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Death Note

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Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Death Note Rewrite: The Visualizing God TV Special 2007 Recap
Death Note Rewrite 2: L's Successors TV Special 2008 Recap

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Death Note 2004 Original Manga
Death Note (Pilot) 2006 Original
Death Note: Another Note - The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases (Light Novel) 2006 TBD
Death Note Special 2007 Same Franchise
Death Note: L Change the World (Light Novel) 2008 TBD
Name Role
Masaru KITAO Character Design
Tetsuro ARAKI Director
Yoshihisa HIRANO Music
Hideki TANIUCHI Music
Tsugumi OHBA Original Manga Creator
Masao MARUYAMA Producer
Manabu TAMURA Producer
Toshio NAKATANI Producer

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Official Editorial Reviews

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Death Note sothis 5.8/10 Nov 22, 2009
Death Note Sheex 9/10 Jul 12, 2007

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Death Note Slayare 9.8/10 Apr 23, 2014
Death Note Rifunger 7.5/10 Mar 31, 2014
Death Note ParaParaJMo 9/10 Mar 13, 2014
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X TV

X TV

Kamui has returned to Tokyo with a traumatizing past, but he is not the only one. Many people are returning to Tokyo for the same reason: they play a part in the End of the World. The Dragons of Earth and the Dragons of Heaven now must fight for the destruction or safety of the world. But is this troubled Kamui really the key to saving the world?

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ish1618

If you liked Death Note, you'd like X TV because it also has a very carefully thought-out plot and is very serious.  It's also about wanting to change the world (though more apocalyptic in nature) but is great nonetheless.

xiscoolerthanyou

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 make you sometimes even root for the "bad" guy. Anyways, both are great series and if you like one, be sure to at least take a look at the other!

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11eyes

11eyes

Seven years ago, Kakeru’s sister killed herself, leaving him alone. Now a teenager, Kakeru lives a quiet life with his friend Yuka and other classmates – but things change forever when he and Yuka are mysteriously transported to a frightening parallel world filled with monsters and a deep crimson sky. Though they manage to escape, Kakeru soon discovers that they aren’t alone; several other students at school also travel to the other dimension, and armed with powerful weapons they battle against its dark inhabitants. Why must they fight, and what is their purpose in the Red Night?

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Sasukefanx12

These series' really don't have much in common in terms of plot, however they both have the same feel to them in the many plot twists and the fact that they're both very much thinking anime. Death Note in more of a mystery way where as 11Eyes is thinking in more of a mind f*ck way. Also the minor love-triangle aspect is also very similar in that there's one cute bubbly girl and one serious girl with more "decorum" so to speak, both going after the main guy. But the feel to both of them would make them appeal to the same types of fans.

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Air Master

Air Master

Aikawa Maki, a high school student (with a reputation of being an exceptional street fighter), is known on the streets as Air Master. Standing at seven feet tall, she has the ability to seemingly fly through the air. Trying to attain the highest level of excitement and tension, she searches for stronger opponents. Will she find them or will they find her first, as they fight it out in the aerial arena?

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if you liked deathnote for it's mystery/psychological aspects then continue through the list but if, like me, you liked it because it was different and willing to have a character that is the "bad guy" be the main character then i highly suggest air master. although it isn't quite as dark as Death Note Maki from Air Master is definitely cruel and bloodthirsty at times and that's what makes it different from other combat anime.

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Another

Another

26 years ago, something terrible happened in a middle school’s third year classroom. A popular, talented student named Misaki suddenly died, and the ramifications of that incident have caused each third year class since then to live in fear. It is now 1998, and Kouchi Sakakibara has just transferred into the notorious classroom, curious about the mysterious secret that his peers are hiding from him. He’s drawn to one enigmatic girl named Mei Misaki, a quiet student who wears an eye patch and warns him about getting involved with her, and continues to seek her out against the pleas of his classmates. And that’s when people begin to violently die...

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scramblingbalam

Almost all every genera that "Another" is taged with apply to Death Note as well.

While they are both Psychological Horror with supernatural and mystery overtones: where Deathnote flies off into unrealistic Epic Anime land; Another stays grounded.

If what you liked about DeathNote is the fact that he can play god than Another may not me for you. If what you liked is the Horror of being in a situation that that is out of your control than you will find Another gripping.

I found Another much more terrifying because I could imagine it acctually happening, it even seemed to follow a supernatural logic that might be consistent with quantum mechanics. The other thing that makes Another frigtening is that unlike Death Note or other Middle School Anime the Charecters seem like they are actually in High School. We are reminded that these are just kids. They have a vulerability that makes them more simpathetic, it reminds me of what I think middle school is really like for most people uncertain and scary, this is set up from the second episode as the students talk about being worried about what high school they can test into, and continues as it becomes more obviouse that death is ttwalking among them.  

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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city's walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever...

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Epyon45

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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