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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
Ölüm Defteri
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

Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.8 by Jojo's Colored Adventure (23d ago)
v.1 c.1-7 by Jojo's Colored Adventure (145d ago)
v.1 c.1-3 by Viz (93d 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
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (3216 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.68 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 20th 2017, 10:49am PST



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English Publisher
Viz (13 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #546 increased(+154)
Monthly Pos #770 (No change)
3 Month Pos #870 increased(+81)
6 Month Pos #1019 increased(+123)

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On 1477 reading lists
On 750 wish lists
On 7431 completed lists
On 393 unfinished lists
On 521 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Netflix Adaptation of Death Note Summer 2017 301 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes ago
AMERICAN REMAKE OF DEATH NOTE IN THE WORKS 533 days, 5 hours, 18 minutes ago
Live-Action Death Note Films Get 2016 Sequel by Gantz Helmer Sato 857 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes ago
Death Note Manga Gets Live-Action TV Drama 1007 days, 2 hours, 13 minutes ago
Light or L:who do u like better? 2194 days, 23 hours, 55 minutes ago

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good plot good art, second part sucks   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by darkgenio
July 11th, 2007, 4:02am
A little too much dialogue. It's intriguing though, anyway the second part really sucks. The author had very good ideas.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Xeronia
July 9th, 2007, 11:27am
It’s very intense, and the schemes that Light, and the people trying to arrest him for mass murder are simply brilliant.
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Best thing I ever read in my life.   
Rating: N/A
by ClavaTon
July 3rd, 2007, 10:58pm
[edit by mod, Warning: Possible spoiler]
I watched the anime at first... the description did sound kind of weird, but when I first saw it I was hooked! Soon, I bought every volume! But most of the fans agree the second part isn't as good as the first, but both parts are a must read! It ended pretty well actually... but I still don't like how they killed off L.
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It would have been a masterpiece if it had not had such a horrible ending...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by NeoFireHawk
June 30th, 2007, 5:30pm
I considered this series one of the best I had read until I had the "misfortune" of read the last chapters. Seriously, the ending was so full of flaws, errors and inconsistencies that completely ruined the whole manga for me. And I still haven't mentioned one of the biggest issues in all this: the ultimate destiny of the protagonist at the end of the story. I don’t know why, but even though I didn’t liked that character very much I totally and absolutely disliked the way the authors portrayed him at the end. Still, I'd give it an eight out of ten since even though it had such a horrible, inferior, deficient, defective and pathetic ending it’s still a good series.
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Rating: N/A
by kamasutra69
June 24th, 2007, 4:02am
first part awesome but second part?
worst ending ever
i cant give 10 cos second part sucks.
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The BEST Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by letmetachu
June 21st, 2007, 6:11am
I am a shoujo manga reader and I hate shounen/seinen mangas. However as soon as I read the first page of Death Note, I completely and totally love it. It's the best manga and ranks number one to me (compared to all the mangas that I have read in the past 15 years).

The art is nicely drawn, just superb (well done mangaka Obata). And the context is just too extraordinary (=>too amazing/great for words) (well done story writer Asami). Never thought of any mangas that can actually be created in this way. Once I started reading the first page, I was 'forced' (in a positive way)into reading it until the end. Every chapter is full of thoughts/strategies of L and Raito.

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I agree that the second part of the manga is a little less exciting than the first part, rather I have to say that I actually hate the second part.Two reasons:
- I feel that it is a bit unfair to Raito having to deal with both Near and Mello (they dont actually coorperate but they do 'help' each other in the order to defeat Raito (or Kira).
- The ending is just so disappointing. I cannot imagine Raito dying like that.

I think that Near and Mello were not superior to L. They just have the upper hand of having information left by L (all the evidences left by Raito when he dealt with L => the fake rule).

In summary I love this manga but I dislike the ending.

Cheerz to the mangaka. Good work!!!

... Last updated on June 21st, 2007, 6:25am
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Should have ended it halfway...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Sosseres
June 18th, 2007, 2:53pm
The first half of the series was superb. The second half wasn't as interesting. Reading along one expected a lot more from the second half than it delivered. Especially how the author choose to end it was bad.

The art and characters were always good, the plot was what made it work though...
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Would've been a perfect score, but...   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by xObscurexOmenx
May 6th, 2007, 11:57am
ART: The art is amazing. It has a realistic feel to it, and the details of everything (hair, clothes, backgrounds) are just amazing. However, sometimes Obata tries to make a scene funny by going into a more chibi-like style, which ends up looking strange and out-of-place in the manga's serious tones.

CHARACTERS: The main characters are VERY fleshed out, and their thoughts are documented so well that you can be stuck between siding with L or Light about who is in the right. The problems with characterisation only pops up with the minor characters: they have little, if any, personality traits to make them very unique. Sure, you can get a few ideas, but when compared to the strong, over-shadowing personalities of the main characters, they fall a little flat. This unbalance sometimes hinders the ability to identify with the situation, but it's a bit understandable when you remember that these characters are BACKGROUND characters.

PLOT: The plot is simply jaw-dropping. It is full of suspense and psychological evaluation, making the manga a page-turner if I've ever seen one. The undertones of morality and the meaning of justice further draw the reader in, especially when the cat-and-mouse (well, it's more of a cat-and-cat) game begins between Light and L. Unfortunately, however, the plot begins to die around the seventh volume. While the suspense remains, it loses the spark it had in the beginning, and even the most suspenseful volume (the last, of course) lacks the realism portrayed in the manga's beginning. If the plot hadn't dropped out in the middle, I am sure that I would've given this series a full 10/10.

This series had amazing potential, but little inconsistencies and issues slowly destroyed its chance at perfection. Even so, it is a rare find in the world of manga, and I highly suggest anyone to read it.

... Last updated on May 6th, 2007, 3:31pm
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My 2 Cents   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Phiiyrael
April 28th, 2007, 9:54pm
Very good story, takes alot of pateince reading through and analyzing all those lines tho, your constantly thinking about wat the charcter thinks the other character is thinking. Very nice art and a very good mystery type manga. I think I liked the "L" saga and after that i sort of lost intrest. But definetly a must read for mystery fanatics.
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ah... death note...   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Da-manta-ray
April 26th, 2007, 10:07am
what a nice little series. Yagami Light truly is a sadistic child, isn't he? I couldn't really find myself to like many of the characters... I found that I only really liked L... Light and Mello were just really creepy, Misa was annoying and Near was just a copy of L, and not as cool...
Death Note started to terrify me because I found it kinda scary
Concept of plot and art were very nice though smile
Not sure if I would judge it against Fruits basket though... because Fruits basket is shoujo bigrazz

... Last updated on April 26th, 2007, 10:08am
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