Ranked #32

Death Note

Alternative Titles

English: Death Note
Japanese: デスノート


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


Score: 8.751 (scored by 535,066 users)
Ranked: #322
Popularity: #1
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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


Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao
Tamura, Manabu
Tamura, Manabu
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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Nov 17, 2015
Death Note is one of the few successful anime thrillers, with a lot of them being too edgy and over-the-top to take seriously. It is one of the more revolutionizing anime and one that is mature and entertaining for those who want to get introduced to the medium. There were other thrillers before it but it's the only one to receive such popularity.

Death Note is simply very good at storytelling. There are never points where it feels too pretentious or cheap and always knows how to combine its elements and never focus too much on certain plot points. It is great at keeping the audience read more
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Nov 21, 2015
Death Note is honestly one of the best things I've ever watched and I actually don't have anything bad to say about it. I'll try to keep it short but without further ado, let's get straight into it...

The story is all tied up very nicely. It's told trough the eyes of both Yagami and L, it's realy unpredictable and keeps you entertained all the time. It isn't rushed and best of all is that it has no fillers. The ending is the best part but I won't spoil that.

The art is amazing and the Shinigami look great as well. The character designs are perfect and read more
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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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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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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. 
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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  read more 
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The series have the same showcase of "Law versus Crime", the only difference is the themes. In terms of characters Death Note revolves around two Genius students with different personality and the anti-hero holding a handy-dandy Reaper Notebook while Psycho-Pass revolves between Cops using Advance Techno weapon that has full duplex psychological inspection that switches the gear from a Neurological paralyze r to Anti-matter shooting bullet and Masterminds that have odd different assassination fetish. 
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