Let's say there are two people with Death Notes, John Zeürtö and Bob Schnittlauchkäsebrot.

John Zeürtö writes:

Bob Schnittlauchkäsebrot dies 23 days after the latter willingly forfeits ownership of the death note.

What would happen? Some guesses:

  1. Bob dies only after 23 days after he gives up the ownership of the death note, if he does or until his lifespan runs out.

  2. Bob gets killed in 23 days.

  3. Bob gives up ownership of his death note and then gets killed in 23 days.

  4. Bob dies of a heart attack.

  • Who is giving up ownership? John? Aug 21, 2014 at 14:17
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    This is awfully specific. Neither, the effect will have to resolve within 23 days or it's null and void.
    – кяαzєя
    Aug 21, 2014 at 14:21
  • @ʞɹɐzǝɹ It can't be void. Once a name is written in the note he will die. I assume it to be after 6mins and 40 seconds as with physically impossible deaths. Aug 21, 2014 at 14:33
  • @PeterRaves Bob Schnittlauchkäsebrot is giving up the ownership
    – DarkYagami
    Aug 21, 2014 at 15:01
  • We might need a new tag: death-note-rules-puzzle Aug 22, 2014 at 17:29

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The Death Note can only operate within 23 days from writing, so since the date would be impossible to fulfill it would be voided as Krazer said.

But once the victim's name has been written, the individual's death can never be avoided. LXII

Therefore it depends on the cause of death you write down.

In the occasion where the cause of death is possible but the situation is not, only the cause of death will take effect for that victim. If both the cause and the situation are impossible, that victim will die of heart attack. LV

By combining these rules I would expect Bob to die as soon as it is possible for him to do so according to the written cause of death.


  • so bob would die as soon he takes out his notebook?
    – DarkYagami
    Aug 21, 2014 at 15:02
  • @user6399 If John would write heart attack as the cause of death it doesn't matter what Bob does. I think he would die after 6 mins and 40 seconds of writing by John. Aug 21, 2014 at 15:05
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    @user6399 Because the time of death is further in the future than 23 days, it would become void as krazer mentioned, so it would have been like John wrote Bob dies from a heart attack. I think. Aug 21, 2014 at 15:06
  • but didn't l wrote something like: L Lawliet shall die 23 days after light yagami has died?
    – DarkYagami
    Aug 21, 2014 at 15:07
  • @PeteRaeves so if he would write another cause of death it could work?
    – DarkYagami
    Aug 21, 2014 at 15:22

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