5 Anime Like ‘Death Note’ That Deal With Psychological Mind Games!

I am sure the reason you are here is because you just finished one of the greatest psychological mystery thriller anime of all time ‘Death Note’. Now you’re craving for more, you’re looking for an anime that can fill the void that Death Note has left in your heart. For those of you who are not familiar with Death Note, this anime will make you fall in love with the particular genre. This anime’s story is very unique and refreshing, the characters are very creative, interesting and intelligent, the plot is full of turns and twists. This is an intellectual anime where the characters engage in a mental warfare, come up with strategies to outsmart each other.

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Death Note has one of the best cat and mouse games you’ll ever see. It is very unpredictable, just when you think you have it all figured out, something will happen and you’ll feel like you know nothing. Once you’ve finished the show, you would just wish you could start it over again. Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami who gains possession of a notebook that allows its owner to kill any human being just by writing their name within the pages of the notebook. Light then visions a world free from evil, he decides to cleanse the world by eliminating all the criminals, thus creating a ‘perfect world’. In the process of realizing his dream, he encounters the infamous genius detective ‘L’ who vows to stop Light.

So let’s take a look at 5 Anime Like ‘Death Note’ That Deal With Psychological Mind Games!

1. Code Geass

Whenever someone asks for an anime which must be very similar to Death Note, the anime that most people are recommend is Code Geass, It is the most obvious recommendation that first that comes to mind. Code Geass tells the story of Lelouch vi Britannia, a former exiled prince of the Britannia family. Lelouch obtains a power known as Geass and decides to destroy the Britannian Empire, the superpower that controls and rules the world.  Lelouch becomes a masked vigilante known as Zero and join hands with a resistance movement to free the country from the clutches of the Britannian Empire. This anime offers similar mental battles, cat and mouse games between Lelouch and the Britannian Empire commander as you have seen in Death Note between Kira and L.

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2. Monster

Critics have applauded Monster for its well-developed plot and called it one of the most intelligent anime of all time. Although this anime is long and it could take a few episodes to really get into it. If you enjoyed Death Note, then you surely are going to love this one.  Monster tells the story of Dr. Kenzo Tenma who is a talented brain surgeon who faces a situation where he has to either save the life of mayor of the town or the life of a little boy. He makes the choice, but that one choice changes everything in his life, he is wrongly accused and is pursued by the police for the murders he didn’t commit. Now he has to find the real culprit to clear his name, and all the misfortunes in his life seem to point at the person whose life Dr. Tenma saved.

3. Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy is set in a post apocalyptic world where humans and androids co-exist together in peace and harmony. But a virus causes robots to gain self-awareness causing them to commit murders. An inspector Re-L Mayer is assigned to investigate the case, but she discovers things are not what they seem to be. The anime uses different elements of human psychology, philosophy, history, ties them together in a beautiful manner.

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4. Paranoia Agent

Although this anime is quite different from Death Note and might not fit into the category, but it’s a must watch if you’re into psychological thriller and mystery genre. This anime is about a police investigation of a bizarre series of murders committed by a serial killer named Lil’ Slugger. The plot shifts between the detectives who are investigating the case the victims of Lil’ Slugger. As the plot progresses, we come to know about the secret lives of these people linked with the case and the truth about the killer Lil’ slugger.

5. Psycho Pass

Psycho Pass is set in an alternate reality, in a future dystopia where Sibyl System which is a powerful network of omnipresent psychometric scanners actively scan the mental states and mentalities of its citizens. The assessment of the scan is termed as Psycho Pass. This calculated personality data indicates the likelihood of a crime being committed by that citizen. If their crime coefficient exceeds a predefined accepted threshold, then that person becomes a target to be pursued by police officers known as “Enforcers”.

So guys I hope you’ll enjoy the listed anime, if you have any anime recommendations that are similar to Death Note, but are not listed here. Then feel free to share it with everyone by commenting below the article. Don’t forget to share the article with your friends.

Anshay Tomar
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