What is Death Note?
Death Note is a anime/manga about how a Shinigami (god of death)
gave a seemingly random human the power to hand out capital
punishment to any other human whose name and face is known to them.
Supposedly, the Shinigami did this out of boredom and to toy with
Ryuk, a Shinigami, got his hands on two Death Notes and randomly
placed one on Earth in hopes that a human would find it. Death
Notes are notebooks that allow the owner of the Note to kill a
human whose name and face is known to the owner in two ways:
specifically (which leads to experimentation) and generally with a
heart attack. Shinigami use them in their routine killing of
Light Yagami, the human who found Ryuk's notebook, is an
unusually smart high school senior living in the Kanto region of
Japan. Almost immediately after finding the Note, he began to
consider himself superior to other humans and often referred to
himself as a god. He goes about dealing "justice" by killing
hundreds of convicted criminals with the Death Note.
The police catch on that there must be someone manning the
killings, calling this murderer "Kira", which is derived from the
Japanese pronunciation of the English word "killer". In addition,
the cops have the enigmatic detective "L" to help them and through
his brilliance, they are able to trick Light into revealing that he
is int he Kanto region of Japan.
Thenceforth, the battle between Kira and L commences. L must
find Kira and bring him to justice and Kira must find L and kill