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Deathnote is a manga series created by Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata. Prior to its incarnation as a television series, it was featured as a regular part of the magazine Shonen Jump. The show deals with several issues of morality, the right to judge criminals and the issue of life and death itself.

The story focuses around a young man named Light Yagami who happens one day upon an abandoned notebook called a DeathNote. It does not take long for Light to find out who dropped the book as he is visited by a death god name Ryuk. Inside the notebook are a series of instructions that Ryuk explains allows the bearer to kill any human. If someone writes the name of a human in the book and then imagines the individual's face, that person will die. This concept inspires Light to cleanse the world of evil doers and he begins using Ryuk and the book to kill criminals and people who do harm. However, the sudden and inexplicable deaths of so many criminals leads the police to suspect the presence of a supernatural serial killer, whom they dub Kira. They call in the international expert on capturing serial killers, a man who goes only by the initial "L". Soon after, copy cat murderers claiming to be Kira arrive in the city and Light is forced to consider that he may have gone too far. What is worse, Light must now consider that he may not be the only human in possession of a deathnote. What follows is a desperate attempt by Light to make his Utopian society come to reality, stop the copy cats from destroying his dreams, all the while dodging the police and maintaining his own humanity. All the while Ryuk waits in the shadows and watches events unfold. What are Ryuk's intentions? Was it an accident that landed the book in Light's hands or is the death god planning something even more sinister to come?

Nippon TV
2 Seasons, 67 Episodes
October 3, 2006
Drama, Anime
9.0/10
Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô
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  • Light has removed everyone in his way and is closer to achieving his perfect world.

  • Everything is decided by the intellectual battle between Light and Near.

  • The task force and SPK meet at the warehouse as planned, and Mikami makes a guest appearance to kill everyone at once for Light.

  • Light and Near make arrangements for their meeting and Kiyomi is kidnapped, leading to insidious results.

  • Thanks to Aizawa, the task force has indisputable proof that Light is passing messages to Kiyomi without their awareness. Near finds proof that Mikami is Kira-X, and decides to put his final plan into motion in 24 days.

  • The story is falling into place for Near, and both he and Light are making final preparations for a climatic show down. Will Light's secret life finally be revealed?

  • Mikami reveals past is shown as a young man with a strong sense of justice since he was a boy. He finds a new spokesperson for Kira, Light's old college girlfriend. Light takes the initiative and acts as her boyfriend to get closer to her.

  • Five years have passed and two new people stand up to Kira. Near, takes position within the SPK, and Mello decides to kidnap Sayu.

  • Light succeeds Ryuuzaki as the new L. Light creates his new world splitting the world into those who support him and those who oppose him.

  • The trap goes as planned and Higuchi is scrambling around, until being cornered. It seems that L will finally be triumphant...or will he?

  • Now that the taskforce knows the identity of Kira, they set up an elaborate plan to capture him. However, the plan is risky because Matsuda must put his life on the line. Will Higuchi fall for the trap, or will he elude capture?

  • The taskforce decides to use Misa to get closer to the Yotsuba Corporation for further investigation. Rem contacts Misa telling her to be wary and listen to Light. In the end, Misa reveals Higuchi as Kira to the taskforce.

  • L listens in on the Yotsuba Corporation meetings after bugging their meeting room. Now the task force is divided between stopping them all now or waiting to see which among them is Kira.

  • Near, along with the SPK, meets Light and the task force at a warehouse for the final showdown.

  • Light gives Kiyomi the order to finish off Near.

  • Light pretends to investigate Kiyomi.

  • Star newscaster Kiyomi Takada becomes Kira's spokesperson to the world.

  • Near contacts the Japanese task force and determines that Kira is among their members.

  • Mello busts into SPK headquarters to retrieve a photograph of himself to make sure he won't be killed by Kira.

  • A new investigator steps forward--Near, a central figure in the SPK, an organization that is trying to catch Kira without relying on L.

  • Light has removed everyone in his way and is closer to achieving his perfect world.

  • Light ha recobrado sus recuerdos, entonces ordena a Misa que retome los asesinatos como Kira, El Shinigami Rem se da cuenta de que todo va de acuerdo con el plan.

  • Light, his memory recovered, orders Misa to begin killing after Higuchi dies.

  • Higuchi del Grupo Yotsuba, trata de asesinar a Matsuda del cuerpo especial y se sorprende cuando este no muere.

  • Higuchi of the Yotsuba Group attempts to kill Matsuda of the task force, and is surprised when he doesn't die after 40 seconds.

  • Misa tiene éxito al reducir a un sospechoso la identidad de Kira dentro del Grupo Yotsuba.

  • Misa succeeds in narrowing down the Kira suspects in the Yotsuba Group to one: Higuchi.

  • The Yotsuba Group hires Eraldo Coil to uncover L's identity.

  • El equipo de L descubre que el Grupo Yotsuba se reúne en secreto para discutir la eliminación de individuos que son problem'áticos para su compañía.

  • L's team discovers that the Yotsuba Group meet in secret to discuss the elimination of individuals who are troublesome to their company.

  • A pesar de que L aún sospecha, Light y Misa (sus recuerdos de haber sido Kira han sido borrados) regresan al cuartel donde Light se da cuenta de una extraña conexión.

  • Aizawa quits the Kira case to pursue his career as his job is on the line. Matsuda wishes he could be as useful as the other ex-police are to L. L and Light get in a fight. And L hires two criminals, to help pursue Kira further.

  • Before dismissing Light and Misa, L decides to put on an act that they are going to die to see if they will save themselves. After they pass, they are told Misa will be under 24 hour surveillance and that Light will be chained to L until the case is resolved.

  • Hay evidencia que señala a Misa Amane como el segundo Kira.

  • Light viaja a Aoyama para descubrir la identidad de el segundo Kira.

  • Con un segundo Kira suelto, L pide a Light que se una al cuerpo especial y que pretenda ser el verdadero Kira para poder atrapar al imitador.

  • Light joins the investigation and confirms the fake Kira theory with the exact same reasoning that L used. They send out a fake message to the second Kira to bait her to them, and she bites. Now Light must get to her without L knowing.

  • L begins to profile Light through a game of tennis, and some questioning regarding the Kira case in hopes of figuring out the truth about him. L's suspicions raise as their day goes, that is, until Light's father suffers a heart attack.

  • L decides that even though neither family has shown suspicious activity, it doesn't automatically make them innocent. He decides to get closer to Light and takes the college entrance exam with him, both getting 100 percent. There L reveals himself to Light as L.

  • Light realizes his room is tapped and formulates a plan to act in suspicious as more criminals die. However L isn't full convinced and decides that his family is suspiciously innocent.

  • Light continues his conversation with Penbar's fiance. However, she is using an alias. Can Light gain her trust and her name before it is too late?

  • In an attempt to rally support from the police, L invites the remaining investigators to visit him in his hotel room. They then formulate a plan for catching Kira. Meanwhile, Light meets Penbar's fiance and realizes that she must be eliminated.

  • Light eliminates the threat of Ray Penbar and his colleagues, and things get hairy for L as the police figure out that he had been using the FBI to collect information from the police. Ray's fiance takes it upon herself to discover Kira's identity.

  • L has a FBI agent tail Light, because he now suspects the NPA or, at least, someone close to a NPA member. Light becomes aware of the new intruder. Do to Light's worry of how to rid himself of the agent, Ryuk informs Light that he can gain the power of Shinigami eyes, the ability to see people's names over their head, by trading half his remaining lifespan.

  • Because Light has killed all his victims in the same matter, his actions have gained global attention. A secret agent known only as "L", sets a trap for him, and Light bites at the bait after killing the fake L. L then challenges Light and the battle between L and Kira begins.

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