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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
Bilježnica smrti
Cuaderno de la Muerte
Death Note - A halállista
Death Note – Zápisník smrti
Desu Nôto
Quyển Sổ Thiên Mệnh
Ölüm Defteri
Тетрадь смерти
مذكرة الموت
데스 노트

Groups Scanlating
Aku Tenshi
Franky House

Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.8 by Jojo's Colored Adventure 12 months ago
v.1 c.1-7 by Jojo's Colored Adventure about 1 year ago
v.1 c.1-3 by Viz about 1 year 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 (3280 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 #477 increased(+80)
Monthly Pos #860 increased(+172)
3 Month Pos #1234 increased(+5)
6 Month Pos #1293 increased(+161)
Year Pos #1574 decreased(-353)

List Stats
On 1490 reading lists
On 771 wish lists
On 7593 completed lists
On 402 unfinished lists
On 547 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 3 years ago
Death Note Manga Gets Live-Action TV Drama over 3 years ago
Light or L:who do u like better? over 6 years ago

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Good but the ending sucks   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kiron216
April 25th, 2011, 1:53am
Anyone who thinks that you can change the world without sacrifice is an idiot. I keep hearing things like L was awesome and Light was evil and yet as we speak there are illicit dealings going on such as a secret weapons program in the fukushima reactor which prevented a timely response and worsened the disaster as well as a coverup of the corrupt nature of the industry in general.

Right now one of the two major parties in the United States is advocating cutting 4 trillion dollars from medicare and medicaid to pay for yet more tax cuts for the rich and the ignorant plebians who support them are gobbling up their oversimplified reasoning. In general corporate america is sucking the nation dry and warmongering abroad and yet we have a justice system that not only allows them to get away with unforgivable atrocities but actually rewards them for it.

Looking at a justice system like this do you think that it is possible to judge the moral righteousness of a person using this system as a standard? I don't and yet that is exactly what L does. He pursues the case because of misguided idealism and self interest (he took on the case because he was interested in the case). The police and L make me sick. They just did what was best for themselves all along.

Other than that it was good. The ending was so horrible that im lowering it from a 9 to a 7. It was seriously that bad.
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It's amazing.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by strawberriez880
April 18th, 2011, 10:41pm
Well, I'm going to ignore some of the comments here that say DN is unnecessarily complex or emo or whatever. Death Note is one of the best shounen manga I've ever read. I even bought the box set for it (truth be told, I only buy manga that I really, REALLY like).

Why is it so good, then? (If you don't agree, fair enough. These are my opinion.)

1) The main characters are very intelligent and their ways of executing their plans are amazingly neat.
2) Storyline is consistent.
3) Supernatural plays a big role in this, yet it doesn't completely take over and makes everything magical. (Does that even make sense? o.O)
4) The ending is perfect (I'm talking about the manga, not the anime). Enough said.


1) Minor characters are too stupid and one dimensional.
2) Intelligent characters are killed too easily by Light (SPOILER example: Naomi).
3) The story drags on for a little bit after a certain character's death, but it picks up the pace quickly enough that I didn't lose interest.

Art style: I love the art. The characters body and facial features are very proportional. You can easily tell the character's age by looking at them (in some manga, especially shoujo, everyone looks the same, even if they're supposed to be mature/old). You can even tell their race by their facial features, which I think is remarkable. Also, as far as I noticed, there are no two characters that share the same style of eyes (besides Mello and Near, I think).

Anyway, enough of me rambling.

If anyone is looking for a good manga with a dark, intriguing story with awesome (for the lack of a better word bigrazz ) main characters, Death Note is the way to go.

... Last updated on April 18th, 2011, 10:44pm
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Ohba Tsugumi's serious problem   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Kamugin
April 1st, 2011, 4:31pm
I've devoured this manga and, to say the truth, I found it very good initially. But after I calmed down my enthusiasm, I started to acknowledge its many flaws. Besides Light and L (and L sucessors) everyone else are very stupid characters, mainly the women. Even the most intelligent ones are nothing but toys in the hand of Yagami Light. The ex FBI female agent (killed very easily when I was expecting she would have a main role to disclose and arrest Kira) and the Light's university ex colleague (later his lover and Kira supporter). Useless to mention Misa, Light's play thing, and the most stupid character in the whole manga. Now I think the author, Ohba Tsugumi, must have a personal grudge against all women. Perhaps his mother was bad to him, or he was rejected by every girl he confessed to, or his school female colleagues bullied him or everything of that at the same time.

... Last updated on April 1st, 2011, 4:55pm
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Loved it   
Rating: N/A
by iheartramen
March 20th, 2011, 1:03pm
I read this quite a long time ago (a couple years) but I still remember how much I loved it. I'm not really into shounen manga, however this manga kept me hooked. I especially like how it attacks one of the biggest and most common philosophical questions around. I recommend this manga to everyone!
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worst manga   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by onixspace
February 27th, 2011, 7:56pm
I would have to say the manga is better than the anime, way better, but the manga is also a pile of shit, it shouldn't even be read, it's emo, boring, and the same plot over and over, I'd really recommend that any body willing to save their brain to stay away from this manga, especially the anime, glad i could help u poor souls
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Better than I expected!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by samanthaknd
December 19th, 2010, 4:33pm
Not being a fan of shounen, my brother gradually persuaded me to watch the anime (after telling him time n time again its not my thing, but he is never one to listen to anything i say) liked it that much I just had to get a hold of his manga version of it too, Really enjoyed this series and all the twists it had to offer, As a female I highly reccomened this to just about anyone who's into a good read!!
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Murder of Rodger Ackroyd meets Supernatural Manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by booknik
November 18th, 2010, 10:48am
I've heard some people say the completely hate the main character, oddly though I actually root for him. True he's twisted, but there's something that even his battle with L/N never destroys.
Yeah you know the end was coming, but I'm left with a question
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Does Light ever truly go insane or did N finally out play him? There's the missing page to account for. Also I can't say that N completely won and Light lost. The legacy of Kira still stands in the end as well as the question of Light's ideals.
There's a lot contained in the end of this series, as well as many loose ends. It stays with you after you finish.

... Last updated on March 7th, 2011, 11:35am
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by PepperPia
November 10th, 2010, 11:29am
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I like the amount of thought that goes on at the beginning, but i find it's all abit too good. I though the characters were well developed and I really liked L, but after he died it wasn't quite as good....
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Scream if you love manipulative bastards!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
October 5th, 2010, 12:03am
I love this manga.
It was the first one that I ever read, (on a recommendation, an offhand comment, and a whim) and I was very quickly dragged so far into the story that it took me a full year to regain a sense of normality.
I love everything about it... I love the otherworldliness of the story and the reality of it, the megalomania and the mind games, the manipulative bastards... Even the fandom, between the argumentative bastards (...sorry?) who understood the story and the sqee-ing fanbrats (also sorry) who reinforce that understanding, makes me love the manga more.
The only negative thing I have to say is about the spinoff novel. It was poorly thought-out, to say the least.
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Rating: N/A
by Crazyee.
September 7th, 2010, 1:12pm
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at first when L died, i lost my interest and i couldnt bring myself to read it again but after being so bored i picked it up.. it didnt gimme the same hyped up feeling when i first read it.. since you know L was gone. but, i actually got entertained and loved the smart plots and all those.

one of those mangas that are long that are definitely worth reading.

... Last updated on October 21st, 2010, 11:19am
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