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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 about 1 month ago
v.1 c.1-7 by Jojo's Colored Adventure 6 months ago
v.1 c.1-3 by Viz 4 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

20 topics, 577 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (3224 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 #424 increased(+192)
Monthly Pos #871 increased(+209)
3 Month Pos #1209 decreased(-186)
6 Month Pos #1086 increased(+56)
Year Pos #1087 increased(+151)

List Stats
On 1477 reading lists
On 759 wish lists
On 7465 completed lists
On 398 unfinished lists
On 525 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Netflix Adaptation of Death Note Summer 2017 11 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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Good at the beginning   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chibura
October 14th, 2006, 4:13pm
I mean it just has a good beginning.

... Last updated on October 14th, 2006, 4:17pm
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Good, Really Good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zeidrich
October 9th, 2006, 10:10am
Awesome plot setting and byplay between characters. While not action-oriented, still interesting for those who like dramas. Good story, not much else. But the story is good, lol...
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the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xfranczeskax
October 8th, 2006, 8:50am
This is the best. I've never read a manga with such an original and interesting story combined with a very great style of drawing. It's one of the most demanding manga series I've read and it proves that there is more than just poor shoujo stuff.
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Death Note   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
August 14th, 2006, 7:01pm
I don't care what people say about the ending. Overall this manga was great!
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Definitely One of the Better Series   
Rating: N/A
by Obscure Omen
July 17th, 2006, 1:37pm
[edit by mod: SPOILERS AHEAD]

Because of its realistic and detailed art paired with a suspenseful and intriguing plot, this manga series is definitely one of the best. Even though some people found it lacking after a few of the manga, I think that it was necessary- what fun would it be if it ended quickly? Considering the intellects of both Light and L, it would be impossible to keep L unaware of Light's status as Kira. You can tell where his death was prolonged in the fifth volume, since Light and Misa both lost their memories at that point, helping L figure out who the new Kira was. Even though some fans also might've found the economic/business focus at this point annoying or boring, it was very important to set higher stakes for everyone, since neither Light nor L had the ability to manipulate anything in that time. It also set the scene for what everyone seems to have hated- the death of L. Personally, I thought that would be the end of the series; however, Ohba seemed to have had other plans. The orphanage twist was definitely a surprise, and, even though I found it in bad taste to introduce a character so similar to L (Near). However, I don't think he was a bad character in particular; I think that people saw him as such because of his similarities to L. Mello also set an interesting twist- someone who was supposed to be on the "good" side, trying to stop Kira, who also wanted to get rid of Near. Despite the whole "rivals" concept is a bit overdone at times in manga, it was very interesting to compare the two geniuses, since normal rivalries involve two people who are in no way alike. One example would be pitting a genius and someone who had to work for everything. However, these two were both geniuses going after a similar goal in their own ways because of the differences in moralities. And the introduction of yet another Kira increased the stakes for both sides. As it had in the beginning of the series, events eventually caused Light and Near to face each other... At what I would call the most suspenseful part of the manga, for obvious reasons. However, the actual "end" of the series did cause me slight disappointment, since it all ended so abruptly. Even so, it was a bit obvious since the beginning that it would end in such a way, or at least that it would end similarly, because, if it didn't, it would be difficult for the series to ever end. But, I did like the way the last chapter ended, since it helped to seem it all less abrupt, in a way.

Sorry for any spoilers, and for the length of the comment... I oftentimes have issues controlling my rants.
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From riveting to boring   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
July 16th, 2006, 11:54pm
[edit by mod: spoilers ahead]

The first half of Death Note was extremely exciting and full of expense, but why kill off L? I tried reading the next few chapters after L's death, but I just realized just how boring it has become. I mean, it's been 6 years and no one suspects the change in "L's" behavior and everyone within the investigation team is too stupid to see that Kira is heading their team. After chapter 59, the suspense and compelling plot sharply dwindles to something of a half-dead wannabe thriller. Extremely disappointing. I can't even finish reading it...
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Good one   
Rating: N/A
by Bettum
July 5th, 2006, 7:40pm
[edit by mod,SPOILER WARNING!!]

I know why people complaine about the 2nd part of this manga. It isn't any bader, it's just that L had many fans, and they got pissed when he died. I think ohba did a great job getting DN on track after the L's death. The only thing to it is that N's and M's role in the story was alredy decided. Everyone knew what to expect, considering raitos role was locked too (to avoid a too brief ending). That wasn't the case with L. Thats why (imo), the part with L, may seem better, and more exciting. However, with N and M, it was just as much "battling", and outsmarting as there was with L.

The ending on the other hand may seem a bit sudden. But the last chapter was great imo.
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Rating: N/A
by Kai
June 29th, 2006, 4:23pm
I loved this manga when i started reading it. I wasent really pleased with the ending even though it made sense in a way.
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 10th, 2006, 4:19pm
I've been following this manga, and it seems to have ended few weeks ago, too bad, I really liked this manga. I give an excellent 10 for plot/mystery/dark evil genius type of manga.
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im japanese   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
May 25th, 2006, 2:49am
jump is very populler weekly manga in japan.especialy death note is populler much better than another story.Unfortunately,  it was end. last you know this news??
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