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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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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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Death Note sothis 5.8/10 Nov 22, 2009
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Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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Both of these anime are the type that I've come to love. They make you think the entire time, and tend to keep you guessing, wanting to figure it all out before they let you. They are excellent psychological thrillers, and there is a good bit of action in both. Definitely check out Ergo Proxy if you've seen Death Note, and vice-versa.


Death Note and Ergo Proxy are excellent psychological thrillers that give the viewer a sense of understanding until the end of the series. There is a good bit of action in both with suspense and plot turns.


Both have a really creepy, supernatural, mystery feel. Both can be confusing, but everything comes together in the end very well.


I think death note and Ergo proxy are very similar in the dark atmosphere also the sense that you never quite know who is wrong and who s right.


Death Note is in a different genre, but both series are smart, very well written, and very exciting.  Two of my favorites.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

In the year 1986, eighteen members of the Ushiromiya family head to Rokken Island where Kinzo, the elderly head of the household, will soon choose one of them as his successor. A portrait of the Golden Witch Beatrice greets them as they arrive at the family mansion, along with a disturbing epitaph: she will be resurrected on the ninth twilight after a number of bloody sacrifices. Unfortunately for the group, the statements come true, and soon the carnage begins. Will anybody walk away from the ominous island, or are their destinies due to be forever ruled by Beatrice?

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Both animes have a supernatural element to it (Death Note uses the power of a shimigami, while Umineko is driven by witch powers) and in both animes, this element is used to play people out against each other - just like on a chess board.

If you like the scenes, where the protagonists think about solutions to certain situations and problems and are thrilled by how they play them out, both animes are what you want.

The main difference is, that Death Note has a pretty dark tone to it, while Umineko is a little more satiric, yet not less intense and graphic.


Both Umineko and Death Note have some sort of mind game going on where the players in the mind game has to contridict one another.


Both animes features death and mystery. Death Note has more of a moral issue that dwells on who has the right todecide who live and dies whiel Umineko doesn't. Both are suspensful and makes you think, but not in a bad way.


Both anime contain a cat-and-mouse game between two formidable opponents--L and Light for "Death Note" and Battler and Beatrice for "Umineko." The anime characters have battles of intelligence and wits. Both are dark and confusing (but "Umineko is MUCH more confusing than "Death Note").


Both series are about a mass murderer and someone in the detective role, trying to stop them. The plot is driven by the mind games between these two characters, as well as a lot of murders. As such, both are similarly cynical and dark. There are some supernatural elements in both.



In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?

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Both Claymore and Death Note have very dark themes and a non-conventional plot (that you really have to pay attention to to understand). Although the lead characters have different ideas (Light has a twisted view of justice while Clare is more sensible about it), they do have things in common: for one they're both serious, and (I think the most significant similarity of both leads) they both have an intense desire for power to achieve what they want.


Both Death Note and Claymore are well planned out and good series. The struggle of survival can make a man/woman do a lot of things, and it's cool to see characters going further then you think they would to achieve their goals.


Although Death Note seems mildly unrelated to Claymore, both encompass very dark themes and twisted views of death. The characters of Light (Death Note) and Claire (Claymore) have a desire to achieve their original goal, which almost blinds them to the fact of everything else. They are simply put in a struggle for survival.


Both series involve fairly depressing plots and a mass of death. Though Claymore is far more action based and westernized than Death Note. Both also have a similar animation style which some viewers might have adored from the one and therefore could love in the other. Finally both feature opening songs created by the band 'Nightmare' which viewers like me will go crazy about! Of course the opening song alone doesn't really links these two animes but it's just a beautiful little additional reason to watch them.

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Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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If you like piecing together some of the hardest stories, only to have the puzzle scattered again with a plot twist, I suggest you also try these. Though, Lain's story is harder to keep track of, while Death Note's story isn't as dark.


Both plots are very complex and you have to be on your toes to keep up. Both Lain and Death Note are very "brain active".


These anime have underlying, as well as prominent, themes of psychological problems and changes, and philosophical points on the human condition. If you liked these major themes in one of these series, you would surely enjoy the other.


Both Serial Experiments Lain and Death Note contains some sort of mind game, so if thats what you are after I recommend them both.

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Speed Grapher

Speed Grapher

Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?

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Death Note and Speed Grapher both have a story with a similar feel. They are wonderfully dark anime with dark story lines, though Death Note has a deeper and more morbid take than Speed Grapher's slightly calmer adventures. I'm certain that if you liked one, you'd have an interest in the other too. Enjoy! ^.^x


Both Death Note and Speed Grapher are really awesome. They involve many people who use a lot of mind and brain powers, and each contains characters with supernatural powers. They are both very smart anime.


Both characters can kill with seemingly normal objects.  Speed Grapher is a little more adult themed, but if you enjoyed Death Note you should definitely take a look at Speed Grapher (but you may have to wait an episode or two to see the similarity)


Both animes involve the main character with new-found "super-powers" that are both unusual, and each have their own limitations that each character learns to work around.

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