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Death Note

Death Note

NTV 2006

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But will Light succeed in his noble goal, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?

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The 10 Best Episodes of Death Note

Death Note - S1E25

#1 - Silence (Season 1 - Episode 25)

L continues to interrogate Rem, while Light manipulates Rem into killing off the greatest obstacles in his way.

The episode was rated 8.86 from 580 votes.

Death Note - S1E24

#2 - Revival (Season 1 - Episode 24)

While Higuchi is finally captured, Light inadvertently regains his memories as Kira.

The episode was rated 8.72 from 546 votes.

Death Note - S1E36

#3 - 1.28 (Season 1 - Episode 36)

The Japanese Task Force and the SPK finally meet at YellowBox Warehouse on January 28th. However, a third party has come to the warehouse as well, on Kira's orders to kill everyone else there.

The episode was rated 8.72 from 488 votes.

Death Note - S1E37

#4 - New World (Season 1 - Episode 37)

The climactic battle between Light Yagami and L's successors finally comes to a close.

The episode was rated 8.67 from 571 votes.

Death Note - S1E15

#5 - Wager (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Light tries using the second Kira to find out L's real name. However, L is well prepared for Kira's next move and is able to get one of the Kiras in his custody soon enough.

The episode was rated 8.60 from 609 votes.

Death Note - S1E23

#6 - Frenzy (Season 1 - Episode 23)

L and the Task Force close in on Higuchi who continues to play into their hands. But as time before Kira's identity is revealed on Sakura TV gets closer, Higuchi gets desperate and makes the deal for shinigami eyes.

The episode was rated 8.58 from 538 votes.

Death Note - S1E7

#7 - Overcast (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Light meets Penber's fiance — an ex-officer who is determined to hunt down Kira.

The episode was rated 8.52 from 700 votes.

Death Note - S1E16

#8 - Decision (Season 1 - Episode 16)

After renouncing ownership of both Death Notes, Light turns himself in to L and is imprisoned.

The episode was rated 8.52 from 591 votes.

Death Note - S1E4

#9 - Pursuit (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Light creates a complex plan involving the Death Note and another criminal to try and expose his follower's name and identity.

The episode was rated 8.47 from 815 votes.

Death Note - S1E2

#10 - Confrontation (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Light falls into the first of many of L's attempts to uncover him from his Kira alter ego.

The episode was rated 8.41 from 979 votes.

Death Note - S1E11
#11 - Assault
Season 1 - Episode 11

The Sakura TV station plans to air Kira's home-made videos. Little do they know that the videos will bring more than ratings.

The episode was rated from 645 votes.
Death Note - S1E9
#12 - Encounter
Season 1 - Episode 9

Still suspicious of Light's too-perfect behavior, L decides to take drastic measures and enters the same university to meet Light face to face.

The episode was rated from 683 votes.
Death Note - S1E22
#13 - Guidance
Season 1 - Episode 22

Thanks to Misa, the Task Force now knows the identity of the new Kira and L plans an elaborate scheme to smoke him out of hiding.

The episode was rated from 526 votes.
Death Note - S1E35
#14 - Malice
Season 1 - Episode 35

Light and Near agree upon a meeting place for the final confrontation. A key player is kidnapped and the end results are shocking.

The episode was rated from 464 votes.
Death Note - S1E5
#15 - Tactics
Season 1 - Episode 5

After finding the true identity of his follower, Light uses him to deal a major blow to the rest of his enemies.

The episode was rated from 771 votes.
Death Note - S1E3
#16 - Dealings
Season 1 - Episode 3

Ryuk informs Light that he's being followed and asks Light if he wants to make a trade for his own Shinigami eyes. But at what cost?

The episode was rated from 834 votes.
Death Note - S1E8
#17 - Glare
Season 1 - Episode 8

Discovering that L has went so far as to tap his room with cameras, Light comes up with a plan to throw off his suspicions.

The episode was rated from 688 votes.
Death Note - S1E14
#18 - Friend
Season 1 - Episode 14

Light furthers his plans as Kira after meeting with the very annoying second Kira.

The episode was rated from 604 votes.
Death Note - S1E29
#19 - Father
Season 1 - Episode 29

Mortified over allowing the Death Note to fall into Mello's hands in order to save his daughter, Soichiro puts himself into harm's way in order to get it back.

The episode was rated from 492 votes.
Death Note - S1E6
#20 - Unraveling
Season 1 - Episode 6

Furthering the Kira investigation, the remaining police force finally meets L.

The episode was rated from 720 votes.

Last updated: oct 02, 2022



It's hard to believe how well this was put together at times. I'd say the first 10 episodes are definitely the best, after that the story line has reached a point where it's less exciting. That doesn't mean the rest of it is bad though, not at all. One thing that striked me is that there were often tensions moments when Light get's interrogated. Ever time when it seems like he's getting caught he comes up with another waterproof lie/alibi to trow off any suspicion. Which is what I meant by the first sentence. I actually got a Death Note book as a gift after I finished the series :)


Kinda sucked after when L died :'(


One of the most perfectly interlinked and suspense TV show I have ever seen..


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