Popular manga series Death Note
first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump
in December 2003. With its anti-hero protagonist, dark psychological themes, innovative premise, and unpredictable plot twists, Death Note
was an instant hit, amassing an avid readership in its three years of serialization. It was later published in a 12-volume set in multiple languages, selling 18 million copies worldwide. In summer 2006, the film version of Death Note
starring Fujiwara Tatsuya and Matsuyama Kenichi became a blockbuster success throughout Asia; the sequel is scheduled for November release. Now Death Note
comes to the small screen with an animated series!
One day, bored death god Ryuk leaves his Death Note in the mortal world, just to see what will happen. A Death Note is a death god's weapon for killing; as the instructions within clearly state, the human whose name is written in the notebook dies. Ryuk's Death Note is picked up by Light, a bright and restless student who assumes the notebook is a joke - until someone drops dead. Realizing the power that has been bestowed upon him, Light adopts the name Kira (Killer) and sets about ridding the world of criminals. His callous renegade justice, however, is not tolerated by the authorities. Faced with so many unexplained deaths, the police enlist the assistance of L, an eccentric young genius with a taste for sweets and detective work. And so begins a dangerous battle of wits between the mysterious L and the increasingly calculating Light.