What are the best Death Note alternatives?

Death Note is one of the most popular anime of all time, so popular that even non-anime fans are familiar with it. If you loved the thriller anime featuring fascinating characters like Light Yagami and L, you can watch these anime like Death Note.

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    #1Terror in Resonance

    Terror in Resonance

    Terror in Resonance or Zankyou no Terror revolves around two young terrorists that shouldn't even exist in their current world. The main characters of the psychological thriller anime which is similar to Death Note are Nine and Twelve.

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    Lawrence Alvarado
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "As a nerd, and someone who is very into anime and manga, I really like this series. I like to buy physical copies of digital media when I can, and this series is no exception. It is a psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I like rewatching it, because I catch new things every time that I hadn't before. "
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    #2Death Parade

    Death Parade

    Just like Death Note, the anime Death Parade covers dark topics. The anime Dark Parade is about what comes after death and that there are only two doors or options after death which is either being reincarnated or left in a void.

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    Jack Henderson
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "I was looking for an alternative to the anime series Death Note and I found the series Death Parade. It was a great short run anime series, that felt a lot like Death Note. They both have a fantasy plot with a dark edge while dark powers are encountered and sometimes abused. Great!"
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    #3When They Cry

    When They Cry

    When They Cry is a psychological thriller anime like Death Note. The anime tells the tale of Keiichi who just moved in to a little village where he finds out that there have been recent murders and missing people in the village.

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    Benjamin Reid
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "I like "When They Cry", produced by the Japanese animation studio Studio Deen and directed by Chiaki Kon, as an alternative to the highly popular Japanese manga series "Death Note". I find that this Season 1 Blu-Ray of "When They Cry" series is very unique and is a worthy alternative to the "Death Note" anime Blu-Ray options."
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    Steins;Gate is a Death Note alternative and thriller anime which aired for 24 episodes from April 6 to September 14, 2011. The anime is based on a visual novel with the same name and it is licensed by Funimation.

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    Arnav Pawar
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "This looks like a great buy. This price is very reasonable and is actually lower for the blu-ray version than the standard DVD. This 4 disc set contains twenty-five episodes. The customer reviews for the series are overwhelmingly positive."
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    #5Future Diary

    Future Diary

    Future Diary or Mirai Nikki is a supernatural anime akin to Death Note which revolves around the main characters playing God's very own survival game wherein they all have a diary which can predict future events.

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    Jerry Black
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "I love Future Diary. This is an awesome sci Fi fantasy story about a boy who is a loner. He decides to start a diary on his cell phone. He creates an imaginary character that he talks to that he pretends to be the God of time and space. Little does he know that his character ends up being not so imaginary. And this fictitious character makes the main character participate in a battle with 12 other people to become the next God of time and space. Each of the 12 competitors is given a diary that has secrets of the future. And they must all use the diary to survive. The story has a lot of action and mystery. And there is a girlfriend involved. And it's a really great suspense thriller. I highly recommend it. "
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    #6Serial Experiments Lain

    Serial Experiments Lain
    An adolescent girl develops a unique connection to a virtual reality network known as The Wired. Serial Experiments Lain It has been subject to commentary in the literary and academic worlds such as the Asian Horror Encyclopedia and The Problem of Existence in Japanese Animation by the American Philosophical Society.
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    Jordan Garrett
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "I absolutely love Serial Experiments Lain and think that if you like anime at all, or are at all interested in modern society, you'll love this series too. The themes are as salient as they've ever been, perhaps even more so, and the artwork and writing are wonderful in and of themselves. I've used this series to introduce others to the world of anime and think it shows just how deep and powerful the medium can be."
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    #7Code Geass

    Code Geass

    Code Geass (Lelouch of the Rebellion) is an anime series created by Sunrise. It tells the story of The Holy Empire of Britannia as it conquers the country known as Japan and now call it Area 11.

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    Scott Wells
    Written on January 20, 2017
    "After finishing Death Note recently, I was desperate to find something that I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed that series. I researched for another anime to fill the void, and I found Code Geass. It is exactly what I needed and maybe more. It was a very satisfying anime, and really stood on its own as a great watch. If you are looking for an anime to replace Death Note, or if you just want to start a great series on its own check out Code Geass!"
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    #8Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

    The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter-intelligence agent and her support team.  

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    Richard Cooper
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "I was looking for something along the lines of Death Note, and a friend told me about GITS. The first thing I watched was this Stand Alone Complex, and man is it amazing. It's better than Death Note, and I wonder if it can get any better than this. "
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    #9Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    A creature named Kyubey offers to grant Madoka a wish if she becomes a 'magical girl' and fights grotesque witches. A magical girl named Homura tries to stop this agreement, and the true nature of the contract with Kyubey is revealed.

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    Albert Munoz
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "The Puella Magi Madoka Magica series is a great alternative to death note. It made my life so much more entertaining as I got to watch it when trying this problem out!"
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    #10Ergo Proxy

    Ergo Proxy
    In a post-apocalyptic future, humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life.
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    Samuel Richards
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "Where does the fan of Death Note go for something similarly moody, action-packed, and suspenseful? If you're anything like me, you go to Ergo Proxy. This Japanese animated series has me hooked!"
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    Psycho-Pass is an anime series directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro and written by Gen Urobuchi. The anime show follows the story of Akane Tsunemori and working with the police and the Sibyl System.

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    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on May 13, 2017
    "Psycho Pass is a great cyberpunk crime anime. It shows the truth about human nature and is filled with action and excitement. It's filled with malicious crime and has some darkness. It's very futuristic and suspenseful. It keeps me on the edge of the seat. Highly recommend this anime. The story and plot are awesome. As well as the plot twists. Something I can re-watch and feel satisfied doing so. Watch if you like dark, complex and intense stories."
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    #12Eden of the East

    Eden of the East

    When Saki Morimi gets into trouble with the police while in Washington D.C., she is helped by a Japanese man who calls himself Akira Takizawa. Akira has only two things, a gun and a cell phone loaded with 8.2 billion yen in digital money.

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    Ethan McDonald
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "I find this to be an adequate alternative. Since I like Japanese animation and stories of mystery/intrigue, I find both of these storylines interesting, even though they vary quite a bit in their premises."
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    Monster is a 75-episode anime TV series that was released back in 2004. It recounts the story of a neurosurgeon named Kenzo Tenma living in Germany finding himself in danger when he gets involved with a former psychopathic patient of his. 

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    Andrew Bryant
    Written on October 17, 2019
    "If you are looking for shows like Death Note, make sure they could offer the same degree of dark themes and compelling story. I like Monster as it is about examining the human nature. You might also want to check it out for a change."
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    #14Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. The story follows two brothers' quest for the Philosopher's Stone after an attempt at human transmutation goes horribly wrong.

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    Ben Li
    Written on October 17, 2019
    "Uhm compared with Death Note, Brotherhood is not as as dark or creepy but I can assure you that it is as good as Death Note for so many reasons. The quality of animation is better and it has a recurring theme of religion and science. It's worthwhile!"
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    Erased is a Japanese mystery science fiction television series which is also known as Boku Dake ga Inai Machi. It was based on the manga of the same name by Kei Sanbe and aired on 2016 with 12 episodes. 

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    Juan Rios
    Written on October 17, 2019
    "Thrilling enough to keep awake up all night! It feels like every episode gives me that feeling that something's bad is gonna happen soon! Great alternative to Death Note overall!"
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    #16Akame ga Kill!

    Akame ga Kill!

    Akame ga Kill! is a Japanese anime television series adaptation of the manga series with the same name by Takahiro. However, the plot and ending of this differed from the manga series since it aired before even the manga was complete. 

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    John Chen
    Written on September 20, 2019
    "Akame ga kill isn't only a death note alternative but a WAAAAAY better anime! The story has a depth which keeps me watching!!"


Best What are the best Death Note alternatives
1Terror in ResonanceTV Shows 20 Paid
2Death ParadeTV Shows 18 Paid
3When They CryTV Shows 15 Paid
4Steins;GateTV Shows 14 Paid
5Future DiaryTV Shows 13 Paid
6Serial Experiments LainTV Shows 13 Paid
7Code GeassTV Shows 12 Paid
8Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone ComplexTV Shows 9 Paid
9Puella Magi Madoka MagicaTV Shows 6 Free
10Ergo ProxyTV Shows 5 Paid

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