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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 Rifunger 7.5/10 Mar 31, 2014
Death Note ParaParaJMo 9/10 Mar 13, 2014
Death Note AverageJoseph 7/10 Mar 9, 2014
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King of Bandit Jing

King of Bandit Jing

Join the king of thieves Jing and his plumed partner Kir as they seek out the greatest treasures in the world - and steal them. From desert bandit fortresses to the innermost sanctums of kings and queens, if there's a magnificent treasure to be had, you can be sure Jing has his eyes (and later his hands) on it.

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Sasukefanx12

I know what most of you are thinking, that this seems like a strange and totally random reccomendation, its not. Though King of Bandit Jing may not have as deep a story, or even a similar plot and Death Note isn't as colorful and vibrant (Thouygh the artwork is much more stylish). Two important things are essentialy the same: For one, Jing engages in Physical battles, while Light engages in Mental ones, but they are both very stratigic in their moves and think things through to such an intricate level its amazing, and simply captivating to watch. The second is they're both relitivly deep anime, Death Note more than KOB Jing, but they both have very important lessons to share, yes Death Note has one main one and Jing has a bunch of small ones, its the same consept though. Have you ever noticed how the colors black and white go very well together but are almost nothing alike? It's the same deal with Death Note and King of Bandit Jing.

Maria Holic

Maria Holic

Kanako Miyamae hates boys so much that she breaks out into hives after any physical contact with them. So when she is able to transfer to the Ame no Kisaki Girl’s school, Kanako is overjoyed that she can now search for her fated yuri partner. When she arrives, Kanako meets Shidou Mariya, a beautiful young girl who is exactly her type... except that Mariya is really a sarcastic and sadistic young boy who is masquerading as a girl! With no intention of being expelled from school, Mariya threatens Kanako into keeping his secret, and decides to guard her twenty-four hours a day to ensure that she does. Now Kanako must share a room with Mariya who is gleefully making her life a misery while using his ‘feminine’ charms to stop her protesting. Throw into the mix Ryuuken, the most popular girl in school who has vowed to protect her; and Kiri - who claims they are dating to prevent her from being bullied - and it seems as if Kanako’s dream of all-girl school life will be nothing like she imagined!

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ItsumoHitori

I felt that Death Note and Maria Holic, though not being similar in plot in the slightest, both established a very distinct aura to the world and setting that they each were placed in, it not being quite similar to that of any other show. If you enjoyed one of these shows, and enjoyed the feel and vibe of the very detailed setting, the other is recommended.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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Imper

Both series carry the dark dilemma of justice. The thin line between what's right and wrong and how the characters, who sometimes have such a power that they cannot even control it, deal with it.

Noein

Noein

When Haruka, Yuu and their friends decided to go ghost hunting, they had no idea the "ghosts" they'd find would turn their lives upside down. Black-clad and wielding quantum powers, these knights from the future are after an artifact of immense power that they hope will save their dimension from destruction: the Dragon Torque; and Haruka seems to be the key. As factions within the knights violently disagree on how to proceed, Haruka and the gang are caught up in a fight with the Shangri La, in an existential battle where fates of entire universes are decided.

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Wolfco
Death Note is not an easy show to compare to other shows because of its unique combination of subject matter and character structure. However, if you look beyond the completely differing plot, Noein has some of the same core aspects that make it such a wonderful show. Noein focuses on a young girl's struggle to save the life she lives. There is a similarity in the complexity of the story and in the main characters' struggle to learn and learn and control as much of their surroundings as they can.

Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss

Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…

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CrazyBeverly96

Both of these animes are pretty dark but are unexpectantly funny at times. There is a great amount of character development in both of them, although I would say that Paradise Kiss had more character development in its cast as a whole since it is a character-driven show while Death Note is more plot-driven. The protagonists in each of these animes go through a complete evolution and their personalities and views of the world change completely. If you like one, you will like the other.