Death Note (2006–2007)
"Death Note: 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)
 Touta Matsuda / ... (35 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ryô Naitô ...
 Touta Matsuda / ... (34 episodes, 2006-2007)
Brian Drummond ...
 Ryuk / ... (30 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Shuichi Aizawa / ... (30 episodes, 2006-2007)
Naoya Uchida ...
 Soichiro Yagami (27 episodes, 2006-2007)
Keiji Fujiwara ...
 Shuichi Aizawa / ... (27 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Soichiro Yagami (27 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kappei Yamaguchi ...
 L (25 episodes, 2006-2007)
Aya Hirano ...
 Misa Amane (25 episodes, 2006-2007)
 L / ... (25 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Misa Amane / ... (25 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Ryuk (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kazuya Nakai ...
 Kanzo Mogi / ... (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Murphy ...
 Kanzo Mogi / ... (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
 Watari (19 episodes, 2006-2007)
French Tickner ...
 Watari / ... (19 episodes, 2006-2007)
Masaki Aizawa ...
 Anthony Rester / ... (17 episodes, 2006-2007)
Hideo Ishikawa ...
 Hideki Ide / ... (15 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Hideki Ide / ... (15 episodes, 2006-2007)


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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The theme playing at the very beginning of the pilot is a chanted variation of the prayer Kyrie Eleison, which is Greek for "Lord have mercy." See more »


TV News Reader: It crashed into it! A truck has crashed into the Sakura TV Studios!
L: That is certainly one way of entering without anyone seeing your face.
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Referenced in Demo Reel: Lost in Translation (Bromance Version) (2012) See more »


Zetsubô Birî
(Despairing Billy)
(Second ending theme, episodes #20-36)
Performed by Maximum The Hormone
Music and Lyrics by Maximum the Ryô-kun
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I am Justice.
2 February 2007 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

In the first episode, you can already see the amazing animation, the well-chosen voices, the immediate gripping of fear over the future in your chest. Death Note is a must-see for those who love to have a good 5 minutes of thinking because Death Note beautifully weaves suspense and unexpected turn of events that leaves the audience stunned and fascinated.

You'll notice the good production, but to truly decide whether it's worth watching you will have to watch to the 2nd (and for those who are stubborn, the 3rd) episode. If you are planning to watch this for a limited of time, you're in luck because the series is only 37 episodes long since the manga already ended.

While the IQ of the two main characters is straight-out impossible, you still cannot feel but admire just how logical their reasons for making possibilities and theories are (what makes it even scarier is that most of the theories that L or Light, the two protagonists, are true). If you are one who watches things from a personal view, you would have a hard time deciding whether the things they are doing are right and if they are, in reality, insane.

There is slight humor that adds faint scratches on the anime, but it is soon covered up in the next minute with what a character has done or said. There was not a moment where I wasn't sitting at the edge of my seat, my eyes literally sticking to the screen. Every minute is worth watching, even the sinister theme songs played by Nightmare.

What makes this anime/manga unique is that it's a mystery thriller where you hardly question the origins of something. You rarely ask yourself unanswerable questions (not even in the back of your mind) and without realizing, you're only focused on the present events.

I promise, no matter what kind of audience you are, you will be gripped by this chilling life and death chain of events of a bored genius who kills criminals mercilessly with the mysterious Death Note.

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