Death Note is referenced several times in Bakuman as it's the manga created before Bakuman by the same authors.
- In Chapter 1 on page 14: Mashiro comes back to school for his notebook only to notice Takagi holding it. Mashiro get's terrified about Takagi knowing that he likes Azuki in which Takagi asks Mashiro to not look so serious, "It's not a Death Note, is it?".
- In Chapter 1 on page 20: Mashiro answers to Takagi about becoming a famous and rich mangaka and reference Death Note's author once saying "If you don't get a job you'll die in five years.".
- Throughout the series Mashiro sits simularly to L's unusual posture.
- Hattori resembles Ryuk.
- Shiratori Shun resembles Near, L's successor.
- Aiko Iwase resembles Kiyomi Takada.