Anime to Help You Fight Your "Death Note" Craving
Death Note: Why We Love It!
Death Note is one of those anime that will change your impression of the entire genre. The story is unique, the plot full of twists, intelligent development and contains one the best cat and mouse stories I've seen in any show. It's never predictable, and the end will have you wishing you could start all over and watch it again. The characters are amazing, detailed and highly creative, Light, the protagonist, is an amazing anti-hero, one which allows viewers to not only understand his point of view, but also kind of hoping he escapes justice. His flair for the dramatics really hightens the tension. The infamous L is another fantastic creation, the eccentric, socially odd and almost toddler like man with the mind of a genius will have you wanting more of these characters in anime shows. Along with all the other amazing characters in this series, and the constant misdirection and twists, this anime is without a doubt, one of the best!
And Now For Something Completely Similar:
So You've just finished Death note, and are possibly feeling a little upset that is over. Its addictive, and when your source runs out, its feels like the world is about to end. Ok maybe that's dramatic, but believe me, its definitely a life changing show. So, where to go from here? The good thing is there are equally good shows, ones with similar themes, excellently developed characters and exceptional storytelling. Because lets be honest, Bleach just is not as exciting any more...
So if your craving a show that will leave you feeling like you'e actually been on an emotional roller coaster, an adventure of a lifetime then maybe these Animes are just what your looking for.
Death Note Trailer
No Of Episodes: 27 episodes in total
Manga by SakaeEsuno, the Anime series is produced by Studio Asread, directed by Naoto Hosoda, and the script written by Katsuhiko Takayama.
Future Diary Trailer
A Future Anime To Love!
A Psychological Horror Anime Like Death Note:
Where to even begin with this one. Its one of those shows that go above and beyond what you expect from it. From the very first episode I was hooked. A young boy, Yukitero, spends his time documenting his life in his phone, from the cat he saw sitting on the fence to what he had for lunch, who he saw. He only friend is an imaginary one called Deus, except one day he realizes he's not imaginary, he's a God, and he wants to play a game of survival with Yuki. He has enlisted eleven other contestants to join and fight to become the new God. Each has a unique ability to help them in their fight, and it just so happens that Yuki's is his Phone Diary, which can tell the future as if he himself has written the notes . The other contestants too have abilities that are directly related to them as people, which is when we are introduced to Yuno, a contestant whose phone tells her everything her true love is doing, and her true love is none other than Yuki. And so he games begin.
Yuki is a good character, well developed throughout the entire show, however, I have yet to find a character anything like Yuno, she is absolutely incredible. She is absolutely psychotic and yet there's unexpected deeper emotional development to this character by the end of the show.
It's a horror, no doubt about it, but its also got some amazingly poignant moments along with very humorous ones. Visually its clear and bright, which just makes the horrific, darker scenes seem much more terrifying.
No. of episodes: 25
Directed by Gorō Taniguchi,
Written by Ichirō Ōkouchi.
Code Geass Trailer
Geass Why We Love It....
A Good Guy But Totally A Bad Guy Anime Like Death Note:
Death Note is impressive for its portrayal of Light as ultimately a bad guy, but only because of his need to make the world a better place. In order to do that, criminals must be sacraficed. In this sense, Code Geass is extremely similar. Lelouche is a prince who, along with his Sister Nunally, were exiled from his country by the emperor after the murder of their mother. He meets a strange girl, C.C, when he accidentally gets caught up in a terrorist attack, who gives him the special power of Geass which allows him to control people by looking at them. He uses this power and creates a rebellion using an alter ego 'zero' to control people and obliterate the Britannia empire, thus turning the world into a safer place for Nunally.
In the process of creating this new world, Lelouche sees sacrifice as the only way to achieving this goal, so he's more than willing to get people to kill for him, either themselves or others. Lelouche, like Light from Death Note, seems to become more and more persistent in achieving their new worlds, becoming more crazed and obsessed as the plot unfolds.
Code Geass is amazing for its plot, which certainly isn't predictable. Lelouche is such a memorable character, with extreme dramatic flair that borders hilarity making it a worthwhile and fun watch. His childhood best friend/enemy Suzaku, is also a good character and when both are head to head, it makes for some awesome Tv. Lelouche is renowned for his theatrical announcements and dramatic characteristic, making him very similar to Light.
No. of episodes: 22 (2 bonus episodes with DVD)
Directed by Tetsurō Amino
A Freaky Anime!
A Thriller Anime Like Death Note:
Death Note is quite the thriller, the plot itself being a personification of twisted idea's. It portrays themes concerning murder and crime and the investigation into such. In this sense Shiki is very similar to Death Note. Throughout Death Note, L is trying to prove something that should, by all extensions of reality, not be possible. The same can be said of Shiki, where mysterious deaths are occurring in a small, rural town. The entire series uses many of the townspeople as the main cast utilizing different perspectives and fractured storytelling. At first a girl dies of a mysterious illness, the doctors and townspeople are stumped. Then it happens again and again until it appears there's a pandemic. A new, very extravagant family moves into the town leading people to believe its not simple coincidence. And so the experience begins. The eeriness this show creates is simply breathtaking, turning what could have been very comical moments in the wrong hands into and horror story that actually seems plausible, with terrifying scenes, beautiful visuals and a haunting tone to the entire show.
As the fear begins to take over the town it seems they would do anything go rid themselves of the problem, going beyond what we would normally consider the 'right' thing to do, not unlike Light's view of his world in Death Note. The Finale is also one of the most epic, climactic endings, which may be highlighted by the seemingly slow developing plot.
No. of Episodes: 26
Directed by Ichiro Itano
Gantz Get Better Than This!
A Good Versus Evil but wait, what's evil and what's good? Anime like Death Note:
Gantz and Death Note are similar in the sense that both are trying to fight evil, but the lines between good and evil get harder to discern. Gantz is based around two boys who die, then strangely wake up in a room with a huge black ball, and other people, nobody knows what's happening or where they are but they know that they should each be dead. The ball, aka Gantz, tells them they have a certain amount of time to kill a target, They gain points through successful completion of their missions, if they don't succeed, they die for real. However, while Gantz gives them weapons and armour, it never gives instructions.
This is a morality story, while the hunters for Gantz are told they are chasing aliens, they have a hard time exterminating them, asking questions instead of why this is happening, and what harm these creatures are doing. It takes the group along time to follow orders because they don't want to kill someone purely because they were told to, they need to understand why, was it justified? Its a graphic show, and seems absolutely bonkers at first. It wasn't until the finale of the series that I sat back, mind blown, breath taken.
It is without a doubt an adult anime, with themes of death, sex, violence and assault but portrayed in a way that acknowledges the perverse actions of everyday society, the darker side of our psyches. In the same way that Death Note asked the question of 'What would you do to live in a safer world?', Gantz begs the question 'How far would you go to save yourself and the people you care about?'. Throughout the series you find yourself asking 'are these really the good guys?'. They follow orders not knowing if the creatures they are killing are even dangerous, and even though they too ask these questions, they eventually start to understand that in order to save themselves they need to do what they are told, no questions asked.
No. Of Episodes: 11
Directed byNaoyoshi Shiotani, Kiyotaka Suzuki
Studio: Tatsunoko Production
You'd Be Psycho To Pass On This
An Eradicate All Evil Anime Like Death Note:
Psycho Pass is an Anime based on the idea that evil can be eradicated completely by society, using a psycho pass assessment which calculates an individual's capability of engaging in crimes through a 'cymatic scan' of a persons brain. If this test shows you have these tendencies the enforcers must eliminate the threat by either forcing counselling/therapy or killing them. However, its not as black and white as simply killing criminals, people who have been through traumatic experiences are vulnerable which leads the psycho pass to believe they are a danger. If these people refuse therapy they are eliminated.
The Story follows a new enforcer, Akane, as she joins a squad of Latent criminals (basically criminals who were law enforcement at some point or just criminals who have the skills required for the job) who together hunt down people who have failed the psycho pass. They use massive guns calls 'Dominators' which only allow enforcers to use them, and can only be fired when a criminal is around. However, the enforcers try to hunt down a criminal whose capable of killing a person in front of a Dominator without it acknowledging his violence. And so the hunt begins, as this apparent lunatic whose aim is to destroy the psycho pass system.
From the beginning its clear that lines between good and evil are blurred, enforcers can kill someone who has simply thought of a criminal act, no matter the measure of criminality involved. They assume its for societies best interests, an so do as they are told, Akane, has a tough time coming to terms with whether this is true making it a great hypothetical future anime, where crime is low, but murder and fear is rampant. It portrays a world the Light would certainly approve of in a sense, where criminals are killed, people are safer because of this, but also fear whether its totally just. How far do you have to go to achieve this perfect world?
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As Always I welcome any comments and anime recommendations. Le me know if there are any more Anime like Death Note for me to check out, or just some really awesome ones. I hope you enjoy these Anime listed above and find them as amazing and worth while as I did :)
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