Death NoteManga, vol.12 (2003)
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects--and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?
Light Yagami is a brilliant 17-year-old student, one of the top scorers on his exams in all of Japan. One day as he leaves school, he finds a mysterious black notebook on the ground with "Death Note" written on it. The first thing written inside: "The human whose name is written in the notebook shall die." Light decides to use this to cleanse the world of evil by killing all the criminals. On the scene comes L, ace detective, who's determined to find Light—who the world now calls "Kira"—and track him down, thus bringing us an epic psychological thrill ride.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Top-ranked student Yagami Light is disenchanted with the world around him. Through a series of events, he comes into possession of the ultimate power over life and death: a supernatural "death note" which can kill nearly anyone at his whim. As Light sets off on a crusade-turned-killing-spree, investigators from a police task force try to stop the mysterious deaths - including Light's own father, a senior policeman.
Production:Takeshi Obata (Art),
Tsugumi Ohba (Story)
Related anime:Death Note TV, 2006, Adaptation
Death Note Rewrite Special, 2007, Adaptation
Related manga:Death Note Manga, 2003
Death Note Pilot Manga, 2003
Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases Light Novel, 2006, Prequel
Death Note: L, Change the World Light Novel, 2007, Side story
Death Note Episode 0 One Shot, 2006, Alternative version
Death Note Manga, 2008, Sequel
Death Note: L FILE No. 15 Manga, 2008, Side story