- Starring: Kappei Yamaguchi, Mamoru Miyano, Shidou Nakamura
"The human whose name is written in this note[book] shall die."
These are the first words read in the Death Note by Light Yagami, a straight-A student who develops a god complex when he finds a notebook, dropped by shinigami Ryuk, that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written down in it. However, matters get out of hand when the Japanese Police Force tries to solve the case of the mysterious upsurge in criminal deaths alongside master detective L.
It's a battle of wits in this anime based on the popular manga by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.
- "the WORLD" by Nightmare (episodes 1-19)
- "What's up, People?!" by Maximum the Hormone (マキシマムザホルモン) (episodes 20-37)
- "Alumina" (アルミナ, Arumina) by Nightmare (episodes 1-19)
- "Despair Billy" (絶望ビリー, Zetsubō Birī) by Maximum the Hormone (マキシマムザホルモン) (episodes 20-36)
Airings Outside of Japan:
US Airing: Cartoon Network (Adult Swim)
- Sundays @ 12:00 AM (10/21/07-12/23/07; episodes 1-10)
- Saturdays @ 11:30 PM (1/5/08-2/2/08; episodes 11-15)
- Sundays @ 12:30 AM (2/10/08-3/30/08; episodes 16-23)
- Sundays @ 1:00 AM (4/6/08-4/27/08; episodes 24-27)
- Sundays @ 12:30 AM (5/4/08-7/6/08; episodes 28-end)
Canada Airing: YTV (Bionix)
- Fridays @ 10:00 PM (10/26/07-7/4/08; episodes 1-end)… Expand
- Genre(s): Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Suspense
- Show Type: Ended
- Season 1 premiere date: Oct 3, 2006
- Episode Length: 30
- Air Time: 12:55 AM
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Sep 9, 2010Death Note is, simply put, the best anime I've ever seen. The premise is fascinating, the plot is fantastic, and the characters are complex and well-developed. Watching the visionary villain protagonist Light Yagami and the mysterious and brilliant detective L's battle of wits is ten times more exhilarating than the standard actions scenes that pack entertainment today. The cat and mouse games they play are so well executed that the show becomes completely addictive very quickly. I recommend this over virtually any other anime, or western television show for that matter, with all my heart.… Expand
Jun 6, 2011Amidst all of the reasons one might be pushed away from Japanese anime; like redundant writing, predictable characters, and silly and sometimes unwarranted "comedic skits," Death Note stands as one of the more refined. There are arguably more intellectual dialogues, let alone monologues, in one episode on Death Note than there are in most whole seasons of other modern Anime, and most of them are as exhilarating, if not more so, than the best action scenes. Most other anime characters fight with brawn; the characters in Death Note fight with brains. The art direction is superb, and the plot is astoundingly original. Starting with a simple concept, the story direction is flipped up and around in so many different situations it makes other anime feel dull and one dimensional. The main character is so incredibly witty and talented that a single sentence spoken by him will leave you thinking for hours, while his leaning avidity for danger and ability to act calmly in the most twisted and ironic situations will have your jaw on the floor. If you are a fan of great story telling, not just anime, this is a must-see. If you have been dissatisfied with anime you have watched in the past, this will not bring the same feeling.… Expand
Nov 14, 2011Story: Death Note follows the story of Light Yagami, a seemingly normal high school student who has a bright future ahead of him. Of course that's to simple and boring so a being known as a Shinigami drops a magical book called the Death note. Well, it just so happens that Light Yagami finds the Death Note and decides to test its' supposed power of killing anyone who name's written down while imagining their face. As it turns out the book is the real deal, and soon after finding this out, Light Yagami runs to his house to contemplate on what to do with his new found toy. He decides that he'll be the god of a new world that he'll create by killing anyone he deems unworthy of it and starts by killing off all the listed criminals in prison. It's not long after that the worlds' smartest detective, who mysteriously goes by "L", is on the case and searching for Light Yagami, or as he's known to the public, Kira. Death Note has amazing structure. The show is some what mystery orientated, even though you know what everyone else in show is trying to figure out, you're still kept on the edge of your seat trying to figure out how Kira will get out of each situation. Death Note also brings up some thought provoking notions about the right to judge people, no matter who they are or what they've done, and they do so very well. Characters: One of the aspects that truly brings the show to life are the characters. They're incredibly realistic for a show about super natural beings and things of that sort. You got the main character Light Yagami who makes the startling transformation from innocent high school student to mass murder throughout the course of the series, which is in my opinion one of, if not the most intriguing points of the series. Then there is L, the second most important character of the show. Who knew the worlds' greatest detective would be depressed looking diabetic? He's probably the most charismatic personality of the series and for sure my favorite. Last but not least is the side cast. They range from eccentric apple loving Shinigami, to dedicated police officers, to obsessive gothic chicks and some crazy dude named Mikami. All of which are well done and actually seem like believable characters. Animation: The animation is gorgeous. I wasn't too hot on the actual character design in the beginning, but it grew on me. Music: The openings are so so, but that one dramatic music that plays whenever someone comes to a realization of something is really cool. Voice Acting: The voice acting is superb in Death Note, never is there a dull moment. Fan Service: Surprisingly little for a newer anime. Misa is the only thing I can recall when it comes to fan service. Overall: Death Note is one of the best animes I've seen in recent memory. The series has a lot to offer and is deeper then most if not all animes to come out within recent years. With a compelling story and equally compelling cast, Death Note should be on your must watch list. Points of Interest: Mikami has an inhuman amount of blood in his body and I never knew someone could eat a potato chip so damn intensely. The scene where Light kills the FBI agents' girlfriend is the coldest thing I've ever seen.… Expand
Sep 12, 2013Absolutely fantastic series. Great animation. Brilliant and clever writing. Astounding and deep characters. I adore this series.
I know it's been said countless times before, but the show is only hampered by the last third after a certain event (if you've seen the show, you know what I'm talking about.) The last third isn't bad, it's just a bit underwhelming when compared the beginning of the show.
Even with a dilute last act, it's still a fantastic show.… Expand
Feb 10, 2012Starts off great, but never gets better than the awesome premise. Light and L have some great duels, but most of the later mental gymnastics is a game of "Since he expects me to do X, I'll do Y! But he expects my counter, so I'll really do X! But he expects me to counter his counter, so I'll do Y instead!" This gets boring when major plot twists hinge on the "brilliant" characters revealing that they actually thought one level ahead. Misses some great plot points, character development, and moral questions. It's all downhill after the first few episodes.… Expand