Plot: The Shinigami Ryuk, when approached by one of his fellows about stories concerning the human world, tells a tale of a young man he once knew who obtained Ryuk’s spare Death Note and used it in such an interesting way that Ryuk will never forget him. (A Death Note is a special notebook which kills any human whose name is written in it while the human’s face is picture in the writer’s mind.) The young man, named Light Yagami, quickly discovered how to exploit the mechanics of the Death Note and started using it to kill off criminals towards an ultimate goal of cleaning up the world, though along the way he gradually became corrupted by its power and began to see himself as the god of the new world he planned to create. Any who opposed his alternate identity Kira died, though one particular individual stood firm in his efforts: L, the world’s secretive premiere detective, and a special police task force who gathered around him. Thus ensued an intricate battle of wits as each tried to out-think and outmaneuver the other, a battle complicated further when a second Kira with a second Death Note appeared on the scene. When Light temporarily loses his memory of being Kira as part of another scheme, he combines efforts with L to catch a third party who has become Kira in his stead – though, as it turns out, it was all part of Light’s ultimate plan. Against such a formidable power and a fierce (if in some senses immature) intellect, can even L hope to prevail?