The human whose name is written in this note[book] shall die.
These are the first words read in the Death Note by Light Yagami, a straight-A student who develops a god complex when he finds a notebook, dropped by shinigami Ryuk, that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written down in it. However, matters get out of hand when the Japanese Police Force tries to solve the case of the mysterious upsurge in criminal deaths alongside master detective L.
It's a battle of wits in this anime based on the popular manga by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.
Death Note a.k.a. Desu nôto
Light Yagami is a high school genius bored with life in general. Ryuk, a shinigami, is also bored, so he decides to drop his Death Note (a notebook shinigami use to kill humans) on Earth. After which, Light finds this mysterious book and decides to rid the world of all wicked people and rule a utopia as a god.
After seeing the message "Kira" sent, the task force decide to make a reply and adds Light to the force. Yet while the task force and L try to find the fake "Kira" Light has to find her first or else the existence of the Death Note will be revealed!
The Task Force and Light continue to try and find the second Kira based on the evidence they keep receiving from him. Little do the other officers know that Light wants to find him for the sake of bettering his position as Kira.
Tensions rise among the Task Force as the Kira investigation continues with the close surveillance of the Yotsuba corporation. But when the Force finds that the police are no longer supporting the case, the members are forced to choose between keeping their jobs or resigning to continue searching for Kira.
L has bugged the secret meeting in the Yotsuba corporation and the task force is divided between those who want to stop the killing by arresting the 7 members of the Yotsuba corporation and those who want to wait to know who is actually Kira.
L and the Task Force close in on Higuchi who continues to play into their hands. But as time before Kira's identity is revealed on Sakura TV gets closer, Higuchi gets desperate and makes the deal for shinigami eyes.
A transmission intended for L's successor shows all of L's findings on the Kira case. Afterwards, Light furthers his plans for a utopia, dividing the world into those who support and those who fear Kira.
Five years later, two new enemies prepare themselves to challenge Kira. While one tries to find Kira with the help of the newly established group, the SPK, the other takes a more drastic measure by kidnapping someone very close to Soichiro and Light.
Tensions heat up between Light and Near as he collects more details on the Death Note. Information insults fly back and forth, and Kira is forced to act, in fear that his identity as Kira and L will be exposed.
Kira's plan to kill Near backfires and suspicions arise in the Japan Headquarters concerning Kiraâ€™s true identity in Light. Kira realizes he must hand off the Death Note once again and finds a new follower.
Teru Mikami has always had a sense of justice and brought it upon himself to distinguish between good and evil. Now a grown adult, Teru serves under Kira and uses his newly acquired powers to choose a Kira spokesperson to replace Demegawa.
It is confirmed within the task force that Light is up to something in his meetings with Kiyomi. After exhaustive research, Near decides he can move into the final stages of his plan to expose and humiliate Kira.