Anime Underground 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note  

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This list ranks 10+ great anime like Death Note, all similar to the series in one way or another. Death Note is perhaps one of the most unique anime ever made. It's not easy to replicate, but these anime are similar to Death Note in different ways. While it also uses the element of the shinigami monster partner, Death Note is also dark themed, with an amazing anti-hero. Light Yagami demonstrates the moral ambiguity of a classic anti-hero, with you not knowing whether he is the good guy or the bad guy. And good and bad are even confused or mixed up in this series. For sure, the series will also get you thinking about morality and society. But if this is your cup of tea and you're looking for more, perhaps these other anime in the list will suit your fancy.

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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Code Geass
Why it is similar:
 - Morally ambiguous protagonist
 - Cat and mouse games

2
134 35
Psycho Pass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Psycho Pass
Why it is similar:
 - Moral ambiguity
 - Dark tones

3
132 38
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Future Diary
Why it is similar:
 - Use of a magical notebook or diary
 - Supernatural elements

4
106 29
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Steins;Gate
Why it is similar:
 - Communications object (similar to notebook) with mysterious powers
 - Anti-hero protagonist
 - Mind games

5
83 21
Durarara!! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
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Why it's similar: slow burn mystery, psychological thriller, mind games, violence in society

6
73 18
Zankyou no Terror is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Zankyou no Terror
Why it is similar:
 - Violence in society 
 - Mind games

7
92 40
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Soul Eater
Why it is similar:
 - Semi-dark theme
 - Shinigamis

8
75 33
Monster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Monster
Why it is similar:
 - Mystery element
 - Moral ambiguity

9
51 17
Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Ergo Proxy
Why it is similar:
 - Urban dystopia
 - Detective series

10
53 20
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Shiki
Why it is similar:
 - Dark theme and mysteries
 - Dark supernatural occurences

11
35 21
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Gantz
Why it is similar:
 - Story is about moral ambiguity

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35 21
Eden of the East is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Eden of the East
Why it is similar:
 - Mind games
 - Mysteries

13
27 17
Zombie Loan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Zombie Loan
Why it is similar:
 - Shinigamis
 - Detective-style story

14
20 19
Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning
Why it is similar:
 - Psychological thriller
 - Detective theme and murder

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16 18
Umineko no Naku Koro ni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Why it is similar:
 - Supernatural elements
 - Discussion of moral themes, morally ambiguous characters (witches)
 - Cat and mouse game