Death Note

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Synonyms: DN
Japanese: デスノート
English: Death Note
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Type: TV
Episodes: 37
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 00:56 (JST)
Licensors: VIZ Media
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: DetectiveDetective, PsychologicalPsychological
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.621 (scored by 26600062,660,006 users)
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Ranked: #752
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Popularity: #2
Members: 3,773,604
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Brutal murders, petty thefts, and senseless violence pollute the human world. In contrast, the realm of death gods is a humdrum, unchanging gambling den. The ingenious 17-year-old Japanese student Light Yagami and sadistic god of death Ryuk share one belief: their worlds are rotten.

For his own amusement, Ryuk drops his Death Note into the human world. Light stumbles upon it, deeming the first of its rules ridiculous: the human whose name is written in this note shall die. However, the temptation is too great, and Light experiments by writing a felon's name, which disturbingly enacts his first murder.

Aware of the terrifying godlike power that has fallen into his hands, Light—under the alias Kira—follows his wicked sense of justice with the ultimate goal of cleansing the world of all evil-doers. The meticulous mastermind detective L is already on his trail, but as Light's brilliance rivals L's, the grand chase for Kira turns into an intense battle of wits that can only end when one of them is dead.

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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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Opening Theme

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1: "the WORLD" by Nightmare (eps 1-19)
2: "What's up, people?!" by Maximum the Hormone (eps 30-37)

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 (eps 37)


Sep 13, 2023
Too innovative for its time, which is why it was so successful, L and Kira engage in an incredible cat and mouse duel.

light and a good villain at first he was a hero but the power went to his head and he ended up becoming a villain unfortunately.

Well done, Kira's father and his assistants are very well done in the first season, in the second some are too forced but still interesting.

Sep 13, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Death Note was literally a rollercoaster that had its railings removed midway and I fell to my literal death. This anime was so close to being one of my favorite ones but it didn't make it. For the first half of the anime, I was so dang hooked because of the Light VS L case with all the suspense as they battle with their wits and all these clever tricks and plot twists. The whole idea that Light was trying everything to cover up his identity from L who kept uncovering everything; THAT WAS THE VERY FUN PART. I loved the suspense I got to ...
Aug 9, 2023
Death Note has only one season, but it seems to be split into two different "series". From episode 1 to 25 it is an excellent series, great story, good plot twists, with great characters. Some chapter lowers its level, but it´s good. From episode 26 to 37 it is absolutely the opposite. It costs too much to watch the episodes without wanting to turn off the TV. It no longer contains anything that one had been seeing. Is it one of the best anime? I think no, it is not. Is it a series to recommend? I would not do it.

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