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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

Groups Scanlating
Aku Tenshi
Franky House

Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.8 by Jojo's Colored Adventure 25 days ago
v.1 c.1-7 by Jojo's Colored Adventure 5 months ago
v.1 c.1-3 by Viz 3 months 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 (3217 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 #579 increased(+121)
Monthly Pos #912 decreased(-142)
3 Month Pos #870 increased(+81)
6 Month Pos #1019 increased(+123)

List Stats
On 1477 reading lists
On 750 wish lists
On 7435 completed lists
On 394 unfinished lists
On 522 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Netflix Adaptation of Death Note Summer 2017 10 months ago
Live-Action Death Note Films Get 2016 Sequel by Gantz Helmer Sato over 2 years ago
Death Note Manga Gets Live-Action TV Drama over 2 years ago
Light or L:who do u like better? over 6 years ago

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Have Read Many Volumes Already!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sleet
April 17th, 2007, 5:45pm
This is an awesome manga!! Byfar, written in my history of #1's. Right there along side of Hikaru no Go, Real Bout High School, Azumanga Dioh, and Furuba (Fruits Basket). If you haven't given this a shot, you REALLY should. You've got no idea what you're missin'!! X3
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Not as good as Hikaru No Go   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by chueisha
April 16th, 2007, 5:48pm
From the starts that i read it is part of horror and psychological, i've been having bad views toward this manga. After seeing how many people giving positive opinions, i starts downloading it and read it. I must say the arts are something i would want to say first, who can't fall in love with L or Light? biggrin The plot is too evil, but after-all it IS horror right? The ending doesn't flow nicely with the manga, and compares to Hikaru No Go, i would say this lost to the manga by a point. But Hikaru No Go wasn't made from this author anyway, so i'll say this work is the best from Obata ^__^
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Fantastic, in spite of some flaws   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by tokkun
April 15th, 2007, 10:23pm
The writing and planning that went into the plot twists are simply superb. While story peaked at the middle and was never really able to rise back to the same level of excitement, it's still among the best series out there.
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Worth reading   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by iFot
April 8th, 2007, 1:06am
Well, not bad reading at all. Though I was disappoined by how it ends.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Kinda shameful death for Kira~ I was hoping that he will die with pride etc-etc-etc.
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Good Read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by SuluMakabwe
March 31st, 2007, 5:35pm
Great manga. Chapters take longer to read than most mangas but that is a good thing
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They should have cut it off   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by SyaoranX
March 31st, 2007, 3:03pm
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The idea was pro, the art was just as great. However, they should have cut off the series after the death of L. After that, things just got more compex in a bad sense and was just about finding some way for the strong protagonist to be brought down. In addition, the author attempts to use English a number of times, but fails to use it correctly throughout the manga that is.
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one of the best manga ever !   
Rating: N/A
by ghinzdra
March 14th, 2007, 4:31am
One of the best manga ... ever!
a very simple plot based on the intrusion of a fantastic element in our nowadays world and how it will turn the world upside down : the deathnote . To a certain extent Deathnote is in the wake of some classic like Dorian Gray's picture .
Very strong issues are raised and theme are beautiful depicted : the meaning of justice , the meaning of death like a final event which can never been fixed , the evil contract ,.
Beyond this plot this manga has 2 strong assets :
- a page turner storyline : the treatment is simply brilliant .A hitchcock worth treatment , full of suspense and tense situation.
- symbolic characters , quickly and easily you take your side .
The art is quite good also.
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clever manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by goldenGAZE
March 11th, 2007, 3:49am
im usually into reading typical shoujo romance manga which is why i am sooo suprised that i ended up loving this manga. it is an absolute page turner and the plot is sooo good it seems so realistic and everything.

i would recommend this to everyone even if its not your genre death note is absolutely FAB!!

also the anime is JUST AS good! love the soundtrack

... Last updated on November 18th, 2008, 1:09pm
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Jumped the shark   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Cheesyhoboe
February 24th, 2007, 3:43pm
The first half of the story is easily some of the best manga I've ever read.. it's intriguing, thought provoking, and has a twist at every single turn and will make you think "wow, how did the mangaka come up with this?" It's easily up there with the best of these type of psychological mangas, such as Monster and Eternal Sabbath. However, the second half takes a complete turn for the worse and is put simply, horrible, not to mention the ending, which is incredibly lame (even if it does make sense.) It's a great manga overall, but because of the completely pathetic second half I'm only giving a 8.
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Stop whining about the Near/Mello Arc!   
Rating: N/A
by Super Ska Master
January 25th, 2007, 8:40pm
Okay, this is starting to agrivate me. This is probably one of THE BEST manga series I have ever read. A+++ art, characters, story, etc. Now, some people have said it gets boring during the second arc. I completely disagree. I think the second arc definately is very interesting. Near is kind of a bland character, but Mello keeps things very interesting. I cannot speak for volumes 10-12, because I have only read up to 9, but I definately think what I have read of the Near/mello arc is more interesting than the Yotsuba Arc in volumes 5-6.

Amazing manga. Read it now. Stop complaining, people. The second half is GOOD. It's just not AS good as the first. It's up there though.
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