A lifespan (寿命, jumyou) is the amount of time that an individual will live for. It also refers to the date (in Shinigami time) visible above a person's head with the Shinigami Eyes. When the date is reached, that person's lifespan is over and they will die.

Appearance Edit

With Shinigami Eyes, the lifespan of a human is visible as written numbers floating above the human's head, as well as the human's name.

Shinigami do not have the power to view the lifespans of other Shinigami. Likewise, humans with Shinigami eyes cannot see the lifespans of Shinigami or the owners of Death Notes.

Purpose Edit

Shinigami use Death Notes to kill humans so they can inherit the remaining lifespan from the human they killed. To know how many years they are taking, they need to be able to see the human's lifespan. Shinigami continue their existence by taking years from humans in this manner.

Unlike Shinigami, humans do not inherit other humans' lifespans after killing victims with a Death Note. However, they can inherit a Shinigami's remaining lifespan if the Shinigami sacrifices itself to save a human. Rem and Gelus both did this to save Misa Amane, and Misa inherited their remaining lifespans.

Lifespan Trade Edit

A human can exchange half of their remaining lifespan in order receive the power of having Shinigami eyes. This is done by the human agreeing to the Shinigami Eye Deal.

Known lifespans Edit

Character Lifespan
Light Yagami 9 3 31 26 3 9
20161121 (LINE Play)
L 75231362
51161121 (TV drama)
Misa Amane 12 74 2 9 55 (TV drama, Othellonia)
Soichiro Yagami 932253 (film series)
Touta Matsuda 548192
Near 43406
Mello 502209
Sayu Yagami 11213 (film series)
Kanzo Mogi 662389 (film series)
Pedoro Kollet 592
Rod Ross 351011
Mark Dwellton 2134738
Ill Ratt 0235 21
Masaru Kamoda 16823428
Shin Kuromoto 234813
Danny Bloyer 12993[1]
Seam Solt 36928[1]


Tsugumi Ohba says "I did create a complicated math equation for Light's Life span when the numbers first appeared above his head. But now I don't even remember the formula. Every other life span number after that was added by Obata-sensei. He chose some nice numbers."

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Manga Edit

Anime Edit

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2015 TV drama Edit

Games Edit

Trivia Edit

  • As the Rules state, Shinigami cannot take the lifespan of a human unless they are at least three years of age; they also cannot take the lifespan of someone over 124 years old.
  • When Shinigami save a human life, their lifespan is given to that human; Gelus and Rem both saved Misa, lengthening her life considerably. (Although, the years of life Misa got from Gelus were halved twice by Rem and Ryuk, since she traded for the Shinigami Eyes.)

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Anime episode 29: Father.

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