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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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snivets snivets says...

What strikes me as similar about Death Note and Psycho-pass is that they both ask similar heavy questions about justice and the treatment of criminals. The premise in both revolves around a method of controlling crime before it happens, and the human drama that follows revolves largely around the police and their role in society.

Scythe13 Scythe13 says...

The central themes of justice and revenge, as well as treatment of criminals and the justice system in geneal, are present in both.  If you enjoy anime that make you think on larger scale issues, chances are you'll enjoy both.

zorro2013 zorro2013 says...

Both are darker psychological thrillers. The settings are different, one modern....one futuristic, but both are about fictional moral systems, and the cat and mouse game that follows.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

Both of these shows are very psycological, violent, and focus on two brilliant men hunting each other.  If you enjoyed watching two people trying to out-think each other, then these shows both do that extremely well.

TeeDeeDubYa TeeDeeDubYa says...

These two may not seem similar at face.  They sure as hell don't have similar plots.  However these anime's are both well drawn, animated, and are very dialogue heavy. These both have pretty badass unique story lines and you're not sure who the bad guy is either.  Something that doesn't happen very often in modern anime is a strong male character.. here's two animes have em.  I'd recommend this anime to anyone who doesn't suck :).

Kelose Kelose says...

Both are suspense thrillers that focus on the exploits of vain morally questionable geniuses. Death Note is seen through the eyes of the villain while Psycho-Pass is seen through the eyes of the hero. They contrast each other nicely and could conceivably have been set in the same world.

Sasukefanx12 Sasukefanx12 says...

Both of these awesome anime are great for anybody who likes gripping moral gray areas, major suspense and well-developed characters you either loathe or cheer for through the entire series. Both Death Note and Psycho pass explore very similar questions of what is "justice" and what is "right" or "wrong" in dealing with crime. Death Note takes a supernatural approach to this where Psycho Pass is more realistic, which is the scary part. Light in Death Note is essentially trying to become a one-man Sybil System. Both anime also explore what happens if a well-meaning individual falls to the dark-side of justice. Both are equally as suspenseful, gripping and visually appealing on top of making you seriously question your own morals and those of society.

megaiken megaiken says...

While psyhcho-pass is more of a procedural, both involve justice, the law, and morality. Specifically, what should be done with criminals. 

oldschoolgamer98 oldschoolgamer98 says...

Both are dark, intellectual thrillers that aren't afraid to delve into the darker, more sadistic side of storytelling.

JH579 JH579 says...

They are both stories that dive deeper in humans' thoughts and emotions, and how they control you. They are actually psychological though have action and cause-and-effect relations. Both series are pointed at the same audience. Both series have a well-constructed and considered plot which can't be doubted. They've got similarities and differences though a little of the same feeling. It's the perfect combination to watch.

buddyrow16 buddyrow16 says...

The psychological thrill in either anime matches the other quite well. Personally I prefer Psycho-Pass, due to the fact that the psychological aspect isn't as heavy (meaning I didn't have to think so much). But, I think that you could watch either of them alone or in a group and still get wrapped into the stories very quickly.

greyP greyP says...

Their strongest connection is the word Justice which will be constantly in question through What is Right and What is Wrong putting you into a really deep grey area of thought.

Main differences: Death Note is in a present-like world where death gods/shinigami seem to exist and also requires a lot of attention to follow and understand. While Psycho-Pass on the other hand is in a future-like world without superntural things and dose not require much attention making it easier to follow and understand.

Brino Brino says...

Both series have strong philosophical and ethical undertones that are tricking the audience into rethinking their morales and values. And also both animes show up that a perfect and peaceful society is possible - if you are willing to sacrifice the lifes of a particular percent of people that do not fit into this new and stable world. The protagonists in Psycho-Pass are often put into situations that are hardly solved for the better of all persons involved - a quite familliar setting when you compare it with ambivalent Light Yagami or his successor L.

zntkilledme zntkilledme says...

They both have a similar theme, but the main character of Psycho Pass isn't nearly as cocky as Light.  They both deal with the thought of morals, and they both have to do with the law and police force.

eevilalice eevilalice says...

Both involve mind games, compelling characters, law enforcement, and mystery. Overall, they share a dark tone (Death Note may be quirkier) and intelligence that compel you to watch.

Brettyboo4 Brettyboo4 says...

They are both dark, have older charcters (as in not typical highschool animes) and involve ethics/morals vs law. Questioning what sacrifices should or shouldnt be made for a perfect society and/or to uphold justice, and how people should/n't be judged.  Also main plots have a Cat and Mouse chase where the leads attempt to figure out the others next moves. Both have interesting twists throughout if the show hasnt been spoiled for you.

JonnySQ JonnySQ says...

Both have a since of psychological warfare and ask the moral question of what is just and how justice should be executed. Both deal with very calculated inviduals who have to be one step ahead in order to survive.

pretendboddah pretendboddah says...

Both are dark crime dramas that have an otherworldy twist. They are both psychologically challenging and keep watchers on the edge of their seat. 

Aerythrin Aerythrin says...

Both shows revolve around a Psychological theme, keeping viewers hooked. They are both fairly dark, and include some element of police work.

Nauman Nauman says...

They both have unique plots but same genres, dark/psychological anime with police chasing after criminals with twisted ideologies. Both are great animations with great story lines.

Nyxavis Nyxavis says...

Both are animes that really call upon the viewer to consider complex themes - including the nature of humanity and morality - and use well developed, layered and engaging characters (and the gripping tension between them) to do so.

maysillee maysillee says...

both are very much part of the psychological genre; although their plots are very different they have a similar feel to them. 

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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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h1dd3n h1dd3n says...

Both are futuristic cop anime, with an interesting mental element to them. Stunning scenery and dark settings, both pose question about the way technology is progressing and how this could interfere with our personal freedoms.

zethib zethib says...

The Project I.G. signature is all over the place.

Using the elements of Ghost in the Shell to depict the investigation by "dog hounds" against perpetrators human or machines, the home virtualisation tool similar to the one in AppleSeed are just mere example of the depiction of its signature.

The setting is very similar to GITS as well and technically this the best Production I.G. work which started on the TV screen with Patlabor and GITS.

NStorm NStorm says...

Both have a similar theme. While GitS is a well known classic Psycho Pass aren't that mature and weak on some points. Yet still it they share many similar things and worth watching.

lampshade4091 lampshade4091 says...

These anime have slightly different styles of storytelling, but they are both anime about police forces that directly deal with crimes shaped by the world they live in. And the world the characters live in is different from modern society due to the invention of a certain technology (prosthetics in Ghost in the Shell and the Psycho-pass in...Psycho-Pass).

Drasticc Drasticc says...

Very similar in animation and artistry. The complex societal idealism keeps the watcher thinking and not to mention the intense action that'll keep you wanting more. They both share underlying themes of how over technological the future may become.  If you like one, you'll love the other.

Jaedia Jaedia says...

Very similar themes, both follow government organisations trying to stop crimes in a cyber world very different from the one we know.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Both Ghost in the Shell and Psycho-pass are excellent futuristic sci-fi revolving around a team of detectives that confront big social questions. Ghost in the Shell is about the tricky relationship between humans and the technology they so desperately rely on. Psycho-pass, on the other hand, asks us how far we would go to repress the negative side of the human personality. They have a similar serious tone and present a cast of really intriguing characters (note, both pull of excellent complex antagonists). GitS is episodic for a significant portion whereas Psycho-pass has one plot thread running throughout, but you will be equally satisfied by how each weaves its world and the moral dilemmas that ensue.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Both these series are futuristic sci-fi shows that follow a group of law enforcers that end up tackling massive social questions and conspiracies. They differ in their plots, with Psycho Pass being about the lengths humanity will go to in order to eliminate crime, ill-will and hatred. GitS on the other hand is more about humans and their relationship with technology. Both series have a set of really well fleshed out characters, and an especially brilliant antagonist. 

zorro2013 zorro2013 says...

Both are futuristic adult cop dramas that have a darker theme. If you liked the deep conversions and discussions about advancements in technology and see how they may affect future generations, and the little but meaningful action that proceeded in psyco-pass then GITS is for you. Gits is more polished and stylish but both could almost happen in the same timeline/universe.

DreamMonster DreamMonster says...

The main reason you might like Ghost in the Shell after watching Psycho-Pass (or the other way around...) is obviously the fact that they are both futuristic and deal with issues in cyber world. The build up of the both series is quite similar as well and the serious, gloomy(ish) atmosphere.

Madoka Madoka says...

Both series are a sci-fi style futureistic police series. Whilst they actually have quite different methods of story telling and tackling cases they are actually quite a like when boiled down to the crunch. Whilst Psycho-pass has a more one fixed crime focus (with story and branch crimes as it goes) and ghost in the shell has a more variety they are very similar in the core works. The two series are actually very alike, not just because the futuristic settings but the story and how the series handle situations (as police).

Shent Shent says...

Production I.G know how to make good sci-fi.

godcheese godcheese says...

This alone for the correlation of the Laughing Man story arc to what Makashima's character is in Psycho Pass. The perceived villain is very masked, and elusive through most of the story progression. Both have the dystopic "it works for the greater good" society that as soon as you peel back the paint is a measure of things that are broken and abused - making the purpose of the main characters relevant to the progression of the story. 

CoulterRail CoulterRail says...

Both are detective/futuristic/cyber punk shows that dive deep into theroies on humanity and the responses to technology.

animaniacs animaniacs says...

Both are police procedural dramas set in cyberpunk dystopian futures. They also both explore interesting psychological themes.

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both are futuristic crime solving animes involving intelligent criminals who the investigators should uncover their truth and bring them to justice in their own way.

They both can at times have dark atmosphere and show the effects of technology on the society and how much humans are becoming like machines.

Airotia Airotia says...

Psycho-Pass and the entirety of the Ghost in the Shell series have a lot in common. They are both set in futuristic, cyber-punk worlds with cyborgs, robots, androids, and the main characters of each also focus on detective or police work. They have villains who consider their society to be dystopian and wish to change it in meaningful ways. The villain of Psycho-Pass is more hands-on and less mysterious, though still intriguing, while Ghost in the Shell's "Laughing Man" is an ever-expanding mystery.

If I were to give a big difference between the two, I'd say that Ghost in the Shell is much more intellectual than Psycho-Pass. In my opinion, that intellectual factor comes off a little high-handed at times -- at a lot of points, it seems like Ghost in the Shell could be improved with more simplicity rather than the overly complex dialogue which seems to have the end goal of specifically confusing the audience. Psycho-Pass focuses more on relationships between the main cast as well, and the nature of "humanity" and the effect that the society has on humanity.

If you enjoyed Psycho-Pass and want more cyberpunk detectives, Ghost in the Shell has both more cyberpunk and more investigation -- but chances are, you'll need to really focus on the dialogue to get the full effect. If you liked Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass is a little simpler but has a similar world and more dystopian themes.

sothis sothis says...

GITS:SAC and Psycho-Pass were definitely cut from the same cloth. Gritty, futuristic worlds where technology is at the forefront of society, where choices such as choosing cybernetic parts can have dangerous rammifications, and where a police force is tasked with solving insidious, oft-brutal crimes. They deviate in some ways but the setting, animation and overall feel will be familiar in both titles. 

Vanitas Vanitas says...

Both are about how society deals with different degrees of cybernetic implants and augments given to the police force, government, and civilians. While both have a focus on the police side of things, Ghost in the Shell has more criminals that primarily use hacking and computers to commit crimes compared to Psycho Pass that focuses more on the depravity and malice that the criminals possess. Both are fantastic series that deserve to be watched.

cbfunky cbfunky says...

But have a similar setting, but more importantly, both have interesting and intelligent antagonists and offer some philosophical thoughts on the development of society.

xRedHeadx xRedHeadx says...

Both stories take place in a dystopian world, bringing up the problematic of technology, especially the problematic of our own future in relationships with modern technology and society.Both animes are worth watching, especially if the watcher wants a critical anime serie.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime are about police task forces in a near-futuristic setting. Both task forces rely heavily on advanced tech, but also try to keep the spirit of old school detective work. Both anime also question the technology for what it is and what it does, as well as questioning humanity itself. So, if you like one, you'll probably like the other.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures who look exactly like humans -- yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

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anosora anosora says...

When I watched the first ep of tokyo kushu I was greatly reminded of psycho-pass because they both entail a dark story. They're both very bloody, violent, and tell a tragedy that follows either Kogami or Kaneki. These two animes are extremely similar and have a more mature theme than majority of the high school age animes. The main characters are always fighting themselves of what is the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do. As they are both branded as evil by their contemporary society, and yet both try to find light and justice in whichever ways they possibly can. 

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Tonally dark, a splash of violence and gore, OST's that compliment the show perfectly, morally grey characters and a more mature story telling style than other shows in the genre - These are just some of the similarities that make this an easy recommendation to make straight off the bat. 

zorlop zorlop says...

yeah these both fill that sense of violence, eerieness and suspenseful action that could leave you wondering who would live or who would die

theSentinel theSentinel says...

Though they were made by different studios, they almost seem like they were created by the same writer.  If you liked one you will definitely like the other.

hypnokinesis hypnokinesis says...

These animes aren't alike in plot at all, but they're both dark, gory, and makes you think about humanity and society. Their tones are really similar, with their openings by the same artist. They're both based on a society that's quite different from our own, with morally-grey characters. Both center around a 'morally-good' protagonist, who goes through significant character development as they become more adapted to the new world they're thrown into. If you like one, be sure to check out the other.

stanistani stanistani says...

good style . nice story, futuristic

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kenjung91 kenjung91 says...

Similar disturbing and forboding atmosphere. Both deal with dystopic subjects (i.e. societal conditioning, a specie which hunts humans).

Baeron Baeron says...

The horror and psycological aspects of these two shows line up incredibly well. They rely on a violently depraved source to give them power.

SIBYL and the Ghoul Infection are like long lost twins.

espada4BEAST espada4BEAST says...

Both of these anime give me the same dark feeling and I have lots to contemplate after watching. Tokyo ghoul was more gory versus psycho pass which is more psychological. Both main characters deal with larger problems than their own.. 

JH579 JH579 says...

Since they're both psychological thrillers and both have kind of a taste for horror in it I think they are a perfect match. At first I despised Tokyo Ghoul because of some elements, but the recommedations here, some trailers and other stuff got me to watch both. I really don't regret it! The drama, action, psychology and everything behind it is very good and in perfect harmony. I really agree with this recommendation.

Monsutakira Monsutakira says...

both animes have similarities in storytelling and subject matters, like the rude awakening of the main character to the real world or the fact that both stories have racial/social tensions as their settings, the sense of superiority and inequality...  

lyllyean lyllyean says...

Suspense and mystery are two things that both anime have in common, these are the type of stories you want to watch when you want to challange your brain with some 'what if' scenarios. You have to pay attention when watching these but that's certainly not hard to do when the characters progress noticably through these series. The action is also worth it.

EruOtaku94 EruOtaku94 says...

Very similar themes (although alternate points of view)

very similar style. should check each one out

zerowires zerowires says...

Reasons. Watch and realize why yourself. I came, I saw and I was a young fanperson all over again. Became absolutely obsessed. I wanted fan gear from both shows and kept pestering my friends to watch them (not something I have done in about 9 years because adulting otakus play it cool - pffft, who am I kidding? Adult otakus can be as bad as the younger fans coming up at our heels leaving their mark in the fandom world like we did before anime was a click away on a computer and all we had were hopeful chances and Toonami).

These brought me back to those feelings again, of wanting to soak in it and obsess over them.

From the New World

From the New World

One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?

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Iro Iro says...

Intense would be the word I would use to describe these two animes.

Psycho pass and Shinsekai Yori are both gripping dramas that occur in an dystopian future. They both raise some interesting questions about what would be a right or wrong choice when the world has moved so far ahead that conventional standards no longer apply. Would it be easy making the seemly "right" choice when it could result in countless deaths in the future? There are no easy answers, and these animes will have you glued to your seats as you watch the protagonist come to grips with these terms.

h1dd3n h1dd3n says...

Both have strong female leads that develop as the series goes on.  Both provide haunting futures for humanity, that have the veil of utopia stripped away by the thought provoking antagonists.

GeorgeJQ GeorgeJQ says...

Both are very different animes compared to what is usually the norm, and have some type of deeper meaning and make you question societal conventions. Shinsekai Yori is a bit harder to understand, while Psycho Pass appeals more to the mass market.

Fargo Fargo says...

Both of these animes take place in dystopian futures where a strong female protagonist and her comrades go through a mysterious, action-packed journey to discover the secrets behind the truth of their worlds. Thought-provoking themes and character complexities place these towards mature audiences and will thrill viewers with the depravity and darker aspects of their storytelling.

popmik popmik says...

both animes have these underlying philosophical questions of what's right and wrong while being packed with action, both animes are a must watch if you're into complex stories

Bloc97 Bloc97 says...

Both of them ask very profound philosophical questions about what is right and wrong, and questions the ethics/morals of their and our society.

There is also enough suspense and action in both to not be tedious to watch.

Octalei Octalei says...

It will capture you from the first episode. It will have a grip on your heart as you debate between which is the lesser of the two evils. It will make you question your own morals, as you experience what the mains have gone through and what they do not know, but you do. But most of all it will make you think about yourself and what you do to effect the world. 

SleazySnorlax SleazySnorlax says...

Both are worlds that you know little about and the more you learn the more the world goes from a utopia to a distopia. Also both have a fair amount of mental warfare as well at physical so botha re great although i prefer from the new world,

jjjjaaaacccckkkk jjjjaaaacccckkkk says...

Both are set in dystopian futures, where the central themes involve morality. Both involve characters who seek to understand the foundation of their society,

internetbambi5 internetbambi5 says...

At their core, these two series revolve around a seemingly utopian future where latent troublemakers are taken into custody before they end up hurting others. Psycho-Pass and From The New World follow the story of a strong female protagonist who happen to play a key role in the antagonist's plan to destroy the flawed system that has been set in motion.

To wrap this up, both shows study the consequences of a world where citizens are corrupted by fear and how easily they accept their fate as pawns of a superficially perfect world.

Terror in Resonance

Terror in Resonance

On a summer day, a massive terrorist bombing suddenly struck Tokyo. The culprits behind the act that woke up this complacent nation from its slumber, were just two boys. Now, the culprits known as "Sphinx" begin a grandiose game that encompasses all of Japan.

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Azmodeous Azmodeous says...

Both of these anime's have a serious and dark feel to them.  While Zankyou no Terror only has two episodes out at this time, it shows striking similarities to the start of the Psycho-Pass series.  While Psycho-Pass focuses on the police investigation force, Zankyou no Terror focuses on the group of terrorists themselves.  The art style is also extremely similar.  They are both featured on Fuji TV (Noitamina).

Starletka Starletka says...

Both series deal with the fight between the police and terrorists. Psycho-Pass provides the perspective of the police, while Zankyou no Terror focuses on the terrorists' side of view.

farkgmentz farkgmentz says...

because it has the same setting as in a city and it the story revolves on terrorist attack on the city but the difference is the terrorist are the good guys and there is no killing in this anime as in pscyho pass..and also the highligh is the story is very nice since probably there are no other anime with the same story,wat i meant is u cant predict whats is goin to happen like the other mainstream animes with has almost similar story line..

MariaTimeBomb MariaTimeBomb says...

Both are good psychological anime and deal with how the police system works.The difference is represented by the fact that ZnT is set in our days,whereas PsychoPass presents a futuristic society.

luckie13 luckie13 says...

Both question the psychological aspect of humans, and whether crimes are always what they seem to be percieved as by the general public. While they take place in different worlds, humans morals  are explored intricately in both, if you are interested in that they are both well worth the watch, you will come out as a different person. To top it off both series have very well done animation and fairly similar styles, as well as brilliant character development especialy towards the ends.

niotabunny niotabunny says...

if you're looking for a dark group of anime that will set a terrorist mind set then these two anime are sure to be just those.  both are centered around groups who are for and against something and are trying to either hide it or try to uncover it.

EruOtaku94 EruOtaku94 says...

YOu can't go wrong here. in depth story that really grips you, practically the same detectives in both series personality wise. must watch!

Mareep Mareep says...

I think it have similar atmosphere.

It's not completely alike, but very similar.

Maybe Psycho Pass is deeper, but both of them are very sad and emotional.