Death Note Anime

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  • Death Note

Death Note Anime Plot Story English

In Tokyo, a disgruntled high school student named Light Yagami finds the “Death Note“, a mysterious black notebook that can kill anyone if the user knows the target’s name and face. Initially frightened by her god-like power, Light considers the possibilities of the Death Note‘s abilities and kills high-ranking Japanese criminals, then targets international criminals. Five days after discovering the notebook, Light is visited by Ryuk, the Shinigami and the previous owner of the Death Note. Ryuk, invisible to those who have not touched the notebook, reveals that he threw the notebook into the human world out of boredom and is amused by Light’s actions. While criminals around the world are dying from unexplained accidents and heart attacks, the world media assumes that there is one mastermind behind the mysterious murders and calls him “Kira” – the Japanese transliteration of the English word “murderer”.

Hoping to apprehend Kira, Interpol enlists the help of an enigmatic consulting detective known as L to assist in their investigation. Concluding that Kira is based in Japan, L tricks Light into revealing that he is in the Kanto region of Japan, manipulating him into killing the decoy. Enraged, Light vows to kill L, whom he sees as obstructing his plans. L deduces that Kira has inside knowledge of the Japanese police investigation led by Light’s father, Soichiro Yagami. Suspecting that “Kira” may have family ties to those involved in the “Kira” investigation, L assigns a group of FBI agents to keep an eye on the families of those involved in the investigation, and L learns enough to name Light as the prime suspect. Around this time, Light transitions from high school to college.

L recruits Light into the Kira Task Force, each trying to get the other to reveal important information. Actress model Misa Amane, after receiving a second Death Note from a Shinigami named Rem, makes a deal with Rem for Shinigami eyes that allow her to kill knowing only the face, at the cost of half her life. In an effort to make Light her boyfriend, Misa reveals Light’s identity as the original Kira, but Light has another motive: he intends to use Misa’s Shinigami eyes to find out L’s real name. L deduces that Misa is likely the second Kira and delays her. Rem threatens to kill Light unless he finds a way to save Misa. Light sets up a scheme in which he and Misa temporarily lose their memories of the Death Note and has Rem hand over the Death Note to a less morally driven person, Kyosuke Higuchi of the Yotsuba group.

With his memories of the Death Note erased, Light joins the investigation and works with L to figure out Higuchi’s identity and arrest him. Light regains his memories and uses the Death Note to kill Higuchi, reclaiming the book for himself. After restoring Misa’s memories, Light orders her to start killing like Kira, causing L to suspect Misa. As Light hints that the investigation will lead to Misa’s capture and execution, Rem realizes that Light’s plan all along was to have her sacrifice herself to kill L, as a Shinigami cannot kill others to prevent a person’s death. After Rem kills L, she disintegrates and Light gets her Death Note. The Task Force does not announce L’s death and agrees to have Light act as the new L. With Light working as both L and Kira, the investigation halts but the crime rate continues to drop as he is no longer in danger of being caught.

Four years later, cults arose that worshiped Kira. Two young men raised as potential successors to L are revealed: Near and Mello. Knowing that L is dead, they consider Light, the current L, as the prime suspect. Mello, with the help of the mafia, kidnaps Light’s sister, causing his father to die during a rescue mission. When suspicion falls again on Misa, Light gives Misa’s Death Note to Kira’s ardent supporter, Teru Mikami. He also appoints announcer Kiyomi Takada as Kira’s public spokesperson. Realizing that Takada is related to Kira, Mello kidnaps her. Takada kills Mello, but Light kills him. Near deduces Mikami’s connection to Kira and arranges a meeting between Light and the current members of Kira’s task force. Light tries to get Mikami to kill Near as well as all the members of the task force, but Mikami’s Death Note doesn’t work as it was replaced with a decoy. Looking through the names that Mikami wrote down, only Light’s name is missing, which proves that Light is Kira.

Light is badly injured in the fight and begs Ryuk to write the names of everyone present. Instead, Ryuk writes Light’s name in his Death Note, as he promised to do the day they met, and Light dies. Three years later, Nia, now functioning as the new L, receives word of the arrival of the new Kira. Upon hearing that the new Kira randomly kills people, Nia concludes that the new Kira is seeking attention and denounces the new Kira as “boring” and unworthy of attention. A Shinigami named Midora approaches Ryuk and gives him an apple from the human world to bet if a random person can become the new Kira, but Midora loses the bet when the person writes their name on the Death Note after hearing Near’s words. announcement. Ryuk tells Midora that no human will ever surpass Light as the new Kira.

Death Note Characters

  • Main Characters
    • Lawliet, L
    • Yagami, Light
    • Ryuk
    • Yagami, Souichirou
  • Supporting Characters
    • Amane, Misa
    • River, Nate
    • Keehl, Mihael
    • Matsuda, Touta
    • Jeevas, Mail
    • Mikami, Teru

Death Note Episodes

Sl. NoEpisode Title
37New World
38Director’s Cut Complete Conclusion Relight: Visions of a God (Special Episode)
39Relight 2: L’s Successors (Special Episode)
Death Note Episodes