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Death Note

Death Note

Alternative Titles

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: 8.771 (scored by 111249 users)
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Ranked: #302
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Popularity: #5
Members: 176,638
Favorites: 22,743


The psychological genre is evident in both and the main male leads are both cunningly intelligent. 
reportRecommended by Vizard
Similar plot - high school student is bored with the world and plots how to change it for the better.
Similar art style. 
reportRecommended by Foraii
Both have the similar, eerie themes of being chased for taking actions that the antagonist party views as correct. 
reportRecommended by 011253
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.  
reportRecommended by Emovation
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. 
reportRecommended by radiantfire
Both of these manga are WSJ manga in which the main characters try to outwit their enemies and evade capture. They're also both tagged as mysteries on this website, and they both contain content that wouldn't be out of place in a seinen. 
reportRecommended by Tenshi-Tension
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. 
reportRecommended by djwhack03
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. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
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. 
reportRecommended by xxDANIELAxx
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. 
reportRecommended by Yuunagi
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. 
reportRecommended by crimsonpheonix
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. 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  read more 
reportRecommended by RadiGen
Ever had a goal in life you would almost kill for to accomplish? Would you have the determination not to give up even if it went bad? Both of these manga are about people who have an incredible amount of determination, even when it seemed impossible they still contiued. Their determination is inspirational and will make you think about your own life and dreams.  
reportRecommended by Darkbow
Both main characters bring justice upon criminals.
They destroy evil by killing criminals.

Both are Shounen, Supernatural and Action mangas. 
reportRecommended by GothicShadow22
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". 
reportRecommended by un3xpectedfate
Both are drawn by Takeshi Obata, so it means amazing art. Even if the plots are totally different, in both manga the main characters are guys who have a shinigami/spirit that follow them around. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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. 
reportRecommended by Crystal
Both Protagonists are given a power/note which can be used to Kill, both protagonists have a Demon/Angel watching over them. 
reportRecommended by PixelSamurott
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  read more 
reportRecommended by BlackMystery
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. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
Both are series involving battles of wits between two geniuses from different parts of society who really, really, really want to go to bone town on each other. 
reportRecommended by Satanos
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.  
reportRecommended by DreamingSomeday
They give very similar feels. Also how they kill for "justice".  
reportRecommended by luckystar1213
Both are dark, pyschological shounen series about dangerous murderers. 
reportRecommended by TVC15
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. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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. 
reportRecommended by Stark700
Two guys try to outsmart each other for survival. 
reportRecommended by Jackson_H
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. 
reportRecommended by Garland41
Both have characters who seek justice, kill people and fight the police. There is an investigation in both of the series. 
reportRecommended by MrsMango
Very original psychological crime thrillers. A heavy conceptualization of what is good and what is evil and a person trying to change the society. 
reportRecommended by BlindNoldor
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. 
reportRecommended by Stark700
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  read more 
reportRecommended by inzaratha
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. 
reportRecommended by oxalis
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. 
reportRecommended by LastChapter
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. 
reportRecommended by Zeth44
As you may look Kiss note is like Death note parody 
reportRecommended by crescent917
A lot of smart talking,mystery solving,great art,similar main characters 
reportRecommended by renders
Shiori and Light were both just ordinary humans until one day something happened that changed their destiny

Light Yagami found a Death Note, and Shiori found a disponsal of her brother's treasure
Light has a Shinigami partner, Ryuk
Shiori has a ghost partner, that were originaly a legendary guitarist human, Jimi

their story are also about death or alive 
reportRecommended by Kouji_Akiyama13
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. 
reportRecommended by Murata2099
- People with the power of a god trying to rule this world and change it by their own convictions
- Heavy psychological conflicts
- Well-rounded characters with interesting minds
- Deaths. Many deaths. 
reportRecommended by Z_Tetriminos
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 
reportRecommended by Zeldagirl367
- 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
reportRecommended by Gegenschein
A lot of scenes in Karamazov no Kyoudai parody Death Note. Ivan Karamazov's story arc is basically Light Yagami's: to build a new world of justice. Also, both mangas talk about vengeance, justice, skepticism and intrigues. 
reportRecommended by Z_Tetriminos
Both MC commit mass murder under excuse of "cleaning" this world of bad people. 
reportRecommended by Trdzix
Both center on a psychological "battle" between two contrasting ideologies and both execute their plots to great results. 
reportRecommended by Karmatics
If you read Death Note and your favorite parts were the moments of psychological analysis, this is the series to turn to next. The development of the main characters in each of these series', despite going in different paths, branch from similar mindsets. The themes of nihilism are palpable and very heavy at times, making for a truly dark (and not just in the "dark" sense of many TV anime) and compelling breakdown of our main characters, similar to that of Light Yagami. 
reportRecommended by RedAutumnLeaf
Once again they have the same writer, Ohba Tsugumi-sensei. They are both about a young man who obtained power and desired more. I strongly recommend this one-shot because you'll learn values from the characters, whether your young or adult. After you read this manga,you can give me comments. Thanks! :) 
reportRecommended by fallenangel14112
Admittedly, Death Note and Ouroboros are only similar at their core; they are both dark crime-drama manga series. However, both maintain this core really well. While Death Note uses the supernatural to explore man's dark nature (as well as its flawed protagonist), Ouroboros has realism and seinen-maturity on its side to do mostly the same. If you liked Death Note's atmosphere, Ouroboros would be a good fit. 
reportRecommended by SNaG21
The mind games played between L and Light are very similar to the mind games between Erika and Battler.  
reportRecommended by LoliTentacleRape
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 
reportRecommended by Knieves339
.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 
reportRecommended by purplwig
Both have a shinigami following the characters around, and the overall feel reminds you of Death Note  
reportRecommended by Stitches327
-dark atmosphere
-supernatural being as sidekick (Hyde = Ryuk)
-have their own way of justice 
reportRecommended by samidskynird
Both are dark and involves main characters on the border-line of insanity.  
reportRecommended by Rance-sama
Same techniques were used. If you ever read devilman first, you will not be suprised with death note. 
reportRecommended by sh_221
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  
reportRecommended by NikorasuX7
Both are kind of dark, and focus on the villain rather than a hero. 
reportRecommended by Sundog
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.  
reportRecommended by nekodaiba
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. 
reportRecommended by Amyaco
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). 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
The art style, the main character actually reminds me of L in looks a little. I just thought of Death note while reading this 
reportRecommended by jam112383
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.  
reportRecommended by B-Czar
Both involve supernatural beings: Shinigami in Death Note, zombies in Raiders.
Not to mention that Misa & Clarion are almost identical. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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 
reportRecommended by kuglefang
Both feature cat & mouse games of skill, with death awaiting the loser. Wolfram plays a character similar to Light in the roll of L. 
reportRecommended by AfterGlow
Similar cat and mouse psychological thriller plot. Well worth the read. 
reportRecommended by TCHaos
Both manga feature two protagonists machinating and maneuvering their way within a criminal context. 
reportRecommended by Beatnik
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. 
reportRecommended by AriSky
Zodiac Game is similar to Death Note in terms that both stories are very graphic and have very Gothic style of art. 
reportRecommended by Ethelif
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. 
reportRecommended by Lacrimosa
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. 
reportRecommended by radiantfire
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. 
reportRecommended by Lirima
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). 
reportRecommended by wakka9ca
Both have Shinigami and a sort of detective story, but that's the only real similarity. Style and tone are entirely different. 
reportRecommended by MotokoAramaki
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.  
reportRecommended by SuzukiMichiyo
Mysterious and dark. 
reportRecommended by Rhapshie
Both are about someone putting in someone's name to kill them 
reportRecommended by Megan140
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  read more 
reportRecommended by japanda
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.

reportRecommended by Natsu_D_Luffy
Both are Shonen Jump manga that deal with death. Also, they are both dark and gothic. 
reportRecommended by malvarez1
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  read more 
reportRecommended by Oseriouz
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! 
reportRecommended by forever777me
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. 
reportRecommended by ciaossu_reborn
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. 
reportRecommended by ladyelizabeth
Both manga concern murderers, police investigations and they both feature a dark atmosphere and great artwork. 
reportRecommended by TVC15
similar sense of justice permeates the plot in both mangas & trash of society 'eliminated' by supernatural means 
reportRecommended by hexaq
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.  
reportRecommended by tacyttik17
both feature an 'item' that makes it possible for normal people to kill others.  
reportRecommended by zyn2008
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. 
reportRecommended by Jazze
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. 
reportRecommended by rudeAi
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  read more 
reportRecommended by noirgrimoir