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Death Note

Alternative Titles

Japanese: DEATH NOTE
English: Death Note
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Information

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)

Statistics

Score: 8.691 (scored by 227635227,635 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #682
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #13
Members: 396,358
Favorites: 32,090

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Volumes: /12
Chapters: /108

Synopsis

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]

Background

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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Characters

Lawliet, L
Main
Yagami, Light
Main
Ryuk
Main
Amane, Misa
Supporting
River, Nate
Supporting
Keehl, Mihael
Supporting
Matsuda, Touta
Supporting
Jeevas, Mail
Supporting
Mikami, Teru
Supporting
Rem
Supporting

Reviews

Apr 19, 2024
I really want to sit here and say "This is one of the best mangas that exist and you ABSOLUTELY should be reading it." It would be so easy to leave it there, and move on.

But I can't, I just simply can't. However Death Note starts off as one of the best mangas ever made. A big piece of it is that the manga breaks a lot of bounds. Instead of focusing on the backstory of a character, the main character gets a Death Note, a book that will let people write names in it that will kill ...
May 13, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Death Note is a series that will always be held in a high regard but still gets a lot of shit thrown at the second half of the story. For any new readers to the story it is important to note that while it is fast paced and feels really meticulously thought out, the second part of book is kind of slowed down to an extent, at least for Light Yagami. I wasn't the biggest fan of Near but thought that L (Ryuzaki) was a fun arc of the story. Reading this in 2023 or watching is definitely a good idea but there should be ...
Mar 5, 2022
This manga is for edgelords. While it has a strong beginning that I actually like, everything after that is pretty predictable, so I feel like I'm reading some high schooler's essay that starts with a good hook and the rest is bullshit. I feel embarrassed recommending it to people because it's so misanthropic. It's better than watching tv but that's not a high bar to get over IMO.

The main character being so weak and cornered almost every time he talks to the police makes him look pathetic. That one scene where the hero says he was "never so embarrassed in his life" after the school ...

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