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Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.

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Shigeru FUJITA Character Design
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Masao MARUYAMA Producer
Manabu TAMURA Producer
Hiroshi YAMASHITA Producer
Takuya YUI Producer

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Death Note

Death Note

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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Both have a dark atmosphere and good amount of drama, with psychological aspects.

Both Monster and Death Note are masters of suspense and psychology. They do a good job of questioning your morality as well. If you want edge of your seat suspense that will haunt you for days these two series go hand and hand.


If you enjoyed the dark, gritty tone of one, then you'll definitely like that of the other. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, the protagonists in Death Note and Monster are both brilliant persons with a deep-rooted sense of justice, which ironically leads them to make the wrong choices for the right reasons. Set in a realistic modern world, both storylines involve a cat-and-mouse chase between a tragic hero and a villain of terrfying intellect and charm. There is little humor in both anime series; instead, they explore the value of human lives in an unique angle and seel to challenge our traditional perceptions of clear-cut right and wrong.


While Monster and Death Note have very different and unrelated stories, one can't mistake the somber tone that sets the mood for each series. Each anime takes itself very seriously and explores different moral and social issues. Also, both series have similar (and very good) animation and production values.

If you find yourself attracted to the character designs and the deep moving stories that also function as a kind of social commentary in one series, I can almost guarantee you'll like the other. Please note that Monster is more slower-paced than Death Note is, but that's not to say that its pacing doesn't add to the overall value of the series.


Monster and Death Note are very much alike in general mood and theme, particularly since they both have a heavy psychological component. One difference is particularly striking -- in Monster, the antagonist kills people with seemingly no rhyme or reason while being chased by a slew of individuals caught in the path of madness, while in DN, the protagonist kills criminals to rid the world of evil and cleverly avoids detection. Monster has more character development and side plots, while DN gives you a quick but eventful trip through the story.


It's been said before here, but both Monster and Death Note deal brilliantly with the darker, more sinister aspects of human nature; and so if you enjoyed the dark side of one, you'd like the other too.


If you ever wanted to know what would happen to the human psyche once man has the power to take away human life, then Death Note and Monster are about the best insight you'll ever get. Both provide an in-depth, highly intense view of murderers and their pursuers in a fast-paced, psychological twister of a chase of cat and mouse.


Death Note and Monster are two masterpieces of anime with a high psychological aspect and a lot of very well-developed characters.

Both examine the question of "what is right and wrong" and keep you thinking!


Suspense and a twisting storyline to back it up are certainly a great combination; you'll see this in both Monster and Death Note.  

Just when you think you have things figured out, something new will be thrown into the open and you're left trying to solve the riddle, once again.

Both have something for the thriller fan inside of you. Whether you're into mystery or drama, you won't finish these titles unsatisfied.


Monster is a seinen anime and Death Note is a shonen anime, but both shows are thrillers that keep you asking for more. I picked up Death Note first, and as soon as I saw Monster, I recommended it for lovers of Death Note. If you liked one, you will like that other.


Both Death Note and Monster have plots that leave you guessing until the very last episode. If you enjoyed the suspense of one, you'd like the other.


Both Death Note and Monster have a darker and more adult oriented theme to them. The story revolves around two intelligent and determined individuals who, in a sense, battle with each other to the end.


If you like suspenseful series, then both series are for you. Each are fantastically engrossing, dark and mature dramas that blur the lines between what's right and what's wrong.


Death Note and Monster are aguably the biggest hypes of the recent years. What's more, is that these two hypes aren't your everyday Naruto or DBZ; but actually offer a deep story and appeal even the older anime fans. Both offer a few plot twists, a deep story, a dark atmosphere and a reflection upon the human nature. The difference? While Monster keeps putting the information in slowly to not get some people lost in the plot, Death Note moves at a much faster pace.


Both of these series have the same kind of intense feeling when you watch it. Cept with Death Note they base the anime more on the fact that "If you would make peace by killing, would you?" and the sides that oppose it aka Light and L. Although shorter the ride is definately worth it.


Monster and Death Note are unique in many ways. In both cases the issue of morality in its truest form, that is the frontier between good and evil, is explored via highly tense psychological thrillers. Monster is highly realistic and portrays a very believable world while Death Note has a supernatural element to it; in both the viewer is forced to think and make choices toward deciding who the real villains are and just what it is that makes one individual evil.


The similarities of the series are quite astounding, good and bad fighting each other in an intellectual way, thinking around 2 and more corners is a requirement for both. Although the perspective in Monster is the good chasing the bad, while in Death Note the bad is mostly shown being chased by the good, they are still pretty similar in their style. If you like trying to figure out what happens next and lots of turnarounds are welcome to you, both series are much more than just pretty enjoyable.


Death Note is another triller/suppense series just like Monster. It has the same rush and supense that you feel during Monster and the plot is complex. just like Monster the main bad guy is a psychopath/socipath mess up. Althought Death Note is shorter the action is more condensed and the suspense amazing. The intellingece level is also about the same between the two shows. The minor difference between the two is that in Monster Dr Tenma was running after the bad guy, in Death Note the plot is a face-off/death-match with death waiting for the loser.


Monster and Death Note explore and raise moral questions, the first questioning whether it is right to become a murderer in order to kill a murderer, whereas the latter explores if it is right to become a murderer to kill criminals.

Both are psychological thrillers that leave you at the edge of your seat and pleading for the following episodes.


Both anime are about stopping a monster. While Death Note shows the life of the monster, Monster shows the life of the creatorof the moster.


Brilliant. Psychological Thriller. A villain that is so twisted and brilliant he will leave you begging for more.

Both Monster and Death Note hold these qualities - whether it is Johan causing an entire town to implode on itself, or Light bending the world to his will you will find yourself unable to take your eyes off the screen. If you liked Monster you will love Death Note. If you liked Death Note you will love Monster.

This show's got what you need!


Monster and Death Note deal with similar themes, such as the value of a human life, cat and mouse games between antagonists, etc. Whilst Death Note aims to be cooler and Monster has far superior characterisation, both series have extremely engaging storylines. I'm sure if you like the psychological thriller genre you should check out these series.


After I watched Death Note, I thought that I'd never again see an anime that so thoroughly satisfied my hunger for intelligent mystery and drama. I was wrong. Monster is brilliant, dark, intelligent, and suspenseful. Don't be daunted by its length; it's excellent.


detective, thriller, dark atmosphere, psychology, morality and incredibly interesting story... both anime contain all these aspects! 


Bouth are very intense series that ask a lot of questions about morallity and jusTICE. they are also bouth done by madhouse and have simmiler animation.


Both gave me the same feeling after every episode. There's also some investigation in both animes. So if you liked Monster, you'll also like Death Note and vice versa.


They both have excellent and serious stories, great characters and a dark theme.


They have very similar psychological themes and have a very nervewrecking story. The thought process involved in both animes leaves users perplexed until the very end.


The police vs. a lone figure that is almost fabled and has no valid proof of exhistance. Suspense, Dark tones, and a deadly game of cat and mouse.  You can be sure to find all of these in both animes.


I think Monster is underrated as opposed to Death note which is overrated but both are great series to watch. The key elements that correlate in Death note and Monster is that they both involve a psychological element in the story, also the characters themselves are very intelligent. The thing about both is that you have two antagonists who are pretty much unbeatable due to their high intellect.

But that is where the similarity ends; while both are relatively dark animes, monster is much darker and has little to no comic relief moments unlike Death note which shows a comic side to many of their characters (misa misa and L notably).

What I can say for sure is that if you liked the battle of wits of one anime you'll be equally blown away by another, both thrilling and filled with suspense; Yagami Light and Johan Liebert are both among some of the best villains you'll ever see as well.


Monster is a mature version of Death Note that is brutally down to earth in one sense. Death Note possess a lot of charm in it's twists and turns that Monster fans should find refreshing.


Both have a  "dark" atmosphere, and question reality as we believe it to be. In Monster, we see that the hospital is run by politics, and Dr. Tenma gets punished and ends up on the run because be went against orders. In Death Note, Light sees the corruption of the justice system he was raised to believe in - he sees the faults and tries to "correct" them...


DeathNote just like monster is full of twist and turns, that leave you wanting more.

if you stopped after every few episodes to try and figure out what was going to happen, you will love deathnote.

both very macbre, however deathnote has comic releif and a much faster pace.

Monster is more about humanity as a whole and deathnote looks more closely at individuals.

both are excelent thrillers that leave you wanting more.


Both involve psycholoical drama and make the viewer question what is good and what is evil. There are not many action scenes in either anime, but the writers manage to keep a thrilling atmosphere without them.


Both of these anime have very dark atmospheres surrounding young men that want to change the world. Each is a combination of suspense, drama, and psychological tension. With intertwining storylines, police chases, and interesting characters, these anime were made for each other. 


both deal with murders in the real world and are geared towards a very mature audience. there are several "higher themes" involved than just the superficial plot.

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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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Human emotion, pain, hatred, terror, etc. are all themes that both these real people type anime share in common. The Count of Monte Cristo and Johan are portrayed as mysterious monsters capable of manipulating other humans to do their bidding. Both these animes use elements of darkness and dramatic irony throughout the plot to hook the audience into wanting more. These are humanistic shows that delve into the human emotions and allow us to see another reflection. If you are looking for a story driven anime without the fanservice and humor; then these are a good place to start.

Monster and Gankutsuou both have a classical, sophisticated plot evolving around an evil person...  is he evil or just biased?


Gankutsuou and Monster share not only a production company, but an insight into the cruelty, mayhem and harm inflicted upon others. Both examine such themes through frightening character development of both protagonist and antagonist and the psychological games they play - not to mention those who surround them and their impact upon them.


Each series is completely different in subject matter and tone, but if you enjoyed the well-executed story of one, you'll surely love the other. Each series keeps you guessing and begging to more after each episode ends.


Gankutsuou is, just like Monster, a plot-filled anime about betrayal and a cruel villain. Things entagle alike in both series and the story is build up very well. I have no doubts you'll like Gankutsuou if you liked Monster!


Both series take place in Europe and explore psychological themes of corruption of morals and trust.


Both series are studies on evil. In the beginning they show us where the evil is, they show us a heart filled with it. And then, slowly, they deconstruct the true nature of evil by showing us how it came to be and where it truly lies.


Both animes are very similar. The Count of Monte Cristo and Johan are portrayed as mysterious people capable of manipulating other humans using psychological means. Both are story driven animes having a very serious tone.


Both have vengance (or depemtion, in the end the seek of justice) as the main subject, and they are not conventional animes.

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Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?

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Paranoia Agent has an awesome plot, just like Monster. Plus the scenery is dark and full of mystery.


These series are mysteries with a horror angle, and both explore more than the anime world in which they exist. Both deal with social themes, albeit on two different continents, and with the impact incidents in our childhood have on our adult selves.


Monster and Paranoia Agent both have their roots in psychology. A major theme in both is the human mind and what (sinister) things it can produce when placed in certain circumstances. Both these anime have amazing depth and humanity. They treat even their secondary characters with sympathy and respect, and even if we have only a very short time to get to know some of them, we are still left with the impression that we were granted a good look into their lives, feelings and motivations. Paranoia Agent makes frequent use of symbolism and even surrealism whereas Monster is mostly firmly rooted in reality, but even with their differences in length and style, both series make an excellent job in examining themes like the human mind, the sense of responsibility, the descent into madness, the moral choices of life, overcoming one's past, facing reality and so much more.


Both of them make you ponder about the age old question of an individual's purpose and aim in life!! PA kicks ass though!!


Both Monster and Paranoia Agent explore the darker side of human nature. Although Monster has a more realistic approach both these show delve into the psyche of very disturbed and emotionally damage people. Both shows have very complex plot with a lot of twist which give them high rewatchability.


Suspense, psychological themes, and plenty of police drama are inherent to both of these anime. These anime will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat for the entire ride. 

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...

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Both FMA and Monster are the type of series chock full of twists and turns to keep you guessing. If you enjoyed one series, then you'll definitely enjoy the other.


Although the series are about 2 completely different subjects, they both succeed incredibly in fleshing out characters in the series and in the emotion that they both convey. They're both very methodical with their progression and lead the watcher through a compelling storyline that leaves you wanting to know more.


Both animes are dramatic detective thrillers with analogous plot: a kind and somewhat naive protagonist does a good deed that results in terrible consequences, and he embarks on a long journey to correct his mistake, where he gets opposed by inhuman murderers manipulating other people. The main differences are the setting and the protagonist's age, but the essential similarities still make them a fine recommendation for each other.


"You've Lord of the Rings'd the series!" as my father would say. Both of these anime have the main characters wandering around a vast world, looking for something or someone important. Corrupt politicians, an underworld of danger, and some mind-bending mysteries await the protagonists as they search. With a wide, well-written cast and beautiful landscapes, these anime have plenty in common.


In both series, the main characters are searching for something incredibly important. Ed and Al are looking for the philospher's stone, and Tenma is looking for Johan. While both animes are about completely different subjects, they both delve into the psychological aspects of power and its abuse. Also, the tiniest of details that seemed insignificant at the beginning end up making a gigantic impact at the end!

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Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue
  • Movie (1 ep x 78 min)
  • 1997

When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?

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Alfred Hitchcock was a genius. The man was a pioneer of the suspense thriller and his influence is still being felt to this day. In the world of anime and manga, no two men are more deserving of Hitchcock's legacy than Satoshi Kon and Naoki Urasawa.

Kon's Perfect Blue, scripted by Sadayuki Murai, is a psychological thriller worthy of the master himself. The diluted sense of reality creates an uneasiness that will keep you guessing and entertained until the credits roll. Monster, a faithful adaptation of Urasawa's manga, stars a Hitchcockian hero: an ordinary man accused of a murder he didn't commit. Tenma's quest to prove his innocence thrusts him into an extraordinary world of intrigue and deceit grander than North By Northwest and The Man Who Knew Too Much combined.

They may be different mediums, but if you enjoyed one give the other a chance.


Although very different in length, plot and style, both are very well written, intense psychological thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Both able to create that similar Hitchcock like "I have no idea what's about to happen and it's driving me insane" kind of feel, I feel they may appeal to a similar type of viewer, possibly a very frightened one...


Monster and Perfect Blue are the only anime titles that are thrillers that upholds such a great quality all the way. So if you like either title as a thriller, then watch the other one.


Both of these anime delve into some intense psychological suspense, as well as some parts violence, memory issues, young women in despair, and a whole plot devoted to finding the "man behind the curtain." While they differ in length and content, they both have a deep rooted sense of realistic horror.


Mental state distortion, both are thrillers, very well writen characters, both focus on the psycology of the characters while creating a great atmosphere