Death Note

The first appearance of a Death Note in the series.

The Death Note is a central plot piece in the anime and manga series, Death Note. The object itself is in the form of a notebook, with the words "Death Note" written in various languages. Used by Shinigami, the Death Note's principal purpose is to cause death to those whose name is written within it. In the series, one such note is used by Light Yagami to kill off criminals under the alias of "Kira".


[edit] Use

Death Notes are the tools used mainly by Shinigami (commonly dubbed Gods of Death). If a Shinigami kills a human with his or hers Death Note then the remaining life span of that human is given to the said Shinigami, as long as a Shinigami keeps killing humans they can live forever without being killed by things such as guns and knives. Each Shinigami is only allowed to have one Death Note in their possession, any more should be given back to the Shinigami King. However the series main shinigami - Ryuk - came into possession of a second Death Note by tricking the Death King. Another Shinigami named Rem also comes along a second Death Note to which was another Shinigami (Gelus) whom had killed himself in order to save Misa Amane.

[edit] Clauses of Use

The Death Note has many ulterior, effects mostly on the user. These include the advent of going to neither heaven nor hell when one dies. Another notable effect of the Death Note is the nightmares one experiences after using it. These visions generally consist of bodies of those killed with the Note's power somehow terrifying the user. Ryuk says that these visions could make one insane, a fact which Light rebuffs, saying he is strong enough to withstand such things.

[edit] Rules

When writing a name in the Death Note, certain rules must be followed. In the note itself, they are written in english, as that is the most universal language. Some of the basic rules include:

Lbullet.png The human whose name is written in this note will die

Lbullet.png The note will not take effect unless the writer has the persons face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore people sharing the same name will not be effected

Lbullet.png If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the persons name it will happen

Lbullet.png If the cause of death is not specified the person will simply die of a heart attack

Lbullet.png After Writing the cause of death, details of the death should be written n the next six minutes and 40 seconds

Lbullet.png This note shall become property of the human world once it touches the ground of(arrives in) the human world

Lbullet.png The owner of the note can recognize the image and voice of original owner, I.E. a god of death

Lbullet.png The human who uses this note can neither go to Heaven or Hell

Lbullet.png If the time of death it written within 40 seconds of writing the cause of death as a heart attack the time of death can be manipulated and the time can go into effect within 40 seconds after writing the name

Lbullet.png The human who touches the Death Note can recognize the image and voice of its original owner a god of death even if the human is not the owner of the note

Lbullet.png The person in possession of the Death Note is possessed by the god of death, its original owner, until they die

Lbullet.png If a human uses the note, a god of death usually appears in front of him/her within 39 days after he/she uses the note

Lbullet.png Gods of death the original owners of the Death Note do not do in principle anything which will help or prevent the deaths in the note

Lbullet.png A god of death has no obligation to completely explain how to use the note or the rules which will apply to the human who uses it

Lbullet.png A god of death will extend his life by putting human names on the note but humans cannot

Lbullet.png A person can shorten his or her own life by using the note

Lbullet.png The human who becomes the owner of the Death Note can in exchange of half of his/her remaining life get the eyeballs of the god of death which will enable him/her to see a humans name and remaining lifetime when looking through them

Lbullet.png A god of death cannot be killed even if stabbed in his heart or shot in the head with a gun. However there are ways to kill a god of death which are generally not known to the gods of death

Lbullet.png The conditions for death will be realized unless it is physically possible for that human or it is reasonably assumed to be carried out by that Human

Lbullet.png The specific scope of the condition for death is not known to the gods of death either. So you must examine and find out.

[edit] Users of the Death Note

[edit] Humans

Light Yagami

Misa Amane

Teru Mikami

L (Live Action Films only.)

Kyosuke Higuchi

Mello (Specluation)

Taro Kagami (Manga Pilot only)

C-Kira (Manga only)

[edit] Shinigami

This is a list detailing all the Shinigami known/seen using their Death Note at some point during the anime or manga.




Last edited by Zap on 13 February 2010 at 14:26
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