Overly long speeches, fangirls, potato chips, Just as planned, Sakujo, manga murders
- URL: Death Note
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- Date: 12/2003
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Death Note is a anime and manga series, written by Tsugumi Ohba, which focuses on an insane intellectual Light Yagami using the Death Note he gained from a bored death god, named Ryuk, to kill criminals to create his vision of a “perfect” world. The Death Note is a blank book held by death gods in order to kill, only having to write a victims's name into the Death Note for that person to die, and even how/when/where that person dies if the owner so writes. However, as Light attempts builds the "perfect world" he is challenged by a world renowned detective, L and his pupils.
The series has gained a vast amount of popularity and was generally well-received by critics, at least in the beginning. On the other hand, it is often called the Twilight of the anime world as it is overrated, due to increasing convolution of plot through out the series, the existence of the character Misa, and the anime version's “overly-homosexual” scenes.
Death Note has spawned three memes: Just as planned, Sakujo, and minor meme of I'll take a potato chip. The former is Light’s response to Naruto’s “Believe it!”, saying it all the time. Sakujo is Japanese for “delete” which Teru Mikami, the fourth Kira, constantly repeats when he is killing criminals. The last one was a YouTube fad based on a dramatic scene where Light secretly killed criminals while eating potato chips, with a dramatic Latin chorus having him eat.
Death Note was originally published for Weekly Shōnen Jump in December 2003 and ended in May 2006. The series was written by new-comer Tsugumi Ohba and was illustrated by veteran Takeshi Obata. Ohba originally wanted to make a suspense series around rules because he did not feel he could write fight scenes.
The series is complete with 108 chapters, 37 episodes and three live-action Japanese movies. Because of its popularity, Death Note was supposed to have an American live-action movie which was to be released by 2010. It was rumored that Zac Effron was going to play as Light due to their shockingly identical appearance.
- The series inspired copycat crimes, such as a Belgian murder case in which the murderer left notes around the victims claiming to be Kira
- Banned from schools in China since 2005
- When writing, the writer often has habits similar to L in the manga/show.