Originally "Death Note" is a Japanese series of comic illustrated by Takeshi Obata based on a well-defined plot and story by Tsugumi Ohba. There are totally 108 chapters in 12 volumes of graphic novel reprinted from Weekly Shonen Jump (Japanese weekly comic book) which serialized from December 2003 to May 2006. The comic is a huge success and could be considered as a phenomenon when it was banned from the school in Shenyang, China because the authorities feared that it could poison and create wicked hearts in the students.
The story of "Death Note" is centering around a young high-school boy named "Yagami Light." One day he found a mysterious notebook called "Death Note" which is a tool of the God of death to kill anyone with the name written on it. Soon after he realized that this supernatural notebook is real and the God of Death do exist, he decided to use it to get rid of all crimes and criminals in the world. It might be a good intention but it’s impossible to be a god. After some unexplainable deaths occurred, he is hunted down by the police with the help of "L", the world’s top-rated detective. A wit-testing cat and mouse chase is about to begin…
Later, a set of 2-part live-action movies is released in Japan – the first part on June 17, 2006 and the second part on November 3, 2006. The movie is a huge success at Japanese box-office. The success of the comic spanned to TV animation and there is a plan of 37 episodes animation airing on Nippon Television from October 4, 2006 to July 13, 2007.
Let’s see what’s next for "Death Note" franchise. An American remake of the movie? Who knows?