could be cosidered a villian or anti-hero, just like the character known as 'The Claw' in GunXSword.

Both Light and 'The Claw' are murderers with a God complex, yet both belive that are doing the right thing.

It's up to you however, who are you rooting for? 
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Anime: Bakuman. 2
Both series are created by the same author (in original manga form). Although they aren't the same genre, the main characters are both very well developed. Both main characters want to achieve their goal although the goals themselves are totally different. The way they handle the situations they come in is very similar, they treat them with pure logic. If you like main characters who are total geniuses and would do anything in order to achieve their goals, then these series are for you! 
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Anime: Angel Cop
I can't believe this one hasn't been added yet! They both involve killing criminals and questionable morals.  
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Anime: Prison School
I know, this is perhaps the most oddest combo but hear me out.
that need to hold on to your seat....
never knowing what would happen next
that feeling......it's all the same my friend....
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Anime: Bakuman. 3
Both series are created by the same author (in original manga form). Although they aren't the same genre the main characters are both very good developed. Both main characters want to achieve their goal although the goals themselves are totally different. The way they handel the situation they come in is very similar, they treat them with pure logic. If you like main characters who are total geniuses and would do anythhing in order to achieve their goals, than these series are for you! 
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Anime: Soul Eater
Both has shinginams in it that oversees the main Charcthers actions,But other than that they are pretty different.Death Note is mainly a mystery while Soul Eater is more a shounen. 
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Anime: Kurozuka
Completely different plot-wise, but the foundation of the same studio, director, and lead actor give a kind of deja vu feel. Other factors like a handsome but morally-dubious protagonist, a similar aesthetic sense, an overall dark tone, frenetic pace, and clever but secretive and occasionally treacherous cast make it a sealed deal. 
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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: Ookami Kakushi
Believe it or not, if you liked Ookami Kakushi, you'll LOVE death note. If you loved Death Note, you'll either like or love Ookami Kakushi. :3
Both animes have an amazing plot, both animes have INCREDIBLE artwork and animation, both start off ''^_^ '' and process more to the ( °_° ) kind of anime.
Death Note :: Mysterious deaths going on, by the deathnote notebook. Kira writes the name down. The Shinigami(Death God) is always by the kira's side, and knows the rules+punishments of the deathnote.

Ookami Kakushi :: Mysterious deaths going on, too.. by someone*i'm not naming anyone because it kind  read more 
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