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1.
Japanese Comic or manga that portrays the twisted and suspenseful story of Yamagi Light, a genius who gets his ambitious hands on the Notebook of Death. Upon writing a persons name and the cause of death within its pages the person will die 40 seconds later. However, Light has to overcome the police and super sleuth "L" who pursue him before he can "cleanse the earth" of filth.
Light wrote >_<; in the Death Note. Looks like I'm dea-*ack* *cough* X_x
by >_<; April 01, 2005
 
2.
one of the newest, most popular and up-and-coming animes I've ever seen. it's not like most traditional animes that focus on fighting, evolving, building up power, or involving some kind of giant mech machine. No, Death Note is a story of a brilliant boy named Light who finds a supernatural note book dropped deliberately by a bored Death god (Ryuk). The note has the ability to kill anybody whose name is written in it. Furthermore, the time of death, cause of death, and events leading up to the death can all be manipulated simply by writing it down. Light chooses to use this amazing notebook to "judge" the world. He begins executing criminals and believes justice is on his side. He figures soon all crime will cease altogether and he will rule this world as its "God". Unfortunately for Light, the police are trying to solve the mystery of the strange deaths that are killing off all convicted criminals. Having no major leads, they call in "L", a super detective whom rarely anyone has met. He has never failed a case, and is incredibly smart. By this time, the world has branded the person believed responsible for criminal deaths as "Kira" meaning "killer". Soon enough, a battle of wits ensues between Kira and L. L is trying to find out who Kira is. Light is trying to find out who L is, and what's his name. Whoever obtains their goal first wins, and the loser faces the penalty of death.

I strongly recommend this anime. It's different, suspenseful, dark, and more suited for teens not children. It's already been made into two movies. and a third is on the way, based on the character "L".
Jeff:"Hey man, have you watched Death Note?"
Craig:"No , what the heck is it?"
Jeff:"It's a show about a friggin' notebook that KILLS people!"
Craig:"Sweeeet."

"L": "Light come out of the bathroom. You've been in there for over an hour."
Light: "Not now. busy. writing in my death note."
"L": "What was that? Death whaat?"
Light: "I mean--oh shit."
by Raye Penbar August 16, 2007
 
3.
An amazing anime about a high school genius named Light, and an equally smart detective named L.

Also, it focuses a lot on snacks. Dramatically.
Typical Scene from Death Note:

Light: Just watch me L, I'll solve equations with my right hand and write names with my left...I'll take a potato chip...AND EAT IT! *potato chip sparkles*
by Helenamm March 03, 2009
 
4.
The murder weapon from the popular anime/manga series, Death Note. To use the death note all one needs to do is write a person's name down while picturing their face.

The owner of the death note is haunted by a shinigami for the entire time they have it. They may make the "eye trade" with the shinigami at anytime, which would give them the ability to see a person's name just by looking at them.
You may not want to fuck with Light, or he'll write your name down in his death note
by Hebi August 27, 2007
 
5.
Yagami Light is an ace student with great prospects, who's bored out of his mind. One day he finds the "Death Note": a notebook from the realm of the Death Gods, with the power to kill people in any way he desires. With the Death Note in hand, Light decides to create his perfect world, without crime or criminals. However, when criminals start dropping dead one by one, the authorites send the legendary detective L to track down the killer, and a battle of wits, deception and logic ensues.
Death Note aired on Adult Swim from 2007–2010. There are a total of 37 episodes.
by Japanese Anime August 29, 2010
 
6.
A manga and anime series about a bored, teenaged genuis named Light who finds a notebook that can kill people, called the Death Note. He uses it get rid of the people who are causing the world to "rot", but it's soon noticed that criminals are dying of heart attacks (the Death Note's default cause of demise) at alarming rates. Light becomes known as "Kira", dirived from the English word "killer", and a legandary detective, known as "L", is assigned to this case. The first half of the story revolves around Light and L's game of cat and mouse, which is made interesting because both characters are intelligent to the point that it's inhuman.
There's no way Naruto will die - the only manga that is allowed to kill off the main character is Death Note.
by shankitty November 03, 2007
 
7.
In my opinion, the greatest comic / cartoon of the 21st century. Maybe it's due to the fact that:

-The manga series was finished when the anime begin, so it doesn't have that many unnecessary fillers like Naruto and Bleach etc...

-The story is neither too long nor too short and has an ending, unlike the majority with unlimited episodes+fillers.

-Its original yet suspenseful storyline is a breath of fresh air from the typical teenage anime/manga you see.

-A battle of wits instead of flashy attacks.
If you're a fan of the manga death note, then you might as well check out "LIAR GAME", written by Shinobu Kaitani.
by matthewmanhorn May 10, 2009