Yagami Light is an unusually bright high school student who has found himself disillusioned and bored with both life and the world. When he stumbles upon a strange book entitled Death Note, however, this all changes. In an attempt to purge the world of evil, he uses the book's powers to claim the lives of criminals and establish himself as a god. Not long after his quest begins, though, he finds himself confronted by a man calling himself "L" who vows to put an end to Light's reign of tyranny before it can begin. With two genius intellects at odds, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, and with it can be only one winner - who will prevail?
In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?
Code Geass and Death Note are very similar. They both have a strong main character who receives a "power" that could potentially change and shape the world to their vision. Code geass is more politically driven and deals with a lot of death and war. Granted Code Geass tries to be a light hearted anime and blends both comedy and tragedy very well but at it's core its a much more serious and intelligent anime.
Both main characters are similar in almost every aspect, so is the political reasoning, but while in death note, both characters are at the top of their group, in code geass, they both slowly achieve greater power...
What would happen if a high-schooler with strong ideals was to recieve a power that could change the world? Both shows follow an incredibly smart main character with such power in their quest to reach their ideals, and they won't let anything get in their way to do so. These two shows can best be described as "battle of wits" anime, where the main character is constantly playing mind games with his enemies and often comes up with brilliant stragegies.
These shows are, at their core, two of the same kind, only in a different cover.
Just like the others said, Death Note and Code Geass are very similar in various ways:
So, everyone who watched Death Note should, or better, must watch Code Geass.
After their punishment game backfires, Keiichi, Mion, Rena, Satoko and Rika are forced to parade around the village in embarrassing costumes. Once they reach a fork in the road the club decide to visit the nearby abandoned village of Yagouchi, partly to show Keiichi and Rena around and partly to escape the stares of the villagers! When they arrive in Yagouchi, after hearing about the abandoned quarry over the hill Keiichi and Rena decide it would be fun to investigate. But Rika and Mion try to talk them out of it, as two people died there of unknown causes seven years previously. What happened at the quarry back then, and what exactly is 'the pit' that Rika keeps referring to?
Both episodes are just specials but what they have in common is a scent of mystery hidden behind the events that occur. Either Higurashi's special or DN's are perfect to encourage you to watch the full series.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
Both Death Note and Monster pose the question "Is it okay to kill in order to make the world a better place?" They are both psychological thrillers that deal greatly with death and the darker sides of human nature. Both Death Note and Monster will have you on the edge of your seat as their plots twist and turn keeping you guessing until the final episodes. Simply put both Death Note and Monster are anime masterpieces.
Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?
Basically, either film is just a condensed version of a successful shonen series, featuring a rehauled ending and a slightly different beginning but mostly just the same thing, except done movie-style. I didn't care for this Death Note picture at all but if you're looking for similar fare in format, then, here's the somewhat more satisfying (though not by much) Gurren Lagann picture.