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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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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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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
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Death Note AverageJoseph 7/10 Mar 9, 2014
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Chrono Crusade

Chrono Crusade

It is the early 1920s, and New York City has a problem of evil proportions – demons. With devil worshipping on the rise, foul spirits and monsters have begun to surface, causing fear and panic in their wake. Combating this threat is the Magdalene Order – a group of religious officials charged with exorcising the evil that is spreading throughout the city. Rosette Christopher is a young nun who takes on missions alongside her contracted partner – a young demon named Chrono. Now it is up to this unlikely pair to wield God’s power – and plenty of holy bullets – to destroy the menace in front of them and confront the demons of their past.

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They both have dark atmospheres and the same colors, although in Death Note the guy is trying to become God and in Chrono Crusade that isn't the case. They both have very good suspense moments. In Chrono Crusade they use guns and in Death Note they don't. Actually they aren't exactly similar but I believe that if you like the suspense you get on Death Note you'll definitely love the suspense in Chrono Crusade.


Both of these anime have a relatively dark theme behind them but also have some humour involved. (Chrono more than Death note though).

Both of these anime involve people trying to change the world into their image with references to religion. Although Death Note isn't so strongly based around religion as Chrono is, the subject is still touched upon at times.

The difference between Death Note and Chrono Crusade is that we see the main protaganist as the antagonist in the show and visa-versa at times in Death Note. Chrono crusade breifly touches this view at a point but it is pretty clear who is good and who isn't in this show.

Anyway, these shows are a must see and if you enjoyed one, you'll like the other.



An akuma is a soul which has been brought back to life through sadness and despair with the powers of Millenium Earl. Their mission is to terrorize the earth and all who dwell within it. The Black Order is a group of Exorcists that have sworn to cleanse the souls of the akuma, and collect the substance known as "innocence". This powerful substance can be used as an anti-akuma weapon, and ultimately can help destroy the evil Millenium Earl. Allen Walker is a young Exorcist who has the ability to tell who is human and who is an akuma with the help of his cursed eye. Together with the Black Order, Allen must find all 109 pieces of innocence to protect the world and defeat Earl.

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If you liked Death Note or D.Gray-man, then you'll surely like the other. The stories are quite exciting, and the plots are almost the same. 


D Gray Man and Death Note have very similar plotlines. The main protagonists are trying to rid the world of evil in their own unique ways, whether it be with a notebook that has the power to kill people or with an anti akuma weapon. D Gray Man has more action in it, but both series have a plot that will draw you in and will keep you addicted for weeks on end.

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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?

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Death Note and Gankutsuou go hand in hand; there isn't a single person that will like one and dislike the other - that much I guarantee you!

Both have a dark and serious story with a lot of suspense and the animation in both is different from the standards that appeal more towards the younger viewers. Gankutsuou's plot leans a bit more towards a mystery, while Death Note leans more towards a detective story. Yet both are two of the greatest stories I've ever seen or read.


Both series focus on retribution, morals & ethics, and mind-games. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo sticks to the classic story with a futuristic twist and, therefore, focus' on one man's retribution with unexpected plot-twists and unforseen events. While both get into the moral ramifications of taking justice into your own hands, Death Note gets a bit more psychological. All in all, both have the same dark style and end up being great in their own right. I wouldn't miss either of them for the world.

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

It is the year 2029, and as many rush to embrace the changes that cybernetic technology bring to mankind, the seedier side of humanity is even quicker to take advantage of it. This series follows Public Peace Section 9, a government organization that plays behind the scenes to stop the worst of these criminals. Join Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team as they take you through an incredibly vivid world filled with plots of such depth and intrigue as is seldom seen.

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What these series have in common is that their main plot  features an entity who views the world as 'corrupted'.

Said entity is also posseses incredible abilities that make him/her/it nigh all-powerful in their respective universes. And extremely hard to catch. But in both series, there are people sent to hunt them.

The main difference in execution though, is that DN's storyline is continuous, while GitS:SAC's is broken up the main plot, as well as a couple of stand-alone episodes that are unrelated to it. Also, DN is told from the perspective of the 'hunted', while GitS:SAC's events unfold through the eyes of the hunters.

And finally, both are relatively heavy on dialogue (sometimes excessively, in my opinion) and rather mature of tone.


After watching Death Note, I was looking out for another anime that would evoke the same thrill. An anime that would keep me thinking, looking for clues, and trying to guess where the plot was headed next.

Stand Alone Complex was that anime.

The sense of mystery that I got with Death Note was also sustained throughout S.A.C. (and its 2nd Gig, it's worth mentioning), and I sensed a great depth in the amount of thought put in by the teams behind them.

In addition, the character development is fantastic in both. Death Note focuses mainly on the development of its two main characters, Yagami Light and L, and the result is phenomenal. While not -quite- equaling Death Note on those terms (it'd be impossible!), it's obvious that the same level of care and attention has been extended to the "core" members of Section 9 in S.A.C.

Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape

Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape

"If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I do have to do it, make it quick," is the basic principle by which energy conservationist Houtarou Oreki lives. But after his sister convinces him to join the Classics Club, Houtarou's life is turned upside down when he meets Chitanda, a perpetually-inquisitive girl who challenges the boy's easygoing existence. Intrigued by the slightest hint of a mystery afoot, Chitanda doesn't hesitate to pester the reluctant yet highly analytical Houtarou into satisfying her curiosity at every turn, no matter how small the problem. Alongside fellow members Satoshi and Ibara, the group tackles cases ranging from a self-locking classroom door, a strangely-popular library book, and even the shadowy history of the very club to which they belong!

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If you liked Hyouka you will probably like Death Note too. The main male Oreki, from Hyouka, seems similar to L because they both have a nack for solving mysteries. If L was not so weird and had a more normal personality he would be Oreki! If you don't think those characters are similar watch the beginning of episode 20 of Hyouka and I guarentee you will see a physical resemblence. Both animes have great animation and interesting characters.


Both Death Note and Hyouka have suspenseful detective elements. Both are high production value series.