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Death Note (Manga)

Death Note

Alternative Titles

English: Death Note
Japanese: デスノート

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 108
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 1, 2003 to May 15, 2006
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Ohba, Tsugumi (Story)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)

Statistics

Score: 8.841 (scored by 65315 users)
Ranked: #202
Popularity: #3
Members: 95,982
Favorites: 14,882
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.

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Synopsis

Light Yagami is a brilliant 17-year-old student, one of the top scorers on his exams in all of Japan. One day as he leaves school, he finds a mysterious black notebook on the ground with "Death Note" written on it. The first thing written inside: "The human whose name is written in the notebook shall die." Light decides to use this to cleanse the world of evil by killing all the criminals. On the scene comes L, ace detective, who's determined to find Light—who the world now calls "Kira"—and track him down, thus bringing us an epic psychological thrill ride.

Related Manga

Alternative version: Death Note Episode 0
Prequel: Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases
Sequel: Death Note Special Chapter
Side story: Death Note: L Change the World, Death Note: L FILE No. 15
Adaptation: Death Note, Death Note Rewrite, ,

Characters

 Ryuk
Ryuk
Main
 Misa
Amane, Misa
Main
 Mihael
Keehl, Mihael
Main
 L
Lawliet, L
Main
 Nate
River, Nate
Main
 Light
Yagami, Light
Main
 Gook
Gook
Supporting



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Jul 2, 2008
kiriska
I'm glad I waited until this series was finished before I started. Considering I finished all 108 chapters in less than twenty-four hours, I'm not sure how I would have survived if I'd started earlier.

STORY - Morals and ethics are serious business, and it isn't often that they're addressed so directly in a series. The lines that people draw vary greatly from individual to individual, and the last thing any writer wants is to severely offend any portion of its potential readership. I found it incredibly impressive then, that Death Note could so effectively address such a controversial issue -- capital punishment -- without alienating read more
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Jul 9, 2014
artblog2518
Death Note is a must read. I would challenge even those who say they don't like manga to pick up this series- I am convinced that anyone will be hooked by the plot, characters, and overall themes in this manga.

The storyline of Death Note is essentially a murder mystery- however, this mystery is told from the perspective of the murderer, Light Yagami. While this alone is enough to catch the reader's attention, the author continues to provide well thought out characters and plot twists to the very end.

The art, characters, and plot of this series are all very good, and often more complex than read more
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User Recommendations

Raito, L, Mello, Misa, the Death Note itself, all of them appear in this manga in some way.
The psychological genre is evident in both and the main male leads are both cunningly intelligent.

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