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How old was L in the Death Note series?

As stated in the wikia, L's age is 24-25 years old. Also, in Death Note 13: How to Read, it is stated that L was born on October 31, 1979 and died on November 5, 2004. From this we can calculate that ...
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How does L deduce that Kira needs a name and not just a face?

Just reread the manga and it turn out it was the police, probably with L help, that concluded the fact that Kira need both name and face from Death Note Chapter 11 One, page 5 Matsuda: He needs to ...
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Why is L hiding his face?

Presumably to both keep himself safe and give himself business. L has presumably put away a lot of people. Probably incredibly smart people, given that it required someone at L's level to catch them....
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Where does the word "Kira" come from, or what does it stand for?

In episode 2, at around 12 minutes, Light explains that the name Kira was taken from the English word "killer".
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Can Ryuk be killed with the Death Note?

There is no definitive information in the anime or manga on this particular question. So it MAY be possible, theoretically, to kill a Shinigami with a Death Note. However, regardless of that, in ...
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Why didn't Rem tell L's name to Light or Misa?

One of the Shinigami rules (shown during scene breaks and not the actual story) says: The Shinigami must not tell humans the names or life spans of individuals he sees. This is to avoid confusion ...
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Is Kira (Yagami Light) an antihero or a villain?

In modern works, we are not limited to Greek archetypes. Light is a villain protagonist. While the stories of the Greeks were written to follow great heroes, that does not limit us to their ...
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How many Death Note anime and manga are there?

The core of the Death Note series is comprised of the 108 manga chapters created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata and its 37 episode anime adaptation which covers the same material. Consuming either ...
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Can the Death Note manipulate people whose names aren't written in it?

The answer to your question is quite complex and can best be summarized succinctly as -- "maybe". The death MAY play out exactly as you wrote it, it may play out similarly, but with someone or ...
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What do the oddly positioned letters in "Death Note" title mean?

They're definitely not random. From an artistic perspective, this typographic choice accomplishes 3 things: The 90 degree rotation of the Ts and the A form the shape of an arrow or a knife tip. The E ...
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Is it true that there's an eraser for the Death Note that can bring people back to life?

The Death Eraser appeared exclusively in the Death Note Pilot chapter, which isn't canon. If the pilot chapter was considered canon several things would contradict themselves, like how the Rules of ...
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Is Kira (Yagami Light) an antihero or a villain?

The entire anime (and probably manga but I haven’t read it) follows the story of Light — from when he first gains access to a Death Note until the bitter end. It’s obvious that Light is a central ...
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Why don't the Shinigami just hang around the human world?

Because it is stated in one of the rules that a god of death or shinigami cannot go to the Human World without any clear or significant reason. As stated here, The god of death must not stay in ...
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Did Light Actually Like L (in a friendship way)?

In the Chapter 32 (Vol. 4), Light was thinking if he should kill L or not, and then Ryuk said he thought that Light's doubt was because L called him his friend. Then Light answered that on the outside,...
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How was Light able to maintain his academic performance?

Light was the top in his class is academics and also in tennis, which just goes to characterization to express the point that he is the all around A+ student. On top of all that Light also works as a ...
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How did Light know that Hideki Ryuga is the real L?

His father confirmed it. L when tells Light his real identity, he made it in such a way that Light couldn't kill him. If Light tries to kill "Hideki Ryuga", he is not sure if he is the real L. If ...
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Raye Penber conversation with Yagami Light following the bus incident

Light mentions that his father is a police detective when he passes a note to Yuri saying that he will try to subdue the bus hijacker: Don't worry, Yuri. It'll be okay. I'm going to look for a ...
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Did this character die because of the Death Notes' new rule or because Ryuk wrote his name in a Death Note?

Minoru died because of Ryuk, similar to how Yagami Light did. Through the original Death Note Series Ryuk mentions that when the owners life would come to an end, he would write down the name instead....
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Is it common to tell people how you spell your name in Japan?

Telling someone how to spell your name is probably pretty common in Japan, especially if your name has an uncommon spelling. Even just from watching anime, you see it happen pretty often. For instance,...
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Can Ryuk be killed with the Death Note?

You can't kill a Shinigami by putting down his/her name on a Death Note As stated on the anime/manga, the only known way to kill a Shinigami/Death god is for him/her to kill an human with a Death Note ...
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Does a Shinigami still die if they extend a human life without knowing it?

If the god of death is using the death note was killing at random, it would not result in the god of death dying. See rule XVII: If the god of death decides to use the Death Note to kill the ...
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Why does Light Yagami shuffle the two death notes?

If I recall correctly it was a part of Light's grand scheme to fully exonerate him as being Kira in the eyes of the task force and to kill L. Only Light's Death Note had the rules written in English (...
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How did Mello know how to help Near in Death Note?

I remember that Halle Lidner, SPK member, always kept in touch with Mello, keeping him up-to-date with Near's latest theories concerning Kira case. It's possible that he also knew about Near's plan ...
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Is it possible to have absolute obedience using Death Note?

There are a few practical limits. In the movie the death had to occur within 23 days. In the anime, Light experimented with what he could make the victims do. If it was physically impossible for ...
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Did L win against Light?

It really depends on what you call winning. L had been suspicious, strongly suspicious and just a tad less strongly suspicious of Light being Kira throughout the entire anime (or, well: those potions ...
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How did Light went unnoticed by his dad?

it was because Light didn't own the Death Note that was on his body, concealed by his clothing. When the Kira Task Force got the Death Note from the New Kira in the Yotsuba Group, when Light touched ...
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Why was Light only targeting Japanese criminals when he was in the US?

Notice the "keep killing Japanese criminals" part; this seems to suggest that (mostly) Japanese criminals were being killed by Kira during the time right before this incident. L had already previously ...
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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 the difference is intent, the intent being to extend ...
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Why doesn't Misa Amane regain her memory when she touches the death note?

In short: Unlike Light, Misa never owned that death note. Now the relevant timeline: Ryuk dropped a death note that became Light's - the one with the rules so we call it the rulebook. Rem handed a ...
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Can someone stop the cause of death after someone writes the details in the Death Note?

The Rules of the Death Note are pretty clear: How to Use: XI […] As you see above, the time and conditions of death can be changed, but once the victim’s name has been written, the ...
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