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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
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Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro

Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro

The always-hungry Yako Katsuragi is a super famous high school-aged detective who cracks the hardest of cases with ease – at least, that’s what the general populace thinks! Behind the scenes, Yako is helped by Neuro – a maniacal being from the demon world who is looking for new mysteries to devour. Alongside local detectives and a helpful sidekick, Yako and Neuro will solve the unique and the bizarre cases that plague the city; but will Yako ever discover the truth behind her father’s supposed "suicide"?

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Are you into a good detective story? Do you like demons? Do you like sadistic main characters? If you said yes to even one of these, then MTNN is the definite anime for you. Especially if you're into the back-and-forth battles of Kyra and the detectives in Death Note, as well as the Shinigami. Though, the sadism pretty much refers to MTNN only...

Unlike Death Note, MTNN has a bit of a comedic side, what with detective Neuro and his holier-than-thou demon-from-hell attitude and both his and Yako's unsatiable appetite for food and mysteries. Instead of the plurging of the world, or just to have a little fun as with Ryuk, Neuro's only mission is to eat flavorful mysteries created by the mix of human emotions behind murders, his number one goal being to search for the Ultimate Mystery.

Either way, if you enjoyed Death Note, there's a good notion that you'll enjoy this anime (and manga!) as well.

Beware the addicting sadism! Thank you.


Death Note and Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro Are Very Similar in quite a few ways. They Both Have a Somewhat Dark Atmosphere And Involve Refrences To Demononic Creatures and Solving Mysteries. They Also Both have a Comedic-Side to them, Although Neuro's Comedy is a lot more Frequent. They Both have interesting Plots That will have good Mystery fans on the edge's of their sits.

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Mirai Nikki

Mirai Nikki
  • OVA (1 ep x 9 min)
  • 2010

Yuki, a disaffected middle school boy has no dreams, or goals in his life, in fact, the only thing he does have is his diary. Writing down everything he observes and documenting every thought, the young boy uses it as an outlet for his imagination. One morning however, he wakes up to find his cell phone filled with diary entries for the next ninety days. Thinking nothing of it, he continues his morning until he begins to realise that everything on his phone is rapidly coming to pass, and it isn’t just mere coincidence. Now Yuki suddenly finds himself thrust into a survival game against other future diary owners to become the new Lord of Time.

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Both are about a young man who is suddenly thrust into an entirely different world, one that involves the care of a young girl.  There are also mysteries to solve, and fights to get into, but the overall focus is the young man's transformation into an adult.


These animes are much similarBoth animes revolves around mysterious diaries which is affecting the nature of the bearer. In death note Light(bearer of diary) want ultimate peace in the world and in Mirai nikki yukki want to make world a normal world for everyone 

Naruto Shippuden

Naruto Shippuden
  • TV (368+ eps)
  • 2007 - ?

Two and a half years have passed since the end of Naruto’s old adventures. He has trained hard with Jiraiya-sama and has returned to Konoha to reunite with his friends; but Akatsuki, the organization that threatened Naruto years before, is on the move again and this time Naruto is not the only one in danger. With the powerful Akatsuki organization looming ahead of him, Sasuke still missing, and the struggle with the beast hidden inside him a continuous battle, will Naruto's hard-earned improvements be enough? Join Naruto, Sakura, new friends and the rest of the old gang as the action heats up with new techniques and stronger enemies.


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Although Death Note is more suspensful, there is also a lot of drama in Naruto. The main difference between Death Note and Naruto is that Naruto has a somewhat more positivie message other than killing people in your Death Note.


Pain and Light Yagami are very similar due to their ideals

-God Complex

-Creating a world in peace and that peace have to be kept in check

-Both have obstacles in their goals

-Both have supernatural powers 

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Shinrei Tantei Yakumo

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo

Saitou Yakumo is a young man with a very special gift: he can see the souls of the dead and communicate with them. When the aloof student isn’t duping his fellow classmates out of their money with fake card tricks, he takes on paranormal cases that pique his interest. Making use of his unique abilities, logical mind and his contacts within the police, Yakumo strives to solve each supernatural case he takes on and bring those responsible to justice. But when the youthful detective becomes the target of a sinister duo can he get to the bottom of their scheme before he is dragged into a world of darkness and hatred?

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Both are really good animes, both have a very HQ art and the tone and theme are pretty much similar, the protagonist's personalities are also similar.

Both are Great. [Take In Mind I only watched two episodes of Yakumo.


If you liked either Death Note or Psychic Detective Yakumo, you should try other. They're both based on a detective playing the protagonist who is trying to catch the antagonist. 

The art style of both animes is smiliar too, the dark themes in both animes are quite obvious. 

There's also a lot of deaths in both of them (of course, more in Death Note) and they are both focused on bringing people to justice.

The two main characters (Light and Yakumo) are a lot a like too, although the story-lines and characters are very unique in their own ways.

The sound tracks are also really good and I couldn't tear myself away when I watched either of them. They're both great animes and they would be first on my list if I were recommending to a friend.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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Both of the main characters in Death Note and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya have a desire to change the world that they are in. In Death Note, Light decides to change it in a drastic violent, way as opposed to Haruhi who wants to start over completely.


You are not supposed to recommend something just because you like them both. So I won't. So I'll say that, both series have a deeper side to it, be it less obvious in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

But, although it isn't untrue, it wouldn't be enough for a cross recommendation. What is, is that if you liked either of them, you have brains. Not just any brains, brains that like anime. And thát, and I promise I won´t ever use this bogus a reason again for any recommendation, should be enough to like the other one.

A more reasonably sounding argument: they aren't the same story, type or theme, but they will appeal to the same audience.