The Best Episodes of Death Note

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

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

star 8.77
395 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Revival

#2 - Revival

Season 1 - Episode 24

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

star 8.73
371 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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1.28

#3 - 1.28

Season 1 - Episode 36

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 8.66
333 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Frenzy

#4 - Frenzy

Season 1 - Episode 23

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 8.57
374 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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New World

#5 - New World

Season 1 - Episode 37

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

star 8.56
407 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Wager

#6 - Wager

Season 1 - Episode 15

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 8.56
436 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Decision

#7 - Decision

Season 1 - Episode 16

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

star 8.49
419 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Overcast

#8 - Overcast

Season 1 - Episode 7

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

star 8.43
507 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Pursuit

#9 - Pursuit

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 8.42
595 votes
Directors: Naoyasu Hanyu
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Assault

#10 - Assault

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 8.40
466 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Confrontation

#11 - Confrontation

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 8.39
715 votes
Directors: Tomohiko Ito
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Encounter

#12 - Encounter

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 8.37
482 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Guidance

#13 - Guidance

Season 1 - Episode 22

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 8.34
364 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Glare

#14 - Glare

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 8.29
489 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Friend

#15 - Friend

Season 1 - Episode 14

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

star 8.28
423 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Malice

#16 - Malice

Season 1 - Episode 35

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

star 8.27
322 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Tactics

#17 - Tactics

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 8.27
565 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Dealings

#18 - Dealings

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 8.26
616 votes
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Execution

#19 - Execution

Season 1 - Episode 17

Getting nowhere fast, L thinks of a new plan to get Misa, Light, and Mr. Yagami out of confinement. Meanwhile, Rem finds a new person to play as Kira.

star 8.24
416 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Unraveling

#20 - Unraveling

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 8.24
514 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Father

#21 - Father

Season 1 - Episode 29

Mortified over allowing the Death Note to fall into Mello's hands in order to save his daughter, Soichiro puts himself into harm's way in order to get it back.

star 8.23
339 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Doubt

#22 - Doubt

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 8.23
464 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Performance

#23 - Performance

Season 1 - Episode 21

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 8.20
375 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Love

#24 - Love

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 8.20
455 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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Confession

#25 - Confession

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.18
447 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
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