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The mystery of "The Blade Children" is a secret which has remained well-hidden, and has cost some their lives. After Narumi Ayumu's brother disappears in a search for the answer, Narumi is forced to unravel this mystery for himself. Join him in his investigation which will lead him to the secrets of the Blade Children, and to tests of skill which may prove to be fatal.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning 2000 TBD
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Yumi NAKAYAMA Character Design
Shingo KANEKO Director
Akira MITAKE Music
Fukashi AZUMA Producer

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Spiral SilverCascade 8/10 Aug 5, 2013
Spiral XXOSSISXX 7/10 Oct 25, 2010
Spiral Jess3579 6/10 Nov 6, 2009
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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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Spiral is kind of like Death Note in the aspect that they are both a crime story-type of setting. The main characters are both searching for a specific person and being tested by other beings/powers. If you liked one, I think you'd like the other.

Both main characters in these anime are super intelligent. They use their logic a lot, and solve mysteries. If there is something I am sure of in life, it's that if you like Spiral you'll definitely like Death Note too.

The main difference between the two is that in Death Note the man tries to become more godlike, and in Spiral he is just trying to solve the mysteries behind his brother's past. These are both excellent anime!


Death Note and Spiral are each anime revolving around battles that are purely mental. No fists, guns, magic or mechs, just two sides trying to outsmart one another. Although Spiral isn't as deep or epic as Death Note, if you liked one of these anime and want some more mind games, be sure to try out the other.


Spiral and Death Note are two anime that will make you use your brain while you watch them. If you're into this kind of anime, or you just like logical games then you should really watch both of them.


Both focus on logic, and the main character is full of mind spinning ideas that astound the viewer. Also, there is the grey area instead of definined black and white of right and wrong, leaving it up to the viewer to decide(or not) who is ultimately 'right'.


Both anime are considered to be a thinking person's anime. In Death Note, you get to watch two people's battle of wills as they go through very elaborate plans to either catch the killer or not be caught by the police. In Spiral, you witness one person tackle various challenges as he is repeatedly tested by a group of people trying to avoid police intervention.


Both series push highly intellectual Plots with mind grabbing twists. They both keep you on the edge of your seat, wanting to find out more about the next step of the anime. If you like one, well, believe that you will love the other.


this is another anime which has the same quick minded fast reaction pace and the fact that it has NO filler makes it better

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If you, like me, enjoy a series that is much more intellegent and has some substance, then I think these shows are both for you.

The two main characters are highly intellegent, and have to use their wits to survive and get ahead in the world. Spiral is an excellent example in the mystery genre, whilst Death Note is an exciting mix of horror, drama and mystery.

Neither show uses special effects or pure action to win over the audience, so if you enjoy a good mind work out, I recommend both of these shows.


If you like a good intellegent, mystery anime, both of these series are undoubtedly for you! in both of them there are a ton of battles, but not physical battles like you'd think, mental battles of wits, challenging puzzles and the like, one person constantly trying to outmaneuver the other. Somehow, both anime manage to reach out to your brain and pull you in, making you feel like you're in the same mind bending situations as the characters, causing you to think and maneuver right along with them. To top that off, both of these anime have bordering on maddening cliffhangers, but those make you want to kee watching. If you love to think logically, laterally, critically and deductivly while watching an anime, these are most definatly for you.


Though Spiral is more of a straight detective series, both it and Death Note involve complex mysteries with deadly consequences - and both have an excess of deduction and dialogue as well.


both anime showed the main character as an intelligent and rude/strong person who is able to think and act fast in a difficult scene or situation although death note has a darker side these two anime are great. well i'll say that if you like one you will love the other one...!


Comparing to other recommendations Death Note has definitely the most in common with Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna, involving mind games, mystery and genius (or smartass in some perspective) protagonists who are disatisfied with the current situation and lifestyle.


Both mysterious animes were you try to anticipate the ends and you enjoy how Ayumi and Light find solutions to the most hardest moments not to forget the end of each episode makes you want to watch the next!  <3

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Detective Academy Q

Detective Academy Q

Kyu has always been interested in solving mysteries. After assisting in a murder case, he earns the opportunity to take the entrance exam for the Dan Detective School (DDS), a famous detective school established by the equally famous detective, Dan Morihiko! DDS is trusted implicitly by the police and receives their absolute cooperation in all matters, and its students are often able to crack even the most difficult cases. Can Kyu, along with fellow classmates Megumi, Kintarou, Kazuma and Ryu, meet the demands of the school and the crimes that cross their paths?

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Both series are detective stories, which present different cases that are interesting enough to make you formulate your own deductions in order to solve the cases at hand. Although the mood of the characters in Spiral is much more serious than Detective Academy Q. If you liked one, you'd definitely like the other.


Both are mystery-based, with characters' pasts and secrets slowly and interestingly revealed. Spiral is more based on life-or-death situations that the main character must get out of, while Q has more mysteries involving solving strange murders. In both cases, I can almost guarantee that you'll not figure out the solution before they do~


Mystery and detective dramas have long been a genre I've not really made an effort to watch, but there are some that I have really enjoyed. Spiral and DAQ are 2 of those.

Both feature a super smart male protagonist and a cute and bubbly female sidekick. The constant guessing and playing along with the detective work is good fun, and the underlying stories are also interesting and make both shows a good watch.

If you enjoy one, you're sure to like the other.

Detective Conan

Detective Conan
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  • 1996 - ?

Shinichi Kudo is a famous teenage detective who idolizes Sherlock Holmes and solves difficult cases with ease. One day, after a fun day at the theme park with his childhood friend Ran, Shinichi witnesses something suspicious and is knocked unconscious. What’s worse, he’s forced to take a deadly, experimental drug that shrinks his body to the age of seven. To protect himself and his loved ones from those who may want to finish the job, Shinichi dons the new name Conan Edogawa and moves in with Ran, whose father is a famous detective, in hopes of closing cases that can lead him to the men in black. But little does Shinichi know just how dangerous these men, and their cause, are...

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Do you like kid detectives? Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) and Spiral both feature kids out there....being detectives. Except that Detective Conan is a classic, which is clearly shown by the fact that its still going after 350 epsisodes, while Spiral 'stopped' at 26 episodes (and I say stopped because, I'm sad to say, this series has NO ENDING). If you actually like the mystery to be solved by the detective in the end, then don't bother watching Spiral, which never bothers to tell the viewer the main question that the kids utter to themselves throughout the whole show.

I'm recommending Detective Conan if you liked Spiral for obvious reasons: they both involve an engaging mystery and detective story! If you love the brilliant deductions that Ayumu makes, you'll definitelly like Conan's spotlight in the anime Detective Conan. Detective Conan is enticing in every episode, and it'll continue get you to second guess yourself. The romance is utterly adorable as well~


Spiral and Detective Conan are about crime, mystery, and great detectives. If you like good detective stories then these are the shows for you.

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Blast of Tempest

Blast of Tempest

Hakaze, princess of the Kusaribe mage clan, has been betrayed and marooned on an island by her own people. They seek to revive the Tree of Exodus, an incomprehensibly powerful entity of alien origin, to save the world from the tyranny of its antithesis: the Tree of Genesis that powers their magic. Hakaze, however, believes their efforts put humanity in jeopardy; and with her power limited, she can only reach out to the world to beg for aid. Her call reaches Mahiro Fuwa, a young man grieving the mysterious death of his sister, Aika. He and his friend Yoshino agree to help - on the condition that Hakaze track down Aika's killer with her magic. The deal is made, and the battle that will determine civilization's fate is begun: but who will play the part of its villain, and who its savior?

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In both shows, the characters are thrown into complicated situations where they must use reason to solve crimes, rescue themselves from a death trap, and question everything they thought to be true.  If you enjoy fighting with logic in life or death situations, then both of these shows are for you. 


I agree with GrnEydDvl, both of them have a strong male lead that uses his intellect versus his brawn.  Both are very good series and I'm sure that if you liked one, you'll also like the other.

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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both anime showed the main character as an intelligent and rude/strong person who is able to think and act fast in a difficult scene or situation if you like one you will love the other one...! 


Both shows have a head strong leading man, whom are highly intelegent. LeLouch and Ayumu Narumi have both suffered from tramatic events in their childhood and are now on a mission to unlock the past, preasent, and future.