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Death Note  
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Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects--and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?

Note: After the series ended The Death Note One-Shot Special was published which explains what happens in the series three years after the Kira case is resolved.

Won the Eagle Award for Favourite Manga in 2008. Was nominated as Best Manga at the 2006 American Anime Awards, the 2007 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, an Official Selection at Angoulême International Comics Festival 2008 and Obata was nominated for Best Penciller/Inker at the 2008 Eisner Awards.


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Associated Names
Тетрадь смерти
مذكرة الموت
데스 노트
Bilježnica smrti
Cuaderno de la Muerte
Death Note - A halállista
Death Note – Zápisník smrti
Desu Nôto
Quyển Sổ Thiên Mệnh

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1 by thefolenangel & Franky House (289d ago)
v.13 c.2a by mD-xD (2650d ago)
c.Special by Binktopia (2798d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes + 1 Extra Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 12, Chap 108

User Reviews
Death Note by Rune71
Death Note by torrentchan
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2981 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.68 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 25th 2015, 4:03am PST



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English Publisher
Viz (13 Volumes & 6 Omnibuses - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #639 increased(+120)
Monthly Pos #953 increased(+87)
3 Month Pos #1201 increased(+89)
6 Month Pos #1200 increased(+77)

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On 1411 reading lists
On 700 wish lists
On 6904 completed lists
On 367 unfinished lists
On 461 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Live-Action Death Note Films Get 2016 Sequel by Gantz Helmer Sato 25 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes ago
AMERICAN REMAKE OF DEATH NOTE IN THE WORKS 163 days, 13 hours, 21 minutes ago
Death Note Manga Gets Live-Action TV Drama 174 days, 23 hours, 31 minutes ago
Light or L:who do u like better? 1362 days, 21 hours, 13 minutes ago
Favorite Death Note character 1418 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes ago

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Very intriguing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by anime_lover122488
December 13th, 2006, 8:53pm
The storyline is a page turner. It is one of the best storyline out there and will have you keep reading until you are done with the manga. The plot is intense and it'd leave you mindblowing at the thought process of the mangaka. The battle of wits were so well done that its more action packed than any action manga out there. But, as many pointed out, the manga looses its appeal at that 'certain' point. If it wasn't so, this manga would easily one of the best one out there. (it still is one of the best, though)

... Last updated on February 13th, 2007, 8:26am
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death note   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by sweets4sab
December 10th, 2006, 12:10pm
I loved death note and was extremely addicted until (you all know what) happened. I find that the rest just became really boring. I couldn't will my self to read it anymore. don't get me wrong I read a bunch of chapters after this incident but it just wasn't the same and it became really boring and pointless.
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worst manga i have ever read   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by crow_kun
December 7th, 2006, 11:46pm
i hated this manga i can not see why it is so popular. at first i liked the concept but the thing i hated was the main character his attitude was one of the things that turned me away from this manga. if you like it more power to you but i for one hate it.
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Death Note   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Shily
December 5th, 2006, 7:36pm
"Death Note" is WAYYY better than any detective series out there (although it's not one). The battle between Raito & L is truly captivating, but too bad that it kind of went downhill later on. Somehow, I lost my interest after reading chapter 56 (or around that) because, well, you-know-what. Nevertheless, it's still strongly recommended if you wanna see REAL battle between REAL geniuses. ^o^

Don't know what to say about the art. It's so different from "Hikaru no Go": much more mature, realistic, and, of course, gorgeous.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Akuki
October 29th, 2006, 8:37pm
Try this series it has wonderful artwork and a great plot
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by lilchoconut
October 28th, 2006, 1:49pm
The art is cool, the concept is original and the story on a whole was great.. really great

some parts were dragged on a bit so if you're reading in a rush it'll seem slow but its really very interesting

ending is abrupt, but in a way thats the beauty of it... though i wish there was an epilogue
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awesome beginning   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by toranekochan
October 26th, 2006, 10:31am
Yes, I'm going to be one of those people who say "it was really good until [edit by mod,please do not spoil...], and then it goes downhill." Well, actually, the second half wasnt that bad. I was just discouraged to continue reading after the event. But the beginning; wow. It's so different... The main character's an anti-hero, and you have the "good guys" (L and the police) after him. Certainitly gets points for originality. At least try the first part of the manga.
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Good at the beginning   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chibura
October 14th, 2006, 4:13pm
I mean it just has a good beginning.

... Last updated on October 14th, 2006, 4:17pm
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Good, Really Good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zeidrich
October 9th, 2006, 10:10am
Awesome plot setting and byplay between characters. While not action-oriented, still interesting for those who like dramas. Good story, not much else. But the story is good, lol...
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the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xfranczeskax
October 8th, 2006, 8:50am
This is the best. I've never read a manga with such an original and interesting story combined with a very great style of drawing. It's one of the most demanding manga series I've read and it proves that there is more than just poor shoujo stuff.
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