, Desu Nōto?
) is a manga
series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba
and manga artist Takeshi Obata
. The main character is Light Yagami
, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook
, the "Death Note", dropped on Earth by a god of death named Ryuk
. The Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know, by writing the name in the notebook while picturing their face. The series centers around Light's attempt to create and rule a world "cleansed of evil" as "God"
using the notebook and the efforts of a detective known as L
, to stop him. Death Note
was first serialized in 108 chapters by Shueisha
in the Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
from December 2003 to May 2006. The series was also published in tankōbon
format in Japan starting in May 2004 and ending in October 2006 with a total of twelve volumes. The series was adapted into live-action
films released in Japan on June 17, 2006, November 3, 2006, and February 2, 2008. The anime
series aired in Japan from October 3, 2006, to June 26, 2007. Composed of 37 episodes, the anime was developed by Madhouse
and directed by Tetsuro Araki
. A light novel
based on the series, written by Nisio Isin
, was released in Japan. Additionally, various video games have been published by Konami
for Nintendo DS
. Viz Media
licensed the Death Note
manga in North America and has published all the twelve volumes from the series as well as the light ...