For those who have never heard of Death Note, know that it is one of the most popular anime in the world. And if you don’t know it yet, I can assume that you are entering the world of anime and manga in a short time.
Remembering that it will contain spooky and heavy spoilers in this text. But as I always say, spoilers can be good or bad depending on the point of view. But even so, I don’t recommend getting all the spoilers here. Anyway, let’s get to it. To help prevent spoilers we will leave a summary below:
Death note - Technical Information
Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. It was first published in Shueisha's manga magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump, from December 2003 to May 2006. The 108 chapters were published in 12 tankōbon volumes between April 2004 and July 2006.
It won an anime adaptation in Japan on October 3, 2006 and consisted of 37 episodes. The anime was developed by Madhouse and directed by Tetsuro Araki. A novel based on the series, written by Nisio Isin, was also released in 2006. In addition, video games were published by Konami for the Nintendo DS.
In addition, it won an adaptation in three live-action films released in Japan on June 17, 2006, November 3, 2006 and February 2, 2008. Another adaptation in a television drama in 2015.
A miniseries entitled Death Note: New Generation and a fourth film were released in 2016. And more recently, an American film adaptation, which was released on Netflix, on August 25, 2017. The media is licensed and released in North America by Viz Media, with the exception of video games and soundtracks.
Death Note History and Synopsis
A shinigami, a god of death, can kill anyone. This is as long as they see the victim's face and write the victim's name in a notebook called the Death Note. One day, Ryuki, bored with his shinigami routine, becomes interested in humans. So he wonders, how would a human use a Death Note.
So the high school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles over the Death Note that was dropped by Ryuki. And since he deplores the state of the world, he decides to test the deadly notebook. To do this, write the name of a criminal on it.
When the criminal dies after his experiment, Light is very surprised and quickly recognizes the power that has fallen into his hands. With this divine power, Light decides to cleanse this world of criminals to build a new world. And in this world he would be worshiped by people as a god.
However, the police quickly discover that a serial killer is killing criminals and go looking for the culprit. For that, Japanese investigators are helped by the best detective in the world. An eccentric man known only by the name of L.
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After verifying that the notebook works, it ends up killing countless dangerous criminals. Soon, Light is visited by Ryuki, the Shinigami, former owner of the Death Note. Ryuki, has fun with Light's vision and serves as Light's companion.
And as the murders take place, the global media calls the mysterious figure responsible for the murders “Kira”. After deducing that Kira is in Japan, L stages a TV broadcast and deceives Light by revealing that he is in the Kanto region of Japan.
Thus, Light promises to eliminate L. L deduces that Kira has internal knowledge of the Japanese police investigation, led by Soichiro Yagami, Light's father. Soon the FBI sends agents to monitor the families of those involved in the investigation, but Light kills them all.
However, L gathers enough tips to put Light as the main suspect. At that time, Light graduated from high school and went to college. L recruits Light to assist in the investigations, both trying to get the other to reveal crucial information.
At the same time, a famous model and actress named Misa Amane gets a second Death Note from Rem, another Shinigami. Misa makes a deal with Rem, trading half of her life for the eyes of Shinigami, who allows her to kill knowing only the face.
Misa discovers Light's identity as the original Kira. Charmed by Light, she demands that he be her boyfriend. Thus, Light agrees, intending to use Misa's Shinigami eyes. However, L deduces that Misa is the likely second Kira and stops her. Rem threatens to kill Light if he doesn't find a way to save Misa.
Light sets up a plan in which he and Misa temporarily lose their memories of the Death note, and Rem passes the notebook to another individual, Kyosuke Higuchi of the Yotsuba Group.
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Now unaware of the Death Note, Light faithfully joins the investigation. Together, Light and L discover Higuchi's identity, arrest him and discover the existence of Death Notes and Shinigami.
When they play the Death Note, Light and Misa recover their memories. Soon, Light kills Higuchi, and regains ownership of the book. However, L suspects Misa, forcing Rem to murder L in order to save her. Rem also dies, as Shinigami is prohibited from protecting human individuals.
Four years later, two smart young men, raised as potential successors to L, are revealed: Near and Mello. Both are aware that L died and consider Light, the current L, one of the main suspects.
Mello, with the assistance of the mafia, kidnaps Light's sister. This results in the death of Light's father during the rescue mission. As suspicion begins to fall again on Misa, Light passes Misa's Death Note to a fervent Kira defender, Teru Mikami.
He also appointed a well-known presenter, Kiyomi Takada, as Kira's public spokesman. Realizing that Takada is connected to Kira, Mello kidnaps him. Takada kills Mello with the Death Note, but is killed by Light in order to dispel suspicion.
Shortly after, Near deducts Mikami's connection to Kira and arranges a meeting between Light and the current members of Task Force Kira. Light takes the chance to have Mikami kill Near and all members of the task force. However, Mikami's Death Note does not work.
It is revealed that Near replaced Mikami's Death Note with a decoy. Examining the names Mikami wrote, only Light's was missing, which proves Light as Kira. A riot breaks out during which the Light is seriously injured. Ryuki then writes Light in his notebook.
Death Note facts
Below we will list some interesting curiosities about Death Note:
- Interestingly the manga has 108 chapters, which makes reference to the 108 chimes of sins and worldly desires that happen in Japan's new year. Is it a coincidence?
- People have already been arrested or lost their jobs because of a Death Note. Some students, police officers and other high-ranking employees had problems just because they were found with a copy of the notebook with their colleagues' names written on it;
- In the pilot chapter, there is an eraser called the Death Eraser to erase the names of people written in the notebook to revive them;
- The name of the Yagami in reverse can be I'm a Gay in English. The reason for ignoring Misa so much is explained;
- The time to describe the details of death (6:40) makes biblical reference to the sixth day of creation and the 40 days and years of the flood and the wilderness;
- Originally Shinigamis would be attractive, sexy, something typical of countless recent anime;
- Originally Mello and Near were supposed to be L's children;
Are there any possibilities for continuation?
The Death Note manga and anime has already ended completely and with an ending. Despite this, the films that have been released in Japan feature a somewhat stupid continuation showing Kira's successors in the Japanese films and series Death Note New Generation and Death Note Shining a New World.
They are just television works with the aim of extracting more money from the original existing work. Author Tsugumi Ohba, who is probably a pseudonym, has already dropped the work to focus on other successful works such as Bakuman and Platinum End, which has an interesting mix of angels and a story similar to Mirai Nikki.
Death Note's work is very famous, so it is possible that someone will try to do another remake, reboot, continuation, spin off or any other adaptation and animation related to Death Note in the coming years. So we cannot rule out any possibility of adaptation for this great work.
Death Note Objects and Manga
Anyway, as the work was completed a long time ago, they are found at an affordable price. Their manga are all sold on Amazon and even have the complete kit. I advise this work. After all, it's a classic for some reason.
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What do you think of Death Note?
And I have nothing to complain about this work. It breaks many clichés and the plot is very well developed. I didn't particularly notice mistakes in the story. But a very good point was the extremely bewildering ending.
I believe that a lot of people know, but it is always good to give information to the less informed and curious. And if you have any questions, suggestions, criticisms or extra information, just leave your comment. In addition, thank you for reading this article so far.