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Death Note


Alternative Titles

English: Death Note
Synonyms: DN
Japanese: デスノート

Information

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)

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Score: 8.671 (scored by 1,020,315 users)
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Ranked: #512
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Popularity: #1
Members: 1,472,456
Favorites: 89,274

Recommendations

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).  
report Recommended by Krelian
They both deal with 'monsters' in people. By this, both shows are portraying the 'good' that each person thinks is 'right'. 
report Recommended by lucia-chan
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 is started  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
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. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
If your a Code Geass fan you should love Death Note as I feel they are both similar character wise. In both, the main character gets a power to assist them in changing the world for the better in their views from a party whom follows them for the duration of the series. While doing so, they both gain followers who support their ideals. While this happens, a force attempt to fight the main character and discover their true identity. Both resemble a game of chess as the main character fights to knock out all obsticles in their way to have their ideas reality. 
report Recommended by Jellyfish13
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 
report Recommended by Talim
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 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
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. 
report Recommended by RealExtinction
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. 
report Recommended by CEMPUNK
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. 
report Recommended by nike13
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.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
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! 
report Recommended by ka-ki
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  read more 
report Recommended by Xephia
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)  
report Recommended by yumiche
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 
report Recommended by FFFTNere
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) 
report Recommended by GeniusofIron
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. 
report Recommended by tsunande
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. 
report Recommended by ilmare
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. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both feature two main characters, one doing evil deeds and one trying to stop the former. 
report Recommended by IKKIsama
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.  
report Recommended by coolcat
Both are packed with: - shinigami and shinigami eyes - hot bishies - cool storyline 
report Recommended by janelleski
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. 
report Recommended by Laora-inn
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. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
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. 
report Recommended by Lylaaz
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 their circumstances and  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
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 reminded me of Raito  read more 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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... 
report Recommended by Turanic
Both series contain things/people that control others, except in Higurashi it's not obvious what it is.  
report Recommended by Hachen
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 
report Recommended by jalokim
characters fight for their own sense of justice 
report Recommended by AmberFebruary
These two animes have similar genres and plot gimmicks including mind tricks, undercover agents and unbelievable plot twists -- AND they both keep you well at the edge of your seat. 
report Recommended by silverloc123
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. 
report Recommended by GeniusofIron
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. 
report Recommended by Sleezy
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. 
report Recommended by JackCox
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." 
report Recommended by foreverzerov1