Death Note

Title: Death Note

Author: Tsugumi Ohba (story), Takeshi Obata (art)

Published: 2003

Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller

Wikipedia MyAnimeList

Verdict: High school and up. Dark themes and cat and mouse drama may not interest middle schoolers.


Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the “Death Note,” a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the “Death Note” to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

From VIZ:


Inappropriate Language: None present.

Violence and Gore: The main character becomes a mass murderer using a supernatural book. Many deaths and crime scenes are shown, but most lack detail other than some blood.

Sex and Nudity: None present.

Drugs and Alcohol: None present.

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