Death Note (2006–2007)
"Desu nôto" (original title)

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An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.

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Series cast summary:
Mamoru Miyano ...
 Light Yagami (37 episodes, 2006-2007)
Brad Swaile ...
 Light Yagami (37 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Touta Matsuda / ... (35 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ryô Naitô ...
 Touta Matsuda (34 episodes, 2006-2007)
Brian Drummond ...
 Ryuk / ... (30 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Shuichi Aizawa / ... (30 episodes, 2006-2007)
Naoya Uchida ...
 Soichiro Yagami (27 episodes, 2006-2007)
Keiji Fujiwara ...
 Shuichi Aizawa (27 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Soichiro Yagami (27 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kappei Yamaguchi ...
 L (25 episodes, 2006-2007)
Aya Hirano ...
 Misa Amane (25 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 L / ... (25 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Misa Amane / ... (25 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Ryuk (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Murphy ...
 Kanzo Mogi / ... (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kazuya Nakai ...
 Kanzo Mogi (21 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
 Watari (19 episodes, 2006-2007)
French Tickner ...
 Watari / ... (19 episodes, 2006-2007)
Hideo Ishikawa ...
 Hideki Ide / ... (15 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Hideki Ide / ... (15 episodes, 2006-2007)
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After an intelligent yet cynical high school student begins to cleanse the world from evil with the help of a magical notebook that can kill anyone whose name is written on it, international authorities call upon a mysterious detective known as "L" to thwart his efforts. Written by Paleman

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Light Yagami and L are often represented as opposites, even to the point that Light uses a PC and L uses an Apple Macintosh. See more »

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Yagami Light: I'll solve equations with my right hand and write names with my left. I'll take a potato chip... and eat it!
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Alumina
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Performed by Nightmare
Music and Lyrics by Sakito
Arrangement by Nightmare
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Clever, Slick, and Suspenseful
6 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is anime at its best. I'm fairly new to the world of anime, but I have to say from what I've seen that Death Note goes above and beyond your typical run-of-the-mill action based anime. Whereas a lot of anime strategically relies on action packed battles and fights, Death Note is a refreshing change of pace. It's slick, clever, and witty with the eccentric "L" heading the investigation. It's a constant game of cat and mouse as the lead investigator and the suspected "Kira" or "Killer" always seem to be one step ahead of one another. The two brilliant minds constantly outwit each other. The plot is complex but easily laid out for you and the story is remarkably intelligent and inventive. All the while you're watching you think, "Wow, this can't possibly get any deeper," but each new episode proves you wrong. What I like the most is that this is very, very complex material but it's flawlessly and easily presented so each new development in the case comes as an excited shock.

This is great stuff and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who might be looking for a change of pace in anime. It's not for everyone, of course since it's more of an intellectual thriller and not so much an action fantasy, but anyone who can appreciate the mental challenge of following along with this suspenseful battle of wits will be in heaven with Death Note.


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