Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Top-ranked student Yagami Light is disenchanted with the world around him. Through a series of events, he comes into possession of the ultimate power over life and death: a supernatural "death note" which can kill nearly anyone at his whim. As Light sets off on a crusade-turned-killing-spree, investigators from a police task force try to stop the mysterious deaths - including Light's own father, a senior policeman.
While Death Note is taking the route of supernatural, and Bloody Monday is going for realism, they are both excellent shounen mystery mangas. Both are based on countless plans, traps and betrayals, rather than plain brute fighting.
In both cases main hero is a genius, and have to win the battle of wits against another genius, working for the enemy.
Death Note and Bloody Monday, are very similar Mangas, despite the differences of the former being grounded in the supernatural, and the latter being more realistic based.
They both have the genius good guy vs. the genius bad guy, scenario. They're both full of psychological mind twists that really gets you thinking. And at the end of both stories, you're not really sure if you loved the “good guy" or the "bad guy" more. This is not to take into account, spies, and betrayals, the deaths, and the fun of watching two masterminds (or in Bloody Monday's case 3) outdo each other with wit. If you like one, I recommend the other.
Death Note and Bloody Monday are both mangas whre mind battles play out, one out smarting the other only to be out done on another level. Death Note's story is told over months, where a week might pass within a few chapters, while in Bloody Monday the entire story fits within maybe two weeks, a month maximum. Minutes sometimes slow down to a crawl as we fellow the intricate web of information and misinformation unfolding.
Both are absolutely fantastic and I hope that you will read the other if you liked one of them!
Bloody Monday and Death Note are both very heavy psychological mangas. There are a lot of death and blood scenes which makes you tie the two together. They are both about teenagers smarter than the average high school or collage students. Though, Fujimaru is on the government/police's side and Light is on his own. I enjoy seeing adults (especially ones with power) trusting the main protagonasts to help them, it does not happen in reality, but you can definantly see it happening here in these two series.
The world is never quite the same once we grow up. Villains and robots that once ran rampant in our imaginations are reduced to drawings in Manga, and our lives are distilled until there is little left but the daily grind; so it has been for Kenji. After a childhood of dreams he now runs his late father's liquor store and is raising his sister's child. The memories and friends from his early years bring him some happiness, but they become tainted as a string of murders find connections to his past. Kenji and his friends must now fight to save the future from their past and unravel the mystery of "Friend."
The storytelling, pacing and characters are very different in the mangas, but the threat facing Japan is almost exactly the same. If the protagonists fail, thousands of people will die, bathing in their own blood.
Rabbit Doubt is a popular new mystery game in which a ‘wolf' kills off each of a group of ‘rabbits' one by one. If the rabbits determine the identity of the wolf, they win the game; but if they suspect the wrong individual, the rabbits all die. Eiji, Rei, Mitsuki, Haruka, Yuu and Hajime are six friends who were meeting for the first time at a karaoke bar, but then, while separated, they lost consciousness and came to in a mysterious building - one of their bodies impaled on the wall. A real life game of Rabbit Doubt has begun. With paranoia and suspicion abounding, the survivors struggle to piece clues together before the Wolf picks them off one by one.
In both "Doubt" and "Bloody Monday," a group of friends find themselves trapped in a cat-and-mouse game of survival. However, the protagonists do not know who the antagonist is and of what he is capable. The stories center around a young boy, the main character. That boy is different in each manga, though.
Kiyotaka Narumi, a world-class detective, has been missing for two years. His last words prior to his mysterious disappearance were "I'm going to uncover the mystery of the Blade Children." These words have haunted Kiyotaka's younger brother Ayumu ever since, but neither he nor anyone else has gotten any closer to figuring out their meaning. But after Ayumu becomes the prime suspect in a murder, he begins to discover people with links to the 'Blade Children' all around him! Following in his brother's footsteps, Ayumu now must begin his own investigation into the mysterious Blade Children...
Although these mangas seem different on the outside, they are remarkably similar. For one, Spiral, has Narumi Kyotaka, younger brother of a missing detective, whose last words was "blade children." This leads to an action pack, danger filled, battle field of the minds, where characters interact, and sides are switched, and who and what to trust is the question you ask every single second. On the other hand, Bloody Monday, has Fujimaru Takagi, son of missing VP of the public security Investigative Division, whose last words were “bloody Monday. “This leads to the exact same feeling of danger, action, and characters crossing sides, while circling around a great astounding mystery.
Although the story lines are completely different, the feelings the characters gives and the satisfying mystery are the same. If you love one, you will love the other.