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Death Note  
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Description
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?

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Manga

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Associated Names
Тетрадь смерти
デスノート
死亡笔记
สมุดโน๊ตกระชากวิณญาณ
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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Aku Tenshi
Binktopia
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Latest Release(s)
v.13 c.2a by mD-xD (2298d ago)
c.Special by Binktopia (2446d ago)
v.13 c.1b by mD-xD (2469d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes + 1 Extra Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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

Forum
17 topics, 563 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2841 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.68 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 10th 2014, 9:47pm PST

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Year
2004

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #621 increased(+182)
Monthly Pos #679 decreased(-154)
3 Month Pos #554 decreased(-3)
6 Month Pos #610 increased(+126)

List Stats
On 1366 reading lists
On 655 wish lists
On 6536 completed lists
On 347 unfinished lists
On 420 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Light or L:who do u like better? 1010 days, 17 hours, 27 minutes ago
Favorite Death Note character 1065 days, 22 hours, 57 minutes ago
if you had a death note 1065 days, 23 hours, 1 minutes ago
AMERICAN REMAKE OF DEATH NOTE IN THE WORKS 1065 days, 23 hours, 7 minutes ago
Site Poll - Chat Box 92 - What to do with a Death Note? 1179 days, 17 hours, 10 minutes ago

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Death Note   
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by Anonymous
August 14th, 2006, 7:01pm
I don't care what people say about the ending. Overall this manga was great!
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Definitely One of the Better Series   
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by Obscure Omen
July 17th, 2006, 1:37pm
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Because of its realistic and detailed art paired with a suspenseful and intriguing plot, this manga series is definitely one of the best. Even though some people found it lacking after a few of the manga, I think that it was necessary- what fun would it be if it ended quickly? Considering the intellects of both Light and L, it would be impossible to keep L unaware of Light's status as Kira. You can tell where his death was prolonged in the fifth volume, since Light and Misa both lost their memories at that point, helping L figure out who the new Kira was. Even though some fans also might've found the economic/business focus at this point annoying or boring, it was very important to set higher stakes for everyone, since neither Light nor L had the ability to manipulate anything in that time. It also set the scene for what everyone seems to have hated- the death of L. Personally, I thought that would be the end of the series; however, Ohba seemed to have had other plans. The orphanage twist was definitely a surprise, and, even though I found it in bad taste to introduce a character so similar to L (Near). However, I don't think he was a bad character in particular; I think that people saw him as such because of his similarities to L. Mello also set an interesting twist- someone who was supposed to be on the "good" side, trying to stop Kira, who also wanted to get rid of Near. Despite the whole "rivals" concept is a bit overdone at times in manga, it was very interesting to compare the two geniuses, since normal rivalries involve two people who are in no way alike. One example would be pitting a genius and someone who had to work for everything. However, these two were both geniuses going after a similar goal in their own ways because of the differences in moralities. And the introduction of yet another Kira increased the stakes for both sides. As it had in the beginning of the series, events eventually caused Light and Near to face each other... At what I would call the most suspenseful part of the manga, for obvious reasons. However, the actual "end" of the series did cause me slight disappointment, since it all ended so abruptly. Even so, it was a bit obvious since the beginning that it would end in such a way, or at least that it would end similarly, because, if it didn't, it would be difficult for the series to ever end. But, I did like the way the last chapter ended, since it helped to seem it all less abrupt, in a way.

Sorry for any spoilers, and for the length of the comment... I oftentimes have issues controlling my rants.
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From riveting to boring   
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by Anonymous
July 16th, 2006, 11:54pm
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The first half of Death Note was extremely exciting and full of expense, but why kill off L? I tried reading the next few chapters after L's death, but I just realized just how boring it has become. I mean, it's been 6 years and no one suspects the change in "L's" behavior and everyone within the investigation team is too stupid to see that Kira is heading their team. After chapter 59, the suspense and compelling plot sharply dwindles to something of a half-dead wannabe thriller. Extremely disappointing. I can't even finish reading it...
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Good one   
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by Bettum
July 5th, 2006, 7:40pm
[edit by mod,SPOILER WARNING!!]

I know why people complaine about the 2nd part of this manga. It isn't any bader, it's just that L had many fans, and they got pissed when he died. I think ohba did a great job getting DN on track after the L's death. The only thing to it is that N's and M's role in the story was alredy decided. Everyone knew what to expect, considering raitos role was locked too (to avoid a too brief ending). That wasn't the case with L. Thats why (imo), the part with L, may seem better, and more exciting. However, with N and M, it was just as much "battling", and outsmarting as there was with L.

The ending on the other hand may seem a bit sudden. But the last chapter was great imo.
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Meh   
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by Kai
June 29th, 2006, 4:23pm
I loved this manga when i started reading it. I wasent really pleased with the ending even though it made sense in a way.
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Excellent   
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by Anonymous
June 10th, 2006, 4:19pm
I've been following this manga, and it seems to have ended few weeks ago, too bad, I really liked this manga. I give an excellent 10 for plot/mystery/dark evil genius type of manga.
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im japanese   
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by Anonymous
May 25th, 2006, 2:49am
jump is very populler weekly manga in japan.especialy death note is populler much better than another story.Unfortunately,  it was end. last week.do you know this news??
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Excellent manga... tadash   
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by barbapapa
March 18th, 2006, 11:00pm
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The first 7 volumes are a prime example of some of the best suspense you can find in manga. The battle between L and Light is really the ultimate cat & mouse game where the roles constantly switch. And Obata's artwork is really impressive in this. The only thing I have to say is that, ever since the second arc started; the entire drive was gone. Near & Mello just dont hold a candle to the L we all loved. Characters that feel rushed more than anything else. Like the pressure of writing an alternative series in Shonen Jump got to Tsugumi Ohba and now together with Death Note seems to be burned out. Too bad really, this could have been an all-time favourite. Dont get me wrong its still a great manga; but dont expect it to keep an obscenely high level like it showed in volumes 1-7.
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omfg   
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by piggay
March 14th, 2006, 9:58am
this was so fcking great i love the boobies and the drugs and the Tal Museri
jaja gut
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I love it!   
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by Anonymous
March 9th, 2006, 5:45pm
This is a greaat series.
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