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I realize that they (Near and the police) probably hid it somewhere, but after Light dies, would yet another Kira appear? Or would Ryuk take it back? I'm assuming the latter, but when Light dies, Near has the book. Light merely has his scrap paper in his watch. If Near still has it, would it just disappear? Or would Near become the owner?

  • At the end of the story, Near burned the book in his possession saying it was the worst mass murdering weapon. – 絢瀬絵里 Nov 16 '15 at 4:37
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Every Shinigami has their own Death Note. There were 4 Death Notes in the human world. 2 of Ryuuk's, 1 of Rem and 1 of Rem's friend who died after saving Misa.

One of Ryuuk's was given to Light at the start of the story. One from Rem's friend is in Misa's possession. The other two are in their respective Shinigami's possession.

Later, Rem saved Misa's life by writing Watari and L's name but burned the book so that it won't be used by Light, making the number of Death Note in human world down to 3.

Edit: as mentioned by Arcane in the comment, the book was not burned down in the manga chapter 58. I made mistake here because in the movie it was burned down. Thus there are 4 books by this moment. Will edit the rest of my answer after I finished re-reading the manga.

By the end of the story, Mikami possessed a fake Death Note made by Near and co. Near possessed the Death Note that used to be Misa's. L's team (by now Light is L) owns one that used to be Light's. Ryuuk possessed his own.

Near then burned the two Death Notes after Ryuuk killed Light. Thus no Death Note are in human's possession. This was told in chapter 107 of the manga.

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    While this is true of whole books, it is unclear if any sheets are left anywhere and they themselves act as Death Notes too. No doubt though Near would do his best to destroy them all. – kaine Nov 16 '15 at 15:11
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    Do not forget that in the anime and manga Ryuk's second Death Note (the one Light first picked up) was Sidoh's and it was given back to him by the Task Force. this is how by the end there was only 2 real Death Notes, the one given to Mikami which Near switched with a fake and Ryuk's own one – Memor-X Nov 16 '15 at 21:42
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    @AyaseEri Rem didn't burn her Notebook. Rem turned to dust but left the deathnote behind to be picked up by Light. Light's original Deathnote is back with Sidoh, from whom Ryuk stole it. – Arcane Dec 9 '16 at 8:56
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If you want to know further details concerning how many death notes there were and what exactly became of which ones, you could always just find Vol. 13 and it has a section titled "Change of Ownership" which details each books movements throughout the series on pages 144-147. Including that Rem's notebook was in fact picked up by Light when she died, but was later transferred to Ryuk who gave it to Soichiro during Sayu's kidnapping, before being returned to Light's possession and winding up in the safe until they meet Near with Aizawa carrying it though it is still owned by Light and attached to Ryuk. That book is then burned after Light dies along with Gelus' s book which Near had in his possession during the confrontation. This is to insure that there is no chance for another human to obtain them and start killing with them again. In the anime, Mikami kills himself which does transfer his ownership to Near before he burns it. In the manga, however, Mikami does not die until ten days later in his imprisonment which would mean it had still been Mikami's to own when Near had them both burned. Likewise, Light's notebook was transferred to Aizawa who was carrying the book when Ryuk wrote his name down, only for him to let Near burn it with Mikami's notebook.

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