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Death Note

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
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.771 (scored by 454288 users)
Ranked: #322
Popularity: #1
Members: 628,429
Favorites: 50,371
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

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Synopsis

Yagami Light is a 17-year-old genius from Japan who is tired of his life, school, and the state of the world as he knows it. One day, on the way home from class, Light stumbles upon a dark notebook with "Death Note" written on the front. Intrigued by its appearance, Light reads the first few sentences, only to find out that it states that anyone whose name is written inside will die. Discarding it as a joke, Light continues his daily activities. Soon after though, his human curiosity takes the better of him and prompts Light to try the notebook, discovering the truth behind the first sentence. Now, with power in his hands, Yagami Light is on a quest to change the world and become God of the New World. His path to holy status won't be easy however, as another genius, known as L, is working against Light's beliefs and Light himself. Who will win this power of Gods between humans?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

More Episodes Episodes

Episodes  37 / 37
Aired  Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007
Status  Finished Airing

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Characters & Voice Actors

Ryuk
Ryuk
Main
Nakamura, Shidou
Japanese
Nakamura, Shidou
Drummond, Brian
English
Drummond, Brian
...
Amane, Misa
Amane, Misa
Main
Hirano, Aya
Japanese
Hirano, Aya
Chan-Kent, Shannon
English
Chan-Kent, Shannon
...
Keehl, Mihael
Keehl, Mihael
Main
Sasaki, Nozomu
Japanese
Sasaki, Nozomu
Hurwitz, David
English
Hurwitz, David
...
Lawliet, L
Lawliet, L
Main
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Japanese
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Juliani, Alessandro
English
Juliani, Alessandro
...

Staff

Maruyama, Masao
Producer
Tamura, Manabu
Producer
Araki, Tetsurou
Director, Storyboard
Hirao, Takayuki
Episode Director



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Oct 1, 2007
Xyik
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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Sep 30, 2014
BerserkerClaw
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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Apr 29, 2015
Revolution666
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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Jan 25, 2015
Cerial
Death Note, this show has plenty of reviews, so many that I highly doubt mine will stand out, however I am in a certain mood and feel an obligation to review this extremely popular show.

Death Note at first, presents itself very well, Light Yagami, a genius high-school student notices a notebook falling from the depths of the sky. He is intrigued, as class ends he heads over to investigate, he picks up said note book, and he scoffs at it.
He thinks it's nothing but a joke, surely this "death note" couldn't work, why would it work? He ponders, through he hasty decision of read more
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Recommendations

This seems to be a pretty common comparison - probably because Light and Lelouch are practically the same character. Both shows feature quite a bit more intellectual sparring than your typical shounen fare, and both main characters have very similar personalities (they're closer to being villains than heroes) and abilities (ridiculously powerful but with prominent weaknesses that require careful planning to circumvent).
Both of these Anime deal with notes that fortell things. On one side, you have a strong male lead who writes the death futures, on the other side, you have a weak male lead who sees his own future predicted and his possible death.
Both are about someone with a hidden power that is trying to change the world. Someone close to them is one of the main enemies. Something like that.
Both top tier anime for the Mystery genre. Very entertaining and very well done. If nothing else binds these two anime together, than their flawlessness would do just that. Regardless of whether or not you are fans of this genre, it is still highly likely that you will come to love and enjoy both of these vastly entertaining titles.
It's rare enough for an anime NOT to pander to otaku with sexual fetishes disguised as female characters. Death Note and Terror in Tokyo have roughly FOUR noteworthy female characters between them, much less fanservice! I could recommend the two based solely on that aspect... even though Terror is undermined by its two plot device female characters. But there are NUMEROUS far more concrete similarities, ranging from the tone / direction (subdued real-world grit) to the characters and plot that made me automatically link them in my head.

DN and Terror are mind-game series where geniuses go head-to-head with one another. A police investigation is started in the wake of vigilante acts of terrorism / murder, with a task force formed, and an extremely intelligent detective appears to duel with with his new nemesis / nemeses in the public domain. From there it becomes a game of cat & mouse, with the respective leads leaving clues for the police whilst also covering their tracks perfectly.

Also, it in both series genius children are 'cultivated' at orphanages and - I assume - are ranked according to their intelligence. In Terror the leads even refer to themselves and other children from their orphanage by their numbers, rather than names. In DN each genius child had a false name starting with a different letter from the alphabet, rather than numbers to distinguish themselves. But, regardless, Terror follows DN in terms of the mind games involving more than just the initial characters.

In addition, Near in DN and Five in Terror are introduced as the two series progress; both backed by the FBI. AND THAT HAIR! Fans will argue that both characters' introduction coincides with a nosedive in quality in terms of the series themselves, but Five having little to no motivation, or depth, seems to bother people more than Near.
If you've ever found yourself wondering about what would happen if Light Yagami was a pitcher in a baseball series, instead of attempting to become a God using his notebook of death, then the answer is simple: One Outs. It was made by the same studio, Madhouse, and every aspect of the show - ranging from the dull colour choice and realistic art style to internalised thought emphasis - highlight this fact. It's impossible for anyone aware of Death Note to watch One Outs without thinking 'DEATH NOTE!'. Both the series itself and the way it was adapted are just too similar. Even the vibe the opening and ending give off just screams DARK PSYCHOLOGICAL, as opposed to baseball anime.

What you have to understand about One Outs is that it isn't a sports anime. Baseball, taken to absurd extremes for entertainment purposes, is just for decoration. What One Outs is is a psychological warfare series. Every pitch becomes a life-or-death mental battle. This is because, rather than just winning matches, Toua (the lead of One Outs) bets everything on not giving up even one run. By the end he has to deal with sabotage from his own team, in addition to the opposing team, due to his Light Yagami-esque genius resulting in his 'no outs' contract bonuses costing his team so much money. The series is actually more enjoyable if you don't know anything about baseball and can overlook the baseball rule absurdity.

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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