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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?

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.


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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 (69d ago)
v.13 c.2a by mD-xD (2430d ago)
c.Special by Binktopia (2578d 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 (2899 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.68 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 27th 2015, 1:47pm PST

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Licensed (in English)

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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #691 increased(+152)
Monthly Pos #1045 increased(+42)
3 Month Pos #1105 decreased(-207)
6 Month Pos #853 decreased(-194)

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On 1379 reading lists
On 685 wish lists
On 6694 completed lists
On 357 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Light or L:who do u like better? 1142 days, 16 hours, 36 minutes ago
Favorite Death Note character 1197 days, 22 hours, 5 minutes ago
if you had a death note 1197 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes ago
AMERICAN REMAKE OF DEATH NOTE IN THE WORKS 1197 days, 22 hours, 16 minutes ago
Site Poll - Chat Box 92 - What to do with a Death Note? 1311 days, 16 hours, 18 minutes ago

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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by asrodeia
December 13th, 2009, 2:55pm
It made me think, I'll give it that... and, you really couldn't expect it to end in any other way. After all, after killing so many of the people "in his way", no matter what his ideals, he was just a terrorist.

A story with a similar premise that actually came out earlier is Akumetsu, which i recommend. IMO, it was better.

So. beginning to
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L's death
was good. Then it went downhill when Light, as many of you have already said, became a monster.
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This Manga really deserves its 'Popularity'   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by TheRandomChocolate
August 26th, 2009, 5:52am
What can I say? I had mixed feelings for this series which would often alter as I read on, and still I cannot put it into words. Perhaps 'Wow!' is the best way to describe it.

When I started this series, I thought it was going to seriously suck big time like some story about a Ninja in an orange suit. The first chapter proved me wrong. It was insanely awesome!

The plot was very gripping, kept you at the edge of your seats. It was exciting seeing how L and Light constantly tried to outwit each other.

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However, after Chapter 58 the plot suddenly went downhill. And no, it's because of L's death, though I love him very much. It was more like, Light didn't have the awesome-ness he had at the very beginning. And the plot more or less focused on the investigation of Kira rather than Light himself.

The characters...

Light, more or less represents human's greed and desires. I'm not sure what to think about him, though. Indeed, I got rather pissed off at him in Chapter 58 but I couldn't help not hating him... and yet I disliked him, perhaps of his personality and him being a jerk. I mean, sure he's clever and well... good-looking (not my taste though), but in my eyes, he's just a psyco, traitor and *Coughs*womanizer*Coughs*.

L, however is freakin' awesome. He has this charm which Near and Mellow phails. I can't quite understand why I'm attracted to him since I'm not so fond of 'Clever, Cute, Quiet' goody-goody guys. I guess I love his laid-back attitude and those little habits he has. I also felt extremely touched by the fact that he seems socially awkward.

As I have said Near and Mellow don't have the charm L posesses. Sure they managed to crack the case but honestly, I don't see much character developement though I understand why the author would want to 'develope their personality through action'. I guess it's because Near is a phailed clone of L... and Mellow just phails... =__=

Misa... one of the most annoying girls in the whole of Manga history. 'Nuff said.

As for the ending, I'm fine with it. It was obvious what was going to happen to him, since there was a huge clue on the first chapter. Also Light deserved what he got and... well it was amusing in some ways seeing him begging. Couldn't have ended any better. "^^

I am, however thankful that there were some unexpected turn of events. It must have been very risky for OHBA Tsugumi having to lose fans. Nevertheless, Death Note is manages to remain popular nowadays.

I forgot to mention, a huge thanks to OBATA Takeshi... Absolutely amazing artwork... ;D

... Last updated on August 26th, 2009, 5:57am
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Darker better!   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by Akatsubaki
August 11th, 2009, 5:02am
I would like to share my opinion about this manga....
This is one of best manga ever written.
And I love Obata Takeshi's artwork!
The story is really psycho n dark, and I love it. I also love villain as the main character. And Kira is bishounen too. Way too cool...
It's revolutionary manga.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mono-sama
July 24th, 2009, 6:58am
dont be fooled by the hype. it IS actually pretty good and the story pretty clever. the twists and stuff, you really dont see them coming. HONESTLY! smile
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Death Note   
Rating: N/A
by Kisabell
June 29th, 2009, 9:06pm
Death Note really kept me on edge. It was great to try and figure out all of the things that the main characters were working on. When things seemed like they were to tough to fix, it was amazing to see how Light or L would pull a fast one and fix everything up right then.

It was also great to see the change in characters. In the end, one person is the bad guy, but by the end, you can't help but cheer for him as the good guy.

Really, this is a mind-boggling series. A must read!

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definitely worth reading   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by escape
June 18th, 2009, 2:11pm
I completely agree with most of everyone who posted: death note is one of the best mangas out there! the art is fabulous and the story is real interesting. however, the logic can be mind-numbing at times... but it's still fun reading how they deduce things. the characters are interesting and very smart, but it seems like all the non-main characters are kinda stupid, especially the females. about halfway through, it gets kind of bleh and starts going downhill from there. the logic isnt as smart anymore and it feels like the story's just rushing to an end. regardless, it's still worth completing. the ending's totally inevitable.
all-in-all death note = must read.

... Last updated on June 18th, 2009, 2:12pm
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Like apples?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SapphireOfSlytherin
May 20th, 2009, 5:53pm
I think I can honestly say this is one of the best manga I have ever read. It's incredibly intelligent (up to a point where your brain hurts trying to decipher it all), really gripping, and not to mention...super cool. Light is the most incredible character I have ever come across and I don't care what anyone says....I like him. He's slightly obsessive, but so what? I wouldn't mind having him as the ruler of a new world bigrazz
Read this. You won't regret it! (Though your head might...XD)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Serenity_Alec
April 10th, 2009, 7:53pm
Death Note is very thought stimulating, and is in-depth, but if you like mysteries, than you will probably like this. I thought it was wonderful, its complex, and the characters are easy to get attached to though you may not want to gt too attached, lol. It has great drawings, and a very interesting view on things. You also get to understand what most people would call the "bad guy" a lot better than in most books.
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Ah... Death Note   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Tyranasaurus
March 28th, 2009, 3:19pm
All right, there are a lot of mixed feelings on this series mainly because there are lot of people who think that because something is popular it's automatically bad. Death Note's plot is amazing, really great and creative. There are certain types of people who may find it boring though, and also a lot of other things (after a while) get mixed into the plot and things get a little confusing. If some things were pulled out to make Death Note less complicated it could've actually (thougn some people say it went on too long) gone on longer. When it first came out in America and had the first chapter in Shounen Jump, my first reaction was "How could this possibly go on for even a whole volume?" It found a way to go on for 12/13.

Like I said, good plot, gets confusing, uh, there are a few cool characters and some you get attached to (but with a lot of them you shouldn't get attached for too long, haha), and overall, is a manga that makes you think.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by miku_yamada
March 3rd, 2009, 10:16pm
Ok, this one is hard to talk about...
I was expecting so much more, because of the fuss about it.
Even thought i think its a "must read", i dont think its worth all the credit that people gave it.
I think kira was cool at first, but then he got boring.
L is the greatest character for shore!!!
Mello and Near are both zero appealing! They were such plain so-so characters.
And Misa, please, i hate her so much! How can so many girls adore her and cosplay her? just because she is pretty and wears pretty clothes? is that even a reason? Shes such a stupid manipulated girl, almost to the point of giving me pity... Im a great fan of shoujo girls who are about to give anything for the one they love, but misa is just brainless! They say love is blind, but in death note love is mentally handicapped!
I liked the mind games though...

... Last updated on March 3rd, 2009, 10:17pm
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