Death Note (watch trailer in english) is a Japanese series originally written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata centering around a young high schooler who decides to rid the world of evil with the help of supernatural sources.
Death Note first began as a manga series first serialized by Shueisha in Weekly Shonen Jump from the first issue in December 2003 to May 2006, with 108 chapters in total. The series has been published in its entirety in 12 graphic novels in Japan. Eventually, Death Note was licensed for American publication by VIZ Media and began to be released in October 2005. Later, a set of live-action movies based on the series were planned for production, with the first part released on June 17, 2006, and the second part due out on November 3, 2006. An anime series based on the manga commenced airing in Japan on October 3, 2006.
『DEATH NOTE』（デスノート）は、2003年12月~2006年5月まで少年漫画誌「週刊少年ジャンプ」（2004年1号~2006年24号）で連載された、原作：大場つぐみ、作画：小畑健のサイコサスペンス漫画、及び作中に出て来る架空のノート。また、これを原作とする実写映画、小説、アニメ、ゲーム作品。読者・ファンの間での略称は『デスノ』。DEATH NOTE.COM
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