Death Note is a psychological drama anime primarily focusing on the epic rivalry between Light Yagami and L Lawliet. Their conflicting ideas and beliefs regarding justice led to a clash and their mind games kept a lot of lives at stake.
Death Note is the most popular anime of all time even though the show concluded several years ago. So if you want to watch something similar to it, here’s a list of five such shows, several of which are available on Netflix, Funimation, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, or Hulu.
The File of Young Kindaichi
The File of Young Kindaichi is a Japanese mystery manga series based on the crime-solving adventures of a high school student, Hajime Kindaichi. Along with his best friend, Miyuki and Isamu Kenmochi, a homicide police inspector, Hajime takes down dangerous criminals and serial killers with his deductive prowess.
Psycho-Pass is a Japanese cyberpunk psychological thriller anime television series set in a dystopian futuristic Japan. It was governed by the Sibyl system where a computer network analyzes the brains of the citizens and decides their criminality potential based on an index. If the assessment shows that a particular citizen is inclined to criminality, they are taken care of even before they commit any crime. And between this system, a rookie inspector goes against a ‘criminally asymptomatic’ mastermind.
In an alternative timeline, the world is divided into three superpowers, one of which is the Britannian Empire (Americas) who attacked Japan with the help of Lelouch vi Britannia, the son of the king and the royal consort. But Lelouch had a deep grudge against the king as the king turned a blind eye when his mother got killed. So Lelouch planned to obliterate Britannia as an act of vengeance with the help of Geass’ power (power to control anyone) given to him by a mysterious girl.
The Future Diary
Yukiteru Amano is a 14-year-old, socially withdrawn and a loner who jots down each and every event of his life on his cell phone. His only friends are Deus Ex Machina, the God of Space and Time, and his assistant Muru Muru who were completely imaginary to him. But he had no idea about how real both of them were. Deus transforms Yukiteru’s phone into a Future Diary, capable of predicting the future for up to ninety days. Then begins a game of life and death in order to look for Deus’s successor.
Death Parade is a Japanese anime television series that deals with death and the afterlife. As per the story, the dead are sent to mysterious bars run by bartenders serving as arbiters inside a tower in the afterlife. There it is decided whether the dead will get a reincarnation or be sent to void and never to return on the basis of Death Games. The series is told from the perspective of Decim, the lone bartender of the bar where people who died at the same time are sent to, known as the Quindecim bar, and his assistant.