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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

Groups Scanlating
Aku Tenshi
Franky House
Ice-Master Scanlations

Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1 by thefolenangel & Franky House (519d ago)
v.13 c.2a by mD-xD (2879d ago)
c.Special by Binktopia (3027d 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
Death Note by Rashid

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (3059 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.68 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 31st 2016, 5:35am PST



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English Publisher
Viz (13 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #669 increased(+174)
Monthly Pos #1044 increased(+134)
3 Month Pos #1259 increased(+87)
6 Month Pos #1344 decreased(-71)

List Stats
On 1437 reading lists
On 712 wish lists
On 7069 completed lists
On 371 unfinished lists
On 474 custom lists

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Forum Posts
AMERICAN REMAKE OF DEATH NOTE IN THE WORKS 194 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes ago
Live-Action Death Note Films Get 2016 Sequel by Gantz Helmer Sato 254 days, 15 hours, 13 minutes ago
Death Note Manga Gets Live-Action TV Drama 404 days, 6 hours, 52 minutes ago
Light or L:who do u like better? 1592 days, 4 hours, 34 minutes ago
Favorite Death Note character 1647 days, 10 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Fantastic, in spite of some flaws   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by tokkun
April 15th, 2007, 10:23pm
The writing and planning that went into the plot twists are simply superb. While story peaked at the middle and was never really able to rise back to the same level of excitement, it's still among the best series out there.
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Worth reading   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by iFot
April 8th, 2007, 1:06am
Well, not bad reading at all. Though I was disappoined by how it ends.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Kinda shameful death for Kira~ I was hoping that he will die with pride etc-etc-etc.
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Good Read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by SuluMakabwe
March 31st, 2007, 5:35pm
Great manga. Chapters take longer to read than most mangas but that is a good thing
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They should have cut it off   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by SyaoranX
March 31st, 2007, 3:03pm
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The idea was pro, the art was just as great. However, they should have cut off the series after the death of L. After that, things just got more compex in a bad sense and was just about finding some way for the strong protagonist to be brought down. In addition, the author attempts to use English a number of times, but fails to use it correctly throughout the manga that is.
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one of the best manga ever !   
Rating: N/A
by ghinzdra
March 14th, 2007, 4:31am
One of the best manga ... ever!
a very simple plot based on the intrusion of a fantastic element in our nowadays world and how it will turn the world upside down : the deathnote . To a certain extent Deathnote is in the wake of some classic like Dorian Gray's picture .
Very strong issues are raised and theme are beautiful depicted : the meaning of justice , the meaning of death like a final event which can never been fixed , the evil contract ,.
Beyond this plot this manga has 2 strong assets :
- a page turner storyline : the treatment is simply brilliant .A hitchcock worth treatment , full of suspense and tense situation.
- symbolic characters , quickly and easily you take your side .
The art is quite good also.
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clever manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by goldenGAZE
March 11th, 2007, 3:49am
im usually into reading typical shoujo romance manga which is why i am sooo suprised that i ended up loving this manga. it is an absolute page turner and the plot is sooo good it seems so realistic and everything.

i would recommend this to everyone even if its not your genre death note is absolutely FAB!!

also the anime is JUST AS good! love the soundtrack

... Last updated on November 18th, 2008, 1:09pm
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Jumped the shark   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Cheesyhoboe
February 24th, 2007, 3:43pm
The first half of the story is easily some of the best manga I've ever read.. it's intriguing, thought provoking, and has a twist at every single turn and will make you think "wow, how did the mangaka come up with this?" It's easily up there with the best of these type of psychological mangas, such as Monster and Eternal Sabbath. However, the second half takes a complete turn for the worse and is put simply, horrible, not to mention the ending, which is incredibly lame (even if it does make sense.) It's a great manga overall, but because of the completely pathetic second half I'm only giving a 8.
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Stop whining about the Near/Mello Arc!   
Rating: N/A
by Super Ska Master
January 25th, 2007, 8:40pm
Okay, this is starting to agrivate me. This is probably one of THE BEST manga series I have ever read. A+++ art, characters, story, etc. Now, some people have said it gets boring during the second arc. I completely disagree. I think the second arc definately is very interesting. Near is kind of a bland character, but Mello keeps things very interesting. I cannot speak for volumes 10-12, because I have only read up to 9, but I definately think what I have read of the Near/mello arc is more interesting than the Yotsuba Arc in volumes 5-6.

Amazing manga. Read it now. Stop complaining, people. The second half is GOOD. It's just not AS good as the first. It's up there though.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xShrimp
January 18th, 2007, 9:33pm
Keeps you on the edge! Very smart story. Lots of reading, but good.
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Death Note   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by lani_b2
December 28th, 2006, 6:59pm
I seem to agree that this manga was good until it hit a certain point and then my will to read it just dropped off. I plan to finish it one day but I just cannot say when that will be.
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