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Author: Tsugumi Oba, Takeshi Obata Pages: 196 Languages: Japanese Published: 2004-07-02 A shinigami (a death god) owns a notebook called a Death Note, which is used as a killing device. When someone's name is written in the notebook, the person will die within 40 seconds. One day, Shinigami accidentally drops his Death Note into the human world, where it's found by honor roll student Raito... Synopsis (from Wikipedia): Death Note is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata. The series centers on Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, the titular "Death Note", dropped on Earth by a shinigami named Ryuk. The Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose face they have seen, by writing the victim's name in the notebook. The story follows Light's attempt to create and rule a world cleansed of evil using the notebook, and the complex conflict between him and his opponents.