Actually, the title is pretty clear. I was wondering and came up with some ideas like that it sounds like "killer" in Japanese. Or does it have a special meaning or anything?

  • In the English dub of Death Note Light explains this to Ryuk. if my memory serve me right it's around the same scene as when we see a young girl send a text message on her phone saying "kill them all Kira"
    – Memor-X
    Feb 20, 2016 at 22:55
  • It was explained in both the anime and the manga if my memory serves me right. Feb 21, 2016 at 4:13
  • +1, I don't understand the down votes. Are you blaming him for not having read the manga from cover to cover?
    – solalito
    Feb 21, 2016 at 7:17
  • @solalito i'm not voting however i think i understand the downvotes as both me and Ayase recall it also being explained in the anime. my reserved vote is mainly because i recall it early in the english dub so i have no idea if the subbed version is the same
    – Memor-X
    Feb 23, 2016 at 10:26
  • @Memor-X By this reasoning, more than half of the questions on this websites deserves downvotes. Only the real fan base has watched the anime or read the manga enough times to remember everything that was said. The other people, which comprises of about 60-80% of this website, only go over the canon once or twice. Hence the questions.
    – solalito
    Feb 23, 2016 at 10:55

2 Answers 2


In episode 2, at around 12 minutes, Light explains that the name Kira was taken from the English word "killer".

Picture from the anime: Ryuk and Light: "Kira taken from the english word 'Killer'"

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    OP should accept this answer instead, since I clearly couldn't be arsed to actually track down where Light mentions this.
    – senshin
    Feb 24, 2016 at 3:10

As you surmise, "Kira" is how a Japanese speaker would pronounce the English word "killer". I seem to recall somebody explicitly pointing this out early on in the manga, though I don't remember where exactly.

That's pretty much all there is to it.

  • Thanks for the answer. I did not read the manga, so I did not know. :)
    – Eray Erdin
    Feb 20, 2016 at 22:31
  • @ErayErdin It was also in the anime, shortly after people adopted the name Kira for Light's alter ego, he comments that he doesn't like the name since it is related to killer.
    – Armin
    Feb 21, 2016 at 20:16
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    Well, it seems I missed that part. Do you know which episode it is?
    – Eray Erdin
    Feb 21, 2016 at 21:44

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