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Death Note (Manga)

Death Note

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English: Death Note
Japanese: DEATH NOTE


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 108
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 1, 2003 to May 15, 2006
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Ohba, Tsugumi (Story)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 8.831 (scored by 72685 users)
Ranked: #212
Popularity: #3
Members: 108,073
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The psychological genre is evident in both and the main male leads are both cunningly intelligent.
Raito, L, Mello, Misa, the Death Note itself, all of them appear in this manga in some way.
Both series deal with a teenage protagonist given an unusual supernatural tool in an otherwise ordinary world and the moral dilemmas, mind games, and fights for survival that ensue.
Both have the similar, eerie themes of being chased for taking actions that the antagonist party views as correct.
I only realized the similarity with around chapter 22 of BM. There is a mastermind with an initial (K and L). There are genius on both sides of the fighting line attacking with intellect and sleuth. Bloody Monday has more action and blood than Death Note and DN has more brains. There is mystery regarding both the protagonist and antagonist and their plans. Death is brought up on both and justice.
A prevailing theme in both series is the notion of moral justice: Is it right to kill those who are unhealthy to society? It is a rather conflicting statement as often the answer lies in the subjective. This is profoundly highlighted in both series through the characters, views of the general public, and moral consequences and decisions the protagonists have to face.
For those of you who wander aimlessly seeking for something similar to the thrilling story of the Death Note series, well, you're in luck because Hakomari not only fills that void, it expands it. In other words, in my opinion it's even better than Death Note in terms of complexity.

While there are countless dissimilarities between the two, I'll focus on the similarities which I'm sure would cause Death Note fans to try this series...
Hakomari captures Death Note's thriller and mystery aspect not through the battle of impeccable prodigies, but through an extremely intricate plot built layer after layer in each volume. Actually, we get a battle of wits in all of the volumes, but this is not what makes Hakomari stand out of the rest of novels/manga, it is the plot (or the premise) through which the characters move, in other words, it is the premises (the universe/world) of the novel.

While I have completely no idea how Eiji Mikage composes his plot, reading through the volumes with give you an idea to how the architecture of this novel is constructed. The author lays the framework and a rough conclusion of a volume before filling out the details of the story, that is to give him some sort of guide (a premise if you will) for his plot.

He rarely contradicts the premises he set unless you are hairsplitting/nitpicking enthusiast. Every turn or event in a volume is connected to a premise set forth or declared in a previous volume (in other words, everything that would happen, happened for a reason, and isn't of plot convenience) and the conclusions at each volume surprise you as it unravels Mikage's masterful play of plot lines.

While the main difference between Death Note and Hakomari is the romance aspect, I'd say that If you liked DN, there's a very high chance of liking Hakomari since every twist leaves you surprised and impressed.
Death Note is more mature than Hikaru no Go, but both have a very similar art style. The main characters also have a spirit/demon that follow them around. If you like one, then you'll like the other.
Onani Master Kurosawa is basically death note, except about masturbation. The main character looks and acts exactly like Light, down to his"Just as planned" face. The idea is crude, but this short dj title is an excellent parody of the DN style. A must read for anyone who liked Death Note, but never took it too seriously.
Mind games, Machiavellian methods, and mass murders. If you found either of these titles interesting, you might want to also try out the other one since both involve unorthodox detectives hunting down serial killers. However, MPD Psycho is definitely not for the faint of heart with its sexual imagery, explicitly gory death scenes, and mentally unstable characters.
It is similar because in both mangas, there is someone that is trying to bring justice to the world in such ways that you would have never thought of. They both have main characters who go to the extremes to get what they think is better for the world.
They both remind me strongly of each other and at the same time they are completely diffrent. Both main characters (Noa and Light) are both Geni, they both have someone who they fight(L and the weird Cop) they have females who follow there orders, and a gigantic plans for world change. Yep, and at the same time the feeling is quite diffrent, but I think you will like one if you like the other.
Both main characters bring justice upon criminals.
They destroy evil by killing criminals.

Both are Shounen, Supernatural and Action mangas.
A battle of the brains, mysteries, violence, action, excellent artwork, if you like any of these elements you're bound to find some interest in either Spiral or Death Note. While they both have completely different stories, both of the main characters are highly intelligent individuals able to plot out plans to get things their way. Although the differences between the two are rather minor, surprising plot twists and events are bound to pull you into either Death Note or Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna and leave you wanting for more.
First time making a recommendation, please excuse my poor English.

Both stories revolve about the true meaning of justice and the fine line between wrong and right. In Tokyo Ghoul, it is a struggle in the protagonist's own mind between his ghoul side and human side, as well as his past and present. Whilst in Death Note, both protagonists represent justice in a different manner.

The artwork are well done and have a similar sinister feeling, with unique character design and strong contrast.

What I liked most about both manga were the large amount of plot twists. The stories are unpredictable yet logical, with loads of information to digest and organize, sometimes leaving questions open for deduction. Since they are of dark and realistic genre, they might not be pleasant for people who like happy endings, though.
Both deal with psychological themes and manipulation of death. In both manga, a character has the power to manipulate people's death. Izaku and Light are very similar in that they kill "bad people".
Detective stories with one quirky detective. Remote deals with a series of cases and has a two-person investigation tag-team as compared to Death Note's single case and villain protagonist setup, but if you're into reclusive, sometimes misanthropic, and generally unconventional detectives, both L and Himuro have you covered.
If you're looking for some detective fiction, then Death Note and Shinrei Takumo may be something to consider. Both series adapts a main character who has unnatural talents and a special gift. There is a decent amount of mystery and suspense with thrilling plot twists in both series. And at its core, we find out how twisted their story can become when certain events are connected.
They give very similar feels. Also how they kill for "justice".
They both deal with the main Character or in this case Characters thinking that the world is evil. In both stories they have some sort of supernatural power. In both stories the people trying to change the world are viewed as terrorists.
The protagonists both fight for their own sense of justice with a special ability. Where one uses a notebook to create events to happen the other uses "ventriloquism" (he can make others speak in the manner he chooses). In both stories a rival appears who challenges the abilities of the protagonists and their sense of justice.
Even though Loop is a one-shot and Death Note is long 12 volumes, they're both great seinen and psychological manga with a supernatural twist.
Both are about death, have some violent and bloody scenes, and are very well-drawn and developed.
Reading Loop gave me a feeling somehow similar to the one I get while reading Death Note.
Two guys try to outsmart each other for survival.
Death Note has ryuuk, Bakuman has Mr. Hattori (I lol'd first time he enter the fray).
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In both there is a power called Shinigami Eyes, which in DN allows you to see both the name and life span of anyone, and in ZL makes you see a ring on people’s neck: the darker it becomes, the nearer that person’s death gets.
Both can be creepy at times, and both have Shinigami, death, supernatural, mystery, blood, a dark aura, and lots of bishounen.
Both are really good, worth-reading manga, and both both are (wrongly) considered shounen.
They are both sort of psychological-thriller type reads with a supernatural element. If you were really into watching the psychological deterioration of Light and the battle between Light and L you would probably like Ousama Game. When you look it up though, make sure you get the right one, because there's another manga called Ousama Game that's yaoi. O_O
Very original psychological crime thrillers. A heavy conceptualization of what is good and what is evil and a person trying to change the society.
Both stories have to do with the line between "Good" and "Evil" in the respect that in both stories, someone is having someone else killed seemingly randomly. In Ikigami its the government, in Death Note, its a kid who wants to be the Government, or a God.

Both are kind of dark, and focus on the villain rather than a hero.
If you love Death Note - try Cloud ( aka Kuraudo ) This is a new manga but it reminds me of it a bit. The main character is a young man who is highly intelligent - one might call him a genius - who is putting his brains to use in a sort of crazy - devious sort of way. Both main characters like out-thinking their opponents and seem to be toying with and manipulating people and situations. Both characters seem to like to play with the whole of society even and pit themselves against authority. If you like manga with very intelligent characters give it a try. The art is also very good.
In both mangas, the main characters Ciel and Light both use any means necessary to achieve their goals by letting someone innocent die or being arrested by making them pawns in there plans.

In Kuroshitsuji there are many people who become scapegoats that are used by Ciel while in Death Note, Light uses the police force and manipulation which people are ultimately killed with the Deathnote.

Both mangas also have Shinigamis
In the manga TISTA, we have a young girl-Tista-with special eyes that allow her to see blocks away, so she can kill people "for the better good." She was trained to be an expert assassin and hone her abilities under the Catholic church, until she eventually set out into vast NYC, NY. During the day she is reclusive, college student Tista. By night, she is Sister Militia.

Now, in Death Note, we have Light Yagami, suffering terribly from boredom. He soon finds the Death Note of the shinigami Ryuuk. Things pass, and the serial killer 'Kira' is born.

But, these are just the basics, and a small introduction to both manga. So, how are these similar? For starters, they both have the serial killer/assassin thing going on with the protagonists. They also have 'special eyes,' but in Death Note you have to, in a sense, 'buy' them. With your life.
There's action in both of them, and both protagonists have expert detectives-who come off a little eccentric, one more so than the other-after them. Also, both Tista and Light are living double lives with different names.

So, in all, yes I would recommend TISTA to any one who enjoyed Death Note. Besides the much more pronounced religious themes in TISTA, it's pretty similar to Death Note. They both make you think. And the question of 'What they're doing-is it truly evil?' lies in the pages.
I'm quite surprised Death Note hasn't been deemed as similar to this manga! The first thing I thought when I read it was: "Oh, it has quite the same atmosphere as Death Note and is very interesting too". But there's more to it.
-They are about the same length
-"Death" and "Those who deserve to die" are the principal themes.
- They are both shonen
- They both have some psychological, supernatural, and adventurous twist in it

And of course, they are both very enjoyable!
Both are Shonen Jump manga that deal with death. Also, they are both dark and gothic.
The mind games played between L and Light are very similar to the mind games between Erika and Battler.
Both are serious, realistic manga with an edge of the supernatural which feature teenage protagonists with strong senses of justice but loose senses of morals who come into contact with supernatural forces over life and death.

In Death Note, a teenager obsessed with his own justice comes into possession of a Shinigami's (Reaper/Death God) notebook which allows them to kill people when they right their names inside, and steal their life years. Similarly in Aku no Higan (Beyond Evil), there are seemingly demonic dealers in life and death who bargain for human's life years with money, favors or punishments and a teenager finds himself in a contract with one of these demons.
The plot is quite similar to Death Note.The only difference between The Miraculous Notebook and Death Note is that in Shigeru Mizuki's story there are no Shinigamis (Death Gods in Death Note), and the origin of the notebook was never explained.
Both death note and and FMA (fullmetal alchemist) have great plot with twist and turns conspericies, and mind games, and betrayl. while FMA is more action oriented, its deep plot may suprise you.
- protagonist decides to change the world/country after they make contact with a supernatural being from another realm only they can see that grants them certain powers
- people become aware of the plan and form a group to try and stop it
- ability to kill people from afar under certain circumstances
- awkward dark haired guys with dark rings under their eyes
Both have characters who seek justice, kill people and fight the police. There is an investigation in both of the series.
For some reason, while this is clearly from the shoujo genre and doesn't exactly have any shounen qualities like Death Note, there are mild similarities between the characters (compare: Miku and Amane Misa,) and of course the shinigami theme. The fact that the shinigami appearing in Shinigami Lovers are humanoid is one major difference which may turn off Shinigami Lovers fans to Death Note, but other than that I would recommend Death Note to readers of this series.
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.Heavily accented, dramatic, gothic art style
.Unseen spirit world and influence
.Main character records his findings/ murders criminals using a notebook
.Female characters named Misa
Both have a shinigami following the characters around, and the overall feel reminds you of Death Note
Both protagonists consider themselves gods in their respective worlds and utilize their abilities to manipulate the actions of others. Though both protagonists appear to help for justice, in fact they are evil in the inside. Both have contracts with demons and use writing instruments to bring out their abilities.
-dark atmosphere
-supernatural being as sidekick (Hyde = Ryuk)
-have their own way of justice
Both are action packed and give off a very intense vibe. The character art looks similar and you can see some of the same expressions between the main characters when they have that evil smile across their face

All you need is Kill will be a strong manga if it continues on it's current path
The main characters are very much alike implementing their own brand of vigilante justice while also working for the very same police force chasing them. It also has the good version and dark version type of MC. It is very good so far and a definite read if you loved Death Note.
Both are dark and involves main characters on the border-line of insanity.
A lot of smart talking,mystery solving,great art,similar main characters
As you may look Kiss note is like Death note parody
Following the story of a young male protagonist, we witness his dark journey as he holds a secret. In both series, there's a cat-and-mouse like atmosphere as detectives are interested in seeking the MC. Both series adapts psychological scenarios as the MC faces difficult choices under stress. They also get involved with various characters that serves different roles throughout both series. I recommend both Tsumi to Batsu and Death Note to anyone interested in a psychological story of testament and wit.
both feature an 'item' that makes it possible for normal people to kill others.
Both Death Note and "The Cain Saga" aka Count Cain are about characters who search for mass murderer(s) in order to bring them to justice. Both are dark, but are lightened up by friendship, etc.
Both have their bloody parts, but Cain is more gore afflicted than Death Note.
Similar cat and mouse psychological thriller plot. Well worth the read.
The art style, the main character actually reminds me of L in looks a little. I just thought of Death note while reading this
Both manga are about killing people, and both have an intelligent and handsome male protagonist interested in death and with that twisted and evil look~ Both psychological manga. Both not for the weak of heart. Both good. Goth is much more gore, but I feel these two manga similiar in a way. Also because one of the chapters of Goth was about a note (lost by a killer).
Both are dark, death-centered manga that involve shinigami and are supported by a really good artstyle.
While Death Note is a psychological seinen, Defense Devil is a more typical shounen.
Both involve supernatural beings: Shinigami in Death Note, zombies in Raiders.
Not to mention that Misa & Clarion are almost identical.
Both manga feature two protagonists machinating and maneuvering their way within a criminal context.
If you enjoy the twists to Death note, you will LOVE all the twists in this manga. It always keeps you guessing and you never know what is going to happen next. If you like mangas that make you go "Wow" Then you will love this anime. If you did not like how they used religion in Death Note, do NOT read Angel Sanctuary.
It's dark! It's depressing and has death! Supernatural hoo-ha! Boobies! .. Er .. Actually, X and DN are just really good and you should readboth! Both are HUGE on character and plot development, and have that same 'omg world is ending' feel .. Except X is more literal! ^w^ Definitely definitely get the manga if you want to or have seen the anime adaptations of both; the manga will fill in the plot holes that the time constraints of the animes couldn't deal with.
Zodiac Game is similar to Death Note in terms that both stories are very graphic and have very Gothic style of art.
Pet Shop at first seems to be a light manga with a dark streak, but as one completes the series they find that the message is, in essence, exactly the same as what the chillingly accurate Death Note is saying. If you like Death Note for the issues it brings to light, you'll love Pet Shop of Horrors--and vice versa.
It has a couple of similar themes, if few. One idea is the creation of a superior race. Ayashi no Ceres and Death Note are very excellent series, and I highly reccomend them to anyone and everyone looking for a good story.
Both stories involve psychopathic characters and cat and mouse game between the protagonists and antagonists. Psychometer Eiji deals with a lot of serial murders and other intriguing cases. The main character in both series have a special power (Raito has the Death Note while Eiji has the power of psychometry).
These two serialisations follow protagonists who are well adept with tactics and strategy. They are cunning, deceptive, and would bypass moral boundaries to get results.
Both feature cat & mouse games of skill, with death awaiting the loser. Wolfram plays a character similar to Light in the roll of L.
Both titles show characters that rely more on strategy, intelligence and cunning rather than brute force, shear determination or "The Power of Friendship" to succeed.

If you enjoy an intelligent manga then these two are for you. These titles are very smart and are very detailed and most important of all no overpowered teenager who can destroy entire mountains or planets with a single super powerful finishing move
Yagami Light and Strauss Akabara are very similar in how they are always trying to out maneuver everyone with really well-thought out strategies. Except Strauss is also an immortal Vampire, and is powerful enough he doesn't need a book to kill people with.
Drawn by the same mangaka, Death Note and Hello Baby involve criminals and death, providing an entertaining read. Hello Baby, an one-shot, brings more focus on the main characters themselves -- especially Kin's relationships with his girlfriend and "younger brother" -- while Death Note is more action-oriented in with a supernatural element (shinigami). There is still a good amount of action and characterization in both though, set in today's Japan.
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These are both very deep, sometimes disturbing, emotional books. They really make you think about what is moral, what is right and wrong. Very gripping.
The main character is smart like L but in shinrei tanatei yakumo it is due to his eye and he also eats sugary food after he thinks about a case. He looks a lot like L and even his attitude is similar. The story line is about crimes but in death note it is more realistic because shinrei tantei yakumo has ghosts and spirits.if you read shinrei tantei yakumo it will definitely remind you of deathnote. They are both really similar and enjoyable so if you like one you will like the other.
Both are about someone putting in someone's name to kill them
Neither the stories nor the settings are similar but the main characters give off the same vibes. Shirou acts like Light: organized, proper, and uptight. No maniacal laughs though. He also takes issue with the L-like Kurokichi. Kuro is weird, mysterious, "all-knowing", somewhat impartial and aloof, just like L. He even has dark circles underneath his eyes and also has a kind of food fetish (milk in Kurokichi's case) Ririko looks like Misa with the hairstyle and gothic outfit. She's also pretty useless. Same thing. The characters of Shirokuro Kitan might as well have been copy-pasted from Death Note, otherwise heavily influenced by it. It's too suspicious. Overall there's a dark ambiance around both of these manga titles. I suggest you read Shirokuro Kitan with the Death Note characters' voices, it makes the reading experience so much more awesome.
similar main character: he, like light, gets opportunity to create the world he wants, and his personality is also similar. short story with really interesting plot and realistic drawings.
Same kind of ego in the main character and both are kinda tricksters and manipulators. Death Note is obviously darker and Gamble Fish has more comedic characters. I enjoyed them in the same way, love to watch the puzzle and try to figure it out before they reveal the answer to me.
Complicatedly similar. Two characters; one is a serial murder with a goal to be the top of her kind, the other makes a life of killing murderers while on a search for the former character. Includes same psychological theme.
Both have Shinigami and a sort of detective story, but that's the only real similarity. Style and tone are entirely different.
similar sense of justice permeates the plot in both mangas & trash of society 'eliminated' by supernatural means
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Both manga concern murderers, police investigations and they both feature a dark atmosphere and great artwork.
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Both are dark, pyschological shounen series about dangerous murderers.
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Mysterious and dark.
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