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Meet Light Yagami, a brilliant but bored high school student whose life is changed when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, or god of death, named Ryuk. When Light discovers that any human whose name is written in the book dies, he vows to use its power to rid the world of evil. But every action has its consequences, and Light soon finds himself in a life or death battle of wits with the mysterious genius detective called L. Humanity itself becomes the battleground to determine what form of justice will prevail!

Episode 1: Rebirth

Brilliant but bored high school student Light Yagami suddenly finds himself holding the power of life and death in his hands--the power of the Death Note! He decides to rid the world of evil--by killing off criminals one by one. When the murders start to pile up, genius detective L is on the case, and an epic battle of wits unfolds!

Episode 2: Confrontation

While the world's criminals continue to drop dead, L meets by computer with representatives from various nations. He requests that a task force be set up in Japan, under the direction of none other than Soichiro Yagami, Light's father!

Episode 3: Dealings

Ryuk, the shinigami, or god of death, who dropped the Death Note into the human world, warns Light that someone is on his trail. Light is troubled that he can't find out the identity of his tracker, and Ryuk suggests an amazing deal...

Episode 4: Pursuit

Light--now known to the world as Kira--tests the Death Note to understand the scope of its powers by killing off six convicts in various ways--and confirms he can control his victims' actions before they die!

Episode 5: Tactics

Soichiro Yagami demands to meet with L in person when he finds out that L has secretly brought FBI agents into Japan. Light, meanwhile, has found a way to get those very FBI agents off the case--permanently!

Episode 6: Unraveling

Light meets a woman at the Police Department with an urgent message for the Kira task force. As son of the chief investigator, Light listens to her story and is startled to discover she has information that could lead to his arrest!

Episode 7: Overcast

Light uses the Death Note to try to get rid of the woman who could get him captured, and is shocked when it doesn't work. Realizing she must have given him an alias, he's got only minutes to find out her real name before she spills her story to the task force!

Episode 8: Glare

L insists on setting up bugs and cameras in the homes of members of the Japanese task force, including the Yagamis'. But Light is a step ahead as usual--he knows he's being watched!

Although he's one of the top-ranked high school students in Japan, Light Yagami, the hero of the dark fantasy Death Note (2006), is alienated and bored. His life changes dramatically when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped into human space by Ryuk, an equally bored and alienated Shinigami, or god of death. If anyone writes the name of a human in the notebook, that person will die within minutes. After testing the Death Note's powers, Light quickly overcomes his initial qualms and launches a grandiose vigilante campaign: he will rid the world of criminals and evil people to create his version of a perfect society. But the string of deaths he causes inevitably attracts the attention of the police. The mysterious investigator known only as "L" vows to track down the murderer and bring him to justice. This high-stakes battle of wits pits Light against L, while Ryuk watches with icy bemusement. Death Note is less overtly violent than Elfen Lied or Gantz, but it revels in a similarly off-putting amoral cruelty. (Rated Teen+ Older Teen, suitable for ages 15 and older: grotesque imagery, violence, violenec against women) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Death Note
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VIZ VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T28G2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By trashcanman VINE VOICE on August 4, 2007
Format: DVD
"Death Note" the anime is finally arriving on American shores and it's about time. The manga is hugely popular in both Asia and the USA and has even been banned in China due to it's perceived bad influence on students. There have also been two live-action films. So how does this story translate to the small screen? Having not read the comic, I saw this show with fresh eyes and it practically ruled my life until I finished it. This is one of the most intriguing, complex, and unique television shows of any genre and you will be missing out if you choose to pass it by.

The story focuses on a boy, Light Yagami, who comes across a notebook at school one day. He takes it home and reads it's contents, finding instructions for using this "Death Note" (as it's labeled). Any human whose name is written in it, dies. Naturally, one would assume that this was a joke, so he tries it out on a criminal holding hostages live on television. It works, all right. A normal child would probably burn it, or at least hide it away and never use it again, but Light is an exceptional boy, one with an (almost) unrivalled intellect and a severe hatred of crime; not to mention a megalomaniacal streak a mile across. So he decides to use his new found power to rid the world of criminals and establish a new world order with him playing God and delivering justice as he sees fit. Shortly after finding the Note, Light meets it's owner, a shinigami (death god) named Ryuk who is one of the most psychotic-looking anime/manga creations ever; like the Joker had a baby with a feathered demon or something. So why would a shinigami like Ryuk want to leave a Death Note in the human world? Why, because he was bored and that's just how Ryuk rolls.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith A. Jones on January 29, 2008
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This is one anime that is rediculously good. Death Note has an incredible power that only anime has held tightly. The power to take an insane concept and actually make it make sense. Vandread is one I can think of right off the bat. Let me explain, The Death Note is a notebook caried by creatures caled Shinigami. The shinigami are said not to be either good or evil. The impossible or the seemingly impossible is the death note's poweres and how to make a story out of this. Light Yagami finds the Death Note one day lying on the ground.

Light is at the top of his class, the son of a great detective, and is going to be going to college soon. When he touches the Death Note he see's the previous owner, the shinigami named Ryuk . This shinigami is not so soft on the eyes but despite this Light gets used to Ryuk very quickly. Light finds that the Death Note can be used to kill people. If you write the name of the person with his/her face in mind, the person will die. If the cause of death is unspecified then the person will die of a heart attack.

Light comes to the conclusion to use this newfound power to eliminate evil people in the world. He goes after people in prison, people suspected of criminal acts that he believes are guilty, and though he does not blieve in killing the innocent he will kill whoever tries to get in his way. Somehow by a crazy hunch, the police figure that someone is doing this. They do not believe that all these criminals are dieing from heart attacks just by chance. Honestly the police would never have a chance at even getting a thoght of who was doing this. Then a new character is introduced. His name is simply L, L is an amazing detective and seems to be just as smart if not smarter than Light and he gives him some competition.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Lewis on October 23, 2007
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Death Note is truly the best adult anime, period. I say adult, because the story line is mature and complex. I do not think children under the age of 13 will get any of what is going on. The action is limited, but the dialog and writing is truly a piece of work. You wont find sex scenes or excessive violence, but if you enjoy a unique, well written story that forces you to watch episode after episode to see what happens next, then Death Note will not disappoint.

Buy it, love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2008
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Because so many others have praised this so highly and so well I will not add a great deal here. The brilliance of the show lies not in its premise, but in what it does with that after initially established. A brilliant high school student named Light Yogami finds the Death Note, a notebook that can literally kill a person once you have entered their name in it. Light proceeds to make the world a better place by entering the names of as many criminals as possible (though one wonders why he focuses so ardently on those who commit violent crime, when some political leaders cause far more destruction than even the worst -- it would have been interesting to see Light enter the names of Taliban leaders or the president of the US). Worldwide authorities quickly surmise that the rash of deaths of inmates in prisons (especially in Japan) due to heart attacks (the default method of death unless further specifications are made) is the work of person or persons unknown and they recruit the world's foremost investigator, known merely as L (voiced in the English language version by BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Allesandro Juliani aka Gaeta aka Butter Fingers). The ensuing chess match between Light, who is megalomaniacally determined to remake the world according to his personal moral standards, and L, who is determined to stop anyone striving to make themselves the world's grand executioner, provides most of the focus for this first disc in the series. The two are constantly represented as each other's opposite, though interestingly both are seeking justice and a better world, though by different and incompatible means.

What sets DEATH NOTE above other animated series is the brilliance of the writing and its patience in exploring ideas. This is a show of ideas and not of action.
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You've most likely either purchased it or found the answer out yourself, but it is correct. This DVD contains both English and Japanese audio settings.
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yes they do have japanese title
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