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Death Note: Desu nôto 

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.
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 Touta Matsuda / ... 35 episodes, 2006-2007
Ryô Naitô ...
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 Shuichi Aizawa / ... 31 episodes, 2006-2007
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Naoya Uchida ...
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 Soichiro Yagami 27 episodes, 2006-2007
Keiji Fujiwara ...
 Shuichi Aizawa / ... 27 episodes, 2006-2007
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John Murphy ...
 Kanzo Mogi / ... 22 episodes, 2006-2007
Kazuya Nakai ...
 Kanzo Mogi / ... 21 episodes, 2006-2007
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French Tickner ...
 Watari / ... 19 episodes, 2006-2007
Masaki Aizawa ...
 Anthony Rester / ... 17 episodes, 2006-2007
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 Hideki Ide / ... 18 episodes, 2006-2007
Ai Satô ...
 Sachiko Yagami 14 episodes, 2006-2007
Hideo Ishikawa ...
 Hideki Ide / ... 15 episodes, 2006-2007
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After an intelligent yet cynical high school student begins to cleanse the world from evil with the help of a magical notebook that can kill anyone whose name is written on it, international authorities call upon a mysterious detective known as "L" to thwart his efforts. Written by Paleman

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When the police from around the world meet together at the Interpol meeting, most of the members there have a name tag with their names on it, and a flag to represent their country. It turns out that some of those name tags represent famous soccer players (real life players) from different countries, the name of the soccer player, being matched with the flag of the country which he is from. See more »

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L: Please turn off all cell phones, laptop computers and any other transmission equipment and leave them on the table over there.
Matsuda: [mutters] I know he's being cautious from the start, but does he really trust us or not?
L: [overhears] No, I just hate it when cell phones ring when I'm talking.
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Referenced in Hyper Japan 2017 (2017) See more »

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The first half was good... What happened?
24 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

The series starts off great. There are around 5 excellently developed characters; there's a great premise; the plot develops logically and compellingly; the pacing of building tension then action is spot on. You've got a unique feel, and some moral dilemma action thought-provoking action. Everything has a balanced and cohesive feel - pretty much everything you'd expect when you see a series rated 8.9.

*I have to warn a very slight plot spoil, but I won't give anything remotely specific.*

Then about halfway through the series, to solve some stagnation they throw in a good dose of anticlimax. Now the majority of the interesting characters stop getting any screen time for various reasons and follow up by introducing and then disposing of characters you never have any reason to care about. The very ending was well done. (Pity it wouldn't make sense if you just skipped the 15 episodes preceding it!)

Maybe the manga developed all of the lame characters in the second half and had I first read all of them I would have enjoyed it all, but still... I just can't justify how sloppy everything got. Compare with either of the Fullmetal Alchemist adaptations, or Code Geass if you can tolerate mecha action, and you'll see where I'm coming from.

It either needed to be around 20-25 episodes and finish off strong without all of the later stuff, of have been extended to at least 50 so that they could have developed the last half into something workable.


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