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Liar Game

Liar Game

"Congratulations! You are 1 of 100,000 people who have been entered in the amazing Liar Game tournament!" For Nao Kanzaki, an overly-naïve student, receiving this message in the mail was only the beginning of an unending financial and psychological nightmare. Winning the game means riches beyond one’s wildest dreams, while failure means crushing debt. And with no choice but to play the game, Nao quickly turns to Shinichi, a well-known swindler, for help. However, little do the two know just how far the Liar Game goes. Who will win, and who will lose it all?

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WillMunny WillMunny says...

Despite vastly different premises, both these series nonetheless center on strategic mind-games requiring wit and audacity. The stories are intricatlely constructed, well paced, and full of twists, turns, second-guesses and betrayals as the characters scheme and plot. Although it is contextualized differently, the question of what constitutes right and wrong is an important tenet of both Liar Game and Death Note. The artwork is also similar, with Liar Game being a little more simplified to suit its more text-heavy presentation.

Szwagier Szwagier says...

If you like battle of wits between two (or more) ppl trying to outsmart each other, if you like unbeatable geniuses who are always 2 step ahead of their oponents and pull incredible tricks out of their sleeves, lastly if you just like a good mystery manga - those titles are both for you. if you read one of them but haven't seen the other it's about time to correct that mistake.

sothis sothis says...

Liar Game and Death Note may have dissimilar plots, but both are centered around mind games and long, drawn out sequences wherein various moves of the game are explained. There's no way fans of one would not enjoy the other.

Airotia Airotia says...

The plots are extremely different, but the suspenseful feel of the strategizing and trying to pull one over on another is the same. L and Akiyama are similar characters, strategical geniuses who play a high stakes game to either help people or because they're bored (... with both of them, it's kind of goes back and forth between whether they actually want to help or whether they're just in it because it's interesting). The Liar Game is set firmly in the real world while Death Note has some supernatural aspects as well.

More people read Death Note than the Liar Game, so the deciding factor is what you liked about Death Note. If what you enjoyed as was the psycological aspect, you'll heavily enjoy the Liar Game. However, if it was the Death Gods or the book or the crazy main character, you might want to find something else to read.

arkiandruski arkiandruski says...

Liar Game is like Death Note but with real psychology and game theory to back it up and slightly less lethal consequences for failure. Still the entire premise is based around a game of wits with constant double crossings and ridiculously complex schemes designed to outsmart the opposition.

Naga Naga says...

Both stories are well made, well paced, and full of twists, turns, second-guesses and betrayals as the characters scheme to either change the world to their liking or escape the game they are trapped in. Yes, concept is a lot diferentm, though it holds such content that can rival the most tense thrillers...

StaffOfOne StaffOfOne says...

Liar Game and Death Note Similarities: deals with the psychological consequences of our actions. More about the morality of killing someone/the human condition (i.e.: are we born inherently evil/good, do we have a chance to redeem ourselves after doing something bad, what constitutes as bad or good). 

angelwolf123 angelwolf123 says...

Both of these manga deal with a lot of psychological warfare, the clash of the minds is stimulating and very well thought out. Both capture the whole "genius VS genius" quite well. A big difference would be that the "genius" in Liar Game has a female partner that he relies on to interpret people's "feelings", whereas girls don't have a very big role in Death Note.

suspenceshady suspenceshady says...

In plot structure they are nothing alike, but in the  way they make the mc's these geniuses among other lesser geniuses makes the story worth reading because you get to learn new strategies at how to make real charasmatic characters in story building. There is mystery; there is suspence. There is rooting for the proganist and rooting for the villains at the same time.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan after a brutal month-long assault; 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, while investigating a crashed military plane, 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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WowserzInMuhPantz WowserzInMuhPantz says...

The plots and main characters are very similar in the way they handle the 'bad guys' and how their lives are.

If you like one you would deffinately enjoy the other.

Musicgirl1796 Musicgirl1796 says...

Lelouch, the main character of Code Geass, is really similar to Light, the main character of Death Note. They are both people with big ambitions trying to make their far-fetched plans succeed, and doing everything in their power and not in their power to do so. And just like Light has the Death Note, Lelouch has the Geass. Both powers defy human will and understanding. Even the plot is a lot the same. Both are great mangas and animes to read/watch. :)

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Code Geass and Death Note are two peas in a pod!  The similarities are quite astounding with the main characters have a great power thrust upon them.  While each uses their high intelligence to use that power for their own causes the dark world of human nature comes into play.

ChibiAlucard13 ChibiAlucard13 says...

I don't entirely agree with comparing Lelouch to Light. Lelouch's character has a level of depth that just can't be compared to Light and while both characters are dominating humanity with their powers, their reasons and ultimate goals are completely different. However, the plot in which the main character is given a supernatural power which he uses to make the world bend to his ways is definitely very similar so if that's what you like, then I would recommend reading (and watching) Death Note if you liked CG:LotR. I will say that I think CG is way better than DN with a much more interesting story and more engaging/better developed characters.

SugarCookies95 SugarCookies95 says...

Yeah I totally agree with this recommendation. Both series are quite similar in many different ways. 

Zutsu Zutsu says...

  • Hero vs world
  • Evil geniuses
  • Mystic powers
  • Psyhologic analysys opponents
  • Strategic planning
  • World domination conquest

Psychodeathgeass Psychodeathgeass says...

Death Note manga is better because the story and the main characters are more elaborate. 

I like Code Geass too but the anime was the first one and manga was the second one and you can this.

Akumetsu

Akumetsu

Nagasawa Shiina is just an average 3rd year high school student until her parents' company goes bankrupt. In order to pay the bills, she sells herself into prostitution. At her first job, a mysterious masked man crashes the party... and it's someone she knows. Akumetsu is the story of Shou, a vigilante that's out trying to straighten the corrupt Japanese Government through terrorism with his "One man, One kill" code of action.

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TheMajor5 TheMajor5 says...

Akumetsu and Death Note mainly have the same theme. The only way for this perfect world to be rid of evil is to kill off the evil.  Light rids the world of evil with his notebook so only the good may survive.  With this constant killing, the people begin to side with "killa".  Akumetsu rids what corrupts the world and that is politicians.  His "kill for a kill" method begins to persuade the town who start cheering for him.  Both main characters are genius idealists and nothing can get in their way.  With mass gore and the perfect world in view, these two manga are worth the read. 

OrangeR OrangeR says...

Very similar in plot, Akumetsu and Death Note have ambitious protagonists on a crusade to to cleanse the world by getting rid of corrupt politicians(in Akumetsu) and criminals(in Death Note) by often resorting to ruthless and cold blooded means.

While Death Note is considerably less gory, it is much more psychological than Akumetsu. But in its defense, Akumetsu gives a fair amount of comic relief as compared to the other.

Stagoron24 Stagoron24 says...

Best antihero, psychological, or political manga I've seen since I read Deathnote. And it's much more brutal.

Kari5 Kari5 says...

Although taken to a more brutal and public level than in Death Note, both series are about a highschool boy who receives a special power and uses it to punish criminals in the hopes of creating a better world. Both deal with the same themes of punishment, corruption, and the state of our world.

bringiton265 bringiton265 says...

Very similar in the basic premise of the protagonist using special tools/powers to change the world in a way that they believe will make it a better place. Akumetsu is a much more likable protagonist than Light however.

Future Diary

Future Diary

Yuki has isolated himself from his high school student life; even his cell phone reflects his detachment, since it only contains information about his surroundings. In his fantasies Yuki is chosen by his friend Deux Ex Machina to participate in a survival game of twelve people, each with a clairvoyant personal diary. The remaining survivor will become the new Lord of Time and Space. However, Yuki wakes from his fantasy to find that his dreams have become reality; his diary now has entries from the future about his surroundings, and he learns that his classmate Yuno is also participating. Even worse, Yuki finds an entry for his imminent Dead End. To stay alive he becomes Yuno's partner, but her diary only contains what will happen to her beloved Yuki. Yuno swears to protect Yuki and uphold her unwavering love for him; she will protect their bond, no matter who she has to get rid of.

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TheOmnipotentLemur TheOmnipotentLemur says...

Death Note and Mirai Nikki are similar in many ways. While Death Note tends to be a little more gentile then Mirai Nikki, both involve the basic "Boy finds super power- super power then results in a lot of bloody death" plot. If you like one- the other will be great.

Lews Lews says...

They are similiar in many ways. In Death Note we focus on the mind duels between the police, detectives and kira, with little physical violence.

In Mirai Nikki we follow mind duel between diary holders, often resulting in bloody climaxes. The psychological side of Mirai Nikki is a bit more shocking and disturbing than Death Note.

Both are refreshingly bold and very well-written

mrd456 mrd456 says...

are both awesome more serious mangas that are very easy to get hooked on also both has a crazy girl in love with the main charcater wich I love about anime and manga

Akagitsune92 Akagitsune92 says...

Death Gods, Twists and Turns, and Yandere! All this and more are central themes to both series. Both start with some sort of Death God just trying to get some kicks out of humans. Death Note is more focused on a singular teen trying to become a god while the Mirai Nikki is more of a "game" between multiple people trying to become a god. Both are page turners and can't be put down. 

Lost+Brain

Lost+Brain

Teenage genius Hiyama is fed up with the world: daily life is boring, and everyone around him is little more than living filth. One day, after a particularly trying day of tolerating the human scum that populates his high school, the boy decides that the only logical solution is to completely destroy the world and all of its useless creatures, then rebuild it as he sees fit. To this end, the teenager starts dabbling in hypnotism, and in a matter of months has half the school and even part of society under his control! However, this violation of free will won’t go unchallenged: another highly skilled hypnotist is determined to outsmart and stop Hiyama. In this dangerous game of cat and mouse, which man has the intellect to outwit and outmaneuver the other?

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AndriasSch AndriasSch says...

The main character of both stories is a genius student who wants to change the world along to his thoughts, using his average intellect, his friends, the girl who loves him, and killing if it's necesary.

mischa mischa says...

In the begining, both main characters are genius students bored with their lives until they get a "power" who make them able to change to world to a better place (in their own opinions, of couse) - also, both are egocentric and take some false steps due to their big ego and psycho state of mind.

YakuKikyo YakuKikyo says...

If you liked Lost+Brain, you'll like Death Note and vice versa. Both are about a young student wants to change the world. Some people find them the evil and therefore an adversary representing the "good" will appear and fight against the "evil", but there are also some people who finds the young student doing the "good". It's all a question about your own morale and etiques and how far you're ready to go to achieve your goal.

Yunarea Yunarea says...

I recommend this manga just because it is a cheeky plagiarism of Death Note.The protagonist is a decal, in character and in appearance, but instead of a death note uses hypnosis to achieve its goals.

Bloody Monday

Bloody Monday

Takagi Fujimaru may seem like a regular high school student, but behind the cheery facade lies a genius hacker by the name of Falcon. When his father is framed for a murder, Falcon uses his brilliant hacking skills to try and protect his sister and clear his father's name. However, he finds that his father, an agent in an elite government agency, was involved with something far more complex than a simple murder. A terrorist group is plotting against the city of Tokyo and it is up to Falcon, with the help of his friends, to unravel the twisted plans set in place to kill millions of people.

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Szwagier Szwagier says...

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.

GingerCat GingerCat says...

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.

Lews Lews says...

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!

Shinsengumi367 Shinsengumi367 says...

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 Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland

Emma, Norman, Ray, and many other "siblings" live at an isolated orphanage cut off from the outside world. They live a charmed life surrounded by friends and watched over by Mama, their caretaker, until they leave the house for a foster family by the age of twelve. The only rule is that they must never venture outside of the gate that isolates them from the rest of society, for dangers await. But one day, the children learn the true horror of what's in store for their short lives... 

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WhyNotSora WhyNotSora says...

If you're interested in an intense battle of the minds than you'd like "The Promised Neverland" if not for it dramatic reveals and twists.

Ookami317 Ookami317 says...

If you enjoyed the life-and-death mind-games aspect in Deathnote, then you will also enjoy The Promised Neverland.

Both feature young genuises--in Deathnote it's High Schooler Light Yagami and 20-something year-old L, while in Neverleand it's a much younger cast of kids about 12-years-old

nathandouglasdavis nathandouglasdavis says...

While their plots and characters are about as different as two manga can be, they both start out with a very satisfying battle of wits where both sides actually feel intelligent in their strategies and attempts to outsmart each other.

ActualLee ActualLee says...

Both very intelligent and take skill and thought for the cahrecters to succeed. Thrilling and psychologically engaging. TPN has a bit more action however. Highly recommend both.

Onani Master Kurosawa

Onani Master Kurosawa

Every day after school, the quiet and introverted student Kurosawa goes into the empty girls bathroom and "relieves himself". Besides this extremely odd ritual, Kurosawa also has a thirst for justice and a judgmental attitude towards his classmates. Upon seeing the bullying of an awkward girl in his class by two of the "popular" girls, he decides to bring justice to the bullies the only way he knows how. His plan for revenge goes "just as planned" until met by an unsuspected accomplice.

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Szwagier Szwagier says...

Weird Combo? Defienietly. What does a 14 year old masturbation addict have to do with guy killing criminal via notebook? Well for starters Onani Master Kurosawa is (at least at the first half ) a very obvious parody of Death Note. Young Kurosawa just like our (anti)hero Light deals justice to all the annoying bullie girls by fantasising about raping them and ( a bit l8r in the series) by spreading the white juice over their clothes while they're not here.

That said you really shouldn't just treat Onani master as plain parody - it gets more meaningful than you could have anticipated from the title and description, I can  even say that in terms of psychological realism it surpass Death Note by far.

Summing it up - both mangas are about a lone-wolf, who looks down on everyone around him and feels righteus enough to judge them (whether just in imagination or in harsh reality). Both deals with issues of punishing the crime that can't be punished by normal means.

Naga Naga says...

It doesn't matter if the main charachter's biggest passion is writing in the notebook or fapping... everything looks better when you play epic music and look at their indentical (yes OMK is parodying DN in that) facial expressions... their goals are quite questionable... and so is their sense of justice... though it doesn't make them any less epic...

JtkBasketball JtkBasketball says...

These two have one thing in common, the main character talks to himself like he is in control of the world. 

Platinum End

Platinum End

As his classmates celebrate their middle school graduation, troubled Mirai is mired in darkness. But his battle is just beginning when he receives some salvation from above in the form of an angel. Now Mirai is pitted against 12 other chosen humans in a battle in which the winner becomes the next god of the world. Mirai has an angel in his corner, but he may need to become a devil to survive.

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SkengLord SkengLord says...

Same creators, so if you like a psycological thriller based around a battle of wits and self righteous people using any means to fulfill their end because of their vision of the world, then you'll love this.

They're not exactly similar, the characters are totally different, but they follow the same theme and are not afraid to show the ugly side of humanity, especially the people who may abuse power, even if it's for a good reason.

animari animari says...

A manga from the same author and illustrator the world building and information disposition is immaculate. Both revolve around the "God" concept through the story and tackle issues of humanity throughout. Both very fun to read both art and action does not dissapoint.

Johntt Johntt says...

They both have the same theme and execution though death note is better.                                       

Switch

Switch

Kai Eto is the Narcotics Control Division's newest investigator and is quickly partnered together with cold, workaholic Hal Kurabayashi. Their job is to track down drug gangs and they must often work undercover in order to do so. While Hal efficiently locates and arrests his targets, Kai often gets too personally involved and acts based on his emotions rather than on common sense. However it seems that Kai is not all goodness and light, and when pushed to the edge he's taken over by a violent alter-ego which shows no mercy. With Kai and Hal's clashing personalities, opposing methods and secret pasts will these two rookies ever be able to cooperate, or will their inability to see eye to eye prevent them from ever truly working together?

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Chitaka Chitaka says...

Switch and Death Note are both capitvating detective/mystery stories (Death Note has more of a mystery theme where as Switch centers more around the police) with a dark side to them. To most of society Light seems like a normal, highschool genius, but behind the scenes he is actually Kira, with a goal to kill all criminals. To most people that know Kai Eto, he is a normal, happy-go-lucky kind of guy, but behind the scenes, he has a hostile alter ego that makes him nearly kill people. Both series though also have their little flecks of humor in them sprinkled nicely inside all the darkness and mystery going on. Light and Hal are also quite alike in the respect that they have no intrest in helping the criminals, only bringing them to justice. If you liked either one, you'd be doing yourself a huge favor by trying the other as well.