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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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Can I increase my lifespan by killing myself using the Death Note?

Suppose I wrote that I will be killed by a UFO falling from space in the year 2315 while I am lifting. Will the Note increase my lifespan? In other words, will I still be alive by then?
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Do people who use the Death Note become Shinigami themselves?

In both the Death Note manga and anime, it is stated multiple times by Ryuk that once you use the Death Note, a human can go to neither Heaven nor Hell. However, it is hinted in an additional movie ...
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Why does the Death Note never run out of pages?

It is kind of intriguing the Death Note never runs out of pages... How to Use: XXXI The number of pages of the Death Note will never run out. Source Since it's made of an unknown matter it'...
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Why does Ryuk love apples?

It is often seen in Death Note that Ryuk loves apple. Why is that? Do all Shinigami (Death Gods) love apples, is it the only food for Death Gods or does he just love apples? Also.. Is it to signify ...
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Is a person who wasn't named by his/her parents immune to the Death Note?

If a person's parents didn't name him/her, does this make him/her immune to Death Note? What would a Shinigami contractor see looking at this specific person? By the way, nicknames don't count as ...
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What does this Death Note rule regarding visual acuity mean?

This is the rule in question, (listed under the Death Note Wiki as "How to Use: XXI"): "Those with the eye power of the god of death will have the eyesight of over 3.6 in the human measurement, ...
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What would happen if a Shinigami with exceedingly long life-span dies for a human?

It was said that when a Shinigami saves a human with his Death Note, that Shinigami dies, and his remaining life-span is transferred to the human he saved. But imagine the following situation, a ...
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What happened to Misa Amane in the last episode?

In the last episode of Death Note, the series, we see Misa Amane standing near the edge of a building. She incurred a lot of grief due to Light Yagami's death; after all, she was one of the most ...
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How different are the anime and manga versions of Death Note?

Although this question was closed, it was actually through it that I came to realize that the anime and manga versions of Death Note are different, having only seen the anime version. Just how ...
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Couldn't Misa have told Kira L's life span?

In the manga Death Note, when Misa meets L for the first time, she has the shinigami eyes, so she must be seeing L's lifespan at the moment. L dies a few volumes later, so couldn't Misa have alerted ...
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How old was L in the Death Note series?

In the Death Note series, it is seen that while L and Soichiro Yagami are observing Light through the cameras, L says that he used to do a lot of pointless things at the age of seventeen. Later, ...
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What if you wrote “eaten by a gigantic sea-snake” in the Death Note?

I was wondering, suppose that I wrote in a Death Note, Person A in day x, month y, year z, hour h, minute i, second j, eaten by a gigantic sea-snake. A goes to the middle of the sea for diving....
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Is Misa Amane's early death a plothole in Death Note?

According to the wiki, when a Shinigami dies, their remaining lifespan is given to the human they saved. Shinigami who die are reduced to dust, and their remaining lifespan is given to the human ...
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Why didn't L check Light's handwriting?

Why didn't L check Yagami Light's handwriting and try to match that to the handwriting in the Death Note when he had the notebook?
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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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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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Why is there an entire Death Note if only one page is enough?

After discussing the matter of whether the Death Note will ever run out of pages, it appears to me that there is another unclear matter, which is whether the page itself can ever run out? You can ...
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What happened to the Shinigami Zellogi?

In the ninth episode of Death Note, a Shinigami, Zellogi, decides to "check out on Ryuk": A conversation with another group of Shinigami goes like this: -Who'd want Ryuk as a pet? He's not even ...
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Did Light Actually Like L (in a friendship way)?

When I watched episode 25 of Death Note (AKA the one when L, Watari, and Rem died), I noticed that Light was strangely kind to L. Is that because he was nice to L before he died, or because he ...
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Can an adult be killed using the Death Note, by remembering their childhood face while writing the name?

To kill a person using the Death Note, you are required to think of their face while writing their name. If the Death Note user last saw a person decades ago when he was a child, but has no idea ...
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Did Yagami Light take a risk while handing over the Death Note to Rem?

I didn't understand the scenario where Yagami Light relinquishes ownership of his Death Note for the first time. He trusted Rem to give it to such a person who would have traits like that of Kyosuke ...
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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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Fitting rules of Death Note

There are at least 130 rules of use of the Death Note. Do they all fit on the one last page of the notebook (how?) or do they come from some other source? Was it ever addressed in the manga or the ...
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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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Is it possible to kill people indirectly with the Death Note?

Rule X in the Death Note states: 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 ...
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What was L's real name?

I watched through Death Note once, and I never remember hearing L's name, even after he died. What was L's real name, or did he never have one (it was never said)?
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Death Note: Old age as cause of death?

If you would write something like: "Bob Hyrule dies of old age", would this work?
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Will a person die when their name is written in the situation of death?

The answer by Imprfectluck at this question made me wonder what would happen to people whose name was written down in the details of another persons death. For example: John Doe dies after his date ...
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How long did Light's father have to live?

Since Light's father took the shinigami eyes, which reduce your lifespan by 1/2, and died the same day, does this mean he only had 2 days left to live?
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What is the actual dialog for this Death Note swimming meme?

There is a meme created from the Death Note manga which details a character yelling at Matsuda and instructing him to swim. (A similar meme was created as a GIF from the anime.) (And a link to the ...
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What did Light write before killing Shibuimaru Takuo?

So I decided to rewatch Death Note. In the first episode, there's a motorcyclist called Shibuimaru Takuo - Light's second victim. In the scene where he is about to kill him, according to my subtitles, ...
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Why didn't Light use Shinigami eyes?

Why didn't Light Yagami use the Shinigami eyes? Couldn't it have been an easy task for him? Was it his arrogance and overconfidence? Alternatively, was he not willing to sacrifice half his lifespan, ...
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How far can you manipulate someone with a Death Note?

We know that if you kill a person via a disease, the Death Note isn't limited to the 23 day rule. Now those who have watched death note know, you can manipulate a person to an extent. So my question ...
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Can a person shorten their own life by using the Death Note?

I was reading about the rules of the Death Note on Death Note wiki and I came across this certain rule... A person can shorten his/her own life by using the note. What does this rule mean? Does ...
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Do all the children in Wammy's House receive codenames?

Everyone who watched Death Note knows that L was raised in a orphanage called Wammy's House. So, L's Name was L Lawliet. Near's is Nate River, and Mello's was Mihael Keehl. Does every child of Wammy'...
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Why is the ending of Death Note in the anime so different from the manga?

Even though I haven't read the end of the manga very carefully, I did notice that a lot of the details were changed, or even omitted completely, in the end of the anime. I don't understand why the ...
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Is there any reliable source that explains the Tsugumi Ohba-Hiroshi Gamo pen name?

It is said in some sites (including Wikipedia) that based on some cross-references the Bakuman and Death Note, the author, Tsugumi Ohba, is actually a pen name, and his real name is Hiroshi Gamo, ...
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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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Was Misa accessible to Light in the way that this proposition assumes?

There's this video that proposes how Light could have beaten Near. A critical element of the proposition is that Misa is accessible to Light, but was she? I seem to recall Misa was in the custody of ...
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Why was it that Light's father could see Light's lifespan, while Mikami couldn't see it (which allowed him to deduce that Light was Kira)?

I was talking with a friend about Death Note and he said that he could't understand one thing: When Light's father died, he saw Light's lifespan with his Shinigami eyes, so he could "confirm" that ...
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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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Do apples grow on trees in the Shinigami realm?

In the Shinigami realm, there are other apples, that taste like sand, according to Misa Amane. Do these apples grow on trees in the Shinigami realm? I think they may rather grow on a plant, close to ...
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Why didn't the Task Force capture Misa Amane?

After the final meeting and Light's death, everyone in the room knew the truth. They knew that the 13 day rule was fake, and the rule about destroying the Death Note was fake, too. They also had ...
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Must you write the full name of a person in the death note to kill them?

So let's say I wanted to kill, for example, David Connor with the death note. But his full name would be David Winston Connor. Must I write his full name, or is David Connor enough?
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Did Light truly love anyone?

In Death Note, I am not aware of whether Light actually truly loved or cared about anyone although at the beginning of the series you could say he loved his parents perhaps. But it seems that he was ...
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How did N come to the conclusion that Light Yagami was Kira?

Even though L had his suspicions about Light, he was not sure that Light was Kira and he couldn't prove it either. However, N was able to do so. What evidences led N to believe that Light Yagami was ...
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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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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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Killing Conjoined Twins using Death Note

There are Mr. A and Mr. B. They are conjoined twins who each has their own set of organs except for the heart. I write the name of Mr. A while imagining his face, with the cause of death being falling ...
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Why did Rem kill L?

I know that it was Light's plan to make Misa look suspicious again so that Rem would kill L. But why did she think that Misa was going to be executed? Was it because her lifespan was shortened again? ...