Over a decade ago, the anime Death Note was first released. A psychological thriller that pitted the megalomaniacal wits of Light Yagami against the quirky intellect of L in a prolonged game of cat and mouse as Light attempted to change the world by killing all of its criminals. At the time it was heralded as a fantastic series, and to date the series remains a fondly remembered classic that still gets new movies to this day. Oct. 3 will mark the 12th anniversary of the series, and for fans of it here’s a list of 10 shows also worth checking out if you happen to like Death Note.
First up to bat is Code Geass which, in itself, is also about a megalomaniacal genius who uses underhanded methods to try and change the world for the better as an idealistic rival tries to stop him. Though that is where the two shows begin to differ wildly. Code Geass remains intelligent and offers its own unique talking points, but at the end of the day the series is a military drama. Lelouch vi Brittania attains the power known as Geass, which allows him to make people follow any one order he gives them. Using this power, Lelouch wages a war against his former homeland of Brittania, soon erupting into a global conflict that will go places nobody expects.
On top of being a smart show, Code Geass is also action-packed, gorgeously animated, and a shockingly fun ride. Though it does have an unfortunate flaw in that it loses a lot of steam in its second season. Still, fans of Death Note will find a lot to like here, and in the right mindset the second season can be a lot of fun too.