Some bored mischievous "Shinigami" God of Death named Ryuk drops a "Death Note" to Earth and here the trouble begins. High school student Light Yagami discovers the supernatural notebook. Light doesn't know it yet, but the Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone - provided you know his or her name and face. All there is to do is to write the person's name in the notebook while picturing their faces. When he finds out about his new powers, Light attempts to create and rule a world "cleansed of evil" as "God". This really cant' be good, and so a detective known as "L" soon sets out to stop him. Takeshi Obata's Death Note to date is the twenty fourth best selling manga series of all time at total sales of 26.5 million copies. It was first serialized in the Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump and later in "tankobon format" with a total of twelve volumes. It also has been adapted into live-action films and a successful anime series released in Japan in 2006.
A light novel based on the series, written by Nisio Isin, was released in Japan and of course the additional video games have been published by Konami for Nintendo DS. Viz Media licensed the Death Note manga in North America and later licensed the anime series which aired on Bionix. The live-action films briefly played in certain North American theaters since 2008. However, none of the video games have thus far been published in North America or Europe.