Death Note

10 Worst Episodes of Death Note

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?

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 02, 2023.

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Death Note - S1E31

#10 - Transfer (Season 1 - Episode 31)

Kira's plan to kill Near backfires and suspicions arise in the Japan Headquarters concerning Kira’s true identity in Light. Kira realizes he must hand off the Death Note once again and finds a new follower.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 475 votes.

Death Note - S1E32

#9 - Selection (Season 1 - Episode 32)


Teru Mikami has always had a sense of justice and brought it upon himself to distinguish between good and evil. Now a grown adult, Teru serves under Kira and uses his newly acquired powers to choose a Kira spokesperson to replace Demegawa.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 470 votes.

Death Note - S1E19

#8 - Matsuda (Season 1 - Episode 19)

Matsuda makes the Kira investigation more difficult for the Task Force when he gets himself captured by the Yotsuba corporation.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 575 votes.

Death Note - S1E28

#7 - Impatience (Season 1 - Episode 28)


Near collaborates with Light in order to rescue Sayu, who is being held hostage in exchange for the Death Note.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 494 votes.

Death Note - S1E27

#6 - Abduction (Season 1 - Episode 27)

Five years later, two new enemies prepare themselves to challenge Kira. While one tries to find Kira with the help of the newly established group, the SPK, the other takes a more drastic measure by kidnapping someone very close to Soichiro and Light.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 511 votes.

Death Note - S1E34

#5 - Vigilance (Season 1 - Episode 34)


It is confirmed within the task force that Light is up to something in his meetings with Kiyomi. After exhaustive research, Near decides he can move into the final stages of his plan to expose and humiliate Kira.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 456 votes.

Death Note - S1E33

#4 - Scorn (Season 1 - Episode 33)

Near comes closer and closer to the truth about who is who. He lays traps for Kira as Kira does the same for Near, setting the stage for the mounting final battle.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 450 votes.

Death Note - S1E26

#3 - Renewal (Season 1 - Episode 26)


A transmission intended for L's successor shows all of L's findings on the Kira case. Afterwards, Light furthers his plans for a utopia, dividing the world into those who support and those who fear Kira.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 520 votes.

Death Note - S1E20

#2 - Makeshift (Season 1 - Episode 20)

L has bugged the secret meeting in the Yotsuba corporation and the task force is divided between those who want to stop the killing by arresting the 7 members of the Yotsuba corporation and those who want to wait to know who is actually Kira.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 538 votes.

Death Note - S1E18

#1 - Ally (Season 1 - Episode 18)


Tensions rise among the Task Force as the Kira investigation continues with the close surveillance of the Yotsuba corporation. But when the Force finds that the police are no longer supporting the case, the members are forced to choose between keeping their jobs or resigning to continue searching for Kira.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 583 votes.

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