Death Note Manga

Death Note Manga Returns After 14 Years with Short Stories Compilation

After 14 and a half years since its last publication, a new Death Note manga is being released. DEATH NOTE Short Stories will go on sale from February 4, 2021.

January 29, 2021

Death Note Makes A Long-Awaited Return

After 14 years since its last official publication, the Death Note manga is set to return in a new original story by author Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata. The original story revolved around genius high school student Light Yagami and the events that unfolded when he obtained a Death Note, a supernatural item that kills anyone whose name is written down. While the same Death Note and its accompanying Shinigami, Ryuk, are set to return in this new manga, the notebook will fall into news hands this time around.

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Minoru Tanaka, the new holder of the Death Note in the Death Note: Special One-Shot released in March. Image sourced from

The new manga, titled DEATH NOTE Short Stories, will be a compilation of several different short stories that all take place in the years following the events of the original manga. One story included is a special one-shot manga that was released in March of last year. This story will see Ryuk’s Death Note come into the possession of Minoru Tanaka, a middle school student who held the highest test scores in Japan for 3 years straight.

L: FILE No. 15 Death Note
The cover for L: FILE No. 15 which was released in 2008 to commemorate the movie L: Change the WorLd.

Other works to be included in the short stories are 2 one-shot manga released back in 2008 that center around the life of the detective L. Both one-shots were included L: FILE No. 15, a special book that was released with the Japanese live-action Death Note movie, L: Change the WorLd.

DEATH NOTE Short Stories is scheduled to go on sale from February 4, 2021. It will consist of 226 pages and cost 540 yen.

New Series from the Creators of Death Note, Platinum End, to Receive Anime

Platinum End
The anime trailer for Platinum End features main character Mirai Kakehashi and the angel Nasse.

If the excitement for new Death Note content is not enough, creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s newest series, Platinum End, is set to receive an anime adaptation this fall. The series works almost like a strange antithesis to Death Note, where instead of Gods of Death, Angles from heaven become involved in human affairs in order to select the next God. The series quickly turns into a high-stakes battle of morals and mind games that is sure to be enjoyed by Death Note fans.


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Christian Dakin

Christian Dakin is an editor, designer, and video game director currently based out of Tokyo, Japan. Originally from a small town in Georgia, he studied in Japan for a year in college before returning again for work. Christian enjoys studying Japanese and the outdoors. In his off time, he is most likely to be found adventuring to a castle, belting it out in karaoke with friends, or in a gym somewhere.

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