The MyAnimeList platform reported that the animated adaptation of the Death Note manga became the first series in its general catalog to surpass 3 million “registered members following”. At the time of writing this note, the figure is 3,031,548 members, which are distributed as follows: 148,305 in “Watching”, 2,510,768 in “Completed”, 87,523 in “On-Hold”, 93,117 in “Dropped” and 191,835 in “Plan to Watch”. It should be noted that Shingeki no Kyojin surpassed the same figure shortly after.
Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata published the manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine between December 2003 and May 2006, with a total of twelve compilation volumes published. A novel written by Nisio Isin, titled Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, was published in Japan in August 2006.
The play inspired a 37-episode anime adaptation produced by Madhouse Studios, directed by Tetsurou Araki and scripts written by Yoshiki Inoue, released in October 2006. Two compilation films titled Death Note: Rewrite were released on August 31, 2007 and August 22, 2008.
Death Note Synopsis
A shinigami, as the god of death, can kill anyone, as long as he knows the face of his victim and writes his name in a notebook called “Death Note”. One day, Ryuk, bored by the lifestyle of a shinigami and interested to see how a human would use the notebook, drops it into the human realm. High school prodigy Light Yagami is the one who stumbles upon the notebook and tests its capabilities by writing the name of a criminal on it. When the criminal dies immediately after his experiment, Light is shocked and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that he has now gained could be.