Tsugumi Ohba’s Death Note is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The plot revolves around Light Yagami, a teen genius who stumbles upon a mysterious notebook: the “Death Note,” which belonged to the Shinigami Ryuk and grants the user the supernatural ability to kill anyone whose name is written in its pages.
The series follows Light’s subsequent attempts to use the Death Note to carry out a worldwide massacre of individuals he considers immoral in order to create a crime-free society under the alias of a god-like vigilante named “Kira,” and the subsequent efforts of an elite Japanese police task force led by enigmatic detective L to apprehend him. From December 2003 to May 2006, Death Note appeared in Shueisha’s manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Its 108 chapters were divided into 12 tankobon volumes.
Death Note Anime Synopsis
As a god of death, a shinigami can kill anyone if they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook known as a Death Note. Ryuk, bored with the shinigami lifestyle and curious about how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm one day. Light Yagami, a high school student and prodigy, discovers the Death Note and, disgusted by the state of the world, puts the lethal notebook to the test by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately after experimenting with the Death Note, Light is taken aback and quickly realises the magnitude of the power that has fallen into his hands.
With this divine power, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to create a new world free of crime, where people worship him as a god. Police, on the other hand, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, as a result, attempt to apprehend the perpetrator. To accomplish this, the Japanese investigators enlist the help of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man only known as L.
Death Note Anime Info
- IMDB Ratings – 9/10
- Genres – Mystery, Police, Thriller, Psychological, Supernatural, Shounen
- Season – 1
- Episodes – 37
- Movies – 2
- Status – Finished Airing
- Aired – Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007
- Premiered – Fall 2006
- Duration – 23 min. per episode
- Rating – R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Death Note Anime Characters
The main character of the Death Note series is Light Yagami. He decides to use the Death Note to rid the world of criminals after discovering it. People in Japan eventually label his murders as the work of “Kira.”
L Lawliet, also known simply as L, is the world’s greatest detective and one of Death Note’s main antagonists. He accepts the task of tracking down and apprehending Kira. He only wears shoes in public and takes them off as soon as he sits. People question his position as L because of his dishevelled appearance and constant playing with his food, which is usually candy or fruit. He lives alone, and only his manager Watari has direct access to him. L suspects Light is Kira almost from the start, but due to his death, he is unable to confirm his suspicions (despite the fact that they are correct).
Ryuk is a bored Shinigami who drops a Death Note, a notebook that allows the person who possesses it to kill anyone simply by knowing their name and face, into the human world for fun. It is taken up by Light Yagami, a young genius who intends to use it to create and rule a world “free of evil” as “God.”
Misa Amane is a popular Japanese idol known for her Gothic-style clothing, hyperactive personality, and devotion to Light, whom she falls in love with after he murders her parents’ murderer. She has Shinigami Eyes as a Death Note owner and the second Kira, which allow her to see nearly everyone’s name and lifespan. She, however, is unable to see the lifespans of Death Note owners. As part of her idol career, she does a variety of jobs such as acting, singing, and modelling.
Near, real name Nate River, is the young detective who takes over for L by default. He is the leader of the SPK, an organisation formed to apprehend Kira (Special Provision for Kira). He has white hair and wears pale clothes, and he has a placid demeanour with a sharp tongue. He is constantly playing with toys, constructing towers of dice and playing cards and illustrating his points with small finger puppets and Lego minifigures. He can be seen completing blank puzzles, emphasising his problem-solving abilities. He was the one who was successful in identifying and capturing Light as Kira.
Near makes an appearance in L: Change the World, a spin-off film about L’s final 23 days before his death in Death Note 2: The Last Name. Unlike in the manga, Near was a Thai boy who lived in a village in Thailand’s rural areas. He was also demonstrated to be gifted in mathematics. At the start of the film, the village Near lives in is struck and destroyed by a virus that infects all of the villagers except Near, who is the only villager who does not become infected. Before his death, F, an associate of L and Watari, had discovered the boy and brought him to safety. Given that there was no mention of Near’s family or parents, it is possible that they died due to the virus or from other causes prior to the film, effectively making Near an orphan.
Near, who was unnamed throughout the film, wandered around for days before reaching a market where he used a phone to contact L and was taken to Japan. Various tests revealed that he was not infected, and he was later brought to L’s headquarters. Near only spoke Thai and English throughout the film; otherwise, he is an introverted character who rarely speaks. In addition, unlike his manga counterpart, he did not use finger puppets or any other habits; his hair was black in the film rather than white.
Near joined L and a 10-year-old schoolgirl, Maki Nikaido, in their escape from a terrorist group responsible for the virus that killed Near’s fellow villagers and friends back in Thailand. Throughout their escape, he formed bonds with both Maki and L. Near was crucial in the process of developing the antidote because he was the one who solved a mathematical question left behind by Maki’s father, and the answer turned out to be a crucial clue in developing the antidote. His supposed immunity to the virus also aided the antidote-making process by donating blood, resulting in a positive outcome. Near’s actions indirectly saved all of the plane passengers infected by the virus in the film’s climax, as well as Maki. L brought the boy to the orphanage where he grew up in the final scenes of the film, where he gave him a robot and named him “Near.” It would be the last time Near saw L alive before she died. It is unknown how Near reacts to L’s death or what happens to him, as he does not appear in any of the subsequent sequels to the live-action Death Note Japanese film series.
Tsugumi Ohba, the author of Death Note, stated that he introduced Near and Mello together because L could not defeat Kira alone. Ohba believed that introducing one character at a time would result in a “repeat” of the conflict between Light and L, so he preferred a storey involving three combatants fighting each other.
Mello, whose real name is Mihael Keehl, grows up competing with Near for the position of L’s successor. However, after L’s death, he relinquishes the position to Near and departs to pursue Kira through criminal means, eventually joining the American Mafia. His obsession with outdoing Near is the driving force behind many of his actions. He has blond hair, wears expensive clothes, and is rarely seen without a chocolate bar.
Teru Mikami is a criminal prosecutor, a Kira fanatic, and the fourth Kira. When Light requires a new Kira proxy to conceal his identity, Mikami is chosen solely on the basis of his intuition. Mikami has had a strong sense of justice since childhood, but his views have become distorted as a result of years of bullying and trauma. Mikami wishes to punish those he considers evil (which, much to Light’s chagrin, includes unproductive people and reformed criminals), and he worships Kira as a god. Mikami mutters the word “delete” repeatedly to himself while writing in the Death Note, which Tsugumi Ohba felt made him more interesting.
Mikami was introduced into the story to replace Misa as Kira. Ohba created Mikami’s backstory after struggling to create Mikami in order to establish Mikami and Light as “equals” and Mikami as “special in some way.” Mikami is the only character who has a chapter dedicated to his past, and Ohba was hesitant to create the flashback because he dislikes making them. Though he rarely mentioned “Kira worshippers,” he decided to pay special attention to Mikami’s first appearance.
He wanted to have Mikami be both smart and dangerous, and have a hatred for societal evil, which he transferred into Mikami’s role as a prosecutor. He wanted it to be clear that Mikami was evil, but, at the same time, he did not want to focus on the aspects of right and wrong. Ohba’s second favorite human character in the series was Mikami as Ohba believed that Mikami was the second “strongest” character in the series “besides Light.”
Mikami is apprehended by Near’s team at the Yellow Box warehouse at the end of the series. In the manga, Mikami dies in prison after going insane, but in the anime, he commits suicide by stabbing himself with his pen. Matsuda believes Near wrote the Death Note in order to manipulate and limit Mikami’s actions. Ohba stated that it is up to the readers to decide whether his theory is correct.
He decides to auction off the Death Note instead of using it as the new owner of the Death Note and the main protagonist of Death Note: Special One Shot. Having Ryuk go out to send his instructions to Sakura TV, he creates a hashtag to auction off the Death Note, eventually leading to world governments bidding on the Death Note, eventually leading to the United States bidding $10,000,000,000,000 for it, while various law enforcement agencies are out to catch Minoru, whom Near refers to as “A-Kira.” During that time, however, the Shinigami King is enraged by the idea of the Note itself being for sale, and he introduces a new rule to the Note. After the Note is paid for by depositing the money equally into the savings accounts of all Japanese people aged 60 and under, the new rule is revealed: anyone involved in the buying or selling of the Death Note will be killed upon completion of the transaction. The US President baulks at this and secretly refuses to take ownership of the note (though he mentions publicly bluffing about having it), and Minoru dies shortly after attempting to cash out his payment.
Kira Investigation Team
Light’s father is Soichiro Yagami, the detective superintendent of Japan’s National Police Agency. He initially leads the Kira investigation team, which eventually joins forces with L. When L suspects Light of being Kira, Soichiro refuses to believe his son is capable of such a thing. Following L’s death, he is assigned to retrieve the Death Note stolen by Mello by obtaining Shinigami Eyes and infiltrating Mello’s hideout, despite Light’s intention to fill the role with Matsuda. He retrieves the note and discovers Mello’s true identity, but is unable to kill him and is fatally wounded. Because Light has surrendered his Death Note, revealing his lifespan above his head, Soichiro dies convinced that Light is not Kira.
In the film series, Soichiro, played by Takeshi Kaga, survives, discovering that Light is Kira and holding him as he dies, but chooses to keep this information hidden from his family. In the live-action drama, Soichiro is played by Yutaka Matsushige, who is very different from his other counterparts. Although his strong sense of justice and love for his family remain much the same, he is a widower, and Light feels some resentment towards him for choosing to interrogate murderer Kurou Otoharada over going to his wife’s bedside when she died, as well as his repeated absence in his son’s life in the aftermath of that event.
Touta Matsuda is the Kira investigation team’s youngest member. Taro Matsui is his alias. Matsuda has the same drive as the other members of the team, but his lack of experience sometimes makes the investigation more difficult. He is described as a “typical young man” who is “easy to get along with” and “very excited about trends and gossip;” he frequently listens in on Light’s intimate conversations with Misa and later Takada for the sake of gossip rather than investigation. As Hideki Ide observes at the end of the series, he grows quite fond of Light. When it comes to Misa, Matsuda frequently demonstrates that he is a huge fan of hers, becoming quite upset when his death is faked and he can no longer work as her’manager.’ Matsuda appears to have an inferiority complex regarding his detective abilities, and many of his coworkers are irritated by his behaviour. Matsuda’s “risky moves” put him in danger at times, but his “quick thinking” also helps the investigation, as evidenced by his actions in the Yotsuba case, which led to Higuchi’s detention.
Shuichi Aizawa is a Kira investigation team member who leaves the team under the guise of needing to support his family after the Japanese police cut their funding (it is only after he leaves that it is revealed that L would have supported them had he stayed). To protect his identity, Aizawa goes by the alias Aihara. Aizawa reappears after L’s death, and is one of the first to suspect Light of being Kira (despite continuing to act compassionately towards Light until he is cornered and goes insane), and contributes to his eventual defeat.
Following that, he is appointed as the team’s leader. Ohba chose Aizawa as the NPA’s chief because he did not want to introduce a new character in the final chapter and because he believes Aizawa is the best candidate due to his connections to the police and Near. On May 11, 1969, he was born. Tatsuhito Okuda plays him in the film. Tomohisa Yuge plays him in the drama series. In the 2015 production, Makoto Okada played Aizawa, and Kosuke Sugaya played him in the 2017 production.
Death Note Anime Episodes
Aired: Oct 4, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Oct 11, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Oct 18, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Oct 25, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Nov 1, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Nov 8, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Nov 15, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Nov 22, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Nov 29, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Dec 6, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Dec 13, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Dec 27, 2006 (JST)
Aired: Jan 10, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Jan 17, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Jan 24, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Jan 31, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Feb 7, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Feb 14, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Feb 21, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Feb 28, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Mar 7, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Mar 14, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Mar 21, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Mar 28, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Apr 4, 2007 (JST)
Aired: Apr 11, 2007 (JST)
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People also ask
Why is Death Note so popular?
There are several reasons why Death Note is so well-received and popular. When compared to mainstream shonen anime like One Piece or Naruto, the series is significantly darker. The central theme of the show is ‘justice’ and appropriate punishment for the crime.
Is Death Note really that good?
If Death Note achieves anything, it is the creation of the most interesting and intriguing character in all of anime. Feb 25, 2019 | 9/10 | Full Review… A well-paced thriller with remarkable characters, thought-provoking themes, lots of unexpected twists, and fascinating battles of wit.
Will Death Note have a season 2?
Season 2 of ‘Death Note’ has yet to be confirmed. Light decides to use the ‘Death Note’ to rid the world of evil by killing one criminal after another. ‘Death Note: Special One Shot,’ a new possible source material for season 2, sees Ryuk return to the human world.
Is Death Note evil?
Even those who are unfamiliar with anime are aware that Light Yagami, the main protagonist of Death Note, is not a typical villain. At times, he ruthlessly eliminates his enemies and appears to be one of the most heinous villains.
When did Death Note end?
27 June 2007
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