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Death Note is a manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, with various adaptations. The protagonist, Yagami Light, finds a notebook which can be used to kill anyone, and tries to use this to reform society as he sees fit.

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Looking for a thought provoking anime [closed]

I’m looking for a anime with substance, world building is a plus. Something like Death Note, Code Geass, or Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood. I’ve been stuck in a rut of slice of life anime and want ...
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Death Note, chapter 2 - Website “The Legend of Kira the Savior”

I am re-reading Death Note and in the second chapter called "page 2: L" Raito Yagami found out through the website "The Legend of Kira Savior" that he is now known as Kira. In the English scanlations ...
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Why did Near start to suspect the presence of a second Death Note?

At what point and why did Near start to suspect the presence of a second Death Note? How and why did he consider that Mikami used a faked one?
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Can you indirectly kill a Shinigami with the death note? [duplicate]

Let's imagine the following situation: You have a death note and you write into it: The person X dies in 21 days, but every day before that he tries to do something extremely dumb, in the way of ...
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Before Mikami committed suicide, was he still having faith in Kira?

At the end of Death Note, after Light is revealed as being Kira, Mikami goes on a little rant after their plan failed thanks to Near having switched the real Death Note. After that, however, Light ...
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Why was Light only targeting Japanese criminals when he was in the US?

When Light's sister is kidnapped by Mellow's gang and the Kira Task Force goes to the US to do the trade for her with the Death Note, when things start getting out of control Light yells at Misa to ...
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Why is L hiding his face?

At the start of the series L hides behind a computer screen which draws criticism by members of the Japanese Police who were assigned to track down Kira. while in the context of the Kira ...
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What happened to the other Death Notes?

At the start of Death Note Ryuk says that there were other Death Notes falling to the human world in the past and Light Was the first to write so many names Was the first to think of a way to hide ...
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Were there any Death Note Rules not shown mid episode of the anime?

In the anime when there is a break in the episode we have scenes that look similar to the "How to Use" pages of the manga. except they aren't titled like "How to Use XVI". I am wondering, are there ...
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Why not consider possibility of 3rd Kira when Misa and Light in prison?

When L captures Misa and Light puts himself in prison and gives up the death note, L and the task force suspect that both of them have 'Kira powers'. Murders stop, which makes them believe Misa and ...
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Effects of writing the name of a person who has an identical twin with the same name in the death note

I'd like to know what would happen in a situation like I'm describing. If I renember correctly it was needed to both write correctly the name of the person to die and have his image on head. But if ...
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Why did Light see a vision of him while he was dying?

In the last episode of Death Note, Light ran away. He saw himself passing above the railway after the train passed which was before he became a murderer. Why did Light see this vision? Does he regret ...
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Why didn't Mello see Shinigami after touching the Death Note in Episode 29?

I asked this question on Movies & TV SE, but was requested to ask here. In the 29th episode of Death Note (Father), a third Shinigami (Sidoh) arrived at Los Angeles to get his notebook back. He ...
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Are there any reasons why Light killed the FBI agent?

This is a question that comes to my mind every time I watch Death Note or talks to someone else about Death Note and it is bothering me. In the beginning, Light went out of his way to kill that one ...
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Can you get rich off of the Death note?

If you write instructions to take out a big loan, convert it into cash (or a nontraceable valuable), take out all your other cash and then drop it off a predetermined location and then die somewhere ...
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Is it true that there's an eraser for the Death Note that can bring people back to life?

While it was only mentioned one time in the pilot of the manga, one interesting detail about Death Note is that there was originally a way for the user of the note to reverse any of the deaths they ...
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In Death Note, how far could “sexual” interaction go with a shinigami before it broke rule XXXVI?

As the internet knows, in "How To Use" XXXVI, the following rule is stated: "There are male and female gods of death, but it is neither permitted, nor possible for them to have sexual relations with ...
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What do the oddly positioned letters in “Death Note” title mean?

In the original Japanese Death Note title: the first E is backwards (or, equivalently, rotated through 180 degrees) the A and Ts are rotated 90 degrees anticlockwise, and the N is rotated a few ...
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Is Ryuk required to write Misa's name in his Death Note at the end of her life?

Death Note Rule LXIV states: gods of death are obliged to confirm the death of the first owner and write down that humans name in his/her Death Note Misa was the first human owner of the Death ...
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Can Ryuk be killed with the Death Note?

After watching the Netflix Death Note movie I was left with a interesting question. During the movie (from memory) Light; What if I write your name into the death note? Ryuk; Ha! I would like to ...
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Can a Death Note Owner be killed with their own Death Note?

Can the owner of Death Note be killed if another random person knows their face and name, writes the owners name in the owner's own Death Note? with a sheet torn out from it?
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Why did Teru Mikami confirm Death Note's validity by examining the pages with a microscope?

In the Death Note anime series, Light instructs Teru Mikami to confirm that his Death Note is not tampered with. He does so by examining his Death Note with a microscope to confirm it's genuine. Why ...
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What happened to Ray Penber when he died since he has used Death Note?

I've just finished re-watching Death Note and the movie where we find out Light becomes a shinigami, and realised that Ray Penber also used the Death Note to write down names of his FBI colleagues in ...
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Couldn't Light have relinquished ownership of the Death Note before dying?

Before Ryuk killed Light, was it possible that Light could have relinquished ownership of the Death Note so Ryuk wouldn't write his name?
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Was Soichiro Yagami that much close to his natural lifespan?

Shoichiro dies from wounds inflicted by Mello soon after making the Shinigami Eyes deal. Since he didn't even use the Death Note (nor was any DN used on the people involved in the incident) prior to ...
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Light's Search History Death Note

Why didn't L ever look at Light Yagami's Search history? Or why didn't the show ever address the fact that Light was looking up these criminals minutes before they died? That would trigger at least ...
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Could one make a specific person shoot someone dead using the deathnote?

Rule X.2 saies "Whether the cause of the individual's death is either a suicide or accident, if the death leads to the death of more than the intended, the person will simply die of a heart attack. ...
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Can you kill people using photos?

Not trying to kill L or any other potential enemy of Light using pictures using Misa's eye is a plothole? I kind of forgotten if the anime or in the manga (I haven't read the manga), has a scene ...
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What does the ending of Death Note (manga) mean?

The last few pages of the end of the final book in the Death Note series shows a huge amount of people in hoods walking in a line across the mountains and one offering a candle to Kira their "saviour"....
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Could you trick a user of a Death Note into misspelling the names of the Kira task force four times?

If you have access to a Death Note, know the rule that four unintentional misspellings result in immunity to the Death Note, and are hunting someone with a Death Note, couldn't you trick someone you ...
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Would a Death note still work, if a heart attack could lead to someone else's death? [duplicate]

L has just thought of a cunning plan to prevent himself being killed by a Death note: He straps a device to his heart that directly links to an equivalent device strapped to Watari's (his butler) ...
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How did Light went unnoticed by his dad?

When Light's father was in deathbed, he looked at Light and confirmed that Light wasn't Kira by his Shinigami eyes since he was able to see his death date. The only way his death date can become ...
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Is Kira (Yagami Light) an antihero or a villain?

I was having a conversation with my friend and I said that Kira was one of my favorite antiheroes. He replied with: Kira is not a an antihero, he's a villain. But he gave nearly zero arguments for ...
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Did L win against Light?

Did L win against Light? Let me elaborate: After L's death in episode 25, we assume that Light won. But in episode 26, L leaves a message in his computer (which Light deletes in the same episode). ...
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Were there more than two Death Notes?

I am watching the anime right now and can't understand this part of the plot: there were two notebooks out of which one had been returned to the Shinigami that came to Ryuk to get his notebook back. ...
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Was L suspicious of all Light's girlfriends or only Misa?

In Death Note, Chapter 33 (Vol. 4), Misa Amane is arrested under the suspicion she was the Second Kira. After that, L said that they collected lots of evidences in Misa's room (the cat hair found on ...
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Are there any new/conflicting rules in the Death Note Movies?

In a Madman Newsletter talking about the release of Death Note: Light up the NEW World in the cinemas it says In 2016, society is afflicted with cyber-terrorism. The Death Note is a supernatural ...
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Light's actions before hiding his death note

I recently started watching Death Note and have reached episode 17's end. Light hid his notebook in the jungle, could he not have killed L? I know that L said that would make Light the prime suspect ...
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How does L deduce that Kira needs a name and not just a face?

This is something that I've been wondering about, how does L deduce that Kira needs a name? Surely all the victims he investigated had their name and face, but how can he figure that he needs both? ...
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Is it possible to have absolute obedience using Death Note?

We've seen Light completely manipulating the robber in the bus-accident case (in which he figured out the identity of the FBI stalker). At the end, though the robber died, but everything went ...
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Why didn't Light Yagami tell Teru mikami that he can kill people using just the paper?

What I'm trying to say is should Light tell Teru that killing from scrape paper is possible, then if Teru kept a real deathnote paper with him 24/7, surely that in the final showdown, whoever names ...
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How did Mello know how to help Near in Death Note?

In the end of Death Note, Near would've been lost if Mello didn't help him. That makes me think why Near who is always be careful (isn't like L or Mello) didn't find out about the possibility of fake ...
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Can someone stop the cause of death after someone writes the details in the Death Note?

Let's say I had a Death Note. If I wrote someone's name in the book and then wrote details of the death, can an individual stop the cause of death and the actual death entirely or will the death still ...
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How did Light know that Hideki Ryuga is the real L?

While watching the Death Note anime, I noticed that there was one incident when Hideki Ryuga told Light that he is the real L. Well, at that time Light was not sure if he was the real L because he ...
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Could a blind person with a death note exchange half their life to see again?

One of the rules of the death note says that if someone makes the shinigami eyes deal they will have excellent vision regardless of their previous vision. The rule in question, (listed under the ...
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Why does Light Yagami shuffle the two death notes?

Light Yagami gives a death note to Rem and asks Rem to give it to Ryuk. Then Ryuk drops the book according to Light's order. Light then takes back Misa's book while doing something similar with his ...
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Why doesn't Misa Amane regain her memory when she touches the death note?

Light Yagami gets back his memory when he touches the death note. But Misa does not get back her memories when removing touches her with a piece of paper from the death note. Why?
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How does Near prove that Light is Kira by seeing Kiyomi's name in Teru's death note?

Both Teru Mikami and Light Yagami write Kiyomi's name in their death notes the only difference being the time of death they specify. But in what way does this help Near to prove that Light is Kira? ...
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Can the Death Note manipulate people whose names aren't written in it?

For example let's say James wrote: "Bob Schneider gets stabbed at 13:30 by his best friend. Dies of blood loss one hour later." Would the Death Note control his friend whose name isn't written in the ...
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How did Kal Snyder end up as the death note owner?

When Higuchi died, the original death note was in hands of Light, so he becomes the owner again. After L dies, and Mello exchanges that death note for Sayu, how did Kal Snyder end up as the owner, if ...