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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 3 months ago
v.1 c.1-7 by Jojo's Colored Adventure 7 months ago
v.1 c.1-3 by Viz 5 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 (3229 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.68 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 20th 2017, 10:49am PST



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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (13 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #580 increased(+91)
Monthly Pos #1066 decreased(-61)
3 Month Pos #1337 decreased(-314)
6 Month Pos #1106 decreased(-9)
Year Pos #1103 increased(+135)

List Stats
On 1481 reading lists
On 761 wish lists
On 7477 completed lists
On 399 unfinished lists
On 525 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Netflix Adaptation of Death Note Summer 2017 12 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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xShrimp
January 18th, 2007, 9:33pm
Keeps you on the edge! Very smart story. Lots of reading, but good.
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Death Note   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by lani_b2
December 28th, 2006, 6:59pm
I seem to agree that this manga was good until it hit a certain point and then my will to read it just dropped off. I plan to finish it one day but I just cannot say when that will be.
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death note is amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kriffix
December 21st, 2006, 7:15am
My favourite manga
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Very intriguing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by anime_lover122488
December 13th, 2006, 8:53pm
The storyline is a page turner. It is one of the best storyline out there and will have you keep reading until you are done with the manga. The plot is intense and it'd leave you mindblowing at the thought process of the mangaka. The battle of wits were so well done that its more action packed than any action manga out there. But, as many pointed out, the manga looses its appeal at that 'certain' point. If it wasn't so, this manga would easily one of the best one out there. (it still is one of the best, though)

... Last updated on February 13th, 2007, 8:26am
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by sweets4sab
December 10th, 2006, 12:10pm
I loved death note and was extremely addicted until (you all know what) happened. I find that the rest just became really boring. I couldn't will my self to read it anymore. don't get me wrong I read a bunch of chapters after this incident but it just wasn't the same and it became really boring and pointless.
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worst manga i have ever read   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by crow_kun
December 7th, 2006, 11:46pm
i hated this manga i can not see why it is so popular. at first i liked the concept but the thing i hated was the main character his attitude was one of the things that turned me away from this manga. if you like it more power to you but i for one hate it.
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Death Note   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Shily
December 5th, 2006, 7:36pm
"Death Note" is WAYYY better than any detective series out there (although it's not one). The battle between Raito & L is truly captivating, but too bad that it kind of went downhill later on. Somehow, I lost my interest after reading chapter 56 (or around that) because, well, you-know-what. Nevertheless, it's still strongly recommended if you wanna see REAL battle between REAL geniuses. ^o^

Don't know what to say about the art. It's so different from "Hikaru no Go": much more mature, realistic, and, of course, gorgeous.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Akuki
October 29th, 2006, 8:37pm
Try this series it has wonderful artwork and a great plot
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by lilchoconut
October 28th, 2006, 1:49pm
The art is cool, the concept is original and the story on a whole was great.. really great

some parts were dragged on a bit so if you're reading in a rush it'll seem slow but its really very interesting

ending is abrupt, but in a way thats the beauty of it... though i wish there was an epilogue
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awesome beginning   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by toranekochan
October 26th, 2006, 10:31am
Yes, I'm going to be one of those people who say "it was really good until [edit by mod,please do not spoil...], and then it goes downhill." Well, actually, the second half wasnt that bad. I was just discouraged to continue reading after the event. But the beginning; wow. It's so different... The main character's an anti-hero, and you have the "good guys" (L and the police) after him. Certainitly gets points for originality. At least try the first part of the manga.
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