Death Note is a manga, short series of movies and an anime (creation started in that order). The plot revolves around a 17-year old Japanese straight A student by the name of Light that uses the Death Note to “purify” the world from evil according to his “Righteous Judgment”. The Death Note is a notebook used by Death Gods to kill off humans by writing their names in it.
The storyline starts off where both Ryuk the Death God and Light the human are frustrated from the rotten condition their realms are in. Ryuk then out of boredom decides to drop his second notebook in the human world, by Light’s school. Light picked it up and naturally thought it was a prank, but eventually he found out it wasn’t. A few days later Ryuk himself pays him a visit, explaining Light the situation. As the plot advances Light discovers more details about the Death Note and its usage, while steering away from his “Righteous Judgment”.
Storyline by Tsugumi Ohba, art work by Takeshi Obata. Was serialized by Shueisha in Weekly Shonen Jump and ran from December 2003 to May 2006, ended having 12 volumes.
The first one premiered in Japan on June 17, 2006. The second one named “Death Note: The Last Name” premiered on November 3, 2006. Both movies were a big success in Japan, topping the box office for weeks. There are plot alterations in both movies, for example – Light’s girlfriend Shiori.
The anime began airing in Japan on October 3, 2006, and is currently scheduled to run for 37 episodes. Contrary to the movies, the anime series follows the manga’s original storyline with just a few alterations on the character designs and order of facts. The series currently airs on the Nippon Television network every Wednesday at 00:56.