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Death Note

Death Note

Alternative Titles

English: Death Note
Japanese: DEATH NOTE

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: 8.771 (scored by 113586 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet published' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #292
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #5
Members: 180,892
Favorites: 23,068
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Volumes: /12
Chapters: /108
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Synopsis

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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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
River, Nate
Supporting
Amane, Misa
Supporting
Keehl, Mihael
Supporting
Jeevas, Mail
Supporting
Mikami, Teru
Supporting
Matsuda, Touta
Supporting
Rem
Supporting


More reviewsReviews

Jul 2, 2008
kiriska (All reviews)
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
Aug 9, 2007
Xinil (All reviews)
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.

Story
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 read more
Jul 28, 2013
Polyphemus (All reviews)
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 read more
Sep 30, 2007
Neferium (All reviews)
Death note is a perfect manga of suspence and thriller. The story line is rich and tasteful and characters really standout from other manga and anime by the fact that they are so different. while reading Death note it will make you think and guess until the end. This manga is has dark themes because the main character basically goes on a killing spree for 6 years to create the perfect world and outsmart this foes.

About the story. The main character is Light Yagami who is a bored Highschool student, he soon finds a Death note which has the power to kill people by writing read more

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