Oct. 04, 2006
30 min.
NTV TV Network

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Death Note

Light Yagami is an extremely intelligent young man who resents the crime and corruption in the world. His life undergoes a drastic change in the year 2003, when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the "Death Note", lying on the ground. The Death Note's instructions claim that if a human's name is written within it, that person shall die.

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Mamoru Miyano (宮野真守, Miyano Mamoru?) (born June 8, 1983) is a Japanese seiyū, actor, and singer ...

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Light Yagami ~ “I’m going to make the world know I’m here… that somebody is passing righteous judgement on them. I will reign over a new world as a god”.

Born - February 28, 1986 (1989 in anime)
Date of Death - January 28, 2010 (2013 in anime)
Blood Type - A
Height - 5'8
Weight - 119lbs

Light Yagami grew up in Japan with his family, which consists of his father, Soichiro Yagami, who is a member of the Japanese Task Force (an investigation team opposing Kira), his mother, Sachiko Yagami, and his younger sister, Sayu Yagami.

Light is a third year high school student (12th Grade) at Daikoku Private Academy and also attends supplemental classes at Gamou Prep Academy in the beginning of the story. He later attends college at To-Oh University (東応大学, Tōō Daigaku).

Light is characterized as hardworking, talented, and a natural genius. Light would constantly predict all of the possible scenarios that could happen, and plan a solution in advance, even in the most impromptu situations. His only fault is his overconfidence in himself and in his belief that he is never wrong. He is very popular with the ladies and talented in sports.

He is frustrated by the lack of justice in the world. Believing the world to be "rotten," he uses his Death Note as a means by which he can enact his will to rid the world of evil people. Light's main goal is to create a new world that is free of injustice and populated only with honest and kind people. Then, he will become the "god of the new world".
Light is decisive and is driven to achieve his ambitions, without faltering one bit in his beliefs. Despite staining his hands with the blood of the people that he's killed, this extreme action can be said as a result of his unmoving resolve.

Through use of the Death Note, Light quickly begins to develop a ruthless and malevolent nature. He becomes completely devoid of love, compassion and mercy. He views himself as the only rightful savior of mankind and that all his actions are justified, no matter how inhuman they might be. He is shown to even be willing to sacrifice his own family to further his goals.

Light is constantly trying to evade the suspicion of L and he proves to be a worty advasary to Kira and Light develops a slight respect for L. He must also evade the other detectives while both maintaining his identity as "Kira"—the name derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the English word "killer" (キラー, Kirā?)—and cleansing the world of crime. The fact that he is intelligent also adds to his notion that only he is fit to judge humanity and steer it on a proper moral course.

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01x06 - Unraveling
Season 1, Episode 06
01x15 - Gamble
Season 1, Episode 15
01x36 - 1.28
Season 1, Episode 36
01x16 - Decision
Season 1, Episode 16
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