The BEST Episodes of Death Note

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 2, 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 8.67
920 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Revival

#2 - Revival

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 28, 2007

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

star 8.57
941 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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 8.33
949 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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 8.25
964 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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 8.19
1,148 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Rebirth

#6 - 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 8.15
1,915 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Confrontation

#7 - 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 8.14
1,588 votes
Directors: Tomohiko Ito
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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 8.12
1,218 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Pursuit

#9 - 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 8.10
1,457 votes
Directors: Naoyasu Hanyu
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Overcast

#10 - 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 8.09
1,318 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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
1,299 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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 8.06
1,188 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Dealings

#13 - 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 8.05
1,507 votes
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Encounter

#14 - 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 8.05
1,123 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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 8.03
924 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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 8.03
1,153 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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
954 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Assault

#18 - 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 7.95
1,208 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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 7.94
1,111 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Malice

#20 - 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 7.94
867 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Unraveling

#21 - Unraveling

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2006

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

star 7.93
1,275 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Confession

#22 - 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 7.93
1,215 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Transfer

#23 - Transfer

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired May 16, 2007

Kira's plan to kill Near backfires and suspicions arise in the Japan Headquarters concerning Kira’s true identity in Light. Kira realizes he must hand off the Death Note once again and finds a new follower.

star 7.92
877 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
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 7.90
1,136 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue
Selection

#25 - Selection

Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired May 23, 2007

Teru Mikami has always had a sense of justice and brought it upon himself to distinguish between good and evil. Now a grown adult, Teru serves under Kira and uses his newly acquired powers to choose a Kira spokesperson to replace Demegawa.

star 7.84
841 votes
Directors: Tetsuro Araki
Writers: Toshiki Inoue