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Death Note Synopsis
A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.
High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.
With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.
Death Note banned for Violence.
Death Note has been into controversies in many instances due to its storyline. A book called Death Note using which you can kill anyone by writing his/her name on the book. Death Note got banned in China because so many children were buying Death Notebooks and writing the name of people they disliked to kill them off. Although harmless this shows how much influence the anime Death Note has.
Crime Solving Family for Justice.
Early in the planning of Death Note, Near and Mello were intended to be the twins of L, who was supposed to be a bit older. But then they dropped the plan because the author of Death Note Ohba and Obata, both couldn’t imagine L having sex. I wonder how a fan fiction about this would turn out to be?
Who is Taro Kagami in Death Note?
Taro Kagami who finds Death Note and accidentally use it to kill several bullies. Ryuk takes pity on Taro, giving him a “Death Eraser” to bring them back to life—wildly out of character for the Shinigami we know. This was the pilot episode of Death Note which was ultimately discarded from the mainstream Death Note manga.
Light Yagami might become a Shinigami in the afterlife.
One thing we realize that Light Yagami can neither go to heaven nor hell because of using Death Note. Light would never experience that two afterlife but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t get to go to an afterlife. In Death Note: Relight, we’re acquainted with a Shinigami that we didn’t meet in the main anime. Based on the knowledge this Shinigami has, as well as his interactions with an older looking Ryuk, fans of the series have long speculated that the new Shinigami is actually Light. In the event that that were the situation, it gives some significant backstory about the Shinigami realm, and could possibly mean each god of death is someone from the human realm who died after having used a notebook. It makes you wonder not only about whether the new Shinigami is Light, but also who the other Shinigami could have been if they actually were all humans at one point.
Detectives or Soccer Players?
Near the beginning of Death Note, many investigators are seen in a room together talking to L. All these investigators had a sign that said their nationality and name on them. All the names were actually names of famous football/soccer players from each of their respective countries.
Brazilian martial arts performed by L
After Light and L’s fight in episode 18, many fans assumed L was using capoeira (a form of dance fighting that originated among Brazilian slaves). Series creator Tsugumi Ohba hadn’t written L as a master capoeirista, but he liked the idea so much that he declared it canon.
Operating System wars.
When watching the Death Note series, you can tell that Light and L are complete opposites in terms of behavior and characteristics. In fact, the only real similarity is that they’re both pure geniuses. However, the writer has made the two characters so opposite from one another that whenever we see them use a computer, L uses a Mac whilst Light uses a Windows PC.
There is a musical based on Death Note.
Speaking of adaptions of Death Note, one adaption that might surprise people is that it was actually turned into a musical just last year. While the anime does have a great soundtrack, transforming the story into a full-fledged musical isn’t the most obvious choice. Death Note doesn’t exactly fit in when you imagine popular musicals like Cats or Rent. Surprisingly, though, the show actually garnered some decent reviews in its Japan debut and was something people were excited for.
The secret of strawberry!
Everyone remembers L offering Detective Mogi a strawberry to keep a secret. But you may not have noticed that Mogi puts the strawberry in his pocket. Does he like strawberries? Was he too dumbfounded to say no? Does it matter?
Misa Amane one of the hardest characters to draw.
Obata had the hardest time creating Misa. He didn’t understand her total loyalty and love for Light, and her variety of expressions and moods proved challenging for the artist to keep track of. Her elaborate Gothic lolita fashion sense definitely didn’t make it easier.
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Summary of Death Note
Light Yagami is a genius high school student who discovers the “Death Note”, a notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it, as long as the writer is thinking of that person’s face as they write. After experimenting with the notebook, Light meets the Shinigami Ryuk, the notebook’s original owner, who dropped the notebook to the human world out of boredom. Light tells Ryuk of his plan to rule as a god over a new world free from criminals, where only people he deems morally fit to live remain. Light becomes known to the public as Kira, which is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the word “killer“. Ryuk, invisible except to those that possess the Death Note, follows Light around and takes enjoyment from Light’s meticulous actions as Kira.
Kira’s killings catch the attention of Interpol and world-famous detective “L”. L, who is highly intelligent, has surmised that Kira can kill anyone by knowing their face and name, and tricks Light into revealing his location in the Kanto region of Japan. L creates a small anti-Kira task force from the local police to help discover who Kira is, including Soichiro, Light’s father, requiring Light to take several measures to keep the Death Note secure. Light and L begin a game of cat and mouse to try to further their own ends.
Once Light is in college, he joins L and his anti-Kira task force in hopes of finding a way to learn L’s name and kill him. Light’s plan is impeded by a love-struck second Kira, famous model Misa Amane, and her Shinigami Rem. Misa finds out that Light is the first Kira and offers her assistance to him. However, Misa’s infatuation with Light causes her to make several strategic errors, allowing L to gain enough evidence to detain her as the second Kira. L suspects Light is the first Kira, leading Light and Misa to create a plan to throw L off track. Light allows himself to be detained, and both relinquish ownership of their Death Notes, erasing all memories they had of using it. While detained, a third Kira appears, proving Light and Misa’s innocence, and L releases them into house arrest in his headquarters.
The anti-Kira task force identifies the third Kira as Yotsuba Group executive Kyosuke Higuchi, who has been using Misa’s Death Note. Higuchi is captured, and Light touches the Death Note, regaining all his memories. He kills Higuchi to retake possession of the notebook. After apprehending Higuchi, the anti-Kira task force learns of the Death Notes and their function, and the existence of Shinigamis associated with them. Light then manipulates Rem into killing L after putting Misa in a life-threatening situation. Because purposely killing to prolong the lifespan of a human violates Shinigami law, Rem also dies. Upon L’s death, Light becomes the second “L” and continues his charade of searching for Kira while carrying out the killings himself with help from Misa.
The narrative picks up four years later, with Kira attracting a large network of contacts and a swell of public support. Two young men, raised as potential successors to L, are revealed – Near, a detective associated with the United States Government, and Mello, a member of the Mafia.
Mello uses criminal means to get closer to Kira. One of Mello’s plans results in the death of Soichiro. Meanwhile, Near’s investigation of Kira leads him to suspect that Light is acting as both the current L and Kira. After Soichiro’s death, Near plants seeds of suspicion in the task force. In response, Light persuades Misa to give up her notebook and raises another “Kira”, Teru Mikami, a prosecutor and fervent supporter of Kira. Mikami recruits Kiyomi Takada, a newscaster, to serve as Kira’s public spokeswoman. Realizing that Takada is connected to Kira, Mello kidnaps Takada. She kills Mello and is in turn killed by Light. However, Mikami’s actions as a result of the kidnapping enable Near to set up a trap that implicates both Light and Mikami as Kira. The task force and Near’s investigation team capture the two of them and force a confession out of Light. Ryuk, realizing Light is no longer able to entertain him, kills Light with his notebook, as he promised to do so at the beginning of the story.
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Awesome facts!!! ^_^
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Thank youu 🙂
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Such interesting facts about death note! They could have used other reasons for L having twins without him actually participating in the act lol like science and genetics.
And that theory about death note users turning shinigami sounds legit. Great post 🙂
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You make sense about the genetics and science. Even I was thinking that theory sounds right. Thank you 🙂
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You’re welcome. ^^