The BEST Episodes of Death Note

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 30, 2020

Network: NTV (JP)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects, who's bored out of his mind. One day he finds the "Death Note": a notebook from the realm of the Death Gods, with the power to kill people in any way he desires. With the Death Note in hand, Light decides to create his perfect world, without crime or criminals. However, when criminals start dropping dead one by one, the authorites send the legendary detective L to track down the killer, and a battle of wits, deception and logic ensues...

Silence

#1 - Silence

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 4, 2007

L continues to interrogate Rem, while Light manipulates Rem into killing off the greatest obstacles in his way.

star 8.69
958 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Revival

#2 - Revival

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 28, 2007

While Higuchi is finally captured, Light inadvertently regains his memories as Kira.

star 8.59
975 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
1.28

#3 - 1.28

Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired Jun 20, 2007

The Japanese Task Force and the SPK finally meet at YellowBox Warehouse on January 28th. However, a third party has come to the warehouse as well, on Kira's orders to kill everyone else there.

star 8.35
974 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Frenzy

#4 - Frenzy

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 21, 2007

L and the Task Force close in on Higuchi who continues to play into their hands. But as time before Kira's identity is revealed on Sakura TV gets closer, Higuchi gets desperate and makes the deal for shinigami eyes.

star 8.27
993 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Wager

#5 - Wager

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 24, 2007

Light tries using the second Kira to find out L's real name. However, L is well prepared for Kira's next move and is able to get one of the Kiras in his custody soon enough.

star 8.21
1,182 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Confrontation

#6 - Confrontation

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 11, 2006

Light falls into the first of many of L's attempts to uncover him from his Kira alter ego.

star 8.17
1,634 votes
Directors: Tomohiko Ito
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Rebirth

#7 - Rebirth

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2006

Light Yagami is a high school genius bored with life in general. Ryuk, a shinigami, is also bored, so he decides to drop his Death Note (a notebook shinigami use to kill humans) on Earth. Light finds this mysterious book and decides to rid the world of all wicked people and rule a utopia as a god.

star 8.16
1,971 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Decision

#8 - Decision

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 31, 2007

After renouncing ownership of both Death Notes, Light turns himself in to L and is imprisoned.

star 8.14
1,248 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Overcast

#9 - Overcast

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 15, 2006

Light meets Penber's fiance — an ex-officer who is determined to hunt down Kira.

star 8.12
1,358 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Pursuit

#10 - Pursuit

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 2006

Light creates a complex plan involving the Death Note and another criminal to try and expose his follower's name and identity.

star 8.11
1,500 votes
Directors: Naoyasu Hanyu
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Tactics

#11 - Tactics

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 1, 2006

After finding the true identity of his follower, Light uses him to deal a major blow to the rest of his enemies.

star 8.08
1,340 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Glare

#12 - Glare

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 22, 2006

Discovering that L has went so far as to tap his room with cameras, Light comes up with a plan to throw off his suspicions.

star 8.07
1,229 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Encounter

#13 - Encounter

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 2006

Still suspicious of Light's too-perfect behavior, L decides to take drastic measures and enters the same university to meet Light face to face.

star 8.06
1,166 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Dealings

#14 - Dealings

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 2006

Ryuk informs Light that he's being followed and asks Light if he wants to make a trade for his own Shinigami eyes. But at what cost?

star 8.06
1,547 votes
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Guidance

#15 - Guidance

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 14, 2007

Thanks to Misa, the Task Force now knows the identity of the new Kira and L plans an elaborate scheme to smoke him out of hiding.

star 8.04
952 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Doubt

#16 - Doubt

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 2006

L begins to profile Light through a game of tennis, and brings up some questions regarding the Kira case hoping to figure out the truth about him.

star 8.04
1,195 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Performance

#17 - Performance

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 7, 2007

The Task Force uses Misa as a way to get closer to the Yotsuba corporation. But things get complicated when Rem tries to communicate with her.

star 7.98
982 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Malice

#18 - Malice

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired Jun 13, 2007

Light and Near agree upon a meeting place for the final confrontation. A key player is kidnapped and the end results are shocking.

star 7.96
890 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Friend

#19 - Friend

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 17, 2007

Light furthers his plans as Kira after meeting with the very annoying second Kira.

star 7.96
1,145 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Assault

#20 - Assault

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 13, 2006

The Sakura TV station plans to air Kira's home-made videos. Little do they know that the videos will bring more than ratings.

star 7.96
1,244 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Unraveling

#21 - Unraveling

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2006

Furthering the Kira investigation, the remaining police force finally meets L.

star 7.95
1,318 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Transfer

#22 - Transfer

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired May 16, 2007

star 7.94
902 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Confession

#23 - Confession

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 2007

The Task Force and Light continue to try and find the second Kira based on the evidence they keep receiving from him. Little do the other officers know that Light wants to find him for the sake of bettering his position as Kira.

star 7.94
1,249 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
Love

#24 - Love

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 27, 2006

After seeing the message "Kira" sent, the task force decide to make a reply and adds Light to the force. Yet while the task force and L try to find the fake "Kira" Light has to find her first or else the existence of the Death Note will be revealed!

star 7.91
1,172 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki
New World

#25 - New World

Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired Jun 27, 2007

The climactic battle between Light Yagami and L's successors finally comes to a close.

star 7.87
1,086 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Inoue Toshiki