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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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Aku Tenshi
Franky House
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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1 by thefolenangel & Franky House (524d ago)
v.13 c.2a by mD-xD (2885d ago)
c.Special by Binktopia (3032d 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 (3061 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 #760 increased(+28)
Monthly Pos #1077 increased(+101)
3 Month Pos #1249 increased(+97)
6 Month Pos #1350 decreased(-77)

List Stats
On 1439 reading lists
On 712 wish lists
On 7073 completed lists
On 371 unfinished lists
On 475 custom lists

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Forum Posts
AMERICAN REMAKE OF DEATH NOTE IN THE WORKS 200 days, 1 hours, 12 minutes ago
Live-Action Death Note Films Get 2016 Sequel by Gantz Helmer Sato 259 days, 21 hours, 38 minutes ago
Death Note Manga Gets Live-Action TV Drama 409 days, 13 hours, 17 minutes ago
Light or L:who do u like better? 1597 days, 10 hours, 59 minutes ago
Favorite Death Note character 1652 days, 16 hours, 29 minutes ago

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Ohba Tsugumi's serious problem   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Kamugin
April 1st, 2011, 4:31pm
I've devoured this manga and, to say the truth, I found it very good initially. But after I calmed down my enthusiasm, I started to acknowledge its many flaws. Besides Light and L (and L sucessors) everyone else are very stupid characters, mainly the women. Even the most intelligent ones are nothing but toys in the hand of Yagami Light. The ex FBI female agent (killed very easily when I was expecting she would have a main role to disclose and arrest Kira) and the Light's university ex colleague (later his lover and Kira supporter). Useless to mention Misa, Light's play thing, and the most stupid character in the whole manga. Now I think the author, Ohba Tsugumi, must have a personal grudge against all women. Perhaps his mother was bad to him, or he was rejected by every girl he confessed to, or his school female colleagues bullied him or everything of that at the same time.

... Last updated on April 1st, 2011, 4:55pm
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Loved it   
Rating: N/A
by iheartramen
March 20th, 2011, 1:03pm
I read this quite a long time ago (a couple years) but I still remember how much I loved it. I'm not really into shounen manga, however this manga kept me hooked. I especially like how it attacks one of the biggest and most common philosophical questions around. I recommend this manga to everyone!
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worst manga   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by onixspace
February 27th, 2011, 7:56pm
I would have to say the manga is better than the anime, way better, but the manga is also a pile of shit, it shouldn't even be read, it's emo, boring, and the same plot over and over, I'd really recommend that any body willing to save their brain to stay away from this manga, especially the anime, glad i could help u poor souls
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Better than I expected!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by samanthaknd
December 19th, 2010, 4:33pm
Not being a fan of shounen, my brother gradually persuaded me to watch the anime (after telling him time n time again its not my thing, but he is never one to listen to anything i say) liked it that much I just had to get a hold of his manga version of it too, Really enjoyed this series and all the twists it had to offer, As a female I highly reccomened this to just about anyone who's into a good read!!
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Murder of Rodger Ackroyd meets Supernatural Manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by booknik
November 18th, 2010, 10:48am
I've heard some people say the completely hate the main character, oddly though I actually root for him. True he's twisted, but there's something that even his battle with L/N never destroys.
Yeah you know the end was coming, but I'm left with a question
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Does Light ever truly go insane or did N finally out play him? There's the missing page to account for. Also I can't say that N completely won and Light lost. The legacy of Kira still stands in the end as well as the question of Light's ideals.
There's a lot contained in the end of this series, as well as many loose ends. It stays with you after you finish.

... Last updated on March 7th, 2011, 11:35am
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by PepperPia
November 10th, 2010, 11:29am
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I like the amount of thought that goes on at the beginning, but i find it's all abit too good. I though the characters were well developed and I really liked L, but after he died it wasn't quite as good....
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Scream if you love manipulative bastards!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
October 5th, 2010, 12:03am
I love this manga.
It was the first one that I ever read, (on a recommendation, an offhand comment, and a whim) and I was very quickly dragged so far into the story that it took me a full year to regain a sense of normality.
I love everything about it... I love the otherworldliness of the story and the reality of it, the megalomania and the mind games, the manipulative bastards... Even the fandom, between the argumentative bastards (...sorry?) who understood the story and the sqee-ing fanbrats (also sorry) who reinforce that understanding, makes me love the manga more.
The only negative thing I have to say is about the spinoff novel. It was poorly thought-out, to say the least.
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Rating: N/A
by Crazyee.
September 7th, 2010, 1:12pm
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at first when L died, i lost my interest and i couldnt bring myself to read it again but after being so bored i picked it up.. it didnt gimme the same hyped up feeling when i first read it.. since you know L was gone. but, i actually got entertained and loved the smart plots and all those.

one of those mangas that are long that are definitely worth reading.

... Last updated on October 21st, 2010, 11:19am
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Awesome ^^   
Rating: N/A
by rosieechan
July 9th, 2010, 2:00pm
This is one of my favorite mangas, actually my second favorite. I love the suspense, the main character Light, L, Near, Mello, Matt, Misa...everyone and everything, really! The idea is so original and the story is really interesting. And the ending was quick, but very fitting.

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Even after L's death, I admit that it did start slowing down a little, but things pick up back again, especially near the ending.

So all in all, it's a good read and worth your time.
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Deserves its popularity   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Arianne7
April 4th, 2010, 8:56pm
DN is definitely an awesome series. The characters, premise, art - all are fantastic and draw you in to this fast-paced story right away.

At least at first. After a while, the story starts to drag. I found myself just skimming through the last 15 chapters or so. The dialogue had gotten so muddled and unnecessarily complex that it wasn't even worth reading.

But the beginning was great. Its a well-thought out, intelligent, dark read, and certainly memorable.
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