Death Note: Season 1 (2007 - 2008)

Season 1
Death Note

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Death Note is an exceptional anime that poses profound questions about justice and murder, all while delivering a supremely satisfying tale of tactical one-upmanship between a detective and killer.



Critic Ratings: 14


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User Ratings: 330

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Air date: Oct 21, 2007

Light discovers the notebook and begins killing criminals. Later, Ryuk visits Light and explains the consequences of his actions.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2007

Light designs a hiding place for the notebook after learning anyone who touches it will be cursed. Meanwhile, L, a mysterious detective, begins investigating the deaths of more than 50 criminals and sets up headquarters in Japan.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2007

Ryuk warns Light that he's being followed.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2007

Light discovers that he can dictate his victims' actions through the description of their deaths in the notebook.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2007

Light finds a way to get rid of FBI agents secretly brought into Japan by L. Elsewhere, the Kira task force is thinned out once L's credibility is called into question.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2007

Light intercepts a woman at the police station with info that could implicate him in the murders.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2007

Light struggles to learn the true identity of the woman he met at the police station after he discovers she used an alias.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2007

L installs cameras in the Yagamis' home after realizing Raye Penber may have met Kira.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2007

The legendary detective L is on the trail of Light but after some deliberation, he decides that in order to learn more, he'll have to reveal himself to him.

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Air date: Dec 23, 2007

Always ready with an inventive way to gain the knowledge he needs, legendary detective L engages Light with a game of tennis, and they talk about the Kira case.

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A bright but bored boy attempts to rid the world of evil using a strange and deadly notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in its pages. His quest is complicated when a genius detective begins investigating the murders.

Cast & Crew

Manabu Tamura
Toshio Nakatani
Mikiko Kobayashi
Tsugumi Ohba
Mitsuhiro Yoneda
Hiroyuki Tsuchiya
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Critic Reviews for Death Note Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Death Note is one of the most tightly plotted anime you're likely to watch... It's a fascinating show with a colorful cast of main characters, with moments both hilarious and haunting.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Death Note's audacious attempt to explore and even question the idea of morality is ambitious and ultimately more hit than miss.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Beyond its deft twists and turns, Death Note also addresses questions about morality, justice, and capital punishment. All this, plus beautiful animation and well-written dialogue and plot, makes Death Note the cream of the animated crop.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Some droning voice acting leadens what is otherwise a brilliantly terse noir.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

If Death Note succeeds in at least one thing, it is that it has possibly created the most interesting and intriguing character of all anime.

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

A well-paced thriller with remarkable characters, thought-provoking themes, lots of unexpected twists, and fascinating battles of wit.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The storyline is terrific -- as with horror-fantasies like Boogiepop Phantom and Paranoia Agent, Death Note doesn't limit the focus to the protagonist, and it considers the effects his activities would have on society at large.

Feb 22, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

[Death Note] deserves a space on the list of the best anime of all time.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

My final take on Death Note is thus: This was the greatest anime there has ever been. This was the greatest anime dub there has ever been.

Sep 26, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

This cat-and-mouse series is highly addictive.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Death Note holds a prominent position in the canon of modern anime, and at only 37 episodes is well worth the time it'll take you to watch it.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Death Note is a fascinating concept that heads into unsuspected territory. It's unlikely that you'd find a the protagonist in a Western television show.

Sep 26, 2018 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Death Note: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Literally my favorite anime! Terrific for almost the entire story! Both story arcs captivate the audience and their ideas of morality/justice. Light against L is the ultimate match of wits and wills. Each move they make is like a game of chess where the perfect counter is used! Extremely enjoyable and a must watch!!!
  • Aug 11, 2020
    10/10 anime. Personally the best there is. First time saw it in 2014, have been a fan ever since. Rewatched it many times and its still amazing. The plot, character and even the animation for that time all are amazing!
  • Aug 06, 2020
    one of the most fantastic animes ever made. really enthralling
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Its the anime that people who dont watch anime watch, and its for good reason. Death Note is an amazing eye appealing show with great characters and an amazing plot.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Storytelling masterpiece with great characters,action pieces and voice acting both japanese and english.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Great anime, one of the best in history to date.
  • Jun 08, 2020
    a little bit cartoonish, but fully functional
  • Jun 01, 2020
    An unusual story with a little bit of fiction to support some rules that ties the story to a land on which we can put our feet down. And an absolute tom and Jerry concept with real complications of our conception of good and evil from a roschach point of view.
  • May 28, 2020
    Uma obra prima em forma de anime, dificil alguem não gostar desse anime.
  • May 09, 2020
    It's hard to see how much tension is in DEATH NOTE until it has you. The story never stops unfolding until the end.

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