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Death Note 

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
Vincent Tong ...  Touta Matsuda / ... 35 episodes, 2006-2007
Ryô Naitô Ryô Naitô ...  Touta Matsuda / ... 34 episodes, 2006-2007
Trevor Devall ...  Shuichi Aizawa / ... 31 episodes, 2006-2007
Brian Drummond ...  Ryuk / ... 30 episodes, 2006-2007
Naoya Uchida Naoya Uchida ...  Soichiro Yagami 27 episodes, 2006-2007
Chris Britton ...  Soichiro Yagami 27 episodes, 2006-2007
Keiji Fujiwara Keiji Fujiwara ...  Shuichi Aizawa / ... 27 episodes, 2006-2007
Kappei Yamaguchi ...  L 25 episodes, 2006-2007
Aya Hirano Aya Hirano ...  Misa Amane / ... 25 episodes, 2006-2007
Shannon Chan-Kent ...  Misa Amane / ... 25 episodes, 2006-2007
Alessandro Juliani ...  L / ... 25 episodes, 2006-2007
Shidô Nakamura ...  Ryuk 24 episodes, 2006-2007
John Murphy John Murphy ...  Kanzo Mogi / ... 22 episodes, 2006-2007
Kazuya Nakai Kazuya Nakai ...  Kanzo Mogi / ... 21 episodes, 2006-2007
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...  Watari 19 episodes, 2006-2007
French Tickner French Tickner ...  Watari / ... 19 episodes, 2006-2007
Masaki Aizawa Masaki Aizawa ...  Anthony Rester / ... 17 episodes, 2006-2007
Brian Dobson ...  Hideki Ide / ... 18 episodes, 2006-2007
Ai Satô Ai Satô ...  Sachiko Yagami 14 episodes, 2006-2007
Hideo Ishikawa Hideo Ishikawa ...  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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The hunted becomes the hunter! See more »


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Official Sites:

Madhouse [Japan] | NTV [Japan]

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Japan

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Japanese

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21 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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L shares common points with the original manga author Oba Tsugumi: both of them use pseudonyms (such as L at the beginning of the series). Ôba Tsugumi real name, appearance, or gender remains unknown. See more »

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Kyosuke Higuchi: Shit! He won't die!
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Referenced in Good Luck Girl!: Sometime, Call Me by My Name (2012) See more »

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Performer: Nightmare (as Naitomea)
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Well Written, Masterful Anime
10 December 2007 | by Ore-SamaSee all my reviews

I have to say two things turned me off. First is the idiot reviewer on the front page who feels the need to use 70% of his review(even titled it "Eat Your Heart Out Naruto"-really subtle) to bash Naruto like some insecure 12 year old spoiled brat fan boy. Pathetic. The second was that it sounded like some Gothic action anime from others. However when I finally saw it I thought, meh, okay. However as it went on I got more and more drawn in.

The plot is simple enough to start:successful and brilliant student Light stumbles upon the Death Note, which will kill anyone who's name he writes down provided it's their real name and he knows his face. He experiments with it and sees that it's real. He plays with the other rules all the while killing other criminals and meeting up with the shinigami who wrote the death note. The deaths of these criminals does not go unnoticed as the renound and mysterious detective El is trying to discover who Light, under the name Kira, is. Whoever finds the other's identity first will win in this power struggle.

Like I said, the first episode is interesting enough. The story however develops and becomes better and more complex as it goes on. The moral ambiguity of the anime gives it a unique feel among others of it's kind. I was shocked to see a show like this under Shounen jump which usually host anime that combine strong actions scenes with a complex plot and character development. What we have here instead is an anime that dosen't have adrenaline pumping action scenes advancing the plot(not that there's anything wrong with that, in fact I enjoy that as well) but the proverbial chess game between Light and the police as Light becomes well aware the police are after him as he does everything possible to hide himself all the while continuing to do away with criminals at his whim.

Ryuk, the shinigami who follows Light, actually provies some of the comic relief of the show believe it or not. He's not over the top goofy by any means however if there's any laughs to be derived, it's usually from him.

Even if you're not a fan of Shounen Jump anime, you should give Death Note a try. It easily rivals the majority of thriller films. It is well worth your time.


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