Ranked #32

Death Note

Alternative Titles

English: Death Note
Japanese: デスノート

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 37
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Viz Media
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.751 (scored by 569,028 users)
Ranked: #322
Popularity: #1
Members: 792,227
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Synopsis

A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim's face and write their victim's name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.

High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal's name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.

With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Death Note has been adapted into live action films, TV dramas, video games, light novels and a musical composed by a Broadway composer. It is licensed in North America by Viz Media.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Lawliet, L
Lawliet, L
Main
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Japanese
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Yagami, Light
Yagami, Light
Main
Miyano, Mamoru
Japanese
Miyano, Mamoru
Ryuk
Ryuk
Main
Nakamura, Shidou
Japanese
Nakamura, Shidou
River, Nate
River, Nate
Main
Hidaka, Noriko
Japanese
Hidaka, Noriko

Staff

Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao
Producer
Tamura, Manabu
Tamura, Manabu
Producer
Araki, Tetsurou
Araki, Tetsurou
Director, Storyboard
Yamada, Chiaki
Yamada, Chiaki
Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(37/37)

Episode Title Aired
1 Rebirth
Shinsei (新生)
Oct 4, 2006
2 Confrontation
Taiketsu (対決)
Oct 11, 2006
3 Dealings
Torihiki (取引)
Oct 18, 2006
4 Pursuit
Tsuiseki (追跡)
Oct 25, 2006
5 Tactics
Kakehiki (駆引)
Nov 1, 2006

Opening Theme

#1: "the WORLD" by Nightmare (eps 1-19)
#2: "What's up, people?!" by Maximum the Hormone (eps 20-37)

Ending Theme

#1: "Alumina" by Nightmare (eps 1-19)
#2: "Zetsubō Billy" by Maximum the Hormone (eps 20-36)
#3: "Coda ~ Death Note" by Yoshihisa Hirano (ep 37)



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Xyik
Oct 1, 2007
Death Note is definitely one of the best anime series of all time, for it presents a deeply unique and compelling story rivaled by few. I can truly say it is one of the best, if not the best anime I've watched.

Story: The story is unique. A notebook falls from the sky, and the human who writes a name in it is capable of killing the individual pictured in his mind (I left out the details that you don't care about). This presents the viewers with a highly debatable theme based on morals and justice. Yagami Light, who obtains this power to kill, utilizes it read more
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BerserkerClaw
Sep 30, 2014
Overall, Death Note (1-26) is without a doubt a masterpiece!

It pretty much should have just concluded there. Unfortunately, they had to introduce L's B-Team, Near and Mello, which fucks this idea up, making the 10 episodes left not even worth considering. Why did it even need to be there? Till this day, I will never know as I still feel it was already made perfectly.

I am not going to quote the last 10 episodes of how I feel since it felt like filler BS (honestly). Also, for the last 10 episodes, the character development was bad compared to the first 26 episodes which sucks read more
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Revolution666
Apr 29, 2015
May contain light spoilers...

Death Note is a solid series with some brilliant moments in it, but some equally ridiculous ones too. Most of it is pretty much the same thing: a long-ass cat-and-mouse game that keeps taking turns going for and against the two lead foes. Early on it's rather boring as you watching everything take it's time to pick up, and there's even an episode that consists almost entirely of two characters wandering around aimlessly that get real boring real fast. Once the big twists start happening they're mostly impressive, but you almost get kind of sick of them after they keep coming over read more
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Zeomne
Jan 12, 2014
Allow me to explain my love of "the pay off" in entertainment:

I hate when I watch something, and it doesn't really matter if I'm following it or not because nothing pays off. So many times I the credits of a movie roll and I'm left stupified thinking to myself "That's it? What about the ___ and the ___? What was the point of me paying attention to the first hour and 20 minutes of this film?"

Some shows or movies set little subconscious mental snares, so that when something happens later on-it pays off. Your friend walks in the room and sees a read more
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