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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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Why didn't Light skip a few grades?

Light was bored as everything was easy for him until he found the death note. So why didn't he skip a grade or two and graduate early? That seems like it would be the most logical thing to do for ...
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Is it common to tell people how you spell your name in Japan?

In Death Note when Light introduces himself to Naomi Misora, he gives his full name and tells her how to spell it in Japanese. When she gives her name, she also tells him how to spell it. The ...
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How did Demegawa and Kira communicate in Death Note?

In the latter part of the Death Note anime, and manga, Kira begins communicating with his followers to give them instructions. One such instruction is to his "evangelist" Demegawa. The ...
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How many Death Note anime and manga are there?

I just finished watching Death Note, but I am still confused whether I watched the full story or not. I binged through the anime with 37 episodes. For example, there is Beyond Birthday's theme on ...
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Why didn't Rem kill Light?

Light had betrayed Rem; he had caused L and Watari to be the threat to Misa. So why didn't Rem kill him as well?
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How did Light and Mikami write the same death scenario at the same time for Takada in the Death Note?

Both Light and Mikami wrote in the Death Note that Takada must burn with all of her stuff, and Mikami wrote this scenario just one minute after Light. How is this possible?
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Can you prolong someone's life using the Death Note?

If you have a 'death note', is it possible to extend your life with it? Let's say you manipulate someone (let's call them Mike) into getting the Shinigami eyes. You make Mike write down your date of ...
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Was Light actually a friend to L?

I know L said Light was his first friend but did he mean it? Yes we know L is a liar and knew Light was Kira the whole time but what if, during the time Light lost his memories, L thought of Light as ...
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Would Misa get back her Shinigami Eyes?

So I was watching Death Note, and at a certain point Misa loses her Death Note, her memories, and her eyes. What would happen, if she gets her Death Note back for some reason? - would her shinigami ...
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Can you write in English in the Death Note?

I'm wondering whether the Death Note would still work if you wrote in English or other languages, or if you have to write in Japanese. For example, if I was to write "John Doe is going to die in ...
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What happened to everyone else after the ending of Death Note?

I am not sure if I have asked this question before but deleted it, but I was just wondering if Matsuda and the other detectives found out that If they did: Would they have made an investigation to ...
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Why did Mido rule out Masahiko Kida as the Yotsuba Kira purely based on him providing the account for funds used to commision Eraldo Coil?

I rewatched the yotsuba arc and never really understood the logic. Kira would want L's name and face, so why would Masahiko Kida be proven to not be Kira if he set up the account of funds for Eraldo ...
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Why didn’t Misa kill L the second time she got shinigami eyes?

Why didn’t Misa kill L second time she got shinigami eyes? If she wasn't going to use them to kill him, then why did she get them, knowing her lifespan was going to be shortened? Why did Rem agree to ...
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What happened to the Japanese Task-Force building after L's death?

I know that the Japanese Task-Force members decided to leave the building a few days after L's death. But what happened to the building afterward? I couldn't find the answer to this question anywhere ...
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Symbolic meaning red apples

I noticed that red apples seem to have symbolic meaning in Anime and I wonder if it is in line with western interpretations. Erased: After waking up in the hospital, Satoru's nemesis Yashiro sits ...
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Why did L not prevent the report of Kira's tests in the police database if he already concluded he must have had access to such information?

For some reason, the genius L only said not to report that information to the media. But in the previous episode he had already concluded that Kira had to have access to police information. Episode 3: ...
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How did Mello know about the fake notebook in Death Note? [duplicate]

I've read a lot of posts explaining the ending to Death Note, but they gloss over how Mello realizes the notebook Mikami used was fake. I don't think the anime mentioned it specifically either?
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Did Light knew L's real name?

In Death Note, Light picked up Rem's notebook after he/she died by writing L's name his/her the notebook Does it mean that Light now knew L's real name?
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Did Minoru die because of the Death Notes' new rule or because Ryuk wrote his name in a Death Note?

There is a one-shot manga for Death Note that was published on Mangaplus, on February 3th, 2020 (you can read the manga officially here. In the final scene of this one-shot manga, Minoru Tanaka, the ...
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Is Light's insanity influenced by the Death Note, or did he make himself become that way?

Some were saying that Light's insanity was influenced by the use of the Death Note, taking note that Ryuk tells Light about what the Death Note makes people fear and so on. But having rewatched the ...
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Is Death Gods in Death Note are that useless?

In Death Note, the Shinigami (death gods) need the use of the Death Note to kill people, especially in order to continue their lives, so if they won't use it, they will die, their only means of ...
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Why the first episode of Death Note has change the order of the first chapter

Who watched the anime and read the manga closely, can see a difference in the order of the events in the first episode of the anime to the first chapter in the manga. In the manga, once Light has ...
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Why does the Shinigami eye deal exist?

From Shinigami's perspective, why would they take that deal? As we know they can write a human's name in the notebook and they'll get the remaining lifespan of that human added to theirs. So why would ...
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Why didn't Rem tell L's name to Light or Misa?

In Death Note Rem liked Misa so much, or maybe he was in love with her. He wrote L's name in the Death Note and killed L because he was protecting Misa and he knew he will die soon after doing so. ...
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Why didn’t Rem die when she killed the criminal to save misa when she was in higuchi’s car?

Shinigamis die when they kill a person to save an another person but what I don’t get is don’t shinigamis already do that on like daily basis?? They always kill people to get their remaining life span ...
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What would Light Turner's "Conditional" Entry in the Death Note actually do with the canon rules

in the Netflix Americanized Live Action Death Note Movie. we have this exchange near the end where Light Turner is confronting Mia What? What did you do? You put my name in it, didn't you? ...
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More steps from person until the Death Note than a pen still works?

I am writing a DN fic (not sure if that'd be appropriate, but I can give you a name of link if you would like, and don't care about this particular spoiler) where as one of (probably) minor plot ...
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Why Light didn't lose memory in ep31

In ep31, Light says he had misa sign off as the notes owner, and hence she loses her memory. In the earlier eps, it was shown that Light used misa's note to keep his memories. But as soon as the book ...
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Raye Penber conversation with Yagami Light following the bus incident

After the bus incident, Raye Penber asks Yagami Light to keep seeing him a secret from the police, Yagami agrees and says "I won't tell anyone, including my father". Wouldn't Raye Penber ask himself ...
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Why did Light didn't reply to second Kira separately from L?

In Deathnote, when L received a recording from the T.V. channel which he concluded to be second Kira, he replied to it disguising as Kira. However, during the subsequent conversation, only the ...
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Why don't the Shinigami just hang around the human world?

In the first episode, Ryuk makes a point that the Shinigami world is absolutely boring and monotone. Shinigami just spend their days gambling and napping, and just kill the bare minimum to stay alive. ...
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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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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 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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