デスノート

5 Jul

Do you know the Japanese manga (comic) titled 「デスノート」 (“Death Note“)?

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It’s about a bored 死神 (Death God), which could be called a Japanese equivalent to the Grim Reaper, who purposely leaves his Death Note(book)* in the human world in hopes that a human will pick it up and use it.

(*「ノート」 (“Note“), by the way, is the common word in Japan for “notebook”. So the English title of 「デスノート」 (“Death Note“) should be “Death Notebook” to be technically correct.)

A Japanese high school boy who believes that the world is too full of criminals and generally bad people is the one who finds the 「デスノート」 (“Death Note“) left by the 死神 (Death God).

It looks like an ordinary notebook until he opens the cover and sees the notebook’s “rules”. The rules basically state that if someone writes the name of a specific person in the book that that person will die soon after their name is written.

At first the boy is skeptical that the 「デスノート」 (“Death Note“) is real until the 死神 (Death God) appears in his room.

After being convinced that the book is real, the boy decides that he will use to “clean” the world of criminals.

Slowly the 死神 (Death God) reveals more facts to the boy…such as:
– no human can see or hear the 死神 (Death God) unless they touch the 「デスノート」 (“Death Note“),
– when a 「デスノート」 (“Death Note“) is found by a human, it belongs to that human and the 死神 (Death God) can’t get it back until either the human dies or every page in the book are filled, and
– when a 死神 (Death Gods) looks at a human, he can see their name and how many days are left in their lifespan.

I saw both the first 「デスノート」 (“Death Note“) movie and the sequel when they aired on television here.

A scene from the "Death Note" movie.

A scene from the "Death Note" movie.

After seeing the movies, it made me interested in reading the manga.

A criminal is tricked into touching the "Death Note"...which causes him to be able to see and hear the "Death God"---which is scarier than the police to him.

A criminal is tricked into touching the "Death Note"...which causes him to be able to see and hear the "Death God"---which is scarier than the police to him.

Of course I saw the movie and read the manga in Japan, so they were in Japanese…but I heard that 「デスノート」 (“Death Note“) has become popular overseas in English.

Have you seen the 「デスノート」 (“Death Note“) manga or movies?
Do you like them?

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80 Responses to “デスノート”

  1. BigA--Bootykinz July 6, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    What a fantastic anime “DEATNOTE” was, I love the relationship between “L” & Light….also the ironic connections the writer allowed them to have. Very clever. 2 THUMBS UP!!!!
    Code Geass is another great one as well….

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    • tokyo5 July 8, 2011 at 12:19 am #

      >What a fantastic anime “DEATNOTE” was,

      Have you seen the movie?

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  2. Biswajit biswas June 26, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    U would be glad if u just send me a copy of the movie the death note

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    • tokyo5 June 26, 2010 at 12:55 am #

      I guess you mean that you would be glad (as opposed to me being so).

      Sorry. I don’t have copies of this (or any other) movies to give away.
      I’m sure you can find a site online (such as Amazon) that sells it.

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    • Tempest June 26, 2010 at 10:40 am #

      Biswajit biswas, you can pre-order it on BluRay, releasing August 24th, at Amazon.com

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  3. Kagami June 9, 2010 at 2:50 am #

    I have seen the entire Anime Series but I have yet to watch the movie. I hate Light Yagami. he is a heartless murderer. L thought that he was his only friend and then he killed him! How could he do such a thing?

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    • tokyo5 June 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

      An important aspect of the story is that “power corrupts”.

      Unlike in western movies, characters in Japanese stories are often neither completely “good” or completely “bad”.

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  4. Jonathan May 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    This manga sounds interesting. I’ve never actually read manga before but I might start with this series. 🙂

    I started to get into anime recently with the Sailor Moon [ 美少女戦士セーラームーン ] series. Old but still good imo. I’ve only seen the English dubs but I like them. I would really like to learn Japanese so that I can watch the original Japanese versions without subtitles. Our English ones remove so much of the original Japanese content. I don’t blame the company for never licensing an English dub of the Sailor Stars.

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    • tokyo5 May 24, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

      >I’ve never actually read manga before but I might start with this series.

      What country do you live in?
      Is Japanese manga and anime popular there?

      >[ 美少女戦士セーラームーン ]

      Is that the full name of “Sailor Moon“?
      Did you type that yourself? Can you read it?

      It means something like “Beautiful Girl Soldier, Sailor Moon”.

      The only reason I know the “Sailor Moon” character is because I have three daughters. They used to watch the TV cartoon when they were young.

      >I would really like to learn Japanese

      Are you studying Japanese?

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