I am back! Sorry for not replying to you sooner. I read your message, thought to myself "I'll reply to that in a bit" and then promptly forgot about it. Anyway, thanks! Nice to be back, really.
Also, looked back on our VM conversations, and I forgot to reply to a VM you sent me ages ago too. Sorry for being a bit of a jerk. Continuing our conversation from over a year ago, I really liked Mirrai Nikki, and actually just watched the anime not too long ago with a friend. It had some Death Note sort of tension and mind games, combined with this sort of psychotic romance/drama. Really engaging manga/anime, I thought.
Ikigami really appeals to me. I actually haven't been keeping up with it, and there wasn't a ton scanlated when I was reading it, but I love scifi stories like that use whatever futuristic technology they have in them to really explore a particular aspect of humanity or human society. And Ikigami does that in a rather disturbing, but very interesting way. The way society works in Ikigami is highly unlikely, but just possible enough to be eerily conceivable. Also raises some intriguing moral dilemmas if you think about it... again, kind of like Death Note in that respect. Although I think Ikigami tackles those dilemmas head on, whereas Death Note just kind of sidelined them. Although since it was in Shonen Jump, it probably wouldn't have been able to do a very good job of it anyway.
Liar Game I like quite a bit, but again, haven't been keeping up with it too much. It's definitely a manga I prefer to read in bigger chunks, so I can just see how a particular scenario plays out in full rather than waiting from chapter to chapter. There's some really clever tricks and such in this manga. The characters are all quite interesting, too. This one is only a little bit like Death Note, I'd say.
Bitter Virgin is one that I was pretty sure I wouldn't like, because based off the art style and premise I was expecting something either really sappy or melodramatic. And I guess maybe it did have a bit of melodrama, but in general it handled everything in a surprisingly mature way. Surprising to me, anyway. This one is really not like Death Note at all.
I'm not even all that crazy about Death Note, but three out of the four manga here that was just the first thing I thought of to compare them to. Dunno why.
So, who's the character in your avatar now?