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Death Note

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Japanese: DEATH NOTE
English: Death Note
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 108
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 1, 2003 to May 15, 2006
Genres: Supernatural Supernatural, Suspense Suspense
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Ohba, Tsugumi (Story)


Score: 8.691 (scored by 222958222,958 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #512
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #12
Members: 387,911
Favorites: 31,616


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Volumes: /12
Chapters: /108


Ryuk, a god of death, drops his Death Note into the human world for personal pleasure. In Japan, prodigious high school student Light Yagami stumbles upon it. Inside the notebook, he finds a chilling message: those whose names are written in it shall die. Its nonsensical nature amuses Light; but when he tests its power by writing the name of a criminal in it, they suddenly meet their demise.

Realizing the Death Note's vast potential, Light commences a series of nefarious murders under the pseudonym "Kira," vowing to cleanse the world of corrupt individuals and create a perfect society where crime ceases to exist. However, the police quickly catch on, and they enlist the help of L—a mastermind detective—to uncover the culprit.

Death Note tells the thrilling tale of Light and L as they clash in a great battle-of-minds, one that will determine the future of the world.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Death Note has inspired three live-action films, a TV drama series as well as a stage musical. The series has also inspired numerous copycat crimes outside of Japan.

The manga was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint from October 10, 2005 and July 3, 2007 and again in 2-in-1 omnibuses (subtitled Black edition) from December 28, 2010 to November 1, 2011. There have been several more rereleases of the series: a special hardcover edition of the first volume on September 16, 2008, a complete box set on October 7, 2008, which included a guidebook titled Death Note 13: How to Read, and a complete omnibus on September 5, 2017. It was also published in Italy by Planet Manga from November 2006 to September 2008; in Brazil by JBC from June 2007 to August 2008, and again in 2-in-1 edition (Black Edition) from June 2013 to December 2013; in Argentina by LARP Editores from May 20, 2009 to April 2012; and in Spanish by Glénat España from June 30, 2006 to Septmber 30, 2007. Norma Editorial republished the series in Spanish as the Black edition from April 11 to September 27, 2013.

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Aug 9, 2007
Alright, first let me say that, the manga is infinitely better than the anime. INFINITELY. But, with that being said, I believe the manga should have ended at chapter 58/59. After that, it's just a crapload of "yeah-right" and "ooookay" and "bullshit". Seriously, I hated the second half of the story. However, the first half was so ridiculously good, that I just couldn't give the manga a bad score.

With that being said, on to the details.

Brilliant. I can't think of anything else that has even come close to something like this. Entertaining, smart, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. You'll want to ...
Apr 8, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Each era of anime is marked by its own trends, its own conventions, its own shows that dominate the conversation and shape public perception of the medium among fans and non-fans alike. For the 2000's, Death Note was one of the biggest, and a good argument could be made that it WAS the biggest. It achieved a seemingly omnipresent level of saturation, you could not go to a forum on any given nerd hobby without people filled with avatars and signatures from the series, and its famous lines are parroted even now. Its anime adaptation was immensely popular and reached a level of pop cultural ...
Jul 28, 2013
Q: What happens when an unstoppable Mary Sue meets an immovable Mary Sue?
A: Death Note.

The protagonist, and his adversary, are both genius pretty boys (with the odd names of Light and L) who have an incredible amount of achievements and skill for their young age. Light somehow predicts things that he could not possibly have the foresight to predict, because, you know, probability is a thing. Don’t worry though, it’s not like you know that he’ll always win, because L possesses this exact same unexplained and ludicrous ability to predict the future; he just does so without a cheesy “Just as planned!” catchphrase ...

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