This is a list of events that took place in the Death Note manga in chronological order. This information has been checked using the databook, Death Note 13: How to Read.


  • This is a work in progress.
  • This timeline follows the events canon to the manga and not the anime or films.

Pre-Kira Case


Date Event
September 1 Naomi Misora enters the FBI.


Date Event
July 22 A crossword puzzle is sent to the LAPD with clues meant to lead them to the 1st victim of the BB Murder Cases, this is unknown at the time and the puzzle is ignored.
July 31 The first victim in the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, Believe Bridesmaid, is found dead. (Note that all victims were found dead the same day that they had been murdered.)
August 4 The second victim in the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, Quarter Queen, is found dead.
August 13 The third victim in the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, Backyard Bottomslash, is found dead.
August 14 Naomi Misora has her first contact with L.
August 22
  • The murderer Beyond Birthday makes a suicide attempt in a way to make it appear he himself was murdered as the final victim of the BB Case.
  • Naomi Misora learns Beyond Birthday's plan and prevents his death.
  • Naomi Misora arrests Beyond Birthday thus concluding the LA BB Murders. (see full details of the case here)
September 1 L learns capoeira as recommended by Naomi Misora.


Date Event
May 19 Misa Amane's parents are killed by a burglar.
July 4 Raye Penber proposes to Naomi Misora.
September 30 Naomi Misora quits the FBI in anticipation of marriage.

Kira Case Part I

2003 (continued)

Date Event Chapter
November 28 001 Boredom Light Holding Death Note

Shibuimaru death

December 3 Light Yagami meets the Shinigami Ryuk and announces that he'll become the god of the new world created with the help of the Death Note which he has already been using to kill off criminals. 001 Boredom Episode-1-Rebirth-death-note-22008500-1391-782
December 4 At an ICPO meeting on how to deal with the Kira killings, L announces his investigation. 002 L L on Screen
December 5
  • On a TV broadcast, Lind L. Tailor defies Kira.
  • Light Yagami kills Lind L. Tailor using the power of the Death Note, but L has tricked him into revealing that Kira is in the Kanto region of Japan.
002 L Lind L Tailor
December 9
  • Light Yagami helps his younger sister, Sayu Yagami, with her homework.
  • Over family dinner, Soichiro Yagami reveals information about the Kira case and how the hours of death have narrowed down the suspects.
003 Family
December 10 23 criminals held in prison are killed one by one, on the hour, by the Death Note. 003 Family
December 11 23 more criminals are killed by the Death Note. 003 Family
December 12
  • L realizes that Kira can control the victim's time of death and has access to information on the progress of the investigation.
  • Light Yagami creates a false bottom in his desk drawer to hide the Death Note.
003 Family

004 Current

December 14 Twelve FBI agents are sent to Japan in order to find the source of the leak by checking on the Kira Task Force and their relatives. 005 Eyeballs
December 18 005 Eyeballs

006 Manipulation

Shinigami eyes manga
December 19 Light Yagami uses the Death Note to perform tests on imprisoned criminals. 006 Manipulation
December 20 Kiichiro Osoreda takes the occupants of a bus hostage, a feat caused by Light Yagami with the Death Note in order to learn the name of the man following him. Osoreda is then killed by colliding with a car 007 Target
Light and Raye are on a bus
December 27 009 Slots Light holds Penber hostage
December 31 010 Confluence

011 One


Date Event Chapters
January 1

012 God
013 Countdown
014 Temptation

January 5 L views security tapes of FBI agents dying. 015 Phone Call
January 8
  • The Yagami and Kitamura families are put under surveillance by L.
  • A fake news bulletin announces 1500 Kira investigators are coming to Japan.
  • An embezzler and a purse-snatcher are killed by Kira.

016 Handstand 017 Trash

January 10 Three small-time thieves are killed by Kira. 018 Gaze
January 12 L decides to end surveillance of the Yagami and Kitamura households. 018 Gaze
January 17 Light Yagami and L come face-to-face for the first time during the university entrance exams. 018 Gaze
January 21 Beyond Birthday is killed by Kira.
January 28 Model Misa Amane appears in the March issue of Eighteen.
February 2 The killer of Misa Amane's parents is killed by Kira.
March 12
  • Misa Amane is attacked by a stalker.
  • The Shinigami Gelus, out of love, kills the stalker and this causes his own death.
027 Love Gelus saves Misa
March 20 Misa Amane gains the Death Note and meets Rem.
April 2 Misa Amane moves to Tokyo.
April 5
  • Light Yagami enters To-Oh University where he and L, under the alias of Hideki Ryuga, make the opening speech on behalf of the new students.
  • L officially introduces himself to Light Yagami and invites him to join the Kira investigation.
019 Humiliation
April 7

020 First Move
021 Duplicity
022 Misfortune

April 13 The Second Kira's videos are received at Sakura TV. 022 Misfortune
April 17

Seiichi and Seiji Machiba are killed by the Second Kira.

April 18 023 Hard Run

024 Shield

April 22
  • The police release a video sent by the Second Kira which indicates their refusal to work with him.
024 Shield
April 24
  • L announces the possibility of there being a Second Kira.
  • Light Yagami passes L's test and joins the Kira Task Force.
  • L broadcasts fake Kira message aimed at the Second Kira.
025 Fool

026 Reversal

April 26
  • Another video from the Second Kira is sent and passed on to the Kira Task Force.
  • In the video, the Second Kira uses the term "Shinigami". L is shocked by the idea that such creatures exist.
026 Reversal

027 Love

May 12 A mysterious diary arrives from the Second Kira. 027 Love

028 Judgement

May 22 Misa Amane locates Light Yagami in Aoyama. 028 Judgement
May 23 Misa Amane mails a video to Sakura TV.
May 25 029 Weapon

030 Bomb

May 26 Light Yagami asks mother Sachiko Yagami and sister Sayu Yagami not to tell anyone, including his father Soichiro Yagami, about Misa Amane—he fears that this could lead L to identifying him and Misa as Kiras. 031 Easy
May 27 031 Easy

032 Gamble

May 28

Misa Amane is arrested on suspicion of being the Second Kira—though the official charge is possession of illegal drugs.

033 Removal Misa (interrogation)
May 31 Misa Amane gives up ownership of the Death Note and loses all memories of being Kira. 033 Removal
June 1 034 Imprisonment

035 Whiteout
054 Inside (extra scenes)

June 3 035 Whiteout
June 5 035 Whiteout
June 7 035 Whiteout
June 14
June 15 035 Whiteout
June 19 Koutarou Ashimoto is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
June 26 Kenji Tanimi is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
June 27 Roppei Tamiya is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
July 2 Kouji Aoi is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
July 4 Tatsuya Kawajima is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
July 20 036 Father and Son
July 23

Soichiro Yagami takes Light Yagami and Misa Amane to a secluded spot and threatens to kill Light. When nobody dies, L concludes that neither Misa nor Light are Kira and can be released, though they are to remain under surveillance. Light is permanently handcuffed to L.

036 Father and Son

037 Eight

July 30 Takeyoshi Moriya is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
August 1 The investigation headquarters are moved to a special facility built by L.
August 2
  • Light Yagami and L have a fight over L's depression and continued suspicion that Light is Kira.
  • Misa Amane garners first place in Eighteen magazine fan voting.
038 Strike
August 3 Misa Amane is announced as starring in director Nishinaka's newest movie.
September 10 Junichi Yaibe is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
October 1
  • The confirmation of the Yotsuba group's stock rise makes it come under the suspicion of the Kira Task Force.
  • Tokio Yokoda is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
039 Separation
October 2 039 Separation

040 Allies

October 4 Aiber and Wedy are contacted. 040 Allies
October 7 Aiber and Wedy join the Kira Task Force on L's request. 040 Allies Aiber and Wedy allies
October 8
  • Matsuda breaks into the Yotsuba building and overhears high-ranking employees discussing murder.
  • Caught by the executives, Matsuda poses as Misa Amane's manager and promotes her to them.
  • Matsuda fakes his death by falling off the balcony of Misa Amane's apartment at the investigation headquarters.
041 Matsuda

042 Heaven

Matsuda to heaven
October 12
  • Aiber, acting as detective Eraldo Coil, contacts Yotsuba employee Masahiko Kida who has hired him to find out about L, the main threat to their plans.
  • Yotsuba Kira meeting is held and the members agree to pay Coil.
043 Black
October 13 Arayoshi Hatori is killed by the power of the Yotsuba Kira's Death Note.
October 15
  • Yotsuba Kira meeting is held to discuss Coil's report on L.
  • The meeting is discreetly observed by the Kira Task Force thanks to bugs and cameras placed in the meeting room.
  • Posing as L, Light Yagami contacts Yotsuba employee Reiji Namikawa and offers immunity from prosecution if he blocks the killing of Yotsuba's competitors.
  • Impressed, L suggests that Light Yagami might succeed him, but they again come to blows when Light realizes that he is still under suspicion of being Kira.
  • The Kira Task Force splits over tactics.
  • Misa Amane agrees to L's plan for her to infiltrate Yotsuba as part of an ad campaign.
044 Successor

045 Crazy

October 21
  • Coil informs the executives at the Yotsuba Group that Misa Amane was detained by L.
  • At a Yotsuba Kira meeting the group demands that Coil joins them.
046 Ill-Suited
October 22

Mogi takes over for Matsuda as Misa Amane's manager.

046 Ill-Suited
October 24
  • Misa Amane auditions for Yotsuba's advertising campaign, during which she is quizzed over the rumors that she was the Second Kira.
  • Misa is reunited with Rem inside the Yotsuba building. Rem tells her about her past as the Second Kira (which she has no memory of).
  • The detectives on the Kira Task Force agree to work together again.
046 Ill-Suited

047 Impertinence
048 Give-and-Take

October 25 048 Give-and-Take

049 Potted Plant

October 28

050 Yotsuba
051 Misunderstanding
052 Split-Second
053 Scream
054 Inside
055 Creation

Yukito's deathDEATH NOTE - 23 - Large 29
October 30 Misa Amane is released from the investigation headquarters. 055 Creation
November 4 056 Embrace

057 Two Choices

November 5
  • L is killed by Rem.
  • Watari is killed by Rem.
  • Rem is punished with death for breaking an important Shinigami Rule.
  • Misa Amane's lifespan is extended.
  • Rem and her Death Note is discreetly acquired by Light Yagami
058 Feelings Within Rem's death
November 15 059 Zero
December 5 059 Zero

061 Number Two (extra scenes)


Kira Case - Intermission


Date Event Chapters
January 10 Wedy is killed by Light Yagami with the power of the Death Note. 060 Kidnapping
April 7 Aiber is killed by Light Yagami with the power of the Death Note. 060 Kidnapping
April 10 The six surviving members of the Yotsuba Kira meetings—Takahashi, Ooi, Mido, Namikawa, Shimura and Kida—are killed by Light Yagami with the Death Note. 060 Kidnapping
May 1 Light Yagami, acting as L, creates new rules for the police and media, forbidding the broadcasting of criminals. 060 Kidnapping
May 15 Confidential information on criminals begins flooding the Internet. 060 Kidnapping


Date Event Chapters
March 5 060 Kidnapping
March 12
  • The SPK (Special Provision for Kira) is created.
  • SPK agent Ill Ratt discretely informs Mello about the Death Note and that it is in the hands of the Japanese NPA.
060 Kidnapping
April 1 Light Yagami enters the NPA under the Intelligence and Information Bureau. 060 Kidnapping

Kira Case Part II

2009 (continued)

Date Event Chapters
October 8 NPA director Kanichi Takimura is abducted by Mafia members working under Mello. 060 Kidnapping
October 11 060 Kidnapping
October 12
  • The kidnappers instruct the Kira Task Force to bring the Death Note to Los Angeles.
  • Light Yagami and Near talk on the phone for the first time—Near ambushing Light by addressing him as "L the Second".
062 The Decision

063 Target

October 13 063 Target

064 Right Angle
065 Responsibility
066 Death

October 14 In England, Shuichi Aizawa and Touta Matsuda learn about Wammy's House from Roger Ruvie.
October 15 066 Death
October 18 067 Button

068 Discovery
069 Flight
070 Tremble
(extra scenes)

October 19

Light Yagami shares his plan to capture Mello with the US President David Hoope and Yitzak Ghazanin, leader of the Special Forces unit who will lead the attack.

069 Flight
October 23 Jack Neylon is compelled by the Death Note to reveal the location of Mello's base to Light Yagami. 069 Flight
October 27
  • The Special Forces squad storms the Mafia base, only to be wiped out by Sidoh's complicity and the power of the Death Note.
  • Ryuk confirms to Light Yagami that Sidoh is involved and just wants his Death Note back.
  • Misa Amane retires from the entertainment industry at Light Yagami's request.
  • Light Yagami keeps Misa Amane's Death Note, hiding it under his clothes, gives up ownership of his own Death Note by returning it to Ryuk and tells Misa to discreetly contact the Kira Task Force as Kira.
  • U.S. President David Hoope commits suicide.
069 Flight

070 Tremble
071 Contact

October 30 Soichiro Yagami receives a phone call from Kira offering to help retrieve the Death Note. 071 Contact
November 1 Ryuk delivers the Death Note from Kira to the Kira Task Force. 071 Contact

072 Verification

November 7 The Kira Task Force locates Mello's new whereabouts. 072 Verification
November 10 072 Verification

073 Cornered

November 11 073 Cornered

074 A Fine Performance

November 18 075 Acknowledgement
November 19
  • Following America's announcement, other countries face similar dilemmas, including the Japanese government.
  • George Sairas announces the disbandment of the SPK
  • Mello, who has been hiding in the flat of SPK member Halle Lidner, goes to the SPK headquarters and shares information with Near.
076 Greetings

077 Use

November 22 Hitoshi Demegawa appears on Sakura TV's "Kira's Kingdom" and announces that he is now Kira's spokesman. 077 Use
November 23 078 Prediction

079 Lies

November 25
  • The SPK headquarters in Manhattan is attacked by Hitoshi Demegawa and other Kira zealots who cause a riot.
  • A large amount of dollar bills is released from the headquarters, distracting the mob and allowing the SPK and Kanzo Mogi to escape.
079 Lies

080 Clean-Up

November 26 081 Warning
November 27 081 Warning

082 Himself
083 Delete

Demegawa dies
December 1 085 Election
December 5 085 Election
December 6 086 Japan

087 Tomorrow

December 7 088 Conversation
December 12
  • Misa Amane announces her comeback will be on a New Year's Eve celebrity singing show.
  • Near arrives in Japan and sets up another SPK base.
  • Near and Light Yagami exchange confrontational words.
  • Near explains to the SPK members his theories on Kira's current situation and his team's future plans.
  • Light reveals the existence of the Death Note to Kiyomi Takada and has her begin killing criminals.
089 Kindred Spirits

090 Preview

December 14 091 Standstill
December 21 092 Night

093 Decision

December 22 093 Decision
December 25 093 Decision

094 Outside

December 31 095 Convinced

096 Meanwhile


Date Event Chapters
January 3 Light Yagami discreetly informs Kiyomi Takada that Misa Amane is currently detained by the SPK 096 Meanwhile
January 7 Stephen Gevanni takes photos of Teru Mikami's Death Note and passes them on to Near.
January 21 Stephen Gevanni swaps the Death Note in Teru Mikami's gym locker for a fake.
January 25

097 Miscellaneous
098 Everybody

January 26

098 Everybody
099 The Two
100 Face to Face

Matt's death
January 27

Stephen Gevanni creates a copy of Teru Mikami's Death Note and switches it for the real version in the safety deposit box in Mikami's bank.

January 28

100 Face to Face
101 Inducement
102 Patience
103 Declaration
104 The Answer
105 Impossible
106 Intent to Kill
107 Curtain

Light Yagami Dies
February 7

Teru Mikami dies in prison.

Post-Kira Case


Date Event Chapters
January 28 The surviving members of the old Kira Task Force, now joined by Yamamoto, are re-united in order to assist Near, now the new official L, in the capture of drug dealers who are due to use the very warehouse where Light Yagami was finally exposed as Kira. 108 Finis
February 14 Misa Amane commits suicide.

2013 (Cheap Kira Investigation)

Date Event Chapters
February 9 The sudden rise in the number of deaths of the elderly in Japan leads to speculation on the internet that Kira has returned. Death Note One-Shot Special
  • Near, the current L, tells Halle Lidner and Anthony Rester about how the original L once made a lecture to him, Mello and the other children at Wammy's House.
  • Near refuses to investigate the new Kira, claiming that as a cheap version of his old adversary he is not worthy of his interest, dubbing him C-Kira ("Cheap Kira").
  • During a TV debate, members of the audience demand that Kira kills them and he obliges.
  • As L, Near takes over the TV airwaves and announces that the new Kira is not worth his time.
  • C-Kira dies by the power of his own Death Note.
Death Note One-Shot Special C-Kira

Character birthdays

Year Month, Day and Name
1933 May 1: Quillsh Wammy (Watari) is born.
1939 April 29: Roger Ruvie is born.
1955 July 12: Soichiro Yagami is born.
1961 March 31: Takeshi Ooi is born.
1962 October 10: Sachiko Yagami is born.
1963 December 19: Eiichi Takahashi is born.
1966 April 4: Hitoshi Demegawa is born.
1975 December 31: Raye Penber is born.
1976 February 11: Naomi Misora is born.
1977 November 9: Hirokazu Ukita is born.
1978 December 14: Tota Matsuda is born.
1979 October 31: L Lawliet is born.
1980 February 18: Halle Lidner is born.
1984 December 25: Misa Amane is born.
1985 July 12: Kiyomi Takada is born.
1986 February 28: Light Yagami is born.
1990 February 1: Matt is born.
1991 August 24: Near is born.

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