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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

20 topics, 577 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (3231 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 #569 increased(+110)
Monthly Pos #1011 increased(+55)
3 Month Pos #1354 decreased(-331)
6 Month Pos #1129 decreased(-32)
Year Pos #1112 increased(+126)

List Stats
On 1481 reading lists
On 761 wish lists
On 7483 completed lists
On 400 unfinished lists
On 525 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Netflix Adaptation of Death Note Summer 2017 about 1 year 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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Excellent manga... tadash   
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by barbapapa
March 18th, 2006, 11:00pm

The first 7 volumes are a prime example of some of the best suspense you can find in manga. The battle between L and Light is really the ultimate cat & mouse game where the roles constantly switch. And Obata's artwork is really impressive in this. The only thing I have to say is that, ever since the second arc started; the entire drive was gone. Near & Mello just dont hold a candle to the L we all loved. Characters that feel rushed more than anything else. Like the pressure of writing an alternative series in Shonen Jump got to Tsugumi Ohba and now together with Death Note seems to be burned out. Too bad really, this could have been an all-time favourite. Dont get me wrong its still a great manga; but dont expect it to keep an obscenely high level like it showed in volumes 1-7.
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by piggay
March 14th, 2006, 9:58am
this was so fcking great i love the boobies and the drugs and the Tal Museri
jaja gut
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I love it!   
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by Anonymous
March 9th, 2006, 5:45pm
This is a greaat series.
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by Anonymous
February 2nd, 2006, 1:42am
[edit by mod, SPOILER WARNING. please do not spoil if you can help it!

it was good until L dissapeared then i stopped reading
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Raito = Moriarty / L = Sherlock   
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by SenseiAgot
January 26th, 2006, 9:51am
Deathnote is an unique aproach to the Shounen genre, is so deep! Seriously i would call it Seinen not Shounen, yet is published in Shonen Jump (i can't believe that yet) and lack graffic violence or sex to be a Seinen. The plot is really well constructed, and is never racking. In one chapter the table can turn about 10 times. The first page Raito is dominating the world, the other one L makes a serious comeback and leave our main character at the border os abyss.

This brain war between these two makes me remember Dr Moriarty vs Sherlock Holmes (hey L is from England!), yet the main character is the "bad guy". And this is another great point in Deathnote, we are accostumed to see in all mangas that the Good always overcome the Evil, and the Main Character is the ultimate badass....Ejem... The Main Character in Deathnote is to say the least a twisted good guy, a megalomanic building his own world. But everybody wants Raito to win it all.

Deathnote is on the same level than classics such as Rurouni Kenshin, Berserk, Monster, etc, etc. Is a new type of suspense, an original concept. I miss L a lot, M and N doesn't have the level to beat Kira unless they join forces, even so they put pressure on Raito, and we all know that he is the checkmate king. The more pressure is put on his shoulders the more his genious will come up with the ultimate move. are CRAZY. M better than L? Hell no! It's just that the kid start the game with a lot more information than L. In Deathnote information is all, and the notebook is the ultimate double edged weapon, like a friend said, this book is only less powerfull than the Infinite Gauntlet.

baK4rang3rX8 men, you got some serious issues, if you find thisn boring then you haven't reach the required good taste to love this manga, maybe you would like more Bleach (great action character driven, yet is going totally down in the plot deparment) Of Course Deathnote will get a little bit repetitive form time to time, like someone said, this is a Mouse and Cat fight (who is the mouse and who is the cat?)
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Death Note   
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by Ji
January 15th, 2006, 7:20pm
My Type of Manga and it is Very Very well done.
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by baK4rang3rX8
January 3rd, 2006, 8:50am
as i see it the first like 15-20 chapters was almost great ...
then it just get repetative and a bit boring
and a bit later on in the manga it fails
atleast for me...but i still read it hoping(not gonna happen) for it 2 b g00d again
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by Anonymous
November 15th, 2005, 12:02am
Twistedly Genius :)
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make new world   
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by Faezan
October 18th, 2005, 9:46pm
an amazing manga, you can't take your eyes of it until you finish reading everything you've downloaded (and then you start crying because you don't have more to read haha). It's like a modern version of the cat and mouse chase, featuring Raito owner of the Deathnote (officially named "Light" :S) and "L" who is a misterious teenager detective, these are two of the most clever characters I've seen in any manga. In any case this series, is a "must read", from the same artist of Hikaru no Go, it promises to be equally (or more) good up until the end.Shinigami may not be a unique manga topic, but the way this developed into a type of detective-story with the "bad" guy being the main character was pretty interesting. L vs Raito was very well thought out and executed. The characters go through some development through the manga, though this mostly applies to secondary characters. Raito and L are too busy fighting each other to develop much ^_^.

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Omg! Master minds!!   
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by Rena
October 18th, 2005, 9:16pm
Omfg!!! I just finished readin chpt82....Ahh......this words can describe how amazing it is ^^; *speechless* Gotta rate for 10 <3

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