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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. 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

Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-2 by Jojo's Colored Adventure (129d ago)
v.2 c.8 by DICS (188d ago)
v.1 c.1-7 by DICS (188d 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 (3148 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.68 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 22nd 2016, 8:49am PST



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English Publisher
Viz (13 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #677 increased(+153)
Monthly Pos #1146 increased(+16)
3 Month Pos #1294 decreased(-305)
6 Month Pos #929 decreased(-100)

List Stats
On 1462 reading lists
On 737 wish lists
On 7242 completed lists
On 382 unfinished lists
On 496 custom lists

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Forum Posts
AMERICAN REMAKE OF DEATH NOTE IN THE WORKS 201 days, 20 hours, 47 minutes ago
Live-Action Death Note Films Get 2016 Sequel by Gantz Helmer Sato 526 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes ago
Death Note Manga Gets Live-Action TV Drama 675 days, 17 hours, 42 minutes ago
Light or L:who do u like better? 1863 days, 15 hours, 24 minutes ago
Favorite Death Note character 1918 days, 20 hours, 54 minutes ago

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definitely unique manga   
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by Anonymous
September 29th, 2005, 7:06pm
Quite worthwhile to read though.

Edited by mod due to spoilers
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by in
September 7th, 2005, 3:54am
yeah..this is the best manga in the world..hahaha
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by Demon's Princess
August 21st, 2005, 9:22pm
I would give this manga a higher rateing but the scale only goes to ten..I love this manga..its very good...It's the first shounen manga that I've read and I love the artwork...I recommend this to Everyone!
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Intruiging plot   
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by ocping
June 30th, 2005, 11:28pm
Death Note is definitely one of the best plot-intensive manga ever made. This is a manga that will suck you in right off the bat from chapter 1.
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by -beep-
June 27th, 2005, 1:26pm
ah yes, deathnote, one of the mangas that has really become one of my favorite mangas. i love the whole Raito vs. L. I wanted Raito to win, but L is on the "good" side so it was so hard deciding. too bad the manga decided for me. ;)
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by Zehra
June 26th, 2005, 3:18pm
i was anime lover never read manga but only after reading the summary i started reading and from there on i am completely sucked in...brilliant work and so far the best story written however they are dragging it but again to my surprise the tension and suspense is got me into manga and its best..infact this is 1st time i am forced to write about some manga
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Really great!   
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by Saint_Mike
June 25th, 2005, 10:58am
It's an amazing manga, you can't take your eyes of it until you finish reading everything you've downloaded (and then you start crying because you don't have more to read haha). It's like a modern version of the cat and mouse chase, featuring Raito owner of the Deathnote (officially named "Light" :S) and "L" who is a misterious teenager detective, these are two of the most clever characters I've seen in any manga. In any case this series, is a "must read", from the same artist of Hikaru no Go, it promises to be equally (or more) good up until the end.
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Well thought out   
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by Wesker
June 2nd, 2005, 10:32pm
Very well written with a depth to it that is sadly lacking from many works these days. The only major drawbacks are the linear thought processes employed for the characters which can lead to some rather predictable outcomes and a lack of development for the supporting characters. A good read for those that like a little substance in their literature.
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One of the best   
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by Manick
March 26th, 2005, 4:29am
I have to say, this is one of the best series out there. The depth of thinking they go into is unbelievable (gives a new meaning 'to thinking too much into it'). It's like one of those thriller investigation stories; L is just great, Ratio (Light) is great too. Definitely kept my attention through-out. Can't wait till it starts up again (in April I think?)
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