Death Note (デスノート, Desu Nōto) is an anime based on the Death Note manga, directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse. It began airing in Japan on October 3, 2006, and finished its run on June 26, 2007, totaling 37 twenty-minute episodes.[1] The series aired on the Nippon Television network "every Tuesday at 23:34".[2] The series was co-produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television, Shueisha, D.N. Dream Partners, and VAP.[3]

The anime adaptation is mostly faithful to the manga. The story begins in the year 2006, instead of 2003.


The anime consists of 37 episodes, and each one is about 20 minutes long.

See: List of Episodes

International ReleaseEdit

United States and CanadaEdit

In North America, the series has been licensed by Viz for residents in the United States to use "Download-to-Own" and "Download-to-Rent" services while it was still airing in Japan. This move is seen as "significant because it marks the first time a well known Japanese anime property will be made legally available to domestic audiences for download to own while the title still airs on Japanese television."[4] The downloadable episodes contain the original Japanese audio track and English subtitles,[5] and is available through IGN's Windows-only Direct2Drive service.[6] DVDs of the series have also been released,[5] containing both an English dubbed audio track, produced by Ocean Productions, and the original Japanese audio track with optional English subtitles.[7] Viz announced at Anime Expo 2007 that the first DVD was officially released on November 20, 2007, in both regular and special editions,[8] and also confirmed at Comic-Con International 2007 that the first 15,000 copies of each DVD contains collectible figures.[9]

Death Note was slated to make its North American television premiere in Canada on YTV's Bionix programming block on September 7, 2007, The Canadian premiere was pushed back to October 26, 2007, at 10:00 p.m., when it finally premiered. Death Note premiered in the U.S. on October 20, 2007, at 11:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim,[10] until January 10, 2010, when the contract expired.[11] The last episode aired on Canada's YTV channel on July 4, 2008, and on Adult Swim two days later. YTV took away the show on July 5, 2008, with the last airing being the last episode rerun at 1:30 a.m. ET, as part of YTV moving the Bionix block to a 2-hour only block on Saturdays.[12] The show also streamed online for free on Adult Swim Video, with a new episode available every Saturday afternoon, on the day of its broadcast premiere.[13]

Anime FilmsEdit

The anime TV series was later condensed into two films: Death Note Relight 1: Visions of a God, which covered the first part of the story, and Death Note Relight 2: L's Successors, which covered the second part. The first film aired on TV in Japan in 2007, and the second aired in 2008.

Content was heavily edited to make the films feature-length. The films notably include a few new scenes as well, such as Light visiting L's grave, and Near recalling a time when L spoke to the children at Wammy's House.

See alsoEdit


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