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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 11 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

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (3274 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 #452 increased(+108)
Monthly Pos #857 decreased(-11)
3 Month Pos #1040 increased(+199)
6 Month Pos #1442 increased(+181)
Year Pos #1579 decreased(-358)

List Stats
On 1492 reading lists
On 768 wish lists
On 7583 completed lists
On 403 unfinished lists
On 545 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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Awesome ^^   
Rating: N/A
by rosieechan
July 9th, 2010, 2:00pm
This is one of my favorite mangas, actually my second favorite. I love the suspense, the main character Light, L, Near, Mello, Matt, Misa...everyone and everything, really! The idea is so original and the story is really interesting. And the ending was quick, but very fitting.

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Even after L's death, I admit that it did start slowing down a little, but things pick up back again, especially near the ending.

So all in all, it's a good read and worth your time.
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Deserves its popularity   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Arianne7
April 4th, 2010, 8:56pm
DN is definitely an awesome series. The characters, premise, art - all are fantastic and draw you in to this fast-paced story right away.

At least at first. After a while, the story starts to drag. I found myself just skimming through the last 15 chapters or so. The dialogue had gotten so muddled and unnecessarily complex that it wasn't even worth reading.

But the beginning was great. Its a well-thought out, intelligent, dark read, and certainly memorable.
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Bright guy isn't so bright.   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by LUEser
January 13th, 2010, 11:45pm
Well, I could honestly say that the author probably didn't have an actual story. He was just making up events AFTER "Light finds a book with the phrase DEATH NOTE written across of it"... None of the events are interesting...
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And what's worse is that it gets EVEN WORSE when the notebook started getting passed around like it's marijuana. I went to Wikipedia and read the part when L dies so I immediately lost interest in it. Seriously, the only thing that kept me reading was L.
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by asrodeia
December 13th, 2009, 2:55pm
It made me think, I'll give it that... and, you really couldn't expect it to end in any other way. After all, after killing so many of the people "in his way", no matter what his ideals, he was just a terrorist.

A story with a similar premise that actually came out earlier is Akumetsu, which i recommend. IMO, it was better.

So. beginning to
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L's death
was good. Then it went downhill when Light, as many of you have already said, became a monster.
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This Manga really deserves its 'Popularity'   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by TheRandomChocolate
August 26th, 2009, 5:52am
What can I say? I had mixed feelings for this series which would often alter as I read on, and still I cannot put it into words. Perhaps 'Wow!' is the best way to describe it.

When I started this series, I thought it was going to seriously suck big time like some story about a Ninja in an orange suit. The first chapter proved me wrong. It was insanely awesome!

The plot was very gripping, kept you at the edge of your seats. It was exciting seeing how L and Light constantly tried to outwit each other.

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However, after Chapter 58 the plot suddenly went downhill. And no, it's because of L's death, though I love him very much. It was more like, Light didn't have the awesome-ness he had at the very beginning. And the plot more or less focused on the investigation of Kira rather than Light himself.

The characters...

Light, more or less represents human's greed and desires. I'm not sure what to think about him, though. Indeed, I got rather pissed off at him in Chapter 58 but I couldn't help not hating him... and yet I disliked him, perhaps of his personality and him being a jerk. I mean, sure he's clever and well... good-looking (not my taste though), but in my eyes, he's just a psyco, traitor and *Coughs*womanizer*Coughs*.

L, however is freakin' awesome. He has this charm which Near and Mellow phails. I can't quite understand why I'm attracted to him since I'm not so fond of 'Clever, Cute, Quiet' goody-goody guys. I guess I love his laid-back attitude and those little habits he has. I also felt extremely touched by the fact that he seems socially awkward.

As I have said Near and Mellow don't have the charm L posesses. Sure they managed to crack the case but honestly, I don't see much character developement though I understand why the author would want to 'develope their personality through action'. I guess it's because Near is a phailed clone of L... and Mellow just phails... =__=

Misa... one of the most annoying girls in the whole of Manga history. 'Nuff said.

As for the ending, I'm fine with it. It was obvious what was going to happen to him, since there was a huge clue on the first chapter. Also Light deserved what he got and... well it was amusing in some ways seeing him begging. Couldn't have ended any better. "^^

I am, however thankful that there were some unexpected turn of events. It must have been very risky for OHBA Tsugumi having to lose fans. Nevertheless, Death Note is manages to remain popular nowadays.

I forgot to mention, a huge thanks to OBATA Takeshi... Absolutely amazing artwork... ;D

... Last updated on August 26th, 2009, 5:57am
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Darker better!   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by Akatsubaki
August 11th, 2009, 5:02am
I would like to share my opinion about this manga....
This is one of best manga ever written.
And I love Obata Takeshi's artwork!
The story is really psycho n dark, and I love it. I also love villain as the main character. And Kira is bishounen too. Way too cool...
It's revolutionary manga.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mono-sama
July 24th, 2009, 6:58am
dont be fooled by the hype. it IS actually pretty good and the story pretty clever. the twists and stuff, you really dont see them coming. HONESTLY! smile
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Death Note   
Rating: N/A
by Kisabell
June 29th, 2009, 9:06pm
Death Note really kept me on edge. It was great to try and figure out all of the things that the main characters were working on. When things seemed like they were to tough to fix, it was amazing to see how Light or L would pull a fast one and fix everything up right then.

It was also great to see the change in characters. In the end, one person is the bad guy, but by the end, you can't help but cheer for him as the good guy.

Really, this is a mind-boggling series. A must read!

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definitely worth reading   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by escape
June 18th, 2009, 2:11pm
I completely agree with most of everyone who posted: death note is one of the best mangas out there! the art is fabulous and the story is real interesting. however, the logic can be mind-numbing at times... but it's still fun reading how they deduce things. the characters are interesting and very smart, but it seems like all the non-main characters are kinda stupid, especially the females. about halfway through, it gets kind of bleh and starts going downhill from there. the logic isnt as smart anymore and it feels like the story's just rushing to an end. regardless, it's still worth completing. the ending's totally inevitable.
all-in-all death note = must read.

... Last updated on June 18th, 2009, 2:12pm
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Like apples?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SapphireOfSlytherin
May 20th, 2009, 5:53pm
I think I can honestly say this is one of the best manga I have ever read. It's incredibly intelligent (up to a point where your brain hurts trying to decipher it all), really gripping, and not to mention...super cool. Light is the most incredible character I have ever come across and I don't care what anyone says....I like him. He's slightly obsessive, but so what? I wouldn't mind having him as the ruler of a new world bigrazz
Read this. You won't regret it! (Though your head might...XD)
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