Finally completed Death Note, now you want some similar animes. Don't worry you can choose from these Top 11 Animes like Death Note.
Death Note is one of the best Psychological Thriller Anime of all time. The story revolves around a genius boy, Light Yagami, who accidentally found the Death Note, and decided to make a Criminal Free world, by killing all the criminals with the Death Note. He created Kira, a God for the new world.
But, after the first few murder, he had to face L, a genius world-class detective. The mind games between these two were truly worth watching. But, as soon as Death Note ends fans try to find some similar animes.
Although it is hard to match Death Note for its intense suspense, twist, and turns, we dig deeper and found some great animes which will give similar vibes. Here's a list of the top 11 animes you should consider if you liked Death Note (in reverse order).
After a Thrilling Anime Series, how about watching a psychological thriller anime movie. Yes, Perfect Blue is one of the best psychological anime movies of all time. But it doesn't have a huge fan base, I don't know why.
Plot: The story is about rising pop idol Mima, who quits her singing career to become an actress and model. But, her fans don't want her to stop singing. After her last show as a pop idol, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show. But, a mystery begins to grow when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered.
Perfect Blue is good for psychological thriller lovers, cause you won't be able to find out who is the murderer until the ending.
Terror in Resonance
Most of the thrillers are actually mini-series. So, you can watch all of them without waiting too much. Coming up next, we have Terror in Resonance, also known as Terror in Tokyo, a mystery anime for mystery lovers.
Plot: Tokyo has been attacked by terrorists. And the terrorists are two young boys, together they are called the Sphinx. They easily outsmart Japanese police until Shibazaki, a detective from the metropolitan police department starts to uncover their tracks.
The show is very interesting and has also riddles about mythology which is crucial for solving the mystery. Shibazaki is also smart and may give you a little vibe of L.
What comes after death? That's an unanswered question in Death Note. If you are trying to find the answer, then you should probably watch Death Parade.
Plot: In Death Parade, people don't go to heaven or hell after death, rather they go to a bar. Here they are challenged by the bartender for a randomly chosen game. If they win the game, then they are reincarnated and if they lose, then they will end up in a void, ceasing to exist.
The plot definitely is interesting, and just like Death Note, this series will make you question your own beliefs about life and death. Most Death Note fans tend to like Death Parade because of its Dark topics and similar thrilling atmosphere.
If you love Death Note because of its suspense and twists and turns, then you will definitely love Erased. This short, twelve-episode series is very emotional and gives you a thrilling experience in all the episodes.
Plot: Satoru Fujinuma, a 29-year-old manga artist, has a special ability, which he calls "Revival".When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs, using this ability he was able to save many lives.
However, when he is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he realizes that the murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.
Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
Why is Full Metal Alchemist on this list? Cause, it is a masterpiece. Full Metal Alchemist is at number 3 position in MyAnimeList's Most Popular Anime list, so you can guess how good it is.
Plot: Edward and Alphonse are siblings who become familiar with the art of Alchemy at a very young age. They use their Alchemic knowledge to resurrect their mom. During the process, Edward loses an arm and a leg, while Alphonse loses his entire body, and they failed the ritual.
Edward managed to trap his brother's soul in armor. The story focused on the journey of Edward and Alphonse to find a Philosophers stone that can bring back their bodies. But, in quest of Philosophers stone, they uncover some bitter truths.
Full Metal Alchemist is one of the best Animes of all time, and even though there are no detectives like L, the story goes smoothly. The plot has different layers and with each layer uncovered the story gets more interesting.
If you like time-travel complexities, then you should definitely watch Steins; Gate. Steins; Gate is an awesome time thrilling story with an emotional time travel experience.
Plot: The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe rents out a room in a rickety old building in Akihabara, where he indulges himself in his hobby of inventing prospective "future gadgets" with fellow lab members: Mayuri Shiina, his air-headed childhood friend, and Hashida Itaru, a perverted hacker nicknamed "Daru." The three pass the time by tinkering with their most promising contraption yet, a machine dubbed the "Phone Microwave," which performs the strange function of morphing bananas into piles of green gel.
Though miraculous in itself, the phenomenon doesn't provide anything concrete in Okabe's search for a scientific breakthrough; that is until the lab members are spurred into action by a string of mysterious happenings before stumbling upon an unexpected success—the Phone Microwave can send emails to the past, altering the flow of history.
The story gives you a thrilling experience along with explaining time-travel paradoxes. And unlike Death Note, you will be in love with the ending of the series.
Can you judge people depending on what they are thinking? If you can mark people for their criminal thoughts, will you be able to stop crimes?
Yes, Psycho-Pass tells us about a world where all of this is possible. And just like Death Note, this series will question you about true justice.
Plot: Justice, and the enforcement of it, have changed. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors' dirty work.
Into this world steps Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with an honest desire to uphold justice. However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon learns that the Sibyl System's judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume. With everything she has known turned on its head, Akane wrestles with the question of what justice truly is, and whether it can be upheld through the use of a system that may already be corrupt.
Attack on Titan
Talk about a masterpiece in this decade, Attack on Titan is definitely one of the best anime in this decade. The story is very interesting and the series will take your attention from the very beginning.
And with every season, a new layer is revealed taking the story deeper. If you haven't watched Attack on Titan, then you should already start watching it.
Plot: Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.
After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls.
The Promised Neverland
We all love the mind games between L and Light in Death Note, so if you want similar mind games, you should definitely watch The Promised Neverland.
Plot: Surrounded by a forest and a gated entrance, the Grace Field House is inhabited by orphans happily living together as one big family, looked after by their "Mama," Isabella. Although they are required to take tests daily, the children are free to spend their time as they see fit, usually playing outside, as long as they do not venture too far from the orphanage—a rule they are expected to follow no matter what. However, all good times must come to an end, as every few months, a child is adopted and sent to live with their new family, never to be heard from again.
However, the three oldest siblings have their suspicions about what is actually happening at the orphanage, and they are about to discover the cruel fate that awaits the children living at Grace Field, including the twisted nature of their beloved Mama.
After Death Note, fans are happy to watch Monster because of its similar vibe. Even though the plot is completely different, the dark theme and awesome story will leave you craving for more.
Plot: Dr. Kenzou Tenma, an elite neurosurgeon recently engaged to his hospital director's daughter, is well on his way to ascending the hospital hierarchy. That is until one night, a seemingly small event changes Dr. Tenma's life forever. While preparing to perform surgery on someone, he gets a call from the hospital director telling him to switch patients and instead perform life-saving brain surgery on a famous performer. His fellow doctors, fiancée, and the hospital director applaud his accomplishment; but because of the switch, a poor immigrant worker is dead, causing Dr. Tenma to have a crisis of conscience.
So when a similar situation arises, Dr. Tenma stands his ground and chooses to perform surgery on the young boy Johan Liebert instead of the town's mayor. Unfortunately, this choice leads to serious ramifications for Dr. Tenma—losing his social standing being one of them. However, with the mysterious death of the director and two other doctors, Dr. Tenma's position is restored. With no evidence to convict him, he is released and goes on to attain the position of the hospital director.
Nine years later when Dr. Tenma saves the life of a criminal, his past comes back to haunt him—once again, he comes face to face with the monster he operated on. He must now embark on a quest of pursuit to make amends for the havoc spread by the one he saved.
Code Geass has to be on the list, because of the mind games. With so many strategies and plans, Code Geass is probably the best option for lovers of the genre. Besides that, the anime has a lot of action scenes and explosions.
Plot: In the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia is establishing itself as a dominant military nation, starting with the conquest of Japan. Renamed Area 11 after its swift defeat, Japan has seen significant resistance against these tyrants in an attempt to regain independence.
Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannian student, unfortunately, finds himself caught in a crossfire between the Britannian and the Area 11 rebel armed forces. He can escape, however, thanks to the timely appearance of a mysterious girl named C.C., who bestows upon him Geass, the "Power of Kings." Realizing the vast potential of his newfound "power of absolute obedience," Lelouch embarks upon a perilous journey as the masked vigilante known as Zero, leading a merciless onslaught against Britannia to get revenge once and for all.