Death Note: Season 1 (2007 - 2008)

Season 1
Death Note

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 170
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Air date: Oct 21, 2007
Air date: Oct 28, 2007
Air date: Nov 4, 2007
Air date: Nov 11, 2007
Air date: Nov 18, 2007
Air date: Nov 25, 2007
Air date: Dec 2, 2007
Air date: Dec 9, 2007
Air date: Dec 16, 2007
Air date: Dec 23, 2007
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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.


Brad Swaile
as Light Yagami

Critic Reviews for Death Note Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Death Note: Season 1

  • Sep 11, 2019
    What constitutes justice? Is it morally justified to kill criminals to create a perfect world. Excellent plot, character arcs, and beautiful music. The perfect anime.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Death note Is an incredible adventure and I would say one of the best Animes ever done
  • Aug 22, 2019
    Awesome . looking for season 2
  • Aug 15, 2019
    the most wonderful anime I've ever seen in my life
  • Aug 04, 2019
    My favorite anime of all time! Extremely intelligent and suspenseful with the best game of cat and mouse that I've ever seen. A must see for anime fans!
  • Jul 28, 2019
    Can't take anything of it seriously the main character looks like the guy from Big time rush the plot is complete bullcrap because the book itself is way too op
  • Jul 16, 2019
    This show is L.E.G.E.N.D.A.R.Y.
  • Jul 10, 2019
    N absolutely brilliant anime with so many plot twist, with an amazing philosophic fight behind all the actions by the main characters
  • Jul 09, 2019
    this is the perfect anime smart moving intense every second feels perfectly placed out and you can see some great foreshadowing on your second time i would recommend this to anyone you do not have to be an anime fan you might just be looking for a great story to follow and this slow burn have it all
  • May 17, 2019
    Amazing!!best anime ever

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